Three arrested within ONE HOUR of a robbery……

Mobile County Sheriff’s office arrested two adults and one juvenile for Robbery 1st.   MCSO received a call about the robbery on November 7, 2011 at approximately 11:40pm.  The robbery took place on Richard Lane in Eight Mile, Alabama.

MCSO Deputies say two males were sitting in their car after picking a relative up from work and were approached by two males demanding cell phones and money.  One of the suspects held a pistol to the head of the driver, while the passenger was forcibly taken from the vehicle and punched in his left eye.  The driver was not harmed.

A witness stated that he saw the two males running to a silver Chrysler 300 with a driver inside.  The witness also said that he saw and heard the vehicle as it sped away out of the neighborhood.  MCSO alerted patrol with the description of the vehicle and within a hour of the robbery the vehicle was stopped at a Circle K on Moffett Road.

JUDAS DERBERT KNIGHT and ORENTHAL JAMAR WILLIAMS were arrested with two counts of Robbery 1st.  WILLIAMS  is also charged with Person forbidden possession of a firearm.  The third male that was arrested was taken to Strickland Youth Center.

MCSO is looking for a fourth suspect involved in the robbery.  If you or someone you know has any information about this robbery, please contact the MOBILE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE 574-8633.  You may also report ANONYMOUSLY on our website,, REPORT A CRIME.

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

MCSO Special Ops finds more marijuana on I – 10

The Mobile County Special Ops takes additional drugs off our interstate today.  On November 2, 2011 at approximately 1:30 pm, MCSO Special Ops/ Interstate Interdiction team pulled over a car traveling East on I 10 with over 18 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of his car.

GARY TEMART KNIGHT was the driver of the vehicle and was pulled over for two different traffic violations.  Mr. KNIGHT was arrested for trafficking marijuana and taken to the Mobile County Metro Jail.

The Special Ops/Interstate Interdiction team is made up of Mobile County and Baldwin County Deputies.

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

Illegal alien carrying over 100 pounds of marijuana down interstate 10

 The Special Ops Deputies of the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office arrested OSORTO CARLOS GAONA on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 2:00 pm.  GAONA  was pulled over for a traffic violation when the deputies discovered that he had hidden over 100 pounds of marijuana in the bed of his truck.

Deputies searched the vehicle and found that the truck had two beds instead of one.  The original bed was hidden by another bed that was built 2 feet above the original bed. The space between the two beds is where GAONA had placed over 73 bundles of marijuana.

GAONA was arrested and taken to the Mobile Metro Jail.  He is also the first illegal alien to be arrested by the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office since Alabama passed it’s new immigration Law.

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


On Tuesday, October 26, 2011, Mobile County Sheriff’s Office was called to a residence in Wilmer that caught fire due to a meth lab explosion.


CRYSTAL PARNELL, JAMIE BOYKIN, JASON SWANN AND JOHN STOKLEY were arrested for manufacturing a controlled substance 1st degree.


Four children under the age of 12 were in the trailer at the time of the fire. Everyone escaped without injury.


When the explosion occurred, JASON SWANN AND JOHN STOKELY, gathered up the meth and the ingredients and fled to a nearby wooded area.  They were later caught and arrested by sheriff deputies.


CRYSTAL PARNELL is the mother a 1 ½ year old cerebral palsy child and pregnant with another, and JAMIE BOYKIN is the mother of the three other children present at the time of the fire.  PARNELL, BOYKIN, and SWANN were charged with Chemical Endangerment of a child.


The Meth Initiative, designed by the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, targets meth users and manufactures through three areas of focus:  Enforcement, Compliance and Education.


To report Meth, text the word “meth” to 839863 (“textme”) or call 574-8633.

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

MCSO Flotilla




The New Officers of the Mobile County Sheriff’s Flotilla will be installed on October 6, 2011 at 10:30.   Captain Paul Stewart has been captain of flotilla for the last four years and will pass the gavel to new Captain Jay Howard. 

“The most memorable times, good and bad, as being captain would have to have been when we were searching for the children were thrown from the bridge,” said Captain Stewart.  “ It was horrible to think that someone could do such an act.”  “The good thing that happened during the search for the children was that we rescued two duck hunters the day before we found the last child.”  Captain Stewart said both hunters were 17 years old and one was found floating in the water and the other was found on top of a houseboat unconscious and suffering from hyperthermia.  Both young men survived.  “That was a very rewarding experience during a very difficult time.”

Sheriff’s Flotilla Volunteers freely give of their time and talents to serve the community in times of accident and disaster. In fact, they actually pay annual dues to be a part of what is considered to be the finest search-and-rescue unit on the Gulf Coast.  Demands for its services increase each year and continuous training is a top priority.

The New Officers to be installed are:

Captain Jay Howard

Commander Bobby Bullock

Lt. Commander – appointed by sheriff

Secretary – Aaron Payne

Treasure- Bob Maceluch

1st Lt. – Dean Jones

2nd Lt. – Allen Irby

Cadet Lt. – Appointed by Captain

Dive Lt. – Terry Morrehead


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