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Administrative Offices Closed on Saturday

We regret to inform you that our Administrative Offices will no longer be open on Saturday’s. Opening on Saturday was not utilized as effectively as previously thought. For your convenience, in the near future we will be implementing an online program for the purchase and renewal of pistol permits.

Sheriff Jimmy Harris and the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office is grateful for your continued support.

Two Jail Arrest

MEDIA RELEASE

 

For Immediate Release                                                                            July 21, 2017

 

                                                         Two Jail Arrest

 

Sheriff Jimmy Harris states as follows:

 

            On July 19th following an investigation by DeKalb County Sheriff ‘s Office and DeKalb County Drug Task Force Belinda Sue Lewis, 49 of Rainsville a former employee of the Trinity Food service that is contracted to work in the kitchen of the DeKalb County Detention Center was arrested for 3 counts distribution of controlled substance and conspiracy controlled substance crime. In connection 2 inmates David Cooper, 44 of Valley Head and Dustin McClain Ward, 31 of Aragon Ga, were also charged during the investigation for conspiracy controlled substance crime and promoting prison contraband.

           

            On July 20th following about a two month investigation by DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office and Drug Task Force, Morgan McCurdy, 23 of Fort Payne an employee of DeKalb County Detention Center and former employee of Jackson County Detention Center was arrested for unlawful possession of controlled substance and promoting prison contraband 2nd. McCurdy has been with the DeKalb County Detention Center for about a year as the LPN in jail Medical. The jail staff has work with the Investigators and Drug Task Force many hours on this investigation. It all came to an end last night when we received video surveillance of information that there would be a drug drop in a restaurant parking lot to Ms. McCurdy. In the parking lot we observed a male walking across the parking lot and handing Ms. McCurdy a package. As she left the restaurant undercover agents and myself followed her to the Fort Payne Walmart parking lot where she was stop and was transported back to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office for questioning. K-9 Marianna and Deputy Akins was called to the scene where Marianna alerted on the vehicle Ms. McCurdy was driving. The package contained methamphetamine, prescription pills, cell phone charger and two cans of tobacco. This was exactly what we received on video and audio surveillance that Ms. McCurdy was supposed to deliver to an inmate in the jail. This investigation is continuing. Ms. McCurdy has admitted her wrong doing and is real remorseful.

           

            Sheriff Harris says “I am so pleased for the work of the medical staff, corrections officers, investigators, deputies and K-9 unit. This is an embarrassment to us and the law enforcement professionals. The men and women at the Sheriff’s Office continue to fight the drug war every day and every night. For one of our employees that we have trusted this is truly a disappointment to me and them that work hard every day here at the Sheriff’s Office. No one is above the law and it never has and never will been tolerated in my office.”

 

Belinda Sue Lewis

 

David Austin Cooper

 

Dustin Mcclain Ward

 Morgan Elyse McCurdy

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Drug Arrest and Wanted Man Found

MEDIA RELEASE

 

For Immediate Release                                                                              July 19, 2017

                                             Drug Arrest and Wanted Man Found

 

Sheriff Jimmy Harris states as follows:

 

 

            On July 18th Sylvania Police assisted DeKalb County Drug Task Force in going to a residence on 7th Street North in Sylvania to serve Federal arrest warrants for Trafficking in Marijuana and Illegal Possession of Firearms on Eric Shane Freeman, 48 of Sylvania. Once at the residence and making contact with Freeman they saw a sawed off shot gun in plain sight. At which time Drug Task Force obtained a search warrant. After the execution of the warrant a large amount of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and marijuana was found inside the residence.

            Eric Shane Freeman was arrested and charged with Possession of short barrel shotgun, unlawful possession of marijuana 1st, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, and distribution of controlled substance.

           

            On the same date, different occurrence, DeKalb County Deputies conducted a traffic stop on County Road 47 and Poole Circle in Fyffe. Once Deputy was at the vehicle he noticed a bucket in the floor board of the passenger side with a green leafy substance inside, when the driver of the vehicle was asked about it he stated that it was marijuana. The Deputy check to see if there was any warrants on Christopher Allen White, 41 of Henagar and it came back that he had several warrants with different agencies along with a child support warrant with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office. Upon a search of the vehicle a marijuana pipe along with the bucket of marijuana was found. White was arrested on the warrant for non-child support and charged with unlawful possession of marijuana 2nd and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

            DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office has been looking for John Christopher Hunter, 34 of Valley Head, who has 14 outstanding warrants on him with two being felony warrants.

            The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office had received a tip stating that he would be in a red Buick. As the Deputies waited near his residence, they noticed a vehicle that fit the description pulling out of the residence with a female driver. When Deputies made a traffic stop on the vehicle the female driver Brenda Downer Johnson, 68 of Valley Head was asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle or if she knew where her son was, so stated no but did not give consent to search the vehicle. K-9 Marianna and K-9 Deputy was called to the scene to do an open air sniff of the vehicle. K-9 Marianna indicted two times that there was drugs inside the vehicle. A search of the vehicle was conducted, and as a result John Christopher Hunter was found in the trunk of the vehicle.

            After a short struggle John Christopher Hunter was arrested on the 14 warrants ranging from failure to appear, traffic violation, probation violation to attempting to elude and charged with resisting arrest. Brenda Downer Johnson was also arrested and charged with hindering prosecution 2nd.

           

           

            Chief Deputy Michael Edmondson states “We are proud of the DeKalb County Drug Task Force and Deputies for the hard work that they do to rid drugs from our County and thanks to the Sylvania Police Officers and Chief John Seals for helping us make it possible. We continue to make arrest all over the County with the assistance of other agencies, our K-9’s and tips from our website. All of these are an essential part of making these types of arrest day and night.”  

 

Eric Shane Freeman

 

Christopher Allen White

 

Brenda Downer Johnson

 

John Christopher Hunter

           

           

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Working Together

MEDIA RELEASE

 

For Immediate Release                                                                            July 17, 2017

     Working Together

 

Sheriff Jimmy Harris states as follows:

 

            DeKalb County Sheriff’s Investigators has had an ongoing investigation on Joseph Wayne Willis, 31 of Fort Payne for the burglary that occurred on County Road 270 in Fort Payne back in June. The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office has a warrant for Willis for this burglary. When Etowah County Sheriff’s Office learned of the warrant they contacted the DeKalb County Investigators to let them know that they had arrested Willis on unrelated charges and a hold was put on Willis for his extradition to the DeKalb County Detention Center at a later date.

             Chief Deputy Michael Edmondson says “this is a good example of how our Deputies and Investigators work diligently with surrounding Counties to solve cases and thanks to Etowah County for being observant on the warrant and calling us about Willis.”

 

Joseph Wayne Willis

 

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Man Hunt

MEDIA RELEASE

 

For Immediate Release                                                                               July 13, 2017

              Man Hunt

 

Sheriff Jimmy Harris states as follows:

 

            On Wednesday morning July 12, 2017 the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office was contacted by the United States Marshals Service (USMS) to assist in locating and arresting Craig Avery Carrell, 43 years old, from the Higdon community of DeKalb County. Carrell was wanted on two felony warrants issued in Georgia charging him with Aggravated Assault.

 

            Deputies, Agents of the DeKalb County Drug Task Force, and the Jackson County Drug Unit assisted the USMS with the fugitive investigation which took them to Rainsville and other parts of DeKalb County before locating Carrell on Alabama Ave. in Fort Payne. Carrell was the passenger in a vehicle being operated by female Jordan Karee Bradley, 27 of Sylvania who was the only other occupant. After Carrell was taken into custody, methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia were located inside the vehicle and both Carrell and Bradley were arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd degree, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. They were transported to the DeKalb County Detention Center. Bail amounts for the pair have not been set at this time. After Carrell posts bond he will be subject to extradition to Georgia.

            Sheriff Harris states “Thanks to the effort of all the agents and agencies involved and having an Investigator Hal Nash on the USMS for years we were able to assist and make this arrest without any incidents.”

 

Craig Avery Carrell

 

Jordan Karee Bradley

 

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Several Traffic Stops Leads to Arrest

MEDIA RELEASE

 

For Immediate Release                                                                             July 12, 2017

 

                                                      Several Traffic Stops Leads to Arrest

 

Sheriff Jimmy Harris states as follows:

 

            On July 9th Deputies and Ider Police Officers conducted a driver license check point at the intersection of County Road 169 and County Road 812 in Bryant. When Christi Ruth Allison, 46 of Flat Rock and Charles Wooten, 63 of Trenton pulled up to the check point the Deputies and Officers noticed Wooten moving a black container, when they asked about it Wooten gave it to them. Inside the container was two baggies, one that contained methamphetamine and the other containing marijuana, some prescription drugs, and a glass pipe. At which time the DeKalb County Drug Task Force was contacted. Allison and Wooten were both arrested and charged with 2 counts of Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Illegal Possession of Prescription Drugs, and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd. The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office also had a Failure to comply warrant on Wooten.

            On July 10th two separate traffic stops were conducted one being on County Road 85 in Henagar, where a consented search of the vehicle resulted in the finding of a small black case that contained syringes and baggies with methamphetamine inside, the DeKalb County Drug Task Force was contacted. Timothy Wayne Smith, 45 of Fort Payne was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

            On the other traffic stop the deputy pulled over Derick Nash Farmer, 20 of Fyffe on Alabama Highway 35 in Fyffe. The Deputy asked Farmer if he had any illegal drugs, Farmer was found with a small blue cigar pack that contained spice on his person, and at that time the DeKalb County Drug Task force was contacted. Farmer was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

            Sheriff Harris states “These Deputies, Ider Police Officers and Drug Task Force are doing a great job on trying to rid drugs from our County.”

 

Christi Ruth Allison

 Charles Wooten

 

Timothy Wayne Smith

 

Derick Nash Farmer

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Weekend Incidents

MEDIA RELEASE

 

For Immediate Release                                                                            July 10, 2017

             Weekend Incidents

 

Sheriff Jimmy Harris states as follows:

 

            On Saturday July 8th the DeKalb County sheriff’s Office received a call to go do a welfare check of a child, due to possible drug activity at a residence. When Deputies and Geraldine Police Officers arrived at the door of the residence they detected a strong odor of Marijuana. Once inside the residence Deputies and Officers found a small amount of marijuana, at which time the DeKalb County Drug Task Force was contacted and a search warrant was issued for the residence. DHR was also called to the scene due to children being present. As a result of the search two pounds of Marijuana, several guns and a large amount of cash was found inside the residence.

            As a result Lisa Cranford, 59 of Geraldine was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Charles Jacob Cranford, 22 of Dawson was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 1st, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Chemical Endangerment of Exposing a Child; and Destiny Hope Banks, 20 of Geraldine was also arrested and charged with Chemical Endangerment of Exposing a Child.

            Sheriff Harris says “The Deputies, DeKalb County Drug Task Force and Geraldine Officers did a great job on noticing the strong odor. We are glad to get those children out of a situation like this.”

           

            On the same day at approximately 8:15 pm the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office received a call to College Street in Crossville about a stabbing. When Crossville Police and Deputies arrived the victim Michael Woods age 48 was laying in the street responsive, but heavily bleeding. Deputies and Officers secured the scene and detained the suspect Dakota Broome 24.

            Woods had come over to Broome’s residence to pick up his daughter that is engaged to Broome. Shortly after Woods arrived an argument began between him and Broome. Broome asked Woods to leave the property, when Woods attacked Broome. Broome then stabbed Woods. The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Investigators processed the scene. No arrest have been made at this time, due to the ongoing investigation on this case.

            Sheriff Harris says “the Deputies, Crossville Officers and Investigators have done a great job on this case so far. This is all the information that will be released at this time due to the ongoing investigation.”

 

Lisa Cranford

 

Charles Jacob Cranford

 Destiny Hope Banks

 

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Holiday Drug Arrests

MEDIA RELEASE

 

For Immediate Release                                                                                       7-05-2017

Holiday Drug Arrests

 

Sheriff Jimmy Harris states as follows:

 

            On July 1, 2017 deputies were called to a residence on county road 221 concerning a suspicious vehicle. Once on scene, deputies discovered the home had been broken into. Inside the home deputies located two suspects asleep in a bedroom as well as a bag of methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia. Angelia Bean, 42, of Summerfield, Florida was arrested and charged with burglary 3rd. Timothy Fox, 26, of Ocala, Florida was arrested and charged with burglary 3rd, possession of controlled substance, possession of marijuana 2nd, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Deputies located a third suspect asleep inside the suspicious vehicle, Brad Keen, 36, of Wildwood, Florida was arrested and charged with criminal trespass 3rd.

            On July 5, 2017 two separate traffic stops resulted in three people being arrested and charged with marijuana possession. During both traffic stops the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office K-9 was utilized to assist in locating the marijuana. Ryan Keel, 25, of Scottsboro; Jeremy Waddell, 24, of Fyffe; and Crystal Davidson, 39, of Boaz were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana 2nd and possession of drug paraphernalia.

            Sheriff Harris states, “I am proud of the hard work and dedication of our deputies. They work hard every day to remove drugs from our county with the help of our K-9 units. If you see illegal activity, call 256-845-3801 or visit our website at www.dekalbcountysheriff.org”

 

Angela Hannah Bean

 Timothy Ray Fox

 

Brad William Keen

 

Ryan Keel

 

Jeremy Drake Waddell

 

Crystal Holcomb Davidson

 

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DeKalb County Needs to Be Aware of Scams

MEDIA RELEASE

 

For Immediate Release                                                                                   June 30, 2017

 

                                                DeKalb County Needs to Be Aware of Scams

 

Sheriff Jimmy Harris states as follows:

 

            Sheriff Harris want the citizens of DeKalb County know that it is getting that time of year and there are new scams going around. Here at the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office we are receiving reports of scams with someone calling from a local number that you may or may not know. These calls may show up as a person in the community on your caller ID. The scammers will tell you that they are calling from a Hearing Aid company, or any other company, trying to sell you something.

            Phone and Internet scams are a daily problem. Use common sense as you go through these calls or e-mails. Never verify or give out account information over the phone or internet. Never wire money to collect money. Never cash a check to send money back.

            Chief Deputy Michael Edmondson says “these phone calls are scams even if it shows up as a local number or if you know the number or not, you need to exercise cautious and do not give out any personal information over the phone.”

Body Found in a Field

MEDIA RELEASE

 

For Immediate Release                                                                                      June 28, 2017

  Body Found in a Field

 

Sheriff Jimmy Harris states as follows:

 

 

            On June 27th DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a farmer on County Road 820 in the Grove Oak community, about a vehicle that he found in a field. When deputies arrived they found a body close to the vehicle, at which time an investigation was started. The body has not yet been positively identified. Jacksonville State University Center for Applied Forensics came to the scene to help with the processing of the scene. The body was sent to the Department of Forensics Science in Montgomery for an autopsy. This is still an ongoing investigation and no further information will be released at this time.

            Chief Deputy Michael Edmondson says “Thank you to the Jacksonville State University Center for Applied Forensics for their assistance on this case.”

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