Felony arrests


News Staff Writer

James Kevin Andrews, 48, of Atmore was arrested November 26 by Poarch Creek Indians police on several charges.
No details were available, but the Escambia County Detention Center (ECDC) website shows that Andrews is charged with one count each of making a terroristic threat, public intoxication, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
A new law that went into effect September 1 makes a terroristic threat a Class C felony in Alabama, even if it was intended as a joke. Also, juveniles who make violent threats that disrupt a school or a business will now be charged as an adult.
Andrews was released from jail a few hours after he was booked.
The following Atmore residents were also charged with felony offenses during the period November 20-27:
*Escambia County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested Donnie Thomas Fails, 45, November 20 on numerous charges related to the use of a debit or credit card that is not his.
Fails is charged with one count each of third-degree theft, fraudulent use of a debit or credit card, third-degree receiving stolen property (all felonies), as well as jumping bail.
He remained in the county jail early Monday afternoon, November 27.
*ECSO personnel arrested 58-year-old Randy Delone Wiggins on November 20 on two felony charges related to an incident of alleged sexual abuse.
No details were available, but the ECDC website shows Wiggins faces one count each of first-degree sexual abuse and second-degree burglary.
He was still behind bars early Monday afternoon, November 27.
*Sheriff’s officers arrested Samuel Payne, 31, November 22 on several charges related to the stalking of an unnamed female.
Payne is charged with aggravated stalking, a felony, as well as one count each of violating a protective order, third-degree domestic violence, and second-degree criminal mischief.
He remained in the ECDC early Monday afternoon, November 27.
Atmore police also reported the following arrest of a Florida man:
*William Franklin Fite, 55, of Gulf Breeze was arrested November 23 and charged with one count each of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.
APD Sgt. Darrell McMann reported that officers were sent around 10:10 a.m. to the area of Jacks Springs Road in response to reports of a “vehicle being driven recklessly.”
The vehicle turned into a business parking lot, and police talked with the driver, later identified as Fite. Reports show the Gulf Breeze man “appeared to be acting strangely and gave consent to the officers to conduct a search of his vehicle.”
The search turned up an unspecified quantity of a multi-colored powder that field-tested positive for opiates and methamphetamine, as well as a single Kratom capsule. Possession of any quantity of either of those substances is a felony.
Fite was still in jail early Monday afternoon, November 27.