News Flash

Police

25 Stories
Posted on: February 2, 2023

NARCOTIC ARRESTS

Drug Arrests

The Opelika Police Narcotics Unit has been investigating reports of illegal drug activity throughout the city. Over the past few weeks, they have arrested several individuals who were in possession of large amounts of illegal narcotics. The narcotics seiz...

Read on...

Police
Posted on: February 1, 2023

NEIGHBORHOOD MARKET SEARCH WARRANT

Feb 1 Search Warrant 3

On 02/01/2023 at approximately 1:00 p.m., the Opelika Police Department, with the assistance of the Lee County SWAT Team, executed a search warrant at the Neighborhood Market, located at 503 Martin Luther King Blvd. During the search, Detectives recovered...

Read on...

Police
Posted on: January 30, 2023

WILLIAM DEREK SMITH ARREST

1.30 SMITH ARREST -2

On 01/26/2023, Opelika Police conducted a traffic stop at S. Uniroyal Road near Winding Oak Drive in reference to a traffic violation. During the traffic stop, one of the department’s canines alerted to the odor narcotics inside the veh...

Read on...

Police
Posted on: January 19, 2023

OPELIKA POLICE IDENTIFY BABY JANE DOE

Baby Jane 1

On January 28, 2012, Opelika Police responded to Brookhaven Trailer Park, located at 1775 Hurst Street in Opelika, AL, in reference to skeletal remains being found. A skull was located in the yard of a residence while the majority of the bones were locate...

Read on...

Police
Posted on: January 3, 2023

ATTEMPT TO IDENTIFY BEST BUY SUSPECTS

Best Buy 3

The Opelika Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the suspects involved in a Theft of Property, Second Degree, which occurred at Best Buy, located at 2147 Tiger Town Parkway. On 12/22/2022, the suspects ...

Read on...

Police
Posted on: December 19, 2022

UPDATE ON OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING

OIS UPDATE

On 12/17/2022 at approximately 10:30 p.m., Opelika Dispatch received a 9-1-1 call from a residence in the 100 Block of 19th Place. During the call there was an open line which appeared to involve a domestic dispute. The female caller requested assistance ...

Read on...

Police
Posted on: December 3, 2022

ANTHONY ASHFORD ARRESTED FOR MURDER

ASHFORD ARREST

UPDATE: On 12/04/2022, Anthony Ashford was arrested at the Opelika Police Department on murder charges. 

***

On 12/03/2022 at approximately 2:00 a.m., Opelika Police responded to the 1000 block of York Avenue in reference to a gunshot victim. Respo...

Read on...

Police
Posted on: November 23, 2022

ATTEMPT TO IDENTIFY 11.18 THEFT SUSPECTS

11.23 Can you identify

UPDATE: Shunedra Quinshay Edwards, 29 yoa from Opelika, AL, and Twyla Kaneisha Cooper, 33 yoa from Opelika, AL, were arrested for Theft of Property, Third Degree, which occurred at Ulta Cosmetics on 11/18/2022.

***

On 11/18/2022, the Opelika Police...

Read on...

Police
Posted on: November 21, 2022

ADVANCE AUTO PARTNERSHIP

Advance Auto Gift Card 2

Advance Auto Parts (NYSE: AAP), a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider, and Opelika Police Department have teamed up to launch a unique program designed to increase roadway safety leading into the holidays for local motorists. The announcement wa...

Read on...

Police
Posted on: November 14, 2022

ATTEMPT TO IDENTIFY SPORTSPLEX THEFT SUSPECTS

11.14 Can you identify

On 10/16/2022, the Opelika Police Department began investigating an Unlawful Breaking and Entering a Vehicle and a Theft of Property, Second Degree, which occurred at the Opelika SportsPlex, located at 1001 Andrews Road. At approximately 3:20 p.m...

Read on...

Police
Posted on: November 10, 2022

ATTEMPT TO IDENTIFY VEHICLE BREAK-IN SUSPECTS

11.10 Can you identify

On 11/04/2022, the Opelika Police Department responded to the Opelika SportsPlex, located at 1001 Andrews Road, in reference to several vehicle break-ins. The victims reported that the windows to their vehicles had been shattered and their purses...

Read on...

Police
Posted on: October 17, 2022

ATTEMPT TO IDENTIFY ULTA THEFT SUSPECTS FROM 6.18.22

10.17 Can you identify

The Opelika Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying two suspects in a Theft of Property, Third Degree, which occurred at 2690 Enterprise Drive, Ulta. On 06/18/2022, two adult suspects entered the store and stole se...

Read on...

Police
Posted on: October 13, 2022

ATTEMPT TO IDENTIFY ULTA THEFT SUSPECTS

10.13 Can you identify

On 10/11/2022, the Opelika Police Department began investigating a Theft of Property, Third Degree, which occurred at 2690 Enterprise Drive, Ulta. Surveillance video shows two adult suspects enter the store at approximately 3:00 p.m. with a juvenile. The ...

Read on...

Police
Posted on: October 6, 2022

FAIR TERRORISTIC THREAT SUSPECT

Smith Threat Suspect

On 09/19/2022, the Opelika Police Department began investigating a racially inflammatory post on social media threatening to shoot attendees of a certain demographic at the Lee County Fair. The department takes threats like these very seriously and immedi...

Read on...

Police
Posted on: October 3, 2022

MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED

 Murder Arrest

On 10/01/2022, Opelika Police Detectives began investigating the murder of 24-year-old Ker’detrius Mercer. During the investigation, 22-year-old Reginald Lamar Hooks was developed as a suspect. On 10/03/2022 at approximately 9:50 a.m., Opelika P...

Read on...

Police
Posted on: October 1, 2022

MURDER INVESTIGATION

Murder Investigation-2

On 10/01/2022 at approximately 3:00 a.m., Opelika Police responded to Hickory Haven Trailer Park in the 800 Block of Crawford Road, where they located a male victim with a gunshot wound lying in the roadway. 24-year-old Ker’detrius Mercer of Sal...

Read on...

Police
Posted on: September 27, 2022

ATTEMPTED MURDER ARREST

Attempted Murder Arrest

On 09/24/2022 at approximately 11:42 a.m., Opelika dispatch received multiple calls regarding gunshots and possible victims in the area of 16th Place and Pepperell Parkway. Responding officers located two 19-year-old victims who had been transported to th...

Read on...

Police
Posted on: September 22, 2022

MURDER INVESTIGATION

Murder Investigation

On 09/17/2022 at approximately 8:10 p.m., Opelika Police Officers responded to a shooting at the intersection of Fruitland Avenue and Auburn Street. Upon arrival, officers located 53-year-old Jeffrey Dowdell of Opelika, AL, suffering from a gunshot wound....

Read on...

Police
Posted on: September 22, 2022

REGINALD SWINT ARREST

9.22 Swint Arrest

On 09/22/2022, Opelika Police Detectives conducted a search warrant in the 1000 Block of Lake Street in reference to illegal drug activity. 34-year-old Reginald Swint was arrested for Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Marijua...

Read on...

Police
Posted on: September 21, 2022

FORMER OFFICER INDICTMENT

Dominy Release

On 09/02/2022, a Lee County Grand Jury indicted former Opelika Police Officer Isaac Dominy on one count of misdemeanor third-degree assault. 

On 04/21/2022, Opelika Police Department Patrol Supervisors were made aware of a use of force incident in...

Read on...

Police
Posted on: September 20, 2022

SOUTH 4TH STREET SHOOTING

9.18 SHOOTING

On 09/18/2022 at approximately 3:04 a.m., Opelika Police responded to South 4th Street in regards to a shooting. Upon arrival, Officers located a male victim with a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to Piedmont Columbus Regional Hospital in Columb...

Read on...

Police
Posted on: September 20, 2022

AUBURN STREET SHOOTING

SHOOTING

On 09/17/2022 at approximately 8:10 p.m., Opelika Dispatch received calls of an assault with injuries in the area of Auburn Street and Fruitland Ave. Upon arrival, Officers located a male victim suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was pron...

Read on...

Police
Posted on: August 23, 2022

ATTEMPT TO IDENTIFY TARGET THEFT SUSPECT

8.23 Can you identify

On 08/09/2022, the Opelika Police Department began investigating a Theft of Property, Third Degree, which occurred at 2640 Enterprise Drive, Target. Surveillance video shows the victim leaving their shopping cart, containing their wallet and other items, ...

Read on...

Police
Posted on: June 24, 2022

ATTEMPT TO IDENTIFY SALON CENTRIC SUSPECT

6.24 Can you identify

The Opelika Police Department is investigating a Theft of Property, Third Degree, which occurred on 06/17/2022 at Salon Centric, located at 3768 Pepperell Parkway. Surveillance video shows the suspect, a black male, enter the store at approximately 2:03 p...

Read on...

Police
Posted on: June 14, 2022

ATTEMPT TO IDENTIFY ULTA THEFT SUSPECT

6.14 Can you identify

The Opelika Police Department is investigating a Theft of Property, Third Degree, which occurred on 05/20/2022 at Ulta Cosmetics, located at 2690 Enterprise Drive. Surveillance video shows the suspect, a white male with short brown hair and several tattoo...

Read on...

Police