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September 22, 2014

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Posted: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 11:35 pm | Updated: 2:51 pm, Thu Jul 3, 2014.

TALLADEGA -- Police arrested a Talladega man and woman on felony drug charges among others following a police investigation into shots fired.

Brandy Chantell Keith, 28, of Hallmark Apartments, and Antionne Jacolvy Cook, 24, of Stephen J. White Memorial Boulevard, were each charged with possession of marijuana in the first degree and possession of a controlled substance. 

Cook was also charged with carrying a pistol without a permit and discharging a firearm in the city limits, and was served with warrants for failure to appear, harassment and misdemeanor assault. 

According to Talladega Police Lt. Allen Kelly, Keith had at least two young children at her home who were unattended at the time of her arrest. The children were taken into the custody of the Department of Human Resources, he said.

According to Talladega County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force Commander Jason Murray, Keith and Cook both had their initial court appearances before District Judge Jeb Fannin, who set Cook’s bond at $25,000 and Keith’s at $20,000.

Kelly said patrolmen reported hearing three gunshots near Coosa Street just before 1 a.m. Wednesday. An officer reported hearing one bullet fly past his vehicle.

Keith and Cook were found in a Ford Taurus on East Street, where there were no other vehicles on the road, Kelly said. The Taurus failed to yield, ran a stop sign and turned onto Stephen J. White Memorial Boulevard before stopping on the railroad tracks. The car eventually eased off the tracks and stopped again in front of Waites Concrete.

Once stopped, Keith said her license was in her purse, and gave an officer permission to get it out of the back seat. Next to the purse was a Ziploc bag containing 51 grams of marijuana and eight crack rocks.

A Kel-Tek 9 mm semiautomatic handgun was also found near the back seat, wrapped in a red bandana, Kelly said. There were three shots missing from the magazine.

The search of the car also turned up a set of digital scales and an empty 9 mm shell casing, Kelly said.

It remained unclear Wednesday afternoon who, if anyone, Cook had been shooting at.

Possession of marijuana in the first degree and possession of a controlled substance are class C felonies in Alabama, punishable upon conviction by one year and one day to 10 years in prison. Possession of drug paraphernalia, carrying a pistol without a permit and discharging a firearm in the city limits are all misdemeanors.

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