Officers respond to a high number of fireworks calls

Over the July 4th weekend, Dothan Police officers responded to a high number of calls involving fireworks. Nearly 1 in 12 calls for service involved fireworks.

Many of these reports involved persons launching fireworks with intent to damage property or in a manner meant to injure persons.

Officers investigating fireworks complaints were targets of firework mortars intentionally fired at officers and their vehicles clearly intending to injure officers or damage their vehicles.

Use of fireworks inside of the city limits is both dangerous and illegal.

The video below contains a sample of calls and activity that officers faced over the weekend.

Former Masseuse Charged with Aggravated Criminal Surveillance

On June 14, 2021, the Dothan Police Department was made aware by a contractor doing renovations to a business in the 100 block of Hidden Glen Way that a camera was located hidden on the property.  Investigators were immediately put on the case and identified the source of the camera.  The investigation revealed that Paul Meadows, the owner of a massage business, was secretly recording massage sessions with female clients.  Only one video was found stored on the camera after forensic analysis.  On June 21, 2021, Investigators obtained a felony warrant for Meadows’ arrest and he was arrested the same day.  Due to the privacy and sensitive nature of the case, no other details will be released.

Paul J. Meadows (50) was charged with Aggravated Criminal Surveillance with a bond of $15,000.

Dollar General Robbery

On August 15, 2018 at approximately 7:30 p.m. Dothan Police responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Dollar General Store located in the 1000 block of W. Main Street.

Employees working during the robbery reported that a black male walked into the store and demanded money from the cashier. The male was armed with a handgun and his face was covered by a green mask, he was wearing a red shirt, and black pants. The male was described as being approximately 5’7″ tall and weighing approximately 180 pounds. There were customers inside the store when the robbery occurred and they provided the same description as the employees.

There were no injuries during the robbery. The suspect was unable to obtain any cash or merchandise from the business and fled on foot towards the rear of the store. Anyone who has information related to this crime is urged to contact the Dothan Police Department at 334-615-3000 or CrimeStoppers at 334-793-7000.

 

 

All persons are innocent until proven guilty.

Armed Robbery of Business (Updated)

During the evening  of June 11th 2018 Dothan Police responded to a report of an Armed Robbery  in the 3400 block of Denton Road. When officers arrived they were informed that two suspects entered the business and demanded money. Both suspects were armed with hand guns and were last seen fleeing on foot with an undisclosed amount of money and property.

The investigation is ongoing at this time.

Community members who wish to assist in an anonymous capacity, please call Crime Stoppers at 334-793-7000 or visit tipsubmit.com. The Dothan Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help in an anonymous capacity.

Updated on June 12, 2018 at 5:00 PM to include the video released of the robbery. The video includes audio of the robbery as well.

Early Morning Robbery, One Arrested and One Wanted for Questioning

In the early morning hours of May 25th 2018 Dothan Police responded to a report of an Armed Robbery in the parking lot of the Marathon Station in the 1800 block of Ross Clark Circle. When officers arrived they were informed that two black males approached the male and female victims while they were in the parking lot and demanded the keys to their vehicle. One of the suspects were armed with a handgun.

The female victim was able to escape the vehicle and fled from the scene. During her escape one of the suspects fired two shots at her as she was running away. The suspects were able to obtain $4.00 in cash from the male victim and fled the scene in the vehicle they arrived at the store in.

One of the suspects was identified as Jeremy Christopher McKenzie, 31, of Massee Dr. Dothan. McKenzie was located and taken to the Dothan Police Department for questioning. After the interview was completed he was charged with two counts of Robbery 1st Degree. McKenzie has bonds totaling $120,000.00.

The other suspect was identified as Larry Ladon Reese, 38, of Dothan. Reese is wanted for questioning for his involvement in the Robberies. Anyone with information relating to the robberies or whereabouts of Reese can call the Dothan Police Department at 334-615-3000 or CrimeStoppers at 334-793-7000.

 

 

All persons are innocent until proven guilty