Tuscaloosa Crime

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  • Captured hotel clerk shares glimpse of captors' life...

    Yesterday | via Cybercast News Service 

    An Alabama hotel clerk abducted at gunpoint says his captors shared glimpses of their life on the run, telling him they hope to make it to Florida to get married and start a new life together. Police have linked the Missouri couple to crimes in Alabama and Georgia, saying the offenses fit a similar pattern: People are robbed, kidnapped and let go unharmed, usually after a car is stolen.

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    Related Topix: Joplin, MO

  • Timeline of How Alleged 'Bonnie and Clyde' Crime Spr...

    Yesterday | via KWLM-AM Willmar 

    A two-week, multistate manhunt for an allegedly armed couple likened to a modern-day "Bonnie and Clyde" has ended with one suspect dead and the other in a hospital awaiting her arrest. Law enforcement in at least four states had been trying to track Blake Fitzgerald and girlfriend Brittany Harper in connection to a string of what they say were armed robberies and hostage-taking incidents.

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    Related Topix: Pensacola, FL

  • Worst Boyfriend Of The Week Uses Girlfriend As A Hum...

    Friday | via Perez Hilton 

    Criminal Blake Edward Fitzgerald and his girlfriend Brittany Nicole Harper were involved in a shootout in the early hours Friday morning after leading police on a car chase. Blake and Brittany apparently robbed a shoe store on Friday night and were spotted by witnesses, which sparked the pursuit.

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    Related Topix: Tuscaloosa, AL

  • Man wanted in 'Bonnie and Clyde' crime spree killed ...

    Friday | via Bangor Daily News 

    The hunt for a Missouri couple suspected in a spree of robberies and kidnappings across the South ended on Friday with the man shot dead and the woman wounded after a chase, standoff and shooting involving law enforcement in Florida, police said. Blake Edward Fitzgerald, 30, and his girlfriend, Brittany Nicole Harper, 30, dubbed a "modern-day Bonnie and Clyde" by the U.S. Marshals Service, were wanted for crimes committed during the past week in Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

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    Related Topix: Milton, FL

  • A Timeline of Crimes Authorities Blamed on Missouri ...

    Friday | via ABC News 

    Law enforcement officers have linked Blake Fitzgerald and Brittany Nicole Harper to a spree of abductions and robberies in Missouri , Alabama , Georgia and Florida. A timeline of the crimes, from interviews with law enforcement by The Associated Press and its member news organizations and statements by local police and the U.S. Marshals Service: The couple is suspected of stealing guns from a house in their hometown, Joplin in southwest Missouri.

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    Related Topix: Panama City, FL, Destin, FL

  • A timeline of crimes authorities blame on Missouri c...

    Friday | via WAVY-TV Portsmouth 

    Law enforcement officers have linked Blake Fitzgerald and Brittany Nicole Harper to a spree of abductions and robberies in Missouri, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. A timeline of the crimes, from interviews with law enforcement by The Associated Press and its member news organizations and statements by local police and the U.S. Marshals Service.

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    Related Topix: Tuscaloosa, AL, Birmingham, AL

  • Man wanted in 'Bonnie and Clyde' crime spree killed ...

    Friday | via The Raw Story 

    The hunt for a Missouri couple dubbed "Bonnie and Clyde," suspected in a crime spree across the South, ended on Friday when the man was killed and the woman wounded in a shootout with law enforcement in Florida, police said. Blake Edward Fitzgerald, 30, and his girlfriend, Brittany Nicole Harper, 30, were wanted on charges of kidnapping, burglary and theft for crimes committed over the past week in Alabama, Georgia and Florida, the U.S. Marshals Service said.

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    Related Topix: Milton, FL, Santa Rosa County, FL

  • Fitzgerald dead, Harper wounded as a Bonnie and Clyd...

    Friday | via The Trussville Tribune 

    After an overnight police chase and shootout, the crime spree that began in Tuscaloosa on Sunday and played out like a modern day 'Bonnie and Clyde' saga across four states is over. According to Fox 10, Fitzgerald and Harper were seen at 12:30 a.m. on Friday, in Escambia County heading into Santa Rosa County.

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    Related Topix: Joplin, MO

  • Multi-state crime spree couple sought in Destin robbery

    Thursday | via WJHG-TV Panama City 

    The U.S. Marshals are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of a Missouri couple accused of a crime spree spanning three states. Blake Edward Fitzgerald, 30, and his girlfriend, Brittany Nicole Harper, 30, are wanted on charges of kidnapping, burglary and theft, and are believed to have most recently committed crimes in Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

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    Related Topix: Missouri

  • MO couple wanted in AL, GA crimes spotted in TN

    Thursday Feb 4 | via WIS-TV Columbia 

    Surveillance video of kidnapping suspect Blake Fitzgerald and victim Kyle Dease at the Microtel in Tuscaloosa. Source: Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit Tuscaloosa County authorities released new surveillance video showing a clerk being kidnapped at the Microtel in Tuscaloosa on Sunday, Jan. 31. Tuscaloosa County authorities released new surveillance video showing a clerk being kidnapped at the Microtel in Tuscaloosa on Sunday, Jan. 31. Georgia authorities are investigating a robbery and kidnapping case involving the Missouri couple suspected of crimes in three Alabama cities.

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    Related Topix: Tuscaloosa, AL, Tuscaloosa County, AL, Vestavia Hills, AL

  • Captured Hotel Clerk Shares Glimpse Of Captors' Life...

    Wednesday Feb 3 | via CBS Local 

    An Alabama hotel clerk abducted at gunpoint says his captors shared glimpses of their life on the run, telling him they hope to make it to Florida to get married and start a new life together. Police have linked the Missouri couple to crimes in Alabama and Georgia, saying the offenses fit a similar pattern: People are robbed, kidnapped and let go unharmed, usually after a car is stolen.

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    Related Topix: Joplin, MO

  • Captured Hotel Clerk Shares Glimpse of Captors' Life...

    Wednesday Feb 3 | via ABC News 

    An Alabama hotel clerk abducted at gunpoint says his captors shared glimpses of their life on the run, telling him they hope to make it to Florida to get married and start a new life together. Police have linked the Missouri couple to crimes in Alabama and Georgia , saying the offenses fit a similar pattern: People are robbed, kidnapped and let go unharmed, usually after a car is stolen.

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    Related Topix: Joplin, MO

  • MO couple suspected in AL crime spree wanted in GA k...

    Tuesday Feb 2 | via KXXV-TV Waco 

    Georgia authorities are investigating a robbery and kidnapping case involving the Missouri couple suspected of crimes in three Alabama cities. Police say Blake Fitzgerald and Brittany Harper are suspects in a robbery at the Murphy Express in Perry, GA that occurred Monday, Feb. 1 at 11:04 p.m. in the 1400 block of Sam Nunn Boulevard.

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    Related Topix: Vestavia Hills, AL, Tuscaloosa, AL, Hoover, AL

  • Vestavia kidnappers strike again, this time in Georgia

    Tuesday Feb 2 | via The Trussville Tribune 

    The couple believed to have kidnapped a man in Tuscaloosa and a woman in Vestavia Hills are now wanted for a kidnapping in Perry, Georgia, according to authorities there. Blake Fitzgerald, 31-years-old of Joplin, Missouri and Brittany Harper, 31-years-old, also of Joplin, Missouri are suspected of a robbery and kidnapping at 11:04 p.m. on Monday.

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    Related Topix: Tuscaloosa, AL, Vestavia Hills, AL

  • Couple suspected in AL crime spree believed to be in...

    Monday Feb 1 | via KFVS12 

    A nationwide manhunt for a Missouri couple accused of kidnapping and theft continues; and at least one of their crimes is believed to have happened in the Heartland. Blake Fitzgerald and Brittany Harper, both 31 and from Joplin, Mo., are believed to be responsible for a crime spree across three Alabama cities.

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    Related Topix: Joplin, MO, Oak Ridge, MO

  • $10,000 reward offered in search for MO couple wante...

    Monday Feb 1 | via WALB-TV Albany 

    Authorities are now offering a reward in the search for a Missouri couple wanted in connection with a string of crimes in Alabama , including kidnapping and attempted robbery. The Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force is offering a total of $10,000 to the person who leads them to the arrest of Blake Fitzgerald and Brittany Harper, both 31. Both suspects are considered armed and dangerous.

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    Related Topix: Hoover, AL, Tuscaloosa, AL, Vestavia Hills, AL

  • BEWARE - Kidnapping and Robbery Suspects In Alabama....

    Monday Feb 1 | via RickeyStokesNews.com 

    A Missouri couple on the run after two abductions and a robbery attempt in Alabama on Sunday morning is now charged in the Tuscaloosa kidnapping and robbery of a hotel clerk. U.S. Marshals and police are still searching for Blake Fitzgerald and Brittany Harper, and the U.S. Marshal's Service is offering a $5,000 reward for the capture of each, for a total of $10,000.

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    Related Topix: Tuscaloosa, AL, Vestavia Hills, AL, Tuscaloosa County, AL

  • Vestavia Hills woman prays for peace of mind after k...

    Monday Feb 1 | via WALA 

    A woman kidnapped from her Vestavia Hills home over the weekend by a couple on an apparent crime spree is hoping to get back to normal after the ordeal. "At this point we just want the community to know how amazing the Vestavia Police are and our gratitude to them will never be able to put into words," said the woman who asked WBRC not to use her name.

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    Related Topix: Vestavia Hills, AL, Tuscaloosa, AL, Hoover, AL

  • FBI: MO fugitives last seen crossing from FL to sout...

    Monday Feb 1 | via WAVE-TV Louisville 

    Surveillance video of kidnapping suspect Blake Fitzgerald and victim Kyle Dease at the Microtel in Tuscaloosa. Source: Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit Tuscaloosa County authorities released new surveillance video showing a clerk being kidnapped at the Microtel in Tuscaloosa on Sunday, Jan. 31. Tuscaloosa County authorities released new surveillance video showing a clerk being kidnapped at the Microtel in Tuscaloosa on Sunday, Jan. 31. Georgia authorities are investigating a robbery and kidnapping case involving the Missouri couple suspected of crimes in three Alabama cities.

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    Related Topix: Tuscaloosa, AL, Tuscaloosa County, AL, Alabama, Vestavia Hills, AL

  • Blake Edward Fitzgerald and Brittany Nicole Harper

    Friday Jan 29 | via WALA 

    Law enforcement officers have linked Blake Fitzgerald and Brittany Nicole Harper to a spree of abductions and robberies in Missouri, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. A timeline of the crimes, from interviews with law enforcement by The Associated Press and its member news organizations and statements by local police and the U.S. Marshals Service.

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    Related Topix: Tuscaloosa, AL, Birmingham, AL

Tuscaloosa Law

Live in AL totaled car when to jail dui lost job 2 months ago had just been hired 2 weeks before wreck no insurance what do I do
e separated but share custody of child no insurance just been recently hired for job trying to decide what to do
Best advicr: Hire lawyer(s). Best of luck.
I am being placed into the CLEAN program in Alabama for a first offense DUI of a minor.
Along with drug testing will I also be tested for alcohol? Also is it possible to take away the plea deal and do the original punishment? What exactly are the original punishments for a DUI of a minor?
You will be tested for alcohol. You could possibly go back on your "deal". To answer your last question a lawyer...
How to proceed with arguing public intoxication case if I was drugged but held in jail too long to get tested?
I was arrested for public intoxication, but I have a blank space in my memory of the hours leading up to and about thirty minutes or so after the arrest, and I believe I was drugged. I do not recall drinking enough to get anywhere close to that level of intoxication (4 shots total I drank slowly over 4 hours), and my memory fades a little after accepting juice from a stranger. However, after conversing with a friend I was with and realizing I must have been drugged, it was too late to get tested. I did get tested for drugs other than date rape ones, but the screen was negative. The doctor told me it must have been date rape drugs, but those leave your body in 12 hours, and I was held in jail for 16 hours, thus being unable to get tested.
You can present your case to the judge like you lay it out here. You would probably need a doctor to testify that they...
If I was too intoxicated to remember my Miranda rights being read, will anything I said still be admissible?
I was arrested for public intoxication, but I do not recall if my Miranda rights were ever read to me because I didn't regain consciousness until after sitting in the cell for a bit (I was blacked out, not passed out). I was asked a couple of questions when sober, and I was wondering, that since I was too intoxicated to recall (and thus comprehend) my Miranda rights being read to me (if they even ever were), is it still legal for them to use my admissions in court against me?
Doubtful any statements are needed to prove the case. Dismissal is unlikely.
Hi, In late '01 or early '02, I was convicted of a 4th DUI, which was written in 2000. It was within that short window...
...where they went back a lifetime (and not just 5 years) and it counted as a forth, for that reason. The first 2 DUIs were over 20 years prior & the third was in 1995. Is there anything I can do to have the "Felon" tag removed and rights restored, short of a pardon (& not just expungement)? Or is it just my dumb luck and poor timing? Kind of a tough pill to swallow, seeing those a year or two prior, and those a couple of years later, be tried for the same (and in some cases, more habitual) offense.. they, under the "5 year statute"...& a few of us out there, again, in that small window, dealing with drastically different consequences. Many thanks in advance for your time & assistance. I have wondered about this for years, now. Ever since the law changed back. Do have a good day.
Rough luck? Let me ask you this... How many times did you drive drunk and not get caught? You'd need to hire an AL...
My AL driver's license was revoked in 2010 for having 3 DUI's within a 5 year period. How can I get a license in another state?
The revocation period has been served. During this time, I moved to Minnesota. When I attempted to try and get a MN driver's license, I was told that there was a hold on it from AL because I haven't paid the reinstatement fee. After I called to see about paying the fee, I was also told that I would have to request an I&I hearing, meaning that I would have to travel to AL for this hearing. I have just started a new job in MN, so there is no way that I can take off in order to attend the hearing. What would I have to do to get the hold off so that I can obtain a Minnesota driver's license???
You will have to reinstate your Alabama licence before you will be able to obtain a licence in Minnesota. I'd suggest...
Can I get an MIP off my record if I have already paid the ticket and never went to court?
I was in Destin, FL and received a Minor in Possession charge for having a beer can in my hand and not being 21. At the time, I just paid the ticket and knew I would not make that mistake again. However, though I am from TN, I go to school for nursing in AL, and recently heard from a current nurse that she had made the same mistake when she was about my age. She said that when she applied for nursing school, the MIP hurt her chances and she had to go through this big ordeal to get it dealt with. Now I am scared because instead of going to court and seeing my options, I just paid for it. Can I do something about it now or am I out of luck?
You will need to re-post this question under 'Florida Criminal Law' - the question of whether you may or may not...