On January 19, 2020 Dothan Police Patrol Officers stopped a vehicle in the 3600 block of Reeves St. for a traffic violation. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Williams Tyrone Lawton (43) of Elderberry Dr., Dothan.
During the course of the traffic stop a canine was used and alerted to the presence of narcotics inside the vehicle. A search of the vehicle recovered thirteen pounds of marijuana from the front passenger floorboard.
Lawton was charged with Drug Trafficking and taken to the Dothan City Jail. His bond was placed at $100,000.00.
Dothan Police arrested Joseph Joyce (32) of Dothan, after he attempted to car-jack two different vehicles from two different elderly victims. One incident occurred in the intersection of Draper and Allen and the other was in the 900 block of Eagle Rd. Both robbery attempts failed . Police canines were used to track Joyce in the area of an abandoned house in the 900 block of Allen Rd where he was arrested and charged with 2 counts of robbery 3rd and is being held on a $30,000 bond.
All persons are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
On Tuesday July 23, 2019 Dothan Police Officers attempted to stop a Chevrolet pick-up truck in the area of Murphy Mill Road for a traffic violation. The driver of the truck fled from officers pulling a utility trailer. The driver drove through the yard of a nearby residence causing damage to the residence and fence. The suspect ended up in a wooded area on Riveredge Parkway in Dothan, leaving the truck and trailer and set out into the woods on foot.
Officers searched the area with help from the Dale County Sheriff’s Office, Wiregrass Aviation Support Program, Houston County Sheriff’s Department, ALEA Investigators and Alabama State Troopers. During the search officers located several other pieces of stolen property from the Dothan area. Two more utility trailers and a lawn mower were discovered that had been stolen from a nearby church. In the bed of the truck were numerous stolen items from a recent burglary in Geneva County to include several firearms, televisions, tools, and electronics.
The suspect was not located until several hours later when a resident in the 200 block of Riveredge Parkway returned home and saw a pair of feet sticking out from under a bed in the home. Police responded to the residence to investigate. With the idea that this was the suspect from this morning a Police K9 was deployed into the hose after verbal warnings were given. After no response the K9 searched the residence and encountered the suspect in a bedroom and apprehended the suspect by biting him in the right bicep.
The suspect was identified as 44 year old white male Jason Dewayne Creel of Dothan. He was taken to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries from the Police K9.
Once the suspect was in custody the resident noticed that their family dog, a mixed breed lab/bulldog, was missing from the home. The dog was located under the deck at the rear of the home. The dog had been stabbed by the suspect multiple times in the throat. The family dog, Buddy, did not survive this attack. Creel later admitted to police that the dog “came at him” so he stabbed him with his pocket knife.
Creel, wet and dirty from his time in the wooded area removed his clothes and hid them in a closet. He helped himself to food and drink from the refrigerator. Creel also logged into the family computer and watched pornography until he finally crawled under a bed and fell asleep until awoken by Dothan Police K9 Xander.
Jason Dewayne Creel is charged with three counts of Theft of Property 1st degree, one count of Receiving Stolen Property 1st degree, one count of Burglary 3rd degree, one count of Aggravated Animal Cruelty, and Certain Persons Forbidden to Possess Firearms. He is being held with no bond in this case.
This investigation is ongoing and additional charges will be forthcoming.
On May 8, 2019 patrol officers attempted to make a traffic stop on a maroon Honda Accord. The driver of the vehicle refused to stop and officers followed the vehicle until they were able to get it stopped at the intersection of East Selma St. and South Saint Andrews Street. At the intersection the driver of the vehicle, 21 year old Deneco Laquan Dean, backed into one of the patrol cars, then went forward and rammed another patrol vehicle before he was taken into custody by a police canine unit.
After being taken into custody officers located pills and marijuana in his possession. He was taken to Southeast Health where he was treated for minor dog bite wounds then transported to the Dothan City Jail.
Dean was also the suspect in an ongoing investigation into a shooting that occurred on May 5, 2019 in the area of Dusy St. in Dothan. Dean was charged with two counts of Attempted Assault 1st Degree, one count of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, and one count of Possession of Marijuana 1st Degree for his actions during the traffic stop. He was also charged with one count of Assault 1st Degree for his involvement in the shooting on Dusy Street. He has bonds totaling $85,000.00.
Anytime we can brag about how wonderful the canines that serve and protect you are, that’s exactly what we do! Did you know that Dothan has one of the best groups of canines because we continuously train for situations they may face in the real world. Just as it is important for officers to train with firearms it is equally important for our canines to train at the range. What’s really cool is that we take the same precautions with our dogs as we do with humans, for example did you know that our dogs wear hearing protection on the range?! Just because you can’t see them in the pictures above, don’t be fooled they are all wearing internal ear plugs and don’t mind it at all!
Here are a few outstanding handlers who were recognized for handling top dogs at last week’s seminar. Left to right… Meeks Panama City Beach third-place Patrol area search, Fleming Lee County first place vehicle detection, Jackson Jackson County third place building detection, Calvert Baytown PD top Patrol dog, first place Patrol building search, 3rd place detection scramble, Brown Pearland Texas second place detection scramble, Spencer Baytown Texas 3rd place Hogan’s alley third-place Patrol building search second place detection building, Bailes Dothan PD second place vehicle detection, Owens Dothan PD first place detection scramble third place vehicle detection second-place Patrol area search other winners not pictured Garrison High Point North Carolina first place Patrol area search second-place Hogan’s alley, Wilkins High Point North Carolina first place building detection, Overstreet Dothan PD second-place Patrol building search. Great job all.
Day 5 of a fabulous week! DPD presented awards for top teams in several categories, congrats to all of our winners and thank you to agencies who sent their teams. We are happy to say everyone had a fantastic week and are better prepared to serve the citizens in their community! Thank you Jackson County, Chambers County, Macon County, Alabaster Police Department, Enterprise Police Department, Henry County, Baytown Texas, High Point North Carolina, Mobile Police Department, Baldwin County, Saraland Police Department, Lee County, Montgomery County and Panama City Beach Police! See you next year.
Day 4 of the K9 seminar was a huge success. After three outstanding days of training and certification handlers got to put their dogs through an exciting and fun series of competitions to see who is the best of the best! Pictured here is just a taste of the patrol competition. While moving through a dark building filled with smoke, obstacles, flashing lights, loud sounds, and other distractions that any team on duty could face any day of the week in a real life situation, handlers had to transition seamlessly between locating suspects and locating narcotics. This was an outstanding exercise that all thoroughly enjoyed.