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The Last two Days of August and the Month of September Leads to 31 Arrests on Drug Related Charges

From the Office of DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden:

FORT PAYNE, Ala. During the month of September and the last two days of August, 31 have been arrested on drug related charges.

On Monday, August 30th, DeKalb County Deputies conducted a traffic stop on County Road 58 near the Hopewell Community finding methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.  Gregory Wayne Ferguson (48 of Boaz) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Illegal Possession of Prescription Pills and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Narcotics Agents were called in to assist.

Gregory Wayne Ferguson (48 of Boaz)

On Tuesday, August 31st, a Probation Officer went to a residence on Turner Ave SE in Fort Payne to follow up with a probationer.  While there, the Officer found Billy Wayne Carter (65 of Fort Payne) to be in possession of synthetic marijuana.  Carter was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Narcotics Agents were called in to assist.

Billy Wayne Carter (65 of Fort Payne)

Also, on Tuesday, a Crossville Officer stopped a vehicle on Hwy 68 in Crossville finding the driver of the vehicle to be in possession of controlled medication and marijuana.  Ashley Kay Pittman (29 of Crossville) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance (x2), Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 1st, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Probation Violation.  Narcotics Agents were called in to assist.

Ashley Kay Pittman (29 of Crossville)

On Wednesday, September 1st, DeKalb County Deputies went to a house on County Road 239 north of Valley Head to execute a warrant.  When Deputies arrived, they found and took into custody, Ronald Charles Gibson (46 of Valley Head).  Gibson was found in possessions of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.  Gibson was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Narcotics Agents were called in to assist.

Ronald Charles Gibson (46 of Valley Head)

Also, on Wednesday, DeKalb County Deputies conducted a traffic stop on County Road 179.  Christopher Michael Smith (48 of Crossville) was found to be in possession of Methamphetamine.  Smith was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Narcotics Agents were called in to assist. 

Christopher Michael Smith (48 of Crossville)

On Saturday, September 4th, DeKalb County Deputies responded to a motor vehicle accident on County Road 51 near Lebanon where the driver of the vehicle left the scene of the accident.  Deputies went to the residence listed on the tag, finding Joey Preston Tidmore (43 of Fort Payne) who had outstanding warrants.  During the arrest, Tidmore was also found in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.  Tidmore was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Non-Payment of Child Support and 7 FTA warrants.  Narcotics Agents were called in to assist. 

Joey Preston Tidmore (43 of Fort Payne)

On Monday, September 6th, DeKalb County Deputies responded to a residence on County Road 402 in the Grove Oak area.  While there, Deputies made contact with Stanley Jay Collins (55 of McEwen, Al).  Collins was found to be in possession of prescription medication in which he did not have a prescription for.  Collins was charged with Criminal Trespass 3rd, Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Promote Prison Contraband 3rd.   Narcotics Agents were called in to assist. 

Stanley Jay Collins (55 of McEwen, Al)

Again, on Monday, DeKalb County Narcotics Agents conducted a traffic stop on Hwy 75 in Rainsville finding the driver to be in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.  Sean Michael Perry (32 of Rainsville) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Sean Michael Perry (32 of Rainsville)

On Tuesday, September 7th, DeKalb County Narcotics Agents spotted Landon Cole Frazier (38 of Henagar) at the walking park in Fort Payne.  Knowing Frazier had outstanding warrants, they took him into custody and found him to be in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.  Frazier was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance (x2), Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (x2) and 9 FTA warrants.

Landon Cole Frazier (38 of Henagar)

On Friday, September 10th, DeKalb County Narcotics Agents conducted a traffic stop on McGee Street in Powell.  During the stop, there was a distinct odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Cocaine, drug paraphernalia and open container of alcohol were found in the vehicle.  Jason Andre Ledbetter (43 of Fyffe) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Unlawful Possession of Prohibited Beverage.  Thomas Alex-Lee Tigue (21 of Fyffe) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Jason Andre Ledbetter (43 of Fyffe) Thomas Alex-Lee Tigue (21 of Fyffe)

Again, on Friday, DeKalb County Deputies conducted a traffic stop at Hwy 40 and County Road 85 in Henagar, finding the driver to have outstanding warrants.  During a search, Agents found several different prescription pills that the driver had no prescription for.  Aimee Hixon Mallett (52 of Rainsville) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance (x4), Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and FTA.  Narcotics Agents were called in to assist. 

Aimee Hixon Mallett (52 of Rainsville)

On Thursday, September 16th, DeKalb County Deputies conducted a traffic stop on County Road 843 finding the driver to have several outstanding warrants.  Methamphetamine was found during a search of the vehicle.  Terry Wayne Knight (44 of Fort Payne) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and 10 FTA warrants.  Narcotics Agents were called in to assist. 

Terry Wayne Knight (44 of Fort Payne)

On Friday, September 17th, Sylvania Police Officers arrested Thomas Coleman Brewster (19 of Valley Head) at DeKalb Lake in Sylvania for public intoxication and possession of tobacco by minor.  While being booked into the DeKalb County Jail, Brewster was found to be in possession of Fentanyl and drug paraphernalia.  Brewster was charged with Public Intoxication, Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Minor in Possession of Tobacco, Promote Prison Contraband 2nd and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Narcotics Agents were called in to assist. 

Thomas Coleman Brewster (19 of Valley Head)

On Sunday, September 19th, DeKalb County Deputies and Geraldine Police Officers went to a residence on County Road 18 near Fyffe to assist with an employee termination.  During a search, methamphetamine was located.  Terri Lynn Steffy (54 of Fyffe) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Reckless Endangerment.  Narcotics Agents were called in to assist. 

Terri Lynn Steffy (54 of Fyffe)

On Tuesday, September 21st, DeKalb County Narcotics Agents attempted to conduct a traffic stop on County Road 17.  The driver accelerated and led officers on a short pursuit.  Once the vehicle was stopped, on County Road 380, drug paraphernalia was found within the vehicle.  Damien Matthew Owens (42 of Albertville) was charged with Attempt to Elude Police and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.   

Damien Matthew Owens (42 of Albertville)

Again, on Tuesday, DeKalb County Narcotics Agents conducted a traffic stop on County Road 370 in Kilpatrick finding Methamphetamine and Alprazolam in the vehicle.  Henry Dustin Midgette (41 of Boaz) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession with Intent, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Tampering with Physical Evidence.

Henry Dustin Midgette (41 of Boaz)

Again, on Tuesday, DeKalb County Narcotics Agents were on County Road 381in Kilpatrick at the scene of an accident where a vehicle had left the roadway striking a fence.  The driver of the vehicle then fled the scene.  With the help of the citizens description, the found the vehicle and driver about a mile from the accident.  Stephanie Ann Davis (42 of Boaz) was charged with DUI (Alcohol). 

Stephanie Ann Davis (42 of Boaz)

On Wednesday, September 22nd, DeKalb County Deputies were in the vicinity of County Road 30 in Collinsville when they noticed Simon Lee Simpson (29 of Collinsville), who had outstanding warrants, walking along the road.  As Deputies pulled up to speak with Simpson, he tossed something onto the ground and fled on foot.  After a short pursuit, Simpson was apprehended and found to be in possession of a large amount of synthetic marijuana.  Simpson was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting Arrest, Attempt to Elude Police, Domestic Violence 3rd and Tampering with Physical Evidence.  Narcotics Agents were called in to assist.

Simon Lee Simpson (29 of Collinsville)

Again, on Wednesday, DeKalb County Deputies conducted a traffic stop near County Road 30 in Collinsville.  Approximately 8 grams of methamphetamine was located in the vehicle.  Jason Craig Smith (36 of Collinsville) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Christopher John Pozzobon (38 of Fort Payne) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Giving False ID to Officer, Non-Payment of Child Support and FTA warrant. 

Jason Craig Smith (36 of Collinsville) Christopher John Pozzobon (38 of Fort Payne)

On Friday, September 24th, Fyffe Police Officers conducted a traffic stop near Fyffe Police Department finding that the driver had outstanding warrants.  William James Ingle (29 of Rainsville) was transported to DCSO Detention Center and while being booked in was found to be in possession of methamphetamine.  Ingle was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Promote Prison Contraband 2nd and FTA.   Narcotics Agents were called in to assist.

William James Ingle (29 of Rainsville)

Also, on Friday, DeKalb County Deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop near County Road 10 and 479, with the driver leading the Deputies on a short pursuit.  Once stopped, the driver then fled on foot, but was soon apprehended.  After a search was complete, methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found in the vehicle.  Amber L Yates (25 of Albertville) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd.  Christopher Parker II (23 of Albertville) was charged with DUI (Controlled Substance), Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Attempt to Elude Police (x2), Reckless Endangerment and Tampering with Physical Evidence.  Narcotics Agents were called in to assist.

Amber L Yates (25 of Albertville) Christopher Parker II (23 of Albertville

On Tuesday, September 28th, Crossville Police Officers checked on a subject that had been walking near Main Street in Crossville.  The subject attempted to throw something onto the ground while officers were talking with him.  Christopher Tyler Echols (30 of Albertville) was found to be in possession of methamphetamine.  Echols was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.   Narcotics Agents were called in to assist. 

Christopher Tyler Echols (30 of Albertville)

On Wednesday, September 29th, Henagar Police Officers responded to call about a wanted person being at an apartment complex on Haven Drive in Henagar.  James Randy Hurst Jr (34 of Summerville, Ga) was located and found to be in possession of methamphetamine and marijuana.  Hurst was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd, Non-Payment of Child Support and 2 FTA warrants.   Narcotics Agents were called in to assist.

James Randy Hurst Jr (34 of Summerville, Ga)

On Thursday, September 30th, DeKalb County Narcotics Agents were patrolling in the area of North Valley Road in Collinsville when the spotted a subject who was identified as having an active warrant.  Glenn Ivan Green Jr (46 of Crossville) was found to be in possession of synthetic marijuana.  Green was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Glenn Ivan Green Jr (46 of Crossville)

Also, on Thursday, DeKalb County Narcotics Agents conducted a traffic stop on Hwy 85 and 121.  During the stop, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were found in the vehicle.  Robert David Eugen King (42 of Albertville) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Stephanie Meadows Crowe (45 of Fort Payne) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 

Robert David Eugen King (42 of Albertville) Stephanie Meadows Crowe (45 of Fort Payne)

Again, on Thursday, DeKalb County Narcotics Agents conducted a traffic stop on Carrisa Road in Sylvania.  Both the driver and passenger were identified as having active warrants.  Methamphetamine, marijuana, synthetic marijuana, methadone, suboxone and drug paraphernalia were located during a search of the vehicle.  John David Sycks Jr (24 of Rainsville) was charged with Unlawful Distribution of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 1st, Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance (x3), Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and 8 FTA warrants.  Jessie Alizabeth Lambert (23 of Dawson) was charged with Unlawful Distribution of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of marijuana 1st, Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance (x2), Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and 4 FTA warrants. 

John David Sycks Jr (24 of Rainsville) Jessie Alizabeth Lambert (23 of Dawson)

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: "I would like to thank the Officers with Crossville, Fyffe, Henagar, Geraldine Police Departments, DeKalb County Sheriff's Office and Narcotics Agents for you dedication and hard work.  I am so proud that all Law Enforcement agencies in DeKalb County have such a great working relationship and at the end of the day all work toward the same goal.  Thank you all for the long hours and dedication you put into your job and for keeping our citizens safe." 

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ten Arrests Made in One Day

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office, along with DeKalb County SRT, Narcotics Agents, Crossville Police Department, Geraldine Police Department and Sylvania Police Department arrested ten in one day while executing search warrants around the county.

On Wednesday, September 29th, DeKalb County Sheriff's Office, along with Crossville Police Department and Geraldine Police Department, went to a residence on County Road 462 in Geraldine, to execute a felony arrest warrant for Marshall County Sheriff's Office.  Upon officers' arrival, the suspect barricaded himself inside the residence.  After a brief stand-off, John McGuire Wilkerson (47 of Geraldine) was taken into custody without any further incident.  Wilkerson was charged with Domestic Violence Strangulation or Suffocication.  Marshall County Sheriff's Office is investigarting other cases involving Wilkerson, with more charges pending.

John McGuire Wilkerson (47 of Geraldine)

After several complaints of drug activity, DeKalb County SRT, along with DeKalb County Narcotics Agents conducted a search warrant at a residence on County Road 26.  During a search, methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found.  Max Leigh Blair (39 of Boaz) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Loitering in a Drug House.  Joshua Wade Morton (41 of Boaz) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Loitering in a Drug House.  Jonana F. Raulerson (35 of Madison, Al) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd, Loitering in a Drug House, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and 2 FTA warrants.

Max Leigh Blair (39 of Boaz) Joshua Wade Morton (41 of Boaz) Jonana F. Raulerson (35 of Madison, Al)

DeKalb County Narcotics Agents executed a search warrant at a residence across the street from the Dollar General in Crossville after receiving several complaints of drug activity.  Methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia was found during a search of the residence.  Danny Ray Peacock (49 of Crossville) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance. 

Danny Ray Peacock (49 of Crossville)

DeKalb County Narcotics Agents and Sylvania Police Department also went to a residence on Newman Drive in Sylvania due to several complaints of drug activity.  Methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia was found during a search of the residence.  Danny M Holcomb (76 of Fort Payne) Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Timothy Neil Wells (46 of Rainsville) Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Brent Cagle Wells (44 of Rainsville) was charged Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Jena R. Loomis (26 of Pisgah) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Ashford Bolden Hanks (28 of Rainsville) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 

Danny M Holcomb (76 of Fort Payne) Timothy Neil Wells (46 of Rainsville) Brent Cagle Wells (44 of Rainsville) Jena R. Loomis (26 of Pisgah) Ashford Bolden Hanks (28 of Rainsville)

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: "I am so proud of all the Law Enforcement in DeKalb County coming together and working as a team.  We are also thankful to have great working relationships with our neighboring counties.  This kind of teamwork and communication is what makes for a successful team."

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

 

 

 

 

 

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DCSO New Therapy Dog

From the Office of DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden:

FORT PAYNE, Ala. We would like to introduce Shadow, DCSO's new therapy dog.  He was born on May 17, 2021 and is a Labradoodle.  He will join SRO Josh Wigley at the DeKalb County Tech School and DeKalb County Youth Services.  "We named him Shadow because we hope and pray that he is a beacon of light and hope for someone during the shadows of darkness", said Deputy Wigley.  Also, Deputy Wigley says, "he is very hopeful that Shadow will be able to forma a bond with kids facing difficult circumstances and hopefully this bond will help the kids to feel more understood ands give them the confidence to face difficulties head on."

We owe a huge thank you to Dr. Peter Strgov of Fort Payne Pediatrics and Tracy Bell of Smart Start Pediatrics for donating Shadow to us.

 

 

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Truck Stolen out of Etowah County Recovered and Two Arrested in Flat Rock on Drug Related Charges

FORT PAYNE, Ala. DeKalb County Investigations Unit and DeKalb County Drug and Interdiction Unit have been working with Rainbow City Police Department on a burglary that took place in Etowah County with some of the stolen property being brought back into DeKalb County.  On Tuesday, September 7th, an Ider Police Officer had spotted a vehicle matching one that had been reported stolen out of Etowah County at the intersection of Hwy 117 and Hwy 75 in Ider.  The driver of the vehicle Sheena Elaine Haggard (25 of Higdon) was charged with Receiving Stolen property 1st (x5) and Receiving Stolen Property 2nd.  This is an ongoing case with charges pending.

Sheena Elaine Haggard (25 of Higdon)

On Monday, September 13th, DeKalb County Deputies went to a residence on County Road 159 in Flat Rock to serve a warrant.  While speaking with Audrey Denise Welden (30 of Flat Rock) about the outstanding warrants, Carlton Coolidge Welden (45 of Flat Rock) ran out of the house and into the woods.  Ider Police Department, Henagar Police Department, DeKalb County K-9 Unit, DeKalb County Narcotics Agents and DeKalb County Investigations Unit all responded to assist in locating Welden.  Within a few minutes, K-9 Dolly had located Welden in the woods, hiding in some brush.  Once Welden was apprehended, he was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Audrey Denise Welden was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting Arrest and Theft of Property 1st, in addition to 2 outstanding warrants for Non-Payment of Child Support.  Carlton Coolidge Welden was charged with Theft of Property1st, Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Attempt to Elude Police and Resisting Arrest.

Audrey Denise Welden (30 of Flat Rock) Carlton Coolidge Welden (45 of Flat Rock)

 

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: "It's great to see Departments working together and not letting jurisdiction lines hinder their willingness to serve and do what's right for the citizens in ALL areas.  True dedication by Ider PD, Rainbow City PD and DCSO to shut down what could have been the beginning of a multi area crime ring."

"The event on County Road 159 shows again the importance of working together and it's safe to say our county is blesses with Departments working together from North to South and continuing to make a difference together.  This also shows the importance of our additional assets such as K-9 Dolly, without her we may still be looking for this subject, but now we know exactly where to find him."

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

 

 

 

 

 

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Drug Arrests for End of August

FORT PAYNE, Ala. In the last 11 days of August, approximately 190 grams of methamphetamine and 18 grams of heroin has been taken off the streets of DeKalb County. Credit goes to the DeKalb County Narcotics Agents, DeKalb County Sheriff's Office, Crossville Police Department and the National Park Service.

On Friday, August 20th, Crossville Police Department, along with DeKalb County Deputies conducted a traffic stop in Crossville which led to the seizure of 160 grams of methamphetamine and 18 grams of heroin.  This case is still under investigation with charges pending.

On Saturday, August 21st, National Park Service conducted a traffic stop on Federal Park Land, finding approximately 30 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.  This case is still under investigation with charges pending.  Narcotics Agents were called to assist.

On Monday, August 23rd, DeKalb County Narcotics Agents conducted a traffic stop on Wallace Avenue in Fort Payne.  During the stop, methamphetamine and marijuana were found in the vehicle.  Joe Lee Earl (34 of Saint Joseph, MO) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Deana M. Dudley (40 of Saint Joseph, MO) was charged with Unlawful Possession of marijuana 2nd, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance.

Joe Lee Earl (34 of Saint Joseph, MO) Deana M. Dudley (40 of Saint Joseph, MO)

On Wednesday, August 25th, DeKalb County Narcotics Agents went to a residence on County Road 507 in the Blake Community after receiving several complaints of drug activity.  Agents found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia inside the house.  Jacob Clinton Galloway (32 of Section), Joey Wayne McElyea (57 of Rainsville), Auburn Lashay Sargent (26 of Rainsville), Alexis Alyssan Godsby (22 of Rising Fawn, GA), Scott William Curtis (31 of Fyffe) were all charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Jacob Clinton Galloway (32 of Section) Joey Wayne McElyea (57 of Rainsville) Auburn Lashay Sargent (26 of Rainsville) Alexis Alyssan Godsby (22 of Rising Fawn, GA) Scott William Curtis (31 of Fyffe)

On Thursday, August 26th, DeKalb County Deputies were called to the same residence on County Road 507 in the Blake Community, as the day before, about someone trespassing on the property.  Once arriving, Deputies found Casey Scott Payne (23 of Dutton) on scene. Payne was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine.  As Deputies were attempting to place Payne under arrest, he started resisting officers, but soon the situation was under control.  Payne was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Resisting Arrest.  Narcotics Agents were called to assist.

Casey Scott Payne (23 of Dutton)

On Monday, August 30th, DeKalb County Narcotics Agents conducted a traffic stop on 1st Street in Fort Payne.  During the stop, agents found the driver to be in possession of synthetic marijuana.  Andy Dion McSpadden (48 of Fort Payne) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 

Andy Dion McSpadden (48 of Fort Payne)

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: "This is another remarkable job by DeKalb County Narcotics Agents, DeKalb County Sheriff's Office, Crossville Police Department and the National Park Service.  Without the extraordinary working relationship our agencies in DeKalb County have with one another, busts like this would be impossible.  I personally want to thank all of the Law Enforcement Agencies in DeKalb County for the amazing jobs you all do."

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

 

 

 

 

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Missing Swimmer Located at High Falls Park

Earlier today at approximately 1 pm, search crews located the missing swimmer at High Falls Park near Geraldine.

A person was reported missing while swimming at High Falls Park late Monday afternoon. The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office, Fischer Rescue Squad, High Falls Park Staff, Geraldine Rescue Squad, DeKalb County EMA, Fort Payne Fire, Cullman County Sheriff's Office, Powell Fire, Hendrixville Fire, and ALEA participated in the search for the subject.

The following day, heavy rain from Hurricane Ida forced crews to postpone the search until the following day.

This morning, crews continued the search after the heavy rain had ceased. At approximately 1 pm, the subject was located alive on a rock in the river.

The subject was transported by DeKalb Ambulance Service with minor injuries and is expected to make a full recovery.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: "This subject is very, very fortunate to have made it out of this situation alive. I'd like to thank our deputies and our search team for not giving up."

"If these guys would have given up, the outcome in this search might have been much different. This is the reason why these guys don't give up, even if the situation seems hopeless," said Sheriff Welden.

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

DCSO Mourns the Loss of Melissa Wilkerson

DCSO Clerk Melissa Wilkerson

Our DCSO family is heartbroken to announce the passing of our Pistol Permit Clerk, Melissa Wilkerson, due to COVID-19. Ms. Wilkerson was more than a co-worker; she was a member of our family. Melissa served the citizens of DeKalb County for almost 33 years while working at the Sheriff's Office. She not only brightened the day of any citizen that came into our office, but also frequently checked on the well-being of our deputies and her co-workers. We ask that you please keep her family and our Sheriff's Office family in your prayers. 

Visitation will be Thursday, September 2nd from 5 pm - 8 pm and Friday, September 3rd, from 10 am -1 pm.  Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 3rd at 1 pm in Rainsville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Green's Chapel Cemetery.

Due to increased cases in COVID-19, our Administrative Office will be closed until further notice. Pistol permits will still be available at our website http://www.dekalbcountysheriff.org then (click on Pistol Permits). For those using the mobile version, go to https://dekalbsoal.permitium.com.

If citizens need a report or a copy of a report, they can call our office at (256)845-3801 and a deputy will contact them by phone if the situation allows. For citizens needing to visit an inmate or that have business in the detention center, please use the night entry.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: "As I try and search for the right thing to say, I can only think of the wonderful memories left behind to hold onto and to keep us pushing ahead in the days, weeks, months and years to come."

"We are a true family here; we have grown so close in the last few years and been through so much together as a family. We have experienced too much loss at DCSO, and it's not easy!  We have to just cry out to God to help get through it because we will never get over it.  We have to put our faith in the Lord's will and just look forward to the day we are reunited with our sweet Melissa," said Sheriff Welden. "Please pray for her family and our office that loved her so dear."  

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

 

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Search for Lost Swimmer Postponed Until Water Lever Subsides

 Search for Lost Swimmer Postponed Until Water Lever Subsides

From the Office of DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden:

FORT PAYNE, Ala.   DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden confirms search and rescue operations have been temporarily postponed for a reported lost swimmer at High Falls in DeKalb County.  Emergency services were dispatched to High Falls Park Monday evening to reports of a missing swimmer.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: "We urge the public to use extreme caution in and around water in heavy rain and flooding conditions.  These waters are very deceptive and fast currents in the surface are hard, if not impossible to see.  We never want to have these kinds of calls."  Fisher Rescue Squad, High Falls Park Staff, The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office, Geraldine Rescue Squad, Geraldine Fire Department and DeKalb Ambulance Service will resume operations as soon as water levels allow.

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

 

 

 

 

Large Amount of Spice Confiscated & Wanted Felon Apprehended

Hard work paid off for the DeKalb County Narcotics Unit after a large amount of synthetic marijuana (spice) was seized earlier today. A wanted felon is also behind bars after a long chase in the Aroney area yesterday.

After numerous narcotics complaints regarding a residence in Powell, Agents paid a visit to the address at approximately 3 pm earlier today. When arriving on scene, Agents observed a subject toss an object underneath the porch. After locating the object, it was determined to be synthetic marijuana.

After a search of the residence, approximately 100 grams of synthetic marijuana was located and appeared to be bagged for distribution. Derick Nash Farmer (24 of Powell) was charged with Trafficking in any Illegal Drug, Tampering with Physical Evidence, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Derick Nash Farmer (24 of Powell)

Yesterday at approximately 3 pm, a DeKalb County Narcotics Agent observed a subject with existing felony warrants driving near the DeKalb/Etowah County line. When the agent attempted to conduct a traffic stop, the suspect initiated a highspeed pursuit.

The suspect would lead the agent on an approximately 15-minute chase, that would reach speeds over 100 mph. The suspect eventually wrecked on County Road 397, near the Aroney Community. The subject then led the agent on a foot pursuit covering approximately a mile before being apprehended. The subject was also found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia.

The suspect, Sterling Morgan (27 of Boaz) was charged with Attempt to Elude (x2), Driving While Revoked, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Failure to Stop, Reckless Endangerment, and Resisting Arrest.

Sterling Morgan (27 of Boaz)

Morgan is also facing a 14-year sentence for parole violations in addition to charges related to the pursuit.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the arrests: "This is another great job by our Narcotics Unit. These suspects have been selling poison and terrorizing these communities for way too long. Mr. Morgan had long evaded justice on a lengthy sentence."

"These communities and our roadways are safer due to our agents' and deputies' hard work," said Sheriff Welden.                                  

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

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Drug Arrests for the First Two Weeks of August

FORT PAYNE, Ala. In the first two weeks of August, 14 were arrested on drug related charges. 

On Tuesday, August 3rd, DeKalb County Narcotics Agents executed a search warrant at a residence on County Road 98 in Dawson.  During a search, methamphetamine, synthetic marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found.  Daniel Dewayne Brannon (44 of Dawson) was charged with Trafficking in Any Illegal Drug, Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Leila Evelyn Mosher (31 of Dawson) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Daniel Dewayne Brannon (44 of Dawson) Leila Evelyn Mosher (31 of Dawson)

Again, on Tuesday, August 3rd, DeKalb County Sheriff's Deputies conducted a traffic stop on County Road 120 in High Point Community.  Methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia was found within the vehicle.  Royce Eugene Murphy (65 of Valley Head) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Narcotics Agents were called to assist.

Royce Eugene Murphy (65 of Valley Head)

On Thursday, August 5th, DeKalb County Narcotics Agents conducted a traffic stop in the parking lot of Dunham's in Fort Payne.  During a search of the vehicle, synthetic marijuana, marijuana and drug paraphernalia was found.  Richard Boyd Murphy (61 of Rainsville) was charged with Trafficking in Any Illegal Drug, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 1st, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  

Richard Boyd Murphy (61 of Rainsville)

Also, on Thursday, August 5th, DeKalb County Narcotics Agents conducted a traffic stop on Hwy 35 in Rainsville.  With the help of our K-9 unit, 62 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were located in the vehicle.  Charles Hix Williams (41 of Rainsville) was charged with Trafficking in Any Illegal Drug and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Charles Hix Williams (41 of Rainsville)

Again, on August 5th, DeKalb County Narcotics Agents conducted a traffic stop on Hwy 35 in Rainsville finding the driver of the vehicle had several outstanding warrants.  David Eligha Wharton (35 of Rainsville) was charged with Trafficking in Any Illegal Drug, Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

David Eligha Wharton (35 of Rainsville)

On the same day, DeKalb County Narcotics Agents conducted a traffic stop on Hwy 35, near Brown Street in Collinsville.  Methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were found within the vehicle.  Christopher Joseph Martin (47 of Rainsville) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Christopher Joseph Martin (47 of Rainsville)

Again, on Thursday, August 5th, DeKalb County Sheriff's Deputies, along with Ider Police Department conducted a traffic stop in the Deer Head Cove area.  During a search of the vehicle, methamphetamine, morphine pills and drug paraphernalia was found.  Bret Hayden Waters (26 of Trenton, Ga) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Andrew Frederick Harvey (42 of Flat Rock) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Narcotics Agents were called to assist.

Bret Hayden Waters (26 of Trenton, Ga) Andrew Frederick Harvey (42 of Flat Rock)

Also, on Thursday, DeKalb County Sheriff's Deputies conducted another traffic stop in the Deer Head Cove area.  Methamphetamine, marijuana, controlled pills and drug paraphernalia was found in the vehicle.  Brian Blake Canfield (36 of Trenton, Ga) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd.  Samantha Michelle Waters (32 of Trenton, Ga) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Narcotics Agents were called to assist.

Brian Blake Canfield (36 of Trenton, Ga) Samantha Michelle Waters (32 of Trenton, Ga)

On Thursday, August 12th, DeKalb County Sheriff's Deputies conducted a traffic stop in Lowe's parking lot in Fort Payne.  The driver of the vehicle was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.  Matthew Ryan Twilley (30 of Fort Payne) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting Arrest and Pistol, Concealed W/O Permit.  Narcotics Agents were called to assist.

Matthew Ryan Twilley (30 of Fort Payne)

On Friday, August 13th, DeKalb County Narcotics Agents executed a search warrant at a residence on County Road 90 in the Blake Community.  While there, Agents seized five marijuana plants, materials used for growing indoor marijuana plants, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.  Ronald Kevin Coots (55 of Rainsville) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance (x2), Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 1st and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Candice Victoria Maynor (29 of Rainsville) was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 1st, Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance (x2) and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Ronald Kevin Coots (55 of Rainsville) Candice Victoria Maynor (29 of Rainsville)

 

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: "Dekalb County Narcotics Agents, Dekalb County Deputies and Ider Police Department all strive to protect their communities and this is a prime example of just that.  I am so thankful for our great working relationship with all of the Law Enforcement Agencies in DeKalb County.  I am proud of the hard work and long hours you all put into your job, it doesn't go unnoticed.   

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

 

 

 

 

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