Senate Bill 354: Compromising the safety of our youth and your law enforcement officers

As a veteran law enforcement officer of more than 35 years, I have been a staunch advocate of our 2nd Amendment gun rights. Most police officers I know make up a sizeable portion of

vocal gun rights advocates. Our opposition to this bill has nothing to do with impacting one’s rights to gun ownership – In fact, the State of Alabama could not pass any bill that would change that as it is a Federal issue.

Since taking office in 2006 the number of permits issued by my office has nearly doubled. It is our intention to make it easy for responsible gun owners to obtain a concealed carry permit.

Although we are certain to find fellow gun rights advocates who disagree with our opposition to this bill, we are confident that if one attempts to see this through the eyes of law enforcement it will be clear that we oppose this bill in the interest of public safety. It just is not reasonable to think that it would be safe for a child to be allowed to carry a handgun in a car and to risk placing a child in such dangerous situations.

Sheriff Sam Cochran

Q.
Why do you oppose Senate Bill 354?
A.
This bill will place officers in dangerous situations by unnecessarily exposing them to juveniles with handguns inside their vehicles. In addition to officer safety and equally important is the very dangerous idea of allowing juveniles to ride around with handguns.

Q.
Is this bill just one step closer to removing my gun rights?
A.
No law passed by the State of Alabama can take away your 2nd Amendment rights. The current law which requires you to have a permit to carry a loaded pistol in a vehicle has been a law for more than 80 years.

Q.
Isn’t there already a law prohibiting a juvenile from possessing a handgun?
A.
No, existing law only prohibits the transfer of a handgun to a juvenile.

Q.
Is this just an opportunity to protect revenue from the sale of pistol permits?
A.
No. The same juveniles we oppose possessing a handgun in their car do not qualify for a pistol permit. In addition, it is important to note this law is opposed by police departments – agencies that do not issue pistol permits.

Please join me in opposing this bill by letting your representative know that you DO NOT want armed teenagers roaming our streets.  http://www.legislature.state.al.us/house/representatives/houseroster_alpha.html

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

TWO PEOPLE ROBBED AT GUN POINT

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On March 28, 2014, at approximately 6:00AM, the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office received a call from John Stork advising he and his girlfriend (Lyndsey McClendon) were robbed at gun point of their 1995 Ford Explorer.  The suspects are SHELDON LEE ELLIS “TURK”, and WILLIAM CARL ROBINSON, both known by victim.  John Stork (victim) said he received a call from “Turk” (suspect)  having vehicle trouble near Old Pascagoula/Schoener Road and needing assistance.  When Stork and McClendon arrived to assist, ROBINSON pulled a shotgun and demanded their vehicle.  ELLIS/TURK took possession of the pistol inside the Explorer and demanded they leave their vehicle.  Both suspects fled the scene;  TURK  driving the Explorer (victim’s) and ROBINSON driving a white van (Turk’s vehicle).   After receiving call from 911, a pursuit initiated near Airport/Newman Road.  The pursuit ended near Airport/Ashton Road with “TURK” wrecking the explorer and fleeing on foot.

 

WILLIAM CARL ROBINSON was located at house on Ashton Road and arrested for Robbery 1st.  ROBINSON has provided a full confession and told MCSO Detectives that the robbery is drug related.  Currently MCSO patrol/special operation units are in the area of Newman road searching for the second suspect SHELDON LEE ELLIS “TURK”.  The shotgun and pistol have been recovered.
If anyone would like to provide information on this case or to the whereabouts of SHELDON LEE ELLIS “TURK”, please contact MOBILE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE 574-8633 or go to http://www.mobileso.com/report-a-crime/

 

 

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

Man found shot in Coden, MCSO seeking information

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At approximately 5:30 pm this afternoon, March 18, Mobile County Sheriff’s Office was called to Jemison Convenience Store, Coden, for a man shot in the hip.  The 28 year old white male was taken to a local hospital and treated for a non-life threatening injury.

MCSO Detectives are looking for information about the shooting.  The Victim is uncooperative with authorities.   If anyone has information about this crime please call 574-8633.  You may also go to our website, http://www.mobileso.com/report-a-crime/ and report anonymously.

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

MCSO arrest 7 people for trafficking crystal meth

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The Mobile County Sheriff’s Office executed multiple search warrants at various locations in Mobile County that resulted in the arrest of several individuals for charges relating to the Trafficking of Crystal Methamphetamine and other drug related crimes.
The operation resulted in the seizure of the following; *14.5 ounces of Crystal Methamphetamine, 200 pseudoephedrine pills, 3 ounces of Marijuana and a various assortment of prescription drugs. MCSO Deputies also seized approximately $9,000.00 cash.

Thomas Jason Strickland DOB 07/10/81
Calvin James Monceaux DOB 06/30/77
Candice Lynn Clark DOB 03/19/77
Tamara Jeaninne Turner DOB 05/29/63
Joseph Hayward Weaver DOB 12/04/71
Jeffery Scott Marks DOB 09/05//74
Jeri Michelle Marks DOB 07/05/72

* Total street value of the 14.5 ounces of meth approximately $15,000.00

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

METH TEXT leads to arrest of three. MCSO is still looking for two that fled, JUSTIN BOLES and HEIDI HANCOCK.

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Mobile County Sheriff’s Office received information from a METH TEXT complaint which led Deputies to 2058 Old Shell Road where they found 12 active Meth labs, 16 salt generators and approximately $5,000 to $6,000 worth of meth oils.

 

MCSO also received information that JUSTIN BOLES was at the Old Shell Road address.  JUSTIN BOLES has several felony warrants.  While Deputies were attempting to serve the warrants, BOLES and several others locked themselves in a bedroom.  After Deputies gained entrance into the home, everyone fled from the home.  Deputies caught and arrested three subjects; THOMAS J. BENTLEY, ALEXANDER J. CAMERON and BRITAIN A. ABSTON.  All three were charged with; Manufacturing controlled substance 1st degree, Trafficking meth, Possession narcotic paraphernalia, Use/possession drug paraphernalia and Possession controlled substance.

 

MCSO is still looking for JUSTIN BOLES and HEIDI HANCOCKJUSTIN currently has (4) outstanding warrants; Trafficking meth, Unlawful manufacturing of controlled substance, Probation revocation (burglary 3rd) and Domestic Violence 3rd.  Additional warrants were signed today for Manufacturing controlled substance 1st degree, Trafficking meth, Possession narcotic paraphernalia, Use/possession drug paraphernalia and Possession controlled substance.  Warrants were signed on HEIDI HANCOCK for Manufacturing controlled substance 1st degree, Trafficking meth, Possession narcotic paraphernalia, Use/possession drug paraphernalia and Possession of controlled substance.

 

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