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Henagar man arrested for Electronic Solicitation of a Child

FORT PAYNE, Ala. The DeKalb County Sheriff's Investigation's Unit received information of an adult male who was possibly having communications with an underage female.  After further investigation, Bobby Cole Howell (27 of Henagar) was charged with Electronic Solicitation of a Child and 2 Failure to Appear warrants.  This is an ongoing investigation, with limited information, due to the victim being a minor.

Bobby Cole Howell (27 of Henagar)

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: "This type of behavior will not be tolerated.  I have said many times and I will say it many more, our children will always be our number one priority.  Our children have one chance to be little, to be silly and carefree." 

"A child's innocence is one of the most precious things on earth and it is our job to protect them from predators that want to take that from them."

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

 

 

 

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Due to the rise of Covid cases, the Front Lobby will close until further notice starting Monday, January 10, 2022

From the Office of DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden:

FORT PAYNE, Ala. - Due to the rise of COVID cases within our office and the community, the Sheriff's Office Lobby will be closed starting Monday, January 10, 2022.

Pistol permits will still be available online at our website http://www.dekalbcountysheriff.org

We are still here for all of your needs.  If you need an officer, for anything jail related or to make a report, please call our dispatch at (256) 845-3801.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: " These decisions are not easy ones to make, but with the safety of our employees and the community, we feel like this is the best decision at this time.  Let's all band together and keep all of those affected in our prayers."

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Several Stolen Items Recovered and 28 Arrested on Drug Related Charges in the month of December

From the Office of DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden:   

FORT PAYNE, Ala. -During the first couple of weeks in December, several stolen items were recovered and 28 were arrested on drug related charges.

On Thursday, December 2nd, Deputies with the DeKalb County Narcotics and Criminal Interdiction Unit conducted a traffic stop on County Road 479 and County Road 10 in the Aroney area.  During a search of the vehicle, 12 grams of methamphetamine, 4 grams of cocaine and drug paraphernalia was found.  Billy Ray Roe (30 of Horton, Al) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and DUI (controlled Substance). 

Billy Ray Roe (30 of Horton, Al)

Again, on Thursday, Officers with the Crossville Police Department conducted a traffic stop on College Street/Hall Street.  The driver was found to be in possession of suboxone, which he did not have a prescription for.  Nicholas Wade Ingram (37 of Birmingham) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, DUI (controlled Substance) and Reckless Endangerment (x2).  Narcotics Agents were called to assist.

Nicholas Wade Ingram (37 of Birmingham)

On Wednesday, December 8th, Fyffe Police Department contacted Agents with the DeKalb County Narcotics and Criminal Interdiction Unit concerning a vehicle they had towed from an arrest that was made the day before.  Narcotics Agents found .5 ounce of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and an ounce of marijuana.  Robert Bradley Wright (49 of Section) was charged with Illegal Possession of Prescription Drugs, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (x2), Unlawful Distribution of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 1st.

Robert Bradley Wright (49 of Section)

On Thursday, December 9th, Deputies with the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office conducted a traffic stop on Hwy 68 and Mills Creek Road in Crossville.  During a search of the vehicle, methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found.  Brandon Mark Phillips (33 of Dawson) and Krystal Dawn Cisco (30 of Dawson) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 1st, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Tampering with Physical Evidence.  Narcotics Agents were called to assist.

Brandon Mark Phillips (33 of Dawson) Krystal Dawn Cisco (30 of Dawson)

Again, on Thursday, Deputies with the DeKalb County Narcotics and Criminal Interdiction Unit conducted a traffic stop on I-59 close to the Sulphur Springs exit.  During the stop, Agents confirmed that the driver and passenger both had active warrants.  An ounce of synthetic marijuana was located in the vehicle.  Ashley Marie Gray (38 of Fyffe) and Joshua Tyler White (28 of Henagar) were both charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 

Ashley Marie Gray (38 of Fyffe) Joshua Tyler White (28 of Henagar)

On Friday, December 10th, Officers with Henagar Police Department, along with Deputies with the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office, responded to the Mapco located at Hwy 40 and Hwy 75, on a disturbance call.  Making contact with the subject, he was found to be in possession of methamphetamine, hydrocodone, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Corey Andrew Dunn (33 of Scottsboro) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance (x2), Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Narcotics Agents were called to assist.

Corey Andrew Dunn (33 of Scottsboro)

Again, on Friday, Agents with DeKalb County Narcotics and Criminal Interdiction Unit executed a search warrant for a residence on 2nd Street in Sylvania.  When Agents arrived at the residence, the subjects attempted to flee but were quickly apprehended.  The search turned up approximately 37 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.  Jeffery Elbert Townsel (59 of Sylvania) was charged with Trafficking in Any Illegal Drug, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Tampering with Physical Evidence.  Melandie Kay Payne (41 of Sylvania) was charged with Trafficking in Any Illegal Drug, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting Arrest, Attempt to Elude Police and Failure to Appear (x3).  Timothy Wayne Smith (49 of Sylvania) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Jeffery Elbert Townsel (59 of Sylvania) Melandie Kay Payne (41 of Sylvania) Timothy Wayne Smith (49 of Sylvania)

On Monday, December 13th, Deputies with the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office, along with Officers from Ider Police Department and Henagar Police Department responded to County Road 789 in the Ider area, on a domestic violence call.  After arriving at the residence, Deputies found the subject to be in possession of methamphetamine and also having active warrants.  Richard Bruce Toney (53 of Ider) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Failure to Appear (x5).  Narcotics Agents were called to assist.

Richard Bruce Toney (53 of Ider)

On Tuesday, December 14th, Agents with the DeKalb County Narcotics and Criminal Interdiction Unit executed a search warrant at a residence on Nottingham Lane in Fyffe finding methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  Due to a minor under the age of one being in the residence, DHR was called.  James Matthew Morris Jr (26 of Fyffe) and Sydney Kirsten Dowdy (21 of Fyffe) were both charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd.

James Matthew Morris Jr (26 of Fyffe) Sydney Kirsten Dowdy (21 of Fyffe)

On Tuesday, December 14th, Deputies with the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office conducted a traffic stop on County Road 391 and Hwy 75 in Geraldine.  The driver of the vehicle was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.  Ozzie Brenin Rogers (27 of Crossville) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd and DUI (any substance).  Narcotics Agents were called to assist.

Ozzie Brenin Rogers (27 of Crossville)

On Wednesday, December 15th, Agents with the DeKalb County Narcotics and Criminal Interdiction Unit executed a search warrant at a residence on County Road 336.  Methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and several stolen items were recovered during the search.  Joel Conteras Jr (29 of Albertville) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  More charges are pending in this case.  Narcotics Agents were called to assist.

Joel Conteras Jr (29 of Albertville)

On Thursday, December 16th, Agents with the DeKalb County Narcotics and Criminal Interdiction Unit responded to a residence on County Road 281 in Fort Payne after receiving several tips of drug activity.  Methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were found during the search.  Danny Clay Betz (51 of Collinsville) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance.  Robert Benjamin Monroe Smith (20 of Sand Rock) was charged with Failure to Appear (x2).  Destiny Hope Hinzman (23 of Fort Payne) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Failure to Appear.  Chuck Ray Dutton (42 of Fort Payne) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Probation Violation and Failure to Appear.

Danny Clay Betz (51 of Collinsville) Robert Benjamin Monroe Smith (20 of Sand Rock) Destiny Hope Hinzman (23 of Fort Payne) Chuck Ray Dutton (42 of Fort Payne)

On Tuesday, December 21st, Agents with the DeKalb County Narcotics and Criminal Interdiction Unit were called to a residence on County Road 372 in Ider, after Probation Officers found over a half ounce methamphetamine during a home visit.  Kelly Ray Tripp (53 of Ider) was charged with Unlawful Distribution of Controlled Substance with Intent, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 1st and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Kenneth Colton Tripp (27 of Ider) and Brittany Leigh'Sha McCord (34 of Trenton, Ga) were both charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Kelly Ray Tripp (53 of Ider) Kenneth Colton Tripp (27 of Ider) Brittany Leigh'Sha McCord (34 of Trenton, Ga)

On Wednesday, December 22nd, methamphetamine was discovered in a package to an inmate that had been altered.  Jeremiah Jason Abbott (40 of Maryville, Tn) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Promote Prison Contraband 2nd.  Narcotics Agents were called to assist.

Jeremiah Jason Abbott (40 of Maryville, Tn)

On Sunday, December 26th, Deputies with the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office conducted a traffic stop on Glenn Blvd in Fort Payne finding both the driver and passenger to be in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.  Zachary Wolfgang Snapp (41 of Section) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Parole Violation.  Sheena Lashawn Rossmeier (43 of Fort Payne) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Zachary Wolfgang Snapp (41 of Section) Sheena Lashawn Rossmeier (43 of Fort Payne)

On Tuesday December 28th, Officers with the Crossville Police Department conducted a traffic stop on Hwy 68 in Crossville.  Methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia was found within the vehicle during the stop.  Ty Aaron Harbour (29 of Crossville) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd. 

Ty Aaron Harbour (29 of Crossville)

Again, on Tuesday, Deputies with the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Grand Ave in Fort Payne, with the driver accelerating.  After a short pursuit, the driver pulled over.  Drug paraphernalia, ZAZA and prescription medication, that did not belong to the driver, were found within the vehicle.  Jerry Wayne Schrader (50 of Fort Payne) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Illegal Possession of Prescription Drugs and Attempt to Elude.

Jerry Wayne Schrader (50 of Fort Payne)

 

 

 

 

 

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Missing Huntsville Man located

FORT PAYNE, Ala. - A Huntsville man was located by First Responders, near Geraldine, after being reported missing by concerned family. 

On Thursday, December 16th, a 31-year-old male, reported missing from his residence in Huntsville, was rescued along a creekbank in the Geraldine area.  The subjects' wife called the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office to report the subject's mom had found his cell phone in his vehicle located on land the family owned near Geraldine. 

Investigators canvased the area, and noticed some clothing and a kayak, confirmed to be his, on a creekbank.  After an extensive search, a ALEA Aviation Unit helicopter spotted the subject approximately two miles down the creek.  The subject was located with only minor injuries and transported by DAS.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: "I would like to thank the DeKalb County Deputies, Investigators, K-9's and Drone Unit, McCreary K-9 Facility, Geraldine Police Department, DeKalb County Emergency Management Agency and the ALEA Aviation Unit for their assistance in locating this subject.  We are thankful this individual was able to be reunited with his family.  This was a true team effort and I am always grateful for how well our first responders work together in this county."

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

 

 

 

 

 

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Narcotics Unit obtains Federal Indictment for Meth Trafficking

FORT PAYNE, Ala. - A Trenton man is in Federal Custody after being indicted on a Federal Charge of Trafficking Methamphetamine after being arrested by the DeKalb County Narcotics and Interdiction Team.

The case began in November of last year, when an Interdiction Agent conducted a traffic stop on Highway 11 near Sulphur Springs. During the course of the traffic stop, 2 ounces of Methamphetamine, 2 ounces of Marijuana, and Drug Paraphernalia was located.

On scene, Gordan Randall Bethune (60 of Trenton) was charged locally with Trafficking in any Illegal Drug, Possession of Marijuana 1st Degree, and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Gordan Randall Bethune (60 of Trenton)

On December 2nd of this year, a DeKalb County Narcotics Agent assigned to the FBI's Northeast Alabama Criminal Enterprise Task Force presented the case in front of a Federal Grand Jury. An indictment was obtained for a federal charge of Trafficking Methamphetamine.

The DeKalb County Narcotics, with the assistance of the FBI Northeast Alabama Criminal Enterprise Task Force and the Dade County Sheriff's Office arrested Bethune on the federal warrant. Bethune was immediately transferred to the U.S. Marshall's and taken into Federal Custody.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: "This is another great job by our Narcotic's Unit! While we can catch drug traffickers locally and charge them, working a federal case against them takes a lot of time and dedication."

"It's important that we pursue these federal charges due to them carrying longer sentences. It helps ensure that those pushing poison onto our streets will get the punishment they deserve. We're blessed to have agents on these task force to help ensure a good working relationship with our federal partners and make these cases!" Said Sheriff Welden.

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

 

 

 

 

 

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Ten arrested on drug related charges during month of November

FORT PAYNE, Ala. - During the month of November, ten were arrested on drug related charges.

On Thursday, November 4th, Officers with the Crossville Police Department found Timothy James Peacock (47 of Crossville) to be in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, after an encounter at a convenient store on Hwy 68 and Hwy 227 in Crossville.  Peacock was charged with Criminal Littering and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  DeKalb County Narcotics Unit was called in to assist.

Timothy James Peacock (47 of Crossville)

On Sunday, November 7th, DeKalb County Deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Hwy 75.  The vehicle fled from Deputies, but they later found the driver at a residence on County Road 801 in Flat Rock.  Methamphetamine, Fentanyl and drug paraphernalia was found.  Jenna Suzzan Tait (41 of Flat Rock) was charged with Attempt to Elude Police, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance.  DeKalb County Narcotics Unit was called in to assist.

Jenna Suzzan Tait (41 of Flat Rock)

On Thursday, November 11th, DeKalb County Deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Dogtown Road in Fort Payne, with the driver fleeing and turning onto Jennings Road.  After a short pursuit, the driver lost control of the vehicle and was taken to DeKalb Regional Hospital with minor injuries.  Once released from the hospital, Anthony Wayne Thomas (39 of Fort Payne) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Attempt to Elude Police and Contempt of Court.  DeKalb County Narcotics Unit was called in to assist.

Anthony Wayne Thomas (39 of Fort Payne)

On Monday, November 15th, DeKalb County Deputies conducted a traffic stop on Jordan Road in Fort Payne, finding the driver to be in possession of methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  David Anthony Bone (47 of Sand Rock) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd.  DeKalb County Narcotics Unit was called in to assist.

David Anthony Bone (47 of Sand Rock)

On Tuesday, November 16th, DeKalb County Narcotics Agents noticed a subject in a vehicle that had active warrants.  When Agents attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver sped up attempting to flee.  After a short pursuit, the vehicle pulled over near Jackson County on County Road 47.  Methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia was found in the vehicle.  Buddy Wayne Johnson (45 of Fort Payne) was charged with Attempt to Elude Police, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance.  Alicia Megan Payne (25 of Rainsville) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Buddy Wayne Johnson (45 of Fort Payne) Alicia Megan Payne (25 of Rainsville)

On Wednesday, November 17th, DeKalb County Deputies conducted a traffic stop on Hwy 75 and County Road 141 near Cartersville.  During the stop, marijuana and kratom was found.  Michael Chad Creel (37 of Chickamauga, Ga) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd.

Michael Chad Creel (37 of Chickamauga, Ga)

 On Saturday, November 20th, DeKalb County Deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop on County Road 380, with the driver speeding up trying to flee.  After a short pursuit, the driver lost control near Hwy 68.  Sterling Ray Morgan (27 of Boaz) was found to be in possession of a half ounce of methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  Morgan was charged with Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Attempt to Elude Police, Possession with Intent, Reckless Endangerment, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd and FTA (x7).  DeKalb County Narcotics Unit was called in to assist.

Sterling Ray Morgan (27 of Boaz)

On Tuesday, November 23rd, Officers with the Crossville Police Department conducted a traffic stop at Hwy 68 and Hwy 227 in Crossville finding the driver to be in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.  Larry Shane Freeman (54 of Boaz) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  DeKalb County Narcotics Unit was called in to assist.

Larry Shane Freeman (54 of Boaz)

Again, on Tuesday, DeKalb County Deputies conducted a traffic stop on County Road 4 and County Road 15 near Aroney, finding the driver to be in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.  Jason Brent Barclay (48 of Boaz) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and DUI (Controlled Substance).  DeKalb County Narcotics Unit was called in to assist.

Jason Brent Barclay (48 of Boaz)

 

 

 

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DCSO Interdiction Team nabs Gun Smugglers

Two Texas men are in the DeKalb County Detention Center after being caught with illegal firearms on I-59 earlier today.

Today at approximately 11 am, a DeKalb County Sheriff's Office Interdiction Agent conducted a traffic stop on Interstate 59 in the north bound lane between Collinsville and Fort Payne. After it was found that the two occupants of the vehicle were in possession of a concealed handgun without a permit, both were detained.

After a search of the vehicle was conducted, a large number of firearms were found concealed in the vehicle. Most of the firearms had the serial numbers ground off. This is done by criminals to avoid the firearms from being traced or to hide that they are stolen. It's believed the firearms were to be sold illegally on the black market.

Handgun with Serial Number Removed

Troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, DeKalb County Sheriff's Office Investigators and the Narcotics Unit also arrived to assist.

Both subjects, Nathaniel Jahiem Alexander (20 of Richmond, Texas) and Isaiah Khawme Alexander (23 of Richmond, Texas) were both charged with 8 felony counts of Altering the Serial Number of a Firearm. Isaiah was additionally charged with one count of Possession of a Concealed Weapon without a Permit.

Isaiah Khawme Alexander (23 of Richmond, Texas) Nathaniel Jahiem Alexander (20 of Richmond, Texas)

Both subjects are being held in the DeKalb County Detention Center awaiting bond to be set by a judge.

The case has been referred to the appropriate federal agencies and more charges may be pending upon further investigation.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: "This is a great arrest by our criminal interdiction team! These firearms were likely stolen and were on their way to an inner-city area to be sold to criminals."

"These guns could have been used in future crimes, or could have potentially killed someone. This is exactly why being pro-active is so important in law enforcement. Hard work could potentially save someone's life down the road," said Sheriff Welden.

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

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Boaz Man Arrested for Sexual Abuse of a Child

A Boaz man is currently in the DeKalb County Detention Center on a $2,000,000 bond after being arrested on charges regarding sexual abuse of a child.

Early this morning, DeKalb County Deputies and Investigators arrested Tomas Juan Francisco (47 of Boaz) at his home on County Road 386 near Aroney. Mr. Francisco was charged with Sexual Abuse of a Child Less than Twelve.

Tomas Juan Francisco (47 of Boaz)

The charges stem from an investigation conducted by DeKalb County Investigators who specialize in sexual crimes and crimes against children. This investigation is ongoing and more charges may be pending.

Due to the age of the victim and to protect their identity, information on these types of cases is limited. 

If you know of any child who may be abused or are yourself a victim of a crime, please contact our office at (256)845-3801.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: "This is another outstanding job by our dedicated team of investigators. This is also a great example of why we have investigators devoted to pursuing these crimes."

"I can't stress enough how important it is that we protect our children from predators. I wish there was a way we could prevent this sort of thing from happening to any child, but our job is to pursue the perpetrators and bring them to justice," said Sheriff Welden.

"The only way to prevent these types of crimes is at the family level. Please pay attention to who your younger family members are around and what their intentions might be. And never hesitate to call us if you think something criminal has taken place," he added.

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

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Flat Rock man accused of sex abuse of a minor

FORT PAYNE, Ala. - After an investigation by DeKalb County Investigators, a Flat Rock man is in the DeKalb County Detention Center regarding sexual abuse of a minor.

On Thursday, November 18th, Mark Anthony Bryson (40 of Flat Rock) was arrested on charges of Rape 1st (x2), Rape 2nd, Sex Abuse Child Less Than 12 and Sodomy 1st.

Mark Anthony Bryson (40 of Flat Rock)

Bryson was arrested for a previous investigation in an alleged sexual abuse of a minor.  Bryson's bond is set at $1,100,000.  Due to the victim being a minor, we are unable to release further information on this case. 

If you feel like you, or a family member is being abused, please call our office at 256-845-3801.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: "To protect the family and the victim, as always, information on these cases are limited.  This is a great job by our investigators whose sole purpose is to protect our children from predators like this."

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

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DCSO accepts donation of 30 bicycles for Children in Need

Fort Payne Battalion Chief Wade Gorham, Mr. Leon McClung, and his son, Bruce McClung delivering bicycles to our office!

Earlier today, the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office received a donation of 30 bicycles from the "Bicycle Man!"

Sheriff Nick Welden and the "Bicycle Man" Leon McClung

"The Bicycle Man," also known as Mr. Leon McClung, is 91-years-old and has made it his mission to repair discarded bicycles for children in need during the holidays. Mr. McClung ensures each bicycle is in good working order before getting it to a child in need.

Each bike comes with a note attached that reads: "Hi, take a look at these 91-year-old hands. God has guided these hands to move over every part of this bicycle to make sure it is in the best looking and working order as possible."

"I hope you cherish and take care of it as much as I have enjoyed fixing it for you. Now as it leaves these hands and goes into your hands, may God guide your hands to have many days of enjoyment from riding this bike."

"May it guide you to always be looking to God for guidance in your life also. If you do this the joy you knew from riding the bike will be much greater by following his guidance in your life," the note says.

Mr. McClung, his son Bruce, and Fort Payne Fire Department Battalion Chief Wade Gorham delivered the bicycles this morning. Our deputies will be distributing the bicycles to children in need this Christmas. We also were able to provide several bicycles to Mr. McClung that our deputies and road crews had recovered to be fixed.

If you know a child in need this Christmas that would like a bicycle, feel free to call our office at (256)845-3801.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the donation: "This is such a great service that Mr. McClung provides for children in need. He not only donates bicycles to children in DeKalb County, but to several other counties in our area."

"Mr. McClung fixes hundreds of bicycles each year, and we are proud that our deputies get to help him make children happy during the holidays," said Sheriff Welden.

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

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