Press Releases


Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Puts A Child Sex Predator Behind Bars For Life

On November 28, 2017, the Autauga County Sheriff's Office celebrated a win for the county when its Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force members helped put a child sex predator behind bars for life and saved a child from further abuse in the process.  Porter Cecil Belcher, 33 year old of Autaugaville, received two life sentences from Circuit Court Judge Bill Lewis.


December marks a one year anniversary for the Sheriff's Office in which Sheriff Sedinger added a Digital Forensics position and a new Computer Forensic Unit.  Once the position was filled, the  Analyst was sent to over 100 hours of training to prepare for these types of predatory situations.  Sheriff Sedinger has also set aside funding and purchased new forensic software and training to aid the Computer Forensic Unit.

"It has become abundantly clear that almost every case has some sort of digital evidence and we need to make sure that it's handled and processed properly."  Sheriff Sedinger said.

In Sheriff Joe Sedinger's implementation of a plan to catch his county's most vile predators, the Autauga County Sheriff's Office became an affiliate agency of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  The ACSO's team is comprised of Investigator Steven Geon and Digital Forensic Analyst Amanda Grablin, with plans of adding another investigator soon.  This task force is designed to help state and local law enforcement agencies combat the exploitation of children through the use of internet or other electronic means.

On May 1, 2017, Belcher was charged with two counts of Rape 1st and two counts of Sodomy 1st by Investigator Geon.  Belcher was a habitual offender dut to previous convictions of a similar nature to include child pornography charges.  The ICAC Task Force was  assisted by District Attorney Randall Houston's Office and Chief Assistant District Attorney C.J. Robinson who stated, "This is a child predator who is a threat to the community and who needs to be put away for a long time, and that's just what this sentence does."

If you know of a child that has been electronically contacted by anyone with criminal intentions, or of any other on-going abuse please contact your local law enforcement.  The Autauga County Sheriff's Office can be contacted at 334-361-2500.  Please do not hesitate to report abuse. 

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October 12, 2017

Autauga County, AL –

Sheriff Joe Sedinger, Autauga County Sheriff’s Office, confirms arrests have been made in connection with the October 1st murder of Melvin Perry on County Road 1 South. Since the murder investigation began, the Autauga County Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division has been working overtime to solve this case. The investigation turned up information leading authorities to several persons of interest. The Sheriff’s Office arrested Jeweline Monique Cozadd (22) of Wetumpka, AL on 10/4/2017 for Murder and Robbery 1st. She is being held in the Autauga Metro Jail under a $210k cash bond.

Today with the assistance from the U.S. Marshals from the Middle District and Southern District of Alabama, ALEA SWAT Team, 4th and 17th DA Judicial Task Forces, Dallas County Sheriff’s Office and the Selma PD, 2 more arrest were made in connection with this murder. Quindarrius Rayshaun Tarrance (20) of Selma, AL and Kelton Sherrod Williams (19) of Millbrook were arrested on warrants for Murder and Robbery 1st. Both are being held in the Autauga Metro Jail under a $210k cash bond each. (Murder Bond $150k, Robbery 1st Bond $60k)

The Autauga County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the above listed agencies for their assistance in the investigation and apprehension of the listed suspects. This case remains under investigation. If new information is discovered, this case will be updated.

Jeweline Monique Cozadd


Quindarrius Rayshaun Tarrance


Kelton Sherrod Williams

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Murder Investigation - Co Rd 1 South

On Sunday, October 1, 2017, at approximately 8:20 am, Autauga County Deputies responded to a call of a subject shot lying in the front yard of a residence located in the 900 block of Autauga County Road 1 South.  Upon arrival it was determined that the victim, identified as Melvin W. Perry 40 years of age, was deceased from an apparent gunshot wound.  At this time there are no suspect(s) in custody.  This case is being actively investigated by the Autauga County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division.  If you know any information that will help in solving this Murder, please contact the Autauga County Sheriff's Office, Investigator Geon at 334-361-2500 or the Secret Witness Line at 334-361-2599.

MISSING PERSON - Theresa Lynn Woodard


Mrs. Woodard returned home safe around 8:45pm on September 5, 2017.  Thank you for getting the word out and helping us to locate her.





Theresa Lynn Woodard is described as a 50 year old white female with blue eyes and brown hair, stands 5 foot 6 inches tall and weighs around 140 pounds.  Mrs. Woodard was last seen leaving her residence around 5:00 pm, walking on foot into a wooded area behind her residence located in the 3000 block of Highway 143, Marbury AL.  She was last seen wearing a green hoodie, black parachute pants and socks.  If you have any information about the where abouts of Mrs. Theresa Woodard, please contact Investigator Cliff Clark with the Autauga County Sheriff's Office at 334-361-2522.

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March 6, 2017       

Autauga County, AL – Sheriff Joe Sedinger, Autauga County Sheriff’s Office, confirms the capture and arrest of Nicky Terrell Gaines, by the US Marshals.  The Marshals were able to apprehend Gaines in Montgomery on Saturday March 4, 2017 around 2:30pm.  Gaines was wanted by the Autauga County Sheriff’s Office after he fled on foot from a traffic stop and then broke into a home in the Pine Level area shortly after fleeing deputies.  Gaines is being held in the Autauga Metro Jail on a $65,000 bond.



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Person wanted for overnight burglary

Press Release

February 14, 2017

Autauga County, AL – The Autauga County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Nicky Terrell Gaines.  Mr. Gaines is wanted for an overnight burglary that occurred in the Pine Level Community.

Nicky Terrell Gaines

DOB: 10/01/1975

Around 7:30pm on Feb 13, 2017, the vehicle Gaines was driving was stopped by an Autauga County Sheriff’s Office Deputy due to a suspicious vehicle call in the area of the 1800 block of Hwy 31 N.  Gaines resisted arrest and fled into a wooded area near Interstate 65.  Sheriff’s Deputies were able to apprehend two of Gaines’ accomplices on Hwy 31N. 

During the manhunt, Gaines forcibly burglarized a second residence in the Pine Level Community.   Upon the return of the homeowner around 10 pm, Gaines exited the residence and chased the victim to their vehicle, where he attempted to make entry.  When the victim called 911, Gaines fled back into the woods near the victim’s home.  Gaines has a violent criminal history and should be considered to be Armed and Dangerous.

Mr. Gaines is described as being a Black Male 41 years of age standing 5 ’9” tall and weighing 210 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.  Any contact with this subject, please contact Sgt. Jerry McQueen of the Autauga County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at (334) 361-2522 or (334) 850-0184.  Tips can also be left on the Autauga County Sheriff’s Office Secret Witness Line (334) 361-2599.

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Autauga County Sheriff's Office Launches New Website


Autauga County Sheriff’s Office



(2/6/2017, Prattville, ALABAMA)


Autauga County Sheriff’s Office Launches New Website


The Autauga County Sheriff’s Office launched a new Website on February 1, 2017 where residents can find the latest information regarding the operations of the Sheriff’s Office. The new Website will serve as an information resource for the public and assist with community policing efforts.


The new Website, www.AutaugaSheriff.org, features press releases, messages from Sheriff Joe Sedinger, as well as pages on the services of each division of the Sheriff’s Office.


Other features of the Website include:


Alert Notifications – allows the public to sign up for alert notifications from the Sheriff’s Office via email or text – including press releases, messages from the Sheriff, and most wanted updates.


Social Media Links – allows the public to follow the Autauga County Sheriff’s Office on Facebook.


Most Wanted Listings – allows the public to view photos and descriptions of wanted individuals.


 “Posting information on the Website improves the efficiency of the Sheriff’s Office by reducing the number of inquiry calls handled by our office. The new Website provides greater transparency for the Sheriff’s Office and encourages the public to take a more active role in community policing efforts. Our intent is for every County resident to visit the site and become familiar with where to find the latest news and updates from the Sheriff’s Office. We believe the Website is a huge benefit to the Sheriff’s Office and the residents of Autauga County as well,” said Sheriff Sedinger.


MostWantedGovernmentWebsites.com by Brooks Jeffrey Marketing, Inc. of Mountain Home, Arkansas, developed the Website. The firm specializes in Website solutions for law enforcement and government offices.


For more information about the Website please contact the Autauga County Sheriff’s Office at 334-361-2500 or visit www.AutaugaSheriff.org.

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