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Thirty Arrested During Friday Night’s Saturation

On Friday night, January 19th, DeKalb County Deputies, Investigators, and Drug Task Force, with the help of several other law enforcement agencies, conducted a saturation of the Kilpatrick area.

30 arrests were made as a result of traffic stops and warrants served until the early morning hours. The charges ranged from possession of controlled substances to driving while under the influence.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said: “This is a much needed tactic for law enforcement in this county. Visibility is a deterrent for crime and we plan to continue these saturation operations across the entire county.”

“I would like to thank all our deputies and the assisting agencies, which included the Cullman Police Department, Leesburg Police Department, Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, Crossville Police Department, Boaz Police Department, and State Bureau of Investigations,” said Welden.

“We’ll be coming to a town near you! God Bless!” Welden concluded.

Amber Leigh McKenzie (32 of Albertville)

- Possession of Controlled Substance - Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
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Michael Shawn Mitchell (37 of Fort Payne) (No mugshot Available)

- Outstanding Warrant for Failure to Appear

Jerry Lee Ellis Jr. (35 of Boaz)

- Possession of Controlled Substance - Drug Paraphernalia

Jesse Manuel Felipe (20 of Painter)

- Minor Serving/In Possession of Alchohol - Unlawful Possession of Prohibited Beverage

Robert Wayne Gladden (56 of Centre)

- Alcohol Possession/Open Container

Steven Allen Haynes (47 of Albertville)

- Outstanding Warrant for Failure to Appear

Jose Guadalupe Hernandez (19 of Crossville)

- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia - Minor in Possession of Alcohol

Christy Terrell Higgins (39 of Fyffe)

- Failure to Comply - Outstanding Warrant with the Rainsville Police Department

Jasmine Amber Kelley (29 of Fyffe)

- Failure to Comply

Steven Shane McDowell (42 of Boaz)

- Of Marijuana 2nd - Drug Paraphernalia - Failure to Appear - Failure to Appear

Brett Allan McGlaughan (24 of Glencoe)

- Possession of Controlled Substance

Dakota Lee Mooneyham (22 of Boaz)

- Drug Paraphernalia - Possession of Marijuana 2nd - Public Intoxication

Le Duan Morales-Villaurrutia (40 of Attalla)

- DUI (Alcohol)

Jessie Dewayne Murdock (27 of Albertville)

- Drug Paraphernalia - Possession of Marijuana 2nd

Alisha Jill Otinger (27 of Sylvania)

- Failure to Comply

Faith Angelic Randolph (24 of Fyffe)

- Possession of Marijuana 2nd - Drug Paraphernalia

Austin David Baker Samuel (18 of Dalton, Ga)

- Use False ID to Obstruct Justice - Public Intoxication - Resisting Arrest - Attempting to Elude Police

Sherman Francis Sligh (28 of Virginia)

- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia - Attempting to Elude

Shannon Leon Smith (40 of Crossville)

- Possession of Controlled Substance - Drug Paraphernalia

Brandy Michelle Speer (36 of Gaylesville)

- Public Intoxication

Jason William Townson (37 of Section)

- Drug Paraphernalia - Possession of Controlled Substance

Jesse Elbert Whiting (26 of Albertville)

- Unlawful Possession of Prohibited Beverage

Sonya Slaton Whitten (46 of Albertville)

- Possession of Marijuana 2nd - Drug Paraphernalia

Dennis Lamar Adams (49 of Section)

- Distribution of Controlled Substance - Drug Paraphernalia

Rodney Wayne Allen (43 of Horton)

- Failure to Comply

Elvis Lee Burns (53 of Rainsville)

- Distribution of Controlled Substance - Drug Paraphernalia

Bryan Dwight Cooper (45 of Rainsville)

- Non-Payment of Child Support (x3)

Cory Jacob Daniel (27 of Guntersville)

- Possession of Marijuana, 2nd Degree - Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

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Fatality Confirmed in Late Night House Fire

A death occurred in an early morning house fire on County Road 74 in the Mount Vernon Community.

The fire was reported at approximately 2:30 am. There were three occupants in the house. Two of the residents made it out alive, while a third was found deceased. The Sand Rock, Dogtown, Tucker's Chapel, and Leesburg Fire Departments responded, along with the DeKalb County and Cherokee County Sheriff’s Offices.  

The victim has been identified as Wilma Green Dover, 75 of Sand Rock.

The residence was situated on the DeKalb /Cherokee County line, and is currently being investigated by both Sheriff’s Offices as well as the State Fire Marshall. No foul play is suspected at this time.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: “This is a tragic event and our department has this family in our prayers as they try to cope with this tragedy.”

“I encourage everyone to pray for this family and come together in support of their needs,” he continued.

“I also want to thank Sand Rock, Dogtown, Tucker's Chapel, and Leesburg Fire Departments for assisting, as well as the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and the State Fire Marshall,” said Welden.

“God Bless,” concluded Sheriff Welden.

Meth found in Fort Payne

At approximately 10:30 pm, on the night of January 15th, DeKalb County Drug Task Force agents along with the Fort Payne Police Department executed a search warrant located at 708 Grand Avenue NW in Fort Payne.

Verlon Deaver Jr. (64 of Chattanooga, TN), Perry White (59 of Fort Payne), Verna Campbell (44 of Soddy Daisy, Tennessee), and Steven Caneer (39 of Fort Payne) were detained on scene. After the search of the residence was complete, Methamphetamine was discovered, as well as assorted paraphernalia.

Deaver was charged with a Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Loitering in a Drug House.

White, Campbell, and Canner were all charged with Loitering in a Drug House.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the arrests: “It is great to see our Drug Task Force agents working hard and getting this poison off our streets and away from our children.”

“I’m very proud of our officers, the hard work being put in, and the working cooperation with our towns,” Welden continued.  

“As always, God Bless!” he concluded.

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Student Caught at Sylvania with Marijuana

A 17-year-old male was caught with a small amount of marijuana in the classroom at Sylvania School on Monday, January 14th.

The student in question was a senior at Sylvania School. Charges and punishment have not yet been determined. Due to the student’s juvenile status, his identity will not be released.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: “Narcotics have no place in our schools. This incident highlights the importance of having a School Resource Office in our schools.”

“Having law enforcement present to work with educators when these situations arise is a great deterrent to drug use on school grounds,” he said.

“God Bless,” concluded Welden.  

Missing Sylvania Juvenile Located

Earlier today, Investigators with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office located the 17-year-old missing female from Sylvania.

The juvenile was located and found to be safe. No foul play is suspected. Due to the age of the subject and to respect the right to privacy of the family, no more information will be released at this time.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden stated on the matter: “I am extremely proud of the hard work put in by our Investigators to handle this matter in a quick and professional manner!”

“They definitely went above and beyond in this case,” continued Welden. “Many long hours, combined with strong willed determination is exactly why this child was located.”

“This case involved cooperation with several other states. In the end cooperation was key,” he said.

“The family has since made contact with their child. They request their privacy be respected in this situation,” said Welden.

“As always, God Bless!” Sheriff Welden concluded.

PHONE SCAM ALERT: New scam impersonates Sheriff’s Office

A new scam is targeting citizens in the DeKalb County area, and is impersonating the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office.

Approximately 4 pm today, the Sheriff’s Office was notified by a concerned citizen that she was contacted by a “Deputy Farley” who claimed to be with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO). The deputy informed her that he had a warrant for her arrest, and that she must pay $2000 to avoid arrest.

No person is employed with the DCSO by the name “Farley” and our office would never contact residents by phone demanding money in regards to arrest warrants. The number used to contact the citizen was (256)849-2984 and this number was given to contact to make payments.

When called, the number has a very convincing automated menu that even references the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the scam: “This is simply an act by people who have worked hard to try and take away what our good citizens have worked hard for. We will respond by working even harder to make sure this doesn’t happen by pursuing these scams and holding folks accountable for their ruthless actions!”

“Please avoid giving these type of scams any information that could get you caught up in the middle of an illegal scam,” continued Welden. “Feel free to contact our office in any event you have questionable calls and remember we would never call you demanding money.”

“Be aware of the questions being asked and look beyond the norm. Ask yourself for example, ‘is this an attempt to draw me away from home?’” said Welden.

“Be Safe and God Bless!” Nick Welden.

Students Caught with Alcohol at Crossville Middle School

On Tuesday, January 8th, several juvenile females were caught at Crossville Middle School with alcohol in their possession.

The Assistant Principal notified the School Resource Officer (SRO) of students with possible alcohol in their possession. The prohibited beverage was allegedly brought to school by one student for them to consume during break.

A teacher then observed the students in question passing around a water bottle in the break area. After checking the contents and the students’ breath, it was determined to be alcohol.

Three of the students in question were age 12, while the fourth had just turned 13. The students were suspended by the DeKalb County Board of Education pending a hearing.

DeKalb County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jason Barnett said of the incident, “We appreciate the diligence of the School Resource Officer and the working partnership we have with the Sheriff’s Office to keep our schools safe.”

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said, “I greatly appreciate the quick and professional response from the school resource officer, as well as the faculty at Crossville Middle School.”

“In today’s time, being observant of unusual activity at our schools is a top priority. That is why we try to employ the most professional people to these positions in our schools. God Bless,” said Sheriff Welden.

Several Arrested Over the Weekend

MEDIA RELEASE

 

For Immediate release                                       August 27, 2018

 

                    Several Arrested Over the Weekend

 

Sheriff Jimmy Harris states as follows:

 

 

            The DeKalb County Drug and Major Crimes Unit, Deputies, Investigators and Fort Payne Police Department have been investigating several different individual over the past few months. On Friday afternoon, August 24th, a search warrant was obtained for a resident on County Road 122 in Fort Payne. The DeKalb County Deputies, Drug and Major Crimes Unit, Investigators, and Fort Payne Police Officers arrived at the residence to execute the search warrant the same day. While executing the search warrant they found drugs and stolen items.

 

            As a result of the search 6 individuals were arrested: Rickey Lionel Rogers, Jr., 35 of Fort Payne, Dale Lee Johnson, 55 of Geraldine, and Michael James Little, 47 of Henagar were charged with Receiving Stolen Property 2nd, Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Marijuana 2nd, Lisa Marie Rogers, 56 of Fort Payne and Timothy Wayne Smith, 46 of Fort Payne were both charged with Receiving Stolen Property 2nd, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Controlled Substance, and Shannon Dewayne Seabolt, 40 Fort Payne, was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Receiving Stolen Property 2nd.

           

            Chief Deputy Edmondson says “This has been a combined effort between the DeKalb County Drug and Major Crimes Unit, Deputies, Investigators and the Fort Payne Police Department. They have been working diligently on this investigation for several months now and has done an outstanding job.”

            

Dale Lee Johnson    Lisa Marie Rogers   Michael James Little

 

                 

Rickey Rogers Jr.     Shannon Seabolt     Timothy Smith

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Man arrested for capital murder

MEDIA RELEASE

 

For Immediate lease                                             August 9, 2018

 

Man arrested for capital murder

 

Sheriff Jimmy Harris states as follows:

 

 

            On August 8, 2018 investigators with DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office travelled to Cobb County Georgia after receiving a tip that Noe Mateo was in their jurisdiction. The DeKalb County Grand Jury issued an indictment on the same day for Mateo for the charge of capital murder. The charge stems from the death of a child on February 21, 2017. At the time of the murder, Noe Mateo, 24, resided in Crossville in the same home as the victim. Mateo is a relative of the child as well. Mateo is currently in custody in Georgia and will be extradited back to DeKalb County as soon as possible where he will be held without bond.

            Sheriff Harris says “I’m proud of the job our investigators have done over the course of this case. They have worked the case tirelessly, spending many hours interviewing people and looking over evidence, to bring it to a close for justice for the child. We continue to pray for this family as they grieve.”

Noe Mateo

 

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Woman Arrested for Trafficking Drugs

MEDIA RELEASE

 

For Immediate lease                                              August 8, 2018

 

                       Woman Arrested for Trafficking Drugs

 

Sheriff Jimmy Harris states as follows:

 

 

            On the date of August 7th a DeKalb County Deputy pulled over a vehicle for a traffic violation at the intersection of County Road 3 and Highway 75. When the Deputy approached the vehicle to talk to the driver Patti Kim Murphy, 61 of Albertville she seemed nervous. The Deputy asked if she had any illegal drugs or weapons inside the vehicle and she stated no. At which time an Albertville Officer and his K-9 came to assist. The K-9 alerted on the driver’s side door and on the inside of the vehicle. A search of the vehicle was conducted and as a result approximately 113 grams of methamphetamine and a syringe was found. Murphy was arrested and charged with trafficking any illegal drug and drug paraphernalia.

            Sheriff Harris says “Thanks to the Deputy for being attentive and the assistance of the Albertville Officer and his K-9 we were able to get this individual and drugs off the streets.”

Patti Kim Murphy

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