Felon wanted in Alabama, Kentucky nabbed in Oakman
by W. Brian Hale
Apr 14, 2011 | 7639 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
PARRISH — Parrish Police officers working in conjunction with the United States Marshals on Wednesday arrested Kenneth Ray Traywick, 22, of Cordova, who was wanted in Kentucky and Alabama for multiple offenses.

Traywick, who was arrested in the Oakman/Dixie Springs community, was previously arrested by the Parrish Police Department in January for a string of vehicle break-ins at churches around the Parrish area. Police Chief Nick Smith indicated in an interview conducted in March that Parrish Police were searching for Traywick on an active felony warrant, as was the Alabama Department of Pardons and Paroles. Smith said Traywick allegedly had tied into to several other break-ins in the area.

Recently, Traywick’s probation was reportedly revoked and he allegedly fled the state.

Smith contacted the U.S. Marshals to give the agency information on the suspect. U.S. Marshals located Traywick near the area of Hazard, Ky. in the southeastern part of the state.

On April 2, two police officers conducted a traffic stop on Traywick in the town of Whitesburg, Ky., adjacent to the Virginia border. According to police records, the suspect refused to comply with the officers’ commands and attempted to strike the officers with his vehicle. He fled the scene and his vehicle was later found abandoned in a parking lot of a local business. Traywick fled on foot and a search was conducted in the Whitesburg area but he was never located. The Kentucky State Police issued warrants for his arrest for attempted assault on the officers.

On Wednesday morning at 11 a.m., Smith received a call from Marshal Dan Morris stating they had located Traywick in Oakman in the Dixie Springs area. Later in the afternoon, a multi-unit task force apprehended Traywick at a residence in Oakman. Smith reported the suspect’s arms appeared to be bruised and he may have been wounded during the altercation with the Kentucky police.

Along with assistance from the Marshals, the Parrish police also were joined by the Walker County Sheriff’s Office, the Department of Corrections, officers from the Department of Pardons and Paroles and Constable Hugh Plylar in taking Traywick into custody.

Smith said Traywick is also wanted on warrants from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

“He could be facing many other charges that we are investigating as key information we have received and uncovered points to him,” Smith said.

Along with the capture of Traywick, the joint task force took Traywick’s wife, Heather Diane Capleton, into custody on charges of third-degree receiving stolen property. She was reportedly with Traywick on several of the break-ins he allegedly conducted and confessed to receiving the stolen property.

Oakman man arrested on burglary charges

Oakman Police reported that an arrest was made in connection with an April 11 burglary and charges have been filed for Christopher Allen Gardner, 27, of Oakman.

Acting Police Chief Keith Parker, who made the arrest stated that the suspect entered the victim’s residence during the evening hours through a front window of the home and took tools, clothing items and $400. Parker was able to follow up on leads and questioned the suspect, leading to Gardner’s confession.

“The suspect cooperated through the questioning and we were able to get this taken care of quickly,” Parker said. “We had actually solved the case before the victim notified us and informed us that the home had been broken in to. It was a pretty cut-and-dry case.”

Parker was able to recover the tools taken and $30 of the stolen money.

Gradner is charged with third-degree burglary and is being held in the Walker County Jail.

Parker also stated he is currently working on other reported burglaries and encourages anyone with information to contact the Oakman Police Department at 622-3232.

With the recent resignation of police officers from his department, Parker says that the Oakman police are still working aggressively to work all incidents and keep the community safe.

“We will work hard on these burglary cases in particular and the complaints called into us,” Parker said. “We want the members of our community to know that we are doing everything we can to solve these pending cases that we have at this time.”