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Wanted Huntsville man captured by Interdiction Team after Pursuit

Lamaric Douglas (30 of Huntsville)

Yesterday, DeKalb County Deputies with the Criminal Interdiction team were led on a pursuit on Interstate 59.

Deputies attempted to stop Lamaric Douglas (30 of Huntsville) on Highway 117 near Hammondville for a traffic violation. Douglas refused to stop, and proceeded on to Interstate 59 in the wrong direction; traveling Southbound in the Northbound lane.

The suspect traveled a short distance at a high rate of speed before blowing a tire and wrecking on the side of the interstate. He was then apprehended after a brief foot pursuit. In his vehicle, deputies found Oxycodone and Adderall Pills, as well as digitals scales with cocaine residue.

It was later discovered that Douglas was wanted by the Huntsville Police Department and Madison County Sheriff’s Office for 11 warrants; including three felony warrants for Trafficking in Cocaine, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Felony Attempt to Elude.

Douglas earned new charges in DeKalb County of Attempting to Elude, Reckless Endangerment (2x), Resisting Arrest, Possession of Controlled Substance (2x), Drug Paraphernalia, and Criminal Littering.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the arrest: “This is a fine job by our Interdiction Team. The reckless actions of this suspect could have very well resulted in injury or death of an innocent person on the interstate.”

“Our team did a great job of apprehending this suspect with no injury to themselves or others. We were happy to bring him to justice on his existing warrants and add some new charges for his actions.”

“God Bless!” Concluded Sheriff Welden.

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Sheriff’s Office adds several new K-9 Units!

Over the last several weeks, the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office has added several new K-9 units!

The new K-9 program includes 3 new narcotics dogs and 2 tracking dogs. Two of the new drug dogs will be on the road full time, while the third narcotics dog will be used in DeKalb County and Fort Payne City Schools!

The K-9 to be used in the schools is a Lab named River, and is handled by SRO Sherry Johnson, who has years’ worth of experience in handling K-9s.

SRO Sherry Johnson and River

The other two narcotics dogs are a Dutch Shepherd (named “Switch,” handled by Sgt. Nathaniel Bates) and a Shepherd/Belgian Malinois mix (named “Dolly,” handled by Deputy Troy Fugatt). The new units will join narcotics K-9 Marianna (handled by Deputy Hunter Akins), who was the lone dog in the department before the new administration took office.

Sgt. Nathaniel Bates and Switch Deputy Troy Fugatt and Dolly Deputy Hunter Akins and Marianna

The tracking dogs are blood hounds (Moses and Alex), and will be used in missing persons cases, as well as manhunts for dangerous fugitives. Moses is handled by Deputy Seth Cagle.

Deputy Seth Cagle and Moses PIO Deputy Tyler Pruett and Alex

Alex is named after 11-year-old Amberly Alexis Barnett, who went missing and was found murdered earlier this year. Alex’s handler is PIO Deputy Tyler Pruett.

The Sheriff’s Office will also have another dog, Ari, available for tracking from McCreary K-9 Facility if needed.

Micah McCreary of McCreary K-9 Facility with Ari. 

Fort Payne City Schools Superintendent Jim Cunningham and DeKalb County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jason Barnett contributed to the new dogs, as well as Representative Nathaniel Ledbetter, Senator Steve Livingston, and Probate Judge Ronnie Osborn.

Numerous other businesses and organizations also contributed to make the new K-9 units possible. Micah McCreary of McCreary K-9 Facility also helped greatly with the training and certifications.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: “These new dogs are a great addition to our capabilities in both detecting narcotics and locating people. River will also be great in our schools. She’ll be used by an SRO who is very experienced with K-9s.”

“I’d also like to thank the citizens of our community who helped make these additional K-9s possible.

“God Bless!” Concluded Sheriff Welden.

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Man charged with Murder in fatal 2018 crash

A man was recently taken into custody regarding a fatal accident that occurred in Henagar back in 2018.

Lester Macklin (26 of Detroit, Michigan) was transported back to DeKalb County from Detroit by the U.S. Marshalls last week. Macklin is facing charges of Murder and Manslaughter.

Lester Macklin (26 of Detroit, Michigan)

Macklin was living in Sylvania at the time of the accident.

The fatal wreck occurred on May 21, 2018 at approximately 1 pm at the intersection of Highway 40 and Highway 75 in Henagar.

Macklin ran the red light while traveling northbound on Highway 75 at a high rate of speed. His vehicle struck the vehicle of Mr. Terrell Bowden of Valley Head, who was turning southbound onto Highway 75 from Highway 40.

Macklin remains in the DeKalb County Detention Center on a $500,000 bond.

The accident was investigated by the Henagar Police Department and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA).

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Several alleged meth dealers jailed this week on Sand Mountain

 

This week, the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit has seized a large amount of methamphetamine in several incidents.

Yesterday (June 28, 2019), The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit was working an area in Rainsville regarding complaints from citizens.

During a traffic stop a quarter-pound of Methamphetamine in crystal form (Ice) was found. DHR was then called to the scene due to the presence of two young children in the vehicle.

Two were arrested on scene. Delila Faye Simmons (35 of Rainsville) and Benjamin Jay McClain (36 of Etowah County) were both arrested and charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Delila Faye Simmons (35 of Rainsville) Benjamin Jay McClain (36 of Etowah County)

Early this morning at approximately 2 am, agents went to an address on County Road 139 in the Crossville area. While there, Agents of the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit, along with the Marshall County Drug Task Force and ALEA Drug Task Force discovered approximately 77 grams of methamphetamine in crystalized form that was located within the residence.

Tony DeLane Bryant (37 of Crossville), was charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was taken to DeKalb County Detention Center where he was booked on the charges and remains in custody.

Tony DeLane Bryant (37 of Crossville)

Earlier today (June 28, 2019), an officer with the Fyffe Police Department was investigating a dump truck stopped in the middle of the road. The officer checked at a nearby residence for the owner of the vehicle.

After locating the owner, he was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and scales. At this point, an agent with the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit was called.

After a search of the residence, 34 grams of methamphetamine and 78 Tramadol pills were found. Two were arrested in the case (the driver of the truck and the owner of the residence).

The truck driver, Tony Selvage (58 of Fort Payne), was charged with unlawful possession of controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. The homeowner, Jeffrey Thomas George (46 of Fyffe), was charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Controlled Substance, and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Tony Selvage (58 of Fort Payne) Jeffrey Thomas George (46 of Fyffe)

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the arrest: “Another awesome job by our Narcotics Unit this week! Ridding our communities of this poison and catching the people who supply it are the most important tasks we are faced with.”

“We’re extremely proud of this part of the sheriff’s office. These guys work tirelessly at their jobs.”

“God Bless!” Concluded Sheriff Welden.

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No “bodies” found in DeKalb County

Over the last several days, the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office has been bombarded with calls regarding “11 bodies” found in the Grove Oak Community.

No such incident has occurred that we are aware of. After checking with surrounding counties, no other agency is aware of any such incident.

If any citizen has discovered 11 bodies, please call us at (256)845-3801. We would like to discuss with them why they did not report this discovery.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the rumor: “We’re not sure where this rumor came from or who started it, but no such discovery in Grove Oak or anywhere else in DeKalb County has been reported to our office.”

“If any such incident had occurred, the matter would have been dealt with quickly and professionally, to include a release to the media,” said Welden.

“God Bless,” said Sheriff Welden.

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Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit finds over 400 grams of meth in Multi-Agency raid

Yesterday (Sunday, June 23, 2019), at around 2:30 pm the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit conducted search warrant on County Road 3 near Crossville.

The raid included DeKalb County Narcotics Unit, DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, ALEA State Drug Task Force, Marshall County Drug Task Force, Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Task Force, The Boaz Police Department, and Guntersville Police Department.

As a result of the search, over 400 grams of Methamphetamine was located at the residence.

Johnny DeWayne Croley (42 of Crossville)

Johnny DeWayne Croley (42 of Crossville) was taken to the DeKalb County Detention Center and is charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

This investigation is ongoing and further charges may be pending.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the arrest: “Very proud of our Narcotics Unit for organizing this raid and their ability to coordinate major arrests such as this with our federal partners.”

“Please keep our guys in your prayers as they work hard to rid our county of this poison that is ruining so many people’s futures,” he said.

“God Bless!” Concluded Sheriff Welden.

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DeKalb Co. Interdiction team intercepts another human smuggling operation

The individuals were from El Salvador, Ecuador, and Guatemala.

This morning, the DeKalb County Criminal Interdiction team was working the major highways and interstates within the county.

Around 10:30 am, interdiction deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle near the 218 mile marker of I-59. After searching the vehicle, ten illegal aliens were located in a vehicle.

After an initial investigation, it was determined to be a human smuggling operation. The individuals were from El Salvador, Ecuador, and Guatemala.

The Department of Homeland Security was called to the scene and the suspects were taken into Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody.

This investigation is ongoing and federal charges are pending.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: “This is another great job by our Interdiction Team. Even though we are far from the Southern Border, we can still play a role in enforcing our nation’s laws right here in DeKalb County.”

“While it may seem that they were trying to start a new life in our country, these people are exploited and taken advantage of. Some have to pay thousands of dollars to be smuggled in and are made to work for inhumane wages.”

“Again, I’d like to thank our interdiction team for another job well done. God Bless!” Concluded Sheriff Welden.

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Second suspect arrested in Pisgah kidnapping

Thursday night (June 13, 2019) an adult male was kidnapped by two suspects from the Pisgah area of Jackson County around midnight. The victim was transported to a residence on Moses Drive in Henagar.

After being assaulted and tied up, the victim was able to escape and made contact with a neighbor who called 911.

On Friday, a search warrant was obtained for the residence. Investigators with the DeKalb and Jackson County Sheriff’s Office found Methamphetamine, Marijuana, Prescription Medications, and Drug Paraphernalia during the search.

Mark Alan Byers (51 of Henagar)

One of the suspects, Mark Alan Byers (51 of Henagar), was arrested and charged with Kidnapping, Assault 2nd Degree, and Burglary in Jackson County due to the crime occurring in Pisgah. In DeKalb County, Byers faces additional charges of Possession of Controlled Substance (2x), Possession of Marijuana 1st Degree, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Byers is currently being held in the Jackson County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond.

Over the weekend, a second suspect was arrested in Georgia regarding the case.

Jerry Clayton Grider (43 of Fort Payne)

Jerry Clayton Grider (43 of Fort Payne) was taken into custody and transported to the Jackson County Detention Center. Grider is also facing charges of Kidnapping, Assault 2nd Degree, and Burglary. He is being held on a $100,000 bond.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: “I appreciate our investigators and Drug Task Force Agents working well with our Jackson County neighbors on this case. Cooperating well with neighboring counties is key.”

“This case shows just how easily major crimes can cross county lines. God Bless!” Concluded Sheriff Welden.

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Grove Oak man charged for setting house on fire

Jody Gardner (53 of Grove Oak)

Saturday night (June 15, 2019) at approximately 10 pm, a Grove Oak man was arrested after deputies responded to a house fire.

DeKalb County Deputies were dispatched to County Road 396 after it was reported that a man had set a house of a family member ablaze and had allegedly threatened responding firefighters.

Upon arriving at the scene, the deputy found the suspect lying on the ground next to the burning home. An investigator was then called to the scene.

The suspect, Jody Gardner (53 of Grove Oak) was charged with Arson 2nd Degree. Gardner is currently being held in the DeKalb County Detention Center. His bond has not yet been set at the time of this release.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: “I’d like to thank our investigator for coming out this weekend and handling this matter. Destroying property and threatening our first responders will not be tolerated.”

“God Bless!” Concluded Sheriff Welden.

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DeKalb Co. Interdiction Team makes Interstate Kratom Bust

Kratom seized last night on the Interstate

Last night (Thursday, June 14, 2019), DeKalb County Deputies interrupted a Kratom trafficking operation on Interstate 59.

A Deputy conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle at approximately 8 pm. During the stop, it was noticed that an open container of alcohol was inside the vehicle.

After a search, Deputies found over 6 ounces of the banned substance Kratom. 62 illegally possessed Vyvanse pills (Schedule 2 Narcotic), drug paraphernalia, and marijuana were also found. After an investigation, it was determined the narcotics were headed from Texas to New York.

The driver, Christopher Bailey (34 of Round Rock, Texas) was charged with Trafficking in Any Illegal Drug, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Open Container. The passenger, Patrick Tisdale (35 of Austin,Texas) was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana 2nd, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Open Container.

Christopher Bailey (34 of Round Rock, Texas) Patrick Tisdale (35 of Austin,Texas)

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: “I commend these deputies on their hard work on the interstate. I-59 is a pipeline for illegal narcotics traveling north through our county.”

“These stops are a great way we can make an impact not only for our county, but also in other parts of the country.”

“God Bless!” Concluded Sheriff Welden.

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