Husband claims gunshot wound to wife’s face was accident

Husband claims gunshot wound to wife’s face was accident; deputies say it was attempted murder

Birmingham, AL 11/01/201

A 43-year-old Adamsville man has been charged with attempted murder after he claimed he accidentally shot his wife.

At about 9:45 Tuesday morning deputies responded to a report of an accidental shooting in the area of Forestdale Blvd and Winters Drive. A caller, later identified as Raymond Swink, reported that he had accidentally shot his wife while in their vehicle.

Deputies arrived to find a 39-year-old woman suffering from a gunshot wound to her face. She was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

Raymond Keith Swink was taken into custody and questioned by detectives. He reported that he had intended to shoot himself, but accidentally shot his wife.

Evidence at the scene indicated that the shooting was no accident. Raymond Swink was taken to the Jefferson County Jail to await formal charges.

This morning detectives reviewed the case with the District Attorneys Office. An arrest warrant was issued formally charging Raymond Keith Swink with Attempted Murder. He remains in the Jefferson County Jail with bond set $100,000.

Hoover man sought on drug trafficking charge

Hoover man sought on drug trafficking charge nabbed with meth in his pocket.

Birmingham, AL 11/05/2018

A 36-year-old Hoover man was arrested last Thursday for an outstanding warrant charging him with Trafficking Methamphetamine. During the arrest he was found to be in possession of more methamphetamine.
James Dewey Headrick

On, November 1, Sheriff’s Narcotics Investigators requested that patrol personnel be on the lookout for 36-year-old James Dewey Headrick of Hoover. An arrest warrant had been issued for Headrick charging him with Trafficking Methamphetamine. A description of his vehicle was provided to deputies.

While checking hotels for the vehicle a deputy on patrol located Headrick in the 10th block of Perimeter Park South. He was arrested for the outstanding warrant. During a subsequent search, deputies found twenty-five grams of methamphetamine in his pocket.

Headrick was charged with Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in addition to the outstanding warrant for Trafficking Methamphetamine. He remains in the Jefferson County Jail with bond set at $200,300.

Marshall County Woman Indicted for Producing Child Pornography

BIRMINGHAM – A federal grand jury today indicted a Marshall County woman for producing child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and ICE Homeland Security Investigations Assistant Special Agent in Charge for Alabama James G. Hernandez.

An indictment filed in U.S. District Court charges ANNA MARIE GOMEZ, 31, with two counts of persuading a minor child to engage in sexually explicit conduct to produce an image of that conduct and transmit it across state lines. Gomez took sexually explicit pictures of a five-year old girl and sent them to a person in Florida.

“These crimes are detestable and our investigators and prosecutors will remain ever vigilant in protecting victims”, Town said. “Those who violate these laws can expect to find themselves facing a federal charge in federal court and, if convicted, a federal prison bed.”

The penalty for producing child pornography is 15 to 30 years in prison and a maximum $250,000 fine.

Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s HSI investigated the cases, which the Assistant United States Attorney Robert Becher, Sr. is prosecuting.

An indictment contains only charges. A Greene is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Two Tampa Men Indicted for Conspiracy to Commit Identity Theft Crimes

BIRMINGHAM – A federal grand jury today indicted two Tampa men for conspiracy to commit identity theft crimes announced U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and U.S. Secret Service Special Agent in Charge Michael Williams.

This case involved use of counterfeit access devices – debit or credit cards – trailing from South Carolina to Alabama to purchase goods or pre-paid gift cards.

A three-count federal indictment charges OSMANI RAMIREZ CHAVEZ and YANKO TORRES VADELLA ALBA of Tampa, Florida, with conspiring in October 2018 in Jefferson County and elsewhere to traffic in counterfeit access devices by using them to obtain money, goods and services. The indictment also charges them with separate counts of using a counterfeit device and possession of more than fifteen counterfeit access devices on October 9, 2018 in Jefferson County.

As part of the conspiracy, Chavez and Alba went on an extended weekend spree that spans from South Carolina to Alabama buying goods and pre-paid gift cards with counterfeit credit and debit cards. They hit Walmart stores in North Augusta, South Carolina, Augusta, and Thomson, Georgia, and Oxford, Pell City, Leeds, Hoover, Homewood and Birmingham, Alabama. The defendants were arrested in Birmingham, Alabama and were found in possession of the largest number of counterfeit credit and debit cards seized by the Task Force in the Northern District of Alabama.

“The defendants in this case are facing federal charges due to the collaborative work of the Secret Service Financial Crimes Task Force with Regions Bank and Walmart Global Investigations to identify the culprits and gather the evidence of widespread fraud,” Town said. “Defendants should know that if you travel to the Northern District of Alabama with the intention of committing identity theft crimes, you will be prosecuted in federal court.”

“The prosecution of suspects committing financial crimes is an investigative priority of the U. S. Secret Service, Birmingham Field Office. Our financial crimes task force aggressively investigates financial crimes and seeks to bring offenders to justice,” Williams said. “This case is a perfect example of our mandate. We have to protect our local economy from fraudsters who travel from neighboring states to commit crimes in the Northern District of Alabama.”

The maximum penalty for the conspiracy charge is five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The maximum penalty both for making purchases with the counterfeit access devises and for possessing device-making equipment is 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The Secret Service Financial Crimes Task Force investigated the cases in conjunction with Regions Bank and Walmart Global Investigations. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robin Beardsley Mark is prosecuting the cases.

Federal Jury Convicts Chilton County Man for Transporting Two Minors and Producing, Transporting, and Possessing Child Pornography

BIRMINGHAM – A federal jury today convicted a Chilton County man on multiple counts of transporting two minor girls for illegal sexual activity and producing, transporting, and possessing child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Jay E, Town and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp Jr.

The jury returned a guilty verdict against BRUCE NICHOLSON, 56, after three days of testimony before U.S. District Court Judge Madeline Haikala. A sentencing date has not been set.

BRUCE NICHOLSON was convicted of multiple charges for production, transportation, and possession of child pornography and transporting two minors with the intent to engage in unlawful sexual activity with them. The evidence at trial demonstrated that, for years, NICHOLSON had sexually abused his minor daughter and minor stepdaughter. In mid-2012, after impregnating his stepdaughter with twins, NICHOLSON fled the state of Alabama with both girls. He was apprehended in another state more than a month later.

NICHOLSON was indicted in 2016 on Mann Act and child pornography charges. Forensic examination of NICHOLSON’s devices revealed images of child pornography, including one image he had directed his stepdaughter to produce and send him.

“This man stole the innocence of two girls and a large part of their childhoods, and he had every intention of stealing the rest,” Town said. “This guilty verdict cannot take away the pain those girls have experienced, but it sends a message loud and clear to this defendant and every other sexual abuser. It also is another example of the courage that survivors of this abuse continue to show so that not another second of their lives is taken by these disgusting criminals.”

“Taking away the innocence of a child is deplorable and inexcusable,” Sharp said. “I am proud of the work done by my agents and our partners to hold Nicholson accountable for these crimes.”

FBI investigated the case, which Assistant U.S. Attorneys J.B. Ward and Don Long are prosecuting.

Birmingham Lawyer Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Bribing State Legislator

BIRMINGHAM – A Birmingham lawyer who was in a scheme to bribe a state legislator to use his office to oppose Environmental Protection Agency Actions in north Birmingham, received a federal prison sentence today of 5 years, announced U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town, FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp Jr. and Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, Special Agent in Charge Thomas J. Holloman.

District Judge Abdul Kallon sentenced JOEL IVERSON GILBERT, 46, to 5 years in prison, $25,000 fine, and 2 years supervised release with 100 hours of community service each year, for bribing former Alabama Rep. Oliver Robinson with a $375,000 contract paid to him through his non-profit Oliver Robinson Foundation over the past two years.

Gilbert was convicted on July 23, 2018 of bribery, honest services wire fraud, conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy.

Robinson pleaded guilty in September 2017 to the conspiracy, bribery, wire fraud, and tax evasion.

“Gilbert was too clever by half and his concoction and execution of this illegal scheme was met today with just punishment”, Town said.  “This case represents all manner of poisons in corrupt politics.  It is my hope that these convictions and sentences will dissuade those who seek to gain unlawful advantages in the political process for their personal gain…and at the expense of too many. The victims in this case have gotten a voice through this process and that voice will ring in the ears of Mr. Gilbert for years to come.”

“Today, Mr. Gilbert answers for his path of corruption and will spend the next five years being held accountable for his actions”, Sharp said.  “The FBI and our partners will continue to aggressively pursue those who would pursue corrupt practices.”

The FBI and IRS investigated the case, which Assistant U.S. Attorneys George Martin, Robin Beardsley Mark and John B. Ward prosecuted.

Coal Company Executive Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison for Bribing State Legislator

BIRMINGHAM – A coal company executive who was in a scheme to bribe a state legislator to use his office to oppose Environmental Protection Agency Actions in north Birmingham, received a federal prison sentence today of 30 months, announced U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town, FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp Jr. and Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, Special Agent in Charge Thomas J. Holloman.

District Judge Abdul Kallon sentenced David Lynn Roberson, 67, to 30 months in prison, $25,000 fine, and one year supervised release, for bribing former Alabama Rep. Oliver Robinson with a $375,000 contract paid to him through his non-profit Oliver Robinson Foundation over the past two years. He will be on bond pending appeal.

Roberson was convicted on July 23, 2018 of bribery, honest services wire fraud, conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy.

Robinson pleaded guilty in September 2017 to the conspiracy, bribery, wire fraud, and tax evasion.

“The investigation and prosecution into Roberson not only lead to his conviction, but a just and stiff sentence”, Town said. “I am extremely proud of our agents, our prosecutors, and thankful for the dutiful work of the judge and jury. The victims in this case have been given a voice and everyone, especially Roberson, has heard it with unmistakable clarity: the citizens of Alabama will not tolerate corruption and federal prison awaits those who dare test that resolve.”

“I hope the message is clear”, Sharp said. “If you bribe a public official expect the FBI to investigate you, the U.S. Attorney to prosecute you, and you will answer for your crimes. Public corruption is the FBI’s top criminal priority for a reason and we will continue to root it out at every level.”

The FBI and IRS investigated the case, which Assistant U.S. Attorneys George Martin, Robin Beardsley Mark and John B. Ward prosecuted.

Alabama Woman Indicted for Attempting to Provide Material Support And Resources to a Foreign Terrorist Organization

BIRMINGHAM – A federal grand jury on Monday indicted a woman, who is a former resident of Alabama, with attempting to provide material support and resources to al Qaeda, a designated foreign terrorist organization, and aiding and abetting others, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2339B and 2, announced Assistant Attorney General John Demers of the National Security Division, United States Attorney Jay E. Town and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp Jr.

According to court filings, Alaa Mohd Abusaad instructed an FBI undercover employee (UCE) about how to send money to the mujahedeen—fighters engaged in jihad. Abusaad told the UCE that money “is always needed. You can’t have a war without weapons. You can’t prepare a soldier without equipment.” Abusaad also advised the UCE on how to send money without getting caught, such as by using fake names and addresses. Subsequently, Abusaad introduced the UCE to a financial facilitator who could route the UCE’s money to “brothers that work with aq (al Qaeda).”

“Federal agents and prosecutors are working tirelessly and using every available lawful tool to disrupt the evil schemes of those who would support foreign terrorist organizations to do harm to our troops, our allies, or our homeland”, Town said. “The FBI did an excellent job investigating this matter, effectively engaging with other districts, and worked tirelessly to investigate this terrorist behavior. I would like to extend my personal gratitude to our local FBI field office, FBI-Cleveland, FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, Northern District of Ohio U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman, and the entirety of the Department of Justice’s National Security Division for their diligent and enormous efforts in developing this case. Our collective vigilance as law enforcement and in our community must resolve to continue to say something if you see something.”

The maximum penalty is 20 years in prison, up to a life term of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

FBI, including FBI offices in Birmingham and in Cleveland and Toledo, Ohio, investigated the case, which the Assistant United States Attorneys Henry Cornelius and Manu Balachandran, and Trial Attorney Jennifer Levy of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section are prosecuting.

An indictment contains only charges. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The complaint was announced in a press release on October 23, 2018.

One vehicle verses a pedestrian crash claims a life.

A one vehicle verses a pedestrian crash at 8:55 a.m. today, November 6, 2018, has claimed the life of a Florence man. The pedestrian, Jason William Hewett, 34, was killed when he was struck by a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado driven by John Malcolm Thomas of Florence. Thomas was not injured in the crash. Hewett was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash occurred on County Road 137, four miles northwest of Florence. Hewett was a 2006 graduate of the Alabama State Trooper Academy and was assigned to the Highway Patrol Division in Lauderdale County of the Quad Cities Trooper Post. Trooper Hewett was off duty at the time of the crash. Nothing further is available as Troopers continue to investigate.