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Several vehicle pursuits this week

Monday night's chase involving Billy Blake. 

Deputies with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office have been involved in several pursuits this week.

On Monday night around 12 am, a high speed pursuit initiated by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office entered DeKalb County. The suspect exceeded speeds of 100 miles per hour. Deputies were able to stop the vehicle utilizing their patrol cars to prevent imminent injury to citizens.

The suspect, Billy Blake (42 of Fort Payne) was transported to Highlands Medical Center after the chase. He will be facing multiple charges in both Jackson and DeKalb Counties upon release. Blake was previously arrested for breaking into Henagar Junior High, Flat Rock School, storage units, and several churches in Jackson and DeKalb Counties.


Blake was recently released on probation.

Billy Blake (42 of Fort Payne)

Last night at approximately 10 pm, a Drug Task Force Agent attempted to stop a vehicle on County Road 169. The vehicle accelerated to a high rate of speed in an attempt to elude the agent. The suspect then turned into a driveway near the Georgia Line.

After a search of the vehicle, the agent and a Patrol Captain found marijuana, a pipe, and pills. Both occupants of the vehicle, Daniel Andrews (18 of Menlo, Ga) and Eric Clark (20 of Trenton, Ga) were charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana 2nd, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Andrews was also charged with Attempting to Elude.

Daniel Andrews (18 of Menlo, Ga) Eric Clark (20 of Trenton, Ga)

Also last night around 11 pm, A Deputy and Drug Task Force Agent attempted to make a traffic stop on Highway 40, near Henagar. The pursuit would eventually end on County Road 664 with the vehicle losing control and the three suspects attempting to flee on foot.


All three were apprehended. Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Pills, and a Firearm were recovered from the vehicle. Christopher Freeman (37 of Section), Jamie Whitley (46 of Collinsville), and Christie Wood (45 of Pisgah) were charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana 2nd, and Attempting to Elude.

Freeman, the driver of the vehicle, was also charged with Resisting Arrest and Reckless Endangerment.

Christopher Freeman (37 of Section) Jamie Whitley (46 of Collinsville) Christie Wood (45 of Pisgah)

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the arrests: “I’m extremely proud of the way our deputies handled these dangerous situations, especially in the situation on Monday night. They put themselves in harm’s way to end a dangerous situation. I would much rather we have damaged vehicles than have an innocent citizen hurt or killed.”

“In every attempt to elude this week, we’ve managed to get the suspects in custody. I hope that eventually the suspect will understand that it does not benefit them to attempt to run. I appreciate all our deputies and their hard work,” he said.

“God Bless!” Concluded Sheriff Welden.

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Multiple drug raids and arrests this week

The DeKalb County Drug Task Force and Sheriff’s Office made many drug related arrests this week.

Around 9:30 pm Tuesday night (May 7, 2019), Drug Task Force Agents and Deputies conducted a traffic stop on I-59 South around the 217 mile marker.

After conducting a search, a gram of methamphetamine and approximately 30 grams of marijuana were found in the vehicle. Digital scales were also located.

Jonathan DeWolfe (18 of Rainsville)

The driver, Jonathan DeWolfe (18 of Rainsville) was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana (1st Degree), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

On Wednesday afternoon (May 8, 2019) a DeKalb County Deputy responded to a call for backup from a State Trooper on Highway 35 (near Northeast Alabama Community College).

Joshua Jones (28 of Fort Payne)

During the search of the vehicle, suspected synthetic marijuana was found. Joshua Jones (28 of Fort Payne) was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

The same afternoon, the DeKalb County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant on Highway 75 near the Georgia state line. During the search, agents found approximately 10 -11 grams of methamphetamine and assorted drug paraphernalia.  Illegal weapons were also seized.

Sabra Long (55 of Higdon) Kimberly Pangel (45 of Mentone) James Gilreath (30 of Henagar) Billy Fairbairn (36 of Pisgah)

Arrested on scene was Sabra Long (55 of Higdon), Kimberly Pangel (45 of Mentone), James Gilreath (30 of Henagar), and Billy Fairbairn (36 of Pisgah).  All were charged with Distribution of a Controlled Substance and Drug Paraphernalia. All remain in the DeKalb County Detention Center at the time of this release.

Also on Wednesday (May 8, 2019), a DeKalb County Deputy conducted a traffic stop on County Road 479 near Kilpatrick.

While making the stop, the suspect was observed tossing an object out of the car. The object was later found to be a meth pipe. Methamphetamine was also found in the vehicle.

Brian Hollingsworth (45 of Boaz)

Brian Hollingsworth (45 of Boaz) was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Tampering with Physical Evidence.

Early yesterday morning (May 9, 2019) around 5 am, the DeKalb County Special Response Team (SRT) and Drug Task Force took part in a multi-agency raid in Jackson County on County Road 814 near Flat Rock.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) Region F Task Force, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), Henagar Police Department, State Bureau of Investigations (SBI), and the State Fire Marshall also took part in the raid.

Approximately 35 grams of Methamphetamine, 2 grams of Cocaine, 5 Grams of Marijuana, a sawed-off shotgun, several rifles, and several pistols were found at the home.

Five people were arrested in the operation. Four were taken to the Jackson County Detention Center, while one was taken to the DeKalb County Detention Center.

The following were arrested in the operation:

- Mark Summerford (56 of Flat Rock)

            - Trafficking in Illegal Drugs

            - Possession of Cocaine

            - Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Barbara G Stephens (63 of Flat Rock)

            - Possession of Prescription Drugs (3x)

            - Possession of Methamphetamine

            - Possession of Marijuana

            - Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Billy Walker (54 of Flat Rock)

            - Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

            - Possession of Sawed Off Rifle/Shotgun

            - Felon in Possession of a Firearm

Connie Summerford (52 of Flat Rock)

            -  Loitering in a Drug House

Steve Holland (63 of Higdon) was also arrested during the operation on an outstanding warrant for DeKalb County and transported to the DeKalb County Detention Center.

Steve Holland (63 of Higdon)

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the arrests: “One of the main goals of our office is to make it hard to buy, sell, and use illegal drugs in this county. We’re proud to work with our state, federal, and neighboring agencies to achieve this goal.”

“Drug dealers do not respect county lines. Therefore it is essential that we work with our neighboring departments to stop dangerous drugs in other areas. I’d like to thank our drug task force agents and deputies for their hard work,” he said.

“God Bless!” Concluded Sheriff Welden.

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Sheriff’s Office partners with Board of Education to offer Criminal Justice Classes!

 

Beginning this fall, DeKalb County students interested in a career in law enforcement will be able to take Criminal Justice classes through the DeKalb County Board of Education.

The classes will be taught by the DeKalb County School Resource Officers (SRO). The SRO’s will begin training at Auburn University-Montgomery in July. After 5 multi-day training sessions, they will earn a teaching certificate on a trade school level before the classes begin.

SRO Supervisor Lt. Tony Bartley said: “This is something we’ve been working on for a long time. It’s great that we can offer this to our students that are interested in a law enforcement career. It will be a good thing we can do for the community.”

“I am proud to grow and increase the partnership already in place between the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office and the DeKalb County School System,” said Superintendent Dr. Jason Barnett.

“I believe this program will allow our officers to increase their mentorship and educational influence within our schools while maintaining and promoting a safe schooling environment,” Dr. Barnett stated.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the partnership: “This is a great way to strengthen the relationship between our students and law enforcement. These classes will be offered to students at a pivotal age; not only for education, but also to determine the course they take leading into adulthood.”

“Having the chance to learn from law enforcement officers can not only help them choose a career path, but also make good choices and know the consequences of bad choices. This will be a great program for all involved,” he said.

“God Bless!” Concluded Sheriff Welden.

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Meth, Handguns, and Cash seized after traffic stop near Kilpatrick

Last night (May 6, 2019) at approximately 11 pm, DeKalb County Drug Task Force Agents seized Methamphetamine, Handguns, and Cash after a traffic stop near Kilpatrick.

Agents attempted to stop a vehicle near the intersection of Highway 68 and County Road 479 when the vehicle accelerated to a high rate of speed.

Agents were able to stop the vehicle just inside Marshall County. After a search of the vehicle, agents recovered approximately 15 grams of methamphetamine. There were also handguns recovered, along with burglary tools and debit/credit cards belonging to several different people.

An undisclosed amount of U.S. Currency was also seized in the stop, along with various items of drug paraphernalia.

Joshua Pettus (41 of Albertville) Richard Anderson (30 of Boaz)

Richard Anderson (30 of Boaz) and Joshua Pettus (41 of Albertville) were arrested and charged with Possession with intent to Distribute – Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Possession of Burglar’s Tools.

Anderson was also charged with Fleeing/Attempt to Elude. Both remain in the DeKalb County Detention Center.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the arrests: “I applaud our Drug Task Force Agents for putting in the hard work to keep more drugs from being sold in our county. Our guys work it from one end of the county to the other.”

“These guys relentlessly pursue those who sell this poison in our county. We hope to do our part to limit access to this dangerous drug,” he said.

“God Bless!” Concluded Sheriff Welden.

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Person identified in Skirum fatal shooting

Last night at approximately 8:30 pm, Deputies and Investigators were dispatched to 2506 County Road 20 in Skirum (near Dawson) regarding a possible shooting.

Upon arrival, a male was found deceased at the scene. The decedent has been identified as Jeremy Heath Perry (33 of Geraldine).

The shooting is currently under investigation. We’ll update the public once the investigation is complete.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to all families involved. We ask that the public do the same during this difficult time.”

“I also ask that the public be patient with the process. Information must be limited until the investigation is complete. We owe these families privacy and due-diligence through the course of this investigation,” he said.

“God Bless!” Concluded Sheriff Welden.

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5K raises over $7000 DeKalb Co D.A.R.E.!

Saturday (May 4, 2019), the DeKalb County D.A.R.E. program raised over $7000 at their first annual 5k fundraiser.

The 5K included 180 registered runners that ranged from 7 – 86 years old.

DeKalb County SRO and 5K Coordinator Deputy Priscilla Padgett said, “I’m overwhelmed at the support we had from the community. We had a great turnout despite the rough weather.”

We want to greatly thank our sponsors! 28 businesses and organizations chipped in, including: The ReCell Shop, WVSM Radio, RTI, Body Vision, Hampton Inn, People’s Independent Bank, The Fyffe Police Department, Circuit Clerk Todd Greeson, GH Metal Solutions, First State Bank, Medical Asset Doctors Group, D&F Equipment Sales, Dallas’ Place, Howard Bentley Buick GMC, Rain-Tech, Dean’s Seamless Gutters, Viking Industrial Incorporated, Health Connect America, A.P. Plasman, W.T. Wilson Funeral Home, Fritz Structural Steel Inc., Blonde Bombshell Hair Studio, City of Rainsville, Cooper Hosiery, the City o Henagar, and N&N Auto Carriers LLC.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said about the run: “I’m super excited about the outpouring of support we continue to receive from the community. We can work together to fight the dangerous drugs that put our children’s lives at risk.”

“This simply shows that our law enforcement and communities are coming together. God Bless!” Concluded Sheriff Welden.

Here is the Winners and Times for all the participants: 

Winners:
Times for all participants:
Our oldest runner, 86-year-old Bill Dawson! 
Deputy Cagle with our tracking dog Alex! 
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Man in custody after stabbing, biting family member

On Saturday, (May 4, 2019) DeKalb County Deputies responded to a residence near Dawson regarding a stabbing.

When the deputy arrived, a Geraldine Police Officer had the suspect in custody.

The suspect had stabbed a family member in the leg during the dispute and had bitten their nose. The victim was transported by DAS to DeKalb Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Christian Ramos (18 of Collinsville)

Christian Ramos (18 of Collinsville) was charged with Domestic Violence 2nd. He remains in the DeKalb County Detention Center.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: “Our prayers are with this family after the incident. It’s fortunate that the injuries were not more severe. There is no excuse for violence like this.”

“I’d also like the public to keep our deputies in their prayers. They never know what they’ll have to deal with on a call. Many incidents occur on the weekends while most people are off work or late at night while the rest of us sleep,” he said.

“God Bless!” Concluded Sheriff Welden.

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Large amount of Cocaine Seized on Highway 40

On Thursday night (May 2, 2019) Deputies with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office seized a large amount of cocaine on Highway 40 near Henagar.

At approximately 8 pm a Patrol Sergeant conducted a traffic stop near the Henagar Drive-In.

A K-9 unit was called to the scene. During the search, a large bag of white powder was found in the trunk of the vehicle. After Drug Task Force Agents arrived on the scene, the substance was found to be approximately ¾ pound of cocaine (301 grams).

Devonte Allison (25 of Huntsville)

The driver, Devonte Allison (25 of Huntsville) was charged with Trafficking in Any Illegal Drug and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Antonio Johnson (27 of Kannapolis, North Carolina) Demarvin Wilson (25 of Atlanta, Georgia)

Two others were also arrested that night on Highway 40 for drug charges. Demarvin Wilson (25 of Atlanta, Georgia) and Antonio Johnson (27 of Kannapolis, North Carolina) were both charged with Possession of Marijuana 2nd and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

The arrests were made in separate traffic stops.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the operation: “I’d like to commend our deputies on their hard work and attention to detail. This is a large amount of cocaine that won’t make it to its destination.”

“God Bless!” Concluded Sheriff Welden.

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Drug Task Force finds Meth in Fort Payne home

Late Wednesday night (May 1, 2019), Agents with the DeKalb County Drug Task Force acted on a tip from concerned citizens and went to a residence located on 10th Street NW in Fort Payne.

After conducting a search, agents found Marijuana and approximately 14 grams of Methamphetamine. Smoking pipes and other paraphernalia were also found at the residence.

Ladona Moreland(33 of Fort Payne)

Ladona Moreland (33 of Fort Payne) was charged with Distribution of a Controlled Substance, Possession Marijuana 2nd, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Another subject at the residence, Brian Buckner (32 of Fort Payne) was arrested on an outstanding warrant for the City of Boaz.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said: “We always appreciate the tips from the public, especially when it helps get dangerous drugs off the streets. Our Drug Task Force agents are working hard to handle these tips in a timely manner.”

“If you choose to use or sell drugs in our county, it’s very likely you’ll be paid a visit at some point. We hope and pray that those that do so get the help they need, but If not we’ll bring you in for a stay in our jail,” he said.

“God Bless!” Concluded Sheriff Welden.

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Over 100 grams of meth seized in Hammondville

Several individuals have been booked into the county jail on drug related charges since Sunday night. Drug Task Force Agents seized over 100 grams of Methamphetamine last night alone.

Bobby Joe Townson led Officers and Deputies on a chase this morning. 

This morning at approximately 9:30 am, a driver led a Geraldine Police Officer on a chase down County Road 52. DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and the Fyffe Police Department provided backup. The chase ended near the intersection of County Roads 51 and 52 with the suspect in custody.

Deputies and Officers found approximately 2 grams of methamphetamine in the suspect’s vehicle.

Bobby Joe Townson (37 of Fort Payne)

Bobby Joe Townson (37 of Fort Payne) was charged with Reckless Endangerment, Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Attempting to Elude, Resisting Arrest, and Driving Under the Influence (Combined alcohol and controlled substances).

Townson also received several traffic citations.

Last night (April 29, 2019) Agents with the DeKalb County Drug Task force stopped a vehicle on U.S. Highway 11 in Hammondville.

Eusebio Sanchez (34 of Fort Payne)

The driver, Eusebio Sanchez (34 of Fort Payne) was arrested for Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Tampering with Physical Evidence after approximately 113 grams of methamphetamine was found.

Earlier in the night, agents stopped a vehicle off of County Road 27 near Fort Payne. Agents observed the offenders throw a bag out of the vehicle. Approximately 5 grams of methamphetamine was found inside the bag, along with drug paraphernalia.

Sonia Posey (46 of Rainsville) and Garry Chapman (44 of Henagar) were arrested on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Sonia Posey (46 of Rainsville) Garry Chapman (44 of Henagar)

Sunday night, a patrol Sergeant and Lieutenant were on a Driver Safety Checkpoint at the intersection of County Road 44 and County Road 50 near Fyffe. A vehicle approached the checkpoint with a strong odor marijuana emitting from vehicle.

Dominic Avery (23 of Gadsden)

Dominic Avery (23 of Gadsden) was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance after ecstasy was located in the vehicle. He was also charged for Possession of Marijuana 2nd and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the arrests: “We’re very grateful for our task force agents and deputies who worked hard to get these drugs out of our communities. 113 grams of Methamphetamine can ruin a lot of lives,” said Welden.

“I also want to commend our deputies for doing the extra work and conducting a Driver Safety Checkpoint Sunday night. Checkpoints are one of many tools we have to get drug users off of our roadways and protect law abiding citizens,” he said.

“God Bless!” Concluded Sheriff Welden.

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