Baldwin County Sheriff's Department

  • Agency: Baldwin County Sheriff's Department
  • Address: 310 Hand Ave, Bay Minette, 36507 AL
  • Chief:
Phone: 251-937-0202

Baldwin County Sheriff's Department is located at 310 Hand Ave, Bay Minette, 36507 AL. The Baldwin County Sheriff's Department phone number is 251-937-0202.

Baldwin County Sheriff's Department News

Last week the Sheriff's Office had the pleasure of hosting Mrs. Barbara Frank Partlow as our Deputy for the Day. Thank you Mrs. Barbara for your support and spending your day with us.

CPL Hunady spoke to a group of Cub Scouts in Daphne on Sunday, March 3rd, about being a Deputy Sheriff and why he chose to be a public servant. CPL Hunady introduced his K9 partner and displayed some of his gear/equipment.

Hwy 98 is re-open. The community is safe. The investigation will continue and tomorrow we’ll have more updates and information.

The Baldwin County Sheriff's Office is currently working a shooting incident on HWY 98, south of Fairhope. For safety purposes, Hwy 98 between 181 and Keller road is shut down until this incident is resolved. Please use an alternate route when traveling in this area until futher notice.

We would like to welcome our newest deputy to the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office; Deputy Colby Odom. Congratulations and Welcome to the Sheriff's Office Family.

Today is Read Across America Day. Sheriff Mack took part in this special day by reading to the students at Magnolia School.

MEDIA RELEASE March 1, 2018 On February 28, 2018, Baldwin County Sheriff Deputies assigned to the Special Operation Unit conducted a vehicle stop on a Ford F150 pulling a flatbed trailer eastbound on Interstate 10 at the 56-mile marker for No/ Plainly Visible Tag. The trailer was hauling 2 golf carts. The truck was driven by Donald Scott Sells and his 15-year-old son was also an occupant of the vehicle. During conversation with both Sells and his son, conflicting statements were made by both. Mr. Sells gave the deputies permission to conduct a search of his vehicle and trailer. While conducting that search 8 heavy duty vehicle batteries were discovered in the golf carts in a factory battery compartment under the seats; however, their weight was inconsistent with the typical weight of a vehicle battery. All eight vehicle batteries were found to contain contraband. Deputies recovered 32 bundles of Crystal Methamphetamine weighing approximately 115 pounds. Donald Scott Sells was arrested for Drug Trafficking and taken to the Baldwin County Corrections Center, his juvenile son was arrested for Possession of Marijuana 2nd Degree and was transported to Baldwin County Juvenile Detention Center.

The Baldwin County Sheriff's Office has added video visitation to the Corrections Center in an effort to improve the security and efficiency of inmate visitation.

Congratulations to K9 Angie!

The Baldwin County Sheriff's Office had the pleasure of presenting CPL Michael Walker with a few recognition's during a special held ceremony on Thursday, February 15, 2018. CPL Walker was presented with the Deputy Scott Ward Memorial Fit for Duty Award by Andrea Ward. CPL Walker was also presented a plaque of recognition by the Order of the Purple Heart Association. The Baldwin County Sheriff's Corrections Emergency Response Team presented CPL Walker with cards showing their support and appreciation. All awards, cards, and recognition is well deserved by such a strong officer.

***Subjects have been identified*** Thank you to all who called and emailed information.**** The Baldwin County Sheriff's Office needs your help identify the two female subjects in these photos. They are suspected of stealing credit cards from a business in Foley then using the cards to make fraudulent purchases in the area. If you can identify either or both of these subjects please call or email Investigator Eli Barton with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office at (251)972-6873 or

The Baldwin County Sheriff's Office is a proud participant in Offender Watch, which registers and monitors convicted sex offenders.

U.S. Department of Justice United States Attorney District of Connecticut FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 5, 2018 CONTACT: Tom Carson Public Information Office (203) 821-3722 (203) 996-1393 (cell) CITIZEN OF MEXICO PLEADS GUILTY TO HEROIN TRAFFICKING AND IMMIGRATION OFFENSES John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that on February 2, ONEL ARANA-GERVACIO, also known as “Arana Ricardo Leon Cepeda,” 44, a citizen of Mexico last residing in Houston, Texas, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to heroin trafficking and immigration offenses. According to court documents and statements made in court, on October 21, 2016, the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office in Alabama conducted a motor vehicle stop of a car hauler that was carrying a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu. A search of the Malibu, which was registered to ARANA, revealed that it contained a hidden compartment (“trap”), which is commonly used to conceal and transport illegal contraband, including narcotics, firearms and currency. Law enforcement officials obtained court authorization to install tracking devices on the vehicle and, between October 2016 and January 2017, HSI agents observed it at various locations in Connecticut and Rhode Island. On January 17, 2017, agents located the vehicle at 1091 Maple Avenue in Hartford. On January 20, surveillance officers observed activity on another vehicle located at the Maple Avenue residence consistent with manipulating a mechanical hidden compartment. Officers then observed ARANA placing two duffel bags into that second vehicle and then driving off. At approximately 8:30 p.m., a Hartford Police cruiser pulled the car over. The vehicle also contained a hidden trap, but a search revealed no contraband. A subsequent search of 1091 Maple Avenue revealed more than six kilograms of heroin, approximately 500 grams of cocaine and a “finger press,” which is used to process bulk quantities of heroin into 10-gram-bags known as “fingers.” Agents also seized drug distribution materials, including sifters, grinders, scales, vacuum sealers and kilo wrappers, which were coated in heroin residue and field-tested positive for the presence of fentanyl. Agents then searched the Malibu, which was located in the garage of 1091 Maple Avenue, and recovered approximately $260,000 in cash from inside the trap. Laboratory testing of the seized heroin revealed that some of it contained fentanyl. The investigation revealed that in October 2013, a U.S. Border Patrol agent encountered ARANA near Hidalgo, Texas, and determined that ARANA had unlawfully entered the U.S. from Mexico. He was removed to Mexico on November 2, 2013. ARANA pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, one kilogram or more of heroin, an offense that carries a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a maximum term of imprisonment of life. He also pleaded guilty to one count of illegal reentry, an offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of two years. Judge Shea scheduled sentencing for May 1, 2018. ARANA has been detained since his arrest on January 20, 2017. This matter is being investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Hartford Police Department and the Connecticut State Police, with the assistance of the Baldwin County (Ala.) Sheriff’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael J. Gustafson and David T. Huang.

****UPDATE: SUBJECT HAS BEEN FOUND AND ARRESTED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ASSISTED AND CALLED IN TIPS/INFORMATION.***** Wanted: CHADWICK A. WALKER (possibly goes by CHAD) The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office has an active warrant for CHADWICK A. WALKER. Subject is known to frequent the Foley area. Subject is wanted for Theft by Deception 1st degree. Subject has defrauded many individuals on construction type work/jobs. If you know this individual or know where he is, please turn him in. Please call the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office @ 251-937-0202 or our Investigations Office @ 251-972-8589 with any information you may have on CHADWICK A. WALKER.

BO KNOWS BCSO 8th Annual Community Awareness Event for the 2017 Baldwin County Drug Court Foundation.

Baldwin County Sheriff's Foundation to sponsor the 12th Annual Sheriff Taylor Wilkins Memorial Golf Tournament

We hope everyone will consider sponsoring and/or supporting this worthy cause! If you have questions please give us call.

the stolen items in the attached photos have been recovered through our Investigations Division but no one has claimed them. If you believe the item(s) belong to you, please contact Corporal Rob Lindell Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division 251-972-8589 Option 6

MEDIA RELEASE, Jan. 23, 2018: On January 22, 2018, Baldwin County Sheriff Deputies conducted a vehicle stop in I-10 WB at the 54 MM on a silver 2012 Dodge Ram with Texas license plates. It was occupied by Jimy Alexander Torres-Mejia, Jessy Salazar, Fabio Ramon Matute Aguilar, and Linda Johanna Rodriguez Serrano. The subjects claimed to be headed to Houston after visiting Miami. They stated they had gone to Florida to ship perfume and furniture to one of their stores in Honduras via the Port of Miami. After further investigation it was discovered that the driver, Jimy Alexander Torres Mejia, was a fugitive wanted for deportation. A consensual search of the vehicle reveled approximately 201 counterfeit goods to include purses, wallets, sunglasses, shoes, and belts (Gucci, Versace, Coach, Chanel, Torre Burch, Louis Vuitton, etc.) with an estimated legitimate value, (were they real), of $185,000 USD. Also seized were two large boxes of suspected counterfeit perfume and cologne of various brands. Torres-Mejia and Salazar took ownership of the items and stated they were returning to Texas to sell them for a profit on the open market. Both were arrested and charged with Theft of Trademark/ Trade Secret, and ICE put a detainer on Torres-Mejia. Both were transported to the Baldwin County Corrections Center.

The Baldwin County Sheriff's Corrections Center has a new INCOMING Mail Policy for Inmates which will take effect February 19, 2018. Please click the following link for the new policy.

On January 14, 2018, Baldwin County Sheriff Deputies received a complaint of a deceased white male discovered in a wooded area at 10803 County Road 49 in the Magnolia Springs area. Investigators and Crime Scene personnel responded to the scene and began their investigation of the incident. The deceased was identified as Miles Dean Sprague (48). It was discovered that he had been in a domestic related incident the previous evening with his girlfriend Willow Jolie Hoefling (42) at lot #32 in the RV camp ground. During that domestic argument, Ms. Hoefling stabbed Sprague in the neck and torso. After Sprague succumbed to his injuries, Ms. Hoefling waited until the early morning hours and moved the body via her vehicle to the wooded area approximately ¼ mile from their travel trailer where she discarded his body. On January 15, 2018, Willow Jolie Hoefling was arrested and charged with Murder and Abuse of a Corpse, and is being held with no bond at the Baldwin County Corrections Center.

The Baldwin County Sheriff's Office has received several complaints regarding an individual claiming to be a deputy with the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office. This scammer is calling residents, and telling them he has urgent information. In some cases, the scammer has left messages to the effect that he has urgent information, and asks the victim to call him back. This scam is somewhat sophisticated in that when they call the scammer back, they hear a recording indicating that you have reached the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office. We are urging our citizens to be aware that this is a scam. The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office will not request personal information over the phone or in a voicemail. We will not ask anyone to pay any fines for traffic citations, for missing jury duty or any other reason. We are currently investigating this scam, and if anyone has been a victim of this or any other scam please contact the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office at 251-937-0202.

MEDIA RELEASE January 5, 2018 Over the last month, the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous burglary report ranging from Perdido to Bay Minette. These burglaries involved forced entry to residences or garages. On January 2, 2018, game camera photographs were recovered from a victim’s residence off Highway 31 in the Bay Minette community which showed a tall slender built white male suspect. On January 3, a law enforcement bolo was generated and forwarded to surrounding agencies in an attempt to identify the suspect. Later this date, Bay Minette Police officers observed a white male matching the description of the burglary suspect and performed a traffic stop on the subject. The subject was identified as Lewis Lamar Clayton Jr. of Bay Minette and was found to be wearing the same clothing from the burglary in which he was captured by the game camera. Sheriffs Office investigators were notified of the contact with the suspect and responded to Bay Minette where Clayton was interviewed regarding the recent burglaries. During the interview, Clayton confessed to five reported burglaries, two unreported burglaries, and a burglary in Nokomis (Escambia County AL) that was committed earlier this same day. During the interview the suspect admitted to knocking on the doors of residences to ensure no one was home before forcing entry through a back or side door. His primary property targets were guns, TV’s and most notably Christmas presents that was located under victim’s Christmas trees. As a result of the interview, Clayton had been charged with 5 counts of burglary third degree and is being held at the Baldwin County Correction’s Center under no bond. Clayton provided information regarding the locations of the stolen property from all of the offences. Sheriff’s investigators traveled to several residential and commercial locations and recovered 13 firearms, multiple items of lawn equipment, power tools and one television. Attempts to identify additional victims will be made and could result in additional charges. If anyone has additional information about Clayton, please contact Corporal Rob Lindell at 251-972-8589 option 6. Captain Stephen K. Arthur Investigations’ Command Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office

The Sheriff's Office is working some home burglaries in the eastern part of the county north of Hwy 90. Please remember to lock your homes and report any suspicious activity to the Sheriff's Office at 251-937-0202.