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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

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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.”

Several Arrest Over the Weekend

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For Immediate Release                                                                                March 20, 2017

 

                                                   Several Arrest Over the Weekend

 

Sheriff Jimmy Harris states as follows:

 

            On March 19th the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office was called out to a residence in Valley Head, stating a woman had been shot. Witnesses said that Roy Miller Barkley III, 50 of Valley Head and Stacy Stone was arguing, Barkley had a gun and during a confrontation the gun went off, hitting Stone. Barkley was arrested and charged with Attempted Murder. Stone was transported by Life Force helicopter to Erlanger hospital where she is listed as in critical condition at this time. This is still an ongoing investigation.

            On Friday, March 17 around 10:37 pm the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office got a tip from a concern citizen about a juvenile missing person. Fyffe Police Department and DeKalb County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived at a residence on Blackwell Street in Fyffe. The missing juvenile was found at that residence. Daniel David Wooten and Michael Anthony Wooten were also at the residence. Michael Anthony Wooten, 30 of Fyffe was arrested for three counts of Rape 2nd, three counts of Sodomy 2nd, Interference with Child Custody and Sorna Violation. Daniel David Wooten, 51 of Fyffe was also arrested and charged with Rape 2nd and Interference with Child Custody.

          On March 18th Claudio Toscano Mayoral, 30 of Albertville was found asleep in the back seat of a vehicle at a residence. Mayoral was arrested and charged with Use False ID to Obstruct Justice, Unlawful Break/Enter Vehicle and Criminal Trespass 3rd.

            On a different incident same date Derek Alfred Brown, 37 of Odenville, AL was found in possession of a stolen 18 Wheeler truck that was reported stolen from Talladega. At which time Talladega Sheriff’s Office was contacted. Brown was arrested and charged with Receiving Stolen Property 1st and Criminal Trespassing 3rd.

            Sheriff Harris says “this has been a very busy weekend. Thank you to the citizens for their tips and to the Police Departments for their help on these arrest.”

 Roy Miller Barkley

 Michael Anthony Wooten

 Daniel David Wooten

 

Claudio Toscano Mayoral

 

Derek Alfred Brown

 

 

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Juvenile Found with Drugs at Collinsville School

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For Immediate Release                                                                                     March 15, 2017

Juvenile Found with Drugs at Collinsville School

 

Sheriff Jimmy Harris states as follows:

 

On today’s date a teacher at Collinsville High School smelled a strong smell on two of the students as they walked into her class room. The assistant Principal, Principal and the SRO was alerted of the situation. The students were called to the Principals office for questioning. During questioning it came to their attentions that another student had drove one of them to school. That student was called to the office for questioning and was asked by the Principal if they could search his car. The student said no to the search, at which time K-9 Marianna and handler Deputy Akins was called to the school. When K-9 Marianna conducted an open air search around the vehicle, she alerted immediately on the vehicle.

As a result of the search an unsmoked marijuana cigarette, a partially smoked marijuana cigarette, an empty bottle of Scotch whisky, rolling papers, some lose marijuana and an unloaded pellet/BB pistol that resembled a real pistol was found. The parents were called and the juveniles were released to their parents pending a hearing with the Juvenile Probation Office. The DeKalb County Superintendent is aware of this situation.

Sheriff Harris says “The teacher did an outstanding job on noticing the smell and alerting the assistant principal, principal and SRO. Also this is another case where our K-9’s are so important in our fight against drugs.”

 

           

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Car Chase Leads to Arrest

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For Immediate Release                                                                                 March 13, 2017

Car Chase Leads to Arrest

 

Sheriff Jimmy Harris states as follows:

 

            On March 11th a DeKalb County Deputy attempted to stop a vehicle on County Road 479 for a traffic stop. When the driver of the vehicle Christopher Gerald Lacey, 45 of Boaz, refused to stop, the deputy advised other deputies, Crossville Police Department, and Geraldine Police Department and requested assistance in stopping the vehicle. During the chase Deputies were informed that the vehicle was reported stolen from Albertville.

           

            After a short chase Lacey ran the vehicle into a corn field and fled on foot to a wooded area close by. K-9 Marianna picked up the scent of Lacey and led Deputies and Officers to him. Lacey was arrested and charged with Receiving Stolen Property 1st, Reckless Endangerment, Attempt to Elude, and Resisting Arrest. Lacey also received several traffic citations.

           

            Sheriff Harris says “Our K-9 Marianna also did a great job on finding Lacey in the woods and thanks to the Deputies, Crossville Officers, and Geraldine Officers for their assistance in obtaining Lacey.”

 

Christopher Gerald Lacey

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Traffic Stops Leads to Three Arrest

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For Immediate Release                                                                                   March 1, 2017

 

        Traffic Stops Leads to Three Arrest

 

Sheriff Jimmy Harris states as follows:

 

            On February 28th the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office made several drug arrest from traffic stops.

DeKalb County Deputies set up a driver’s license check point on County Road 44 and County Road 50, as a result Charles Scott Steakley, 24 of Brookwood, Alabama was asked to pull over for not having a driver’s license, K-9 Yogi and Deputy conducted an open air sniff of the vehicle and K-9 Yogi indicated drugs were in the vehicle. As a result of the search deputies found two small baggies with a white crystal substance that filed tested positive for meth, and a glass pipe, at which time the DeKalb County Drug and Major Crimes Unit was called to the scene. Steakley was arrested and charged with two counts of Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. After Steakley was transported to the DeKalb County Detention Center he was found to have meth on his person. Steakley was then charges of Promote Prison Contraband 2nd in addition to the other charges.

            On an unrelated traffic stop on Hwy 35, Yancarlos Saldana, 23 of Albertville, the driver of the vehicle was found to have warrants from Guntersville Police Department. Saldana was detained and was found with methamphetamine on his person. While K-9 Yogi and deputy conducted an open air sniff of the vehicle, a Fort Payne Police officer came to assist, asking the passenger Arele Cordoba Alvarado, 24 of Albertville to step out of the vehicle. Alvarado was found with two glass pipes and a plastic container with a white substance inside on her person. In the meantime K-9 Yogi indicated that drugs were in the vehicle. During the search of the vehicle Deputies and Officers found several glass pipes and methamphetamine. At which time the DeKalb County Drug and Major Crimes Unit was called. Both Yancarlos and Alvarado was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

            Sheriff Harris says “the K-9 handler Dusty Jones and K-9 Yogi made these cases possible. The three K-9’s we have, 2 drug and 1 arson K-9, are essential on making arrest on these types of cases. The three K-9’s we have here at the Sheriff’s Office were purchased with Pistol Permit funds and no tax collected money was used. Thank you to the Fort Payne Officers for assisting with the arrest on Hwy 35.”

 

 Charles Scott Steakley

 

Yancarlos Saldana

 Arele Cordoba Alvarado

 

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Additional Church theft arrest

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For Immediate Release                                                                                  February 13, 2017

Update to Church Theft Arrests

 

Sheriff Jimmy Harris states as follows:

 

            DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office investigators have continued to pursue all leads concerning the church thefts, in doing so, another suspect has been arrested. On February 9, 2017 Markus Tibbett, 22, of Albertville was arrested and charged with theft of property and criminal mischief. Tibbett has also been charged with theft of property in relation to another case. This arrest comes after the January 3rd arrests of Anthony Collins and James Edward Barron, who were charged with committing thefts against local churches last month. This investigation continues and more charges are possible.

Sheriff Harris states “I am proud of our investigators and deputies for their persistence and hard work to conduct a thorough investigation into each and every case that they handle.”

 

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