Press Releases


JCSO Employees Update re: COVID-19

Regarding the Jackson County Sheriff's Office employees who were placed on self quarentine due to being in the proximity of a person who was in the proximity of a COVID-19 Positive person.  All employees have been cleared to return to work on Friday March 27, 2020.  This determination was made based on the fact that the person that the employees were in the proximity of has now reached the recommended number of days, after possible exposure, and has NOT exhibited any symptoms of the COVID-19 Virus. 

Sex Abuse Arrest

On Wednesday March 18, 2020, Benjamin Adam TINKER, age 33 of Higdon, AL. surrendered himself to the Jackson County Jail on outstanding Indictments which were returned by the March 2020 session of the Jackson County Grand Jury. TINKER was charged with Four (4) Counts of Sex Abuse of a Child Less Than 12 Years of Age, One (1) Count of Rape 1st Degree, and One (1) Count of Enticing a Child Less Than 12 Years of Age for Immoral Purposes. These Indictments stemmed from an investigation conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office with substantial assistance from the Dade County Georgia Sheriff's Office and the Georgia Child Advocacy Center. These crimes allegedly took place in 2010 and 2011 in Jackson County, Alabama and involved two (2) female victims. TINKER remains in the Jackson County Jail on $60,000 bond.

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Murder Arrest

On Monday March 09, 2020 at approximately 2:35 PM the Jackson County Sheriff's Office received a call regarding a person being shot at a residence on County Road 36 in Hollywood, AL. Personnel from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office and Hollywood Police Department responded to the scene and verbally made contact with the suspect (Eric SCOTT) who was still inside the residence. SCOTT refused to exit the residence and made threats to Law Enforcement. Deputies deployed tear gas into the residence but SCOTT again refused to exit. Based on the belief that someone was shot inside the residence, Deputies and Officers made entry into the residence and took SCOTT into custody. Subsequently the body of a female (later identified as Anna Grogan BROWN age 45 of Scottsboro, AL.) was located inside the residence. BROWN was pronounced dead on the scene by the Jackson County Coroner.


SCOTT age 36 of Hollywood, AL. was arrested and charged with Murder in connection to this investigation.  SCOTT was transported to the Jackson County Jail and booked without incident. Bond has not yet been set and this investigation is continuing.


Special thanks to the Hollywood Police Department, Hollywood Fire Department, Jackson County Coroner's Office and Highlands Ambulance Service for their rapid response and critical assistance during this case.


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Murder Arrest

On Wednesday March 4, 2020, members of the Jackson County Sheriff's Office arrested Raymond Lawrence TALLEY age 27 of Woodville, Alabama in connection with the Murder of Charles David MCEWEN. MCEWEN was found, deceased, in a wooded area on Jackson County Road 140 in the Estillfork community in northwest Jackson County on Sunday March 1, 2020. MCEWEN's death appeared to be a Homicide which was investigated by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office Investigations Division. Based on this investigation, TALLEY was charged with Murder, Possession of Methamphetamine, Certain Persons Forbidden to Possess a Pistol and 4 counts of Altering a Serial Number on a Firearm. TALLEY was placed in the Jackson County Jail and Bond has not yet been set.  Booking photo below. 



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Arrest of Stephen OTT



On Friday December 13,2019 deputies with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office responded to a call reference the sexual assault of a 12 year old female.  An investigation was conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division and Patrol Deputies with assistance from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED ) Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Forces.  Based on this investigation, on Saturday December 14, 2019, Stephen Fredrick OTT, age 50 of Bryant, Alabama was arrested and charged with the following crimes:


Rape 1st degree


Sodomy 2nd degree


Production of Pornography With Minors ( 32 counts )


The investigation is still ongoing and additional charges are expected.

OTT is currently in the Jackson County Jail and bond has not yet been set. 




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JCSO Escapee Jericho Tidwell

On Wednesday December 4, 2019 at approximately 3:00 PM, Jericho TIDWELL escaped from a work release detail at Stevenson Park. TIDWELL had been working this detail for several weeks and was in jail for a Probation Revocation. TIDWELL, pictured below, is a White, Male, 5'10" tall, approximately 150 pounds with brown shaved hair, hazel eyes and numerous tatoos including visible tatoos on his neck was last seen around the Stevenson Park wearing standard Orange and White stripped Jail clothes. TIDWELL is pictured with a beard which is now shaved. Deputies and Stevenson Police responded to the area and attempted to locate TIDWELL but were unsuccessful. A BOLO was placed for surrounding counties and the search is continuing. TIDWELL will face additional escape charges.

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Jackson County Corrections Deputy Arrested

On Wednesday November 6, 2019, The Jackson County Sheriff's Office arrested one of its own Corrections Deputies in connection with an investigation into contraband being brought into the Jackson County Jail.  JCSO Corrections Staff discovered that Rod Edwards HANNA was bringing tobacco, which is considered contraband, into the correctional facility and delivering it to an un-named inmate. HANNA, age 25 of Scottsboro, Alabama was immediately terminated and arrested on a charge of Promoting Prison Contraband 3rd Degree, which is a Class B Misdemeanor. HANNA was booked into the Jackson County Jail and bond was set at $10,000.00.


Jackson County Sheriff Chuck Phillips said "During the interview process for Corrections Deputies I warn potential employees that if they are caught bringing banned substances into the jail, they will be arrested and that is exactly what happened".

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Skyline Mart Armed Robbery

On Friday November 1, 2019 at around 3:05 AM, a suspect wearing camouflage clothing and a blue ski mask (Pictured Below) entered the Skyline Mart on Alabama Highway 79 in Skyline, Alabama armed with a handgun. Three employees were present at the store and the suspect brandished the handgun and demanded money. After taking the money the suspect fled the business and is believed to have left the parking lot in a blue mid-sized car heading south toward Scottsboro. Efforts to locate the suspect and or suspect vehicle were unsuccessful. This investigation is continuing by the Criminal Investigations Division of the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

Anyone with information regarding this Robbery or the identity of the suspect should contact the Jackson County Sheriff's Office at 256-574-2610.

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Mt. View Christian Academy Burglary Arrest

On October 21, 2018, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) responded to a report of a burglary which occurred at the Mt. View Christian Academy on Highway 73 in Bryant, AL.  The scene was processed and several items of evidence were submitted to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for analysis.  During an almost  one year investigation conducted by the JCSO Investigations Division a suspect, Kinley Dewayne CHAMBERS age 43 of Flat Rock, AL, was identified by several investigative means including Forensic Evidence.   Based on this evidence, an arrest warrant was obtained and on October 10, 2019, CHAMBERS was arrested and charged with Burglary 3rd degree and Theft of Property 3rd degree.  CHAMBERS was placed in the Jackson County Jail and later released on a $3,500 bond.  Booking Photo below. 

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Three arrested in Section, AL

On Thursday October 3, 201919, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office received a call of “shots fired” on County Road 100 in Section, AL.  Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputies, Section Police Department, DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and ALEA DTF agents responded to the area and located Demario Gunn and David Forsythe standing on the front porch of the a residence on County Road 100.  After talking to the subject’s, Gunn admitted to firing several round at someone but gave no reason why.  Deputies smelled a strong odor of marijuana on Gunn after which they located a small amount of marijuana on his person. Forsythe was also found to be in possession of a small amount of marijuana. During a search of the residence methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, a 9 mm handgun and drug paraphernalia were located. Outside the residence, spent rounds were located and recovered.  Both subjects, along with Leroy Wilson who lived at the residence, were arrested and charged as follows:

Leroy Wilson, age 65 of Section, AL. Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substances (Methamphetamine), Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substances (Cocaine) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.   Bond set at $10,300.

David Forsythe, age 31 of Section, AL. Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substances (Methamphetamine) and Possession of Marijuana. Bond set at $5,300.  

Demario Gunn, age 25 of Section, AL. Possession of Marijuana and Possession Drug Paraphernalia.  Bond set at $600. 

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