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Town Creek forgery suspects arrested
New Police Chief Jerry L. Garrett brings 222 additional charges against 3

By Kristen Bishop 340-2443

TOWN CREEK — Town Creek Police Chief Jerry L. Garrett added 222 charges to three inmates' forgery charges Thursday.

The team of suspects were traveling through Lawrence County in a U-Haul van when they stopped at a grocery store on Alabama 20 in Town Creek and attempted to pass a forged check Dec. 9, Garrett said.

The cashier noticed something suspicious on one of the false driver licenses and called for the store's owner. As soon as the suspects saw the owner, they bolted, said Garrett.

He said the two got into a U-Haul rental truck where a woman waited and tried to get away, but the owner pursued them until police could intercept them.

At that time, the three suspects, all from Jacksonville, Fla., were charged with possession of a forged instrument and conspiracy.

Hezekiah Williams, 51, of 3318 Old King's Road, Beverly Diane Stinson, 47, of 2331 W. 10th St. and Johnie Charles Towson Jr., 52, of 234 W. State St. are all being held in Lawrence County Jail on $402,500 bond each.

"Since then, I've talked with the (district attorney) and decided to bring these charges," said Garrett. "We're now charging them with trafficking stolen identities and 72 counts each of second-degree possession of a forged instrument."

Garrett replaced former Police Chief Harold Knighten, who took over the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department patrol division Jan. 15.

Garrett has more than 15 years of law enforcement experience, with three years at the Town Creek Police Department.

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