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Murder Charges on Billy Dwight CARTER

Reference the previous press/news release regarding the Attempted Murder arrest of Billy Dwight CARTER dated 8-9-2021. The charges against CARTER have been upgraded to MURDER.  This charge is based on the fact that the victim James Jeremy OWENS succumbed to his injuries today (8-12-2021) at approximately 1:22 PM EST.  An arrest warrant for Murder was obtained for the arrest of CARTER, who surrendered himself at the Jackson County Jail at approximately 6:30 PM on 8-12-2021.  Bond was set at $250,000. 

Attempted Murder Arrest

On Saturday 08/07/2021 at approximately 10:30 P.M., Deputies with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, along with Officers from the Stevenson Police Department and Hollywood Police Department, responded to a shooting call on County Road 287 in Stevenson, AL.  The victim, James Jeremy OWENS, 40 years of age of Stevenson, AL., was found to have, one or more  gunshot wounds, but was able to identify the person who shot him.  OWENS was airlifted to a Chattanooga TN, hospital.  An immediate search was conducted for the suspect along with "BOLO" being with negative results.  

As of 08/08/2021, Owens' condition was listed as critical but stable. 

On 08/09/2021, The suspect, Billy Dwight CARTER age 32 of Pisgah, AL, turned himself in at the Jackson County Jail, and is charged with Attempted Murder.  Bond has not yet been set on this charge. 

This is an isolated incident, no further threat to the community is known. 

This investigation is continuing as to the motive and events which led up to this shooting incident.

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Arson/Attempted Murder Arrest

Just after midnight on 08/06/2021, deputies from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office responded to a "suspicious activity" call on County Road 457 in Pisgah, AL.  Daniel James WORDEN,  was stopped, near the residence for questioning.  As they approached him, WORDEN was wielding a hatchet or small axe and had to be ordered repeatedly to drop the item.    WORDEN was detained and transported to the residence with the deputies.  Back up units arrived and noticed that the interior of the mobile home was on fire.   According to the occupants, they all, escaped from a window, due to the hallway being blocked by burning furniture and the rear door being secured, so that it would not open.

Worden was initially charged with Public Intoxication.  After further investigation at the scene and statements from the occupants and WORDEN, Daniel James WORDEN age 33 of Pisgah, AL. was charged with Attempted Murder and Arson 1st.  JCSO was assisted by Alabama Fire Marshall's Office. 

Bond has not yet been set.  

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Jackson County Drug Arrest

July 12, 2021 at approximately 9:30 p.m. Deputies from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint at Skyline Shell Mart.  The complaint indicated that a male subject was "passed out: in the driver's seat of the vehicle. Upon arrival, Deputies observed Dustin WHITT "passed out" in the driver's seat.  Deputies also observed a 38 special revolver and two "loaded" syringes inside the vehicle WHITT was arrested and oxycodone hydrochloride pills and a clear baggie containing spice was found on his person. Also located inside of the vehicle were eight more syringes containing methamphetamine residue along with the two syringes loaded with methamphetamine, marijuana, a pair of brass knuckles, and a small carry bag that contained approximately 22.3 grams of methamphetamine/Ice, scales, and another clear baggie containing more spice. 

WHITT age 36 of Scottsboro, AL. was arrested and charged with Possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, Possession of controlled substances-Spice, Possession of controlled substances-Hydrocodone, Possession of marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a pistol without a permit and Possession of brass knuckles.  WHITT remains in the Jackson County Jail on $21,600 bond.

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Joint Drug Investigation/Two Arrests


On Friday June 18, 2021 a joint investigation by the Bridgeport Police Department, Stevenson Police Department and the Jackson County Sheriff's Office culminated in the search of a residence on Ohio Ave in Stevenson, Alabama.  Based on this search, approximately 1.04 pounds of Synthetic Marijuana (SPICE), .25 grams of Methamphetamine, 6 ounces of Marijuana, 90 oxycodone pills, 13 Vapes containing THC, and Drug Paraphernalia were located and seized. 

Arrested in connection with this investigation were:

Nicholas Lashaun PRICE age 33 of Stevenson, AL. who was charged with Trafficking in Spice, Possession of Marijuana 1st degree, Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substances (Oxycodone) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  PRICE was released on June 19, 2021 on a $28,800 Bond. 

Kevin Lashane SMITH age 29 of Hollywood, AL. who was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substances (Methamphetamine), Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substances (Spice), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  SMITH was released on June 19, 2021 on a $5,500 Bond.

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Kidnapping Arrest

On Sunday December 6, 2020 at approximately 6 PM, members of the Hollywood Police Department and the Jackson County Sheriff's Office responded to Highway 72 in Hollywood, Alabama to a report of a possible kidnapping of a 3 year old child. According to the mother, at about 2 PM the same day, Duane E. HERRON, who had been staying at the mother's residence, asked the mother to borrow her vehicle to take her 3 year old child to the park in Scottsboro. After HERRON and the child did not return after several hours, the mother called HERRON several times and received varying stories as to where they were located and when they would return home. At around 6 PM, the mother contacted the Jackson County Sheriff's Office to report this incident. A description of the vehicle, suspect and the child were given out to law enforcement agencies and at approximately 9 PM the vehicle was located in Rogersville, Alabama at a gas station by Lauderdale County Deputies. HERRON age 45 of Elkhart, Indiana, was taken into custody and held for the Jackson County Sheriff's Office where he was later arrested and charged with Kidnapping 2nd degree and Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle. No bond has been set at the time of this release. The child was returned to his mother safe and unharmed. This investigation is continuing by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office Investigations Division.

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Stevenson Alabama Robbery

On Sunday 11/8/2020 at approximately 12:30 A.M. the MAPCO gas/convenience store on Highway 72 in Stevenson, AL. was robbed at gun point. The suspect, who is described as a black male, with dreadlock hair, a tattoo of teardrop on his face, black hoodie, hospital mask, and black and red pants, entered the business and brandished a handgun while demanding the employee give him money. The suspect may have left the area white 2-door Passenger Car. This suspect should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who has information on this Robbery should contact the Jackson County Sheriff's Office at 256-574-2610 or your local law enforcement agency.


NOTE: I will send a picture as soon as we can get our hands on one from the company.

JCSO Arrest 4 in Flat Rock, AL

On Sunday October 25, 2020, members of the Jackson County Sheriff's Office Patrol Division received information as to the possible whereabouts of Kenneth Joe BISHOP, who has been evading arrest for several months. BISHOP had numerous outstanding arrest warrants stemming from a July 17, 2020 vehicle pursuit where BISHOP assaulted a Deputy in an effort to escape being arrested. During this incident BISHOP was in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia which were recovered by Deputies. Additionally BISHOP assaulted a female subject on October 24, 2020 in the Flat Rock, Alabama area. BISHOP is also a suspect in another assault involving a female in Flat Rock, Alabama which was reported on October 24, 2020. Based on this information, Deputies responded to a residence on County Road 497 in Flat Rock, Alabama where a stolen vehicle was located which was believed to be in the possession of BISHOP. The persons at the residence denied that BISHOP was in the residence and initially denied entry to the residence to search for BISHOP. After Investigators were contacted and were in the process of obtaining a search warrant, permission was granted to search for BISHOP. During the search, BISHOP was located, hiding in the attic of the residence, and was arrested without further incident.

BISHOP, age 32 of Flat Rock, Alabama was charged with Assault 3rd, Assault 2nd, Escape 3rd, Escape 1st, Receiving Stolen Property 1st, Possession of Controlled Substances-Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Criminal Trespass, Attempting to Elude, Reckless Endangerment, Failure to Appear in Court and a Probation Revocation stemming from a Trafficking in Methamphetamine Charge. Bond has not yet been set on all the charges.

Jess ALLISON, William HAGGARD and Sheena HAGGARD were all present at the residence and were charged with the charges listed below.

Jess ALLISON, age 19 of Flat Rock, Alabama was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Bond not yet set.


William Haggard, age 23 of Higdon, Alabama was charged with Obstruction of Justice. Bond not yet set.

Sheena HAGGARD, age 24 of Flat Rock, Alabama was charged with Obstruction of Justice. Bond not yet set.

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Escaped Inmate Shelby Ryan PARADISE was arrested without incident today in New Hope, Alabama.  Special thanks to the New Hope Police Department, Madison County Sheriff's Office, Scottsboro Police Department and the Limestome County Prison K-9 Tracking Unit for assisting in the arrest of PARADISE.  . 


Jackson County Inmate Worker Escape


On October 22, 2020 at around 4:00 AM, an inmate worker at the Jackson County Jail escaped the facility grounds after climbing a 16 foot fence topped with razor wire. The inmate Shelby Ryan PARADISE, age 34 of Scottsboro, AL. fled into a field across from the jail and then into the woods, north of the jail. A perimeter was established by members of the Jackson County Sheriff's Office and the Scottsboro Police Department and a K-9 Tracking Unit from the Limestone Prison was contacted. The K-9 Unit tracked the escapee to the area of West Willow Street where the track was lost. During this track several items of jail clothing were located. It is believed that he was possibly picked up by someone at that location. There was an unconfirmed report that the escapee was observed in the area of Poplar Street but the K-9 Tracking Unit was not able to establish a second track. PARADISE is described as a white, male, 6'04" tall, 215 lbs, Brown Hair and Blue eyes. He may be wearing gray sweats cloths or ornage jail cloths. PARADISE is not considered a danger to the community and was in jail on a probation violation stemming from a burglary charge.  Recent information has indicated that PARADISE may be in the New Hope, Alabama area.  Any information as to the whereabouts of PARADISE should be reported to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office at 256-574-2610 or your local Police Department. 

Booking Photo is attached.


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