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.
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.
Photo on attached file
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.
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:
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
On August 8, 2019, Section Police Department Officer Robert Mcintire responded to a call of a unresponsive male subject at business on Alabama Hwy 35 in Section, AL. When Officer Mcintire arrived he observed a male subject slumped over the steering wheel of his vehicle with a loaded syringe in his lap. Officer Mcintire requested assistance from the Jackson County Narcotics Unit. During a search of the subject Officer Mcintire located several syringes. When the Narcotics Unit arrived they located a small quantity of Heroin and Methamphetamine (ICE) in the vehicle. Arrested in connection with this investigation was Tyson James Henshaw age 29 of Section, AL who was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substances (Heroin), Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substances (Methamphetamine) and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Henshaw was transported to the Jackson County Jail without incident and remains in custody. Bond has not yet been set.
On the evening of August 1, 2019, “off-duty” Jackson County Sheriff's Office Deputy Randy Arnold observed a vehicle driving in an erratic manner on AL Highway 40 toward Scottsboro, AL. Deputy Arnold contacted the Sheriff’s Office and Deputy Andrew Cowart along with a Scottsboro Police Department Officer conducted a traffic stop on Highway 71 near County Park Road. The driver, Denise Michelle BOWMAN (Photo Below) age 45 of Rainsville, AL. was arrested for Driving Under the Influence. During a search of the vehicle Deputies located approximately 30 grams of Methamphetamine (ICE), and drug paraphernalia. BOWMAN was transported to the Jackson County Jail where additional drug paraphernalia was located. BOWMAN was charged with DUI, Possession of Methamphetamine, Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Promoting Prison Contraband. Bond was set at $32,300 and Bowman remains in custody.
On Wednesday April 10, 2019, members of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division, Patrol Division and Athens Police Department Criminal Investigators executed a search warrant at a residence on County Road 401 in Jackson County. This search was conducted as part of an ongoing joint investigation into a series of armed robberies of Dollar General Stores in Woodville, AL, Huntsville, AL. Decatur, AL. and Athens, AL. As a result of this search, evidence items were located which established the Colton Eugene FIKES was involved in these armed robberies. FIKES, age 28 was arrested and charged with Robbery 1st degree in connection with the March 5th, 2019 Woodville Dollar General Robbery. FIKES was transported to the Jackson County Jail without incident and bond was set at $20,000. Additional charges are anticipated in Huntsville, Decatur and Athens for similar robberies.
The Jackson County Sheriffs Office is happy to report that 17 year old Shayla Hope WOOD and her 9 month old child, who were reported missing on March 27, 2019 from their home in Flat Rock, Alabama have been located. Both are safe and were staying with a friend in Boaz, Alabama. This case is now closed.
On Friday March 29, 2019, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Narcotics Investigators along with the Dekalb County Drug Task Force, ALEA Drug Task Force Region F, and Stevenson Police Department executed a search warrant at on County Road 70 in Stevenson, AL.. This search was part of an ongoing 5 month joint investigation into Methamphetamine Distribution in the Stevenson area. During this search investigators located approximately 2.8 OUNCES of Methamphetamine along with drug paraphernalia and a stolen handgun. During a further search of the residence a smaller quantity of Methamphetamine, additional firearms and $1,563.00 in cash was located and seized.
Five people were arrested in connection with this investigation: JIMMY WAYNE MCCARSON, age 61 and SHARON GAYLE MCCARSON, 60, of Stevenson, were charged with (1)Trafficking -Methamphetamine, (2)Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance- Methamphetamine, (3)Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance-Lorazepam, (4)Illegal Possession of Prescription Medication-Gabapentin, (5) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and (6) Receiving Stolen Property 4th. SHARON MCCARSON also had a warrant for Failure to Appear on Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
BOBBY LYNN HARTLEY, 38, of Bridgeport, was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Loitering in a Drug House FREDDIE
ORLANDO RAMIREZ, 43, of Flat Rock, was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Loitering in a Drug House. Ramirez also had warrants for Failure to Pay on Domestic Violence 3rd and Failure to Appear-No Driver’s License
JOHNATHAN BENTON CLIPPINGER, 54, of Chattanooga TN, was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Promoting Prison Contraband 2nd, and Loitering in a Drug House.
All five defendants were transported to the Jackson County Jail and booked on the listed charges. Jimmy MCCARSON was later released on $35,900 Bond. Sharon MCCARSON was later released on $37,400 Bond. Johnathan CLIPPINGER was later released on $13,100 Bond. Bobby HARTLEY remains in custody and Bond has not yet been set. Freddie RAMIREZ remains in custody and a HOLD has been placed by the Department of Homeland Security.
More charges may be pending against some suspects in this case.