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Obituaries for the week of August 23, 2017
Merlene Emmons Forbes Mrs. Merlene Emmons Forbes, age 76, passed away Monday, August 14, 2017 in Atmore, Ala. She was a native of Century, Fla. and has resided in Atmore for the past thirty-one years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale Forbes and parents, L.D. and Bernice Emmons. Mrs. Forbes is survived by her four sons, Richard (Pam) Moye of Bay Minette, Ala., Randel (Karen) Moye of…
Murder suspects arrested – Three charged in deaths of Donta Russell, Danny Fox
An Escambia County grand jury has handed up capital murder indictments against two Atmore men in the April shooting death of Donta Demorris Russell, as well as an indictment against a Huntsville man who is charged with the November 2016 slaying of Danny Fox. Chief Deputy Mike Lambert of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office reported Tuesday that Darrell Brown, 29, of an MLK Drive address, and Yeldon Devonta Rostchild, 23,…
Trio embezzled $750K – Probation for former seniors director; casino employee, mother await sentencing
Three Atmore women recently entered guilty pleas in two separate federal court cases to charges they collectively embezzled more than $750,000 from the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. According to a press release issued by Steve Butler, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, 54-year-old Carolyn Dortch was sentenced on August 4 to serve five years on probation for using her former position to steal tribal money.…
‘Hollywood Fred’ arrested for SONA violations
One of Baldwin County’s most infamous criminals and sex offenders has found himself in hot water in Escambia County. Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Mike Lambert reported Tuesday that Fredrick “Hollywood Fred” Barkley, 55, of Atmore was arrested August 8 for three violations of Alabama’s Sex Offender Notification Act. According to a 2010 article published by Al.com, Barkley, who reportedly got his nickname from the flashy clothes he wore…
More services available at satellite
When Doug Agerton was seeking the Escambia County Judge of Probate office in 2012, one of the promises he made was to expand services offered at the satellite courthouse in Atmore. It took most of five years, but that promise is now being fulfilled. Thanks to the installation of new software, bankers, lawyers and anyone else can now have deeds, mortgages and other documents recorded without a trip to the…