Author: Jason Johnson

Cop shooter dies of ‘apparent suicide’ in jail

A man who wounded an officer during a shootout with local police last year died Friday morning, in what corrections officers say was an apparent suicide at the Mobile County Metro Jail. Though information is limited, a spokeswoman for the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) has confirmed that 32-year-old Ryan Burkhardt was pronounced dead at around 1:25 a.m. Friday morning after being “rushed to a local hospital” for treatment. Burkhardt originally faced five counts of attempted murder for the brief shootout he had with officers who were attempting to arrest him on drug trafficking charges in the Grand Bay...

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Alleged cop impersonator files notice of claim against city of Creola

A month out from his criminal trial, a man accused of impersonating a constable and issuing homemade citations to motorists is threatening the city of Creola with litigation over an alleged contract officials may have failed to properly bid out. Last July, Doug Roberts was arrested for allegedly issuing tickets to motorists parked in handicapped spaces. Authorities said, despite entering the Precinct 66 constable race in Mobile County, Roberts wasn’t a peace officer while he was issuing those citations. He was also in possession of a constable’s uniform and drove a Chevrolet Tahoe equipped with radios, weapons, sirens and...

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Lawsuit claims inmate paralyzed by corrections officers

The family of a former Mobile County Metro Jail inmate are pushing an excessive force lawsuit after an altercation with local corrections officers two years ago resulted in the paralysis of Brandon Jeffries — an 18-year-old with multiple diagnosed behavior disorders. Originally from Cullman, Jeffries was formerly a resident of an AltaPointe group home on Three Notch Road. Diagnosed with multiple behavior and impulse control disorders, he was prescribed at least three psychotropic medications at the time. On May 4, 2015, Jeffries was arrested on a misdemeanor assault charge for an incident at his group home. An AltaPointe therapist accused...

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Pharmacy bandit lands 8 years in federal prison

It was a bit of luck that led authorities in Mississippi to a man tied to a string of pharmacy burglaries across three states last year — a discovery that ultimately led Elyric Nathaniel Singleton to federal prison. After pleading guilty to nine separate burglaries at pharmacies across Alabama, Mississippi and Florida, Singleton was sentenced eight years in prison by Senior United States District Judge Ginny Granade on July 11. Singleton was arrested last May after he and another individual were nearly caught while attempting to break into Jim’s Drug Store, in Lucedale, Miss. in a botched effort to steal...

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Additional tax breaks considered for K-C Mobile expansion

Global paper producer Kimberly-Clark is asking Mobile County officials to match economic development incentives the city of Mobile has already approved, which would add a year of sales tax abatements to a package that already includes millions in tax breaks. Kimberly-Clark, which produces a stable of paper products with household names like Scott, Cottonelle, Kleenex, Kotex and Huggies, operates a tissue mill in Mobile currently employing more than 600 workers. Earlier this year, the company announced plans to construct a $75 million on-site “combined heat-power plant” at the Mobile mill, but that was actually part of larger, $110 capital...

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