Officers begin 2014 with nine arrests in two weeks
by Jennifer Cohron
Jan 14, 2014 | 5372 views | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Members of the Cordova Police Department have made nine arrests in the first two weeks of the new year and another suspect in a key case is on the run.

Police Chief Nick Smith said an arrest warrant has been issued for Shelly Diane Hunter, 36, of Quinton, for allegedly giving tattoos to minors without parental consent.

“From our investigation, we know that multiple minors have been tattooed at a residence on McCrory Street by Miss Hunter,” Smith said.

Assistant Chief Zak Green became aware of the incident on New Year’s Eve when a local 13-year-old and her parents came to the department.

The teen had received a tattoo from Hunter several days prior that became infected and resulted in a trip to the emergency room.

Green said Monday that he has confirmed that at least four juveniles received tattoos from Hunter but only the 13-year-old’s parents are willing to prosecute.

A search warrant executed on Wednesday, Jan. 1, at 276 McCrory Street, where Hunter was allegedly giving the tattoos, resulted in the arrest of three people on narcotics charges.

Jeffery Mayes, 40, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, second degree possession of marijuana and illegal possession of prescription medication.

CPD has not released the names of the other individuals arrested with Mayes.

Although Hunter was not at the residence, the case gave officers information that has resulted in several other arrests, including one more on McCrory Street.

Jeffery Orr, 44, of 92 McCrory Street, was arrested Friday on two counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance. Orr faces additional charges of possession of a controlled substance, second degree possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and second degree manufacturing of a controlled substance.

Orr is currently in Walker County Jail on a $2 million property bond.

Other arrests made by CPD in recent weeks include Jesse Hayes, 25, for possession of drug paraphernalia; Christy Brown, 37, of Hueytown, for possession of drug paraphernalia; Joann Johnson Pugh, 51, of Cordova, for third degree theft of property; Byron Windham, 25, of Parrish, for second degree possession of marijuana; and Jamie Dill, 32, of Cordova, for second degree receiving stolen property.

Smith, Green, Tony Reid and B.J. Simmons were the lead officers associated with the cases.

Smith said the department-wide goal is to double arrests in 2014.

In 2013, 200 arrests were made by Cordova officers.

“I feel like the efforts made by the department in 2013 were incredible compared to previous years. I feel like we set a high standard in 2013 and hope to continue the progress in 2014,” Smith said. “Our success can be contributed to a better working relationship with the community along with better equipment and a larger police force.”