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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...

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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...

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Posted on: September 30, 2022

MISSING PERSON RACHAEL WHALEY

Whaley Missing

The Opelika Police Department needs the public’s assistance in locating a missing Opelika woman. 35-year-old Rachael Whaley was last seen on 09/16/2022, wearing a pink outfit at the Western Sizzlin, located at 920 Columbus Parkway. At approximat...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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Posted on: September 21, 2022

JUVENILE ARREST

juvenile arrested

On 09/20/2022, the Opelika Police Department Detective Division began investigating a threat to Opelika Middle School that had been posted on social media. The next day, 09/21/2022, law enforcement was made aware of a second threat that was also posted on...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Posted on: September 16, 2022

SHOOTING ARRESTS

9.16 Arrest

On 09/15/2022 at approximately 3:00 p.m., Opelika Dispatch received calls regarding a juvenile who had been shot in the area of Chester Avenue and Easy Street. Upon arrival, officers located a 17-year-old male suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim wa...

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Posted on: September 6, 2022

COLORVISION BURGLARY

9.6 Burglary

On 09/06/2022, at approximately 5:09 a.m. the Opelika Police Department responded to a burglary at Colorvision Rent to Own & Pawn, located at 3412 Pepperell Parkway. Upon arrival, officers discovered the front of the business had been damaged by a veh...

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Posted on: August 30, 2022

COLD CASE ARRESTS

Cold Case Arrests

The Opelika Police Department has arrested two individuals related to an unsolved homicide from 2000. On 04/23/2000, the Opelika Police Department and rescue personnel responded to a call of an unresponsive 4-month-old child in the 400 Block of Raintree S...

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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, ...

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Posted on: July 21, 2022

DOWNTOWN STRUCTURE FIRE

DOWNTOWN FIRE

On 07/21/2022 at approximately 1:05 a.m, Opelika Police and Fire responded to a call of heavy smoke in the area of South Railroad Avenue. Upon arrival, Opelika firefighters determined the source of the smoke was a structure fire inside Maffia’s ...

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Posted on: July 11, 2022

CRASH INVOLVING PEDESTRIANS

pedestrian crash

On 07/11/2022 at approximately 3:37 p.m. Opelika Police and Fire responded to a vehicle crash involving pedestrians on Marvyn Parkway near Gateway Drive. Upon arrival, first responders located two individuals who appeared to have been struck by a vehicle....

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Posted on: July 11, 2022

ATTEMPT TO IDENTIFY THEFT SUSPECTS

7.11 Can you identify

On 07/04/2022, the Opelika Police Department began investigating a Theft of Property, Third Degree, which occurred at Kroger, located at 2460 Enterprise Drive. At approximately 11:30 a.m. two white females entered the store and proceeded to remove the vic...

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Posted on: July 8, 2022

JUVENILE SUSPECTS IN CUSTODY

juvenile suspects

At approximately 1:58 p.m. on 07/08/2022, the Opelika Police Department received calls of shots fired in the area of Avenue A near South 4th Street. Responding officers encountered a vehicle described by a witness as the suspect vehicle and attempted to m...

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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...

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Posted on: June 23, 2022

PEDESTRIAN FATALITY

Pedestrian Fatality

On 06/22/2022 at approximately 4:08 p.m., Opelika Dispatch received multiple calls regarding a single vehicle crash involving a pedestrian in the 2900 Block of Pepperell Parkway. Arriving officers located a 59-year-old female laying in the roadway sufferi...

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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...

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Posted on: June 10, 2022

ROBBERY SUSPECT ARREST

juvenile arrested

On 06/10/2022 at approximately 8:00 a.m., the Opelika Police Department and the Lee County SWAT Team executed a search warrant in the 2800 Block of Lee Road 188 in Loachapoka, AL. A 16-year-old juvenile was arrested on two counts of Robbery, Firs...

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Posted on: June 10, 2022

ATTEMPT TO IDENTIFY ROBBERY SUSPECTS

6.9 Can you identify

On 06/03/2022, the Opelika Police Department began investigating a report of a robbery which occurred at Big Cat, located at 3700 Pepperell Parkway. Over the next 5 days, three more robberies were reported at residences in the area. The incidents involved...

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