Felony arrests

Domestic incident lands Atmore man in jail

News Staff Writer


An Atmore man was arrested on numerous charges related to a domestic incident that took place in the early hours of June 1 at a Jack Springs Road residence.
Atmore Police Department Sgt. Darrell McMann reported that police were sent to the location at approximately 1:25 a.m. They discovered that James Marion Smith, 25, had broken into his former girlfriend’s residence and prevented her from making an emergency 911 call. He also grabbed the victim and damaged a window frame, police said.
Smith is charged with one count each of second-degree domestic violence, third-degree domestic violence (harassment), third-degree domestic violence (criminal mischief) and interfering with a domestic violence emergency call.
He was released on bond from the Escambia County Detention Center (ECDC) June 4.
Other felony arrests reported between May 31 and June 7 include the following:
Michael Lawshan Weaver


An Atmore man was arrested by city police June 1 on several charges after he tried to elude a law enforcement officer who pulled his vehicle over on North Main Street.
McMann reported that the incident happened around 9:40 p.m. when an officer blue-lighted a vehicle with an expired license plate. The vehicle continued for a short distance before coming to a stop.
Reports show the driver, Michael Lawshan Weaver Jr., 25, then jumped from the vehicle and fled on foot, carrying an AR 15 automatic rifle with him.
Weaver, who was caught after a brief foot pursuit, was seen throwing the weapon into a yard as he ran. The rifle, which was recovered, turned out to have been stolen in Demopolis.
Weaver, who has a prior conviction for manslaughter, was charged with second-degree receiving stolen property, unlawful possession of a firearm and attempting to elude a police officer. He is also charged with driving without a license, failure to have proof of insurance and having an improper tag.
He remained in the ECDC Monday, June 10.
Shanice Leeann Howard


A 28-year-old Atmore woman was arrested June 2 on a felony domestic violence charge.
No details were provided, but jail records show that Shanice Leeann Howard is charged with one count of second-degree domestic violence.
According to Alabama Criminal Code, the crime of domestic violence in the second degree can be charged if a person commits second-degree assault on another person; intimidates a witness; stalks another person; commits second-degree or third-degree burglary, or commits first-degree criminal mischief against a current or former spouse, a parent, a step-parent, a child, a step-child, a grandparent, a step-grandparent, a grandchild, a step-grandchild, any person with whom the defendant has a child in common, a present household member, or a person who has or had a dating relationship with the defendant.
Howard was released June 4 on bond.
Guy Coleman Wynn


No details were provided, but the ECDC website shows that an Atmore man, 47-year-old Guy Coleman Wynn, was arrested June 2 on a second-degree assault charge.
According to Alabama Criminal Code, a person commits the crime of assault in the second degree “if, with intent to cause physical injury to another person, he or she causes physical injury to any person by means of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument.”
A conviction on such a charge could result in a prison sentence of 1 year and 1 day, up to 10 years, as well as a fine of up to $15,000.
Wynn was released from jail June 5 on bond.
David Cornelius Boyd III


Atmore police, serving a vehicular theft warrant against an Atmore man, wound up also charging him with felony drug possession after they found him to be in possession of methamphetamine.
McMann reported that police obtained a vehicle theft warrant against David Cornelius Boyd III and arrested him June 6 on that charge. Reports show that Boyd had more than three grams of a crystal-like substance that field tested positive for meth, as well as several plastic baggies, on his person.
He is charged with one count each of first-degree theft of property, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Boyd remained in the county jail Monday, June 10.