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On 04/20/2020, deputies with the Decatur County Sheriff's Office recovered a stolen 1995 Ford F-150 on Davis Ln in Parso...
04/23/2020

On 04/20/2020, deputies with the Decatur County Sheriff's Office recovered a stolen 1995 Ford F-150 on Davis Ln in Parsons. The truck was stolen on 04/09/2020 from Haywood county. On 04/21/20 Investigators Whitlock and Zukowski returned to the area and began to canvass the area and talk with citizens about the stolen truck. During the course of the investigation, Investigators developed 3 suspects involved in the theft, Dwayne Lancaster, Drake Miller, and Savannah Collins. Investigators determined that Dwayne Lancaster was living in the Gunn Gardens Apartments in room 39 which is occupied by Melissa Lee. Melissa Lee is also the mother of suspect Miller. Investigators spoke with Melissa Lee and James C. Gilbert and asked if they had seen Dwayne Lancaster that day. Lee and Gilbert said that they had not, but would call if they did. Investigators told Lee and Gilbert that the Sheriff's Department was looking for Lancaster to apprehend him for numerous warrants. Investigator Martin with the Parsons Police Dept was notified about the incident and that Investigators Whitlock and Zukowski were looking for Lancaster. Investigator Martin saw Lancaster in the wooded area behind Gunn Gardens and attempted to apprehend Lancaster. Lancaster fled on foot from Inv. Martin who gave chase. Inv Martin lost Lancaster in the wooded area. At approximately 2:30 pm, Investigators saw the vehicle driven by Gilbert, and occupied by Melissa Lee in the front seat, leaving the Gunn Gardens Apartments and heading East on Cooley Avenue. Investigators pulled alongside the vehicle, and Investigator Zukowski could see legs in the passenger rear seat area, and the upper part of a body covered up. Investigator Zukowski exited the vehicle, opened the door of the suspect vehicle, and Dwayne Lancaster was the one hiding in the seat. Also located in the vehicle was a container with methamphetamine, which Gilbert admitted was his.

Due to James Gilbert and Melissa Lee knowingly trying to aid in Lancaster not being arrested, both are charged with Accessory After the Fact. Gilbert had an additional charge of Methamphetamine-Manufacture,deliver,sell,or possessession. Both Gilbert and Lee were booked into the Decatur County Detention Center. Lee was released on a $5,000 bond and Gilbert a $15,000 bond.

Dwayne Lancaster was booked into the Decatur County Detention Center and charged with Evading Arrest. Suspect Lancaster also had outstanding indictments out of Davidson Co and an outstanding VOP out of Decatur Co Circuit Court. He is being held without bond.

Investigator Whitlock contacted the Haywood County Sheriffs Office and notified them of the incident. Detectives with the Haywood Co. Sheriff's Office issued warrants for Miller, Lancaster, and Collins for the theft of the Ford F-150. On 04/22/20 Investigators Whitlock and Zukowski arrested Miller and Collins without incident and transported to the Haywood Co. jail where they are being held on a $25,000 bond each.

Parsons Police Department needs help identifying these men. They may be in a white utility van. If you can identify thes...
04/07/2020

Parsons Police Department needs help identifying these men. They may be in a white utility van. If you can identify these men, contact Decatur County 911 at (731) 852-3911 or Investigator Daniel Martin at (731) 549-7404

For Immediate Release:Until Decatur County Sheriff  Keith Byrd receives clear, precise orders from Gov.Lee and District ...
04/02/2020

For Immediate Release:
Until Decatur County Sheriff Keith Byrd receives clear, precise orders from Gov.Lee and District Attorney Matt Stowe on how our Law Enforcement is to handle this situation, we would continue to encourage citizens to stay home unless there is an absolute, “have to leave case”. Also, please continue to practice social distancing when you do have to get out.

Below is a link that details what Gov. Lee is describing as “essential services”.

https://publications.tnsosfiles.com/pub/execorders/exec-orders-lee22.pdf

Photos from Decatur County Sheriff's Office's post
04/01/2020

Photos from Decatur County Sheriff's Office's post

Attempted Murder Suspect Taken Into Custody In Decatur County On 3-18-2020, Investigators with the Decatur County Sherif...
03/31/2020

Attempted Murder Suspect Taken Into Custody In Decatur County

On 3-18-2020, Investigators with the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Benton County Investigators to report a male in their hospital with a gunshot wound in his upper abdomen that happened on Pugh Road in Decatur County.

Investigators went to an address in the 300 block of Pugh Roadto look for any evidence of a shooting.

After making a protective sweep of the home, the homeowner stated that his 2 safes were missing which contained approximately 14 firearms. Also missing was a smaller safe that contained jewelry, U.S. currency, and several other valuables.

Investigators spoke with witnesses who stated that the shooting victim went to the address on Pugh Rd. because Tracy Pitmon was staying there.

Witnesses informed investigators that the shooting victim informed them that Tracy Pitmon and Max McCoy were at the Pugh residence address stealing safe’s. Witnesses stated the victim had attempted to stop them from stealing the safe’s when he was shot by suspect Tracy Pitmon.

On 03/19/20 arrest warrants were taken out on Pitmon for Attempted Murder, 2nd degree, Aggravated Burglary, Possession of a weapon during Commission of dangerous felony and possession of firearm by convicted felon. Warrants for McCoy were issued for Aggravated Burglary and possession of firearm by convicted felon. Investigators began to attempt to locate both suspects for several days with no success.

On 03/26/2020, Investigators recovered 11 rifles and shotguns and 4 revolvers that had been taken during the burglary.

On 03/23/20 Inv. Whitlock contacted the US Marshalls for assistance in locating Pitmon and McCoy. On 03/25/20 Inv. Whitlock along with the US Marshalls began to conduct interviews with known associates of Pitmon and McCoy.

After conducting an interview on Hwy 412 West in Parsons, Inv. Whitlock saw suspect Max McCoy east bound on Hwy 412 near the Decatur CO line riding a silver Harley Davidson motorcycle. Suspect saw Inv.
Whitlock and immediately began to accelerate and flee from Inv. The suspect continued east bound towards Parsons at a very high rate of speed and in a reckless manner. As suspect entered the city of Parsons, the suspect side swiped a Parsons PD vehicle and continued east bound. The suspect then turned south bound on Florida Ave. As suspect attempted to turn east bound of 2nd Street, the suspect struck Inv. Whitlock driver side door. After striking Inv Whitlock, the suspect spun in front of Lt. Belyew and was struck by his front bumper. The suspect was taken into custody at that point. As a result of a search incident to arrest, Inv. Whitlock found 2 small plastic bags containing 1.3 grams of meth, digital scales, several marijuana roach cigarettes, 2 ecstasy pills and 17 $1.00 bills, 12 $2.00 bills, s $5.00 bills and 3 $20.00 bills. These bills were reported stolen from Pugh Rd. on 03/19/20.

On 03/26/20 Inv. Whitlock received information that Pitmon was in the north end of the county near Conrad Ridge Rd. Inv. Whitlock, Deputies from Decatur Co SO and Troopers from the TN Highway Patrol converged on the area and set up a perimeter to contain the suspect. After a short search of the area a TN Highway patrol trooper took Pitmon into custody without incident. Pitmon is being held on $250,000 bond and McCoy being held on $200,000 bond at the Decatur County Jail.

Additional charges may be filed.

03/31/2020
03/13/2020

ALL forms of Court in Decatur County have been canceled until further notice.

All inmate classes / church services, etc have been canceled until further notice. Video visitation is still available in the jail lobby and is also available to be done from home for a fee. Contact the jail booking for more info.

If anybody needs to speak with a Deputy, Investigator, etc and does not require a Face to Face, Please contact Dispatch on the non emergency line at 731-852-3911; they will have one contact you via phone.

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03/07/2020

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I was driving down Hwy 641 and I see this nice young Decatur County Sheriff's Office Deputy changing this sweet older ladies tire. I had to stop. Without hesitation Deputy Blackstock stopped to help when he saw her sitting on the side of the road with a flat. He got a jack out of the back of the patrol car and went to work. I saw the lady give him a hug. Deputy Blackstock even had her follow him across the road because the spare tire he put on needed air. While he retrieved an air tank I spoke with the sweet lady, Mrs Peggy Raney. She said her husband passed away 2 years ago and she had been sitting there with that flat for a while and she said this sweet young man pulled in and saved her. She said she didn’t know who to call or what to do, but Deputy Ryan Blackstock sure knew! He’s putting air in her tire as I’m typing this! Love our town and good job Deputy! I even got a hug from Mrs Peggy. ❤️

We are excited to announce that Decatur County Sheriff Keith Byrd and the staff of the DCSO had a 100% clean audit repor...
02/21/2020

We are excited to announce that Decatur County Sheriff Keith Byrd and the staff of the DCSO had a 100% clean audit report from the Tennessee Comptrollers Office. We will continue to strive for this type of professional management going forward.

WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News
02/14/2020
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WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News

Two suspects are being sought after a woman was assaulted during a home invasion on Tuesday. Anyone with information is asked to call the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office at (731) 852-3703.

Johnny Cruse is in custody.
01/28/2020

Johnny Cruse is in custody.

UPDATE: Cruse is in custodyCruse has been spotted in the City of Parsons riding in 2015 white Ford Fiesta with TN Tag 7H...
01/28/2020

UPDATE: Cruse is in custody

Cruse has been spotted in the City of Parsons riding in 2015 white Ford Fiesta with TN Tag 7H10D6. It has an orange Tom Leitch Sticker on the back and Orange Tom Leitch license plate on the front. If you see this car call 731-852-3911 or dial 911 immediately. The vehicle should resemble the one pictured. There will likely be a female driving.

Tennessee River Valley News
01/28/2020

Tennessee River Valley News

1/27/2020 10:00 PM Update:
The Decatur County Sheriff's Office says they have no confirmation that Johnny Cruse is still around northern Decatur County.

If you see him or have confirmation of where he is, please call 731-852-3911 or call 911 immediately.

Do not approach him.

Updated photo from recent arrest.

1/27/2020 10:00 PM Update:We have no confirmation that Johnny Cruse is still around northern Decatur County. If you see ...
01/28/2020

1/27/2020 10:00 PM Update:
We have no confirmation that Johnny Cruse is still around northern Decatur County. If you see him or have confirmation of where he is, please call 731-852-3911 or call 911 immediately. Do not approach him.

On Monday, January 20, 2020, Deputies with the Decatur County Sheriff's Office conducted a traffic stop with a vehicle a...
01/24/2020

On Monday, January 20, 2020, Deputies with the Decatur County Sheriff's Office conducted a traffic stop with a vehicle at the intersection of Perryville Rd. and Highway 100 E being driven by Russell Long. Sheriff's Office K-9 Ikar was called to the scene and had a positive alert on the vehicle. There was a white crystal substance located inside the vehicle believed to be Methamphetamine. During the search of the vehicle, a .22 caliber rifle was recovered along with digital scales believed to be used to weigh Methamphetamine. Brass knuckles along with a two sided long knife were also found.

The passenger inside the vehicle, Megan Newcomb also had a Hipoint 9mm pistol on her person. Three different types of pills in a small baggie were found in Megan Newcomb's wallet. All three pills were a schedule IV controlled substance.

Both Russell Long and Megan were taken to the Decatur County Detention Center. During a search conducted by a C/O at the Detention Center, a white crystal substance in a baggie, believed to be Methamphetamine, was found on Newcomb's person.

Megan Newcomb was charged with Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Sch IV, Felony Possession of Schedule II, Possession of A Firearm During Commission of a Felony, & Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Institution.

Russell Long was charged with Improper Backing, Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia, Driving Under the Influence 2nd Offense, Prohibited Weapons, Possession Of Schedule II, Unlawful carrying or Possession of a Weapon, Possession of a Handgun while Under the Influence, & Possession of a Firearm in the Commission or Attempt to Commit A Felony.

Last night around 11:30PM this subject, Hope Endsley, evaded Tennessee Highway Patrol on a motorcycle around the City Pa...
01/10/2020

Last night around 11:30PM this subject, Hope Endsley, evaded Tennessee Highway Patrol on a motorcycle around the City Park in Parsons. Warrants have been secured for her arrest. She was last seen on foot around Miller Street in the area behind McDonalds in Parsons. If you see her or know her whereabouts, please contact Decatur Co 911 at 731-852-3911.

On January 1, 2020, at approx. 9:20 pm, Decatur County deputies were dispatched to the 1800 block of Wilkinstown Rd in r...
01/03/2020

On January 1, 2020, at approx. 9:20 pm, Decatur County deputies were dispatched to the 1800 block of Wilkinstown Rd in reference to a reported trespasser. Upon arrival, Sgt Clyde Weaver observed a Black Dodge Durango sitting next to a mobile home and made contact with Frankie Fuller Jr. Mr. Fuller stated that he was the only one there and was taken into custody for criminal trespassing. An inventory search was conducted of the vehicle prior to towing at which time a small black bag was found inside a larger camouflage duffle bag which contained approx. 396.5 grams of a green, leafy substance, believed to be marijuana. Also found was 1.6 grams of a white crystal-like substance which field tested positive for methamphetamine, 4 schedule IV Alprazolam 0.5 milligram pills, multiple plastic baggies and digital scales. Located in the front passenger seat and floorboard were 4 loaded and chambered firearms, an empty 24 oz can of Redd’s Apple Ale and one full unopened can in the center console. Fuller had a strong smell of alcohol coming from his person and breath and was slow to respond to verbal directives as well as having blood shot eyes and being unsteady on his feet ,leading Sgt Weaver to believe Mr. Fuller was under the influence of an intoxicant. Fuller was previously convicted of domestic assault in Decatur County in November of 2019 preventing him from owning or possessing firearms. A total of 4 guns were seized as evidence along with the narcotics and paraphernalia.

Mr. Fuller was charged with the following:
Criminal Trespass
Unlawful Carrying or Possession of a weapon
Possession of a Firearm in the commission or attempt to commit a felony
Public Intoxication
Possession of a handgun while under the influence
Possession of Sch VI with Intent
Possession of Sch II with Intent
Possession of Sch IV

TWRA has also charged Frankie Fuller with Hunting Without a License and Failure to Tag Big Game .

Bond is set at $50,000

DCSO Investigators are assisting with this investigation. If you have any information regarding this case please contact...
01/02/2020

DCSO Investigators are assisting with this investigation. If you have any information regarding this case please contact us at 731-852-3714.

$2500.00 REWARD ISSUED IN DEATH OF A BALD EAGLE IN DECATUR COUNTY

DECATUR COUNTY, Tenn.--- The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency along with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are investigating a shooting of a bald eagle in West Tennessee. The injured eagle was reported on December 30 around 3:00 p.m. in Decatur County. The eagle was found off Martins Landing Road in Bath Springs, TN. TWRA Wildlife Officer Brant Luker responded to the call and the bald eagle was transported alive, but injured to the North Madison Animal Hospital on December 31, 2019. After examination, it was determined the eagle had been shot. Injuries sustained were incurable and the animal was euthanized.

Bald eagles historically ranged throughout most of North America. However, for environmental reasons and a lack of regulations, their numbers dwindled in the 1900’s. Bald Eagles were placed on the endangered species list in 1978. Eagle populations recovered after changes in environmental practices and protection and the endangered status was removed in 2007. However, bald eagles are still protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Violations of these statutes carry a maximum criminal penalty of up to $100,000.00 and/or one year in federal prison. State charges will also apply.

Bald eagles are biparental, meaning it takes both parent birds to raise young. Losing one eagle likely means failure of a nest.

ANYONE WITH KNOWLEDGE REGARDING THIS SHOOTING SHOULD CALL THE REGION I TWRA OFFICE AT: 731-423-5725 OR THE U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE U.S. AT: 615-736-5532.

On 12/31/2019 at approximately 12:56 pm Investigators Whitlock and Zukowski along with DCSO Deputies arrived at 93 Edmon...
01/02/2020

On 12/31/2019 at approximately 12:56 pm Investigators Whitlock and Zukowski along with DCSO Deputies arrived at 93 Edmonds Ln in Parsons responding to a Burglary call. Prior to officer arrival communications dispatch advised that a male and a female had fled the residence and ran behind the Parsons Scrap Metal building, located at 2121 Hwy 641 South. Investigators and other Deputies arrived at that location in an attempt to locate the female subject identified as Jodi Ann Lowery. An immediate search of the premises was conducted, and sheriff Investigator Brad Zukowski, did locate suspect Dwayne Lee Lancaster hiding in the woods behind the property. Jodi Ann Lowery was later discovered by Sgt. Megan Gregory walking in the woods behind Jason’s Outdoors. Suspect Lowery was arrested by Sgt Gregory after a short foot chase. During the course of the investigation Investigators discovered that a vehicle parked underneath an awning next to the Parsons scrap metal building had been reported stolen from McNairy County. There were some stolen items recovered, that were taken from both inside the residence and from a shed behind the residence. Lowery also had 5 outstanding arrest warrants from an earlier incident. Dwayne Lee Lancaster and Jodi Ann Lowery were both charged with Burglary of a residence, and theft of an automobile. Both were booked into the Decatur Co jail and are being held on bond pending court dates. Investigators from Scotts Hill Police Dept and McNairy Co Sheriffs Office are also looking into Lancaster and Lowery about other thefts in their areas.

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My next door neighbor cats every winter have dozen of kittens in her home and in the spring she releases them out side and they end up at my home. What legally can I do to stop her! or do I euthanize cats when they come on my porch and tear up my window screens??
From Deborah Lynn David Duncan: I'm making this post for my parents who do not have Facebook. I want folks to know that there are still good people in this world. My Daddy has been talking about going back to the cemetery where his grandparents and other relatives are buried for a long time. He said he wanted to go one more time before he died, so he went to pick up my 90 year old Aunt Loyce and took my Mom and Tyson to Decaturville to find the cemetery that exists behind a church that no longer holds services..they weren't exactly sure where it was, as they haven't been in many, many years. (Daddy used to preach at this church back in the 70's, I believe)..they got into town, still unsure of how to find it and came across a police officer to ask for directions. He told them he didn't have any idea where it was, but contacted another officer who knew the area better; Officer Bennett (I'm assuming a county deputy) came and tried to help. He said he wasn't sure of where it was either, but then he contacted his dispatcher who directed them to Old Baptist Rd..Officer Bennett escorted them all the way out to this church and even helped my elderly Aunt out of the car and out to the old cemetery; and much to my parent's surprise, the church was still standing..(they thought it would have been gone by now). Long gone are the days when that old church held services or seen any members come through the doors, held dinner on the grounds or seen anyone to care for the church or church grounds. Today, I'm thankful for the officer that helped some elderly people get to where they were going safely. He could've easily said, I don't know where Rushing Creek Primitive Baptist church is and went on about his day, but he took the time to help perfect strangers out of the kindness of his heart and for that, I'm grateful..if any of my friends have friends from that area, feel free to share this post, so that Officer Bennett might see this thank you. Good news and nice people need to be shared and celebrated.
Why is the Decatur county sheriff not doing something about the people from out of county having parties at the river during the Covid 19 pandemic?
We don't have power on threeway n tryed calling power company n I keep getting that lines is busy. Could y'all help n find out when it be back on n why there's no power out here? Thank u.
Last night someone riding down Old Quincy Road threw out a large bag of garbage. Several times I have had to pick up trash out of the yard because ppl are constantly using Old Quincy Road as a trash dump. One day there was paper all in the yard. Just ride down Old Quincy Road and look in the ditches at all the trash that ppl throw out. Is there anything that the Sheriff's Office can do to either stop this or slow it down???
People throwing trash out of their vehicles on Old Quincy Road is really getting old! The pics of the trash in the road I took about an hour ago. The pics of all the paper in the yard I took about a month ago. Is there anything the Department can do to stop this! You should see the ditch, it's full of garbage!
Got a question.... My husband a truck driver n always complaining bout ppls driving in the rain with no lights on n we just rode bye a cop with a car behide us with no lights on n it's raining really hard in Jackson right now so why don't police enforce the law of wipers on lights on?
Well obviously this has been an interesting event in our county, especially considering it’s not even election time. I work in Decatur County and have to be very careful because you will be harassed and threatened by certain members of DCSO if you try and correct them on issues. So I literally follow all sides of this battle and the other night I was shocked by a comment from a DCSO supporter. I thought long about posting it, but I believe it gives a rare glimpses into DCSO, as the same behavior is practiced within the organization. I have personally seen it myself.
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So what happened yesterday on dogwood drive?
Mug shots
Why are you tailing female drivers at 3 am who are going the speed limit and minding their own business? You may be bored at that hour, but your actions smacked of warrantless intimidation.