Sheriff Taylor holds press conference for jailed corrections officer; drug bust

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Donna Michell Ridgeway (Russell County Sheriff’s Office)
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Jalen Aquil Katid Wells (Courtesy: Russell County Sheriff’s Office)

UPDATE 11:00 a.m.: Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor held a press conference Wednesday morning to inform the public that 48-year-old Donna Ridgeway had a conversation with an inmate about exchanging sexual favors for an escape from jail.

Sheriff Taylor says Rideway has been terminated and arrested and is in jail.

He says she is being moved to Lee County Jail so she would not be housed in the same jail she once worked.

Sheriff Taylor also addressed a drug bust where drugs were disguised to look like lollipops.

21-year-old Jalen Wells was arrested and charged with trafficking ecstasy and possession of a control substance along with several other charges.

RUSSELL COUNTY, Ala. – Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor will be holding a press conference today at the Russell County Sheriff’s Office at 11:00am in reference to two incidents. One involving a Correction Officer and a separate incident with a drug case.

We will have a News 3 crew there and be sure to pass along the details to you just as soon as we get them. If you do not already have the WRBL App then be sure to download it so you can get our push alerts for these types of breaking news stories.


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