On Saturday, June 3, 2023, at approximately 12:30 PM, officers were dispatched to the 700 block of Whiddon Street for a welfare check on a child. When officers arrived and knocked on the door of the residence, they could smell the odor of marijuana. After making contact with the resident, officers were allowed to enter at which time they observed marijuana and drug paraphernalia which could easily be accessed by two small children that were present in the residence.
As a result, Wanda Faye Powell, 61 years old of Dothan, was charged with two counts of Chemical Endangerment of a Child, one count of Possession of Marijuana Second Degree, and one count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $45,000.00.
Also charged was Lawanda Mozelle Coston, 43 years old of Dothan. She was charged with one count of Chemical Endangerment of a Child, one count of Possession of Marijuana Second Degree, and one count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $25,000.00.
On Sunday, March 12, 2023, officers went to a residence in the 1300 block of Stadium Street to attempt to make contact with an adult male who had an outstanding felony warrant. It was determined the male and three juveniles were inside the residence and initially the male refused to open the door. Officers detected a strong odor of illegal narcotics coming from inside the residence. After several minutes, the male allowed officers to enter the residence. A search warrant was executed on the residence and as a result, marijuana was found in various locations throughout the residence, as well as various items of drug paraphernalia.
The male, James Arshan III, 41 years-old of Dothan, was arrested on the original outstanding warrant for Receiving Stolen Property Second Degree. For the current incident, Arshan was charged with Possession of Marijuana First Degree, and three counts of Chemical Endangerment of a Child. His bond for these charges was set at $60,000.00.
On January 30, 2023, the Dothan Police Department began investigating a report of possible sexual abuse of a child under the age of 16. When investigators went to make contact with the involved parties, they located three adults, three minor children, and illegal narcotics. As the investigation continued, it was discovered that one of the adults had inappropriate sexual contact with one of the minor children.
As a result of this investigation, the following individuals have been charged:
Anthony Ray Hartley Sr., 37 years-old of Dothan was charged with three counts of Chemical Endangerment of a Child. His bond was set at $45,000.00.
Kayla Michelle Tubbs, 33 years-old of Dothan was charged with three counts of Chemical Endangerment of a Child. Her bond was set at $45,000.00.
Gavin Eugene Grantham, 26 years-old of Dothan was charged with three counts of Chemical Endangerment of a Child, one count of Willful Abuse of a Child, and one count of Sexual Abuse Second Degree. His bond was set at $66,000.00.
Due to the sensitive nature of this case and the Alabama juvenile privacy laws, no further information about this case will be released.
On Thursday, 10/6/2022, Dothan Police Officers were made aware of possible illegal dug activity at a residence in the 1200 block of Southland Drive. Officers and investigators went to that residence where they detected a strong odor marijuana inside the residence. A search warrant was obtained and executed at the residence which led to the discovery of dug activity inside the residence. Two adults and five children reside at the residence.
As a result, Durcelle Alfonza Beasley, 31 years old of Dothan, was charged with one count of Possession of Marijuana Second Degree, one count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and five counts of Chemical Endangerment of a Child. His bond was set at $15,300.00.
Sara Louise Hawkins, 36 years old of Dothan, was charged with one count of Possession of Marijuana Second Degree, and five counts of Chemical Endangerment of a Child. Her bond was set at $12,500.00.
On 7/15/2022 several juveniles were involved in at altercation in the 1200 block of Lake Street. Some of the juveniles left but soon retuned in a vehicle driven by Shakita Crittenton. The juveniles exited the vehicle and retrieved a handgun from the trunk of Crittenton’s vehicle and began firing at a vehicle occupied by the other juveniles while Crittenton watched. Crittenton aided these juveniles by giving them a firearm and transporting them to and from the incident location.
As a result of this incident, on 7/20/2022, Criminal Investigators executed a search warrant at Crittenton’s residence. During the search, illegal narcotics were found in a common area of the residence which two juveniles had access to. Also found were two puppies in crates in two different closets. Both puppies were malnourished and underweight. Dothan Animal Services responded and took possession of both puppies.
Shakita Leann Crittenton, 35 years old of Dothan, was charged with two counts of Animal Cruelty, two counts of Chemical Endangerment, two counts of Attempted Assault First Degree, and one count of Discharging a Firearm into an Occupied Vehicle. She is currently being held with no bond.
On 7/20/2022, an alert motorist traveling in the 2100 block of Webb Road saw a toddler crawling on the edge of the roadway. The motorist called 911 and held the child until authorities arrived. The residence the toddler belonged to was located and the front door was standing open. The toddler’s father, Raymond Smith, was found asleep in a back bedroom. Located in the bedroom with Smith were various controlled narcotics that he did not have a prescription for.
Raymond Oliver Smith, 19 years old of Dothan, was arrested and charged with one count of Reckless Endangerment, one count of Chemical Endangerment, and three counts of Unauthorized Possession of a Controlled Substance. His bond was set at $51,000.00.
On 5/31/2022, Dothan Police Department answered a call in the 200 block of Westmont Drive where it was reported two small children had been left at home alone. One child was reported to have consumed over the counter medication. Officers arrived and confirmed the two children were in fact home alone and had access to narcotics in the home that were within their reach. The guardian of the children, Terry Sims, arrived home from running an errand and stated he had knowledge of narcotics being in the home. Both children received a medical evaluation at a local hospital and were released. This is an ongoing investigation and additional charges may be forthcoming.
Terry Lee Sims, 65 years old of Dothan, has been charged with two counts of Chemical Endangerment of a Child. His bond was set at $5,000.00