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AFAPA Training

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For Immediate Release                                                                                       May 17, 2017

              AFAPA Training

 

Sheriff Jimmy Harris states as follows:

 

            On the dates of May 11th and 12th DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Michael Edmondson and Reserve Deputy Greg Nelson went to Shocco Springs, Alabama to teach training courses at the Alabama Foster and Adoptive Parent Association’s (AFAPA), Annual Statewide Conference. Chief Deputy Michael Edmondson taught a Drug Awareness in Our Community course and Reserve Deputy Greg Nelson taught a Child Car Seat Safety course.

            The attendees of the conference included foster and adoptive parents from across the state as well as relative caregivers, child welfare workers and State DHR employees. Both the Edmondson family and the Nelson family are adoptive families and have a strong conviction about the safety of Foster families.

            Chief Deputy Edmondson says “It was an honor to be asked for the second year to attend and teach this course. The courses taught at theses conferences are beneficial to the foster parents by teaching them what to look for in different situations and how to properly install and make sure that the child car seat is secured in a vehicle. These are just two of the courses that was taught at the conference among some other great courses.”

           Sheriff Jimmy Harris “Our job here at the Sheriff’s office is not only to protect the citizens of our County but it’s also about going out and teaching the citizens how to keep our children safe, whether it be about drug, alcohol, or even car seat safety.”

     

 

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Traffic Violation Turns into Drug Arrest

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For Immediate Release                                                                                   May 16, 2017

           

                                                       Traffic Violation Turns into Drug Arrest

 

Sheriff Jimmy Harris states as follows:

 

            On Saturday May 13th a DeKalb County K-9 Deputy pulled over a vehicle for a traffic violation on County Road 155 in Flat Rock. When the Deputy approached the vehicle the driver Jamie Shrader, 45 of Chattanooga Tennessee, told the Deputy that he had a Methamphetamine pipe in the vehicle. Shrader was asked to step out of the vehicle, the deputy then did search of the vehicle with K-9 Yogi and as a result 38 grams of ICE methamphetamine, 24 Ecstasy, 4 Xanax, a set of scales and 2 hideaway compartments were found. Shrader was then arrested and charged with Trafficking in any Illegal Drugs, 2 counts of Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

               Chief Deputy Michael Edmondson says “This is just another example of how our K-9’s Yogi and Marianna work with our Deputies and they are working extremely hard to rid drugs in our County.

            I would also like for everyone especially parents to be aware of this drug Ecstasy that is circulating around our County. Its appearance is a rainbow of colors like the marshmallows in Lucky charms. This is a dangerous drug and we need to educate our children to stay away from it.”

 

Jamey Ray Shrader

 
   

 

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Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrest

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For Immediate Release                                                                                    May 15, 2017

                                                   Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrest

 

Sheriff Jimmy Harris states as follows:

           

            On May 14th DeKalb County K-9 Deputy conducted a traffic stop on County Road 3 in Crossville. The vehicle failed to pull over for approximately a half a mile in the meantime the Deputy and Geraldine Officer observed the driver, Jeffery Lynn Corbin, 48 of Boaz throwing several items out the window as he pulled into a driveway. When Deputy and Officer located the items they found 2 plastic bags with methamphetamine inside, with the amount totaling 33 grams. A search of the vehicle was conducted and as a result a set of weights and a large amount of money was found. A large amount of money was also found on Corbin’s person. At this time the DeKalb County Drug and Major Crimes Unit was contacted. Corbin was arrested and charged with Trafficking in any Illegal Drug, Criminal Littering and Drug Paraphernalia.

            Chief Deputy Michael Edmondson says ”I want to thank the Deputies and Geraldine Officer for their attentiveness to detail and follow up on what was first a traffic violation that turned into a large drug seizure.”        

   

 Jeffery Lynn Corbin

   

 

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Drug Arrest

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For Immediate Release                                                                                          May 5, 2017

              Drug Arrest

 

Sheriff Jimmy Harris states as follows:

 

            On 05-04-2017, DeKalb County Drug and Major Crimes Unit and Fort Payne Police went to Deerfield Apartments in Fort Payne, AL to serve a felony arrest warrant. Agents went to the apartment but no one was at home. Agents knocked on nearby apartment doors to ask neighbors if they had seen anyone living in the Apartment. While speaking to a neighbor at a nearby Apartment, Agents detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the Apartment. Agents obtained a search warrant and found a large amount of Marijuana, drug paraphernalia and money. Demarcus Lorenzo Warren, of Fort Payne, Al was arrested and charged with Unlawful possession of marijuana first degree and Unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Warren was transported to the Fort Payne City jail.

            Chief Deputy Michael Edmondson says “the DeKalb County Drug and Major Crimes Unit and Fort Payne Police did a great job on being aware of their surroundings and to make this arrest possible.”

 

Demarcus Lorenzo Warren

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Weekend Drug Arrests

MEDIA RELEASE

 

For Immediate Release                                                                                  May 1, 2017

Weekend Drug Arrests

 

Sheriff Jimmy Harris states as follows:

 

            On April 29, 2017 a DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a traffic stop on county road 44 in the Guest Community. During the stop both the driver and passenger were found to be in possession of methamphetamine. Illegal prescription pills and drug paraphernalia were also found in the vehicle. John Amos Narron, 28, of Crossville was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of controlled substance, illegal possession of prescription pills, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Tracey Lynn Freeman, 38, of Fort Payne was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

            Also on April 29, deputies responded to a call on Municipal Drive in Fort Payne concerning possible drug activity. Once on scene deputies confronted a male and female subject outside the residence. While investigating for possible drug activity, drug paraphernalia and illegal prescription pills were located. Heather Mckenzie Perryman, 33, of Fort Payne and Billy Earl Mcclendon, 42, of Fort Payne were arrested and charged with unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

            On Friday April 28, 2017, DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office K-9 units conducted searches of Crossville High School and Fyffe High School. During the search of Fyffe High School a juvenile was found to have marijuana in a locker as well as Xanax on their person. The case has been turned over to the Juvenile Probation Office.

            Sheriff Harris states: “The deputies and our police departments working together help us continue the fight against drugs in our county. Our two K-9 units are a vital part in our efforts to combat illegal drug activity on the road and in our schools. Superintendent Barnett continues to work closely with the Sheriff’s Office in order to keep our schools safe.”

                  

                Billy Mcclendon        Heather Perryman          John Narron             Tracey Freeman

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Death Investigation

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For Immediate Release                                                                                       April 17, 2017

   Death Investigation

 

Sheriff Jimmy Harris states as follows:

 

            On Friday April 14th DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office received a call from 911 stating that a female had called in about a domestic violence situation on County Road 232 on Lookout Mountain. DeKalb County Deputies, Alabama State Troopers, and DeKalb County Investigators responded to the call. When Deputies, Troopers, and Investigators arrived at the residence they observed a male subject face down and unresponsive in the road way behind the residence, at which time the DeKalb County Ambulance Service was called to the scene. The male subject was identified as Alberto Pablo Felipe, 36 of Fort Payne. A short time after the Ambulance service arrived, Coroner Tom Wilson came and pronounced Felipe dead. The District Attorney Mike O’Dell was notified and he ordered an autopsy. Felipe’s body was transported by DeKalb County Coroner’s office to Department of Forensic Science in Huntsville for an autopsy.

            Sheriff Harris says “Investigators a long with Deputies have worked all weekend and are continuing on following up on information today, as we wait for the results of the autopsy. This is an ongoing investigation and no further information can be given at this time.”

Busy Weekend – Several Arrested for Drugs

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For Immediate Release                                                                                  April 11, 2017

              Busy Weekend – Several Arrested for Drugs

 

Sheriff Jimmy Harris states as follows:

 

            Over the weekend several individuals were arrested on various drug charges.

 

            On April 9th Deputies pulled over a vehicle on Highway 35 in Rainsville for a traffic violation. Deputies observed a strong marijuana smell coming from the vehicle driven by Darius Trevon Cottrell, 19 of Fort Payne. With a search of the vehicle marijuana was found in the driver seat and on Cottrell’s person. Cottrell was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd and tampering with Physical Evidence.

On April 10th a Deputy and a Crossville Police Officer witnessed a vehicle going at a high rate of speed on County Road 24. When the Deputy and Police Officer attempted to pull the vehicle over, the vehicle turned on County Road 8, hitting a mailbox and ran a stop sign before running off into a ditch and flipping the vehicle on County Road 456. Once the vehicle came to a rest, George Victor Morton, 35 of Albertville jumped out of the vehicle and took off on foot. After a short foot chase Morton was arrested and charged with Attempting to Elude, Criminal Mischief 3rd and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

            On same day but separate incident, Deputies pulled over a vehicle for speeding. Once stopped Deputies asked Dylan Nathaniel Essex, 19 of Fort Payne to step out of the vehicle, Deputies then found marijuana and a marijuana pipe on his person. As a result Essex was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd.

            Another incident, the DeKalb County Drug and Major Crimes Unit pulled over a vehicle for speeding on the I-59. When approaching the vehicle the Agent could smell a strong odor coming from the vehicle. The driver Corvis Ambers, 31 of Birmingham was asked to step out of the vehicle. After a search of the vehicle, marijuana, prescription drugs and a gun was found. Ambers was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 1st, Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

            Also on April 10th, 3 individuals DeWayne Levon Childrey, 23 of Stone Mountain GA, Shala D. Gillespie, 36 of Philadelphia, PA, and Courtney Dwayne Ayers, 36 of Decaur, GA were stopped at a driver’s license check point. When Deputies and Officers assessed the vehicle they noticed a strong smell. The K-9 Deputy got K-9 Yogi to do an open air sniff of the vehicle, K-9 Yogi indicated that there were drugs inside the vehicle. The vehicle was searched and marijuana was found. All three individuals were arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

           

            Early this morning a vehicle pulled up to a Deputy on County Road 169 and County Road 812 in Higdon. While the Deputy was speaking to the individuals it came back that the passenger Joseph Ryan West, 30 of Higdon had warrants on him in DeKalb County, Jackson County and Ider Police Department, at which time West was detained. The Deputy asked the driver Joey Lynn Williams, 50 of Flat Rock, to step out of the vehicle and was found with marijuana on his person. During a search of the vehicle a hand gun was found under the front seat of the vehicle and neither West nor Williams obtained a pistol permit. Both West and Williams were arrested. West was charged with Carrying Concealed Weapon and warrants of Failure to Appear. Williams was charged with Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd, and Carrying Concealed Weapon.

            Sheriff Harris says “As our Deputies and Police Officers continue to work together with the help of our K-9’s, we will continue to make arrest, have convictions and be successful on our fight against drugs.”

 

 

Darius Trevon Cottrell

 

George Victor Morton

 Dylan Nathaniel Essex

 

 

 

DeWayne Levon Childrey

 

Shala D. Gillespie

 

 

Courney DeWayne Ayers

 

Joseph Ryan West

 

Joey Lynn Williams

 

Corvis Ambers

 

Ambers arrest

 

Ambers arrest

 

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Deputies Graduation Law Enforcement Academy

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For Immediate Release                                                                                       April 10, 2017  

 

   Deputies Graduation Law Enforcement Academy

 

 

            Sheriff Jimmy Harris is proud to announce the graduation of Seth Cagle and David Stanley from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Academy. The Graduation was held Sunday April 9th at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center. This Academy is a 14 month every other weekend academy and it takes a lot of time and dedication to complete. The Academy had a total of 27 students to graduate, among those there was 14 from a Sheriff’s Office and 13 from a Police Department, from all over the State.

            Sheriff Harris stated, “I want to congratulate Deputies Cagle and Stanley, I know they will do an outstanding job for the citizens of our county.”

 

 

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SRO Receives an Award

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For Immediate Release                                                                                    March 31, 2017

SRO Receives an Award

 

Sheriff Jimmy Harris states as follows:

 

          On March 21, 2017 Sergeant Robin Snider the DARE coordinator for Alabama came to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office to present School Resource/DARE Officer Lieutenant Anthony Bartley with the DARE officer of the year award.

            Sheriff Harris says “Lieutenant Bartley started in 1992 at the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office as a jailer he was then he was promoted to Chief Jail Administrator in 1994. He has also worked as a Deputy, and then in 1995 he became a School Resource/ DARE Officer for the DeKalb County School System and worked his way up to Lieutenant School Resource/DARE Supervisor. Lieutenant Bartley has put in a lot of hard work and long hours coordinating the DARE program between all of the other School Resource Officers, the DeKalb County School System, and DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office. Lieutenant Bartley has done an outstanding job and this award is well deserved.”

 

 

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The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office Will Open on Saturdays

MEDIA RELEASE

 

For Immediate Release                                                                                     March 27, 2017

                         

                                      The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office Will Open on Saturdays

 

Sheriff Jimmy Harris states as follows:

 

            “For the past couple of years we have been working on opening the office on Saturdays to accompany the people who are unable to make it to the office during our regular office hours.

            Starting Saturday April 1, 2017 the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office will be open from 8:00 to 3:45. We will open for people to pick up reports and to renew their pistol permits.

            Sheriff Harris says “we feel like this will help people who are unable to make it down here during the week to renew a pistol permit or to get a report.

            The office workers are going to rotate their days off and they will take one day off during the week and work that Saturday, so there will not be any overtime expense to the County.

            We would like to encourage the ones who wants to take part in this to please be here before 3:45. Because there will only be one person working and the amount of time it takes to pull a report or renew a pistol permit we do not want them to have to work any overtime.

            We are also looking into a computer program that will assist you on renewing you pistol permits online.”

            Chief Deputy Michael Edmondson says “This is just another way for us to make the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office more accessible to the citizens of DeKalb County.”

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