Circuit Clerk arrested on Grand Jury indictment


This accident involving a pick-up truck and a tanker carrying flammable gas occurred at the intersection of Main Street and Wilson Avenue in Eutaw on Friday, January 28, 2011. The driver of the pick-up truck was taken to an area hospital.

On January 26, 2011, Greene County Circuit Clerk Etta Edwards was arrested by the Greene County Sheriff’s Department. Edwards had been indicted by a recent Grand Jury in connection with funds in the amount of $138,120.72 which allegedly were unaccounted for in the Circuit Clerk’s office.
According to a document issued on June 4, 2010, by the Alabama Department of Examiners of Public Accounts:
“A cash count was performed on June 30, 2009 on monies that should have been on hand for collections of all divisions of the court. The cash count indicated that funds totaling $147,416.62 should have been on hand for receipts in the Criminal Division dated April 2009 through June 2009; however only $9,295.90 was on hand. Therefore, there was a cash shortage in the amount of $138,120.72. The charges against Edwards resulted from amounts collected but not deposited to the official bank account. An official demand was made on Edwards to pay the charges, but she declined..
“These charges remain due and unpaid and will be certified to the Attorney General for collection.
“The Attorney General has four options: doing nothing, writing a letter asking for repayment, filing a civil suit or prosecution.”
The examiners’ report also said, “During the testing of bank reconciliations for the Child Support Division, a shortage in the amount of $589.56 was noted on the May 31, 2008 reconciliation. This included both receipts that appeared not to have been deposited and deposit shortages. The Circuit Clerk repaid this amount.”
Following her arrest, Edwards was released on a $25,000 bond.
Other arrests made by the county included:
1/26 – Brian Knox, 31, of Knoxville was arrested for FTA assault and escape,
1/26 – Katina Glover, 38, of Forkland was arrested for contributing to the truancy of a minor. She was released on a $500 bond.
1/28 – Marcus Small, 36, of Akron was arrested for FTA driving while suspended and FTA failure to display insurance.
1/29 – Justin Dunlap, 18, of Boligee was arrested for possession of marijuana and receiving stolen property, i.e. a pistol.
1/30 – Michael Merritt, 28, of Clinton was arrested for FTA burglary III
1/31 – Aaron Brown, 31, of Faunsdale was arrested for FTA burglary.
Incidents reported included:
1/26 – Tanya Clay reported someone stole two TVs from her valued at a total of $1,249.
1/27 – Ingrid Curry reported some stole his 1986 Grand Am valued at $400.

Eutaw Police Report

The Eutaw Police Department made the following arrests:
1/28 – Derrick Maurice Allen, 30, of Epes was arrested for domestic violence assault.
1/29 – Louis Powell, 57, of Eutaw was arrested for public intoxication.
1/29 – Akeem Olayiwola of Boligee was arrested for F TA driving while suspended.
1/29 – David Simmons, Jr., 32, of Eutaw was arrested for FTA driving while suspended and FTA DUI.
Incidents reported included:
1/29 – Jonquise Brewington reported that someone shot at him following an argument at the Oak Tree Lounge. As he was running away, he fell and injured his shoulder.
1/30 – George Moore reported someone stole $80 from his home on Constantine Street.

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