Early this morning, Wednesday, September 20, 2017, the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant on Redstone Drive East in Semmes Alabama. The search yielded suspected stolen items including jewelry, automobiles, motorcycles and construction equipment.
Items collected began to link those items with additional open ongoing MCSO investigations and additional charges are likely. Jerry Fowler, Sr. and Jerry Fowler, Jr. were taken into custody and charged with receiving stolen property. Sheriff’s deputies on the scene stated that Mr Fowler, Sr., a convicted felon, may once again face prison time as two guns were found within the residence.
Representatives of the City of Semmes Public Works division were called on scene due to the possibility of raw sewage on the property. Rob Laughery with the City Of Semmes Public Works stated he had identified at least four unauthorized, and possibly unpermited, habitats on the property.
Investigation by the City Of Semmes and the Mobile County health department were temporarily halted while the many possible violations are sorted through by authorities. One concern is the allegation that a child was housed in a detached structure away from adults and without appropriate sanitary facilities. A number of tents, lean-tos and make-shift structures were scattered about the acreage and human feces and used toilet paper was scattered among the structures, some within 20 to 30 feet of the trailer alleged to be where the child was housed. Sources at the property pointed out a child’s plastic swimming pool beside a tent where it was said the child was bathed.
MCSO credits the citizens and business owners of Semmes with the success of this morning’s operation; by using the Sheriff’s Crime Tips, www.mobileso.com/crimetips/ and social media resources, citizens and businesses alike furnished actionable intelligence which allowed this morning’s arrest to take place.