Traffic Fatality on South Oates

On April 23, 2021, Dothan Police were dispatched to a vehicle accident involving a pedestrian in the 4600 block of South Oates Street. A small SUV was traveling south bound on South Oates Street and struck James Allen Sharp, 41 years of age, of Bonifay, Florida. Mr. Sharp was pronounced deceased at the scene of the accident.

The crash is being investigated by the Dothan Police Department Crash Team.

The Dothan Police Department would like to express our deepest sympathies to Mr. Sharp’s Family.

 

Dothan Man Arrested on Rape and Sodomy Charges

On April 12, 2021, the Dothan Police Department was made aware of a sexual assault that took place at Dothan High School, 3209 Reeves Street, in Dothan.  The offenses occurred between March 8, 2021 and March 12, 2021.  As a result of the investigation, investigators arrested and charged Donovan Franklin as an adult with Rape 1st degree and two counts of Sodomy 1st Degree.  Due to the sensitive nature of the case, no further details will be released.  Additional arrests are possible.

Donovan Jamirr Franklin (17)- Rape 1st Degree and Two Counts of Sodomy 1st Degree.

19 Year Old Charged with Two Gas Station Robberies

On December 19, 2020 around 11:00 pm, an unknown suspect entered a gas station in the 3400 block of Denton Road armed with a firearm and demanded money from the clerk.  The suspect collected an undisclosed amount of cash, vaping equipment, and cigars then fled the scene on foot.  Investigators had been working leads in an attempt to identify the person responsible.

On January 27, 2021 at about 05:00 am, an unknown suspect, believed to be the same suspect as the prior robbery, entered the store armed with a firearm and demanded money from the clerk.  The suspect collected an undisclosed amount of cash, vaping equipment, and cigars then fled the scene on foot.  Investigators canvassed the area near where the robbery occurred and came to an address in the 2100 block of Oakdale Driver, which is a short distance from the store.

Investigators were speaking with a 19 year old man who came to the door.  Through some standard questions, the man, identified as Romaine McFarland, confessed to robbing the store on both occasions.  A search warrant was conducted on the residence and items were found that incriminated McFarland in both robberies.  Among the items found was cash determined to be from the robbery, cigars like the ones taken, vaping equipment like the ones taken, and clothes that were similar to clothes worn by the suspect in both robberies.

Romaine McFarland (19) of Dothan was arrested and charged with two counts of Robbery 1st degree with bonds totaling $120,000.

Montgomery Man Arrested for Sunday Murder

On January 17, 2021, Dothan Police Investigators began a homicide investigation into the death of Willis Rambo Jr. in the 900 block of Morris Street.  Investigators have been reviewing video footage from the area, interviewing witnesses, and attempting to locate persons of interest.  One of those persons of interest was located in Montgomery, AL yesterday and arrested on unrelated warrants.  The suspect was transported to Dothan and interviewed by Investigators.

Christian De-Andre McCallister (19) has been arrested and charged with murder in connection to the death of Rambo Jr. and booked into the Dothan City Jail.  McCallister is being held without bond.  As the investigation continues, more arrests are possible.

The Dothan Police Department would like to thank the community for their assistance in this investigation as well as assistance from the U.S. Marshal’s Service Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force in apprehending McCallister.  Anyone with any other information about this crime should contact the Dothan Police Department at 334-793-0215 or anonymously call Crimestoppers at 334-793-7000.

1st Murder of 2021 Claims life of 20 Year Old

On January 17, 2021 at about 4:00 pm, Dothan Police Officers were dispatched to the 900 block of Morris Street for a firearm assault.  When officers arrived on scene, they found the victim, identified as Willis Rambo Jr. (20) of Dothan, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  Officers and Paramedics performed life saving treatment on Rambo but efforts were unsuccessful.  Rambo was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators are looking for any information regarding this crime.  If you or someone you know has information about this crime, please call the Dothan Police Department at 334-793-0215 or call Crimestoppers anonymously at 334-793-7000.  The Dothan Police Department is committed to protecting witnesses who come forward with information.

Man Charged with Multiple Counts of Child Pornography

On June 25, 2020, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children sent a tip to the Alabama Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force about an individual possessing and disseminating child pornography in the City of Dothan.  The Special Investigations Unit of the Dothan Police Department, who has investigators on the Alabama ICAC Task Force, began its investigation into the criminal action.  After more than five months of investigation that included numerous subpoenas and search warrants, Dothan Police Investigators executed a search warrant on the suspect’s residence in the 1400 block of Eastwood Drive on December 7, 2020.

The suspect in this case, Jeremy Downes, was taken into custody.  Investigators seized electronic equipment in Downes’ home as part of the search warrant for forensic analysis.  As a result of the forensic analysis of Downes’ electronic devices found in his home, Downes has been charged with additional criminal charges.  The forensic analysis is continuing and more charges may be forthcoming.

The Dothan Police Department would like to thank the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Alabama Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force for their assistance and partnership in this case.

Jeremy Wayne Downes (44) of Dothan has been charged with 28 counts of Dissemination/Display of Child Pornography, 14 counts of Possession of Child Pornography and 14 counts of Possession with Intent to Disseminate Child Pornography.  Johnson is being held on bonds totaling $1.47 million.

Weekend Traffic Fatality

On November 27th at 9:13 pm, officers were dispatched to a Pedestrian Struck call in the 3300 block of Montgomery Highway.   The vehicle involved was a Ford F-150, traveling South bound on Montgomery Highway. The vehicle left the scene and was located a short while later.

The victim, Patrick Shaffer, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the truck was identified as Rashaun Richardson, of Fort Gains, Ga. The driver was charged with two felonies and transported to the Houston County Jail.

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

The Dothan Police Department would like to express our deepest sympathies to the Shaffer Family.

Traffic Fatality on South Oates

On November 22nd, Dothan Police were dispatched to a vehicle accident in the 3900 block of South Oates Street. A vehicle travelling North on South Oates Street attempted to make a left hand turn onto Alabaster Drive. This vehicle pulled into the path of a vehicle that was southbound on South Oates Street. The driver of the northbound vehicle has been identified as 32 year old Brittany Seaton of Alford, Fl. She was rushed to Southeast Health but passed away from her injuries.

The crash is being investigated by the Dothan Police Department Crash Team.

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

 

Man Charged with Possession of Child Pornography

On June 10, 2020, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children sent a tip to the Alabama Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force about an individual possessing and disseminating child pornography in the City of Dothan.  The Special Investigations Unit of the Dothan Police Department, who has investigators on the Alabama ICAC Task Force, began its investigation into the criminal action.  After almost five months of investigation that included numerous subpoenas and search warrants, Dothan Police Investigators executed a search warrant on the suspect’s residence in the 1500 block of E. Main Street on November 5, 2020.

The suspect in this case, Christopher Johnson, was taken into custody.  Investigators seized electronic equipment in Johnson’s home as part of the search warrant for forensic analysis.  As a result of the forensic analysis of Johnson’s electronic devices found in his home, Johnson has been charged with additional criminal charges.  The forensic analysis is continuing and more charges may be forthcoming.

The Dothan Police Department would like to thank the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Alabama Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force for their assistance and partnership in this case.

Christopher Dwayne Johnson (39) of Dothan has been charged with 50 counts of Possession of Child Pornography and 10 counts of Possession with Intent to Disseminate Child Pornography.  Johnson is being held without bond.

Former Daycare Worker Arrested for Abusing Children

On October 28, 2020, the Dothan Police Department was made aware of allegations of child abuse by a former daycare worker at a local daycare.  The Special Investigations Unit began an investigation into the allegations.  The results of the  investigation revealed the employee, Candeline Hyde, became frustrated with children in her class when they would not follow her instructions.  As a result of her frustration, Hyde caused injuries to at least six children, some of which were special needs children, using what is commonly referred to as “pressure points” on the neck and shoulder area.

The daycare facility began to look into the allegations when several parents noticed unexplained bruising and injuries to the children.  Once the daycare facility were made aware of the allegations, they terminated Hyde from her position and notified authorities.  The alleged abuse occurred between August 2020 and October 2020.  More charges are possible.

Candelin Patrice Hyde (36) of Dothan was charged with six counts of Aggravated Child Abuse of a Child less than Six Years Old.  Hyde’s bonds total $360,000.