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Arrests made in multiple burglaries in DeKalb Co. and across North Alabama

DeKalb County Investigators, with the help of the East Metro Area Crime Center (EMACC), U.S. Marshalls, ATF, Bessemer Police Department, and the Birmingham Police Department have recently been able to file charges in a string of burglaries in DeKalb County as well as a robbery in Dawson. The investigation has uncovered burglaries in multiple Alabama counties, as well as Mississippi.

The investigation began on September 19th, 2019 at approximately 2 pm when a mother and daughter on County Road 49 (Dawson Community) came home to find two black males in a white Z71 Chevrolet Tahoe in the process of breaking into their home.

Both were tied up, and the thieves took electronics from the home before making a getaway. After about 30 minutes, they were able to free themselves and alerted a neighbor, who called the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office.

With the technological help of the EMACC, DeKalb Co. Investigators were able to determine that the perpetrators traveled back to Birmingham after the robbery. Surveillance photos of the suspects were obtained from a convenience store in the Birmingham area. The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office had entered into a partnership with the EMACC back in early summer, which is run by the Oxford Police Department and provides technology-based assistance to law enforcement agencies.

While the investigation was underway, several other burglaries occurred in Fort Payne, Dawson, Crossville, and Henagar that investigators and the EMACC were able to link to the original robbery.

In mid-December, while Investigators were still working the case, stolen firearms from these burglaries began to appear in Birmingham area pawn shops. Working with the Bessemer Police Department, DeKalb County Investigators were able to charge Jamicheal Billingsley (22 of Bessemer) on charges of Burglary 3rd Degree (x2), Theft of Property 1st Degree, and Theft of Property 2nd Degree. Billingsley is still being held in the DeKalb County Detention Center.


Jamicheal Billingsley (22 of Bessemer)

On January 3rd, DeKalb County Investigators conducted a search warrant with the Birmingham Police Department and ATF agents on Carver Avenue in the Grasselli Heights area of Birmingham.

Scene on Carver Avenue in Birmingham where DCSO Investigators, Birmingham PD, and ATF Agents found numerous stolen items. 

At the residence, investigators found a large amount of stolen items from multiple Alabama counties. Several stolen firearms and jewelry were traced back to thefts in Cleburne, Marshall, Talladega, Lawrence, and Chilton Counties. One firearm had even been stolen from Meridian, Mississippi.

Electronics and other personal items found at the home were traced to DeKalb and Marshall County burglaries.

Some of the stolen items recovered in Birmingham.

After conducting the search warrant, DeKalb County Investigators were able to obtain warrants of Burglary 2nd Degree, Burglary 3rd Degree, and Robbery 2nd Degree for Darius Hill (32 of Birmingham).

Darius Hill (32 of Birmingham)

On Thursday, February 13th, agents with the U.S. Marshalls were able to capture Hill in Birmingham. He was transported to the DeKalb County Detention Center where he remains on a $50,000 cash bond.

Federal charges will be pending on Hill as the investigation continues. The suspect also has charges pending in Chilton, Talladega, Marshall, and Lawrence Counties.

More arrests are expected to follow as the investigation continues. 

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the investigation: "This investigation required many hours of work by our investigators. They were relentless in pursuing these thieves, and kept pushing forward even when they came to dead ends. This should send a clear message to criminals that come to DeKalb County to commit crimes: You may get away, but we'll never stop pursuing you until you're back here in our jail."

"These suspects were using our interstate system to commit burglaries in different areas of the state, which is something we're seeing more and more of. Criminals have more technology at their fingertips than ever to help them do this, such as up-to-date maps on smart phones," said Welden.  

"It's important as law enforcement that we evolve and use advances in technology to catch these criminals. That is where the EMACC comes in. Their data gathering and ability to help share information with other agencies were crucial in finding these suspects. The close cooperation with the ATF and Birmingham area agencies also aided greatly," he said.

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.  

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Crossville man arrested for sexual abuse of a child

Russell Banks (31 of Crossville)

A 31-year-old Crossville man is in jail after being arrested for sexually abusing a child.

The investigation began after DeKalb County Sheriff's Office investigators were contacted by officials at Crossville Middle School after inappropriate touching by a family member was reported by a student.

The students had just attended a sexual abuse prevention presentation by the Family Services of North Alabama. After the presentation, a student came forward to report inappropriate behavior by a family member.

After the DCSO interviewed the suspect and conducted a thorough investigation, Russell Banks (31 of Crossville) was arrested yesterday (February 13, 2020) and charged with Sexual Abuse of a Child Less than 12. Banks is currently being held in the DeKalb County Detention Center and bond has not yet been set.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the case: "This is a great job by our investigative team in quickly resolving this case. Our utmost priority will always be protecting the children of our county."

"I'd also like to thank Family Services of North Alabama for doing what they do. Having organizations like them active in our schools is a great resource for our investigators and crucial for protecting our children," he said.

"If it wasn't for educating our young people, some might not realize that this behavior is not ok. This gives us the opportunity to stop it before it turns in to something worse," said the sheriff.

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

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Multiple Drug Arrests made at the end January, including one for Heroin

The Narcotics & Interdiction Unit has made multiple arrests and assisted local departments with several drug cases over the last couple of weeks, including one involving heroin.

On Tuesday, January 21st Henagar Police Officers went to a residence to serve a warrant. While at the residence, they made contact with a Joshua Dakota Whitmire (22 of Rainsville). Whitmire was found to have active warrants. Syringes and heroin were discovered in the suspect's vehicle. The Narcotics Unit was then contacted and assisted with the case.  

Whitmire was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Joshua Dakota Whitmire (22 of Rainsville)

On the same day, DeKalb County Deputies and Narcotics Agents conducted a traffic stop on County Road 121. During the stop, a search of the vehicle was conducted and methamphetamine as well as drug paraphernalia was discovered.

April Herndon (44 of Pisgah) was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

April Herndon (44 of Pisgah)

Later on the 21st, Narcotics Agents with the assistance of DeKalb County Deputies, went to a residence on County Road 570 near Sylvania after complaints of drug activity. After a search of the residence, marijuana was found. Michael Clark (64 of Rainsville) was arrested for Possession of Marijuana 1st Degree and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Michael Clark (64 of Rainsville)

Later in the night, Interdiction and Narcotics Agents as well as DeKalb County Deputies, conducted a traffic stop in the Powell area. During the stop, a search of the vehicle was conducted, resulting in a seizure of synthetic marijuana and assorted drug paraphernalia.

Priscilla Spradling (37 of Cedar Bluff) was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Priscilla Spradling (37 of Cedar Bluff)

On the same night, Narcotics Agents conducted a traffic stop on County Road 51. During the stop, agents observed the driver of the vehicle toss an item. Agents recovered the item, which was identified as a bag of methamphetamine. Eric Gant (22 of Fort Payne) was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Eric Gant (22 of Fort Payne)

Later on, agents and deputies went to County Road 354 in the Collinsville area to serve a warrant on Jesus Lopez Morales (49 of Collinsville) for Trafficking in Marijuana. While there, agents learned that Morales had re-entered the United States illegally after being deported for his previous crimes. Morales was also found to be in possession of a firearm. He was arrested on the existing warrant for Trafficking in Marijuana and also charged with Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Jesus Lopez Morales (49 of Collinsville)

On Sunday, January 26th, after a pursuit occurred, agents were called to assist on the scene due to arresting officers finding methamphetamine and marijuana. Leah Wendy Wilbanks (42 of Fort Payne) had been taken into custody as a result of the pursuit. She was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Marijuana 2nd Degree, and Attempting to Elude.

Leah Wendy Wilbanks (42 of Fort Payne)

On Tuesday, January 28th, Alabama State Troopers were conducting a driver's license checkpoint, when Brian Maloy (49 of Altoona, Al.) was checked. It was found that he had an outstanding warrant with Etowah County. During his arrest, Maloy was found to be in possession of marijuana and methamphetamine. He received additional charges with DeKalb County of Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia after Narcotics Agents were called to assist with the case.

Brian Maloy (49 of Altoona, Al.)

Also on the 28th, Deputies stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. During the stop a K-9 was deployed. After a positive indication, a search of the vehicle revealed marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Tounya Williams (56 of Albertville) was arrested and charged with Marijuana 1st Degree and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Tounya Williams (56 of Albertville)

Later on the same day, the Narcotics unit conducted a search warrant on County Road 610. During the search, methamphetamine and marijuana was discovered. Lonnie Douglas Tinker (58 of Fort Payne) and Sarah Catherine English (35 of Fort Payne) were arrested at the residence. Both were charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Lonnie Douglas Tinker (58 of Fort Payne) Sarah Catherine English (35 of Fort Payne)

On Thursday, January 30th, Agents were on I-59 when a Be-On-the-Lookout (BOLO) was received regarding a motorcycle from outside agencies. The motorcycle passed agents who attempted to conduct a traffic stop, resulting in a pursuit that started at the 222 mile marker in Fort Payne and ended on US Highway 11 in Dade County.

Timothy Kerr (24 of Boaz) wrecked the motorcycle and emergency medical services was called. Kerr was transported to Erlanger Medical Center for treatment of his injuries caused by the wreck.

Timothy Kerr (24 of Boaz)

On same day, the Narcotics Unit was contacted by the Ider Police Department. Marijuana and Suboxone was located within a vehicle that had been stopped. Carl Standifer (45 of Gadsden) was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Marijuana 2nd Degree.

Carl Standifer (45 of Gadsden)

On Saturday, February 1st, Interdiction Agents made a traffic stop on Highway 75. After a search of the vehicle, Methamphetamine was found. Ashley Pittman (28 of Crossville) was arrested for Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She later received a charge of Promoting Prison Contraband after trying to get methamphetamine into the jail.

Ashley Pittman (28 of Crossville)

On the same day, a traffic stop was conducted by DeKalb County Deputies on County Road 23 near the Whiton Community. During the stop, deputies searched the vehicle, finding drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine. Manuel Diaz (34 of Boaz) was arrested and Charged with Possession of Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Manuel Diaz (34 of Boaz)

On February 2nd, DeKalb Co. Deputies stopped a vehicle in Rainsville. After a search of the vehicle, synthetic marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found. Taylor Flanagan (18 of Fackler, Al.) and Enrique Olivas (18 of Rainsville) were both arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Olivas was charged with Promoting Prison Contraband 2nd Degree after spice was found when he was being booked into the jail.  

Taylor Flanagan (18 of Fackler, Al.) Enrique Olivas (18 of Rainsville)

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said: "We're glad to get these narcotics off the streets and to assist our local departments in their efforts to make our county safer. Our agents fill the vital role of assisting our local departments with filing the appropriate charges and identifying the type of narcotics located."

"It's also disturbing that we gradually are finding more and more heroin. This drug is highly addictive and leads to many overdose deaths across the country. It's important that we work hard to keep this out of our county," he said.

"God Bless!" Sheriff Welden concluded.

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3 Arrested after attempted Break-in

Three are in custody after attempting to break-in to a business in Rainsville and attempting to elude DeKalb County Deputies.

At approximately 8 pm last night, a Deputy observed a vehicle traveling down Highway 35 at a high rate of speed and weaving in and out of traffic. When the deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, it continued on at a high rate of speed.

Additional deputies and Fort Payne Officers were awaiting for the vehicle at the Fort Payne City Limits. When the vehicle passed Walmart, the suspects pulled into the Alabama Crossings parking lot. They then fled on foot into the wooded area behind the Landers McLarty Ford Dealership.

All three suspects were quickly apprehended by deputies and officers. After inventorying the vehicle, deputies found illegal prescription pills. After the chase had concluded, Deputies were notified that the Rainsville Police Department had received a report that the suspects in question were caught by the owner attempting to break in to Monarch Carpet on Highway 75.

The driver, Antonio Headspeth (31 of Atlanta, Georgia), was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Reckless Endangerment (x2), Attempt to Elude (x2), and multiple traffic citations.

Antonio Headspeth (31 of Atlanta, Georgia)

The passengers, Derrick Headspeth (31 of Shefield, Alabama), and Deangelo Wright (22 of Atlanta, Georgia) were charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Attempt to Elude.

Derrick Headspeth (31 of Shefield, Alabama) Deangelo Wright (22 of Atlanta, Georgia)

Further charges are pending as the Rainsville Police Department is investigating the attempted burglary.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said: "Our deputies did a great job at apprehending these suspects. They quickly put a plan into place as soon as the pursuit started, and left the suspect with nowhere to hide."

"As we have an interstate and major highways passing through our county, we frequently have people from several counties away or even other states stop in and commit crimes. These suspects see us as an easy target that they can just hit a business or residence and quickly get away. Proactive law enforcement work makes it difficult for them to commit these crimes and get away with it," he said. "We want it to be known that DeKalb County isn't an easy target."

"I'd also like to ask our citizens to be alert and notify the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office or their local agency if they spot individuals not from here behaving suspiciously," said the Sheriff.

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

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Chase ends in Suicide near Hammondville

This morning, at approximately 8 am, a pursuit began in Fort Payne that ended in a suicide on Bethel Road near Hammondville.

The chase stemmed from a domestic incident that occurred last night in Fort Payne. The suspect fled the scene before officers arrived. A Be-On-The-Lookout (BOLO) was issued for the suspect.

At approximately 8 am this morning, the suspect was spotted by law enforcement on Hiawatha Drive in Fort Payne. When officers attempted to stop the vehicle, the suspect led officers and deputies on a chase to Hammondville.

The vehicle eventually stopped on Bethel Road. After a brief standoff with deputies and officers, the suspect committed suicide.

Due to this case being a suicide and out of respect for the family, we will not be releasing the identity of the individual.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said: "We are deeply saddened by this incident. We ask the community to wrap this family with your support and prayers in this difficult time."

"I want to commend our deputies who were involved in this incident for performing their job with professionalism and compassion. Part of the weight of the badge is witnessing and dealing with unspeakable tragedy," he said.

"God Bless." Concluded Sheriff Welden.

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Two Motorcycle Chases in One Night

Last night, DeKalb County Deputies were involved in two different high speed pursuits with suspects on motorcycles. Both suspects were taken into custody and a Reserve Deputy was injured.

The first chase began when a deputy attempted to stop a motorcycle on Adamsburg Road (County Road 78) at approximately 8 pm near Fort Payne for a traffic violation. When the deputy activated his blue lights and sirens, the suspect accelerated to a high rate of speed. The bike traveled down County Road 78 at speeds around 120 mph.

The suspect then turned on to County Road 255 (near Adamsburg Community Church) and then onto County Road 465, before pulling into a residence. The suspect then actively resisted arrest.

The suspect, Ricky Esslinger (26 of Fort Payne) was arrested and charged with Attempting to Elude, Resisting Arrest, Reckless Endangerment, Reckless Driving, Speeding, Improper Lights, Driving While Suspended, and Operating a Vehicle Without Insurance.

Ricky Esslinger (26 of Fort Payne)

The second chase occurred at approximately 12:30 am when a deputy observed a motorcycle turn on County Road 52 from Highway 75 (near Geraldine) and almost wreck. When the deputy attempted to stop the suspect, he accelerated at a high rate of speed, eventually turning on to Highway 227 and then on to County Road 36.

The vehicle pulled into the parking lot of the Geraldine Fire Department, but would turn around and charge the patrol vehicle, nearly ramming it. The suspect lost control on County Road 36 near Geraldine School, but would get back up again, get back on the bike, and nearly run over a deputy.

After again losing control of the bike, the suspect then attempted to flee on foot and was apprehended after resisting.

During the incident, a Reserve Deputy received a concussion, bruised ribs, and sprained wrist while attempting to make the arrest. He was transported by DeKalb Ambulance Service (DAS) to DeKalb Regional Medical Center and was released this morning.

After placing the suspect in custody, deputies recovered methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.

Clinton Wade Cofield (41 of Geraldine) was charged with Attempting to Elude, Resisting Arrest, Reckless Endangerment (x2), Assault 2nd Degree, Assault 3rd Degree, DUI (Controlled Substances), Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana 1st Degree, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Clinton Wade Cofield (41 of Geraldine)

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incidents: "I'm glad we were able to get both of these suspects into custody. Their reckless behavior could have resulted in one of our deputies or an innocent civilian being seriously hurt or killed."

"I'm also glad that our Reserve Deputy wasn't more seriously hurt. We wish him a speedy recovery. Our Reserve Deputies are a dedicated group of guys and girls that ride with our deputies and ensure they don't face these dangerous situations alone," he said.

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

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Several Scams targeting DeKalb County Elderly

Over the last few weeks, the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office has dealt with several incidents of telephone scams targeting senior citizens.

In one instance, a local senior citizen in the Sylvania area was contacted by someone claiming to be her grandson. The individual convinced her he had been in a traffic accident in Florida. As he was at fault in the accident, he put the woman on the phone with another male that identified as his attorney. He also insisted that the woman not contact his parents, as he did not want them to know he was in trouble.

The "attorney" told the woman that she must send him $6500 in cash to an address in Kissimmee, Florida in order for her grandson to avoid being placed in jail. The victim promptly withdrew the cash, and sent the money to the address. The individual even instructed the woman to put the money in two separate envelopes and place them in a larger padded envelope.

Fortunately, the money was intercepted by the postal service before reaching the scammers.

In another case, a woman in the Powell area was contacted by a New York phone number stating that she had won $2,500,000 and a new Mercedes from Publisher's Clearing House. The caller stated that the victim must send $1099.50 to pay the taxes up front before the team can come out to her home and present the winnings.

The victim asked the caller to send additional proof of the winnings, and she was emailed fake documentation. The victim was then asked to mail a check to an address in Brooklyn, New York for the taxes. After mailing the check, the victim became suspicious and canceled the check before it arrived.

It's important to remember if you are contacted by one of these scammers, that no one will legitimately request you to mail or ship cash. Such an act is illegal. If you are contacted by anyone claiming that a loved one is in trouble, please try and contact your loved one or someone close to them to verify it. If you cannot verify it, contact our office at (256)845-3801 and we will attempt to verify it.

Also, if you win any prize or contest, the company issuing the prize will never ask for tax payment up front. Publisher's Clearing House will also come to your house and present your winnings. No payment is necessary before this takes place.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said: "It's unfortunate that these scammers have nothing better to do than try to earn a living by swindling others out of their hard earned money. If you are contacted by someone suspicious, please verify before sending them anything."

"If you can't verify it, please contact our office and we will try to verify that your loved one is alright. These scammers continue these schemes due to them paying off. Even if they call 500 a day, and only 10 victims fall for it, that still can net them $10,000 in one day," he said.

"God Bless!" Said Sheriff Welden.

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Another 36 jailed by the Narcotics and Interdiction Team

Our Narcotics and Interdiction Team have continued working hard into 2020. Another 36 have been arrested and charged since the New Year's Holiday.

On Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 Richard Conrad Reed (42 of Fort Payne), along with Elizabeth Mayo (34 of Collinsville) were stopped by agents on County Road 121 for traffic offenses. During the stop, agents were advised that Reed had warrants for possession of a controlled substance with the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office and Mayo had warrants with an outside agency. Both were arrested and taken to jail on the warrants.

Richard Conrad Reed (42 of Fort Payne) Elizabeth Mayo (34 of Collinsville)

Later on the same day, agents stopped a vehicle on County Road 743. After a search of the vehicle, methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia were discovered. Jeremiah Morgan Millican (28 of Henagar) was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled substance, Possession of Marijuana 1st Degree, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Jeremiah Morgan Millican (28 of Henagar)

On Sunday, January 5th, while deputies were working traffic enforcement duties, a vehicle was stopped on County Road 179. During the stop, Deputies searched the vehicle. Approximately 18 grams of methamphetamine, a pistol, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.

Bradley Ray Watwood (37 of Boaz), was arrested and charged with Possession with intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, Carrying a Pistol without a Permit, Possession of Marijuana 1st Degree, and Drug Paraphernalia.

Bradley Ray Watwood (37 of Boaz)

On Tuesday, January 7th, Deputies and the Crossville PD, as well as Geraldine PD responded to a domestic dispute. While at the residence, officers discovered marijuana growing within the residence. The Narcotics unit was contacted and responded to the scene. Justin Baker (31 of Crossville) and Courtney Baker (24 of Crossville) were both charged with Possession of Marijuana in the 1st Degree. Justin Baker was also charged with Interfering with an Emergency Call.

Justin Baker (31 of Crossville) Courtney Baker (24 of Crossville)

Later the same day, while working traffic in high crime areas, Interdiction Agents attempted to stop a vehicle for a speeding violation. The vehicle failed to stop, leading agents in a pursuit on County Road 141, ending with the suspect wrecking on Jackson County Road 78. Henagar PD, DCSO Deputies, and Jackson County Narcotics responded to assist.

The driver was identified as Mark Summerford (No mugshot available. Subject received charges in Jackson County). Summerford was transported to the hospital for injuries due to the accident. Warrants were obtained for Summerford for Attempting to Elude, Reckless Endangerment, as well as several traffic infractions. Also, warrants were obtained for Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance and Drug Paraphernalia after methamphetamine was discovered in the vehicle.

On Wednesday, January 8th, agents assisted the U.S. Marshall Service in the apprehension of two fugitives out of Tennessee at Walmart in Fort Payne. During the arrest, drug paraphernalia was located. Sonya Sneed (50 of Sale Creek, TN) and Hannah Hawk (27 of Sale Creek, TN) were both arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia as well as Warrants for Theft and Burglary out of Tennessee and Georgia.

Sonya Sneed (50 of Sale Creek, TN) Hannah Hawk (27 of Sale Creek, TN)

On Thursday, January 9, 2020, Agents conducted a traffic stop on Highway 35 near Powell. During the stop, agents detected an open alcoholic beverage within the vehicle. Kara Leah Valentine Fernandez (42 of Valley Head) and Iasias Luna-Gonzalez (43 of Cedar Bluff) were both arrested and charged with illegal possession of an alcoholic beverage/open container violation.

Kara Leah Valentine Fernandez (42 of Valley Head) Iasias Luna-Gonzalez (43 of Cedar Bluff)

On Friday, January 10th, a traffic stop was made on Highway 35 in Powell and marijuana was found inside the vehicle. Clarence Hawkins (40 of Valley Head) was charged with Possession of Marijuana 2nd Degree and Drug Paraphernalia.

Clarence Hawkins (40 of Valley Head)

Later on the same day, Narcotics Agents conducted a traffic stop on Wade Street in Rainsville. During the stop agents found Methamphetamine, Marijuana, and Drug Paraphernalia. Arrested were Mandrian Smith (41 of Flat Rock), Kenneth Knight (32 of Center Point), April Wallace (32 of Fort Payne), and Paul Poe (33 of Rainsville). All were charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Mandrian Smith (41 of Flat Rock) Kenneth Knight (32 of Center Point) April Wallace (32 of Fort Payne) Paul Poe (33 of Rainsville)


On Saturday, January 11th, an Ider Officer Conducted a traffic stop on Highway 75 south. During the stop officers found 18 grams of methamphetamine, 21 grams of marijuana, assorted illegal pills, and drug paraphernalia. The narcotics unit was notified and responded to the scene.

Bridget Mosher (29 of Flat Rock) and Joshua Johnson (39 of Flat Rock) were arrested and charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute, Marijuana 1st Degree, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. While working the scene with Ider, agents received a call from the Fyffe Police Department advising that they had conducted a traffic stop during which methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia was discovered.

Bridget Mosher (29 of Flat Rock) Joshua Johnson (39 of Flat Rock)

Agents responded to Fyffe, took possession of evidence, and placed John McClendon (49 of Fyffe) under arrest for Possession of Controlled Substance and Drug Paraphernalia.

John McClendon (49 of Fyffe)

On Monday, January 13th, agents, investigators, and deputies arrested 11 individuals and seized 25 pounds of marijuana in Powell. The operation was covered in an earlier release.

On Thursday, January 16th, after receiving narcotics tips, deputies and agents conducted a traffic stop on James Bodiford (42 of Flat Rock). During the stop it was found that the suspect was in possession of methamphetamine and had an active warrant for Extortion 2nd Degree. Wendy Bodiford (37 of Fort Payne) was also placed under arrest for Obstructing Governmental Operations.

James Bodiford (42 of Flat Rock) Wendy Bodiford (37 of Fort Payne)

Later on the same day, narcotics agents and an Alabama state trooper conducted a traffic stop on Palmer Road in Hammondville. During the stop, law enforcement officers discovered Zachary Tyler Croft (25 of Sylvania) to have outstanding warrants for drug offenses.

Zachary Tyler Croft (25 of Sylvania)

Later in the night, interdiction agents stopped a vehicle on U.S. Highway 11. During the stop, it was advised that the driver of the vehicle, Tyler Hicks (25 of Valley Head), had outstanding warrants for dangerous drugs. Hicks was arrested and found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia, which resulted in an additional charge of Drug Paraphernalia.

Tyler Hicks (25 of Valley Head)

In the early hours of Friday, January 17th, agents went to a residence on County Road 611 after receiving numerous complaints of drug activity. Agents searched the residence and found methamphetamine, marijuana, an assortment of prescription pills, and drug paraphernalia. Dehlila Placos McSpadden (45 of Valley Head) and Cyle Sewell (30 of Trenton, GA) were both arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd Degree, Illegal Possession of Prescription Medication, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Dehlila Placos McSpadden (45 of Valley Head) Cyle Sewell (30 of Trenton, GA)

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the arrest: "It's been another job well done for our agents, deputies, and local law enforcement officers in the fight against illegal drugs and crime in our county. An important part of this fight is not only executing search warrants and making arrests, but supporting our local police departments in charging these offenders to the fullest."

"We plan on continuing this work into 2020 to make our roadways safer and our county a better place to live," he said.

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

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Man in Custody after Breaking in Store for Cigarettes

At approximately 3 am on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, Deputies were dispatched to the Quickmart in Hammondville on Highway 117 in response to an alarm call.

When deputies arrived on scene, they observed the front door had been broken with a rock. Upon investigating the scene, it was found that multiple packs of cigarettes had been stolen.

After analyzing the surveillance footage, a Mazda passenger car was observed in the parking lot before and after the break-in. A subject in tan coveralls was observed inside of the store.

Exactly 12 hours later at approximately 3 pm, DCSO investigators encountered a similar vehicle to what was observed in the surveillance footage with a male driver wearing identical clothing.

After conducting a traffic stop and interviewing the suspect, he was taken into custody for the crime. Investigators then found the stolen items at the suspect's home.

Daniel Hurley Jr. (48 of Collinsville) was charged with Burglary 3rd Degree. Hurley remains in custody in the DeKalb County Detention Center.

Daniel Hurley Jr. (48 of Collinsville)

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said: "This is a great job for our investigative team with the suspect being caught within 12 hours of committing the crime.  We've had a prior history of dealing with this suspect, and hopefully this most recent arrest will help prevent him from committing future break-ins."

"We're blessed in DeKalb County to have such a hard-working investigative team. Not all cases are open and shut, and can be closed quickly, but we have a team that works every case to the fullest," he said.

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

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DCSO Releases 2019 Statistics

The DCSO has compiled our yearly statistics for 2019. The numbers reflect the miles driven on the roads, amount of various narcotics seized, warrants served, calls answered, and many other important figures.

Compiling this data helps our office make adjustments to even better serve the people of DeKalb County in 2020 and improve our efficiency. We would like to release these numbers to the public to maintain our transparency.

These numbers reflect how aggressively we have worked for the citizens of DeKalb County since Sheriff Nick Welden took office on January 1, 2019. Compared to 2017 (no data was found from 2018), Deputies and Narcotics agents seized 500 percent more methamphetamine (15,368 grams in 2019 compared to 2563 grams in 2017). 40 percent more total arrests were also made compared to 2017.

Sheriff Welden said of the 2019 Statistics: "I'm extremely proud of the hard work our deputies, investigators, narcotics agents, and interdiction agents have put in. We hope to only improve these numbers in 2020."

"We're very proud to get such a large amount of Methamphetamine off our streets. Meth has plagued our county for over a decade now. The drug trade is fueled by stolen goods. Tackling it head on will directly help make our county a better and safer place to live," he said.

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

Total Miles Driven: 611,356

Number of Calls Answered: 7123

Number of Reports Taken: 3952

Civil Papers Served: 2341

Civil Papers Attempted to Serve: 3198

Subpoenas served: 1685

Subpoenas attempted to serve: 866

Warrants served: 1846

Warrants attempted to serve: 1363

Warrantless Arrest: 1473

Number of Assist: 2761

Number of Search Warrants/Consent: 99

911 Hang-ups Answered: 1167

Alarm Calls Answered: 1561

Cases Closed: 606

Sex Offender Checks: 360

Drug Cases: 634

NARCOTICS & INTERDICTION UNIT:

Methamphetamine Seized: 15,368 grams

Marijuana Seized: 3833 grams

Spice Seized: 180 grams

Pills: 1193

Heroin: 30 grams

Cocaine: 203 grams

Cash Seized: $36,454.00

Cars Seized: 12

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