Suspect sought in
By Dee Ann Campbell
BUTLER – An arrest warrant for Joe
Lee Brown, of Butler, has been issued
for the murder of Jeremy James, who
was killed near Scott Mountain on
According to a press release on
Monday, the Choctaw County Sheriff’s
Department, Alabama Bureau of Investigations,
and the District Attorney’s
Office have been engaged in a manhunt
for Brown, with the Clarke County
(MS) Sheriff’s Office also involved in
Brown is described as a black male,
6’3” in height, weighing approximately
The manhunt has included areas in
West Alabama and East Mississippi.
James was found dead near his
vehicle at just before midnight along a
road just off Dicey Road in Scott Mountain.
He was pronounced dead at the
scene by Coroner Rocky Bumpers, who
said that James had apparently died of
multiple knife wounds to the throat.
Anyone with information regarding
the whereabouts of Brown or this crime
is urged to call District Attorney
Spencer Walker’s office at 251-275-
Any information provided, as well
as the identity of those providing the
information, will be kept strictly confidential,
No other information on the manhunt
was available at presstime.
Commission debating FY2014-15 budget
County discussing dog pound issue
By Dee Ann Campbell
BUTLER – Funding for the county’s general fund, road and bridge work, and special requests from organizations within the county were topics of consideration during a budget work session held by the Choctaw County Commission on Tuesday.
Amid discussions over items in the upcoming annual budget for Fiscal Year 2014-15, which begins on October 1, Probate Judge Michael Armistead told the commission that most departments had requested funding at the same levels as last year, with the exception of the Sheriff ’s Department.
Armistead said that Sheriff-elect Scott Lolley had requested an increase in funding for the department’s budget to help pay for the addition of an investigator to his staff.
Armistead added that Lolley planned to move one of the deputies to that post and hire an additional deputy to replace him, if possible.