Press Releases


Possible Telephone Scam

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office has received complaints of a possible telephone scam of customers of a local bank.  Customers of this bank are receiving telephone calls that indicate " the bank name" on the caller I.D., followed up by a text message for the purpose of updating their online banking security.  If the customer gives their information, fraudulent charges are happening with their accounts.  Additionally, when the number is called back, the person(s) answers the call using the banks name.  The Jackson County Sheriff's Office requests that the media advise the public to:

Not give out personal or banking information over phone Go to their local branch to verify that they were contacted by the bank Monitor transactions frequently

Drug Trafficking Arrest

On Wednesday January 12, 2022 a one year drug trafficking investigation conducted by members of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) Region F Drug Task Force, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, DeKalb County Sheriff's Office, Scottsboro Police Department and other Task Force member agencies culminated in the arrest of a Scottsboro man on outstanding arrest warrants stemming from this investigation. 

John Allen LEIGHTNER, age 31 of Scottsboro, AL., was arrested at his residence on Lemon Street in Scottsboro and charged with the outstanding arrest warrants for Trafficking in Morphine, Trafficking in Synthetic Cannabinoid, Trafficking in Marijuana, Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substances X 6, Certain Persons Forbidden from Possessing a Firearm, Possession of a Sawed-off Shotgun, Possession of a Firearm with an Altered Serial Number,  Chemical Endangerment of a Child and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  LIEGHTNER remains in the Jackson County Jail on $130,500 Bond. 

During LIEGHTNER's arrest, drug agents located and seized 361 grams of Methamphetamine, 326 ounces of Marijuana, 168 grams of Crack Cocaine, 51 grams of Cocaine HCL (Powder), 86 grams of Fentanyl, 420 grams of Spice (Synthetic Cannabinoid), 31 grams of Psilocybin Mushrooms, 4 handguns and 7 rifles.  This seizure will result in additional charges being pursued against LEIGHTNER and others. 

Photo attached for items seized 1-12-2022:

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Jackson County News Release on Armed Robbery

On Wednesday January 12, 2022 between 9:30 am and 10:00 am an armed robbery was reported at the Fuel City gas/convenience store on Highway 72 and County Road 50 in Hollywood, Alabama, AL.  Officers/Deputies from the  Hollywood Police Department, Scottsboro Police Department and Jackson County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene and learned that a male suspect entered store armed with a handgun and demanded money from the store employee.  The suspect left the store in the  front passenger side seat in a black Nissan Altima (believed to be between a 2014 and 2017 year model) and initially traveled eastbound on Highway 72.  The suspect was wearing a bright blue hoodie with the words "UNDER ARMOR" on the front in yellow letters, sunglasses, a camouflaged mask and gloves.   The driver of the vehicle is believed to be a female wearing a bright colored hoodie.  

If anyone has information regarding this investigation please call the Jackson County Sheriff's Office at 256-574-2610. 

Lt. Tim Creel is investigating this case.  

  Attached is: Picture of suspect Picture of SIMULAR  make model and color  vehicle used in the robbery.  NOTE NOT THE ACTUAL SUSPECT VEHICLE     
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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.

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