Sheriff Cochran and other Law Enforcement leaders speak out against Senate Bill 286

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRESS CONFERENCE

MARCH 6, 2013

SENATE BILL 286

 

The Sheriff’s of Alabama stand firmly in support of the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights.  We support the Constitution of the State of Alabama.  We also stand united in our support of the 2nd Amendment.  The founding fathers of our nation established the rule of law and we do not support those that oppose federal law enforcement officers performing their lawful duties.

 

We have studied proposed legislation, senate bill 286, regarding firearm laws in our State.  We want the citizens of our state to know that these are bad bills and we strongly oppose them for a number of reasons.  These bills will take away the authority of your Sheriff to perform his/her duty to investigate those applying for concealed weapons permits.  The vast majority of our citizens, who apply for permits, are issued one within a very short time.

 

We recognize and declare that the great majority of people who suffer from mental illnesses are not violent and not a threat to others.  Because of how Alabama laws are written, there are large loopholes in our law that allow those that are mentally ill and violent to lawfully purchase a firearms today.  These two proposed bills would make those loopholes even bigger.  Your Sheriff works every day to keep Alabama Citizens safe and protect the rights of county residents.

 

We believe that local officials are in the right position to make the best decisions about pistol permits and we need discretion and the flexibility to use our discretion to handle those duties.

 

Under current law, the only violent mentally ill persons reported to NCIC are those who used a firearm; those who used a knife, vehicle, arson, or other means are not being reported to the NCIC system and can lawfully purchase/own a firearm in Alabama.

 

Recently in Baldwin County, Al, two deputies were shot, one killed, by a violent mentally ill person who could have lawfully purchased a firearm and under this proposed law would have been entitled to a pistol permit.

 

HERE ARE SOME HIGHLIGHTS ON THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION:

 

  • Will put into law unreasonable penalties for public officials attempting to perform their duties.
  • Will take away rights of property owners to control their private property or places of business
  • Will take away the authority of local government to protect public buildings such as schools, courthouses, and other similar facilities.
  • Will allow radical organizations to come armed to public demonstrations.
  • Will make it easier for criminals to obtain concealed pistol permits.
  • Will take away control from organizations such as churches over firearms being brought into their buildings and properties.

 

Every day, Alabama law enforcement deals with these types of incidents and we use our lawful discretion to protect our citizens.  Your Sheriff is the chief law enforcement officer of their county and we understand the laws of the State of Alabama.

To view bill http://alisondb.legislature.state.al.us/acas/ACASLoginFire.asp.  Bill number 286

 

 

Lori Myles
Sheriff’s Assistant for Public Affairs
251-574-NEWS (6397)
lmyles@mobileso.com
   

FATHER AND SON CAUGHT GROWING AND TRAFFICKING MARIJUANA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

On March 4, 2013, at approximately 7:00 pm the MOBILE COUNTY SHERIFF’S NARCOTIC DEPUTIES were called to the 12400 block of Jeff Hamilton Road in reference to a possible marijuana grow that was discovered by a MCSO Civil Deputy that was executing an eviction order.
When MCSO Deputies arrived at the scene, the homeowner, ERVING EDMOND advised investigators that he and his son, ZACHARY EDMOND had been growing marijuana for the past year.  The son, Zachary Edmond confirmed the father’s statement and directed the investigators to the location of the marijuana plants.  The Investigators also located the following items;
- Several weapons; pistol, two (2) shotguns, and a rifle.
- Approximately 460 marijuana plants of various sizes.
- Approximately 2 1/2 pounds of cultivated marijuana.
- Approximately $600.00 in U.S. currency and another approximately $2,000.00 in a bank account.
- Paraphernalia for the indoor grow (i.e. lights, potting soil, fertilizer, power converters for lights, fans, piping, and water filters).
The father, Erving Edmond (DOB: 6/4/1953) was advised that a warrant for Trafficking Marijuana would be signed but he was allowed to remain free at this time to assist his wife in moving their property from the lawn of the residence.

 

Lori Myles
Sheriff’s Assistant for Public Affairs
251-574-NEWS (6397)
lmyles@mobileso.com
   

MCSO is investigating Skeletal remains that were found on Dep Busby Road/Old Pascagoula

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At approximately 2:30 pm, MOBILE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE was called to investigate skeletal remains that were found by a local resident on Dep Busby Road/Old Pascagoula Road.  The area resident said he was searching for scrap metal and cans when he discovered a skull.  The remains appear to have been there for quite some time.  MCSO is still on the scene and will continue their investigation.

Lori Myles
Sheriff’s Assistant for Public Affairs
251-574-NEWS (6397)
lmyles@mobileso.com
   

THIEVES AT SEMMES WALMART CAUGHT ON CAMERA

https://www.facebook.com/pages/TEAM-SHERIFF/57193583190

During the month of FEBRUARY, the following people were caught on video at the SEMMES WALMART stealing merchandise.  Do you know these people?  If so , call the MOBILE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE 574-8633 or go to our website and post anonymously to our CRIME TIPS page.

 

Lori Myles
Sheriff’s Assistant for Public Affairs
251-574-NEWS (6397)
lmyles@mobileso.com
   

CRIME TIPS ON MCSO WEBSITE LEADS TO 13 ARREST AND OVER $6,000 IN CASH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

MOBILE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE along with assistance of US MARSHALLS, executed search warrants on two residences in Prichard, FEBRUARY 21, 2013.  MCSO received the information from their CRIME TIPS page on their website, www.mobileso.com.  You may access CRIME TIPS by our HOME PAGE or MY NEIGHBORHOOD.

1230 THOMAS AVENUE


When MCSO DEPUTIES AND US MARSHALLS  pulled into the residence, 3 people fled in a car.  They were later captured and arrested and their names are;  James Emoral Wrightington, Calvin J. Mickles and Terrence Jones.  There were 8 adults who were arrested inside the residence and they are as follows;  Akim Lateef Jabri, Elliott Bernard Mickles, Joshua Ricardo Morgan , Cierra Jacinta Parker, Ezekiel Keyon Scott, Edward Ross, Sherrod Datae Davis, Tyrone Taylor.  There were two children inside the home at the time of arrest and both were under 1 YEARS OF AGE.   Morgan, Ross and Parker were charged with chemical endangerment of a child.  In addition to the chemical endangerment charge, EDWARD ROSS was also charged with stealing  a US Marshall’s bullet proof vest  from his car in October of 2012.  MCSO seized over 40 packets of spice, each with 10 to 15 grams, crack cocaine, and $3,645.00 in cash.

2001 MARGIE STREET


MCSO and US MARSHALLS arrested two people; Kevin Emanualwell Malone and Demetrius Marquise Malone .  They were charged with Possession of Marijuana 1st, possession of controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.  During the search deputies found two guns, $2,360.00 cash, spice, scales, codeine syrup and approximately 64 grams of high grade marijuana known as PURP.


 

 

Lori Myles
Sheriff’s Assistant for Public Affairs
251-574-NEWS (6397)
lmyles@mobileso.com