Press Releases


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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Missing Person from Jackson County

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a report of a MISSING PERSON from the Stevenson, Alabama area.  41 year old Jamie Dewayne JOHNSON, black, male 5’09” tall, 150 lbs, black hair and brown eyes was last heard from by family on or around September 3, 2019.  JOHNSON has not been seen or heard from since this date.  Anyone who has any information regarding the possible whereabouts of JOHNSON should contact the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office at 256-574-2610 attention: Investigator Danny Miller.


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Jackson County Courthouse Shooting

On Wednesday September 18, 2019, at approximately 10 AM, a man walked into the Jackson County Courthouse in Scottsboro, AL. armed with a handgun on his side.  After being refused entry by Courthouse Security Deputies, the man drew his weapon and was shot.  Medical attention was provided at the scene and he was later transported to Huntsville Hospital (Status unknown at this time).  No other injuries were reported.  The man’s name is not being released at this time.

The State of Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) State Bureau of Investigations (SBI) was contacted and responded to investigate this shooting incident.  

The Jackson County Courthouse will be closed for the rest of the day and will reopen on Thursday morning.

Sheriff Chuck Phillips wants to thanks all the agencies who responded promptly to the scene to assist especially the Scottsboro Police Department, Scottsboro Fire Department and Highlands Ambulance Service.  

Two Year Investigation Leads to Murder Arrest

On Tuesday September 17, 2019, Investigators of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Divisions arrested Byron Keith SHIREY age 58 of Dutton, Alabama in connection with the May 24, 2017 murder of his father, Charles SHIREY. This murder took place at Charles SHIREY’s residence on County Road 372 in Dutton, Alabama. The victim, Charles SHIREY, was 78 years of age at the time of his death which was determined to be caused by blunt force trauma.


This arrest was the result of a two (2) year long investigation by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division and Jackson County District Attorney’s Office with substantial assistance from the Alabama State Bureau of Investigations (SBI), the Alabama Attorney General (AG) Office and the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences (DFS). The evidence obtained during this investigation was presented to a Grand Jury seated in Jackson County, Alabama during the week of September 9th, 2019 and resulted in a TRUE BILL on Byron Keith SHIREY for the charge of MURDER.


Byron Keith SHIREY was arrested without incident at his residence in Dutton, Alabama and was placed in the Jackson County Jail on a $250,000 bond.


Booking Photo included below:

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Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office Marijuana/Heroin Seizure




On Thursday September 13, 2019 at approximately 1:00 am, members of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle near Alabama Highway 40 and Jackson County Road 322 in Henegar, AL. During this stop, Deputies observed small quantity of Marijuana inside the vehicle and conducted search. During this search Deputies located and seized approximately 2 pounds of Marijuana, a small amount of Heroin, Drug Paraphernalia and $3,858.00 US Currency. Both occupants, Damion Doral DRAKE age 30 of Huntsville, AL. and Latasha Nicole BANKS age 35 of Huntsville, AL. were arrested and charged as follows:


DRAKE- Possession of Marijuana 1st degree and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Bond is set at $2,800


BANKS- Possession of Controlled Substances-Heroin, Possession of Marijuana 1st degree, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Bond is set at $7,800




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