Linden police seeking assistance in locating elderly resident

UPDATED: Authorities located Sylvia Horn unharmed Wednesday morning.

UPDATE, Apr. 26, 8 a.m.

Sylvia Horn of Linden has been located according to the Linden Police Department.

Original Story

The Linden Police Department is seeking the assistance of the public in locating Sylvia Horn of Linden. She was last seen a little after 1 p.m. Tuesday and was driving a 2006 white Nissan Frontier SE Crew 4wd with tag number 48AG234. The vehicle has a big Alabama “A” on the driver’s door. She may have traveled to Tuscaloosa.   Those who have seen Mrs. Horn or the vehicle are encouraged to call 911.

Linden Arrest Reports: April 17, 2017

March 26 – Alan Will Allen, 20, DUI

March 26 – Donte Packer, 25, Poss. of Marijuana II

March 31 – Charnitta Burden, 24, Disorderly Conduct

April 2 – Alvin Compton, 27, Domestic Violence, Criminal Mischief, Attempting to Elude a Police Officer

April 12 – Christopher Dixon, 30, Menacing

April 12 – Eldridge Robinson, 44, Domestic Violence, Criminal Mischief

April 13 – Latoya Williams, 22, Trespassing

April 13 – Santerris Jones, 22, Trespassing

April 13 – Perry Williams, 39, Contempt of Court

April 13 – Minnie Williams, 54, Contempt of Court

Linden Arrest Reports: Jan. 29, 2017

Jan. 20 – Leonard Witherspoon, Criminal Trespass

Jan. 23 – Eric Edwards, Burglary II, Attempting to Elude, Possession of a Pistol by a Violent Felon

Jan. 28 – Dearius Rogers, Assault I

Alston brings experience, hometown face to Linden chief role

img_6279Linden is getting acclimated to a new police chief with a familiar face. After being sworn in as Linden Police Department Chief Nov. 7, Robert Alston started the process of making the jump from investigator to decision maker.

“It is realizing that you are it. No longer do I say, ‘Hey, let me holler and Chief and then I’ll call you back.’ That’s the biggest thing. This is where it starts and stops. You’re that person. You have to make that decision now. You don’t have anybody else to look to. You’ve got to be the one,” Alston said of the biggest change since taking over the office.

Despite the change in title and responsibility, the job is far from foreign to Alston. A member of the Linden High Class of 1993, Alston has longed called the county seat home. The latest job shift is just the next chapter of a law enforcement career that dates back 13 years and has been played out entirely in Marengo County.

“It’s definitely a very good feeling to be in this position. At the same time, you know, it’s a big responsibility. You have to be prepared for it,” Alston said. “I’m ready.”

Alston began his career with the Linden Police Department in 2003 before going to the Marengo County Sheriff’s Department in 2009. After spending a year with the 17th Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force, Alston returned to the LPD in 2012.

“In small departments, you kind of do double duty. You patrol and you work criminal cases because you can easily overwhelm your one investigator for that department. Every little bit of help that you can give him means a lot. And you get a chance to learn how to work cases by doing that,” Alston said, noting the invaluable experience that has come with the first 13 years of his career. “My first chance that I had to do that was with the sheriff’s office because you’re talking about a 960-something square mile county with one investigator. Deputies assisted as much as they could and it gave me an opportunity to learn how to work cases. When I went to the drug task force, I really learned how to work investigations at that point because I was the primary investigator.”

But Alston’s credentials for his latest position go far beyond cross-training and resume’ items. What Alston amassed over that body of work, among other things, is a keen sense of people.

“It’s just dealing with people, dealing with multiple diversities of people, dealing with different people period. You learn different cultures, the way people live, the way people think,” Alston said. “In order to do this job, you’ve got to be able to deal with a variety of different personalities. You have to be able to solve problems, because it’s one of the things that you’re going to deal with.”

As he begins his tenure atop the police force in his hometown, Alston expects the hallmark of the Linden Police Department to be people: those within the LPD and those without.

“Treat people fair. That’s most important. Be fair. Be firm when you need to be firm,” Alston said of his expectations for his officers. “I think they have to get out there and patrol as they’re supposed to patrol, check with these businesses in and out. They need to get out, walk around, talk to the owners, let them know we’re here if they need anything. Building a relationship with the citizens and businesses in town is most important to me right now.”

Linden police chief bids farewell

LPD Chief Scott McClure pictured with Officer Steven Dubbs in Nov. 2013.

LPD Chief Scott McClure pictured with Officer Steven Dubbs in Nov. 2013.

After 16 years with the Linden Police Department and the last nine as the chief, Scott McClure has tendered his resignation.

“It is with a heavy heart that I regret to inform the citizens of Linden that after 16 years with the Linden Police Department. I feel it necessary to tender my resignation as your police chief,” McClure posted on Facebook. “I’m sure as with any situation, there will be lots of rumors to circulate. I simply resigned due to the lack of support that myself and the other officers have received due to politics. I am looking forward to the opportunities that have already presented themselves for my future. I look forward to visiting with the good citizens of Linden as this will always be my home.”

While McClure did not elaborate on the circumstances leading up to his resignation, he reflected on his time with the department and joy of working in his hometown.

“It’s great. You work with the people that you grew up with. Most of the adults around here now, I went to school with. They’re parents are not older, retired. You see them and they used to come to your ballgames and stuff. It’s hometown people that you enjoy being around. You enjoy seeing them everyday,” McClure said. “In this situation you enjoy taking care of them and protecting them and making sure that they’re safe. That was the goal the whole time in being chief here was to take care of my hometown.”

McClure said he cannot share details about his next employment opportunity because the hiring is not yet official.

“I’m excited of course to have another opportunity at something that is law enforcement related. It’ll be a different chapter of law enforcement, but it is still law enforcement related. I look forward to kind of a change in venue, a change in some people that I’ll be working with and just try to be positive from there,” McClure said.

As he departs the police force, McClure turned to the officers who serve under him in identifying what he will miss about the job.

“The guys I work with and the people in town. They’re willingness to help, their determination. I’ve got a lot of young guys that are willing to learn. They want to learn. They’re looking for leadership to come in here with some good opportunities,” McClure said. “They’re more than willing to do whatever whenever and just pick it up and go with it. That’s what this job is about. You train, you train, you train and you hope when the time comes that you’re there and you know what to do. That’s what the training is for, to make it second nature so that when the time comes, you can do it. That’s all these guys want to do. They want to learn how to do what they need to when it needs to be done.”

In addition to the officers he leaves behind and the number of good officers he has worked with over the years, McClure is most proud of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program that he helped implement in the city.

“I started a program with D.A.R.E. They had D.A.R.E. years ago and I always thought it was a big program,” McClure said. “I started it with officer Sonya Miles. I was very proud of D.A.R.E. We didn’t get to do it as long as I intended to. I’m really proud of the work we did with D.A.R.E. when we had it.”

Linden Arrest Reports: Aug. 28, 2016

Aug. 17 – Roderick Hill, 32, Fail to Appear in Court

Aug. 17 – Joshua A. Fountain, 25, Fail to Appear in Court

Aug. 18 – Stephanie N. Rogers, 27, Contempt of Court

Aug. 21 – Tony C. Cunningham, 53, Possession of Marijuana II

Aug. 25 – Tony D. Crawford, 32, N.W.N.I

Aug. 25 – Alicia Tate, 29, Contempt of Court

Linden Arrest Reports: July 24, 2016

June 30 – Johnny L. Jackson, 47, Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle

July 1 – Lisa M. Lynch, 48, Disorderly Conduct

July 1 – Jessie M. Houston, 49, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol

July 6 – Shaquita C. Williams, 29, Contempt of Court

July 7 – Kendarius Goodwill, 25, Domestic Violence III

July 9 – Nicholas D. Conner, 21, Domestic Violence III

July 11 – Mathew R. Etheridge, 26, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Carrying a Pistol without a Permit

July 12 – Leander Mills, 67, Public Intoxication

July 12 – Abner L. Banks, 58, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol

July 19 – Robert Moore, 35, Harassing Communications, Bail Jumping III

July 22 – Terrence B. McIntosh, 27, Criminal Mischief III

July 23 – Tony D. Crawford, 32, Assault III

Linden Arrest Reports: June 29, 2016

June 26 – Marlon L. Adams, 26, Disorderly Conduct

Linden Arrest Reports: June 19, 2016

June 6 – Robert G. Lankster, 53, Harassment

June 10 – Billy J. McClinton, 54, N.W.N.I

June 12 – Marcus L. Simmons, 39, Fail to Appear in Court

June 18 – Eddie L. Burrell, 52, Fail to Appear in Court

Linden Arrest Reports: June 5, 2016

May 24 – Johnny W. Ford, 24, Criminal Mischief III

May 29 – Anthony R. Walker, 27, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol

June 5 – Ivey S. Lewis, 19, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol

June 5 – Mario J. Carter, 30, Tampering with Physical Evidence