Message From The Sheriff
NICK WELDEN  ( read )
24 Hours:
Crime Tip:
2801 Jordan Road SW
Fort Payne, AL 35968
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8:00am - 4:00pm


Two stabbed in Shiloh community overnight

FORT PAYNE, Ala. - On Sunday, January 7th, DeKalb County Deputies and Officers with Rainsville Police Department responded to a residence on Dawson Ave in the Shiloh community in regards to an assault with a knife.  As the initial deputy neared the residence, he encountered a male subject on foot fleeing from the location and found reason to detain him.  The deputy and Rainsville Officers then proceeded to the residence and found two victims suffering from life-threatening injuries on scene.  Immediate aid was rendered by the responding Deputies and Officers and DeKalb Ambulance Service responded shortly thereafter.  DeKalb County Investigators and Jacksonville State University's Center for Applied Forensics Analysts were then notified and responded to the scene.

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Ballard Eugene Pennington, Jr. (52 of Rainsville)

After an investigation by the DeKalb County Criminal Investigation Division, Ballard Eugene Pennington, Jr. (52 of Rainsville) aka "BB' was arrested and charged with Domestic Violence 1st (x2) which is a Class A Felony.  This is an ongoing investigation and other changes may be forthcoming. 

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: "Thank you to all 1st Responders for your swift action in rendering aid to the victims and also in the arrest of the assailant. We are focused on protecting the citizens of this county, especially the ones who cannot protect themselves."

"Please pray for the victims as well as their family."

"God Bless!" Concluded Sheriff Welden.