A University of South Alabama employee was struck and killed by a pickup truck on Old Shell Road while cleaning debris from the road July 28, officials said.

The 53-year-old female victim, Janis Bowens, was blowing debris from the roadway in front of Stanky Baseball Field when she was struck by a pickup truck traveling westbound.

The victim was wearing her safety vest at the time of the incident, officials said.

She was transported to a local hospital where she later died from her injuries.

According to police, the driver of the pickup truck passed both a breathalyzer test and a field sobriety test.

The Mobile Police Department said investigators will continue the investigation and ask if you have any information to please call 251-208-7211.

Man jumps from Cochrane-Africatown Bridge

The Mobile-Fire Rescue Department responded to the Cochran-Africatown USA Bridge early July 27 after a witness reported a man apparently jumping from the bridge.

According to MFRD Public Information Office Steve Huffman, the department was called to the scene around 8:33 a.m.

“Our fire boat and smaller rescue boat searched around the area as well as ground crews but found nothing,” he said.

Huffman said the MFRD turned the scene over to Mobile County Sheriff’s Flotilla and the Mobile Police Department at approximately 9:47 a.m.

“At that point it was no longer a rescue but a recovery effort,” Huffman said.

MPD Public Information Officer Terence Perkins said no further updates or information regarding the case was available at press time.

More information about this developing story will be published online as it is made available.

MPD arrest man on burglary, murder charges at Rondo apartments

The MPD are continuing an investigation related to an alleged murder at Rondo Apartments on July 27. According to officials, officers responded to the apartment complex at 3993 Cottage Hill Road for a report of one shot.

A 27-year-old female victim stated her estranged husband, 33-year-old Alvin Tillman, broke into her apartment, shot her and also shot 44-year-old Ronnie Minefield.

The Mobile Fire-Rescue Department responded to the scene where they transported the female victim to a local hospital and pronounced Minefield dead.

Tillman was taken into custody by police, interviewed, arrested and charged with first degree burglary, murder and attempted murder.

Steak thief apprehended

A man is in jail today after he allegedly shoplifted steaks from a Rouses Supermarket.

The MPD said officers responded to Rouses at 7361 Theodore Dawes Road on Friday, July 25, for a report of robbery, where the victim, a loss prevention officer, stated he attempted to stop 60-year-old Donnie Moore from shoplifting steaks.

Moore pushed passed the loss prevention officer, reached his vehicle and armed himself with a handgun, which he then pointed at the officer.

In response, the officer armed himself with his handgun and a citizen, seeing what happened, also armed himself with a handgun and fired several shots in Moore’s direction, striking his vehicle.

The MPD located Moore a short time later near an apartment complex. According to a press release, no charges will be filed against the citizen for discharging his weapon.

Moore was booked into Mobile County Metro jail and charged with first degree robbery.

MPD arrest alleged rapist

Mobile police say their search for a man accused of rape has finally ended.

Jeffrey Sewell, 30, who has been on the run for the alleged sexual assault of a woman, was arrested July 21.

According to officials, police responded to a local business for a report of sexual assault on July 8. The female victim claimed Sewell held her against her will while physically and sexually assaulting her over several hours.

Sewell was wanted for first degree rape, first degree kidnapping, first degree sodomy and domestic violence strangulation.

Prior to the arrest, Sewell was out on bond for third degree burglary and under probation for domestic violence against another female.

Sewell’s previous history also includes robbery, possession of a controlled substance and giving a false name.

Man arrested for burglary, sexual assault

After telling police he would not turn himself in, the MPD arrested 20-year-old Jawaun Tremane Jones for an alleged burglary and sexual assault that occurred July 18.

According to the MPD, a female victim stated she was sleeping when Jones, armed with a gun, entered her home through an unlocked window, demanded money and sexually assaulted her before leaving the residence. Jones also allegedly stole items from two male victims, including a vehicle.

The vehicle has been recovered, police said.

Jones was taken into custody on July 21 and charged with two accounts of first degree robbery, obstruction of justice, second degree possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, first degree rape, first degree burglary, first degree sodomy and first degree theft of property.

Luckie Avenue homicide investigation continues

MPD continue to investigate the death of a man who suffered from a single gunshot wound outside a residence.

According to officials, officers responded to the 1800 block of Luckie Avenue for a report of one shot. Police found 54-year-old Leanord Populus suffering from a gunshot wound.

Mobile Fire-Rescue responded to the scene and pronounced Populus dead.

MPD said investigators will continue the investigation and ask if you have any information to please call 251-208-7211.