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Twin Brother of Sylvania Teacher arrested on Sexual Abuse Charges

A second teacher is behind bars regarding sexual abuse allegations.

On October 8, 2020 DeKalb County Sheriffs Office received a complaint about inappropriate activity between an adult male and a juvenile. After a thorough investigation into the matter, DeKalb County Sheriff's Office investigators arrested the suspect for having engaged in inappropriate contact with an unnamed juvenile. 

Donavan Wayne Dalton (28 of Rainsville) was arrested last night and booked into the DeKalb County Detention Center.

 Donavan Wayne Dalton (28 of Rainsville)

Due to the fact that Dalton was an employee with the Fort Payne School System and the juvenile being within a school system, Dalton was charged with School Employee Having Sexual Contact With A Student Under The Age of 19 years of age.

Today (October 9, 2020), Dalton went before a Circuit Judge for an initial appearance.  His bond was set at $ 150,000.

If you have any other information on this case or know of any other victims, please contact the Investigators at the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office at 256-845-3801. Your identity will be kept confidential.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: "This will be an ongoing investigation as our investigators continue to gather more information. More charges are possible as this investigation takes shape."

"I want the public to be assured that this case is our utmost priority. Nothing matters more than protecting the children of our county. Every child should be able to have an education without these types of predatory monsters seeking to take advantage of them," he said.

"We want to be thorough in these investigations and make sure we seek the appropriate charges so these victims can get the justice they deserve. Mistakes can lead to a miscarriage of justice, and we want to ensure these offenders feel the full weight of the justice system," said Sheriff Welden.

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

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Joint Press Release regarding Sexual Abuse Investigation

 

On Friday, October 2, 2020, the administration of Sylvania High School and The DeKalb County Board of Education began an internal investigation following an allegation of inappropriate behavior by a now-former teacher at Sylvania High School, Dustin Dalton. Superintendent Barnett contacted the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office and the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office then contacted the Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR).

 

All agencies were immediately provided information gathered as a result of the internal investigation. That same day, The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office began their investigation alongside the Board of Education and DHR. All three agencies have been in communication daily since the investigation began with a subsequent arrest made on Monday with charges of Enticing a Child for Immoral Purposes and Dissemination of Obscene Material.

 

The DeKalb County Sheriff's office and the DeKalb County Board of Education assures the public that we are working alongside one another to ensure that justice is served.

 

Sheriff Welden added, "Ensuring a full and adequate investigation is vital to ensuring that justice is served. We will work tirelessly to ensure the court has all the information need to provide justice for the victims and their families."

 

Barnett also included, "I am sickened by the news and what has transpired, I pray for the families and for justice to be served. I appreciate the partnership with the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office and DHR and look forward to working alongside them for the duration of this investigation."

Due to the fact that this is still very early in the investigation, more charges may be added at a later date. If anyone feels as though they have been a victim, please contact The DCSO Investigators at the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office 256-845-3801.

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Former Sylvania Teacher Charged Regarding Inappropriate Behavior

A former Sylvania School teacher has been arrested on multiple charges related to inappropriate behavior with students.

Dustin Wade Dalton (28, of Rainsville) was charged with Enticing a Child for Immoral Purposes and Dissemination of Obscene Material. Dalton is currently being held without bond at the DeKalb County Jail.

Dustin Wade Dalton (28, of Rainsville)

This is a joint investigation between the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office, the DeKalb County Board of Education, and the Alabama Department of Human Resources.

Due to the fact that this is still very early in the investigation, more charges may be added at a later date. If anyone feels as though they have been a victim, please contact our Investigators at the DeKalb County Sheriffs Office 256-845-3801.

We'll provide updates on additional charges as the investigation unfolds.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: "This is an absolute unfortunate event that has happened in our quiet Town of Sylvania. We want to thank the community for coming forward with information that aided us in conducting this investigation."

"We would like to ask for prayer for the victims and their families. Protecting our youth from this type of behavior is a top priority here at the sheriff's office," he said.

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

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Section man arrested in Powell Burglary

A Section man is facing theft and burglary charges related to a break-in that occurred on McGee Street in Powell about two weeks ago.

On Saturday, September 12, 2020, the Powell Police Department contacted DeKalb County Investigators to report that a large number of items had been stolen from the former Pendergrass Farms Company. Multiple items such as four wheelers, sound equipment, stereos, tools, two utility trailers, an engine, and several other miscellaneous items had been stolen from the building.

In total, tens of thousands of dollars' worth of items had been stolen from the building. Investigators had several leads including a witness and evidence left on scene. The evidence led investigators to a residence on Cemetery Drive in Section.

While at the residence, DCSO investigators, the Section Police Department, and the Jackson County Sheriff's Office located multiple items that the victim identified as stolen in the burglary. Methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia were also located at the residence.

Three subjects were arrested on scene. Tristan Dane Corbitt (34 of Section), Matthew Kaleb Christian (20 of Fyffe), and Jordan Levi Cisco (24 of Section) were all charged with Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana 2nd Degree, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. They were all taken into custody and transported to the Jackson County Detention Center on the drug related charges.

Tristan Dane Corbitt (34 of Section) Matthew Kaleb Christian (20 of Fyffe) Jordan Levi Cisco (24 of Section)

After further investigation, it was determined that Corbitt was responsible for the burglary. After his release from Jackson County, he will be facing charges for Theft of Property 1st Degree and Burglary, 3rd Degree.

Several items are still missing, including two Yamaha four wheelers, two Bose Speakers, and a black, mesh bottom utility trailer. These were likely already sold or traded by the suspect. If you have any information on the whereabouts of these items, please contact our office at (256)845-3801.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: "This was a great job by our investigators in getting these items back for the victim and finding the suspect we believe is responsible for these thefts. We would like to return the rest of the items to the owner, so if you know of their location, please let us know."

"I'd also like to thank the Jackson County Sheriff's Office and the Section Police Department for their close cooperation and assistance in this case."

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

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Man charged with Attempted Murder after Shooting Incident

Today, the suspect in Wednesday's officer involved shooting on I-59 has been formally charged.

Dayon Patterson (21 of Pensacola, Florida) was charged with Attempted Murder and Felony Attempt to Elude.

The charges stem from the incident Wednesday, when a Deputy attempted to make a traffic stop on I-59 Northbound at approximately 6 pm. The vehicle initially stopped at the Collinsville exit, but before the deputy could make contact with the suspect, he fled and got back on the interstate.

While traveling at a high rate of speed, the suspect began firing upon the deputy. The suspect eventually collided with another vehicle, injuring a motorists during the incident. Neither the suspect or deputy were injured, and the suspect surrendered after the crash. The two motorists were transported by DeKalb Ambulance Service.

Patterson is currently being held on a $1,000,000 bond in the DeKalb County Detention Center. The charges were filed by the State Bureau of Investigations (SBI) after an official review of the incident.

Dayon Patterson (21 of Pensacola, Florida)

More charges may be forthcoming regarding the wreck and injured motorists caused by the suspect.

Numerous law enforcement agencies and first responders assisted on scene, including Fort Payne, Geraldine, Rainsville, Henagar, and Collinsville Police Departments, along with ALEA Troopers and the Collinsville Fire Department.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: "We truly are fortunate that our deputy and no innocent motorists were killed in Wednesday's incident. This highlights the increasing dangers faced by law enforcement. A seemingly routine traffic stop can turn into a deadly situation in an instant."

"This also goes to show that not only our law enforcement officers, but also our citizens that use the interstate must remain cautious. You never know who might be traveling through our county and what their intentions might be. I'd like to thank the agencies within our county and the State Bureau of Investigations for their vital assistance in this incident," he explained.

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

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Four arrested and large amount of Narcotics seized in Mentone

Various narcotics, drug paraphernalia, and firearms were seized in a large-scale drug raid in the Mentone area last week.

On Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at approximately 5 pm, Deputies, Investigators, and Narcotics Agents served a search warrant at a residence on County Road 639 near Mentone. The Mentone and Valley Head Police Departments also took part in the operation, along with the ALEA Region F Task Force.

During a search of the residence, Agents, Investigators, and Deputies discovered over 30 grams of methamphetamine, approximately 30 grams of marijuana, and numerous items of drug paraphernalia. A large amount of Ecstasy, Xanax, and Valium pills were also found.

Multiple firearms were also seized during the operation.

Four arrests were made after the conclusion of the search warrant. William Adolphus Pilson II (69 of Mentone) was charged with Trafficking in Any Illegal Drug, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (x2), and Distribution of a Controlled Substance. Gayla Blalock (61 of Mentone) was charged with Trafficking in Any Illegal Drug, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (x2), and Distribution of a Controlled Substance.

Caden Blalock (21 of Mentone) was charged with Possession of Marijuana, 2nd Degree and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Ronald Blansit (54 of Mentone) was also arrested and charged for Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Distribution of a Controlled Substance, and Loitering in a Drug House.

William Adolphus Pilson II (69 of Mentone) Gayla Blalock (61 of Mentone) Ronald Blansit (54 of Mentone) Caden Blalock (21 of Mentone)

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the arrest: "This was another job well done and a great team effort on the part of our deputies, investigators, and narcotics agents! We had received numerous complaints regarding these suspects. Complex investigations such as this sometimes take time to materialize, and we wanted to ensure we did it the right way."

"Making sure we have all of our ducks in a row before conducting a search warrant helps ensure that the charges stick and the offenders get the punishment they deserve after they are found guilty," he said.

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

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A Dozen Jailed for Narcotics around DeKalb

Multiple narcotics-related arrests have been made over the last couple of weeks in several incidents around the county.

On Friday, August 28th around midnight, a member of the DeKalb County Interdiction Team attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Highway 75 between Rainsville and Sylvania. The vehicle accelerated to a high rate of speed and continued on to Rainsville. After officers with the Rainsville Police Department blocked the intersection of Highways 75 and 35, the driver was taken into custody.

During the arrest of the suspect, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were located. Terrance Bishop (55 of Fort Payne) was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (x2), Attempting to Elude, Driving Under the Influence (Controlled Substances), Resisting Arrest, and Reckless Endangerment (x4).

Terrance Bishop (55 of Fort Payne)

On Monday, August 31, 2020 agents and investigators went to a residence in Dawson after receiving information of possible stolen property. When agents and investigators approached the house, a suspect was seen attempting to flee on foot. The suspect was apprehended after a brief foot chase. During the arrest, the suspect was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Randy Crawford (47 of Dawson) was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Attempting to Elude. Crawford also had four outstanding warrants with the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office.

Randy Crawford (47 of Dawson)

Three additional suspects were also arrested at the residence. Kyle Ayers (33 of Dawson), Oran Raymond Ayers (59 of Dawson), and Jessie Lambert (22 of Dawson) were all charged with Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Oran Ayers also received an additional charge of Possession of Marijuana, 2nd Degree.

Kyle Ayers (33 of Dawson) Oran Raymond Ayers (59 of Dawson) Jessie Lambert (22 of Dawson)

On Tuesday, September 1, 2020, DeKalb County Narcotics Agents went to a residence on Gregory Drive in Collinsville with Officers of the Collinsville Police Department to serve an arrest warrant. While at the residence, a suspect ran on foot and was captured after a short chase. During the arrest, synthetic marijuana was found on the suspect. Simon Simpson (28 of Collinsville) was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Attempting to Elude, and Resisting Arrest.

Simon Simpson (28 of Collinsville)

Three others were also arrested after synthetic marijuana and drug paraphernalia was discovered at the residence. Wendy Smith (30 of Collinsville), Bruce Jones (39 of Collinsville), and Melinda Davis (34 of Collinsville) were all arrested on charges of Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Smith and Jones also had several outstanding warrants for Failure to Appear.

Wendy Smith (30 of Collinsville) Bruce Jones (39 of Collinsville) Melinda Davis (34 of Collinsville)

On Thursday, September 3, 2020, DeKalb County Narcotics Agents were assisting ALEA with annual marijuana eradication on Lookout Mountain. A marijuana growing operation was found at a residence on Highway 176. While the operation was being dismantled, methamphetamine was also discovered.

David Maynor (54 of Collinsville) and Hester Southerland (56 of Collinsville) were both taken into custody. Maynor was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, Trafficking in Any Illegal Drug, and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Southerland received charges of Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, 1st Degree and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

David Maynor (54 of Collinsville) Hester Southerland (56 of Collinsville)

On the same day as part of the eradication operation, ALEA located another illegal growing operation on Road 919 in the Lookout Mountain area. The plants were seized and warrants will be obtained for the suspects.

Later that day, Agents returned to the residence on Gregory Drive in Collinsville in an attempt to serve a felony arrest warrant. While at the residence, synthetic marijuana and drug paraphernalia were located. John Orr (53 of Collinsville) was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, in addition to a felony warrant for Failure to Appear.

John Orr (53 of Collinsville)

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the arrest: "This is a great job by our Narcotics Agents, Deputies, and Investigators. Our guys work great as a team in getting drugs of our streets and the offenders in jail."

"We are going to stay relentless at the task of making dangerous drugs more difficult to find in our county. I'd also like to thank the local agencies and ALEA for aiding in this task. Their help and support is crucial in this fight," he said.

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

 

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Federal Fugitive Captured by U.S. Marshals, DCSO Investigators, & Narcotics Unit

Earlier today an operation conducted by the DeKalb County Narcotics Unit, DeKalb County Investigators, the ALEA Aviation Unit, and the U.S. Marshal's resulted in the capture of a federal fugitive.

The suspect had an outstanding warrant for a federal probation violation. On the night of Wednesday, August 12th, the same suspect led deputies on a chase that started when a deputy noticed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on County Road 446 near the Pleasant Hill area.

Today, federal agents teamed up with investigators, narcotics agents, and deputies of the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office to finally locate the suspect in the Dutton Community in Jackson County. A Jackson County Narcotics Agent and the Henagar Police Department also assisted in the apprehension.

The suspect, Weston Lee Tidwell (35 of Rainsville) was taken into federal custody.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the apprehension: "This was a great job by our guys working closely with our federal partners! This suspect needed to be in custody before his flight from justice caused someone to get hurt."

"It's clear that if our federal partners need to apprehend a suspect in this area the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office will answer the call and help get them into custody. Our deputies, agents, and investigators are second-to-none at getting a job done," he said.

"I'd also like to give a big thanks to the ALEA Aviation Unit, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, and the local agencies that helped out. Without their assistance, we may have come up empty handed today," Welden said.

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

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Female Injured After Shots Fired into Residence

 

 

MEDIA RELEASE

 

For Immediate Release                                                                                    Date: August 27, 2020

 

Female Injured After Shots Fired into Residence

 

From the Office of DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden:

FORT PAYNE, Ala. - This past weekend, a woman was struck in the face when someone shot into her residence.

During the early morning hours on August 23, the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office received a call on County Road 1002 in the Hammondville area about a fight.  While deputies were responding, the Sheriff's Office dispatch received an additional call from the same address that shots had been fired. 

When deputies arrived on the scene, they discovered that a 58 year old female had been shot in the face.  The female was immediately transported by DeKalb Ambulance Service for medical attention. 

Sheriff's Office Investigators were contacted and responded to the scene.  They began interviewing witnesses, gathering evidence, and processing the scene.  Witnesses reported that two men in a truck were speeding up and down their road.  A resident said something to the men which began an argument.  After the argument was over, the men left.  Shortly thereafter, one of the men got out of the truck and fired several rounds toward the residence.  Investigators report that three of these rounds entered the residence.  One round struck the victim in the face.

All the investigators had to go on was a vague vehicle description.  Investigators and deputies flooded the area to try to locate the vehicle and the suspects.  During this time, investigators located a vehicle matching the description at a residence on a nearby county road.  Investigators made contact with Damien Keith Blevins, (31 of Valley Head), at the residence.  While speaking with Blevins, investigators obtained probable cause to make an arrest.  They also recovered a firearm at the residence that they believe was used in the commission of the crime.

Blevins was arrested and charged with 3 counts of Discharging a Firearm into an Occupied Dwelling and 1 count of Assault, 2nd.  Investigators believe alcohol was a factor in this crime.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the arrest: "This is a very unfortunate incident that could have been prevented.  This began with a choice to drive while intoxicated.  Had the subject chosen to stay home, this could have all been avoided.  Instead, a victim was seriously injured, and it could have been even worse." 

 "I would like to take this opportunity to brag on our investigative unit and patrol division.  They had very little to go on, but persisted until the job was done.  A suspect was located and an arrest was made.  They do an outstanding job day in and day out.  I cannot say enough good things about them and the job that they do."

"God bless!" concluded Sheriff Welden.

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Suspect Surrenders After Four Vehicles Stolen in Ider

Daniel Spurgin (21 of Ider)

Several vehicles were stolen and then recovered over the weekend in the Ider area.

On Saturday night, a truck with a motorcycle on a trailer was stolen from the victim's yard on County Road 141. Later on Sunday, the truck and trailer was spotted by a citizen at Beulah Church on County Road 159 nearby and recovered by law enforcement.

Also on Sunday, a spreader truck was reported stolen from some chicken houses on County Road 739 near Ider. The truck was stolen sometime on Saturday night. Later in the day, a citizen spotted the truck abandoned at the Deer Head Cove Cemetery on County Road 792.

On the same day at approximately 2 pm, an Ider Police Officer spotted a suspect in the thefts in a vehicle. After the officer tried to initiate a traffic stop, the vehicle led the officer on a pursuit. The suspect's vehicle wrecked on Crabapple Lane in Ider, and the suspect took off on foot.

While deputies and officers were searching for the suspect, the stolen motorcycle from the previous night was located in a wooded area near where the suspect ran. Law Enforcement was unable to locate the suspect.

On Monday, another vehicle reported stolen out of Jackson County and tied to the same suspect was located abandoned at the Ider Foodmart.

The suspect, Daniel Spurgin Jr. (21 of Ider) came to the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office today to surrender on the charges. Spurgin was charged with Receiving Stolen Property 1st Degree, Theft of Property 1st Degree (x2), Receiving Stolen Property 4th Degree, and an Outstanding Warrant with the Ider Police Department.  

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