3 facing felony charges in Ragland

From left, Robert Diffey, Joseph Wayne Franklin and Evander Davis Howard are facing felony charges in Ragland.

RAGLAND – The Ragland Police Department made three arrests last week. Police Chief James “Bubba” Brown said the arrests, made between March 3 and March 9, dealt with burglaries, alcohol and drugs.

On March 2, Brown said, a couple of burglaries were reported at two separate residences.

“The following morning, we got a break in the case as the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office arrested Robert Diffey, 33, of Odenville,” Brown said. “They arrested him on unrelated charges of possession of a controlled substance and took him to the St. Clair County Jail in Pell City. In his possession were two weapons he had stolen the day before at one of the residences.”

Brown said, on March 8, he signed three felony warrants against Diffey – two counts of burglary and one count of theft of property in the second degree. The three felony warrants are class C felonies, and if convicted, punishable from two to 10 years in prison.

On March 9, Ragland police arrested and charged Joseph Wayne Franklin, 31, of Ragland, with furnishing alcohol to two school students who are minors. Franklin was taken to the St. Clair County Jail in Ashville. Brown said this is a class D felony and if convicted, punishable from one to 10 years in prison.

Also March 9, Ragland police arrested Evander Davis Howard, 29, of Lincoln, during a routine traffic stop. Howard was charged with possession of a controlled substance (cocaine). He was taken to the St. Clair County Jail in Ashville. Brown said this is a class D felony and if convicted, punishable from one to 10 years in prison.

Reach Gary Hanner at ghanner@thestclairtimes.com.

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