Sheriff’s Office Hosts Women’s Personal Self Defense Class


 The Clay County Sheriff’s Office will host Women’s Personal Self Defense Class at the Sheriff’s Office beginning September 4th. This four part class for ages 12 and over will be held each Thursday evening from 6pm to 8pm and will include a certificate of graduation upon completion on September 25th. Please make plans to attend this very informative class. We are looking forward to seeing you. To register Call (256)354-2176, ext. 230 or Email your name and number to

CCRS assist in finding lost hikers

 The following information was taken from CCRS Operations Officer, Brian Andrews:

On Saturday afternoon, August 23,  at approximately 12:30 p.m., CCRS received a call that we were needed to assist on two lost hikers. At this point there were no injuries, but they had been in the woods several hours with no food or water. And that is never good during extreme heat or cold.The lost hikers were a mother and daughter from Mobile, AL that hiked in from Lake Chinnabee up the Chinnabee Silent trail. They were following the creek up towards Cheaha Falls, which separates from the original trail, and became lost. After switching back and forth across the woods unable to get back on the trail, they called 911. Fortunately, they were in an area that had cell coverage as lots of those spots do not. We were able to get better location information and headed up with our usual supplies and equipment.

Upon arrival it was about an hour we had located and arrived at the lost hikers. They were uninjured and transported back to their vehicle. All units were headed back off the mountain around 3:30 p.m.
Again we want to thank the members and first responders that helped out including the Talladega National Forest officers and a Clay County Deputy. You guys contribute greatly to these being successful and efficient missions. And remember… Even if you don’t have minutes or coverage with your provider, you can always make a call to 911 and it will put you through to the nearest dispatch center. So always carry a fully charged cell phone with you. It could be the difference between your safe return home and a dangerous situation.

Donations needed for Fables family

anna & TonyAs many of you know, Tony Fables was involved in a serious motorcycle accident on Friday, August 22, 2014.

Tony had just bought the Harley in Oxford and was riding it home on 431 to pick up Anna to bring her back to Anniston to get his truck. Luckily, Anna didn’t go with him for the purchase because she needed to get their youngest son to the band bus to get to the ball game.

The accident occurred when Tony hit gravel and lost control of the bike. He was thrown against the guard rail, both collar bones are broken, ribs and shoulder blades fractured, leaving a hole in his chest, from being impaled on the guard rail which was surgically repaired and the chest cavity rebuilt.

Thankfully, the lady following Tony said he was driving slowly and not erratically. . the lady stopped to help and called Anna for him.  Her quick actions calling 911 probably saved his life

. Tony is now on a ventilator to rebuild air space in his chest and is being kept heavily sedated. It is unknown when he will come off of it. He is in ICU and UAB Hospital in Birmingham.

Tony faces a long recovery and Anna will be there with him throughout this process, which will result in a loss of income for the entire household. Anna is now staying at a nearby motel in order to remain close to her husband, which is another expense.

Tony and Anna have medical insurance, but as you know, with medical, travel, and lodging expenses, not to mention the loss of income will most likely be financially devastating. Right now, that’s the last thing they need to worry about, so I am asking…no, anna fables pleading for your support at this time.

Anyone interested in making a donation to this amazing family can mail them to: Tony & Anna Fables 124 Dawkins Rd, Cragford, Al 36255. Even if you can’t send a donation, I’m sure they would appreciate a Get Well card.

Any donation will be appreciated. Thanks to you all and please share with your friends!

CCRS makes Dramatic Rescue for Fallen Hiker

The hike in
The hike in

Sunday afternoon, August 17 at appx 1:30pm, CCRS was dispatched to a call in the Talladega National Forest near Devil’s Den for a 30’s year old male that had fallen on the rocks and was unable to walk out.

assessing the patient
assessing the patient

Clay County Rescue Squad responded with an ambulance and Rescue crew. They arrived at staging and headed in. Upon arrival, they found the victim lying on a rock ledge across the creek and several rescue personnel had to swim in and out to help assess and then load the patient into the basket.


Treated as hip/back/neck injury on scene, then loaded to transport out by foot. He was carried out through the steep terrain and taken to the hospital by ambulance.

loading and ready to transport.
loading and ready to transport.

CCRS members response time on this call was excellent, making their way to the patient within less than an hour after the call was dispatched.”We would like to thank the Talladega National Forest law enforcement, Clay County Sheriff’s Office, and of course our Rescue Squad volunteers that made this a safe and effective mission once again” CCRS Operations Officer Brian Andrews stated.

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carrying up the steep steps
carrying up the steep steps

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Mad Indian Quickie Mart robbed, arrests made.

0515robberyOn Thursday, August 14th, two subjects broke into Mad Indian Quickie Mart, sometime late during the night. The subjects forced entry into the facility and stole 2 bottles of liquor, grey goose vodka and kettle one, both 750 ml bottles. The building sustained minor damage.


The owners of the store were instantly alerted of the break-in from the alarm system, as was Randolph County Sheriff’s Office and 911. The subjects fled the scene, but were later called in for questioning after video surveillance was collected that revealed their identities. Both subjects were arrested at this time.


Freddy Carswell, age 50, of Lineville and Jessie James Zackery, age 51 of Lineville, were charged with 3rd degree Burglary and Theft and 1st degree Criminal Mischief. The Lineville Police Department was instrumental in the arrest of these two individuals.This is an ongoing investigation so no further details will be released at this time.  


Criminal Investigator Donnie Strain commends the store owner on having state of the art video surveillance and alarm system. “Without this system, it would have been hard to identify these perpetrators. I strongly recommend every business owner purchase surveillance equipment in order to protect their investments.”

91 yr old widow loses everything to house fire

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Bernice gives a somber look to the pile of ashes where her home once stood. Notice her caregiver, Brenda is going distributing out Bernice’s medication. Bernice lost all of her meds in the fire and Young’s Drugstore owner, Eric Smith, had opened on early Sunday morning to refill them.

fire 1Despite the best efforts of the Lineville Fire Department, this 100 year old home located on 5th Avenue in Lineville burned to the ground around 4:00 am this morning.

This historical home once belonged to the late L.D. Miller and was still occupied by his widow, 91 year old Bernice Miller and her caregiver, Brenda Rutherford.  Bernice and Brenda, along with several visiting family members were also in the home at the time the blaze occurred. “I just woke up and there was smoke swirling around everywhere” says Bernice. Everyone was able to get out of the house safely, except for a cherished family pet, a Chihuahua named Peaches.

The home was a complete loss and Bernice lost all of her belongings.  Bernice was a quilter, so she lost all of her beautiful handmade pieces, including a double wedding quilt she was currently working on at the time. Her visiting family members had also fire 10taken Bernice and Brenda shopping to take advantage of the tax free weekend, so they too lost their belongings, as well as the school clothes they had purchased the day before.


This home was filled with L.D.’s  hand carved furniture, including a cedar bedroom suit he had designed for Bernice. L.D. himself was not only well-known for making furniture; he was also a very talented quilter. His designs used to be displayed every year at the Lineville Heritage Day Quilt Show.

Anyone interested in making a donation, can call Veatrice Pitts (daughter) 256-354-7339, or mail to: Veatrice Pitts 2366 County Rd 31 Ashland, AL 36251. Bernice and Brenda wears a size 14-16 clothing, large shirt, and a size 7.5 shoe.

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Alabama Martial Arts Team seek funding for World Tournament; 8 members, 4 from Clay County.

2014 Team
2014 Martial Arts Team

Elite Yoshukai Karate Organization L.L.C in Ashland, AL is in desperate need of sponsors or donations of any amount to fund their travel  expenses to the 2014 World   Martial Arts Tournament . The U.S. Martial Arts Team will travel to Vancouver, Canada in September for this competition and as you know, travel expenses are not cheap.


To read more about this event, click here:

The U.S. Martial Arts Team is made up of about 85 members total, and 8 of those make up the Alabama Team. Four (4)karate 2 of these 8 members are from  Clay County alone: Tommy & Martha Denson, Ellen Hammett, Scott Fullington. Other team members include:  Thomas Kiser, Mike Zheng,  Jordan Ogles, Billy Ray Hamlin, Jay Peraiti, Olivia Cochran .

Some other members from the Bama team include: Sherman Peek of  Montgomery, who is currently attending Auburn University, Allen Butler – Andalusia, Al,  Jason Vinson – Roanoke, Al. And Danielle Hagan who reigns from Cross City, Florida.

This competition may not sound like a big deal to some who are not familiar with Martial Arts, but is the elite of the competitions. This tournament  is the equivalent of The Olympics for Martial Arts and is only held every 2 years.  2012 U.S. Team

2012 Alabama Martial Arts Team

Two years ago, the Alabama team brought  home 29 medals, 10 world championships, 2 world championships from Clay County members and several runner ups!!!!    That is really something to be proud of from our home state and our great county!!!


Anyone interested in making a donation, or becoming a sponsor can call Martha Denson at (256) 252-2832 or Tommy Denson at (256) 276-0209 or you can just click on this link:

The team is a 501 c3 non profit organization, so if your business decides to sponsor. or make a donation it can be used as a tax write off.

There is no amount too small to donate because every little bit helps.