On 5/25/2020, several concerned citizens contacted the Dothan Police Department about ducks and geese that were found deceased. A post made on a social media site alleged the wildlife had been killed by an unknown poison. At this time, there is no evidence to support the accusation that any poison was used on wildlife at Emerald Lake although it cannot be ruled out at this stage in the investigation. The Dothan Police Department Criminal Investigations Division is currently investigating the case to determine if the deaths were caused by environmental causes or by a criminal action.
Due to the unusual nature of the investigation, the Dothan Police Department is currently seeking advice and support from various public and private entities in an attempt to provide answers to the members of the community.
On 5/11/2020 just after 5:00 pm, Dothan Police Officers responded to the 600 block of East Newton Street for a firearms assault. The victim was located, treated by Dothan Fire Medics, and transported to a local hospital with life-threatening gunshot wounds. Investigators from Dothan Police Criminal Investigations Division began their investigation by interviewing neighbors and relatives of the victim. A general description of the suspect, according to witnesses, was a black male wearing camouflage shorts and black shirt last scene walking towards Range Street.
Information led officers at about 10:00 pm to a local housing project in Dothan. Criminal Investigators, Patrol Officers, and Task Force Officers from the U.S. Marshal’s Service surrounded the apartment and took the suspect, Alfonza Walker, into custody without incident. During the search, the firearm believed to be the weapon used in the assault was located, which was stolen.
Dothan Police Department would like to thank the Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force for their assistance in apprehending the suspect.
Alfonza Hurt Walker (32) of Dothan was charged with Attempted Murder and Receiving Stolen Property 2nd Degree and is being held without bond.
On 5/11/2020 just after 1:30 pm, Dothan Police Officers responded to the 1300 block of Decatur Street for a reported shooting. It was discovered that the man who was shot got into a verbal altercation with a family member that turned physical. The family member, fearing for his life, took out his firearm and fired multiple rounds at the suspect, Justin Bland. Bland was struck at least twice. Bland was treated at the scene by Dothan Fire Medics and transported to a local hospital.
After interviews with witnesses and family members, there was evidence that Bland, who was banned from the residence, unlawfully entered the family member’s residence. The family member who shot Bland was not charged.
Justin Tyler Bland (31) of Dothan was charged with Burglary 1st Degree and has a bond of $60,000.
On 5/11/2020, Dothan Police Investigators, in cooperation with Houston County Department of Human Resources, followed up on a potential elderly neglect reported by Houston County DHR. Investigators discovered the victim had passed away in the hospital over the weekend. A follow up with the hospital through medical records and other relatives revealed the victim was under the care of her son, James Parrish. Investigators uncovered evidence Parrish neglected to provide the proper care to the victim’s medical conditions. As a result of the neglect, the victim passed away in a local hospital Sunday.
James Walter Parrish (61) of Dothan was charged with Manslaughter and Elder Abuse 1st Degree and is being held without bond.
On 5/09/2020 just before midnight, Dothan Police Officers were dispatched to a disturbance in the 1600 block of Verde Trail. When Officers arrived, Sergio Romero-Ontiveros retreated in the residence and barricaded himself in a bedroom upstairs. After more than three hours of negotiations, Romero-Ontiveros exited the room where he was taken into custody. Due to the nature of the case, no other information about the offense will be released. The investigation is ongoing with more charges possible.
Sergio Romero-Ontiveros (37) of Dothan was charged with Sexual Abuse 1st degree and is being held without bond.
On April 30th the Dothan Police Department responded to the Dollar General, located in the 2800 block of Ross Clark Circle, in reference to a robbery. The store employees told the officers that a lone suspect held them at gunpoint demanding money from the business. The suspect fled the scene on foot and was last seen running towards the rear of the Econo lodge. The employees were not injured in the robbery.
If you have any information concerning the robbery please call the Dothan Police Department at (334)615-3000 or Crime Stoppers at (334)793-7000.
On April 30, 2020 Dothan Police Vice Investigators executed a search warrant at 6 Walford Place in Dothan, Alabama. During the search of the residence investigators recovered approximately half a pound of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and an unknown white powder substance. Also recovered from the the residence were two firearms and $4900.00 in cash.
Investigators found four people inside the residence at the time of the search warrant. William Robert Kelley (25) of Dothan was charged with one count of possession of marijuana 1st degree and possession of drug paraphernalia. He has bonds totaling $2,800.00.
Lyndsey Eve Kirkland (19) of Dothan was charged with Possession of Marijuana 1st degree and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and has bonds totaling $2,800.00.
Adam Lee Collins (33) of Dothan was charged with Possession of Marijuana 1st degree and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and has bonds totaling $2,800.00.
Lelia Mari Bush (19) of Dothan was charged with Possession of Marijuana 2nd Degree and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and has bonds totaling $1,000.00.
The Dothan Police arrested Alec Killingsworth (18) for the theft of a pickup truck from the 100 blk of Camellia Court on 2/28/2020. The owner was able to provide video evidence that was posted on the department’s Facebook. Investigators were able to work the tips and charged Mr. Killingsworth with Theft of Property 1st Degree. He is currently being held in the Houston County Jail.
The Dothan Police Department’s Patrol Division has responded to a number of party complaints over the weekend which violate the rules regarding gatherings promulgated by the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) in the past week.
All non-work-related gatherings of 25 or more persons, or non-work-related gatherings of any size that cannot maintain a consistent six-foot distance between persons, are prohibited. State Health Officer Order as Amended
These responses not only divert resources from our regular duties, but they put both the participants of the gatherings and the law enforcement officers and their families at risk of contracting coronavirus via a completely preventable route of infection.
We want to remind everyone that our community is under orders from the ADPH to refrain from participating in non-work related gatherings of 25 or more people in order to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
These rules have the effect of state law under Title 22-2-14 of the Code of Alabama 1975. The Dothan Police Department will enforce these rules as they are promulgated by ADPH.
Any person who knowingly violates or fails or refuses to obey or comply with any rule or regulation adopted and promulgated by the State Board of Health of this state shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be fined not less than $25.00 nor more than $500.00 and, if the violation or failure or refusal to obey or comply with such rule or regulation is a continuing one, each day’s violation, or failure or refusal shall constitute a separate offense and shall be punished accordingly. § 22-2-14 Code of Alabama, 1975
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we are temporarily offering on-line reporting for individuals who wish to file a report with the Dothan Police Department.
You may go to dothanpd.org/crime/reporting and make a police report with our agency. Fill out the form and hit submit. An officer will receive the information and file the report for you. This should only be used for non-violent crimes.
If an officer’s presence is needed and it is not an emergency, please call us at (334) 792-0215.