Halloween is approaching, and this year it will be different than previous years. With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing, we want to offer guidance and information regarding how to have a safe (but still fun!) Halloween.
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention) has several recommendations for low- and moderate-risk activities to allow children to remain safe while still having the fun and excitement that comes with Halloween. According to the CDC, the standard door-to-door trick-or-treating and even trunk-or-treating activities are very high-risk.
Lower Risk Activities include:Carving pumpkins with your family or outside with others, at a safe distance. Doing a Halloween scavenger hunt, keeping a safe distance from others outdoors. Having an at-home trick-or-treating activity, where your children find hidden candy around the home or from family members.
Moderate Risk Activities include:Trick-or-treating where children can grab individually wrapped goodie bags of candy from the end of driveways or edge of yards. Go to a haunted forest with one-way paths and social distancing.
For more information about having a safe & fun Halloween during COVID-19, visit CDC.gov: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html#halloween.
With a little preparation, communication and diligence, Halloween can be a safe and enjoyable evening for all. Of course, we will be on patrol and available to you and your children should you need us. As always, dial 911 in case of an emergency.
Thank you for your cooperation.
On 8/9/2020, at approximately 4:00 p.m., the Franklin County Sheriff's Office received a call of an unresponsive 3-year-old in a car on Church Street in Hodges. EMS were unsuccessful in resuscitating the child and he was declared deceased. According to the parents, the child was last seen around midnight when they put him to bed. Whey they woke up around 3:00 p.m., they were unable to locate the child and then found him in a car. The parents, Dakota Heath Fowler, age 20, and Brandi Michelle Burks, age 21, were arrested and charged with Manslaughter. The child's body was sent to Department of Forensics for autopsy. This case is still under investigation.
The Franklin County Sheriff's Office cares about the health of our community and staff, and we are taking the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) seriously. To help protect you and your families, we are monitoring the recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to ensure that you receive the best and most up-to-date information. Click below for the latest available information.CDC.gov - About Coronavirus Disease 2019 What you need to know about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Stop The Spread of Germs Symptoms of Coronavirus Disease 2019 What to do if you are sick with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
ARREST OPERATION - FRANKLIN COUNTY
On 01/14/2020 numerous law enforcement agencies conducted a narcotics arrest warrant operation in Franklin County and the surrounding area. Investigators with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office and Russellville Police Department assigned to the ALEA Region E Drug Task Force conducted an extensive narcotics investigation in the region with the assistance of other area narcotics units. The investigation was conducted for approximately 1 year and is still ongoing.
Working with the Franklin County District Attorney's Office the investigation was titled "Direct Impact", reflecting the direct strike this operation took to the local drug distribution community. The investigation resulted in over 80 Grand Jury indictments / arrest warrants being issued for subjects involved or related to the investigation.
The operation as of today has resulted in 50 subjects being arrested and booked into the Franklin County Jail. Six additional felony drug charges were made during the operation as well as 3 individuals taken into custody that were wanted by other agencies. Numerous other arrests are expected and will follow as investigators follow up on further leads and information regarding the whereabouts of the remaining wanted subjects. Today's operation was a collaborative effort involving the following participating agencies:
Franklin County Sheriff's Office
Franklin County District Attorney's Office.
Russellville Police Department
Red Bay Police Department
Alabama Law Enforcement Agency - State Bureau of Investigation
Alabama Law Enforcement Agency- Region E Drug Task Force
Alabama Board of Pardons and Parole
Alabama Department of Corrections - K9 Unit
Alabama Department of Conservation- Enforcement Division
Alabama State Fire Marshal's Office
Marion County Sheriff's Office
Colbert County Sheriff's Office
Colbert County Drug Task Force
Morgan County Sheriff's Office
Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office
United States Marshal Service- Gulf Coast Fugitive Task Force
Subjects arrested as of 01/14/2019 are as follows:
*Booking photos posted on the departmental website inmate section.Alton Witt - Possession of Controlled Substance Jeremy Motes- Drug Trafficking, Possession of Controlled Substance Madison Davis- Chemical Endangerment of Child Dallas Terry- Conspiracy to Commit Controlled Substance Crime Cornelius Spangler- Drug Trafficking, Possession of Marijuana 1st Alysia Uzdil- Chemical Endangerment of Child, Possession of Controlled Substance Horace Mullins- Drug Trafficking Joni Baker- Promoting Prison Contraband- Drugs Andy Fisher- Distribution of Controlled Substance Thomas Hatton- Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Kimberly Lafine- Possession of Controlled Substance Frankie Vandiver- Distribution of Controlled Substance Jason Thomas- Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Axcel Lastra- Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute Jerry Mcgee- Possession of Controlled Substance Pamela Suggs- Drug Trafficking Peter Steien- Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute Tamra Smith- Conspiracy to Commit Controlled Substance Crime Shane Riddle- Distribution of Controlled Substance Joshua Cameron- Possession of Controlled Substance, Burglary 3rd, Theft 1st Christie Ford- Distribution of Controlled Substance x 2 Steven Pennington- Distribution of Controlled Substance Jessica Brackin- Probation/Parole Violation - Drug Offenses Robert Terry- Probation/Parole Violation- Drug Offenses Tevin Cross- Drug Trafficking, Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana 1st Jerry Green- Escape 1st - Drug Offense Moises Lucas- Possession of Controlled Substance x 2. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia David Jackson- Distribution of Controlled Substance Silvester Tolentino-Hernandez- Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of Paraphernalia Willie Hamilton- Drug Trafficking Skylar Hall- Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia James Coleman- Distribution of Controlled Substance James Fuller- Possession of Controlled Substance William Vandiver- Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia x 2 Raymond Perez- Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Cassie Cummings- Chemical Endangerment of Child John Whitlock- Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Jeffery Baker- Possession of Controlled Substance, Arson, Escape 1st Payton Fretwell- Possession of Controlled Substance x 4, Attempt to Elude, Resisting Arrest Sabrina Johnson- Probation / Parole Violation- Drug Offense Brandy Brooks- Chemical Endangerment of Child Angela Perrigin- Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Steven Pierce- Distribution of Controlled Substance David Presley- Possession of Controlled Substance x 2. Possession of Marijuana 2nd Erica Strickland- Drug Trafficking Justin Williams- Chemical Endangerment of Child Stacy Hester- Possession of Controlled Substance Brooke Michael- Chemical Endangerment of Child Jason Bray- Possession of Controlled Substance x 2, Carrying Brass Knuckles Huruy Gebrewalde- Distribution of Controlled Substance
On 11/19/2019 at approximately 12:00 pm the Franklin County Sheriff's Office received a report of a man shot in the Spruce Pine community of Franklin County. Deputies and investigators arrived on scene and located 47 year old Tracy Lee Prince of 293 Rose Lane, suffering from numerous gunshot wounds. Deputies were able to identify the shooter as the victim's brother Donald Frank Steele who resides at the same address. The victim was treated by EMS personnel on scene and transported by Air Evac Lifeteam to a nearby trauma center.
Sheriff's Office Investigators along with the assistance of the ALEA State Bureau of Investigation began a search for the suspect who had fled on foot. Deputies and Agents were able to locate the suspect in a wooded area nearby the scene of the shooting on Rose Lane. At the time of this press release Donald Steele has been charged with one count of Attempted Murder and two counts of Shooting Into an Occupied Vehicle and is in custody at the Franklin County Sheriff's Office. The Russellville Police Department also assisted in the search for Steele. The victim was in stable condition as of the last report received.
On 11/08/2019 Investigators with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office and Russellville Police Department assigned to the ALEA Alabama Drug Enforcement Task Force Region E, with the assistance of the U.S. Marshal's Gulf Coast Fugitive Task Force, conducted a search warrant at 812 Mullins Ave SW in Russellville AL.
The search warrant was the culmination of an extensive investigation into the trafficking of illegal drugs from the northern Shoals area into Franklin County. The investigation targeted Keith Lamar Boddie also known as Keith Lamar Beckwith. Boddie who was convicted in 2013 for Attempted Sexual Abuse of a Child less than 12 in Lauderdale County was found to be a source of drug distribution within Franklin County.
Investigators with the Sheriff's Office obtained felony arrest warrants for Boddie on the charges of: Distribution of a Controlled Substance, Felon in Possession of a Pistol, Possession of Cocaine, and Possession of Marijuana 1st Degree.
On 11/12/2019 The U.S. Marshal Gulf Coast Fugitive Task Force took Boddie into custody and he was booked into the Franklin County Jail on the listed charges. This investigation marks the continued effort of The Franklin County Sheriff's Office - Drug Task Force and our partnership with the ALEA Region E Drug Task Force to curb the flow of illegal narcotics into the county and the Northwest Alabama region. The U.S. Marshal's Gulf Coast Fugitive Task Force also played a key role in this investigation. Additional charges are expected as the investigation continues.
Keith Lamar Boddie
AKA: Keith Lamar Beckwith
On 07/21/2019 Investigators from the Franklin County Sheriff's Office and Russellville Police Department assigned to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Region E Drug Task Force, developed information leading to the seizure of a large quantity of Methamphetamine.
In the afternoon of 07/21/2019 Task Force Agents from the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, The Franklin County District Attorney's Office, and Deputies with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office conducted a search warrant at 301 Aycock Loop near Russellville AL. Agents found and seized approximately 2.39 pounds of Crystal Methamphetamine. Taken into custody was Cindy Zamora of 301 Aycock Loop Russellville AL. Zamora was charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine. As of this release Zamora remains in the Franklin County Jail.
On 07/13/2019, Investigators with the Franklin and Marion County Sheriff's Offices who are assigned to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Region E Drug Task Force took Marcos A. Lagos into custody in the city of Russellville. Lagos was under investigation for drug trafficking and evidence was found that he was traveling to Russellville to distribute a large amount of Crystal Methamphetamine.
Agents took Lagos into custody at the Legacy Chevron service station on U.S. Highway 43 in the city of Russellville at approximately 3:30 pm on Saturday July 13th. Lagos had in his possession approximately 12.65 Ounces of Crystal Methamphetamine as well as 3 grams of Cocaine in the powder form. Lagos was charged with Trafficking in Methamphetamine and Possession of a Controlled Substance - Cocaine. Lagos remains in the Franklin County Jail at the time of this release.
Marcos A. Lagos
Individuals who were hiking in the flood zone area across the water from Horseshoe Bend Campground in Franklin County found a human skull late yesterday afternoon and reported it to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.
Investigators recovered the skull early this morning and are in the process of sending it for forensic testing and if possible, identification.
We will post further information as updates become available.
Around 10:30 P.M. on Thursday, February 21, 2019, two inmates escaped from the Franklin County Jail after entering a plumbing access to reach the roof. At the time of the escape, Corrections Officers were dealing with a fight within the jail that is believed to have been a diversion for the escape.
The escapees are Richie Oneal Landers and Andy John Hanson. Landers was in jail on Probation Violation with original charge of a drug offense. Hanson was also in jail on Probation Violation with original charge of burglary. Both had been sentenced for the Probation Revocations and were waiting transfer to prison.
Richie Landers: Last known address:
2460 Hwy 172, Hodges, AL 35571
DOB: 6/30/1973 Age: 45
White/Male, Brown Hair, Blue Eyes, 5’10”
Andy Hanson: Last known address:
1725 Co Rd 47, Winfield, AL 35594
DOB: 12/11/1991 Age: 27
White/Male, Black Hair, Blue Eyes, 5’6”
If you have any information on the whereabouts of these two, please contact the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office at 256-332-8820.