Felony arrests

News Staff Writer


Atmore Police Department narcotics officers arrested a Pouncey Road resident April 18 after execution of a search warrant turned up “several grams” of methamphetamine and several objects used in the ingestion of illegal substances.
APD Sgt. Darrell McMann reported that officers took 33-year-old Leandra Nicole Morgan into custody without incident after discovering the contraband.
Morgan was booked into the Escambia County Detention Center (ECDC) on one count each of possession of a controlled substance, a felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.
Jail records show she remained in the county facility Monday afternoon, April 22.
Isaiah Terrell Finney


U.S. Marshall’s Service agents located and arrested Isaiah Terrell Finney, 22, of Atmore, who was the subject of several active felony warrants related to incidents that happened in Atmore in September and November of 2023.
Authorities had been looking for Finney, who left the Atmore area immediately after the incidents. He was tracked by the federal agents as he made his way back to Atmore.
APD investigators identified Finney as the offender in an incident in which a firearm was discharged at an occupied vehicle and another incident in which he fled from a vehicle while officers were investigating a shots-fired complaint. Officers recovered firearms and other evidence from that vehicle.
Finney is also a suspect in other recent shootings that are currently under investigation. Police are awaiting the results of ballistics tests to determine if any charges are forthcoming.
Finney, who was in possession of a firearm when arrested, remained in the ECDC Monday afternoon, April 22.
He is charged with one count each of discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle, being a certain person forbidden to possess a firearm, attempting to elude a police officer, and second-degree possession of marijuana.
Derrick Anthony Williams
Samuel James Crenshaw

S. Crenshaw

Two Atmore men, both wanted on several active county warrants, were arrested around midnight April 18 after a traffic stop by Atmore police.
An APD officer conducted a traffic stop after determining that the registered owner, Derrick Anthony Williams, 29, was wanted for several active felony warrants with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.
The ECDC website shows that he is charged with one count each of third-degree forgery, possession of a forged instrument and first-degree theft, each a felony.
Williams was placed under arrest, and the officer contacted the passenger, 37-year-old Samuel Crenshaw, with whom the officer was familiar. But Crenshaw, who is also the subject of ECSO warrants charging third-degree escape and probation violation, gave a false name and was hit with a charge of obstructing justice by using a false identity.
Williams was freed on bond shortly after his arrest. Crenshaw remained behind bars Monday afternoon, April 22.
Yancy Neleh Biron


City police arrested an Atmore woman shortly after sunrise April 17 after employees of a Jack Springs Road convenience store reported that she was unresponsive and in the driver’s seat of a running vehicle,
Officers arrived at 7 a.m. to find the female, later identified as Yancy Neleh Biron, 49, exactly as reported. She was eventually awakened and examined by paramedics who determined she was not in medical distress but appeared to be under the influence of narcotics.
After obtaining consent to search the vehicle, the lawman discovered a Clonazepam pill and some unspecified objects of drug paraphernalia. Clonazepam is taken alone or used with other medications to control certain kinds of seizures.
Biron was charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. She was released on bond April 19.
Monica Marche Freeman


An Atmore woman was arrested April 17, shortly after a citizen came to the police department lobby around 6:45 a.m. to report a domestic violence incident involving his girlfriend.
The male victim had visible injuries which were documented by the officers. He told police he would pursue charges against his girlfriend, 47-year-old Monica Marche Freeman.
Soon after he left police headquarters, the victim returned to his First Avenue residence and found that Freeman had returned. He called for assistance after being assaulted again by Freeman.
An officer arrived and noticed the victim had suffered additional injuries, so Freeman was detained. As the officer was documenting the victim’s injuries and obtaining a statement from him, Freeman ran from the scene.
Additional officers responded and searched for the local woman, who was taken into custody a short time later.
Freeman is charged with one count each of third-degree escape and third-degree domestic violence (assault), both felonies.
She remained in the ECDC Monday afternoon, April 22.
Crishoun Daiquin Hayes


A Mississippi man was arrested April 20 after a predawn traffic stop by Atmore police on a vehicle that failed to dim its lights to oncoming traffic.
As the officer talked with the driver, Chishoun Daiquin Hayes, 24, of Pachuta, Miss., he detected “a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.” That led to a probable cause search that turned up four grams of marijuana, approximately one gram of Spice, a digital scale, and a handgun.
Hayes, who remained in the ECDC Monday afternoon, April 22, is charged with possession of a controlled substance, second-degree possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and unlawful possession of a pistol.
Montavius Darnell Brown


No details were provided, but the ECDC website shows that sheriff’s deputies arrested an Atmore man April 17 on two felony charges after he reportedly fired at least one shot into an occupied house.
Twenty-two-year-old Montavius Darnell Brown is charged with one count each of discharging a firearm into a building and first-degree attempted assault.
Jail records show that Brown was still in the facility Monday afternoon, April 22.
Quentin Roosevelt Handy


Sheriff’s deputies arrested an Atmore man April 13 after he was reportedly caught breaking into a vehicle.
No details were provided, but the jail website shows that 47-year-old Quentin Roosevelt Handy was booked into the facility on one count of breaking and entering an automobile, a Class C felony.
Handy was still on the jail roster Monday afternoon, April 22.
Julie Hall Parker


An Atmore woman was arrested April 19 by sheriff’s deputies on felony and misdemeanor charges related to possession of an illicit substance in the presence of a child.
No details were provided, but ECDC records show Julie Hall Parker, 48, is charged with one count each of an unspecified controlled substance, use or possession with intent to use a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child.
She remained in the county jail Monday afternoon, April 22.
Demetrius Cordale Crenshaw

D. Crenshaw

Sheriff’s deputies arrested an Atmore man April 15 on a felony theft-related charge.
There were no details provided, but the jail website shows that Demetrius Cordale Crenshaw, 24, was processed into the facility on a charge of second-degree receiving stolen property.
Crenshaw was freed on bond a few hours after his arrest.