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Monday, February 7, 2011

[AL] Not forgetting Lauderdale County Sheriff's Dispatcher Regina Russell

Lauderdale County Sheriff Ronnie Willis said he can't walk past the department's dispatch room without thinking of Regina Russell. “Regina was a special person; she was a super woman,” Willis said. "Her eyes, her smile are something that set her apart from others. No one will ever forget her"...

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The below is old news that I ran into this morning that was online since the last post.

MAN SUSPECTED OF KILLING SHERIFF'S DISPATCHER DIED AFTER SHOOTING HIMSELF
By Associated Press
Published: March 29, 2010
[Excerpts] Officials in Lauderdale County say a 32-year-old man suspected of killing a part-time sheriff's dispatcher died after shooting himself.
Lauderdale County Coroner Andy High says officials at Huntsville Hospital told him that Christopher Robertson died Sunday... A trooper spotted Robertson's vehicle and followed it down a county road to the house where his brother, Jackie Dwight Robertson, lived when he killed his estranged wife, his nephew and himself in January... Robertson shot himself in the head close to where his brother died... [Full article here]

SUSPECT WHO SHOT SELF DIES
TimesDaily
By Tom Smith & Bernie Delinski
March 29, 2010 at 3:30 a.m.
[Excerpts] The man suspected of killing a part-time sheriff's dispatcher and turning the gun on himself the next day... Christopher Robertson, 32, who had been living near Lexington and in Five Points, Tenn., died at Huntsville Hospital... Authorities suspected Robertson of beating and later shooting Regina Russell, 37, on Friday night during a domestic dispute at the Shoal Creek Nature Preserve on Lauderdale 61, north of St. Florian. Sheriff Ronnie Willis said Russell was severely beaten and shot once in the head... A St. Florian police officer who was patrolling the area found her inside her car in the parking lot... The trooper followed the vehicle, which was traveling east toward Lexington, for about two miles until it pulled to a residence on Lauderdale 472. The residence was where Robertson's brother, Jackie Dwight Robertson, 37, lived when on Jan. 10 he shot and killed his estranged wife, April Lynn Robertson, and his nephew, Jamie Earl Robertson, 23, while the wife and nephew were inside a vehicle parked in the driveway. Jackie Robertson then shot himself. Authorities say Christopher Robertson pulled up to the residence Saturday and got out of his truck with... Robertson fell to the ground at almost the same spot his brother died... [Full article here]

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS SET FOR MURDERED LAUDERDALE COUNTY DISPATCHER: Investigators Request Autopsy Of Accused Murderer's Body
WHNT NEWS 19
James Christopher Robertson
March 30, 2010
[Excerpts] Funeral arrangements have been set for a Florence woman, who worked as a part-time dispatcher for the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department. Regina Russell was murdered on Friday. Public visitation for Russell will be Wednesday, March 31 at Greenview Funeral Hom... On Friday around 9:15 p.m., a St. Florian police officer found Russell in a car off Lauderdale County Road 61 North at the Shoal Creek Nature Preserve. She had been badly beaten. The officer, who was on patrol at the time, saw a parked red car. When he went to check it out, he found a woman lying in the car. She was barely alive. "At that time, he called for help and come to find out, it was one of our dispatchers that worked part-time for us," says Lauderdale County Sheriff Ronnie Willis. Russell, 38, was flown to the trauma unit at Huntsville Hospital with severe head injuries. Willis says they initially thought Russell had just been beaten. However, after doctors evaluated her, they found out she'd also been shot in the head. Russell died just before midnight Friday. Willis says this is a terrible crime and a tragic loss. The sheriff says it's even more difficult since the victim is one of his workers. "It's tough," says Willis. "This was a sweet girl and we're all close here, like family." Willis called in the Alabama Bureau of Investigation to help, since the death involves a department member. The Lauderdale County District Attorney's office assisted as well... The actual circumstances leading up to Russell's murder are still under investigation. Right now, the Alabama Bureau of Investigation isn't releasing a lot of information. Trooper Curtis Summerville, a spokesman for the agency, did tell WHNT NEWS 19 that at one time Robertson and Russell lived together. "We believe they were boyfriend and girlfriend, but the relationship at this point was estranged"... [Full article here]

DISPATCHER'S DEATH HAUNTS CO-WORKERS
TimesDaily
By Tom Smith
Senior Staff Writer
December 22, 2010
[Excerpts] Lauderdale County Sheriff Ronnie Willis said he can't walk past the department's dispatch room without thinking of Regina Russell. “Regina was a special person; she was a super woman,” Willis said. "Her eyes, her smile are something that set her apart from others. No one will ever forget her"... Chief Deputy Junior Witt said Russell's death shocked the department and has had lingering effects. "Unfortunately, in our line of work, we have to deal with situations like this," Witt said. "We have to look at it as part of the job, but when it's someone we know and work with, it really hits home." Willis said Russell was a part-time dispatcher with the sheriff's department for about five years and was hoping to get on full-time when the next position came open... “This affected a lot of people and will for a long time,” the sheriff said. “I know how it affected our department. “Regina was one of a kind, a very special person. She is missed and will continue to be missed. She was a member of our family, and we'll never forget her or how her life was taken so tragically”... [Full article here]
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