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.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information to the whereabouts of Shayla Hope WOOD and her 9 month old male child, both who were reported missing by family on March 27, 2019 from their home in Flat Rock, Alabama. WOOD is approximately 8 months pregnant and has connections to Jackson, Marshall and DeKalb Counties in north Alabama
Shayla Hope WOOD, who is pictured below with her child is described as follows:
Date of Birth: 11/08/2001
Marks: Birthmark on forehead
Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of WOOD or her child should contact either your local Sheriff’s Office/Police Department or the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office at 256-574-2610.
On March 27, 2019, Deputies and Narcotics Investigators from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at the residence of Tommy Lee Warren on Highway 277 in Stevenson, AL. During this search Deputies located and seized Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia. Also found in the residence was Tommy Warren's disabled step-son who was found to be living in extremely poor hygienic conditions, and in need of medical attention. DHR was contacted and the step-son was transported to Highlands Medical Center for treatment. Tommy Lee Warren age 59 of Stevenson, AL, was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Reckless Endangerment. John Wayne Warren age 58 of Stevenson, AL, brother of Tommy Warren, was also present at the residence, and was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Tommie Warren was released from the Jackson County Jail on $5,600 bond and John Warren remains in jail on a $5,300 bond.
On Tuesday March 5, 2019 at approximately 7:45 PM, the Woodville Police Department and Jackson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a Robbery at the Dollar General Store on Highway 35 in Woodville, Alabama. Upon arrival, Officer’s/Deputies learned that a white male adult wearing a tan Carhartt jacket and matching bibs entered the front door of the store with his face covered by burlap material. The suspect then approached the two employees, showed at least one employee a handgun and demanded money. The suspect took an undetermined amount of cash and other store items before departing the store. The suspect was observed leaving the parking lot, heading toward Woodville, riding a bicycle. The suspect is believed to be approximately 6 feet tall with a thin athletic build.
The suspect should be considered ARMED and DANGEROUS.
Anyone who has information regarding this robbery or knows the identity of the suspect (Pictured Below) should contact the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office at 256-574-2610 attention Investigator Rick Bremer.
On February 13, 2019, members of the Jackson County Sheriff's Office and the Scottsboro Police Department went to the 2900 Block of South Broad Street in Scottsboro, AL. to attempt to serve an outstanding arrest warrant. While at the apartment, Deputies/Officers observed drug paraphernalia in plain view inside the apartment. A search warrant was obtained and executed at which time methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia were located and seized. A juvenile was present at the apartment and DHR was contacted and responded to care for the juvenile. Three persons were arrested and charged as follows:
Anna Grogan BROWN, age 44 of Scottsboro, AL. who was charged with Possession of Controlled Substances (Methamphetamine), Possession of Marijuana 2nd degree, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. BROWN remains in the Jackson County Jail. Bond not yet set.
Christopher Ray GENTLE, age 42 of Scottsboro, AL. who was charged with Possession of Controlled Substances (Methamphetamine), Possession of Marijuana 2nd degree and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. GENTLE remains in the Jackson County Jail. Bond not yet set.
James Wyatt EAKIN, age 22 of Scottsboro, AL. who was charged with Possession of Controlled Substances (Methamphetamine), Possession of Marijuana 2nd degree and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. EAKIN remains in the Jackson County Jail. Bond not yet set .
On Thursday September 20, 2018, arrest warrants were issued on Brandon Blaine BERRY age 31 of Woodville, Alabama charging him with Kidnapping 1st degree and Murder. These charges came pursuant to an investigation into a body located on Jackson County Road 86 in Woodville, Alabama on Friday September 14, 2018. BERRY who was already in the Jackson County Jail on unrelated charges was served with these arrest warrants at approximately 5:30 PM. Bond has been set at $25,000 for the Kidnapping charge and $200,000 for the Murder charge. Total Bond amount $225,000.
On Friday September 14, 2018, members of the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Scottsboro Police Department and Madison County Sheriff's Office Crime Scene Unit executed search warrants at a residence and two campers located on County Road 86 in Woodville, Alabama. During this search, which was being conducted as part of an investigation into a missing person, Investigators located human remains buried in a hole in a wooded area near the search location. This investigation had been ongoing for most of this past week and foul play was suspected early into the investigation. The body was that of a white male, which has not yet been positively identified. The body will be sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for autopsy.
Several suspects have been identified and charges are anticipated in the near future.
Significant assistance was also provided during this investigation by the agencies listed above (Madison County Sheriff's Office and Scottsboro Police Department) and the Jackson County District Attorney's Office, the New Hope Police Department, the Madison Police Department, the Huntsville Police Department, the Scottsboro/Jackson County Rescue Squad, the Jackson County Coroner’s Office, Highlands Ambulance Service and Elite Detection Dogs.
For those wishing to attend, Sheriff Chuck Phillips will hold a news/press conference on Monday September 17, 2018 at 10:00 AM.
On September 13, 2018, around 3:00 AM Deputies of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a Family/Domestic Disturbance call on County Road 131 in Bryant, Alabama. Upon arrival at the residence, Deputies found that three family members had been stabbed/cut with a knife by 25 year old Tyler Jackson BLACKWELL. BLACKWELL’s mother age 44 of Bryant was stabbed in the chest, father age 48 of Bryant was stabbed several times in the arm and step-brother age 22 of Bryant was cut on his hand. BLACKWELL was taken into custody at the scene and placed in a patrol car. After the scene was secured and EMS was providing First Aid to the victims, Deputies discovered that BLACKWELL was having medical issues, apparently from ingesting drugs prior to the incident. BLACKWELL was then transported to a Jasper, TN. area hospital for medical attention. BLACKWELL’S mother was transported, by helicopter, to Erlanger, Hospital along with his father who was transported by Ambulance. The step-brother was treated and released at the scene. The current status of all victims and suspect is unknown at this time.
BLACKWELL will face felony charges upon his release from the hospital.
This investigation is continuing.