Mugshots of the Day 03/23/2023

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

Operation Spring Cleaning Nets Multiple Arrests

Operation Spring Cleaning, where the Dothan Police Department, Houston County Sheriff’s Department, ATF, Probation and Parole, and US Marshals have rounded up several individuals engaged in criminal activity in a massive crackdown on crime in the area. The operation was carried out over several weeks and involved intelligence-gathering, coordinated efforts among different law enforcement agencies, and the use of advanced technology to track down the suspects. As a result of this operation, 26 criminals were arrested for a total of 48 charges and are now behind bars, which has greatly increased the safety and security of the community.

This successful police operation is a testament to the dedication and hard work of law enforcement agencies in the area

Arrested during this operation are:

 

Joshua Lane, 39 of Ashford, Failure to Appear Unlawful Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance.

                                                                           Lane

Wendell Reynolds, 50 of Dothan, Failure to Appear Assault 2nd.

                                       Reynolds

 

Martino Tolbert, 30 of Dothan, Failure to Appear Assault 1st.

                                                                          Tolbert

 

Sarah Burke, 58 of Dothan, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Marijuana 2nd.

                                              Burke

 

Derrick Carter, 51 of Dothan, Domestic Violence 1st.

                                           Carter

 

 

Leonard Ward, 43 of Dothan, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana 1st.

                                           Ward

 

Travonte Ware, 26 of Dothan, Obstruction of Justice by false Identity.

                                        Ware

 

Brandon Horn, 38 of Ashford, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance.

                                          Horn

 

Larayna Brooke Andrews, of Dothan, Failure to Appear x 2.                                                                        Andrews

Vickey Larson, 56 of Cottonwood, Theft of Property 2nd (Montgomery County) and Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance.                                                                          Larson

Edward Camp, 28 of Dothan, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance.

                                             Camp

 

Jayson Christy, 51 of Dothan, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance.

                                       Christy

 

Donald Donaldson, 53 of Dothan, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance.

                                     Donaldson 

 

Wilfred Reynolds, 50 of Dothan, Possession of Forged Instrument 3rd.                                                                        Reynolds

Anthony Smith, 30 of Dothan, Possession of Marijuana 1st and Tampering with Evidence.

                                          Smith

 

Jamel Teague, 36, of Dothan, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Marijuana 1st, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, Receiving Stolen Property 2nd, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Attempting to Elude.

                                         Teague

 

Bradley Ward, 29 of Dothan, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Marijuana 1st.                                                                                            Ward

Jessie Myles, 40 of Dothan, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance x 2, Possession of Marijuana 1st, Possession of Marijuana 2nd x 2, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.                                                                             Myles

 

Francis Foster, 48 of Dothan, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance.                                                                               Foster

 

Latoria Hunter, 38 of Dothan, Obstruction of Justice by False Identity.                                                                         Hunter

Justin Green, 36 of Dothan, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance.                                                                                Green

 

Chelsea Francks,, 26 of Cottonwood, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance.                                                                         Francks

Jonathan Brooks, , Violation of Probation (Florida), Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card. Illegal Possession of a Credit Card x 2.                                                                             Brooks

 

Roger Dunlap, 67 of Dothan, Theft of Property 3rd.                                                                         Dunlap

Kodi Hall, 29 of Dothan, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Marijuana 1st.                                                                              Hall

Vilinte Casey, 44, of Dothan, Drug Trafficking.                                                                        Casey

Mugshots of the Day 03/22/2023

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

 

Mugshots of the Day 03/21/2023

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

 

Arrest Made In Robbery Of An ATV

In January 2023, a victim reported to the Dothan Police Department he had been robbed at gunpoint of an ATV he was attempting to sell. The victim met the supposed buyer in the 1200 block of Greenwood Drive. When the victim arrived with the ATV, the suspect produced a weapon and took the ATV. The ATV was later found abandoned across town from where it was taken.

This has been an ongoing investigation. The suspect in this case has now been identified as 20 year-old Mi’Qhueil Jasiah Whigham of Dothan. Whigham has been charged with one count of Robbery First Degree and his bond was set at $30,000.00.

Mi’Qhueil Jasiah Whigham – Robbery First Degree

Mugshots of the Day 03/17/2023 thru 03/20/2023

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

 

Man Charged with Arson for Setting Fire to an Occupied Residence

On Monday, March 20, 2023, at approximately 8:20 PM, the Dothan Fire Department and the Dothan Police Department responded to a structure fire in the 900 block of Eastwood Drive. The Dothan Fire Department arrived on scene to find the single story residence fully involved in fire. Firefighters worked for several minutes to extinguish the fire before determining they suspected arson was the cause of the fire. A Dothan Police Department Criminal Investigator was called to the scene who worked hand in hand with the Dothan Fire Department, and together they deemed arson was the cause of the fire.

The suspect of the arson, Kenneth Bernard Wood Jr, and his roommate both resided in the residence. The roommate, who was asleep at the time the fire started, woke to the residence filled with smoke and crawled out. It was learned that Wood and a family member of the roommate had a verbal disagreement earlier in the day. When officers attempted to take a statement from Wood, he refused to acknowledge them, provide a statement, give his name or identifying information and became disorderly.

As a result, 35 year-old Kenneth Bernard Wood Jr. of Dothan, was arrested and charged with one count of Arson First Degree, and one count of Obstructing Governmental Operations. His bond was set at $66,000.00.

Kenneth Bernard Wood Jr. – Arson First Degree and Obstructing Governmental Operation

Corrected: Arrest Made in Weekend Traffic Accident

On March 11, 2023, at approximately 10:55 pm, the Dothan Police Department responded to a motor vehicle accident with critical injuries in the 2500 block of Ross Clark Circle. The accident was involving a 2018 Hyundai Sonata.  The driver, 30-year-old Derik Levi Blessing, and passenger, 42-year-old Audrey Kay Jenkins were both pronounced deceased at the scene.  Both victims resided in Dothan.

Also involved in the accident was a 2021 Dodge Charger driven by 42-year-old Leon Aubrey Jones Jr.  After an investigation by the Dothan Police Department Crash Team, It was determined that Mr. Jones was traveling at excessive speeds and under the influence of alcohol.  He was also determined to be the reason for the crash.  Due to these contributing factors Leon Aubrey Jones Jr. has been charged with two counts of manslaughter.  He has bonds totaling 60,000.00.

The Dothan Police Department would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to the Blessing and Jenkins families.

William E. Benny
Chief of Police

Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly indicated that Jones was charged with criminally negligent homicide.

Shots fired call leads to three arrests

On Tuesday, March 14, 2023, at approximately 5:20 p.m., Dothan Communications received a call for gunshots fired in the area of South Alice Street and West Selma Street. Multiple patrol officers were dispatched to the area where they began to canvass the area. Unfortunately, no suspects were located at that time. The Dothan Police Department’s Gun Investigation Unit (GIU) responded and identified a residence in the 1600 block of South Alice Street where a fight had occurred in the yard involving multiple subjects minutes prior to the gunshots fired call.

On Wednesday, March 15, 2023, the Dothan Police Department’s Gun Investigation Unit executed a search warrant in the 1600 block of South Alice Street, where contact was made with Lashawn Shiver and Tracy Porter. During the search Investigators located four (4) handguns, three (3) high-capacity magazines, and ammunition. Investigators also located and seized synthetic marijuana, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia. While on scene, Desmond Griffin arrived and began interfering with investigators. After numerous commands to leave the scene, and failing to do so, Griffin was placed under arrest of Obstructing Governmental Operations.

Lashawn Shiver, 43-years-old of Dothan was arrested for active warrants with Houston County Sheriff’s Office to include Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance. Mr. Shiver has the charge of Certain Persons Forbidden to Possess a Firearm pending. Tracy Porter, 53-year-old of Dothan was arrested for Possession of Marijuana 2nd Degree, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Obstructing Governmental Operations. Desmond Griffin, 32-years-old of Dothan was charged with Obstructing Governmental Operations. The case is still under investigation and more charges are forthcoming.

The Dothan Police Department fully supports the Second Amendment and the Constitutional Carry Laws of the State of Alabama. However, when a person or people decide to disregard the safety of children across the street, at a school, playground, or any place of recreation we will take every action and use every resource available to us to bring those responsible to justice. The City of Dothan and its Police Department will not sit by and let this type of behavior go unchecked.

William E. Benny
Chief of Police

Dothan Man Charged with Sex Crimes and Drugs

In January 2023, the Dothan Police Department was notified of allegations of sex crimes against a juvenile that had occurred over the past few years. An investigation has been ongoing since that time. As a result of the investigation, on March 13, 2023, warrants were obtained on the suspect for several sex crimes against a juvenile. All of the sex crimes involved the same victim. The suspect has been identified as Marlo Antonio Ming.

On March 14, 2023, officers made contact with Ming and arrested him for the outstanding warrants. At the time of his arrest, Ming was in possession of a firearm that was determined to be stolen. He was also in possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and other material indicative of narcotic sales.

As a result, Marlo Antonio Ming, 26 years-old of Dothan, has been charged with two counts of Sexual Abuse of a Child less than 12 years old, one count of Sexual Abuse Second Degree, one count of Rape First Degree, one count of Receiving Stolen Property Second Degree, and one count of Possession of Marijuana First Degree. His total bond was set at $156,000.00.

Due to the sensitive nature of this case and the Alabama Juvenile Privacy Laws, no further information will be released.

Marlo Antonio Ming – Two counts of Sexual Abuse of a Child less than 12, One count of Sexual Abuse Second Degree, One Count of Rape First Degree, One count of Receiving Stolen Property Second Degree, and One Count of Possession of Marijuana First Degree
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