Rodney Fitzgerald Caliste
Birth: May 11, 1981
Death: October 24, 2019
Rodney Fitzgerald Caliste was born May 11, 1981 in Dothan, Alabama at Southeast Alabama Medical Center to Cynthia “Tina” Caliste who preceded him in death.
Rodney became a member at Greater Beulah Baptist Church at a young age under the guidance of his loving and devoted mother “Tina”. Rodney was dedicated to his community and actively supported many charities. In his spare time, he mentored many young boys by rewarding them for reading business books, staying out of trouble and getting good grades.
Rodney relocated to Atlanta, Georgia as an adult and enjoyed travelling abroad to many countries.
Rodney had a passion for cooking and eating good food. He would often call himself an “Elite Chef,” and he engaged in cooking competitions with friends and family. During high school, he worked at Mikata Japanese Restaurant in Dothan. Later, Rodney enlisted in the United States Navy. From May 4, 2000 to June 6, 2003, Rodney worked as a Navy meteorologist. Rodney left the Navy to pursue his dreams of entrepreneurship and trying to improve his community. Along the journey of life, he had several successful business ventures, including being a Producer for the movie “Bring Out The Lady” under Double R Media. Rodney also later established an elite, respected dog kennel breeding business for one of the most prestigious breed of dogs, the Presa Canario. Breeding dogs was a highlight in Rodney’s life and he was very proud and dedicated to his kennel that was admired by many. He was a huge Dallas Cowboy football fan.
Rodney’s proudest achievement though was being a devoted father and provider for his children whom he adored. He was also an avid reader of self-improvement and self-empowerment books and he often quoted passages to his mentees, friends and family to inspire them to work smart, be good to others and be self-sufficient. Besides English, Rodney’s other languages were success and love! Rodney loved bettering himself and being able to help others.
Although he is no longer here on Earth, Rodney’s love, generosity and life lessons are continuing to impact his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents. Rodney was called home on October 24, 2019 in Dothan, Alabama.
Rodney took pride in being a loving and devoted father to his four children, but he also nurtured and provided for many, many others.
He leaves precious memories with his four children: Rodnesha Caliste, Kaden Caliste, Jordan Caliste and Rodney Fitzgerald Caliste (Jr.); his stepson: Tai Johnson; his wife: Regina Albright Caliste (Gina); his father: John Davis; his sisters: Cappriell Caliste, Keinda Caliste and Kizmick Caliste; his father-in-law: Gene (Karen) Daniels; his mother-in-law: Easter McClain and with a host of family and friends whose lives he touched, Rodney’s loyalty, love and dedication to his family and friends will be forever missed, but never forgotten!
Michele Forehand – Oct 25, 2019 Updated Nov 1, 2019
Police arrest two and continue search for suspects in three shootings that left two dead
Dothan police have charged two men in connection with one of three shootings in less than 24 hours that left two victims dead and one hospitalized.
The third shooting occurred on Woodham Road just off Headland Avenue in Dothan about 10:20 p.m. Thursday.
“The victim has been identified as 38-year-old Rodney Caliste,” Dothan police Capt. Will Glover said. “At this time, we believe Mr. Caliste was shot one time to the head area.”
According to law enforcement, Caliste was shot outside his home near his driveway. A person who was allegedly inside the home when the shooting occurred was interviewed by investigators, and later determined not to be a suspect.
Caliste’s slaying follows two other apparently unrelated shootings in the city.
The first shooting occurred Thursday morning near the intersection of North Edgewood Drive and West Powell Street. Police arrested two local men Friday afternoon in connection to that shooting.
Michael Jones, 26, of Ashford, and Calvin Bivins, 29, of Dothan, are each charged with first-degree robbery and attempted murder.
“When the call originally came in, it was reported as a motor-vehicle accident,” Glover said. “It was determined, once officers arrived just after 2:40 a.m., it was actually an assault call. The victim had been shot once under the left arm area, and the bullet traveled through his chest. It appears the victim realized he was being robbed and tried to block the bullet.”
The victim is identified as Andrew Strange of Indiana. He is hospitalized.
Police believe Strange was traveling through town, and say the shooting could be related to a bad drug deal.
Around 2 p.m., officers were called to the 1200 block of Greenwood Drive by a report of another shooting.
“During the investigation, witnesses informed investigators the victim and several other people were outside sitting around a table talking when a male wearing a Halloween mask and orange clothing appeared from behind a privacy fence and fatally shot 25-year-old Bernard Bryant,” Glover said.
The bullet struck Bryant under the armpit area and the traveled into the chest area, killing him.
Glover said the shootings are not related.
“We are still investigating all three cases, and we are continuing our search for the suspects,” he said.
Anyone with information regarding the shootings is asked to call the Dothan Police Department at 334-615-3000.
Source: View DothanEagle.com Article
Ken Curtis – Nov. 4, 2019 at 12:15 PM CST
Police return to murder scene but mum on reason
Dothan police returned to the scene of an apparent murder Monday morning, presumably searching for additional evidence.
Officers used a fire department ladder to take photos through what appears to be a garage window of the home where 38-year old Rodney Caliste died October 24. He suffered one or more gunshot wounds to the head.
No arrests have been made.
They also could also be seen using what appeared to be metal detectors outside the home on Woodham Road.
What is being sought in that renewed search has not been made public but sources say new information may have altered dynamics of the investigation.
Police, on the night of the shooting, found a pistol lying on the ground in close proximity to Caliste’s body.
Initial forensics tests on that gun and shell casings also found have been completed. What those tests revealed has not been released.
Caliste, from Dothan, also had ties to the Atlanta area. He was a small budget movie producer and involved in the music industry.
Court records reveal that, in 2006, he was convicted of cocaine trafficking in Houston County and a judge placed him on probation.
Source: View WTVY.com Article
Nathaniel Rodriguez – Jan 15, 2020 / 02:29 PM CST / Updated: Jan 15, 2020 / 03:11 PM CST
BREAKING: Dothan police make breakthrough in October murder case
DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Dothan police officers and Douglas County deputies arrested a new suspect in the shooting death of a Dothan man back in October.
On Oct. 24, 2019, Rodney Caliste was shot in the face outside his home on Woodham Drive. The suspect fled the area, and for months, investigators looked for whoever was responsible.
Their search eventually led them to Douglasville, Georgia, where the DPD and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office’s Criminal Investigation Division found a suspect this week.
The suspect — Marcus Hubbard, 49, of Douglasville — was taken into custody while he left his home.
Authorities charged the man with one count of murder. According to Lt. Will Glover, Hubbard and Caliste were business associates.
The investigation is still in progress as law enforcement conducts searches in the area. Hubbard reportedly faces some narcotics charges related to search warrants in the case.
Another arrest is possible in the case as well. Should anything else develop today, we will update this story.
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Geoff Dempsey – Jan 21, 2020 3:00 pm ET
Douglasville Man Arrested On Alabama Murder Charge
DOUGLASVILLE, GA — A Douglasville man was arrested and charged with a 2019 Alabama murder, according to authorities. Marcus Hubbard, 49, is accused of the Oct. 24, 2019 murder of 38-year-old Rodney Caliste.
According to authorities, Hubbard was arrested while leaving his Douglasville home on Jan. 15. Authorities also carried out search warrants which resulted in narcotics charges for Hubbard.
Once the narcotics charges are complete, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said, Hubbard will be extradited to Alabama.
The alleged murder took place in Dothan, Alabama, releases from Douglasville and Dothan authorities say.
The Dothan Police Department and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office are working together on the case and more arrests related to the case are possible, the Dothan Police Department said.
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