Marion County Sheriff's Department

Hunters find scorched vehicle, human remains near MS line; Ward believed to have been found after missing 89 days

Arthur Ward

HAMILTON - Law enforcement officials are saying that remains found within a burnt vehicle may belong to a missing 69-year-old Choctaw County senior citizen, Arthur Lawrence Ward, who went missing in October.

Jasper woman wounded in hunting accident

GUIN - A Jasper woman was accidently shot by her husband while deer hunting on Sunday, Jan. 6, in the Pea Ridge Community.
Marion County Sheriff Kevin Williams told the Journal Record that Lyn Humphries, 46, Jasper, was injured when her husband, Phillip Humphries, 47, accidently shot her in the back.
The incident occurred on the Jasper couple’s 60-acre hunting property, located on County Highway 42, approximately one mile north of the County Highway 37 intersection.


Agencies converge after ‘pipe bomb’ reported

GLEN ALLEN - The Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) was dispatched to the intersection of state highways 129 and 233 on the Fayette County line in Glen Allen at about 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10 after a caller reported a suspicious device near the intersection.
“The caller advised that it looked like a pipe bomb to him laying on the side of the road,” Marion County Sheriff Kevin Williams said.
Chief deputy Jeff Davis and Lt. Pendley of the MCSO and officer Gary Hamlett of the Winfield Police Department responded to the call.

Inmate meal records suit thrown out

HAMILTON - An Open Records Act lawsuit against 49 Alabama county sheriffs—including Marion County Sheriff Kevin Williams—has been dismissed.
At the beginning of this year, the Atlanta-based Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) and the Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice sued the Alabama sheriffs after the officials refused to release inmate meal finance records.
The advocacy groups sought to compel the sheriffs to produce the records, which the Alabama Sheriffs Association argues were not public records at all.

Food funds off Williams’ plate, for now

Marion County Sheriff Kevin Williams inspects the Marion County Jail’s kitchen where meals are prepared daily for as many as 130 individuals held in his custody on regular basis.

HAMILTON - As of Sept. 1, Marion County Sheriff Kevin Williams is temporarily no longer personally financially responsible for feeding his inmates.
In July, Gov. Kay Ivey directed the state comptrollers office to no longer deposit jail food money into personal accounts of Alabama sheriffs and instead, deposit it into official county accounts.


Williams recruits Vass in Hamby search

(From left) Forensic anthropologist Dr. Arpad Vass, State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) Captain Jonathan Winters, Marion County Sheriff Kevin Williams, District Attorney Scott Slatton, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency pilot J.D. Jackson and SBI Lt. Robbie Barton confer at the Marion County Rankin Fite Airport on Sept. 20 after an arial reconnaisance search for missing person Jessica Hamby.
Jessica Leeann Hamby

HAMILTON - World-renowned scientist and body locator Dr. Arpad Vass and his grave detection machine have been recruited to aid in the search for Jessica Leeann Hamby.

Florence man arrested on drug trafficking charges

BEAR CREEK - A Florence man was arrested in Bear Creek and is now facing drug trafficking charges.
Carlton Whiteside, 27, Florence, was arrested on Sept. 5 by the Bear Creek Police Department
Bear Creek officer Austin Lewis told the Journal Record that he pulled Whiteside’s vehicle over at approximately 8:55 a.m. on a routine traffic stop for a switched tag. He made the stop on County Road 62 near Consolidated Forest Products.

Three escape after assaulting jailor

Christopher Spain (left) is shown in security footage assaulting a Marion County jailor with a taser early Thursday morning, July 26, after Leslie Cameron (right) attacked him while his back was turned to open their isolation cell. The two escaped with a third inmate, Thomas Green, shortly after the attack. The jailor only sustained minor injuries and was back at work the next day.

HAMILTON - Three inmates escaped from the Marion County Jail in Hamilton early Thursday morning, July 26, after assaulting a lone jailor and stealing his keys.
Thomas Joe Green, 31, Joiner, Ark., Leslie Dewayne Cameron 39, Phil Campbell, and Christopher Cole Spain, 19, Jasper, were all recaptured after being on the lam for eight hours.
They are now facing charges of first-degree assault of a correctional officer, first-degree kidnapping, first-degree robbery, third- and fourth-degree theft of property and breaking and entering a vehicle.

Third escape in year and a half

• Sheriff sees desperate need for more staff, additional fence, new jail

HAMILTON - Marion County Sheriff Kevin Williams says that he has had five breakouts during his 16-year tenure. Three of those escapes, however, have occurred over the last year and a half.

Williams, who is Marion County’s longest-serving sheriff, now entering his fifth term, faced his most recent escape on Thursday, July 26, where three inmates escaped overnight from the Marion County Jail in Hamilton after assaulting, kidnapping and robbing a lone jailor on duty.