Henry D. “Butch” Binford, Circuit Judge, 20th Judicial Circuit Court of Houston County (Civil Division, Dothan) Alabama, HEARING on MOTION TO VACATE OR MODIFY on Friday, April 20, 2017, at 1:30 PM (38-CV-2015-900261.00)

Attorney Jerry Michael Blevins presented to the Court:

Seventh Wonder v. Southbound Records

and

Cassioppi v. Damico

for the proposition that Judgment should have been rendered in favor of the Plaintiff, since Defendant had failed to appear at trial
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A judgment entered after one party fails to appear at trial is treated as a default judgment

See Cassioppi v. Damico, 536 So.2d 938 (Ala.1988)

(default judgment entered when defendants failed to appear at trial)

Seventh Wonder v. Southbound Records, Inc., 364 So.2d 1173 (Ala. 1978)

(parties failing to appear on the day the case was set for trial were in default);

see also,

Rule 55, Ala. R. Civ. P., Committee Comments
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Alexander v. Washington
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707 So.2d 254

(1997)

November 7, 1997

Court of Civil Appeals of Alabama
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http://www.leagle.com/decision/1997961707So2d254_1945/ALEXANDER%20v.%20WASHINGTON
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Judge Henry D. “Butch” Binford asked if prior case law addressed Liability (Damages)

Lawyer Jerry Michael Blevins presented to the Court:
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3 Ala. App. 164

2. Trial; Evidence; Province of Jury. — Unless the evidence palpably fails to make out a prima facie case, its weight and sufficiency is for the jury; hence, if the tendencies of the evidence supports the charge made, or permits inferences to be drawn by the jury in support of the charge, it becomes a jury question

3 Ala. App. 165
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Tice v. State
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3 Ala. App. 164

(1911)

57 South 506

December 19, 1911

Alabama Supreme Court
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https://www.ravellaw.com/opinions/5520d7f824806b010f79d769b06b7f65
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When the facts are admitted or are undisputed, and are such that men of ordinary intelligence may reasonably differ with each other as to the conclusion to be drawn from them, such facts, as a general proposition, present matters for the determination of the jury, and not a mere question of law for the court

It is only when the facts are such that all reasonable conclusions to be drawn from them are the same that they present a mere question of law for the court
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Batson v. Birmingham Trust
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241 Ala. 629

(1941)

4 So.2d 307

6 Div. 675

October 16, 1941

Alabama Supreme Court
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https://www.courtlistener.com/opinion/3251262/batson-v-birmingham-trust-savings-co/
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Henry D. “Butch” Binford, Circuit Judge, 20th Judicial Circuit Court of Houston County (Civil Division Dothan) Alabama issues ORDER for hearing on MOTION TO VACATE OR MODIFY on April 20, 2017, at 1:30 PM (38-CV-2015-900261.00)
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Henry D. “Butch” Binford, Circuit Judge, 20th Judicial Circuit Court of Houston County (Civil Division Dothan) Alabama, invited to ALTER or AMEND his NOVEL LEGAL THEORY Judgment, Monday, March 27, 2017 (3/27/2017) 9:50:07 AM (38-CV-2015-900261.00)
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Henry D. Butch Binford, Houston County Circuit Court, 20th Judicial Circuit Judge, Dothan, Alabama (since February 12 2008) Huntingdon College (@HuntingdonColl) University of Alabama School of Law (@UALawSchool) former Veteran Prosecutor, in the Assault and Battery Civil case: Plaintiff v. Brian Ralph Beasley, Defendant (of Daleville, Dale County, Alabama) WHO FAILED TO APPEAR on the DAY the CASE (38-CV-2015-900261.00) WAS SET FOR TRIAL (February 21 2017) on February 23, 2017, espoused a NEW LEGAL THEORY when he ENTERED JUDGMENT for the DEFENDANT CONTRARY to Alabama Rules of Civil Procedure (ARCP) VII. JUDGMENT Rule 55: The rule eliminates the requirement of notice prior to entry of JUDGMENT BY DEFAULT when the DEFAULT arises from FAILURE TO APPEAR on the day the case is set for trial
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Henry D. “Butch” Binford, Circuit Judge, 20th Judicial Circuit Court of Houston County (Civil Division Dothan) Alabama issues ORDER for hearing on MOTION TO VACATE OR MODIFY on April 20, 2017, at 1:30 PM (38-CV-2015-900261.00)


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Unified Judicial System

State of Alabama

AlaFile E-Notice

38-CV-2015-900261.00

Judge: Henry D “Butch” Binford

To: Blevins Jerry Michael
ATTYJMBlev@LawOfficeOfJerryMBlevins.com
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NOTICE OF COURT ACTION
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In the Circuit Court of Houston County, Alabama

v. Brian Ralph Beasley

38-CV-2015-900261.00

A court action was entered in the above case on 3/31/2017 1:11:07 PM

ORDER

[Filer: ]

Disposition: Other
Judge: HDB
Notice Date: 3/31/2017 1:11:07 PM

Carla H. Woodall
Circuit Court Clerk
Houston County, Alabama
P.O. Drawer 6406
Dothan, AL, 36302
334-677-4859

Filing – 2
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DOCUMENT 53

In the Circuit Court of Houston County, Alabama

Plaintiff,

v.

Beasley Brian Ralph,
Defendant

Case No.: CV-2015-900261.00

ORDER

MOTION TO VACATE OR MODIFY filed by Plaintiff is hereby set for hearing on April 20, 2017, at 1:30 PM

DONE this 31st day of March, 2017

/s/ Henry D “Butch” Binford
Circuit Judge

Electronically Filed
3/31/2017 1:10 PM
38-CV-2015-900261.00
Circuit Court of Houston County, Alabama
Carla H. Woodall, Clerk
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Henry D. “Butch” Binford, Circuit Judge, 20th Judicial Circuit Court of Houston County (Civil Division Dothan) Alabama, invited to ALTER or AMEND his NOVEL LEGAL THEORY Judgment, Monday, March 27, 2017 (3/27/2017) 9:50:07 AM (38-CV-2015-900261.00)
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Henry D. “Butch” Binford, Houston County Circuit Court, 20th Judicial Circuit Judge, Dothan, Alabama (since February 12 2008) Huntingdon College (@HuntingdonColl) University of Alabama School of Law (@UALawSchool) former Veteran Prosecutor, in the Assault and Battery Civil case: Plaintiff v. Brian Ralph Beasley, Defendant (of Daleville, Dale County, Alabama) WHO FAILED TO APPEAR on the DAY the CASE (38-CV-2015-900261.00) WAS SET FOR TRIAL (February 21 2017) on February 23, 2017, espoused a NEW LEGAL THEORY when he ENTERED JUDGMENT for the DEFENDANT CONTRARY to Alabama Rules of Civil Procedure (ARCP) VII. JUDGMENT Rule 55: The rule eliminates the requirement of notice prior to entry of JUDGMENT BY DEFAULT when the DEFAULT arises from FAILURE TO APPEAR on the day the case is set for trial
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http://wp.me/p5tuFO-1rB
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Henry D. “Butch” Binford, Circuit Judge, 20th Judicial Circuit Court of Houston County, (Civil Division, Dothan) Alabama, invited to ALTER or AMEND his NOVEL LEGAL THEORY Judgment, Monday, March 27, 2017 (3/27/2017) 9:50:07 AM (38-CV-2015-900261.00)


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Unified Judicial System

State of Alabama

AlaFile E-Notice

38-CV-2015-900261.00

To: Jerry Michael Blevins
ATTYJMBlev@LawOfficeOfJerryMBlevins.com

Judge: Henry D. “Butch” Binford

NOTICE OF ELECTRONIC FILING

In the Circuit Court of Houston County, Alabama

Plaintiff

v.

Brian Ralph Beasley

38-CV-2015-900261.00

The following matter was Filed on 3/27/2017 9:50:07 AM

C001

Motion to Vacate or Modify

[Filer: Blevins Jerry Michael]

Notice Date: 3/27/2017 9:50:07 AM

Carla H. Woodall
Circuit Court Clerk
Houston County, Alabama
P.O. Drawer 6406
Dothan, AL 36302
334-677-4859
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DOCUMENT 51

In the Circuit Court of Houston County, Alabama

Plaintiff

v.

Beasley Brian Ralph
Defendant

Civil Action No.: CV-2015-900261

MOTION TO ALTER OR AMEND JUDGMENT

COMES NOW the Plaintiff, by and through his undersigned counsel, and respectfully moves the Court to alter or amend the judgment previously rendered in this cause, and in support thereof says as follows:

Relevant Procedural History

1. On May 12, 2015, Plaintiff filed his Complaint in this cause seeking damages stemming from an assault and battery committed on his person by Defendant on or about February 9, 2015

2. On July 2, 2015, Defendant filed his answer

3. On February 21, 2017, a bench trial occurred at which Defendant failed to attend in-person or through counsel

The only testimony presented at trial was Plaintiff’s, which was uncontroverted by other admissible evidence

4. On February 23, 2017, the Court rendered a final judgment in favor of Defendant

Discussion

5. Plaintiff contends that pursuant to Rule 55, Ala.R.Civ.P., because Defendant failed to appear at trial in-person or through counsel, he was entitled to a default judgment against Defendant on the assault and battery claim

See Seventh Wonder v. Southbound Records, Inc.,

364 So.2d 1173 (Ala. 1978)

(A party who fails to appear on the day the case is set for trial is in default);

and

Cassioppi v. Damico,

536 So.2d 938 (Ala. 1988)

(A judgment entered after one party fails to appear at trial is treated as a default judgment)

6. Plaintiff further contends that because his trial testimony was uncontroverted by other

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admissible evidence, he was entitled to an award of damages stemming from the assault and battery

7. Plaintiff contends the Court erred in not granting him a judgment, and in not awarding appropriate damages, on the assault and battery claim

WHEREFORE Plaintiff requests that the Court alter or amend the judgment previously entered in this cause, and grant him a default judgment against Defendant, and award him damages in the sum of $30,000.00, on the assault and battery claim, for the reasons set forth herein

Jerry M. Blevins
(BLE003)
Attorney for Plaintiff

OF COUNSEL:
Law Office of Jerry M. Blevins
Carr, Riggs and Ingram Building
7550 Halcyon Summit Drive, Suite 100
Montgomery, Alabama 36117
(334) 262-7600 (Voice)
(334) 262-7644 (Fax)
E-Mail: ATTYJMBlev@LawOfficeOfJerryMBlevins.com

2

Filing
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DOCUMENT 51

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE

I hereby certify that I have served a copy of the foregoing upon:

Mr. Brian Ralph Beasley
368 Hanchey Field Road
Daleville, Alabama 36322

via electronic transmission and / or by depositing a copy of the same in the U.S. Mail, postage prepaid this 27th day of March, 2017

Jerry M. Blevins
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Alabama Rules of Civil Procedure (ARCP) VII. JUDGMENT Rule 55.
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(a) Entry
(b) Judgment
(1) By the Clerk

Committee Comments on 1973 Adoption

The rule eliminates the requirement of notice prior to entry of judgment by default when the default arises from failure to appear on the day the case is set for trial

Rule 55(a) authorizes the clerk to enter defaults upon the civil docket when the party fails to plead or otherwise defend
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Seventh Wonder v. Southbound Records, Inc.
364 So. 2d 1173
(Ala. 1978)
77-602
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Alabama Supreme Court

December 1, 1978
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http://www.ecases.us/case/ala/c1102643/wonder-v-southbound-records-inc
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(A party who fails to appear on the day the case is set for trial is in default)
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https://www.courtlistener.com/opinion/1102643/wonder-v-southbound-records-inc/
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http://law.justia.com/cases/alabama/supreme-court/1978/364-so-2d-1173-1.html
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Cassioppi v. Damico
536 So. 2d 938
(Ala. 1988)
87-965
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Alabama Supreme Court

November 18, 1988
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https://www.courtlistener.com/opinion/1932665/cassioppi-v-damico/
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(A judgment entered after one party fails to appear at trial is treated as a default judgment)
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https://casetext.com/case/cassioppi-v-damico
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Henry D. “Butch” Binford, Houston County Circuit Court, 20th Judicial Circuit Judge, Dothan, Alabama (since February 12 2008) Huntingdon College (@HuntingdonColl) University of Alabama School of Law (@UALawSchool) former Veteran Prosecutor, in the Assault and Battery Civil case: Plaintiff v. Brian Ralph Beasley, Defendant (of Daleville, Dale County, Alabama) WHO FAILED TO APPEAR on the DAY the CASE (38-CV-2015-900261.00) WAS SET FOR TRIAL (February 21 2017) on February 23, 2017, espoused a NEW LEGAL THEORY when he ENTERED JUDGMENT for the DEFENDANT CONTRARY to Alabama Rules of Civil Procedure (ARCP) VII. JUDGMENT Rule 55: The rule eliminates the requirement of notice prior to entry of JUDGMENT BY DEFAULT when the DEFAULT arises from FAILURE TO APPEAR on the day the case is set for trial
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http://wp.me/p5tuFO-1rB
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Henry D. “Butch” Binford, Houston County Circuit Court, 20th Judicial Circuit Judge, Dothan, Alabama (since February 12, 2008), Huntingdon College (@HuntingdonColl), University of Alabama School of Law (@UALawSchool), former Veteran Prosecutor, in the Assault and Battery Civil case: Plaintiff v. Brian Ralph Beasley, Defendant (of Daleville, Dale County, Alabama) WHO FAILED TO APPEAR on the DAY the CASE (38-CV-2015-900261.00) WAS SET FOR TRIAL (February 21, 2017), on February 23, 2017, espoused a NEW LEGAL THEORY when he ENTERED JUDGMENT for the DEFENDANT, CONTRARY to Alabama Rules of Civil Procedure (ARCP), VII. JUDGMENT, Rule 55: The rule eliminates the requirement of notice prior to entry of JUDGMENT BY DEFAULT when the DEFAULT arises from FAILURE TO APPEAR on the day the case is set for trial


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Unified Judicial System

State of Alabama

AlaFile E-Notice

38-CV-2015-900261.00

To: Hein Vernon Paul
vern@heinlaw.net

Judge: Henry D. “Butch” Binford

NOTICE OF ELECTRONIC FILING

In the Circuit Court of Houston County, Alabama

Plaintiff

v. Brian Ralph Beasley

The following matter was Filed on 2/23/2017 11:13:44 AM

Notice Date: 2/23/2017 11:13:44 AM

Carla H. Woodall
Circuit Court Clerk
Houston County, Alabama
P.O. Drawer 6406
Dothan, AL 36302
334-677-4859

Order of Judgment
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DOCUMENT 40

In the Circuit Court of Houston County, Alabama

Plaintiff

v.

Beasley Brian Ralph
Defendant

Case No.: CV-2015-900261.00

ORDER

Upon consideration of the evidence and testimony presented herein, the Court finds that the evidence does not establish by a preponderance of the evidence the elements of the claims set out in the complaint

Accordingly, judgment is entered for the Defendant

Costs taxed as paid

Done this 23rd day of February, 2017

Henry D. “Butch” Binford
Circuit Judge
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Alabama Rules of Civil Procedure (ARCP)
VII. JUDGMENT
Rule 55.
(a) Entry
(b) Judgment
(1) By the Clerk

Committee Comments on 1973 Adoption

The rule eliminates the requirement of notice prior to entry of judgment by default when the default arises from failure to appear on the day the case is set for trial

Rule 55(a) authorizes the clerk to enter defaults upon the civil docket when the party fails “to plead or otherwise defend”

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James Bailey Is a Liar. Is He a Murderer?
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Slate

Leon Neyfakh

2/2017
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A mysterious cache of documents could prove that a man serving a life sentence for homicide was framed by corrupt Alabama authorities—if the documents, and the man, can be believed

Heather Brown was released from the Whatcom County Jail in Washington, after authorities in Alabama failed to submit a timely extradition warrant requesting her return to Dothan
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Coroner finds body in woods

Unidentified man a victim of homicide
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Dothan Eagle (@DothanEagle)

March 14 2004
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Vengeance the motive in killing

District attorney outlines case against Stuckey
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Dothan Eagle (@DothanEagle)

March 18 2004
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Dothan, Alabama: 2017 Crime Statistics

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Dothan Alabama January 2017 Crime Statistics
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_2 – Arson
20 – Assault
48 – Burglary
62 – Larceny / Theft
_6 – Motor Vehicle Theft
_5 – Robbery
_2 – Sexual Assault


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http://www.dothan.org/DocumentCenter/View/3665
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http://www.dothan.org/DocumentCenter/View/3667
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Dothan Alabama February 2017 Crime Statistics
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_1 – Arson
29 – Assault
33 – Burglary
_2 – Homicide
44 – Larceny / Theft
_6 – Motor Vehicle Theft
_2 – Robbery
_1 – Sexual Assault


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http://www.dothan.org/DocumentCenter/View/3691
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http://www.dothan.org/DocumentCenter/View/3692
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Dothan Alabama January 2017 Crime Statistics by #
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_2 – Arson
_2 – Sexual Assault
_5 – Robbery
_6 – Motor Vehicle Theft
20 – Assault
48 – Burglary
62 – Larceny / Theft
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http://www.dothan.org/DocumentCenter/View/3667
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Dothan Alabama February 2017 Crime Statistics by #
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_1 – Arson
_1 – Sexual Assault
_2 – Homicide
_2 – Robbery
_6 – Motor Vehicle Theft
29 – Assault
33 – Burglary
44 – Larceny / Theft
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http://www.dothan.org/DocumentCenter/View/3692
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Dothan Alabama January 2017 Crime Statistics Compared MONTHLY
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_2 – Arson
20 – Assault
48 – Burglary
62 – Larceny / Theft
_6 – Motor Vehicle Theft
_5 – Robbery
_2 – Sexual Assault
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Dothan Alabama February 2017 Crime Statistics
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_1 – Arson (1 less than 1/2017)
29 – Assault (9 more than 1/2017)
33 – Burglary (15 less than 1/2017)
_2 – Homicide (2 more than 1/2017)
44 – Larceny / Theft (18 less than 1/2017)
_6 – Motor Vehicle Theft (same as 1/2017)
_2 – Robbery (3 less than 1/2017)
_1 – Sexual Assault (1 less than 1/2017)
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Dothan Alabama January 2017 Crime Statistics Compared YEARLY
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_2 – Arson
20 – Assault
48 – Burglary
62 – Larceny / Theft
_6 – Motor Vehicle Theft
_5 – Robbery
_2 – Sexual Assault
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Dothan Alabama February 2017 Crime Statistics Compared YEARLY
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_1 – Arson (same as 2/2016)
29 – Assault (17 more than 2/2016)
33 – Burglary (17 less than 2/2016)
_2 – Homicide (2 more than 2/2016)
44 – Larceny / Theft (102 less than 2/2016)
_6 – Motor Vehicle Theft (2 less than 2/2016)
_2 – Robbery (6 less than 2/2016)
_1 – Sexual Assault (same as 2/2016)
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http://www.dothan.org/DocumentCenter/View/3667

http://www.dothan.org/DocumentCenter/View/3692

In the interest of transparency and public interest the Dothan Police Department makes available to all members of the public these unofficial Part I crime reportsThe data contained in this work product was accurate that the time of publication but is subject to change at any time and may not reflect the final crime data reported to the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center or the Federal Bureau of Investigation

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