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.

Mother Charged with Aggravated Child Abuse

On October 23, 2020, a Dothan Police School Resource Officer was notified by a local school faculty member that a 5 year old was having a medical issue that was potentially caused by an individual.  The juvenile was taken to a local hospital for treatment for a serious physical injury.  The Dothan Police Department Special Investigations Unit was notified of the case and began their investigation.

After multiple interviews and reviewing medical records for the juvenile, it is believed that on the morning of October 23 the suspect, Chiquita Hunter, was disciplining the juvenile and began to kick the juvenile in the upper torso.  By kicking the juvenile, Hunter caused serious injuries to the juvenile.  On October 27, 2020 after interviewing Hunter, she was arrested in connection with this case.

Chiquita Nicole Hunter (25) of Dothan was charged with Aggravated Child Abuse with a bond of $60,000.

Traffic Accident Arrest Made

On October 1, 2020, Dothan Police Department Traffic Investigators responded to a motor vehicle crash that occurred on Parramore Rd. The crash, which involved two vehicles, resulted in the death of Kayla Metcalf, severe injuries to three juveniles in her vehicle and severe injuries to the passenger in the other vehicle.

During the course of the investigation, it was determined the driver of the at-fault vehicle, Ty’Kerria Ni’Chelle Duncan, was operating the vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance.

Duncan has been charged with Murder, three counts of Assault 1st degree, one count of Assault 3rd degree and placed in Dale County Jail with no bond at this time.

Dothan Police Investigating Murder of 18 Year Old

On August 25, 2020, Dothan Police Officers responded to the 1300 block of Galaxie Drive in reference to a firearm assault.  Police learned that, prior to their arrival, the victim was transported to a local hospital.  The victim died from his injuries and was pronounced at the hospital.  The victim was identified as Majic Collins (18) of Dothan.

The investigation is ongoing and the Dothan Police Department is asking for the community’s assistance if they have any information on this crime.  The Dothan Police Department is committed to maintaining the safety of any witnesses or victims of crime.  If anyone has any information on this crime, please call the Dothan Police Department at 334-793-0215 or anonymously call Crimestoppers at 334-793-7000.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim during this difficult time.

Woman Charged with Felony for Biting an Officer While Resisting Arrest

On June 21, 2020, the Dothan Police Department responded to the 700 block of State Avenue for a disturbance call.  When officers arrived, contact was made with the suspect, Pamela Reynolds, who was intoxicated.  Officers attempted to take Reynolds into custody and she began to resist arrest.  During the struggle, Reynolds bit the hand of one officer causing a laceration to the officer’s hand.

Pamela Faye Reynolds (50) was charged with Assault 2nd Degree with a $15,000 bond.

Dothan Man Charged with Attempted Murder in Assault

On 5/17/2020, Dothan Police Officers responded to an assault call in the 200 block of West Main Street.  Officers made contact with the victim, who was unable to tell police what happened.  The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Investigators from the Criminal Investigations Division began the investigation and on 5/19/20 developed a lead on a potential suspect.  According to witness statements, the suspect, identified as Anthony Dozier (33) of Dothan, encountered the victim in the 200 block of West Main Street to conduct an illegal narcotics transaction.  When the victim was not willing to pay, Dozier began assaulting the victim with a blunt object.  Dozier, after assaulting the victim, is alleged to have taken an undetermined amount of cash from the victim.  Dozier was apprehended Tuesday with the assistance of Patrol 3rd Squad Officers.

The victim in the assault is listed in critical condition.

Anthony Dozier (33) of Dothan was charged with Attempted Murder and Robbery 1st Degree and is being held without bond.  Dozier is also charged with Intimidating a Witness and has a bond of $10,000.

Man Shoots Wife Then Himself

The Dothan Police responded to 100 blk of Due West in reference to a shooting. When officers arrived they found a female victim that had been shot multiple times. The female was conscious and alert and told officers that she had been shot by her husband as she ran out the door and the victim advised the husband was still in side the residence.  The victim was transported to South East Health for treatment and is currently being evaluated.

The Dothan police tried to make contact with the husband via telephone and loud speaker. There was no response and the Dothan Police Special Response Team (SRT) made entry into the house where they found the husband deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Dothan Police Officer Dragged By An Impaired Driver

On the evening of March 5, 2020, the Dothan Police Department received multiple calls reporting a possible impaired driver traveling on Ross Clark Circle dragging the rear bumper with no headlights on.  An officer made contact with the vehicle and driver in a parking lot in the 2600 block of Ross Clark Circle.  The officer observed the driver passed out in the driver’s seat of the vehicle.  The officer woke the driver up and obtained her identification.  She was identified as 37 year old female, Jennifer Linsey Viveiros.  When the officer obtained the identification, Viveiros attempted to leave the parking lot by starting the vehicle and putting it in drive.  The officer attempted to stop her by trying to take the key from the vehicle and putting it into park.  During this time, Viveiros was able to get the vehicle in drive and accelerated forward dragging the officer and almost striking other vehicles in the parking lot.  Viveiros then put the vehicle in reverse and drug the officer backwards before putting the vehicle in drive and accelerating forward a second time, still dragging the officer.  Viveiros then struck a buggy corral in the parking lot, ejecting the officer from the vehicle.

Viveiros got back on Ross Clark Circle and continued to travel south, sill with no headlights on.  A concerned citizen who witnessed this incident followed Viveiros’ vehicle and continued to update the communication center on her location until  other officers were able to get Viveiros stopped in the 2200 block of Ross Clark Circle.  Viveiros then refused to get out of her vehicle again.  A K9 was utilized to apprehend Viveiros and she was taken into custody.  Viveiros and the officer were both taken to Southeast Health.  Viveiros was treated for a K9 bite and evaluated for impairment.  The officer was treated for minor injuries and released.

Viveiros was charged with one count of assault second degree with more charges pending as the investigation continues. Her bond for the assault second degree is $15,000.00.

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

Updated on 3/6/2020 at 7:33 am — an earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the location of the incident as the 2900 block of Ross Clark Cir it should be the 2600 block.

Man Arrested for Shooting Girlfriend

In the early morning hours the Dothan Police responded to a shooting in Grand Villa Estates, off of 3rd Ave. When officers arrived, they found a female victim that was shot one time in the chest.  The suspect fled from the scene prior to officers arrival.  Through the course of the investigation, a suspects name was given of Nathaniel Overton. Investigators and patrolmen swept the area looking for Mr. Overton. Information was obtained that Mr. Overton fled to Daleville and  was possibly held up in a house in a local trailer park. Daleville Police Department was contacted and went to the address that Mr. Overton was staying at. Daleville Police were able to take Mr. Overton in custody without incident.

The victim received treatment at South East Health and is expected to survive and is listed in stable condition.

Nathaniel Overton (35) was charged with Domestic Violence 1st degree and is being held on a $60,000 bond.

The Dothan Police Department would like to thank  the Daleville Police Department  for their assistance in apprehending Mr. Overton.

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

Man Shoots Girlfriend in Eye

On 02/08/2020, the Dothan Police Department responded to South East Health in reference to a shooting victim. When officers arrived, they found a female victim had been shot in the eye in 1000 blk of Greentree.  Through the course of the investigation, it was determined that William Woods (33) shot his girlfriend in the eye  during an altercation.  The victim was flown to UAB for further treatment but is expected to recover.

William Woods was charged with Domestic Violence 1st Degree and is being held on a $60,000 bond.

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