10 arrested, charged for various crimes

By RON HARRIS
Posted 3/27/18

Ten people have been arrested across the county in recent days on charges ranging from possessing illegal drugs to stolen property. On Saturday, deputies from the Walker County Sheriff’s …

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10 arrested, charged for various crimes

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Ten people have been arrested across the county in recent days on charges ranging from possessing illegal drugs to stolen property. 

On Saturday, deputies from the Walker County Sheriff’s Office were called to the Oakman Terrace Apartments where a man was found passed out in the facility’s laundry room. 

When they arrived, deputies found James Mitchell Benson, 49, of Oakman slumped over a table. An ambulance was called to the scene, along with Oakman volunteer firefighters, but Benson refused medical treatment. 

Deputies found Benson had methamphetamine, suboxone and drug paraphernalia on him, and he was taken into custody and charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

A witness on the scene told deputies there were others in Benton’s apartment believed to be using drugs, and deputies found seven people inside the apartment, along with methamphetamine, marijuana, pills, hundreds of plastic baggies used in selling illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia. 

All seven people inside the apartment were taken into custody. They were:

•Barry Steven Pate, 46, of Parrish, who was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

•Bridgette Diane Joyce Jenkins, 43, of Cordova, who was charge with who was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, second-degree possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

•Randi Lynne Wade, 37, of Oakman, who was charged with who was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

•Adrian Genard Douglas, 49, of Oakman, who was charged with who was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, second-degree possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

•Jason Ryan Terry, 26, of Jasper, who was charged with unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Outstanding warrants were also held by Jasper police for Terry on charges of failure to appear in court on felony obstructing justice, using a false identity and possession of drug paraphernalia. A separate warrant for third-degree escape was also held after Terry walked away from a Clean as a Whistle detail. 

•Megan Olivia Snow Graham, 27, of Parrish, who was charged with unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. 

There was also an outstanding warrant for Graham for failure to appear in court from a previous charge of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Tony Derrick Garrison, 29, of Carbon Hill, who was charged with unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

All eight were taken to the Walker County Jail.

“The public is well aware of the overdoses and overdose deaths that plague communities across the United States,”?said Walker County Sheriff Jim Underwood. “In an effort to preserve life, deputies and officers properly followed up on the information from witnesses and were able to make quite a few arrests in this case. 

“Drug addiction contributes to a lot of crime in our society, and we will continue to do our part to combat that problem,”?Underwood said. “The sheriff’s office itself is not tasked with the rehabilitation of drug addicts. The addicts that want help are one thing, but those who do not want help often have to hit rock bottom before seeking help. That rock bottom includes being in jail facing a prison sentence.”


Arrest made in stolen motorcycle case

Sheriff’s deputies patrolling in Empire were able to make two arrests related to a stolen motorcycle from Jefferson?County.

Deputy Mark Bell and Narcotics K9 Deputy Josh Key were patrolling along Coon Creek Road in Empire when they spotted two men trying to jump start a motorcycle with a car battery. The motorcycle was in the back of a pickup truck with a screwdriver in the ignition. 

Deputies found that one of the two men — Curtis Kyle Lee, 22, of Dora — had an outstanding warrant for his arrest held by Sumiton police.

They also found that the motorcycle — a 2016 Yamaha FZ09 dirt bike — had been reported stolen in Jefferson County.

Lee and Luke Williams Jr., 27, of Empire, were both taken into custody and charged with a felony count of first-degree receiving stolen property. 

In their search of the truck Lee and Williams were driving, deputies found Halloween masks and burglary tools.

“I?appreciate these deputies for being vigilant while patrolling the Empire community,”?Underwood said. “As I’ve said before, stolen property changes hands very quickly, often making it difficult to recover. This motorcycle was stolen approximately five days ago from Jefferson?County, and here it is already in our county. We continue to ask the public to keep an eye out in your neighborhoods and report anything suspicious to us.”

Anyone with any information on any crimes being committed in the county can call the Walker County Sheriff’s Office at (205) 302-6464. A link to CrimeStoppers can be found on the sheriff’s office website at www.walkercountysheriff.com. You can also text message any tips to the sheriff’s office by texting 847411. In the body of the message type ‘walker’ followed by the tip you’re giving.