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Suspect apprehended after multiple Car Break-ins at Matheny's Bridge

Yesterday (Wednesday, July 30, 2020) a suspect was apprehended regarding several car break-ins at Matheny's Bridge at the intersection of County Roads 43 and 56 near the Jackson County Line.

Over the last month, the DeKalb and Jackson County Sheriff's Office have taken numerous reports of vehicles being broken into while citizens were swimming at the creek around Matheny's Bridge.

Most of the items stolen were wallets and cell phones left in vehicles while the owners were swimming. In most instances, windows were smashed out of cars to steal the items inside.

Yesterday, Investigators, Deputies, and Agents with the DeKalb County Narcotics Unit conducted an undercover operation to catch the suspect in the act. Several hours into the operation, a suspect that investigators had previously identified was caught in the act of stealing from a vehicle.

Robbie Lewis (41 of Dutton) was apprehended at the parking area at the intersection of County Roads 43 and 56 at approximately 4 pm. Lewis is currently in the DeKalb County Detention Center on four charges of Breaking & Entering a Vehicle.

Robbie Lewis (41 of Dutton)

While this suspect has been captured, the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office wants to remind anyone swimming at Matheny's Bridge or doing any other outdoor activity in DeKalb County to please remember to lock your car. Also, either take valuables with you or hide them in your vehicle so that they can not be seen by someone looking for an opportunity to steal.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the arrest: "This is a fantastic job by our deputies, investigators, and agents in capturing this suspect. People should be able to enjoy the numerous outdoor activities DeKalb County has to offer without worrying about their car being broken into."

"I would still like to remind everyone to take added precautions while swimming or hiking. Hide your valuables if you cannot take them with you. There may be more suspects out there breaking into vehicles. Most of these criminals are just looking for an opportunity to make a quick buck," he explained.

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

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200 grams of Meth seized on traffic stop

Last Friday, a large amount of methamphetamine was seized during a traffic stop on Highway 68 between Crossville and the Dawson Community.

A Deputy was patrolling on Highway 68 when he noticed a vehicle driving erratically at approximately 2 am early Friday morning (July 24, 2020). The deputy conducted a traffic stop, and during a search of the vehicle, located over 200 grams of methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia consistent with trafficking in methamphetamine.

Both occupants of the vehicle were arrested and transported to the DeKalb County Detention Center without further incident.

The driver, William Dowdy Jr. (56 of Albertville), was charged with Trafficking in Any Illegal Drug, Possession of Marijuana 2nd Degree, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The passenger, Travis Huff (39 of Arab), was charged with Trafficking in Any Illegal Drug and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

William Dowdy Jr. (56 of Albertville) Travis Huff (39 of Arab)

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said: "This is an excellent job by our patrol deputy seizing such a large amount of narcotics. It's an important part of our job to keep dangerous drugs out of our communities. 200 grams is enough to feed a lot of addiction and create a lot of addiction."

"I want to commend our deputy for working hard to combat the flow of narcotics into our county. Methamphetamine destroys families and it destroys lives. Making it harder to find and putting those that traffic it in jail is a top priority of our office," he said.

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

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Suspect arrested after Peak's Corner Vehicle Break-in and Damage at Fyffe Park

Yesterday, DeKalb County Investigators and Deputies made an arrest regarding a car break-in at Dobson Cabinet Shop early Wednesday morning (July 22, 2020) and damage to gates at the Fyffe Town Park. Charges were also finalized on a suspect in unrelated car break-ins and a manhunt in Geraldine last week.

Investigators believe that the suspect was under the influence of narcotics and left her home in Grove Oak in the early morning hours on Wednesday. After damaging her own home, she drove through two locked gates at the Fyffe Town Park causing damage to her vehicle.

Then at approximately 7 am, the suspect broke into a vehicle at Dobson Cabinet Shop at Peak's Corner on County Road 50. The suspect's vehicle was caught on multiple security cameras during the incidents.

Angelia Smith (35 of Grove Oak)

Angelia Smith (35 of Grove Oak) was arrested and charged with Unlawful Breaking and Entering of a vehicle. The Fyffe Police Department is pursuing additional charges regarding the damaged gates at the town park.

Jonathan Richards (42 of Geraldine)

Also this week, Jonathan Richards (42 of Geraldine) was served all of the warrants regarding the string of car break-ins and ensuing manhunt in Geraldine that occurred last Tuesday (July 14, 2020).

At approximately 1 pm on Tuesday, DeKalb County Investigators went to a residence on Crowe Street in Geraldine in attempt to speak with a suspect regarding the vehicle break-ins the night before. The suspect then barricaded himself in the residence, and shortly after, the house caught fire.

The Geraldine, Crossville, and Fyffe Fire Departments all responded to the blaze. After the fire was extinguished, it was discovered that the suspect escaped. At about the same time, a homeowner on County Road 20 spotted a male on foot matching his description.

Deputies, Investigators, and Task Force Agents treated him as armed and dangerous, as several firearms were stolen the night before. Geraldine and Crossville Police Departments also assisted with the search, along with the ALEA Aviation Unit.

A short time later, the suspect was captured near County Road 104 and was transported to the DeKalb County Detention Center without further incident. Evidence of the break-in was later found at the suspect's residence.

Richards remains in the jail on charges of Burglary 3rd Degree (x2), Breaking and Entering a Vehicle (x9), Theft of Property 2nd Degree (x3), Theft of Property 4th Degree, and Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree. He currently has a $153,500 bond.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incidents: "We're blessed to have a dedicated team of investigators here in our county that pursue major crimes as soon as they occur. Our Deputies and Narcotics Agents also do a great job stepping up in major incidents to help get the offender in custody."

"I'd also like to thank the fire departments, local police departments, and the ALEA Aviation Unit that came out to help with the search. It was a team effort to get this dangerous suspect in custody. We also appreciate the citizens who called in with tips," he said.

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

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Over 50 Arrested Wednesday in Round Up Operation

On Wednesday (July 15, 2020) Law Enforcement in DeKalb County conducted a narcotics round up operation which resulted in over 50 arrests in one day.

The operation was a planned warrant round up, and also involved saturation patrols and investigating citizen complaints of drug activity. A large portion of the charges were for Distribution of Controlled Substances, which the warrants were obtained by the Narcotics and Interdiction Team after months investigating drug activity in our county.

Many individuals were arrested on new charges that was the result of traffic stops and narcotics found while serving the existing arrest warrants.

Local and state agencies assisted the DCSO with the operation including the Ider Police Department, Henagar PD, Mentone PD, Sylvania PD, Valley Head PD, Powell PD, Fyffe PD, Crossville PD, Alabama Pardons & Paroles, and ALEA Region F Drug Enforcement Task Force.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the operation: "Months of hard work has truly paid off, and our county is a better place because of it! This operation was well organized and exceeded our expectations."

"We certainly did not take a break during the Covid-19 shutdown. Our narcotics and interdiction team continuously developed new leads and built these cases. Much of the information used to build these cases started by information developed from arrests by our deputies and local police officers," he said.

"And as always, this operation was a success due to the support from our local and state agencies. I can't think them enough for their hard work and commitment to helping us cleanup this county," said the sheriff.

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

Those arrested in the operation:

- Charles Jeffery Edwards (21 of Sylvania) o Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia o Unlawful Distribution of Controlled Substance (x6)
- Stoney Lee Baugh (52 of Collinsville) o Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance o Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Skye Destin Bell (23 of Rainsville) o Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance o Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia o Illegal Possession of Prescription Pills
- Malachi Emmanuel Vaughan (21 of Dawson) o Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance o Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Raymond Labron Pope (45 of Section) o Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia o Unlawful Distribution of Controlled Substance
- Robert Lee Crocker (30 of Fort Payne) o Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia o Unlawful Distribution of Controlled Substance o Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance
- Derick Nash Farmer (23 of Powell) o Unlawful Distribution of Controlled Substance
- Hannah Skye Blansit (23 of Fort Payne) o Unlawful Distribution of Controlled Substance o Possession of Marijuana 1st Degree o Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance o Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Christopher Alan Wilborn (59 of Sylvania) o Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance o Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Jamie Adam Edmondson (30 of Henagar) o Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance (x2) o Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia o Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd Degree o Resisting Arrest o Attempt to Elude
- Michael Logan Hall (19 of Fort Payne) o Unlawful Distribution of Controlled Substance o Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia o Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance
- Joyce Faulkner (69 of Fort Payne) o Unlawful Distribution of Controlled Substance
- Stacie Jean Brown (43 of Fort Payne) o Unlawful Distribution of Controlled Substance
- Isaac Edwards (20 of Sylvania) o Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (x2) o Illegal Possession of Prescription Pills o Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance
- Matthew Alexander Dover (20 of Fyffe) o Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 1st Degree o Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Christopher Kyle Richards (37 of Crossville) o Unlawful Distribution of Controlled Substance (x3) o Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (x2) o Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance (x3) o Possession of a Forged Instrument 1st Degree
- Cody Allen Bell (28 of Fort Payne) o Unlawful Distribution of Controlled Substance (x6) o Trafficking any illegal drug - Morphine
- Nykeia McElrath (21 of Valley Head) o Unlawful Distribution of Controlled Substance (x2) o Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd Degree o Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- William Seay (36 of Rainsville) o Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance o Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Austin Wagner (23 of Rainsville) o Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance o Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd Degree o Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Amanda Ayers (35 of Crossville) Unlawful Distribution of Controlled Substance (x2
- Morris Brown (46 of Fort Payne) o Unlawful Distribution of Controlled Substance (x3)
- Maddison Pruitt (21 of Sylvania) Unlawful Distribution of Controlled Substance
- Jerry Galloway (43 of Fort Payne) o Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Sonya Whitten (48 of Boaz) o Warrants for Failure to Appear
- Deena Woodard (54 of Collinsville) o Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd Degree o Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Jonathan Howell (43 of Ider) o Warrant for Criminal Trespassing
- Chadwich Rhudy (41 of Fort Payne) o Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia o Warrant for Failure to Appear
- Tiffany Moore (32 of Oneonta) o Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia o Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance
- Whitney Scott (37 of Dawson) o Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 1st Degree o Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Daniel Hurley (49 of Collinsville) o Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance o Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia o Warrant for Failure to Appear
- Edna Sue Johnson (58 of Ider) o Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd Degree o Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Robert Neil Edmondson (76 of Ider) o Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd Degree o Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Jonathan Gafford (41 of Mentone) o Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance o Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Matthew Tillman (35 of Mentone) o Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance o Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia o Probation Violation o Failure to Appear (x4)
- Autumn Cook (33 of Valley Head) o Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance o Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia o Failure to Appear (x3)
- Bradley Bell (49 of Fort Payne) o Unlawful Distribution of Controlled Substance (x7) o Trafficking in any Illegal Drug
- Michael Anthony Rogers (28 of Menlo, GA) o Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd Degree (x2) o Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia o Failure to Appear (x3) o Failure to Comply
- Mary Teresa Galloway (49 of Rainsville) o Failure to Comply
- Joshua Scott Anderson (37 of Henagar) o Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia o Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance o Escape 3rd Degree
- Katelin Land (26 of Fort Payne) o Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia o Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance o Failure to Appear (x3)
- Steven Michael Spencer (51 of Fort Payne) o Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Teresa Chantal Spencer (37 of Fort Payne) o Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Lisa Green (43 of Flat Rock) o Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Robert Fields (45 of Henagar) Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Sidney Northrup (56 of Fort Payne) o Court Ordered Warrant
- Selena Kilgo (37 of Crossville) o Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Jamie Porter (48 of Grove Oak) o Failure to Appear
- Amanda Lancaster (40 of Boaz) o Illegal Possession of Prescription Drugs
- Darrell Rayford Hancock (40 of Boaz) o Unlawful Possession of Prohibited Beverage
- Terry Swearengin (32 of Boaz) o Resisting Arrest o Attempt to Elude o Carrying a pistol without a permit o DUI (other substances)
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Man Arrested After Theft at Local Business

Last week, DeKalb County Investigators closed several open theft cases after a burglary at a Fort Payne business led them to the culprit.

It all began on Friday, June 17th when workers at Fort Payne Steel, located on County Road 51, arrived at work and realized an ATV, tools, and equipment were stolen the previous night. The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office was contacted, and the stolen items were located in an empty storage building at a business next door.

Investigators were able to determine that a contract worker that was currently doing work on a nearby business had stolen the items and stored them to retrieve later. After conducting a search warrant at the suspects home, multiple stolen catalytic converters were located, along with a stolen ATV and welder.

Scott William Curtis (30 of Fyffe) was arrested and charged with Burglary 3rd Degree (x2), Theft of Property 1st Degree, Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree, Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree, and Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle.

Scott William Curtis (30 of Fyffe)

During his arrest, Curtis was also found to be in possession illegal prescription pills and drug paraphernalia. He received additional charges of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

After further investigation, he was also arrested at a later date on a charge of Receiving Stolen Property 2nd Degree.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said: "This is another great job by our investigative team. Not only did they solve this case at a local business, but it solves several theft cases in the county with the additional items found at his residence."

"Our deputies will remain vigilant to help deter thefts in our county, and if they do occur our investigators do a great job of putting them in jail," he said.

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

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Twenty arrested in Fourth of July Week Saturation

On Monday (June 29, 2020), DeKalb County Deputies, Investigators, and Narcotics Agents conducted a saturation operation in several different areas of the county.

The arrests were a result of increased patrols around Cartersville, Ider, Henagar, Powell, Geraldine, Crossville, Painter, Whiton, and Kilpatrick. Those arrested were found to be in possession of narcotics, were driving under the influence, had outstanding warrants with DeKalb County, or warrants with outside agencies.

Also during the night, Marijuana, Ecstasy (MDMA), Illegal Prescription Pills, and Drug Paraphernalia were found at a residence on County Road 18.

Christopher Richey (26 of Fyffe) was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (x3), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd Degree.

Sheriff Welden said regarding the saturation: "Our guys did a great job keeping our roads safe on Monday night! They got a lot of dangerous drugs and criminals off of our roadways. We'll be having more of these operations in the future."

"Saturations are a great tool to help keep criminal activity in check and our roadways safer for law-abiding citizens. This is just the start of what we are planning this summer!" He said.

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

Arrests made during the Saturation:

Sledge Ashia (28 of Trenton, Georgia)

- Domestic Violence 3rd Degree

Jessica Bachelor (33 of Albertville)

- Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia - Possession of Marijuana 2nd Degree - Theft of Property 4th Degree

Pamela Baldwin (37 of Langston)

- Outstanding Warrant in DeKalb County

Donald Baldwin (45 of Dawson)

Outstanding Warrant for Marshall County

Darrick Betz (45 of Dawson)

- Failure to Appear Warrants (x2)

Amber Bradshaw (23 of Cedar Bluff)

- Failure to Appear Warrants

Joel Contreras (28 of Albertville)

- Warrant for Resisting Arrest - Warrant for Disorderly Conduct - Warrant for Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance

Alex Corona (28  of Albertville)

- Warrant for Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia - Warrant for Possession of Marijuana 2nd Degree

Amber Cornelius (40 of Dawson)

- Failure to Appear Warrant for Forgery (x5)

Francisco Miquel Manuel (18 of Fort Payne)

- DUI - Alcohol

Carla Osteen (36 of Dawson)

- DUI - Controlled Substances - Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Brooklyn Richards (26 of Albertville)

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

Christopher Richey (26 of Fyffe)

- Possession of Controlled Substance (x3) - Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia - Possession of Marijuana, 2nd Degree

Cristen Roberts (35 of Higdon)

- Public Intoxication

Adam Dakota Earl Teague (26 of Collinsville)

- Failure to Appear Warrants - Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle

Jeffery Vinson (47 of Albertville)

- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia - Possession of Marijuana, 2nd Degree - Outstanding Traffic Warrants (x3)

Terry Swearengin (32 of Guntersville)

- Warrant for an Outside Agency
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Elida Rodriges (24 of Albertville)

- Warrant for an Outside Agency

Preston Early (35 of Flat Rock)

- Warrant for an Outside Agency

Travis Townsend (50 of Dutton)

- Warrant for an Outside Agency
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22 Narcotics Cases Made, Multiple Stolen Cars Recovered

The DeKalb County Narcotics and Interdiction Unit has made and assisted with 22 drug cases in the last several weeks. Two stolen vehicles have also been recovered in suspected drug related crimes.

On Friday, May 22, deputies and an interdiction agent went to the residence of Melvin Christopher Moss (30 of Valley Head) on Highway 11 in Hammondville to serve 5 bond revocation warrants. While at the residence, deputies and agents found methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and LSD. Moss received additional charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance (x2) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Melvin Christopher Moss (30 of Valley Head)

On Thursday, May 28, a Deputy with a Sylvania unit responded to a possible domestic on 2nd Street in Sylvania. While at the residence, Kenneth Knight (32 of Sylvania) was found to be in possession of methamphetamine. Knight was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Kenneth Knight (32 of Sylvania)

Later on the 28th, the Narcotics and Interdiction Unit was patrolling Jones Road in the Powell area when a subject was spotted with outstanding warrants at a residence. While at the residence, agents found marijuana and syringes used for narcotics usage. Scotty Hodge (29 of Rainsville) and Brian Hodge (47 of Rainsville) were arrested on charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Marijuana 2nd Degree.

Scotty Hodge (29 of Rainsville) Brian Hodge (47 of Rainsville)

On the same night an Officer with the Collinsville Police Department conducted a traffic stop and synthetic marijuana, crack cocaine, and marijuana were located. The Narcotics Unit was contacted to assist with the case. Octavius Nash (40 of Gadsden) was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (x2), Possession of Marijuana 1st Degree, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Octavius Nash (40 of Gadsden)

On Friday, May 29, an Officer with the Collinsville Police Department conducted a traffic stop. The driver, Danny Betz (50 of Collinsville) was found to have an outstanding warrant with the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office. The narcotics unit was called and a search of his vehicle revealed synthetic marijuana, methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia. Betz received additional charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance (x2) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

 
Danny Betz (50 of Collinsville)

On Sunday May 31, the Narcotics Unit conducted a traffic stop on Highway 35 in the Powell area. Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia were located within the vehicle. Gregory Hamby (26 of Section) was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana 2nd Degree and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Gregory Hamby (26 of Section)

On Monday, June 1, the Narcotics and Interdiction Unit conducted a traffic stop on Elliot Road in the Henagar area after numerous complaints from citizens of drug activity. Methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were found within the vehicle. Both occupants of the vehicle were taken into custody. Cody Crowe (27 of Ider) was arrested on numerous warrants and Brooklyn Combs (22 of Ider) was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Cody Crowe (27 of Ider) Brooklyn Combs (22 of Ider)

On Wednesday, June 3, the Narcotics Unit recovered a stolen vehicle on County Road 102 near the Powell area. The case is still under investigation. The vehicle in question was stolen from Stevenson, Alabama.

On June 3, the Collinsville Police Department located a stolen vehicle. After the Narcotics Unit and deputies arrived to assist, Kenneth Hutchinson (38 of Grant) was arrested and charged with Receiving Stolen Property 1st Degree.

Kenneth Hutchinson (38 of Grant)

Later that night, DeKalb County Deputies conducted a traffic stop in the Deer Head Cove Area (County Road 792). During a search of the vehicle, Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia were located. Randall Castleberry (63 of Rising Fawn, Georgia) was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Randall Castleberry (63 of Rising Fawn, Georgia)

On Thursday, June 4, an Officer with the Collinsville Police Department stopped a vehicle, and identified the driver as James Howard (23 of Valley Head). Synthetic marijuana and drug paraphernalia were located within the vehicle. Howard was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession Drug Paraphernalia.

James Howard (23 of Valley Head)

On Friday, June 5th, deputies conducted a traffic stop on County Road 98 in Dawson. After a search of the subject and vehicle, prescription pills, methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia were located. Christopher Wayne Tarvin (34 of Geraldine) was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (x2) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Christopher Wayne Tarvin (34 of Geraldine)

On Saturday June 6, Mildred Thompson (44 of Fort Payne) was arrested on warrants. Thompson also had synthetic marijuana, methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia in her possession. She received new charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance (x2) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Mildred Thompson (44 of Fort Payne)

Later the same day, a vehicle was stopped by the Fyffe Police Department. The narcotics unit was contacted for assistance and a large amount of synthetic marijuana was located within the vehicle. All occupants of the vehicle, Brandon Kyle Johnson (32 of Scottsboro), Jason Lee Oyler (36 of Rainsville), Roger Dale Lynch (26 of Scottsboro), and Holly Daniel Turner (25 of Pisqah) were arrested. All were charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Brandon Kyle Johnson (32 of Scottsboro) Jason Lee Oyler (36 of Rainsville) Roger Dale Lynch (26 of Scottsboro) Holly Daniel Turner (25 of Pisqah)

Also on June 6th, the Narcotics and Criminal Interdiction unit made a traffic stop in the Sylvania area found methamphetamine within the vehicle. Bradley Shane White (46 of Rainsville) and Crystal Gail Pope (42 of Rainsville) were charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Bradley Shane White (46 of Rainsville) Crystal Gail Pope (42 of Rainsville)

Later that night, Deputies conducted a traffic stop on Highway 68. During the stop, Xanax, Adderall, and Marijuana were found within the vehicle. William Jeffery Fleisher (26 of Geraldine) was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (x2), Possession of Marijuana 2nd Degree, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

William Jeffery Fleisher (26 of Geraldine)

On Sunday, June 7, the Narcotics Unit and the Collinsville Police Department conducted a search at the Traveler's Inn, in Collinsville after reports of drug activity. The search yielded marijuana, synthetic marijuana, and drug paraphernalia. Demacio Sanchez (49 of Collinsville) was arrested and charged with Controlled Substance (x2), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Illegal Possession of Prescription Medication.

Demacio Sanchez (49 of Collinsville)

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the arrests: "Our deputies, narcotics, and interdiction unit have had a great month! We've gotten a lot of dangerous drugs and the criminals associated with them off the streets."

"As the temperature rises, so does the drug activity on our highways and roads. We've been improving our patrol and interdiction capabilities to ensure that we are prepared to keep our roadways safe," he said.

"We also appreciate the great job our local police departments are doing in policing their towns. Our narcotics unit and deputies are always prepared to back them up and support them in making these cases," said the Sheriff.

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

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Several Drug Arrests Last Week; Crack Cocaine confiscated

Several narcotics arrests were made in the last week, including three that were arrested in possession of crack cocaine, marijuana, and a handgun by the Interdiction Team.

Last Saturday (May 9, 2020), an Alabama State Trooper conducted a traffic stop on I-59. The Narcotics Unit was contacted, and during the search 8 illegal suboxone strips were located. Corey Yarbrough (37 of Boaz) was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Corey Yarbrough (37 of Boaz)

On Sunday, a DeKalb County Deputy conducted a traffic stop on 45th Street in Fort Payne. A search of the vehicle revealed Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia. Timothy Scott McKeehan (42 of Fort Payne) was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Timothy Scott McKeehan (42 of Fort Payne)

On Tuesday (May 12, 2020) an agent with the DeKalb County Interdiction Team observed a driver throw narcotics from a vehicle while conducting a traffic stop on County Road 47 near Powell. Methamphetamine was recovered from the scene, and Steven Carter (24 of Henagar) was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Criminal Littering, and Tampering with a Witness.

Steven Carter (24 of Henagar)

On Wednesday night (May 13, 2020), a DeKalb County Interdiction Agent conducted a traffic stop on County Road 50 (near Fyffe). After a search of the vehicle, the Agent located cocaine, crack cocaine, marijuana, a handgun, and illegal prescription pills.

The three occupants of the vehicle, Bruce Smith (29 of Birmingham), Demario Gunn (25 of Fyffe), and Vincent Moore (21 of Fort Payne) were all charged with Possession with intent to Distribute, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 1st Degree.

While being booked into the DeKalb County Detention Center, Corrections Officers discovered a large bag of suspected cocaine in the possession of Smith. He received an additional charge of Promoting Prison Contraband 2nd Degree.

Bruce Smith (29 of Birmingham) Demario Gunn (25 of Fyffe) Vincent Moore (21 of Fort Payne)

On Thursday night (May 14, 2020) an Interdiction Agent conducted a traffic stop on County Road 27 (near Sylvania). A K-9 was utilized, and after a search of the vehicle, Synthetic Marijuana was located. The driver, Roger Lynch (26 of Scottsboro) was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Roger Lynch (26 of Scottsboro)

In the early morning hours on Friday (May 15, 2020) an Interdiction Agent conducted a traffic stop at the Traveler's Inn in Collinsville. During a search, synthetic marijuana was located on the driver's person. Craig Maddox (19 of Collinsville) was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Craig Maddox (19 of Collinsville)

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the arrests: "This is an outstanding job by our Narcotics and Interdiction Team, along with our partner law enforcement agencies. We are especially thankful to get a dangerous substance like crack cocaine off of the streets."

"These individuals seemed to be in the business of selling this dangerous drug, and someone that would peddle this poison certainly does not need to have a handgun," he said.

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

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Suspect sought after Motorcycle Chase

Today (May 14, 2020), National Park Service Rangers initiated a pursuit with a motorcycle on Highway 35 near Little River Canyon National Preserve at approximately 10 am.

Shortly after the chase began ALEA State Troopers, the Fort Payne Police Department, and DeKalb County Deputies joined in the pursuit. The suspect continued down Highway 35 to Scenic Parkway, then turned on Fischer Road in Fort Payne.

The chase continued on County Road 153 until the suspect wrecked near the intersection with County Road 295.

The suspect fled on foot, and units on scene were unable to locate him after searching for several hours. He was spotted in the area by several residents before disappearing. DeSoto State Park Rangers also arrived to help with the search.

The suspect is described as a white male, wearing a white t-shirt, olive green short pants, and a black hat. He was heavily tattooed (tattoos on the neck and arms) and was carrying a black backpack.

The suspect also reportedly sustained injuries during the wreck. It is believed by law enforcement that the suspect could still be in the local area.

If you know the identity of this individual or believe you have spotted him, please contact our office at (256)845-3801.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said: "If you have seen this individual in the area today, please contact our office. Your identity will remain anonymous. We would really like to get him into custody."

"The pursuit could have gotten someone hurt or worse. Not to mention that when someone leads law enforcement on a pursuit like this, we don't know what kind of criminal activity he may be engaged in. He may be a danger to our communities," he said.

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

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Human Remains found near Mentone

Yesterday (May 12, 2020), a contractor doing work on a home near Mentone discovered human remains in a wooded area off of County Road 948.

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office was notified, and immediately began an investigation. Additional remains were located by investigators later in the afternoon.

Early this morning, DeKalb County Investigators were assisted in a thorough search of the area by the Center for Applied Forensics at Jacksonville State University, DeKalb County Deputies, ALEA, Mentone Police Department, Fort Payne Police Department, the Alabama Department of Game and Fish, Alabama Department of Pardons & Paroles, Fischer Rescue Squad, DeSoto Rescue Squad, and the Mentone Fire Department.

After an examination of the remains, it's estimated they are several years old. While official confirmation from medical examiners is pending, investigators believe they know the identity of the individual.

The remains are believed to be a male subject from Rome, Georgia that went missing in the area during the summer of 2016.

We'll update with more information after the identity has been confirmed. The remains were transported to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Huntsville for examination.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said: "I'd like to thank all the agencies that came out to help in the search this morning. Their hard work will help bring a family closure."

"We will update again when we are able to officially confirm the identity of the remains," he said.

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.

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