Murder Warrant Issued For Dothan Woman in Death of Infant

Dothan Police Investigators have charged Ericka Lee Dabney, 26, of Citadel Ave. Dothan, AL with Murder as a result of the death of her four month old child. The infant’s death occurred in August 2017.

The investigation revealed that Dabney had multiple drugs in her system while being the sole caregiver for the child. The intoxicants found in Dabney created a grave risk of death to the infant.

When Dabney gave birth to the child in March of 2017, she (Dabney) tested positive for Amphetamines, Opiates and Benzos which she did not have a prescription for.  At birth, the child tested positive for Amphetamines.  Houston County Department of Human Resources became involved with the family following the birth of the child due to the Amphetamines in his system. They (DHR) implemented a safety plan in which the mother had to be supervised when in the company of any of her three children. On August 6th 2017 Houston County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Dabney for Chemical Endangerment of a Child where she was later released on a $10,000.00 bond.   August 16th 2017, the day of the child’s death, Dabney was alone with the child, not in compliance with the safety plan, and was not being supervised.

Dabney’s other two children have since been placed with their respective biological fathers.  The two children and their fathers are still receiving support and services of the Houston County Department Human Resources to insure their safety and well-being.

A bond amount in this case has been set at $60,000.00

All persons are innocent until proven guilty.

Traffic Fatality Press Release

On November 17th at 9:10 am, officers were dispatched to a one vehicle collision in the 6800 blk of J.B. Chapman Rd.   The vehicle was a Ford Windstar van traveling westbound on J B Chapman Rd.  The vehicle left the roadway and struck multiple trees.

The driver and two passengers succumbed to their injuries and were pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the van was identified as Jamie Ernsdorf and her three-year-old daughter of Midland city.  The other passenger in the van was identified as Brittany James of Headland, Alabama.

The crash is being investigated by the Dothan Police Department Traffic Division.

Dothan Police Make Arrest for Financial Exploitation of the Elderly and Insurance Fraud

On November 21, 2017 Dothan Police Investigators arrested Loretta Bowman Williamson, 58, of Victoria St. Louisville Alabama for one count of Financial Exploitation of the Elderly First degree and one count of Insurance Fraud First degree.

The investigation revealed that Mrs. Williamson exploited more than $26,000.00 from the victim between the months of December 2016 to October 2017. Mrs. Williamson also defrauded an insurance company for more than $13,000.00 between the dates of April 2017 and September 2017.

Bond amount is set at $10,000.00

All persons are innocent until proven guilty.

Armed Robberies In Dothan

On Monday November 20, 2017 at approximately 10:15 p.m. Dothan Police responded to an Armed Robbery at the Dollar General in the 2800 block of Ross Clark Circle. Three to four black males entered the business armed with a firearm and demanded cash from the business. The suspects are described as wearing dark colored clothing and their faces were covered. All suspects fled on foot from the business with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Also on November 20, 2017 at approximately 3:00 a.m. Dothan Police responded to another Armed Robbery at The Hobo Pantry in the 700 block of Ross Clark Circle . Three black males dressed in dark clothing with their faces covered entered the business armed with a firearm and demanded money. The suspects again fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.

Dothan Police Investigators ask that anyone with information related to these robberies contact the Dothan Police Department at 334-615-3000 or contact Crimestoppers at 334-793-7000.

All persons are innocent until proven guilty.


Arrest Made for Terroristic Threats at Northview High School

In the evening hours of Thursday 11/16/2017 the Dothan Police Department received several reports of a social media post that was being spread involving a threat towards Northview High School. Dothan Police Investigators responded and, with the help of Dothan City Schools, were able to identify the individuals involved in making the threat.

As a result of the investigation three juveniles were arrested and charged with Terroristic Threats. All three juveniles arrested were placed in the Southeast Alabama Diversion Center. Due to the age of the juveniles their identities cannot be released.

In order to ensure the safety of all students and staff there will be additional officers present at Northview High School on Friday 11/17/2017.

All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty.

Fugitive Captured at Local Hotel

On 11/10/2017 Vice Investigators along with the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force located and arrested 33 year old Kyle Fletcher Pate from Panama City.

Fletcher fled the panhandle of Florida approximately two weeks ago following a federal indictment from the Drug Enforcement Administration for distribution of heroin. Fletcher had been hiding in the Atlanta area until late yesterday afternoon. He was located in a hotel parking lot in the 2800 block of Ross Clark Circle.

Fletcher was transported to the Dothan City Jail pending transfer to Bay County Florida by the U.S. Marshals.

Local Man Arrested for Attempted Murder

On 11/08/2017 Dothan Police responded to the 900 block of Fortner St. to a report of shots fired. The victim, Christopher Gordon, was sitting in his vehicle when shots were fired from another vehicle. Christopher Gordon was transported, by ambulance, to a local hospital with critical injuries and is currently in stable condition.

Quan Depravious McGhee, 42, of N. Bell St. Dothan AL was arrested and charged with Attempted Murder for his involvement in the shooting. A bond amount will be approved later today.

The investigation is ongoing and further charges are pending.

All Persons Arrested are Innocent until Proven Guilty.

Pedestrian struck on East Main Street

On November 3rd, at 6:40 pm, Dothan Police responded to a motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian on E. Main Street at Plant Street. The pedestrian was pronounced deceased at the scene. The victim has been identified as 70 year old Ezell Canion Jr. of Dothan.

Preliminary investigation indicates Mr. Canion was crossing E. Main Street when he was struck by a 2003 Mercedes SUV. The crash is being investigated by the Dothan Police Department Traffic Division.

The Dothan Police Department would like to express our sympathies to the Canion family.

Steven L. Parrish
Chief of Police

Theft of Property Arrest

On 11/01/2017 35 year old Kent Anderson from Kits Rd. Ashford AL was arrested for Theft of Property 3rd degree. This stems from a theft from a business in the 3300 block of S. Oates St. Dothan Alabama.

Mr. Anderson’s bond was set at $5,000.00.

All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty.

10 Year Old Boy Set on Fire

On Friday night, 10-20-2017, the Dothan Police Department was notified by Emergency Room Staff of Southeast Alabama Medical Center that a juvenile victim had been brought to their facility with severe burns. Once patrol officers determined the severity of injuries, Criminal Investigators were notified and began an investigation into the incident.

The investigation revealed the 10 year old victim had a flammable hair product poured on him by his 12 year old sister. After the flammable product was poured on him, his sister intentionally ignited the product with a cigarette lighter.  As a result, the 10 year old victim received severe burns to a large portion of his body to include his back, side, arm and underarm.  Due to the extent of the injuries, the victim was immediately sent to Children’s Hospital of Alabama in Birmingham for treatment in the Children’s Burn Unit.  The victim is expected to survive; however, he will have a lengthy recovery and permanent disfigurement.

The Houston Henry County District Attorney’s Office was notified and the 12 year old female suspect was subsequently charged by the Dothan Police Department with Assault 1st Degree.  The presiding Houston County Judge remanded the custody of the suspect to a family member, under the monitoring of a DHR Safety Plan.  Assisting in the ongoing investigation is the Houston County Department of Human Resources and the Houston County Juvenile Court System.  From here, the case will proceed through the Houston County Juvenile Judicial System.

Due to the fact all parties involved in this case are juveniles, their identities or any additional information cannot be released.

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All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty.

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