A woman led police on a car chase after an attempted traffic stop July 31.

According to MPD spokesperson Officer Terence Perkins, police attempted to stop 44-year-old Shelia Brown at approximately 5:40 a.m. in the area of Airport Blvd. near the I-65 service road, but she refused to stop. After a short chase, police said Brown stopped in the Marriott hotel parking lot.

Officials said Brown struck several patrol cars with her own vehicle before she eventually stopped. She was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment and attempting to elude police.

Drug bust at Beverly Motel

According to police, officers responded to the Beverly Motel at 4384 Government Blvd. July 31 for a report of a strong chemical smell coming from the hotel room.

MPD arrested 33-year-old Jason McClenton, 42-year-old John Avera and 27-year-old Amanda Black. A child was also present in the room.

Officers located the child, who was then turned over to his grandparents through the Department of Human Resources.

MPD spokesperson Officer Terence Perkins said McClenton was charged with felony possession of drug precursor chemicals, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and felony possession of drug paraphernalia, Avera, who had a county warrant, was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and felony possession of drug paraphernalia. Black, who also had a local warrant, was charged with chemical endangerment of a child.

Robbery, sexual assault at Plantation Apartments

According to officials, 21-year-old Gabriel Obrien Neal was charged with theft of property, sodomy, unlawful imprisonment and third degree robbery after robbing and sexually assaulting a woman at Plantation Apartments on Old Pascagoula Road July 31.
The woman told the MPD that Neal, who she didn’t know, entered her apartment, tied her up and forced her to have unwanted sexual contact. Neal then took her money, jewelry and car keys before leaving the location in her vehicle.

Mobile Fire-Rescue awarded 1.3 million federal grant

The MFRD recently received word from the Department of Homeland Security through the Federal Emergency Management Agency that is has been awarded the FY 2013 Assistance to Firefighters Grant.

According to a press release, MFRD was awarded $1,322,900 under the AFG Operations and Safety Section, for replacement of personal protective equipment.

MFRD will use the funds to replace its current aging air mask called a Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus, which is an essential piece of equipment that enables firefighters to enter hazardous environments like structure fires and chemical releases, officials said.

The first round of awards consisted of 1,704 separate awards with Mobile receiving the 11th highest award.

The grant was applied for in December 2013.