Shell Station on Hartford Hwy. Robbed

On Nov. 7th 2018 at approximately 11:30 P.M. Dothan Police responded to a report of an Armed Robbery at the Shell Station located in the 2900 block of Hartford Highway.

Once on scene officers discovered that a black male wearing a blue or black hooded jacket, black pants, and a blue bandana over his face entered the store and demanded money from the clerk. The suspect had his hand in his pocket that led the clerk to believe he was armed with a weapon.

The clerk opened the register and gave the contents to him. The suspect then fled on foot from the store with an undisclosed amount of cash. Video evidence was collected from the scene.

Anyone with information about this crime can contact the Dothan Police Department at 334-615-3000 or CrimeStoppers at 334-793-7000.

Arrest Made for Two Counts of Possession of Child Pornography

On October 17th 2018 Dothan Police arrested 65 year old Kevin George Hebert and charged him with three counts of Financial Exploitation of the Elderly 1st degree and one count of Financial Exploitation of the Elderly 2nd degree. During the course of the investigation a search warrant was served on Hebert’s phone.

The search warrant revealed two images of child pornography. A second search warrant was obtained for the Hebert’s home located in the 100 block of Charlotte Ct., in Dothan. More electronic devices were recovered from the home and search warrants will be obtained for those devices as well.

Hebert was charged with two counts of Possession of Obscene Matter containing a visual depiction of persons under 17 years of age involved in obscene acts. Hebert has bonds totaling $30,000.00. Additional charges may be forthcoming.

All persons are innocent until proven guilty.

Peanut Festival Worker Arrested For Narcotic Charges

On Tuesday 11/06/2018 Vice Investigators received information that an individual employed with Reithoffer Shows was selling narcotics around the fairgrounds.

Investigators stopped a car believed to be involved in the 3300 block of South Oates Street yesterday afternoon. During the course of that traffic stop narcotics were recovered from the vehicle to include cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin.

Investigators then searched a travel trailer at the fairgrounds and recovered more narcotics to include marijuana, LSD, and more cocaine.

Investigators have arrested and charged 35 year old Joshua Fischer, of Rio Cuarto Street, Punta Gorda, Florida, with two counts of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Marijuana 1st degree. The investigation is ongoing and more charges are possible.

All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Two Arrested for Multiple Vehicle Break-ins

On October 29th 2018 at approximately 10:00 P.M. Dothan Police performed a traffic stop at the intersection of Hartford Hwy. and Ross Clark Circle. The vehicle stopped matched the description of a vehicle that was suspected in several vehicle break-ins in Dothan and Houston County. The vehicle break-ins occurred from October 7th thru October 21st 2018.

Two of the occupants in the vehicle were identified as 19 year old Makayela Ruth Smith of Dothan and 21 Year old Joshua Patrick Yance of Dothan. During the stop officers discovered evidence from some of the vehicle break-ins in Houston County and Dothan City limits. As a result of the traffic stop Makayela Ruth Smith was arrested and charged with four counts of Unlawful Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle and has a bond amount of $10,000.00. Joshua Patrick Yance was also arrested and Charged with four counts of Unlawful Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle and also has a bond amount of $10,000.00.

This case is still under investigation by the Dothan Police Department and the Houston County Sheriff’s Department. More charges are pending.

All persons are innocent until proven guilty.

 

Missing Person

The Dothan Police Department is asking for the publics help in locating Dothan resident W/M Carlton Ott.  Mr. Ott is a severe dementia patient. Mr. Ott was last seen at his residence 0900 hours this morning. He is occupying a white 2014 Nissan Frontier truck, four door, with a black  bed cover.

If anyone has seen this vehicle or sees this vehicle please call the Dothan Police Department at 334-793-0215 or your local law enforcement agency.

Dothan Police Make Arrest for Attempted Assault 1st Degree

On 10/24/2018, Dothan Police responded to a residence on East Wayne Road for a report of a car burglary. Dothan Police officers and K-9 units were conducting a K9 track on East Saunders Road. During the search, a vehicle operated by Hiram Tox Pop approached from the rear at a high rate of speed almost striking the officers.

Officers were able to stop the vehicle at the entrance to Coggins Trailer Park.  Hiram Tox Pop was arrested and charged with three counts of Attempted Assault 1st degree. He has bonds totaling $45,000.00.  Additional charges may be filed at a later date.

 

All person are innocent until proven guilty.

Dothan Utilities update

As of October 12 there are still many areas in town that have lines down and poles destroyed. Please be patient with our utility crews and give them room to work. When travelling, plan alternate routes as some roads are still closed due to lines and trees. Also, please do not cross or drive over/under downed power lines. You do not know if they are energized and it only takes an instant to cause injury or death.

This is going to be a big day for Dothan Utilities and Public Works-We are mobilizing major tree clearing crew efforts in Garden District along Choctaw Substation Circuits. Stay away from these crews-important! We have a very large workforce throughout City and Working to restore power to feeders-stay away from these crews-important!

ELECTRIC:

Monument Sub-Assessed areas for scheduling of work in this area on Adams, College, N. St Andrews, Lena, Montana, Chickasaw, and Range (two circuits)-working small areas now.

Haven Sub-Continue work tomorrow on Selma St., 6th Ave., 3rd, and S. Alice St. Crew to complete and then move to Monument Sub next.

Hodgesville Sub-Working Circleview and South of Wayne Rd. Will work Cloverdale next.

Choctaw-Continue work on RCC main lines (08-25, 08-26, and 08-27). Working everything outside Circle and along Westgate areas now. Major tree removal efforts underway inside circle today. We enable power restoration access and work. There is major damage and access issues-this are will take a lot of time.

West Carroll Sub-Working S. Park and Taylor Road areas and then will move to Stonebridge next (major damage in Stonebridge area).

Flynn Sub-Tree Crew working on trees on lines-431, North of Westgate.

Miscellaneous Small Areas-Work is planned throughout City on miscellaneous areas.

City-wide curfew imposed

Due to the expected severity of Hurricane Michael, the City of Dothan has established a mandatory curfew beginning at 12:00 PM CDT on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. Residents are asked to refrain from travel on roadways during this time and to remain sheltered in place until the storm leaves the area. This curfew is intended to both to protect resident’s personal safety but also to prevent theft and crime especially in the aftermath of the storm.

View the press release from the Dothan/Houston County EMA Joint Information Center

For your safety please take this storm very seriously. The City of Dothan will advise of when the curfew will be lifted via our media partners and on social media.

Severe weather tips and info

As this weather event affects our area, we are asking residents to please heed and understand the following:

Please call 911 if you have an emergency. Please be able to provide your exact location including address, street and apartment or room number.

Pay close attention to local news outlets for information on the storm’s path and severity. Two excellent sources of information are Dothan/Houston County Emergency Management Agency and Wiregrass 2-1-1.

Do not drive across flooded roadways and treat all downed power lines as if they are live.

City offices are closed on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 due to the weather. This includes Municipal Court. Defendants and attorneys will be advised of their new court dates in the future.

Additional emergency services personnel will be on-duty during this event. If roadways become impassable or communications systems become congested, emergency services may take longer than normal to respond to requests for assistance. Requests will be prioritized with life safety receiving top priority.

Evacuees to the Dothan area, and residents for that matter, please ensure your vehicles are secured and do not leave any valuables in your vehicle while staying at a hotel or with a friend. Auto burglars are known to work during the storm. If valuables must be left in your vehicle, consider leaving them in the trunk or hidden from sight.

As the weather moves out of the area the City will have crews to clear roadways and repair power lines. If you experience a power failure and you are a Dothan Utilities customer you may report a power outage by following their reporting procedure. If you are not a Dothan Utilities customer, please contact your electrical utility directly to advise them of the outage.

After the storm: Avoiding Scams

Following the storm, if you receive damage or need services to cleanup or make repairs please remember the following pointers:

Persons who solicit door to door must have a city-issued business license. To check the validity of a business license inside the city limits of Dothan please call 615-3166 during regular business hours.

Anyone that makes repairs for others must be licensed by the city, bonded and insured. It is recommended you refuse to work with anyone who cannot prove they have these credentials.

Be wary of scams and don’t pay for work up front. Repair services that request full payment up front before completing the work should be viewed with scrutiny. If they fail to make the repairs or do shoddy work, you’ll have no recourse if you pay in full up front.

Narcotics Seizure

On Wednesday 09/12/2018 the Vice Intelligence Division intercepted a package that was believed to be connected to drug trafficking. Twelve pounds of marijuana was recovered. Investigators are working with other local and state agencies as this investigation continues.

The investigation is ongoing and no other information can be released at this time.