Russell Damon Boyd was arrested late Monday, April 23, 2018, after an investigation revealed probable cause to believe he had inappropriate sexual contact with multiple female inmates incarcerated at the Jasper City Jail.
Boyd, 51, served as a Correctional Officer for the City of Jasper until December 2017, when he began a field training program as part of a transition from Correctional Officer to a Police Officer for the City of Jasper. In January 2018, officials with the City of Jasper Police Department contacted the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) and requested that an investigation into allegations that Boyd inappropriately touched or sexually assaulted a female inmate incarcerated at the Jasper City Jail. SBI Special Agents presented the findings of the investigation to the Walker County District Attorney’s Office for review and warrants for Boyd were obtained. Boyd was incarcerated at the Walker County Detention Facility on Monday, April 23, 2018, where he received a $20,000 bond. No other information is available at this time.
The HCS Board of Education met Tuesday and approved the expenditures for March in the amount of $1,323,374.28. Also approved was a lease agreement for a Roro fairway mower for $911.00/mo for 60 months. A 1998 bus was declared obsolete or unserviceable. Barber’s Milk and Lann Chemical were approved for the Child Nutrition rollover bids. Two other minor business items were approved. Approval was made for the Mark Forrester Foundation to use the HMS Cafeteria on May 18 and the Haleyville Alumni Association to use the HES lunchroom on June 2 for the annual alumni banquet.
Three field trips and four fundraisers were approved.
The Board approved the resignation of Dustin Ball as Varsity Boys Basketball Coach, also as the Head Coach of the Golf Program. Other resignations approved included Janna Carruth as HES teacher, Mandy Townsend as HMS cheer sponsor, Hannah Fox as the bookkeeper at HHS, and Christy Aderholt as the Superintendent Secretary. Also approved, the retirement of Leigh Ann Kiser, HES teacher and Rachel Armstrong as HMS Special Education teacher. Suzanne Caldwell will transfer from Special Education at HHS to a Collaborative teacher at the HMS. Mark Burleson will be the HHS Summer Facilitator and Misty McNutt and Pam Wilson as Summer Feeding Lunchroom workers. Ashley Tidwell was hired as the English Language Learner teacher for HCS. Dylan Burleson was hired as the HHS Varsity Basketball Coach.
Coach McNutt with Coach Dylan Burleson
The Haleyville High Lions Baseball Team hosted Dora Friday night for the opening games of the state playoffs. The Lions won the first game 10-5, and the second game 9-1. The next game will be at home Friday against Oneonta at 5 and 7:30 pm. Saturday at 1 pm if needed. You can hear the games live on Paradise 92.7 with David Albright and Tyler Hallman.
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Jarad Brimer (shown with parents) signed a basketball scholarship with
Bevil State in Jasper.
J.T. Lollar (shown with parents) recently signed a baseball scholarship with
Calhoun community college inTanner.
Hamza Abusammour signed for a cross country scholarship with
Wallace State College
A Kia SUV which had been reported taken by someone without the owner’s permission in Marion County earlier Monday evening was found burning next to the old ICRR tracks at the closed bridge on Alabama Avenue at the same time of the crash on Highway 195. The Haleyville Fire Department extinguished the blaze but the vehicle was a total loss. No one was found in or near the vehicle. The driver had apparently driven to the otherwise inaccessible location from a crossing near town. The incident is being investigated by Marion County officials and the Haleyville Police Department.
A two-vehicle crash just after 9 p.m. Monday night in front of Lyle Wrecker Service on Highway 195 resulted in one driver taken to Lakeland ER and the other driver arrested for DUI. Devon Defoor, 23, Haleyville walked away from a white Chevy service truck he was driving with only a cut next to his right eye. The Haleyville Fire Department was called because at first, it appeared Devon was entrapped in his truck. To the amazement of police officers, firemen and others, he climbed out and was walking around. The vehicle had been crushed from the almost head-on impact of a Cadillac Escalade driven by Refugio Sosa of Haleyville. A witness said Sosa had just run the red light in front of Walmart, going through in the turn lanes, then a minute later crashed into the truck in the curve in front of Lyles Wrecker. Sosa was arrested at the scene and transported to the Winston County Jail.
The Haleyville City Council met Monday evening with Jonathan Bennett and Royce Benefield absent. The two items on the agenda were approved including the general operation bills and purchase orders for March in the amount of$522,786.69 and the purchase of 12 bullet-proof vests for the Police Department. The vests total cost was $9,600 but with a 50/50 grant, the city’s obligation was only $4,800.
The next City Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 7, 5:30 p.m. at the Haleyville City Hall.