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Attorney General Steve Marshall Commends Walker County Sheriff and District Attorney for Enforcing Alabama’s Gambling Law
(MONTGOMERY) - Attorney General Steve Marshall commended Walker County Sheriff Nick Smith and Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair for taking swift action to close newly-established illegal electronic bingo halls in Walker County. “Alabama law is crystal clear,” said Attorney General Marshall. “Electronic bingo and coin slot machines are illegal. No matter what the operators of these unlawful enterprises claim, the Alabama Supreme Court has definitively and repeatedly ruled that ele ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall, State Comptroller Kathleen Baxter Issue Consumer Alert About Fraudulent Checks That Appear to Be from State of Alabama
(MONTGOMERY) –Attorney General Steve Marshall and State Comptroller Kathleen Baxter issued a consumer alert today warning that scammers are sending out fraudulent checks that purport to be from the State of Alabama Department of Finance. Even though no funds have been withdrawn from the State of Alabama accounts due to the fraudulent checks, it is important that the State of Alabama warn consumers of the scam that is taking place. The checks have been sent, usually by priority mail, through ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Winners of 2018 Safe Schools Initiative Awards of Excellence
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall today announced the winners of the 2018 Alabama Safe Schools Initiative Awards of Excellence. Last week, a panel of independent judges met at the Attorney General’s Office to review submissions from 94 schools throughout Alabama, a record number since the program began in 2002 and twice the number received last year. Winners were selected from each of the eight state school board districts as well as private schools for each* state region. ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Statement on Arrest of Suspect in Murders of Tracie Hawlett and J.B. Beasley in 20-Year-Old Wiregrass Cold Case
(MONTGOMERY)—Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall issued the following statement today concerning the arrest of a suspect for the 1999 murders of Tracie Hawlett and J.B. Beasley of Dothan. “For two decades the families of Tracie Hawlett and J.B. Beasley have sought answers and a suspect in the unsolved brutal murders of their 17-year-old girls. On the night of July 31, 1999, Hawlett and Beasley went together to a party in nearby Headland and lost their way. Sadly, they never made it bac ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall, Lee County DA Brandon Hughes, Sheriff Jay Jones Join with Home Builders Licensure Board to Warn Against Home Repair Fraud Following Storm Damage
(MONTGOMERY) – As Lee County and other parts of Alabama are struggling to recover from the devastating storms that struck on March 3, affected residents continue the hard work of clearing debris and repairing damage to homes and other structures. Attorney General Steve Marshall, Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes, Sheriff Jay Jones and other local officials, today joined with the Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board at a news conference to warn against fraudulent practices and adv ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Arrest of Butler County Juvenile Probation Officer Terry Van Lewis for Sex Crimes Against Juveniles
(MONTGOMERY)--Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the arrest today of Butler County Juvenile Probation Officer Terry Van Lewis for one charge of first-degree rape and two charges of first-degree sexual abuse. Lewis, 63, of Montgomery, surrendered at the Butler County Jail and his bond was set at a total of $300,000. Attorney General Marshall’s Criminal Trials Division presented evidence to a Butler County grand jury on March 12 resulting in Lewis’ indictments on March 13. Specifical ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Joins President Donald Trump for White House Briefing on Impact of Cross-Border Drug Trafficking
(WASHINGTON) - Attorney General Steve Marshall joined President Donald Trump at the White House today to brief him on the impact of drug trafficking at and between points of entry at the southern border. “I want to thank President Trump for his willingness to listen to state and local law enforcement on the destructive toll that drug trafficking is taking on our communities and families in Alabama and elsewhere along America’s southern border,” said Attorney General Steve Mar ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Encourages Generosity, Urges Vigilance When Donating to Groups to Aid Storm Victims
(MONTGOMERY)—In the wake of horrific tornadoes that took nearly two dozen lives in eastern Alabama this week, many Alabamians are struggling to recover, while others are looking for ways to help those who lost everything. Attorney General Steve Marshall joined Governor Kay Ivey and local officials in Beauregard today to survey storm damage. Attorney General Marshall urged the public to exercise caution before giving money to charities, to ensure that their money really goes to help tornado ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Etowah County Murder Conviction
(MONTGOMERY)--Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the murder conviction of Kenneth Tyler Parker. Parker, 28, of Boaz, was convicted in Etowah County Circuit Court in October 2017 for the murder of Wesley Clifton. Evidence at trial indicated that Parker and Clifton had both dated the same woman at different times during the five years preceding the murder. On June 8, 2016, Parker asked another woman, Amber McCoy, to lure Clifton t ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Top Consumer Complaints in Alabama During 2018
(MONTGOMERY) -- Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the top five categories of complaints from Alabama consumers received by his office’s Consumer Interest Division over the last year. They are complaints involving: 1. Automobiles, 2. Online Purchases, 3. Debt Collection, 4. Cable and Satellite Services, and 5. Landlord/Tenant Issues. The total number of consumer complaints in 2018 was 2,710. “While National Consumer Protection Week is a time to remind everyone to be on guard a ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Start of Wells Fargo Customer Redress Review Program
(MONTGOMERY)--Attorney General Steve Marshall today announced that Wells Fargo Bank N.A. has begun a program for consumers who have not received compensation through previous means to seek possible relief. Wells Fargo’s customer redress review program, mandated by a settlement in which the Alabama Attorney General’s Office took a leading role in negotiating, provides that these consumers may seek to have their inquiry or complaint reviewed by a Wells Fargo escalation team. “Many consumers ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Arrest of Former State Senator Zeb Little for Felony Theft of More Than $25,000
(MONTGOMERY) – Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that former state senator Zeb Little, 50, of Cullman, was indicted* by a Cullman County grand jury on three counts of felony theft of property. Little surrendered to the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office yesterday and was released on a $15,000 bond. Following an investigation by the Cullman Police Department and the Attorney General’s Office, Attorney General Steve Marshall’s Criminal Trials Division presented evidence to a Cullman Cou ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Felony Theft Convictions of Disbarred Attorney from Walker County, Garve Ivey Jr.
(MONTGOMERY) – Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that a disbarred attorney from Walker County was convicted yesterday of two counts of felony theft of property. Garve Ivey Jr., 67, of Jasper, admitted to unlawfully taking client funds from his trust account over a period of several years to fund his extravagant lifestyle. He pleaded guilty in Walker County Circuit Court before specially-appointed Judge Michael Streety. The investigation into Ivey began after the Attorney General’s ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces 16-Year Prison Sentence of Bibb County Man for Hindering Prosecution
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that a Centreville man was sentenced to 16 years in prison for helping his cousin evade capture after murdering one woman and kidnapping and assaulting her sister. Gary Wade Rowland was sentenced yesterday in Bibb County Circuit Court. Rowland was a habitual offender with prior convictions for vehicular homicide and drug crimes. Rowland’s cousin, John Barry Hubbard of Eoline, is serving a sentence of life imprisonment without parole f ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Settlements with Fiat Chrysler and Robert Bosch Company for Consumer Protection Violations in Concealing Vehicle Emission Levels
(MONTGOMERY) – Attorney General Steve Marshall announced today that Alabama has been a leader in a coalition of states that obtained landmark settlements with Fiat Chrysler and with Robert Bosch GmbH for consumer protection violations due to illegally altered measurements of vehicle emissions. The settlements have been agreed to by the parties and are subject to final court approval. Separate state and private settlements with Fiat and with Bosch will provide compensation for Alabama co ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Extends Applications Deadline for 2018 Safe Schools Initiative Awards of Excellence
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall is extending the deadline for applications for the 2018 Safe Schools Initiative Awards of Excellence until March 12. The Attorney General’s Office will honor private school winners from north, central and south Alabama, in addition to the winners from each of the state’s eight public school board districts. “These awards offer a valuable opportunity to honor schools that are succeeding with outstanding safety plans, to recognize procedures th ... Read Full Release
Alabama Supreme Court Grants Attorney General Steve Marshall’s Request to Stay Jefferson County Circuit Court Ruling Against Alabama Memorial Preservation Act
(MONTGOMERY) - Attorney General Steve Marshall announced Friday that the Alabama Supreme Court has granted the State of Alabama’s motion to stay a recent Jefferson County Circuit Court judgment that declared the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act of 2017 to be unconstitutional. “I am pleased that the Alabama Supreme Court has granted the State’s motion to stay the Circuit Court’s ruling,” said Attorney General Marshall. “We think that U.S. Supreme Court precedent clearly demonstrates that ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Felony Ethics Conviction of Former Clerk of Town of Pisgah
(MONTGOMERY)--Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the felony ethics conviction of the former clerk of the Town of Pisgah in Jackson County. Jennifer Lynne Hall, 43, pleaded guilty Tuesday to intentionally using her official position to steal $64,254 from the Town of Pisgah. Hall was sentenced in Jackson County Circuit Court to 12 years, of which the first 10 years is to be served on supervised probation with the requirement that she make monthly payments of $535 in restitution. If H ... Read Full Release
Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall Statement on Execution of Triple-Murderer Domineque Ray
(MONTGOMERY) - Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall issued the following statement Thursday night in response to the execution of death-row inmate Domineque Ray at Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore. “For 20 years, Domineque Ray has successfully eluded execution for the barbaric murder of a 15-year-old Selma girl,” said Attorney General Marshall. “In 1995, Ray brutally deprived young Tiffany Harville of her life, repeatedly stabbing and raping her before leaving her body in a cotto ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Formation of Economic Crime Alliance of Alabama
(MONTGOMERY) - Attorney General Steve Marshall and representatives from federal and state law enforcement announced the formation of the Economic Crime Alliance of Alabama (ECAA) to fight financial crime in the state. The group held its first meeting on Wednesday morning at the Attorney General’s Office. The ECAA was originally launched in the early 2000s to provide a statewide support system for the prevention, investigation and prosecution of financial, economic and high-technology crim ... Read Full Release
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