Less than a week after accepting the resignation of embattled Public Safety Director Mike Rowland, the city of Prichard named Bernard Parish as its new Chief of Police.

Parrish’s appointment was announced Nov. 14 by Mayor Troy Ephriam. Parrish will be responsible for all aspects of police administration and daily operations and will report directly to the mayor.

Chief Parrish comes to Prichard by way of the 13th Judicial Circuit Court Police where he was a front-line supervisor, managing the day-to-day operations of court security.  

Parrish is an eight-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He also served 14 years with the city of Bayou La Batre Police Department, working in various capacities of increasing responsibility including patrol, investigation, training and jail supervision.

Parrish has completed specialized training with the Alabama Safety Institute, University of Alabama College of Continuing Education, Texas A&M University Emergency Services Training Institute and the Alabama Department of Homeland Security.

According to Prichard personnel, a press conference is planned in the near future with Ephriam and Parish, pending confirmation of Parrish’s appointment by the Prichard City Council. A date for the press conference has yet to be established but the Council meets Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.

Teen killed in Prichard shooting

Prichard police officers responded to reports of shooting at the 1600 block of Haynes and Rich Avenues around 9:30 a.m., Nov. 15. There they discovered the body of 19-year-old James Simpson. Simpson was pronounced dead at the scene from a single gunshot wound to the head.

According to Det. Robert Martin of the Prichard Police Department, an investigation is ongoing, though an arrest related to the case was made at 1:14 p.m., Nov. 18.

According to the Mobile County Sheriff’s Deparment, Kendrick McMillian, 21, of Mobile was arrested in connection to the crime. He has been charged with murder, but no motive had been released by authorities as of press time.

Alleged dismemberer arrested in Elmore County

William Alvin Minton

William Alvin Minton

A man accused of murdering his stepfather is in the custody of the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office for a case that lead authorities to discover a trail of dismembered body parts last week.

The victim, 87-year-old Kenneth Hood, died from blunt-force trauma. Authorities found several body parts in the Magnolia Springs area including Hood’s foot, torso, arm, hand and severed head.

The victim’s stepson, 55-year-old William Alvin Minton, was arrested in connection with the murder on Nov. 12 in Elmore County. He was then transferred to the Baldwin County Jail, where he remains.

According to the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, Minton, of Foley, was charged with with murder, abuse of a corpse and being a fugitive from justice.

Minton was convicted of a sex offense in 1994. He bond is currently set at $1,025,000.