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Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces 2018 Safe Schools Initiative; Invites Nominations for Awards of Excellence
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall is inviting public and private schools throughout the state to submit applications for the 2018 Alabama Safe Schools Initiative Awards of Excellence. 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 ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Two Separate Houston County Murder Convictions
(MONTGOMERY) Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the murder convictions of Clifford Warren Perry and Va’Kevis Raiel Collins. Perry, 50, of Columbia, was convicted in Houston County Circuit Court in April 2018 for the murder of Trevon Lingo. In a separate unrelated case, Collins, 19, of Dothan, was convicted in Houston County Circuit Court in March 2018 for the murder of William Hawkins. During Perry’s trial, the evidence indica ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces that Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Geneva County Reckless Murder Conviction
(MONTGOMERY)--Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday upheld the reckless murder conviction of Justin Tyler Walding. Walding, 31, of Webb, was convicted in the Geneva County Circuit Court in December 2017 for the murder of Cindy Craig Knight. Evidence presented at trial indicated that on the evening of June 11, 2016, Walding had ingested a combination of alprazolam, hydrocodone, and methamphetamine and was travelling at a high rate of ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Statement on Resignation of United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions
(MONTGOMERY) – Attorney General Steve Marshall issued the following statement upon learning of the resignation of United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions Wednesday afternoon. “During his time as U.S. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions has been the standard-bearer for upholding the rule of law and fighting every day to make America safer. He has been a vital partner to state attorneys general, and to me personally, in dealing with violent crime and in strengthening our efforts to combat ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Arrest of Reserve Deputy for Providing False Information to Register to Vote
(MONTGOMERY)--Attorney General Steve Marshall today announced the arrest of a Henry County reserve deputy for providing false information to register to vote. Wylie Aaron Mathis, 48, a resident of Houston County, is a reserve deputy in Henry County. Mathis is charged by a warrant resulting from a complaint brought by the Attorney General’s Office with providing a false address to register to vote in Henry County, in violation of Code of Alabama § 17-17-46. The crime is a class A misdemeano ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Arrests of Three Selma Police Officers for Providing False Information in AG Investigation
(MONTGOMERY)-- Three Selma police officers are charged with making false statements related to a matter under investigation by the Attorney General’s Office. The following men were indicted yesterday by a Dallas County grand jury and surrendered this morning at the Dallas County Jail: ? Toriano Neely, also known as Tory Neely, 48, a lieutenant who supervised the department’s detectives; ? Jeffrey Hardy, also known as Jeff Hardy, 45, a sergeant under Neely’s supervision; and ? Kendal ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Urges Alabamians to Participate in Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Saturday, October 27
(MONTGOMERY)--- Attorney General Steve Marshall urges Alabamians to participate in the DEA Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, on Saturday, October 27, at various locations throughout the state. th This year’s event—the 16 DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back--has approximately 50 collection sites scheduled to be available in Alabama this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to combat the abuse or misuse of potential ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Sentencing of Former ALEA Narcotics Officer for Computer Tampering and Ethics Charges
(MONTGOMERY)--Attorney General Steve Marshall today announced the sentencing of a former Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) officer to serve 60 days in jail for 13 charges, including 12 counts of computer tampering and an ethics charge of using his public position for personal gain. Steven Wrea Ziaja, 40, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges on October 22 and was sentenced by Montgomery County Circuit Judge James Anderson. Judge Anderson sentenced Ziaja to 12 months, split to serve ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Joins in First International Charity Fraud Awareness Week, October 22-26
(MONTGOMERY)—Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall joins with state charities regulators nationwide, the Federal Trade Commission and the National Association of State Charities Officials to announce the first annual International Charity Fraud Awareness Week from October 22 to 26, 2018. This is a coordinated international campaign to help charities and consumers avoid charity fraud and promote wise giving. Consumers may follow events and information at #CharityFraudOut. Attorney Genera ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Leads 13-State Supreme Court Amicus Brief in Support of Pensacola’s Right to Maintain Historic Cross in Public Park
(MONTGOMERY) – Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall led a group of 13 states in filing an amicus brief Thursday to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the City of Pensacola’s right to maintain a historic cross in a downtown public park. “At issue is the right of the City of Pensacola to keep a public landmark in a city park,” said Attorney General Steve Marshall. “The landmark in this case is a simple Latin cross erected in a corner of Bayview Park by the citizens of Pensacola as the na ... Read Full Release
Alabama Supreme Court Upholds Capital Murder Conviction Prosecuted by Then-District Attorney Steve Marshall and Later Defended by Attorney General Marshall on Appeal
(MONTGOMERY) –Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that the Alabama Supreme Court has upheld the capital murder conviction of Jessie Livell Phillips, 38, of Albertville, a case first prosecuted by Marshall while he served as Marshall County District Attorney. This case was the first prosecution in Alabama under the Brody Act, which provides that a defendant may be prosecuted for murder of an unborn baby who is killed. Then District Attorney Marshall was instrumental in the passage of t ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Arrests for Double Homicide in Butler County
(MONTGOMERY)--Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the arrests* today of three men and a woman for the murder of two Evergreen men in Butler County in June 2018. The following defendants are charged with crimes related to the burglary, robbery, kidnapping and murders of Cortez Dees and Luman Williams, who were shot to death on June 2, 2018, on Dilly Hill Road in the Garland community of Butler County: ? Courtney Andrews, 31, of Birmingham, was arrested on September 21 for making a ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Holds 19th Annual Statewide Law Enforcement Summit
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall hosted approximately 900 law enforcement officials from all over the state of Alabama today during the 19th annual Attorney General’s Law Enforcement Summit. The 2018 summit offered a day of instruction in ongoing and new challenges facing police officers, sheriff’s offices and State law enforcement officials. Attorney General Marshall began the summit by welcoming law enforcement officers and thanking them for their service and sacrifice to en ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall, Home Builders Licensure Board Warn Against Home Repair Fraud in the Wake of Hurricane Michael
(MONTGOMERY) – Attorney General Steve Marshall and the Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board are warning consumers to be wary of home repair fraud that may occur in the wake of Hurricane Michael. The Home Builders Licensure Board maintains an official list of licensed residential homebuilders for the state and urges hurricane victims to check this before doing business with a homebuilder or remodeler. The Board's website (www.hblb.alabama.gov) contains a wealth of information to help ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Randolph County Murder Conviction
(MONTGOMERY) Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the murder conviction of Tyrik Lataz Treadwell. Treadwell, 20, of Roanoke, was convicted in Randolph County Circuit Court in November 2017 for the murder of Rodriguez Staples. Evidence was presented at trial that on January 12, 2013, Treadwell and Charles Brown went to the Traveler’s Inn in Randolph County to rob Staples, and that Treadwell killed Staples. Two women, Samantha Golden and ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Warns Against Price Gouging as Alabama Placed Under State of Emergency in Advance of Hurricane Michael
(MONTGOMERY) Attorney General Steve Marshall warned those who would seek to illegally profit from bad weather that Alabama’s price gouging law has been activated in advance of the arrival of Hurricane Michael this week. Alabama’s price gouging law comes into effect when the Governor declares a State of Emergency and it prohibits the ‘unconscionable pricing’ of items for sale or rent. Effective at 3:00 p.m., October 8, Governor Ivey declared a State of Emergency “in anticipation of wide-spr ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Houston County Felony Murder Conviction
(MONTGOMERY) Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the felony murder conviction of Kharon Torchec Davis. Davis, 34, of Dothan was convicted in Houston County Circuit Court in September 2017 for the murder of Pete Reaves. Evidence at trial established that on June 9, 2007, Davis, Lorenzo Stacey and Kevin McCloud drove to Reaves’s apartment to purchase marijuana. While Stacey waited outside, Davis and McCloud entered Reaves’s apa ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Settlement with Uber to Enforce and Strengthen Data Breach Protections
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced Alabama has participated in a nationwide settlement with Uber that compels the company to comply with data breach notification laws and to make substantial improvements to its data security measures. In addition, Uber will pay a total of $148 million to the states, with the State of Alabama receiving $2 million. All 50 states and the District of Columbia joined the settlement with the California- based ride-sharing company, Uber Techno ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Wins Preliminary Injunction Against Dangerous and Deceptive Plumbing Operation in Northeast Alabama
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that a Calhoun County Circuit Court on Friday granted a preliminary injunction against a plumbing operation that had conducted dangerous and deceptive practices in several northeast Alabama counties. In the order, Judge Brian P. Howell found good cause to believe that defendants American Plumbing, Richard Joshua Pesnell, Jessica Pesnell, and Richard G. Pesnell had engaged in acts or practices that violate the Deceptive Trade Practices ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Shelby County Murder Conviction
(MONTGOMERY) Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the murder conviction of Latasha Nichole Smith. Smith, 35, of Columbiana was convicted in Shelby County Circuit Court in April 2018 for the murder of Keith Fulgham. Evidence at trial established that on the evening of June 6, 2016, Smith was at a party with a number of acquaintances, including the victim, Fulgham. She became agitated with Fulgham because he had allegedly remarked to ... Read Full Release
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