Saraland Police are on the lookout for a suspected drug trafficker. WKRG News 5 reports that police are searching for 24 year old Brandon White of Prichard after they seized over 1000 grams of synthetic marijuana last week. After making the bust, they engaged White in a vehicle pursuit that ended in Prichard.
Once caught, White will be charged with Attempting to Elude and Drug Trafficking. If anyone knows of his whereabouts, they should immediately contact the Saraland Police Department at (251) 459-8477 .
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Saraland Police are on the lookout for an escaped prisoner. Jason Covington escaped while on work detail. He was serving time for a misdemeanor offense. When caught, he will now also face charges of second degree escape.
Investigators say he left his work detail with the aid of his girlfriend, Sarah Alisa Newburn of Citronelle. Newburn has been arrested for facilitating an escape. Anyone with information on Covington’s whereabouts should contact the Saraland Police Department at (251) 675-5331.
The number of people escaping prison has been dropping for years. The number of prisoners that escaped in 1991 stood at 2,660. By 1998, the number had fallen to 660. Experts list a number of reasons for the decline, but most point toward newer and more advanced prisons in helping to keep inmates locked up.
Those statistics do not count “walkaways” like Jason Covington. It is much more difficult to keep inmates from leaving work details or force them to return from a furlough programs. However, with security cameras everywhere, and the highly digital nature of our society, it is only a matter of time before an escaped inmate is found. It is very difficult to hide these days, and that difficulty will only increase in the coming years.
When you hear about someone using a fake ID, it is usually a teenager attempting to buy alcohol or get into a night club. Saraland Police ran into a totally different scenario during a traffic stop on August 8th. Fox 10 News reports that Saraland Police arrested two people for using a fake ID to try and hide their identities and avoid felony warrants.
The two suspects were 59-year-old Curly L. Coleman and 50-year-old Jennifer L. Barren. Coleman had warrants from two charges: unlawful possession of a controlled substance and third degree domestic violence. Barren had warrants for probation revocation. The two now face charges of obstructing justice using a false identity.
According to Alabama Code 13A-8-194, obstructing justice using a false identity consists of “A person commits the crime of obstructing justice using a false identity if he or she uses identification documents or identifying information of another person or a fictitious person to avoid summons, arrest, prosecution, or to impede a criminal investigation.” The crime is considered a Class C felony. A Class C felony comes with a sentence of at least 1 year, but less than 10 years unless firearms, deadly weapons, or sex crimes against children are involved. In those cases, the sentence is 10 years or more.
Saraland Police are investigating a bank robbery that occurred today around 4:15 PM. Trustmark Bank on Highway 43 was the scene of the crime. According to Fox 10 News, the suspect in the robbery is a black male wearing long jean shorts. The suspect was wearing a bandana and a backpack when he was robbing the bank. Anyone with information regarding this crime should contact the Saraland Police Department as soon as possible.
Bank robberies have been declining in the US for some time. Robberies of banks hit a high of nearly 9,400 in 1991. In 2011, the last year with complete data, about 5,000 banks were robbed and about $38 million was stolen. Preliminary numbers from 2012 show that robberies have fallen even further to around 3,800.
Better bank security and investigative techniques are largely credited with cutting down bank robbery attempts. Tougher sentencing for would be bank robbers is another deterrent. An article from Time suggests another theory, that many criminals have shifted to the electronic front. Time notes that while bank robberies have decreased, ATM and online scams have sky rocketed.
Saraland Police have been busy keeping the internet safe for children over the past year. Thanks to help from a group called Internet Crimes Against Children, the Saraland Police Department has become adept at finding and catching child predators who use computers to target children. According to Fox 10 News, the tactic has paid off big time, with 7 arrests in the past two weeks alone.
The strategy used is similar to the one on the NBC show “To Catch A Predator.” Police use one of their officers to act as a child on the internet, or as an adult seeking a child. In the past year, over 28 arrests have been made. Police warn that despite the program’s success, there are still many predators out there. The seven individuals arrested in the past week include Lancy White Jr., Jesse James, Israel Williams, Darrin Landrum, Jason Wilcox, Rafael Nunes Barrionuevo and Thomas Ford.
The advent of chat rooms, instant messengers, and message boards on the internet created a great tool for communicating with others over the net more than a decade ago. Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus have taken over in recent years. These tools have allowed greater communication than has even been possible in the past. There is a dark side to these amazing tools, and it comes in the form of child predators.
It is in the best interest of parents to keep an eye out on their children when it comes to using the internet. Educating them to the dangers that exist online is also key. While it may be impossible to root out every predator lurking on the net, it is possible to prevent your child from becoming a victim. Understanding the threat is one of the biggest hurdles.
As of last night, 16 year old Christin Cunningham of Saraland was still missing. According to Al.com, Christin’s parents believe her friends at Saraland High School may know her whereabouts, but are not talking. Her friends did tell the parents that the girl is all right, though.
The Saraland Police Department believes Christin may be staying with friends in Wilmer or Lucedale. Investigators were dispatched to Wilmer on Friday and Saturday, but their search came up empty. Christin has been missing since March 19th.
At the moment, the case appears to be one of a runaway. Christin’s parents have taken to Facebook in an effort to contact her, assuring her that they can work through any problems she is having, and that they love and miss her. Anyone with information on Christin Cunningham’s whereabouts should contact the Saraland Police Department.
A Saraland family has taken to Facebook to help find their missing child. Sixteen year old Christin Cunningham has not been seen nor heard from since 10:00 PM on March 19th. The Saraland Police Department is on the case, but as of yesterday Christin was still missing. Dozens of Facebook users have shared posts detailing the case in an effort to spread the word and help find Christin.
If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of Christin Cunningham, they should contact the Saraland Police Department, or her father, Tony Cunningham, through Facebook. Thanks to social media, a large net has been created, allowing hundreds or even thousands of witnesses to group up in situations like these. Below is a picture of Christin to help anyone identify her.
The Saraland Police Department made a second arrest this week pertaining to possession of cocaine. Police arrested two former locals on Wednesday for possession after a traffic stop on I-65. The latest arrest was 19 year old Texas native Nelson J. Salinas.
The arrest was carried out by the Saraland Police Department Special Operations Unit after a routine traffic stop on I-65 according to Fox 10 News. During the stop, officers found and seized cocaine in the suspect’s vehicle. Salinas will be charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
The location of these latest arrests is telling. I-65 is a major interstate that traverses many major cities, beginning in Mobile. The interstate runs north through Montgomery, Birmingham, Nashville, Louisville, and Indianapolis before ending near Lake Michigan. Though these latest busts have been small, larger busts have occurred on I-65, as it is a prime route for traffickers headed north.
The Saraland Police Department is on the lookout for a man who stole valuable coins using a fake check. The suspect’s identity is unknown at this point, but surveillance photos can be found below. According to WKRG News 5, the suspect purchased 4 Carson City Morgan Coins using the fake check. The coins are valued at $900.
If caught, the man will face charges of 2nd degree theft by deception, and 2nd degree forgery. Anyone who can help identify the suspect is encouraged to call the Saraland Police Department at (251) 375-5375.
Saraland Police have arrested two men on charges of electronic solicitation of a child, and attempting to possess child pornography. The bust is the latest helped by Internet Crimes against Children (I.C.A.C.). The two men involved were 20 year old Wesley Elvin Lartigue, and 19 year old Johnny Gray Craig Jr, both from Mobile. Both individuals are being held in Metro jail.
In June of this past summer, Saraland made several arrests with the help of I.C.A.C. The group was formed in 1998 to help combat sexual predators from using the internet to prey on children. The I.C.A.C. has helped arrest over 16,000 child predators since it was founded. The group has also helped train officers and prosecutors in the methods needed to catch child predators on the internet. With the groups help, the internet will be a much safer place for the child of the area.