Former Alabama officer accused of assaulting prisoner

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A former south Alabama police officer has been arrested on a charge of assaulting a prisoner.

News outlets report that former Citronelle police officer Jason Meade was book into the Mobile County Metro Jail on an assault charge on Wednesday.

Citronelle Mayor Jason Stringer says he fired Meade earlier this month after seeing video of a confrontation between Meade and a man who had been arrested for an old traffic violation.

The man who was arrested, Bryant King, told WALA-TV the officer attacked him after he repeatedly asked for a blanket in jail.

Court records aren’t available to show whether Meade has an attorney to speak on his behalf. He has also worked as an officer at several other departments around Mobile.

Alabama church secretary accused of embezzling thousands

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama woman is charged with embezzling about $25,000 from the church where she worked as a secretary.
News outlets report that 63-year-old Donna Renee Hall of Columbia surrendered Wednesday on a theft charge.

Investigator Scott Spivey says the arrest came after Cloverdale United Methodist Church in Dothan notified police that money was missing.
He says the money went missing over a 15-month period, starting last year when Hall worked at the church. Spivey says she used the church’s credit card and also wrote checks to herself.

Court records don’t show a defense lawyer who could speak on Hall’s behalf.