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CRIME NEWS

1890

Hardy Stokes, the boy mail rider who robbed the bag between Ozark and Elba, has been arrested by Inspector Booth, and taken to Montgomery for trial.  (Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, January 9, 1890 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)


1891

The negro boy who rides the mail from Ozark to Clintonville robbed the mail last Friday and several registered packages were stolen.  He was arrested and lodged in jail at Elba, and will be taken in charge by the United States authorities.   (Source: Vernon Courier, Lamar County AL, March 19, 1891- Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)


1897

PARDONS GRANTED - On the application for pardon of John Surrell, of Coffee, convicted March 8, 1897, of perjury and sentenced to three years in the penitentiary, the governor last week made the following indorsement:  “It is shown to me that the petitioner in this case was a gallant confederate soldier and had been a peaceable, law abiding citizen.  He is now an old man.  It also appears from the statement of the solicitor who prosecuted the case that the perjury charged was through ignorance and not corruption. Believing that a man who has served his country gallantly should have the benefit of every doubt, let a pardon issue to John Sorrell and his political rights be restored.
   The governor granted paroles as follows:
   Ed Owens, of Crenshaw county, convicted of robbery; Samuel C. Welch, of Etowah county, convicted of murder in the second degree, Paul Hathaway, of Coffee county, convicted of manslaughter, Henry Wilson of Montgomery convicted of assault with intent to murder; Isham Neal, colored of Pickens, convicted of attempting to assault a negro woman.
   The terms of most of the prisoners were drawing to a close, and in each case large petitions were presented.  (Source: Marion County News, Marion County AL, September 2, 1897 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

Reape Flowers, colored, Coffee County.  The convict has organic disease of the heart, is unable to labor and his pardon is recommended by Judge Carmichael and Solicitor Smith.  Pardoned.   (Source: Marion County News, Marion County AL, September 9, 1897 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)

 

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