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Fort Payne man arrested on sex abuse charges

FORT PAYNE, Ala. - On Wednesday, June 29th, Thomas Eric Lipham (42 of Fort Payne) was arrested and charged with Sex Abuse of a Child Less Than Twelve and Sex Abuse 1st. 

Thomas Eric Lipham (42 of Fort Payne)

Bail was set at $265,000 for Lipham, who is being held in the DeKalb County Detention Center.

This investigation is ongoing.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: "I would like to thank the DeKalb County Criminal Investigations Unit and DHR for their dedication and determination to keeping our children safe.  There is so much evil in the world we live in, but having people like you, that live to serve and protect, is truly a blessing."

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainsville man arrested on Production of Porn with Minors

FORT PAYNE, Ala. - On Thursday, June 16th, John Devall Burris (66 of Rainsville) was brought in on a Fugitive from Justice Warrant.  Burris was discovered to have been hiding in Jackson County.  Burris was charged with Fugitive from Justice and Production of Porn with Minors (x3).

John Devall Burris (66 of Rainsville)

After Burris serves his time in DeKalb County, he will be extradited to Tennessee, where he will face numerous charges on Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.   

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: "I would like to thank the DeKalb County Investigations Unit on a wonderful job well done.  I would also like to thank Scottsboro Police Department for their willingness to always step in and lend a helping hand.  I am so thankful and grateful for the great working relationships that we have."

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

 

 

 

 

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Grove Oak man shot over the weekend

From the Office of DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden:

 

FORT PAYNE, Ala. - On Sunday, June 19th, Deputies with the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office and Fyffe Police Department responded to a shooting at a residence on County Road 541, in the Grove Oak community. 

Sammy Lee Frasier (61 of Grove Oak) was pronounced dead at the scene.

This investigation is ongoing and further details will be released at a later time.

 

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: "I would like to thank the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office and the Fyffe Police Department's prompt and professional attention to this case.  Please keep all families involved in your prayers."

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

 

 

 

 

Over 1,500 grams of marijuana seized, so far, in the month of June

From the Office of DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden:

FORT PAYNE, Ala. - For the month of June, 33 arrests have been made for drug related charges, over 1,500 grams of marijuana, 44 grams of methamphetamine, 20 grams of synthetic marijuana and 218 controlled prescription pills have been seized. 

On Friday, June 3rd Deputies with the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office conducted a traffic stop on County Road 1000 in Valley Head, finding that both occupants had outstanding warrants with other agencies.  Methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were found in the vehicle.  Andrew Wade Mikail Lambert (26 of Pisgah) and Jessica Amanda Lambert (43 of Scottsboro) were both charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Andrew Wade Mikail Lambert (26 of Pisgah) Jessica Amanda Lambert (43 of Scottsboro)

On Saturday, June 4th Deputies with the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office responded to a call of domestic disturbance on County Road 588 in Fort Payne.  During a search, a large amount of marijuana was found in the residence.  Norman Dewayne Harris (66 of Fort Payne) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 1st and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Norman Dewayne Harris (66 of Fort Payne)

Also, on Saturday, DeKalb County Deputies conducted a traffic stop on County Road 121, near County Road 885.  During the stop, a Deputy and K-9 found methamphetamine in the vehicle.  Maya Panessa Geick (24 of Henagar) was charged with Unlawful Distribution of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Maya Panessa Geick (24 of Henagar)

On Sunday, June 5th, DeKalb County Deputies responded to a burglary call on Andrew Lee Drive in Henagar.  When Deputies arrived, they located and charged Gregory Lynn Garrett (55 of Fort Payne) with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Burglary 3rd.  Deputies also found methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia inside the home.  David Larry Yancey (72 of Henagar) and Dean S Williams (52 of Fort Payne) were both charged with Unlawful Possession with Intent, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd.

Gregory Lynn Garrett (55 of Fort Payne) David Larry Yancey (72 of Henagar) Dean S Williams (52 of Fort Payne)

Again, on Sunday, DeKalb County Deputies conducted a traffic stop on Al Hwy 40 in Henagar.  During the stop, Deputies detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from within the vehicle.  Marijuana, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were found in the vehicle.  Corey Allen Rendall (27 of Fort Payne) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Corey Allen Rendall (27 of Fort Payne)

On Monday, June 6th, Crossville Police Officers conducted a traffic stop finding methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.  John Michael Parker Jr (44 of Crossville) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Narcotics Agents were called to assist.

John Michael Parker Jr (44 of Crossville)

On Sunday, June 12th, DeKalb County Deputies conducted a traffic stop on Al Hwy 75 in the Ider area finding several unopened bottles of Zaza Reds, which is a controlled substance in the state of Alabama.  Brian Samuel Morrow (52 of Albertville) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

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Brian Samuel Morrow (52 of Albertville)

Again, on Sunday, DeKalb County Deputies were in the Kilpatrick area around County Road 374 looking for a subject that had been seen breaking into houses in the area.  When Deputies made contact with a subject matching the description, they found him to be in possession of methamphetamine and several items that he admitted stealing.  Ricky Renea Guerrero (32 of Albertville) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Theft of Property 1st, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Burglary 3rd (x2) and Theft of Property 2nd. 

Ricky Renea Guerrero (32 of Albertville)

On Tuesday, June 14th, DeKalb County Deputies attempted a traffic stop on County Road 792 in the area of Deer Head Cove.  The driver of the vehicle led the officers on a short vehicle pursuit.  As the driver pulled over, he fled on foot but was quickly apprehended.  Methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were found in the vehicle.  William Anthony Konrad (60 of Rising Fawn, Ga) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd and Attempt to Elude Police (x2).  Tress Anthony Konrad (37 of Rising Fawn, Ga) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

William Anthony Konrad (60 of Rising Fawn, Ga) Tress Anthony Konrad (37 of Rising Fawn, Ga)

Again, on Tuesday, DeKalb County Narcotics Agents conducted a traffic stop on County Road 792 in the Deer Head Cove area finding marijuana, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.  Tammy Michelle Stone (49 of Rossville, Ga) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd, Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Tammy Michelle Stone (49 of Rossville, Ga)

On Wednesday, June 15th, DeKalb County narcotics Agents went to a residence on County Road 342 in Fyffe after receiving information and complaints of possible illegal narcotics.  Agents found marijuana, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and several firearms in the residence.  DHR was called to the scene due to a juvenile and a handicapped adult being in the residence.  Dylan Austin Stephens (22 of Fort Payne) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 1st, Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance (x2) and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 

Dylan Austin Stephens (22 of Fort Payne)

 

 

 

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Ten arrested in two days on drug related charges

FORT PAYNE, Ala. - The first two days of June has been a busy with 10 being arrested on drug related charges.

On Wednesday, June 1st, DeKalb County Narcotics Agents were conducting an ongoing investigation looking for a suspect who had warrants for trafficking in methamphetamine.  Agents executed a warrant at a residence on County Road 386 finding two subjects in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. 

Robert O'Neal Cook (36 of Albertville) and Kelly Elizabeth Anderson (51 of Albertville) were both charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 

Robert O'Neal Cook Kelly Elizabeth Anderson

Agents conducted a search warrant at a residence on County Road 370 in Kilpatrick finding methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  Kimberly Ann Duke (43 of Crossville) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd.  Brittany Dene Johanns (35 of Marion, Nc) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd.  Heather Leann Adams (46 of Crossville) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Attempt to Elude Police and 15 Failure to Appear warrants.

Kimberly Ann Duke Brittany Dene Johanns Heather Leann Adams

On Thursday, June 2nd, Agents went to a residence on County Road 26 finding methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia as well as an infant in the home.  DHR responded and immediately got a safety plan in place for the child.  DeKalb County Investigations Unit were also called to help assist with possible stolen items found.  Brian Keith Harrell (43 of Boaz) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Jessica Deforest (34 of Boaz) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Jada Marie Stancil (26 of Crossville) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Loitering in a Drug House.  Joshua Wade Morton (41 of Boaz) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and 3 Failure to Appear warrants.  Jonathan Joe Young (33 of Albertville) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 

Brian Keith Harrell Jessica Deforest Jada Marie Stancil Joshua Wade Morton Jonathan Joe Young

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: "I would like to thank the DeKalb County Animal Shelter, as well as, Rainsville Animal Control for responding to the scene and taking care of several dogs we found.  They are always willing to help when we need them and they show love and compassion to any animal they encounter." 

"Thank you to DHR for your quick response and looking out for the safety of children that are in an unsafe situation."

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

 

 

 

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Man sentenced to Federal Prison

FORT PAYNE, Ala. - Earlier this year, Gordon Randall Bethune (60 of Trenton, Ga) was indicted with the FBI Northeast Alabama Criminal Enterprise for Possession with Intent to Distribute.  Tuesday, May 10th, Bethune was sentenced to 92 months in Federal Prison, which is to start immediately.  Bethune will have 36 months of supervised release after he has served the 92-month sentence.  Local agents with the DeKalb County Narcotics Unit, Dade County Sheriff's Office, North Lookout Mountain Drug Task Force and the FBI North Alabama Criminal Enterprise showed great diligence in following this case through.

Gordon Randall Bethune (60 of Trenton, Ga)

On Monday, May 16th, Agents with the DeKalb County Narcotics Unit conducted a traffic stop in the area of Hwy 68 and I-59 in Collinsville.  During the stop, approximately 55 grams of methamphetamine, 15 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and an undisclosed amount of US currency was confiscated.  Jacob Matthew Scott (27 of Collinsville) and Krystle Nicole Croft (36 of Dawson) were charged with Trafficking in an Illegal Drug, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 

Jacob Matthew Scott (27 of Collinsville) Krystle Nicole Croft (36 of Dawson)

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: "I would like to thank the FBI and our local and neighboring law enforcement agencies for their persistent and meticulous work.  It is amazing to have such good communication and a positive working relationship between agencies."

"Keeping this poison off of our streets and out of the hands of our children is our number one priority."

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Joint press release on new computers given to DCSO Detention Center

From the Office of DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden:

Technology allows for the constitutional rights for inmates to appear before a judge within 72 hours, while providing safety for the deputies by avoiding dangerous incidents during transportation and ultimately a saving to citizens of DeKalb County.FORT PAYNE, Ala. - DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden and the DeKalb Count Sheriff's Office would like to extend our sincere appreciation and gratitude to Circuit Judges: Shaunathan Bell, Jeremy Taylor and Andrew Hairston for their generous donation of two new computers that will be utilized in the Detention Center.  These computers will help us to work more effectively and efficiently.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: "Receiving these new computers is such a huge blessing to our Detention Center, especially since we all are still dealing with Covid-19"   

"I am so thankful for the amazing relationships we have with our Judges and Court System.  I feel beyond blessed that we all work as a unit improving efficiency and services for our community."

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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John Deere Gator recovered, thanks to Facebook

FORT PAYNE, Ala. - Thanks to social media, a utility vehicle was recovered within a 24-hour time frame.

Sometime late Sunday night, on May 1st, a John Deere Gator was stolen from Ider High School.  On Monday morning, after staff realized the utility vehicle was missing, Principal Ott turned to Facebook asking the public for help.  In Principal Ott's post, she included a photo of the vehicle involved in the theft.  A short time later, an observant citizen noticed the vehicle that was involved in the theft, called it in and the utility vehicle was recovered on Woodland Avenue in Ider.

Jacob Lee Correll (30 of Ider) was charged with Burglary 3rd, Theft of Property 1st, Criminal Trespass 3rd, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Attempt to Elude, Resisting Arrest, Receiving Stolen Property 4th and Parole Violation.

Jacob Lee Correll (30 of Ider)

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: "When things are put on social media, it can be a blessing or a curse.  In this case, it was definitely a blessing."

"We had numerous tips that were called in that led law enforcement straight to where the stolen property was sitting. What thieves don't realize is that even when they think no one sees them, there is always someone that sees something."

"I am proud of and very thankful to be a part of such an incredible community.  When our community bands together, it makes us all a force to be reckoned with."

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

 

 

 

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day was a success

From the Office of DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden:

 

FORT PAYNE, Ala. - This past Saturday, April 30th, was National Prescription Drug Take Back Day and with the help of the community, we collected and were able to properly destroy 16.8 pounds of medication.  This is an event that allows Agencies to partner with DEA and everyone is urged to bring in old prescription medication or medication that is no longer used and drop it off so that it can properly be destroyed.

A huge thanks to the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office, DeKalb County Narcotics Unit, DeKalb County Jail Nursing Staff and CED Mental Health for all your hard work and making this event possible. 

 

 

 

 

 

Remembering, 11 years ago today, a day of destruction

FORT PAYNE, Ala. - On this day 11 years ago, Alabama was hit with 62 tornados killing 252 people. DeKalb County was one of the hardest hit in the state, with 25 lives lost and thousands injured.  This tornado is ranked as one of the deadliest ever to be recorded.

On that day, whole communities were destroyed.  It was one of the largest tornado outbreaks in the U.S. to this day.  The people who lost their lives in the tornados will never be forgotten.  Their names have been etched into the memorial at the DeKalb County Schools Coliseum. 

 

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: "As hard as it was on everyone, First Responders came together like never before and worked diligently until everyone was accounted for.  As tragic as this event was, we all tried to make something positive out of it.  We advanced our abilities to serve and assist by training and staying more prepared in the event this type event should ever happen again.  We are all family and on the same team when things like this happen, and that's what makes us all DEKALB COUNTY STRONG."

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

 

 

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