Mother of Brittney Woods arrested on Sodomy and Sex abuse

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THE MOBILE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE arrested  CHESSIE LYNNE WOOD Yesterday, June 27, 2013, and charged her with Two Counts of Sodomy and Sex Abuse of child under 12.  This has been an ongoing investigation with BALDWIN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE.  The Victim, who is known to CHESSIE LYNNE WOOD, revealed the abuse and details during therapy at the CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER.  The investigation is ongoing.  CHESSIE WOOD is the mother of BRITTNEY WOOD who was reported missing from BALDWIN COUNTY.

 

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

MCSO Looking for person responsible for grave

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The MOBILE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE received information today, JUNE 26, 2013, on a possible unidentified grave located at Miller Cemetery (5413 Lott Road Eight Mile, Alabama). This grave appears to be several weeks old and does not show signs of foul play being involved. At this point we are attempting to locate anyone who has information regarding this possible grave site. There is a personal card located at the grave site which has the last name “Cash” with a possible first name of “Billy”.
If you have any information about this grave, please contact MOBILE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE 574-8633.
Lori Myles
Sheriff’s Assistant for Public Affairs
251-574-NEWS (6397)
lmyles@mobileso.com
   

BEWARE OF CALLERS WHO ASK FOR MONEY

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On June 25, 2013, MOBILE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE received a call from a concerned citizen who said someone called her home and there was a warrant out for her arrest.  The caller identified himself to be from MOBILE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE  and even had the caller id number as 574-2423.  The citizen said she became suspicious when they told her to hang up and call another number to pay. “When they said I had to hang up immediately, call another number and pay that person, then I knew it was a scam,” said the citizen, “I notified the REAL MOBILE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE because I did not want them calling and harassing others.”

THE MOBILE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE NEVER CALLS ASKING FOR MONEY IN ORDER TO AVOID ARREST.  “We do have members of vcorps (volunteer program) calling citizens about outstanding traffic warrants, but they do not ask or accept money,” said Lori Myles, spokesperson for MCSO,  “We instruct them to go to District Court and pay their outstanding traffic violation there.”   If you receive a call asking you to pay ANYTHING over the phone, you should always make sure that Company or Agency is legit before you give ANY personal information to them.    MCSO also suggest you visit their CRIME PREVENTION SECTION, http://www.mobileso.com/crime-prevention/, where you can equip yourself with  information on how to prevent a crime before it happens.

If you have been a victim of a scam, or you would like to report ANY crime activity, you may go to our website http://www.mobileso.com/report-a-crime/ and fill in the form.   If you would like to make that  report by phone you may call 574-8633.

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

MCSO WORK AROUND THE CLOCK TO ARREST MURDER SUSPECT

 

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On June 21, 2013, MOBILE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE responded to 6797 Kings Branch Drive South Mobile in reference to a house fire where both home owners were found deceased inside. The victims have been identified as STEPHEN D. LANKFORD (DOB: 09-14-1955) and ERICA D. LANKFORD (DOB: 05-21-1970). Both subjects suffered multiple injuries resulting in their death. It is believed the residence was set on fire in an attempt to impede the investigation.  MOBILE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE along with STATE FIRE MARSHALS  are currently following all leads surrounding this investigation.

On Sunday, June 23, 2013, , MOBILE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE  and STATE FIRE MARSHALS conducted a search at 79 Picardy Street.  MCSO seized numerous items from the residence during the investigation.  We have interviewed and arrested  with GIGADA PEARSON for the murder of STEPHEN AND ERICA LANKFORD.   PEARSON  is  the brother-in-law of the victims.  He is married to ERICA LANKFORD’S sister.
PEARSON was arrested on two counts of MURDER, ARSON 1ST DEGREE, AND AGGRAVATED STALKING.
Lori Myles
Sheriff’s Assistant for Public Affairs
251-574-NEWS (6397)
lmyles@mobileso.com
   

DHR Employee arrested for Elderly Abuse and Neglect

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On Thursday, May 16, 2013 MOBILE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE was called to a home where an elderly man, BYRD BUNKLEY, JR., was being cared for by his sister YOLANDA THURMAN.   A family member of BYRD BUNKLEY went by to check on him and discovered his living conditions and contacted the County EMS.  When EMS arrived at the home, YOLANDA THURMAN would not allow them inside her home.  EMS contacted the MOBILE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE.  When deputies arrived at the home, they found MR. BUNKLEY to have bed sores, severe malnutrition and a foul odor coming from the bedroom.   He was taken to a local hospital where medical staff says he could have died if deputies had not arrived.  “The home was in such poor condition and MR. BUNKLEY was laying in his own feces with bed sores all over his body,” said Lt. Paul Burch.  ” I do believe we saved his life”.

BYRD BUNKLEY does have some metal and physical disabilities and needs 24 hour care.  YOLANDA THURMAN is being charged with ELDERLY ABUSE AND NEGLECT, a class B Felony.

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