Marion County Sheriff's Department

Agencies lend neighborly hand during shootout

Jefferey Lee Adair

By Chad Fell and Louis Mellini
DOUBLE SPRINGS — Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies aided law enforcement and first responders during the stand off shootout situation that took place in Double Springs on the night of Tuesday, Jan. 17.
Jefferey Lee Adair, 48, of 301 Old Union Road, Haleyville, surrendered to law enforcement at approximately 10 p.m.

Human remains discovered

Pictured is the area in which the remains were discovered in Hamilton off of Bexar Avenue West, east of Thompson’s Menswear and on the north side of the road.

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON — Human remains were found on the west side of Hamilton this weekend after a resident was outdoors with their dog.
According to Hamilton Police Sergeant Scotty Chandler, the resident was chasing her escaped dog when the remains were discovered near the 600 block of Bexar Avenue West in Hamilton.

Sheriff faces burden of old jail

Pictured is the Marion County Jail in Hamilton, which has remained unchanged since its construction in the 1970s.

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON — Marion County Sheriff Kevin Williams has his hands full as jailer turnover has been high and jail construction is revving up.
“The issue I’ve got is that jailers are underpaid, in my opinion,” said Williams. “People are leaving the job for other jobs that pay a lot more.”
Williams stated that top-out pay for jailers lands at $14.56 per hour.
“The jailer’s job is not a strenuous job, it’s not a manual (labor) job, but it is very stressful,” said Williams.

Murder in the first degree

James McCracken

By Louis Mellini
Staff writer
HAMILTON —Hamilton resident James Ray McCracken was arrested on suspected murder in the first degree charges this weekend on Saturday, July 23, in Hamilton.
The Hamilton Police Department, along with the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, made the arrest on the day of the incident.
McCracken, 77, born in November of 1944, is currently being held in the Marion County Jail in Hamilton on a $500,000 bond.

Four in custody after foot chase

Harris

By LOUIS MELLINI
Staff Writer

A high-speed chase ended with four men from Memphis, Tenn., being apprehended in a wooded area near Interstate 22’s Exit 22.
According to Marion County Sheriff Kevin Williams, Aubrey Smith Jr., 20; Tyrez LeRick Sheton, 21; Detarius Harris, 18; and Deven D. Rolfe, 21, were all arrested and charged individually with attempting to elude, reckless endangerment and possession of marijuana.

Sheriff’s department gets two new deputies

After losing three Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies back in February, Marion County Sheriff Kevin Williams has been handed a boost after hiring two new Sheriff’s Deputies on Monday, March 23. Charles Andrew “Andy” Smith, who previously worked with the Guin Police Department, and Brennan Eastman, a former law enforcement officer in Lamar County and Sulligent, were both hired to the department on Williams’ recommendation. The Marion County Commission officially approved of Williams’ new hires during a regular meeting at the Marion County Commission office in Hamilton. In February

Human remains found near North Fork Bridge


Marion County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Jeff Davis (left) and Marion County Sheriff’s Investigator Sgt. Daryl Spencer search for evidence near where Zach Pike’s remains are believed to have been found.

NORTH FORK - Authorities say the remains of a Marion County man have been found two years after he was last seen.
Marion County Sheriff Kevin Williams told the Journal Record that local investigators have discovered substantial evidence that human remains found in the North Fork area belong to Zach Pike, who was last seen in May 2018.