Myrtlewood man charged with murder

The Marengo County Sheriff’s Department along with the Linden Police Department worked to arrest Joseph McDonald Miles May 31 on murder charges. Miles, 26 of Myrtlewood, is charged with the murder of Chadrick Kornegay, 46. The shooting death occurred May 30 in Kornegay’s front yard in Half Acre.

Kornegay was shot in the chest and later died on the scene. Marengo County Sheriff Ben Bates said the murder is the first in the county this year.

Forkland man arrested on federal gun charge

On June 7, the Demopolis Police Criminal Investigations Division arrested Dewayne Davis, 40, of Forkland on a Federal Indictment for Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person. This federal charge followed an incident where Demopolis police officers arrested Davis in April 2017 on state charges of Certain Persons Forbidden to Possess a Pistol and Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Davis had been previously convicted of Murder in Greene County in 1998 and had been released from prison in 2013. Davis has been transported to Mobile County Metro Jail to stand for his federal charges.

Demopolis Arrest Reports: April 17, 2017

March 31 – Gregory C. Harbin, 29, Criminal Trespass III, Hilltop Circle

March 31 – Jason L. Monroe, 37, Poss. of Marijuana, East Pettus St.

March 31 – Brian D. Sams, 35, Domestic Violence II, Poss. of Marijuana, East Pettus St.

March 31 – Reuben Hunter, 28, Failure to Obey a Police Officer, Gaineswood Dr.

April 1 – Douglas C. Manley, 19, Poss. of Marijuana II, Walmart Parking Lot

April 4 – Ruben Hunter, 28, Criminal Trespass III, Quail Meadows Apt.

April 4 – Davonte L. Harris, 23, Robbery II, Rainbow Circle

April 5 – Christin D. Hicks, 21, Contempt of Court, Theft of Property IV, Failure to Appear, Eutaw Police Dept.

April 6 – Latisha S. Collins, 23, Contempt of Court, Creekridge Apt.

April 8 – Dewayne Davis, 40, Ex-Felon in Poss. of a Firearm, Poss. of a Controlled Substance, Parr’s Chevron

April 8 – Frankie B. Mackins, 45, Contempt of Court, Marengo County Detention Center

April 8 – Darryl J. Bates, 29, Poss. of Marijuana, Hwy 80 East

April 9 – Kevin L. McIntosh, 35, Poss. of Marijuana II, Alias Writ of Arrest, Hwy 80 West

April 9 – Reginald Watters, 26, Contempt of Court, US Hwy 43 South

April 9 – Shaniqua S. Johnson, 23, Poss. of Marijuana, McDonald’s Parking Lot

April 9 – Danny L. McNeil, 37, DUI, US Hwy 80 West

April 9 – Lazarus C. Mitchell, 31, Cocaine – Possession, Creekwood Apt.

April 9 – Michael T. Brock, 27, Cocaine – Possession, Creekwood Apt

April 10 – Lynce M. Crispin, 27, Theft of Property IV, Fred’s Dollar Store

April 11 – Harley D. Snodgrass, 22, Forgery III (two counts), E. Washington

April 12 – Chylonn P. Spencer, 31, Contempt of Court, Alias Writ of Arrests (two counts) E. Washington

April 12 – Fred L. Richardson, 52, Poss. of Marijuana, DUI, East Pettus St.

April 13 – Desmond Cobb, 24, Assault III, HomePlace Suites Parking Lot

April 13 – Maurico Mitchell, 24, Drug Paraphernalia – 1st Offense, East Fulton

April 13 – David J. McShan, 21, Poss. of Marijuana, Hwy 80 West

April 13 – Evi Samora, 22, Pick up for Greensboro PD (Leaving the Scene of an Accident), Domino’s

April 14 – Brad A. Braxton, 28, Poss. of Marijuana II, Floyd and Roman Alley

April 14 – Andrew D. Ervin, 32, Pick up for Marengo (Probation Violation), North Front St.

Demopolis Arrest Reports: April 3, 2017

March 18 – Marlon C. Wedgeworth, 33, Possession of a Concealed Weapon without a Permit, Harassment (Verbal Threat), Hwy 80 West

March 19 – Kelley A. Pettus, 49, Theft of Property IV, Walmart

March 21 – Donta T. Reed, 27, Possession of a Concealed Weapon without a Permit, Contempt of Court, East Washington Street

March 21 – Johnny L. Ormond, 61, Appears in Public Place Under Influence, Elk’s Food Mart

March 21 – Mitchell D. Moore, 27, Domestic Violence III, Old Springhill Road

March 22 – Brian Franks, 54, Menacing – Intimidation Only, Strawberry Street

March 23 – Caitlin N. Bambarger, 27, DUI, South Cedar Ave

March 23 – Patrick L. Birl, 41, DUI, West Decatur

March 24 – Jacob L. Nored, 22, Domestic Violence III, Rosedale Drive

March 24 – Brittany E. Sorrells, 28, Contempt of Court, DPD

March 25 – Anthony Mack, 37, Appears in Public Place Under Influence, Jefferson Road

March 25 – Georgia M. Gray, 57, Possession of Marijuana II, CVS parking lot

March 25 – Gregory Howell, 50, Shoplifting, Walmart

March 26 – Joseph P. Knowles Jr., 35, Failure to Appear/Bail Jumping Felonies, South Cedar Street

March 27 – Gregory Howell, 50, Menacing – Intimidation Only, Marengo County Detention Center

March 28 – Devonta L. Richardson, 23, Possession of a Concealed Weapon without a Permit, Parrs Chevron 80 & Jefferson

March 28 – Denedra A. Richardson, 25, Disorderly Conduct/Disturbing Peace, Parrs Chevron

March 28 – Christopher L. Burton, 34, DUI, Hwy 43 North

March 29 – Bryan L. Finch, 37, Contempt of Court, Dunn Street

March 29 – David J. Gracie, 25, Terrorist Threat TT, Washington Street

March 29 – Derrick L Cox, 47, Burglary III, Burglary of Auto (two counts), Washington Street

March 30 – Tydejah M. Taylor, 21, Disorderly Conduct, S. Front Street Apt. 406

March 30 – Tiffany T. Perkins, 24, Disorderly Conduct/Disturbing Peace, E. Washington Street

March 30 – Cornelius H. Johnson, 59, Failure to Appear/Health Sewage Insanitary, North Cherry Ave

March 30 – William E. Wallace, 37, Contempt of Court/Interrupting Court Proceeding, Martin Luther King Homes

Demopolis man arrested after Red Barn fight

The Demopolis Police Department responded to a fight call in the Red Barn parking lot in Demopolis around 1 a.m. Feb. 18. The altercation, which reportedly involved several individuals, saw two people cut with a knife.

Officers were advised that Marshal McDowell, who was later arrested, had cut one person on the neck and another one on the hand during the fight.  McDowell reportedly became upset after he could not find his girlfriend and this is when the altercation took place.

The DPD arrested Marshal McDowell, 31, of Demopolis and charged him with Assault in the Second Degree. He was processed and later transported to the Marengo County Detention Center for a Bond Hearing.

The two other individuals were transported to Bryan Whitfield Hospital in Demopolis for treatment.

Linden Arrest Reports: Dec. 5, 2016

Nov. 19 — Walter Williams, 39, Public Intoxication

Nov. 23 — James E. King, 33, Failure to Appear

Nov. 23 — Steven E. Witherspoon, 32, Failure to Appear

Dec. 3 — Jessie E. Todd, 53, Theft of Property IV


UPDATED: Charges upgraded in Gallion home invasion case; Scruggs charged with Capital Murder

UPDATED: Oct. 28, 1:23 p.m.

Charges against Cordarius Scruggs, who was arrested Wednesday, have been upgraded to Capital Murder and Burglary in the First Degree according to District Attorney Greg Griggers. If convicted of capital murder, Scruggs could face the death penalty.

The charges are the latest in a case which started Monday, when Scruggs shot Marengo County resident Jessie Houston in the head during a home invasion and burglary at Houston’s home. Houston was later discovered when her juvenile son returned home from school Monday afternoon

Houston was taken to DCH Regional Medical Center where she later died.

UPDATED: Oct. 26, 6:15 p.m.



Cordarius Demetrius Scruggs, 19, was arrested on three felony counts at 2:03 p.m. today. The counts include Assault in the First Degree, Theft of Property in the First Degree, and Burglary in the First Degree.

On Oct. 24, Marengo County resident Jessie Houston, 49, was discovered by her juvenile son when he arrived home from school around 3:26 p.m. She was found lying on the floor of her home at 17012 Linc Road in Gallion suffering a gunshot wound to the head, and her car was stolen. Houston was transported to DCH Regional Medical Center where she is in critical condition.

A BOLO (be on the lookout) was issued statewide for the stolen vehicle, and it was later recovered on U.S. Hwy 11 North in Livingston near Lake Village Apartments.

A person of interest was identified in the case, and Scruggs was questioned around 9 p.m. and later arrested.

Anyone with any information regarding the case is asked to contact the Marengo County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at (334) 295-2226 as the investigation is ongoing.

Sheriff Richard Bates also thanked the Livingston Police Department, Linden Police Department, Demopolis Police Department, University of West Alabama Police Department, and the 17th Judicial Task Force for assistance.


An arrest has been made in a home invasion case that occurred on Monday in Gallion, Ala.

According to the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect was taken into custody in Sumter county by the Marengo County Sheriff’s Office and transported back to Marengo County for booking. Calls to the arresting agency have not yet been returned. will continue to update this story as details become available.

Demopolis Arrest Reports: July 22, 2016

July 18 – Michael R. McGhee, 28, Criminal Mischief I, Perry County Jail

July 18 – Frederick M. Irby, 25, Possession of Marijuana II, Arcola Road

July 20 – Samuel P. Gracey, 26, Possession of a Concealed Weapon w/o permit, Possession of Marijuana II, Hwy 80 West

July 21 – Walter L. Charleston, 31, Appears in Public Place Under Influence, Menacing – Intimidation Only, Hilltop Circle

July 21 – Erica L. Smith, 26, Possession of a Concealed Weapon w/o Permit, Hilltop Circle

Thomaston PD arrests two in traffic stop

14.9 grams of methamphetamine, 27 prescription pills, and drug paraphernalia were seized in a traffic stop on Jan. 10 in Thomaston. (Contributed Photo)

14.9 grams of methamphetamine, 27 prescription pills, and drug paraphernalia were seized in a traffic stop on Jan. 10 in Thomaston. (Contributed Photo)

On Jan. 10 at 1:04 a.m., a traffic stop by the Thomaston Police Department resulted in two drug-related arrests. Carl Kizziah, 42, of Duncanville, Ala., was arrested for DUI – Controlled Substance. Paul Dexter Ray, 62, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance (two counts), Tampering with Physical Evidence, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

After obtaining consent to search, a total of 14.9 grams of methamphetamine, 27 prescription pills, and drug paraphernalia were located in the vehicle and on the person of one of the suspects.

Thomaston Mayor Jeff Laduron said he expects to see more drug-related arrests as the TPD adds more officers and patrols throughout the town with a focus of removing drugs from the community.

DPD arrests former hospital technician for alleged sexual crimes against patients

156395On Thursday, Oct. 7, the Demopolis Police Department arrested Leland Bert Taylor, Jr., 51, from Deatsville for Sodomy in the First Degree and Sexual Abuse in the First Degree.

Demopolis Chief of Police Tommie Reese said Taylor worked at Bryan Whitfield Memorial Hospital as a Radiology Technician for over three years.

Reese said on at least two occasions while Taylor was working at Bryan Whitfield Memorial Hospital he committed these sexual acts on patients to whom he was attending.

Reese commended his Criminal Investigations Division for bringing Taylor to justice. He also stated that the investigation continues and more charges could be added.