Man Drowns After Falling Into Water

A Fyffe man drowned after falling into the water while fishing at the Weiss Dam on Saturday.

Cherokee County Coroner Jeremy Deaton said that 49 year old Gary Wayne Houston was fishing and dropped his pole into the water while attempting to reel in a catch; he jumped in to retrieve his fishing rod and never resurfaced.

The Cherokee County Rescue Squad, Leesburg Firefighters, Sheriff’s Office deputies, Leesburg Police, Floyd EMS and Cherokee County EMA Officials responded to the scene to assist in recovering Houston from the water.


Suspect in Shooting on I-59 Has Been Caught

DeThe suspect in Wednesday’s officer involved shooting on I-59 has been formally charged.

Dayon Patterson (21 of Pensacola, Florida) was charged with Attempted Murder and Felony Attempt to Elude.

The charges stem from the incident Wednesday, when a Deputy attempted to make a traffic stop on I-59 Northbound at approximately 6 pm. The vehicle initially stopped at the Collinsville exit, but before the deputy could make contact with the suspect, he fled and got back on the interstate.

While traveling at a high rate of speed, the suspect began firing upon the deputy. The suspect eventually collided with another vehicle, injuring two motorists during the incident. Neither the suspect or deputy were injured, and the suspect surrendered after the crash. The two motorists were transported by DeKalb Ambulance Service.

Patterson is currently being held on a $1,000,000 bond in the DeKalb County Detention Center. The charges were filed by the State Bureau of Investigations (SBI) after an official review of the incident.

More charges may be forthcoming regarding the wreck and injured motorists caused by the suspect.

Numerous law enforcement agencies and first responders assisted on scene, including Fort Payne, Geraldine, Rainsville, Henagar, and Collinsville Police Departments, along with ALEA Troopers and the Collinsville Fire Department.

Deputy Involved In Shooting

A Deputy was reportedly involved in a shooting Wednesday night on I-59 in DeKalb County – neither the suspect or the officer was injured.

According to a statement from the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, “The northbound lane of I-59 was shutdown between Ft Payne and Collinsville due to an ‘incident’” – however, there was no additional information released regarding the situation other than the investigation is being handled by the State Bureau of Investigations as is standard procedure.


One Dead After Apparent Domestic Incident

One man has been left dead and the man’s father severely injured following what was an apparent domestic incident in Anniston on Monday.

According to the Anniston Police Department, officers arrived at a residence in the 4100 block of Wellborn Avenue just before 11 a.m. Monday and discovered Andrew Edwards deceased and his father, Andy Edwards, severely injured with multiple stab wounds.

No arrests have been made at this time. No other information has been released as this is an ongoing investigation.


4 Mentone Residents Arrested, Narcotics & Firearms Seized

A variety of narcotics, drug paraphernalia and firearms were recently seized in a large scale drug raid in the Mentone area of DeKalb County.

Wednesday, September 9th at approximately 5:00pm Deputies, Investigators and Narcotics Agents served a search warrant at a residence on County Road 639 near Mentone.  During a search of the home law enforcement recovered more than 30 grams of methamphetamine, approximately 30 grams of marijuana, and numerous items of drug paraphernalia.

A large amount of Ecstasy, Xanax, and Valium pills were also found.  Multiple firearms were also seized during the operation.

Four arrests were made at the scene including William Adolphus Pilson II, age 69 – charged with Trafficking in Any Illegal Drug, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance (two counts), and Distribution of Controlled Substance; Gayla Blalock, 61, charged with Trafficking in Any Illegal Drug, the Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (two counts) and Distribution of Controlled Substance. Caden Blalock   – 21 was charged with Possession of Marijuana, 2nd Degree and the Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and 54 year old Ronald Blansit was also arrested and charged with the Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Distribution of Controlled Substance, and with Loitering in a Drug House.

All four subjects are residents of Mentone.

Both Mentone and Valley Head Police along with Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Region F Task Force members took part in that operation.

WEIS Radio

Missing Plane Found, Pilot Deceased

A search and rescue effort to locate a plane that went missing in Etowah Co Thursday evening, has ended after both the aircraft and the body of the pilot were found Saturday morning.

The pilot has been identified as 76-year old William “Bill” Elliot McClain, of Acworth Georgia.

The plane was reported missing Thursday evening after it disappeared from radar near the New Union and Egypt Community.

According to the pilot’s brother, Gary Mcclain of Arkansas, Bill had built the plane, a Zenith CH750, over the last few years and was planning to fly to Arkansas to celebrate his 77th birthday with his brothers on September 15.

It appears the plan was to do a test flight from Georgia to Tupelo, MS and refuel and return to Georgia. Tupelo was the halfway point and refueling location on Bill’s intended flight to celebrate his birthday with his brothers. According to officials, the aircraft appeared to reached Tupelo, however, it circled the airport without fueling and went back the direction it came before disappearing from the radar over a wooded area in Etowah Co around 12:47 p.m. Thursday.

Starting Thursday night, search and rescue personnel from various jurisdictions and organizations conducted air and ground search in a concentrated area between Lawson Gap Road and Lackey Gap Road near Aurora Lake.

The crash site was located around 10:26 a.m. behind a residence in the 200 block of Old Baker Gap Road in a heavily wooded area.

The investigation into the cause of the crash and removal of the aircraft will be combined, continued efforts of the FAA and the NTSB.

Officials say they do not suspect foul play.

WBRC Fox News/WEIS Radio

Collinsville, AL Police Looking for Robbery Suspect

Have you seen this man? Collinsville police want to know

Collinsville police are looking for a suspect and the vehicle he was in, in connection with a robbery Sunday at the Delta Express on Alabama Highway 68. A call was transferred from 911 to Collinsville police just after 2 p.m. Sunday. The caller said she had just been robbed and the person left the business in a white car headed west on Alabama Highway 68. Police obtained security camera images of the alleged suspect in the strong-arm robbery and the vehicle he left in.

Gadsden Times

Cedar Bluff Woman Arrested on Multiple Drug Charges

A Cherokee County woman was arrested on multiple drug charges Wednesday evening.

Amber Nicole Smith, age 28 from Cedar Bluff, was placed under arrest and charged with the Illegal Possession of Prescription Drugs; with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance; Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance/Heroin; and, the Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

She was booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center just after 6:00pm and her bond currently stands at $7,000.