Governor Riley Offers Rewards for Birmingham Area Crimes

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By Tony Beckham

Governor Bob Riley is offering a $5,000 reward each for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for several crimes in Birmingham.

On May 25, 1998, Tavaneka Nicole Sellers, an 18 year old black female, of Birmingham, was found dead from sharp force injuries of her head and neck in the 5400 block of 30th Way North.

On August 19, 2007, Ronald Lewis, a 20 year old black male, of Birmingham, was found dead from a gunshot wound in the 1200 block of 20th Street South Alleyway.

On July 17, 2002, Fonya Knox, a black male, of Birmingham, was found in a burned vehicle located in the 4000 block of Trax Drive. Information indicates he was shot before the car was set on fire.

On September 5, 2005, Morrell Kemp, a 28 year old black male, of Birmingham, was found dead from gunshot wounds in the 100 block of 5th Avenue SW.

On January 4, 2008, Caffery Woods, a 49 year old black female, of Birmingham, was shot and killed while sitting in her automobile located at her daughter’s home on 2nd Avenue South.

On November 11, 2007, Clifton Smith, a 19 year old black male, of Birmingham, was shot several times after being robbed at his girlfriend's apartment on Gallant Drive. Information indicates he died from gunshot wounds.

On April 18, 2008, James Richmond, Sr., a 71 year old black male, of Birmingham, has gone missing. He was last seen at the Arby’s restaurant located on Bessemer Road. He has not been seen or heard from since.

Police have no suspects in any of these cases.

“It is my hope that these rewards will encourage anyone with any information regarding these crimes to come forward,” said Governor Riley. “Oftentimes, it is a tip from the public that allows law enforcement to find leads in cases like these.”

Anyone with any information about these cases should contact:

Detective Roy Bristow with the Birmingham Police Department at (205) 254-1764 with information regarding the Sellers and Lewis cases.

Detective Jody Jacobs with the Birmingham Police Department at (205) 254-1764 with information regarding the Knox and Kemp cases.

Detective Mike Allison with the Birmingham Police Department at (205) 254-1764 with information regarding the Woods case.

Detective Henry Lucas with the Birmingham Police Department at (205) 254-1764 with information regarding the Smith case.

Detective Tyesa Slaughter with the Birmingham Police Department at (205) 254-1764 with information regarding the Richmond case.

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