On Tuesday May 19, 2020, Game Wardens with the Alabama Dept. Of Natural Resources contacted the Jackson County Sheriff's Office in regards to locating drugs on a subject in the Scottsboro City Park. After making contact with the suspect, DAKOTA TYLER MASON, 26, of Woodville, the Game Wardens found that Mason had outstanding arrest warrant with the AL Dept. of Natural Resources for Failure to Appear in court on several hunting violations. MASON was detained and a JCSO Patrol Deputy responded to assist. During an inventory of the suspect's vehicle approximately 21 GRAMS of METHAMPHETAMINE (Ice), a small amount of MARIJUANA, a single ALPRAZOLAM (Xanax), two baggies of an unknown white powder, approximately 1/2 GRAM of HEROIN and drug paraphernalia were located and seized. Two firearms, a Glock model 22 .40 caliber pistol and a 12 gauge shotgun were also located, along with a set of brass or metal knuckles. The Jackson County Narcotics Unit was contacted and responded to assist in this investigation. MASON remains in the Jackson County Jail and bond has not yet been set as to the felony charges in this case.
On May 13, 2020, Jackson County Sheriff's Office Investigators and Deputies located a stolen 2020 side by side valued at $22,856.00 at a residence on County Road 138 in Skyline. Sheriff's Office Investigators notified Scottsboro Police Investigators of a location where other stolen property was believed to be located. Scottsboro Police Investigators located a 2ND 2020 side by side and utility trailer valued at $19,359.00 at a residence on Lakeshore Drive in Scottsboro.
Spencer Rick COATES age 39 of Huntsville, AL. (NO PHOTO AVAILABLE) was charged with Receiving Stolen Property 1st degree by Scottsboro Police Department Investigators in connection with the items located on Lakeshore Drive.
The two side by sides and trailer were reported stolen from a business in Huntsville, Al on May 3, 2020.
The Investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are expected in the case.
In a separate Investigation being conducted by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office involving a rash of stolen ATV's in the Macedonia, Section and Dutton areas, the following property was recovered:
-Honda Foreman 400 ATV & 25 gal sprayer- Value $ 5,000
-Yamaha Grizzly 550 ATV- Value $ 9,800
-Echo 225 Grass Trimmer- Value $ 250
-Honda Rancher 350 ATV- Value $ 1,500
-Honda 300 4x4 ATV- Value $ 2,500
-Camo John Deere Gator 4 Seater UTV- Value $ 10,000
The suspect in these thefts, Richard Allen GREEN age 34 of Section, AL. has been observed on some of these vehicles and has fled from Law Enforcement on several occasions in the past week. Arrest warrants have been obtained for GREEN.
PUBLIC NOTICE: THE VICTIMS OF THESE THEFTS HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED.
On Tuesday May 12, 2020, Jackson County Sheriff's Office Deputy Brandon Phillips stopped a vehicle on Highway 35 in Scottsboro, Alabama for a tag violation. During the course of the stop, Deputy Phillips developed suspicion that there were controlled substances inside the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle approximately 5.1 pounds of Synthetic Cannabinoids (Spice) were located in the passenger compartment of the vehicle. The driver, WILLIAM TRAVIS PAYNE, age 25, of Whiteside, Tennessee, was also found to have a warrant for Failure to Pay on a Traffic Violation from 2018. PAYNE was arrested and transported to the Jackson County Jail without incident. PAYNE was charged with Trafficking in a Synthetic Controlled Substance (13A-12-231(12). Bond had not yet been set at the time of this release.
On Monday May 4th, 2020 members of the Jackson County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit, along with uniformed Patrol Deputies and Officers from the Stevenson Police Department, executed a search warrant on Steamplant Road in Stevenson, Alabama. Inside the residence Deputies located four adults and three juveniles. The adults were detained and the residence searched. During the course of the search, investigators located Methamphetamine, Marijuana, "Spice" (Synthetic Cannabinoid), baggies, fake urine, unlabeled prescription pills, smoking pipes, a "bong" and syringes in various rooms of the residence. DHR was contacted and came to the scene, where they released the children to relatives as part of a safety plan. The four listed adults were all transported to the Jackson County Jail and booked without incident.
Arrested in connection with this investigation were:
CONSTANCE LEEANN WALTERS, age 33, of Stevenson, who was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance/ Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance-/"Spice", Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Illegal Possession of Prescription Medication. WALTERS remains in custody on a $10,600 bond.
ROBERT SHAWN WHITE, age 33, of Bridgeport, who was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance/Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Loitering in a Drug House. WHITE was later released on a $5,600 bond.
WILLIAM GAGE PHILLIPS, age 22, of Stevenson, who was charged with Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. PHILLIPS was later released on a $300 bond.
BRITTANY DANIELLE PRITCHETT, age 22, of Jasper TN, who was charged with Loitering in a Drug House. PRITCHETT was later released on a $300 bond.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.