26 arrests made in roundup
Published 8:40 pm Thursday, December 18, 2008
Twenty-six people were arrested Wednesday by eight different law enforcement agencies during a countywide roundup targeting those charged with grand jury indictments and various warrants.
The most recent grand jury session was held Dec. 8-12 with 594 cases being presented. Of those, 218 were returned as “true bills,” or indictments, and 52 were returned as “no bills.” Covington County district attorney Greg Gambril said 192 cases were “disposed of,” or settled prior to grand jury, and 132 cases were continued.
Included in those true bills were several of the 26 people arrested.
Those were arrested on grand jury indictments were:
Jamie Busch, 19 of Andalusia for unlawful distribution of a controlled substance.
Alicia Beamon, 24, of Andalusia for unlawful distribution of a controlled substance.
Albert “Alboe” Jackson Sorrells, 44, of Red Level on first degree unlawful possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
James Edward Sorrells, 68, of Red Level on unlawful distribution of a controlled substance.
Robert “Rabbit” L. Adams, 53, of Lockhart on third-degree burglary and third-degree theft of property.
Jesse Jackson, 62, of Opp on unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
Ronald S. Grace, 25, of Andalusia on unlawful distribution of a controlled substance.
Mark L. Beverly, 35, of Red Level on unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance, trafficking methamphetamine, chemical endangerment of a child, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
Brandy R. Beverly, 28, of Red Level on unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance, trafficking methamphetamine, chemical endangerment of a child, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
Angel Nichols, 33, of Andalusia on first degree assault, reckless endangerment, driving under the influence and chemical endangerment of a child.
Brian McClellan, 49, of Andalusia on unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
Robert Jeffery Schofield on unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
Also arrested on worthless check charges were Linda Hyde, Melissa Phillips, Scotty Phillips, Marshelle Holmes, Janna Morrow and Kevin Goolsby.
Opp Municipal Court warrants and other warrants arrests included Elizabeth Riley, Sabrina Phillips, Brendon Townsend, Donavan Spenard, Marshelle Holmes, Capricia Parker and Charles Searcy.
Additionally, Angela Queen was arrested on a DTF warrant for second degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
In addition, 14 individuals with outstanding worthless checks for which arrest warrants have not yet been taken were located and made contact with the District Attorney’s Office to arrange payment of restitution.
“The purpose of these ‘round ups’ is to bring several law enforcement agencies together to share their information and resources to locate multiple people for bad checks and warrants,” Gambril said. “From time to time, we work to focus on one day, everyone coming and working together.”
Gambril, whose office initiated the round up as well as several others in the past, called the day’s efforts an “overwhelming success.”
“A few weeks back, D.A. investigator Brett Holmes contacted several of our local law enforcement agencies about conducting a round up to serve multiple arrest warrants that have either been pending or were returned by the December grand jury,” he said. “I know I sound like a broken record when I hype on the effectiveness of coordinated law enforcement efforts, but it is a tactic that I strongly believe in. This round up is a stellar example of what law enforcement can achieve when they work together towards a common goal.”
The following agencies took part in the day’s efforts: Covington County District Attorney’s Office; Covington County Sheriff’s Department and Reserves; Andalusia Police Department, Opp Police Department, Gantt Police Department, 22nd Judicial Drug Task Force, Alabama Probation and Parole, Alabama Beverage Control Board and Coffee County Sheriff’s Office.
Gambril said Sheriff Dennis Meeks “literally was in the middle of this round-up as he actually got out there and assisted in a few of the arrests. His entire department, from reserves to road deputies to investigators to jailers to the sheriff himself, was involved in making the round up a success.”
Gambril also noted that new Opp Police Chief Nickey Carnley is expanding his department’s efforts in arresting persons who have failure to appear warrants in Opp Municipal Court in order to increase revenue for the city.
“When people don’t show up for court or refuse to pay their fines, the city takes a hit,” he said. “With this round up, one of the focuses was assisting Opp PD in arresting persons with these warrants that live outside of their jurisdiction.”