MCSO checks for alcohol compliance at local stores.


On June 28, 2016, Mobile County Sheriff’s Office worked jointly with an Alabama Law Enforcement Agent-Alcohol Division in an attempt to locate businesses in Northern Mobile County that were selling alcoholic beverages to underage minors. In the operation a minor certified through the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency was sent into nineteen stores in an attempt to purchase alcoholic beverages.

During the detail the following store sold alcohol to the underage minor:

  1. Clark Exxon, 6300 Lott Rd. Semmes, Al.

The following eighteen stores complied with Alabama State Law in not selling alcohol to the underage minor:

  1. Shell, 9515 Lott Rd. Wilmer, Al.
  2. Country Breeze, 10135 Lott Rd. Wilmer, Al.
  3. Citgo, 16726 Hwy. 45 Citronelle, Al.
  4. BP, 17950 Hwy. 45 Citronelle, Al.
  5. Discount Mart, 19125 Hwy. 45 Citronelle, Al.
  6. Food Mart, 19175 N. 3rd Citronelle, Al.
  7. D&B Quick Stop, 18845 Prine Rd. Citronelle Al.
  8. CVS Pharmacy #7668, 19215 N. 3rd Citronelle, Al.
  9. Shell / Citronelle Country Breeze, 19265 N. 3rd Citronelle, Al.
  10. Fletcher Smith Oil, 19415 N. 3rd Citronelle, Al.
  11. Pride / Deese Korner Variety Store, 19790 3rd Citronelle, Al.
  12. Chevron Compac, 21660 Hwy. 45 Citronelle, Al.
  13. Midway Quick Stop, 3575 Coy Smith Hwy. Citronelle, Al.
  14. Chevron, 18940 Hwy. 43 Mt. Vernon, Al.
  15. Shell OC’s, 20270 Hwy. 43 Mt. Vernon, Al.
  16. Purple Cow, 20895 Hwy. 43 Mt. Vernon, Al.
  17. BP, 21875 Hwy. 43 Calvert, Al.
  18. Circle K, 9879 Moffett Rd. Semmes, Al.
Lori Myles
Sheriff’s Assistant for Public Affairs
251-574-NEWS (6397)

Children call 911 as father shoots mother with 12-guage shotgun


On Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at approximately 6:00 pm, Mobile County Sheriff’s Office was called to a shooting at the 8300 block of Clairmont Drive South, Semmes. MCSO arrived at the scene to find a female with gunshot wound to the head. Detectives stated her ex-husband, Victor Barnes, shot the victim. 911 received the call by the victim’s children, ages 10 and 14, who witnessed the shooting.

Victor Barnes came to Clairmont Drive and began arguing with his ex-wife. Ms. Barnes was trying to get inside the home when Mr. Barnes shot her with a 12-gauge shotgun in the head. Mr. Barnes then went around to the front of the home firing several shots at the front door. 911 was contacted by one of the children who witnessed the shooting. US Marshalls and MCSO arrested Barnes on East Gulf Terra Drive after he fled the scene of the shooting.

Mr. Barnes has been charged with attempted murder. He was also arrested for an outstanding warrant, Domestic Violence 3rd, with Mobile Police Department.

Lori Myles
Sheriff’s Assistant for Public Affairs
251-574-NEWS (6397)

MCSO arrest five in Prostitution Ring


On Friday, August 7, 2015, The Mobile County Sheriff’s Office arrested five individuals in connection with a prostitution investigation at two spas within the City of Mobile. The search warrants were executed at OCEAN SAUNA SPA, located at 3108 Airport Boulevard and WIN SPA located at 5256 U.S. Highway 90. “We received information about these two locations from our CRIMETIPS page on our website”, says Sheriff Sam Cochran. “ You can report any crime anonymously using our drop down menu. Once the citizen completes the form and clicks “submit report” the information is sent automatically to the correct division within our office so that the investigation can begin immediately.”

MCSO investigators stated that it only took a week to collect enough evidence, including surveillance video, to serve the search warrants on Friday.

The five arrested were as follows:

In Suk Ma – Promoting prostitution 2nd and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Ja Doss Young – Promoting prostitution 2nd

Yoha Wan Heo – Promoting prostitution 2nd

Joomia Won Jung – Promoting prostitution 2nd

Mi A Yum – Promoting prostitution 2nd

Lori Myles
Sheriff’s Assistant for Public Affairs
251-574-NEWS (6397)

Missing Alzheimer Patient



On June 1, 2015, at approximately 10:30 pm, Mobile County Sheriff’s Office was notified about a missing person. MCSO Deputies went to 10328 Burlington Drive Grand Bay, Alabama in reference to a missing Alzheimer’s patient Bille E. Smith Jr. (09/23/55).

Brenda Dale, who identified herself as Bille Smith’s caretaker, stated that she last saw Smith walking down the street around 7:30 pm. Dale told MCSO Deputies Mr. Smith has been reported missing three times in the past two years. MCSO K-9 units responded to the scene and searched the wooded areas near the residence. The Alabama State Trooper’s helicopter also searched the nearby area.

The search is continuing this morning. If anyone has seen Mr. Smith, or has information as to his whereabouts, please contact Mobile County Sheriff’s Office 574-8633.


Lori Myles
Sheriff’s Assistant for Public Affairs
251-574-NEWS (6397)

Meth Text still successful: Send it to End it


On May 5, 2015, Mobile County Sheriff’s Office went to 9358 McLeod Road to investigate a Meth Text. MCSO Deputies spoke with the owner, JOHNATHAN WILLARD, and explained that there had been several meth text sent to our office referencing his address. Three other people were inside the residence, TERRY WILLARD, CURTIS HENDERSON and SKYLYNN PATRAS, and all who lived there signed consent form so that Deputies could search the residence.


While searching the residence, Deputies located drug paraphernalia, marijuana, meth and other supplies used in the manufacturing of Meth.


TERRY WILLARD, CURTIS HENDERSON and SKYLYN PATRAS were all charged with Manufacturing Controlled Substance, Possession of pre-cursor chemicals, manufacturing 1st and Possession of Marijuana 1st.  JOHNATHAN WILLARD had the same five charges as others plus an outstanding traffic warrant.


In 2008, Mobile County Sheriff SAM COCHRAN, created an Initiative empowering citizens to take action against the use and manufacture of methamphetamine called the METH INITIATIVE.


The program targets meth users through three areas of focus: ENFORCEMENT, COMPLIANCE AND EDUCATION.

Lori Myles
Sheriff’s Assistant for Public Affairs
251-574-NEWS (6397)