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Friday, September 2, 2016

Tuscaloosa attorney John Fisher Jr., already facing methamphetamine-trafficking charges, is arrested on new, unrelated charge of receiving stolen property


John Fisher Jr.
A Tuscaloosa attorney who recently was arrested on meth-trafficking charges has been arrested again. This time, John Fisher Jr. faces a felony charge of receiving stolen property, according to a report today from The Tuscaloosa News.

Fisher turned himself in at noon today at the Tuscaloosa County Jail and was released within the hour. The new charge apparently is unrelated to the meth-trafficking charges, which came about two weeks ago. From an article by reporter Stephanie Taylor:

Tuscaloosa attorney John Fisher is accused of being in possession of a stolen Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Fisher, 48, turned himself in at the Tuscaloosa County Jail at noon Friday and was released within the hour. The arrest comes two weeks after he was charged with meth trafficking.

Investigators say that Fisher was in possession of a 2000 Harley Davidson motorcycle worth $5,000 that had been stolen from a victim in Fayette County on April 12, 2013.

The suspect in the case sold the motorcycle in August, said Tuscaloosa Police spokeswoman Lt. Teena Richardson.

It's been an interesting couple of weeks for Fisher. Reports Taylor:

Agents in Tuscaloosa who were investigating Fisher on the meth charge obtained a warrant to charge him with receiving stolen property, she said. Fisher was arrested Friday and later released on $30,000 bond.

Fisher was first arrested Aug. 19, after a bail bondsman called West Alabama Narcotics Task Force officers to report that a man named Christopher Shane Rushing had left a suspicious bag at his office.

The bondsman suspected that the bag contained a meth lab, and suspected that he was being set up to be arrested, according to court documents. The ensuing investigation led to Fisher and Rushing's arrest on meth trafficking charges.

Firefighters were called to the bonding company early Sunday morning after a suspicious fire was set at the rear of the bondsman's office. Results of the investigation haven't yet been released.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

I can't believe this one. Almost fainted when I read it.

Anonymous said...

This guy is a one-man crime spree.

S C said...


Wow, he's busy....This part of the Tusc. article is confusing:

Investigators say that Fisher was in possession of a 2000 Harley Davidson motorcycle worth $5,000 that had been stolen from a victim in Fayette County on April 12, 2013.
The suspect in the case sold the motorcycle in August, said Tuscaloosa Police spokeswoman Lt. Teena Richardson.

(If Fisher was in possession of a Harley that was stolen in 2013 & then sold in August, how did Fisher come into possession of it? Where has it been for three years? Surely he didn't take possession of the Harley AFTER his meth bust from the "suspect" referenced in the TUSC. article, which is also vague specific to the 'by the way ...I'm sure there's more to come)

e.a.f. said...

$30K in bail????? In B.C. that is a charge, get your picture taken, a finger print, and out you go with a date to appear and a promise to do so. no bail, nada. $30K in bail, some one sure has a nice racket going there. Oh, and Canadians criminals do appear.

Who did the H.D. belong to originally? Why so much police work on one H.D. Its not like it belonged to an H.A. member, did it?

I too would like to know where it was in the intervening times.

Did Fisher know it was stolen? If not, why the arrest and the high bail? there must be a whole lot more to this. In my opinion Fisher is either being set up or he is in some way affiliated with an organized crime ring and some one wants him out of business.

Wonder if the bike was stolen in 2013 and then sold several times before it got to Fisher.

How did they find out Fisher was in possession of "stolen" property. this case is very interesting, especially given its in Alabama.

S C said...

I like e.a.f. asking the same questions that i have.

The Tusc article is vague vague

Where has the bike been...why did it get sold now...how did it suddenly pop up on the W AL Narcotics radar in August? Who is the "suspect" mentioned in the Tusc article?

I also agree that Fisher is either a target for some reason, guilty or not, or somebody is unhappy with him.

Some crazy SH&T going on in Tuscaloosa.

legalschnauzer said...

I bet SC and e.a.f. could come to Alabama and solve these issues long before any law-enforcement agency will do it -- if they could manage not to be "suicided" by the Dixie Mafia or Riley Inc., which might be more or less the same thing.

S C said...


Oh, and last but not least, who was the woman in the parking lot with Rushing?

the day of the meth bust?

weird weird

legalschnauzer said...

Agree, SC. That the woman has been mentioned at least twice, but never has been ID'd remains a puzzler. Perhaps cops are conducting surveillance on her, in an effort to catch other members of a ring and don't want to give out her name for that reason? Could she be an undercover agent who has infiltrated the ring?

Rushing and Fisher seem like they are from two different worlds, at least on the surface. I wonder if this woman is from Rushing's world or Fisher's world or some other world of which most mere mortals are not familiar?

e.a.f. said...

ah yes a trip to Alabama, well I do want to go to Mississippi so who knows and yes, I would drop by Alabama just to see it all. It sounds in some ways much like B.C., crime, corruption, gambling and coal. What makes us different though in British Columbia is the divorce law is federally regulated and division of assets is federally mandated, so one party walking with it all, not so much. Canada does not have the bail bondsman routine Americans have, so there are a lot less people jail. given drugs are big in B.C., its not that hard to come to your own conclusions regarding drugs in Alabama, you just need a few final answers, which can usually be obtained by listening in on a few phone calls. its not like its all that private.

Anonymous said...

From the Court file:

Did: ON 04/12/2013 A 2000 HARLEY DAVIDSON MOTORCYCLE WITH A VALUE OF $5000.00 WAS
REPORTED STOLEN TO THE FAYETTE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE. THE VICTIM RANDY LEE WEEKS REPORTED THE MOTORCYCLE HAD BEEN STOLEN. JEROME TAYLOR WAS INDICTED FOR THEFT I BY THE GRAND JURY OF FAYETTE COUNTY IN AUGUST OF 2016. IN APRIL OF 2013TAYLOR HAD GIVEN THE MOTORCYCLE TO MARKEITHIAN FLEMING. FLEMING THEN GAVE THE MOTORCYCLE TO JOHN FISHER FOR AN OUTSTANDING DEBT. ON JUNE I, 2016, FLEMrNG AND FISHER WERE INTERVIEWED BY AN INVESTIGATOR FOR THE 24n1 JUDICIAL DISTRJCT ATTORNEYS OFFICE. FISHER STATED TO THE INVESTIGATOR THAT HE HAD THE MOTORCYCLE IN HIS POSSESSION. THE INVESTIGATOR ADVISED HIM THAT THE MOTORCYCLE WAS STOLEN AND HE NEEDED TO RETURN IT. FISHER STATED HE WOULD NOT RETURN THE MOTORCYCLE UNTIL SOMEONE PAID HIM $3500.00. ANOTHER WITNESS HAD ALREADY SPOKEN WITH FISHER IN REGARDS TO THE STOLEN MOTORCYCLE ON AN EARLIER DATE AND HE STATED FISHER STATED THAT HE HAD THE MOTORCYCLE AND WAS NOT GIVING IT TO ANYONE UNTIL HE RECEIVED$3500.00. THAT WITNESS TOLD FISHER THE MOTORCYCLE WAS STOLEN AND HE NEEDED TO RETURN IT. ON AUGUST 29 2016, MARKEITHIAN FLEMING CALLED FISHER AND TOLD HIM THAT HE NEEDED TO KNOW WHERE THE MOTORCYCLE WAS BECAUSE HEWAS GOING TO BE ARRESTED IF HE DIDN'T FIND IT. FISHER STATED TO FLEMING THAT HE DIDN'T NEED TO RETURN THE MOTORCYCLE BECAUSE THEY WOULD THEN BE OUT THE $3500.00. FLEMING TOLD HIM HE DID NOT CARE AND THAT HE HAD TO FIND THE MOTORCYCLE. FISHER THEN TOLD FLEMING TO MEET HIM AT 3408 MCFARLAND BLVD, NORTHPORT, AL. FLEMING MET FISHER AT THIS LOCATION AND FLEMING PICKED UP THE MOTORCYCLE AND TRANSPORTED IT BACK TO HIS OFFICE. FLEMING CALLED THE TUSCALOOSA POLICE CID AND ADVISED THEM THEY COULD COME PICK UP THE MOTORCYCLE. THE MOTORCYCLE WAS RECOVERED.

S C said...

@ 3:31 P.M. Regarding the court doc:

How interesting that the bondsman knows the man who stole the motorcycle in 2013 and that the bondsman knows Fisher well enough to pay a debt (?) to him by giving him the stolen Harley.

Fast forward almost three years, bondman & another man (unknown) ask Fisher to give back the stolen cycle. Fisher says no. He wants $3,500.

Then, on August 19, 2016, bondsman calls the West Alabama Narcotics Task Force about a backpack that Shane Rushing had allegedly left. Agents set up surveillance & see a second man (Fisher) arrive and collect the backpack.
Agents follow Fisher to his office and then see Rushing stop by to collect the backpack.
Both are arrested on drug offenses. Fisher-Trafficking in Methamphetamine and held in Tuscaloosa County Jail on a $250,000.00 bond.
Rushing- Trafficking in Methamphetamine and held in Tuscaloosa County Jail on a $250,000.00 bond.

Then, ten days later, according to the court doc that @3:31. p.m. posted, August 29, 2016, bondsman calls Fisher & tells him to meet at 3408 McFarland Blvd, Northport, AL (which according to Google might be Gregory Pest Solutions or Killer Shine Auto Detailing) where bondsman gets back the stolen motorcycle. Then, bondsman call the Tuscaloosa CID and says they can pick up the cycle.

It seems to me; (considering the bondsman was the one who called the narcotics task force about the backpack which resulted in Fisher & Rushing's arrests, they'd be somewhat sore at the bondsman). But Fisher meets with him, anyway, and then the bondsman calls the task force (again), and five days later, on Sept 2, West Alabama Narcotics Task Force filed charges against Fisher - receipt of stolen property

Odd, odd...By the way, who types up court docs, anyway? The bondsman's name isn't FLEMING; it's FLEMMINGS. Strange document.