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  • Missing Evergreen man was found dead in Alabama River

    Lee Peacock, Monroe Journal|Mar 21, 2024

    The seven-day search for a missing Conecuh County man came to a sad end Monday morning when his remains were recovered from the Alabama River at Claiborne. According to Monroe County Sheriff Tom Boatwright, searchers found the body of John Derek Faulkner Sunday around 9:30 a.m. near the Claiborne-Murphy Bridge. Faulkner, a 40-year-old Evergreen resident, was reported missing Monday of last week by the Conecuh County Sheriff's Department. Conecuh County investigators said that they'd "pinged" Fau...

  • Missing Flomaton man found

    Lee Peacock and Joe Thomas|Mar 14, 2024

    A Flomaton man reported missing March 8 was found in good health and returned to his family, but Monroe County officials continue to search for Conecuh County man who was reported missing Sunday on the Alabama River. According to Flomaton Police Chief Dane NeSmith, Wesley Allen was reported missing at 8:27 p.m. on March 8. Witnesses reported Allen went walking in the woods about 6:15 p.m. and didn’t come back. Chief NeSmith said police officers, along with Flomaton firemen, K-9 tracking dogs from the prison, drones from Atmore Capt. Joshua Morg...

  • One is arrested for shooting in Frisco

    Lee Peacock, Special to the Ledger|Mar 7, 2024

    Monroe County Sheriff's deputies and Frisco City police arrested a Monroeville man last week on two counts of attempted murder that stem from a Feb. 24 shooting that left six people with gunshot wounds. According to Monroe County Sheriff Tom Boatwright, officers arrested Dematray Williams, 25, of Monroeville Wednesday of last week on two counts of attempted murder. Officers arrested Williams around 1:19 p.m. on Spotlight Road and transported him to the Monroe County Jail. Williams had his...

  • Six people shot in Frisco City

    Lee Peacock, Special to the Ledger|Feb 29, 2024

    Six people who were injured in a pair of late night shootings Saturday in Frisco City remained in the hospital as of Tuesday afternoon, including two victims who were in serious condition. According to Monroe County Sheriff Tom Boatwright, two people were shot Saturday around 12:30 a.m. inside a vehicle on County Road 23. Those gunshot victims had just left the scene of a fight at a bonfire in a field on private property not far from the old ball fields on Snyder Avenue in Frisco City. Fifteen to 20 minutes after the shooting on County Road...

  • Third arrested for 2022 murder of Century man

    Lee Peacock, Special to the Ledger|Jan 25, 2024

    Monroe County Sheriff's deputies took a Century man into custody Monday after a local grand jury indicted him on charges of murder and attempted murder in connection with a December, 2022, shooting that left Lavor Chante Johnson of Century dead. Deputies took Jayden Constantine Jackson, 21, of Century into custody Monday around 5:09 p.m. at the Baldwin County Jail in Bay Minette and transported him to the Monroe County Jail in Monroeville. Jackson remained in jail as of Tuesday afternoon on a...

  • Suspect dead after standoff

    Lee Peacock, Special to the Ledger|Dec 28, 2023

    The investigation into a standoff that led to the death of a Monroeville man has been turned over to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. Monroeville Police Lt. Brian House said the incident began Saturday morning when officers responded to the report of a shooting at a residence off Monroe Station Road. When officers arrived, they learned that the residence had been shot into multiple times, but no one was injured. Investigators processed the scene and developed a suspect in the shooting: Thomas Earl “T-Mac” McMillan, 52, of Monroeville. Office...

  • Two arrested in Johnson death

    Lee Peacock and Joe Thomas|Oct 5, 2023

    In December, 2022, Century resident Cynthia Franklin was asking questions and getting no answers when unofficial sources and friends started calling and telling her that her son, Lavor Chante Johnson, 43, of Century had been shot and killed in Frisco City. She still has questions today and not too many answers, but within the last two weeks a Monroe County grand jury indicted Jayden Devon Jenkins, 20, of Frisco City for murder and attempted murder in the Dec. 15, 2022, death of Johnson. While...

  • Monroe County busts dog fighting ring

    Lee Peacock, Special to the Ledger|Aug 10, 2023

    Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies 'swarmed' the Bermuda community last Thursday and arrested a man on multiple counts of dog-fighting and animal cruelty as part of an ongoing investigation into an alleged dog-fighting ring that may result in even more criminal charges. According to Monroe County Sheriff Tom Boatwright, law enforcement officials executed a search warrant at the Mixon Road residence of Gecoby Penn last Thursday around 7 p.m. and discovered a dog-fighting arena and...

  • Patient at Monroe hospital kills himself

    Lee Peacock, Special to the Ledger|Jul 27, 2023

    A shooting incident Wednesday afternoon of last week at Monroe County Hospital in Monroeville left a Mineola man dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. According to Monroe County Sheriff Tom Boatwright, the events leading up to the shooting began Tuesday of last week when officials at the Monroe County Jail found inmate Kody Kyle Johnson on the floor of the jail with a severe cut to an artery near one of his elbows. Johnson, 25, of Mineola had apparently cut himself with a piece of sharp...

  • Century man shot and killed

    Lee Peacock and Joe Thomas|Dec 22, 2022

    The mother of a Century man who was shot to death last Thursday in Frisco City is seeking answers and says Frisco City nor Monroe County law enforcement officials have reached out to her and that she has yet to see her son's body. Cynthia Franklin said she had to reach out to the Escambia County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office to verify that her son Lavor Chante Johnson, 43, had been shot to death. The shooting last Thursday left on man dead and another seriously wounded as police continue to...

  • Missing woman's body found

    Lee Peacock, Monroe Journal|Jan 20, 2022

    Monroe County Sheriff Tom Boatwright said on Tuesday that the investigation into the death of a Colorado woman found dead last Thursday in Monroe County remains ongoing. No cause of death has been determined in the case, as of Tuesday morning, he said. The remains of Cheryl Louise Pence, age 56, of Rye, Colorado, were found last Thursday morning in Monroe County, just south of the Wilcox County line. Pence had been missing since Dec. 31, when she and her son, Michael Brandon McBee, age 37, also... Full story

  • Pregnant woman is shot to death

    Lee Peacock, Guest Writer|Dec 5, 2019

    The investigation into a deadly shooting Monday at an Evergreen grocery store remained ongoing earlier this week as an Evergreen man remained behind bars on three counts of capital murder. According to Allison Gessner with the Evergreen Police Department, Evergreen resident Lavon McCreary, who would have turned 28 years old on Tuesday, was shot to death around 4:45 p.m. Monday inside the Pic-N-Sav grocery store at 320 West Front St. in Evergreen. McCreary, who was pregnant at the time, had been shot multiple times with a handgun, but the...

  • Search for Va. woman continues

    Lee Peacock, Special to the Ledger|Aug 22, 2019

    Aug. 5 marked one year since the unexplained disappearance of a Virginia woman who was last seen alive on video surveillance footage at an Evergreen gas station, but investigators said earlier this week that the prospects of solving the case are "very promising." Shari Christine Saunders, 67, of Norfolk, Va. was last seen on video surveillance footage buying gas at the Shell-Marathon gas station at Exit 93 on Interstate Highway 65 in Evergreen on Aug. 5, 2018. Saunders, who was traveling to visit relatives in the Monroeville area, never...

  • Conecuh named Tide sausage

    Lee Peacock, Special to the Ledger|Jul 4, 2019

    Conecuh Sausage will be the “Official Smoked Sausage” of the Alabama Crimson Tide starting this fall as announced Monday by Crimson Tide Sports Marketing, the multimedia rights-holder for the University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Concurrent with the 2019-20 athletics season, Conecuh Sausage will be the exclusive smoked sausage marketed by the Crimson Tide Sports Network. As part of the relationship, the Alabama football pre-game tailgate show will be entitled “The Conecuh Sausage Crimson Tide Tailgate Party.” The bra...

  • Murder charges likely in death

    Lee Peacock, Special to the Ledger|Feb 21, 2019

    Conecuh County Sheriff Randy Brock said on Tuesday that he expects three men arrested earlier this month on first-degree assault charges to have those charges bumped up to murder in the wake of the death of a 17-year-old student at T.R. Miller High School in Brewton. Daladarius A. Smith, 21, Ladwaun Q. Smith, 20, and Aquarius Taylor, 18, all of Brewton, were arrested on Feb. 2 on charges of first-degree assault in connection with the alleged late-night shooting of Jamal Duggans, a 17-year-old student at T.R. Miller, on Feb. 1. Officials, who sa...

  • No new information on missing Virginia woman

    Lee Peacock, Special to the Ledger|Sep 6, 2018

    As the investigation into the disappearance of a Virginia woman entered its third week, investigators said earlier this week that there was nothing new to report as they continued to look for leads in the case. According to Conecuh County Chief Deputy Tyrone Boykin there was nothing new to report this week regarding the disappearance of Shari Christine Saunders, 67, of Norfolk, Va., who was last seen on video surveillance footage buying gas at the Shell-Marathon gas station at Exit 93 on Interstate Highway 65 in Evergreen on Aug. 5. Saunders,...

  • New details but no new results on the missing Va. woman

    Lee Peacock, Special to the Ledger|Aug 23, 2018

    The mystery surrounding the disappearance of a Virginia woman on Aug. 5 only deepened this week as investigators revealed that one of her car's windows had been broken out and that an additional day of searching for her in Escambia County had proved fruitless. According to Conecuh County Chief Deputy Tyrone Boykin, the ground search for Shari Christine Saunders, 67, of Norfolk, Va. resumed on Friday morning in Escambia County, but despite the best efforts of searchers no sign of Saunders was...

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