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Sheriff’s Deputies arrest for Burglary, Theft and Drugs

Below is a press release from Clay County Sheriff Ray Latham:

On December 8, 2016, Deputies were called to a residence in Hollins, where neighbors observed unknown individuals at a nearby residence. Reserve Deputy Bonner, who lives in the Hollins area was notified and proceeded immediately to the scene. Upon arrival, Reserve Deputy Bonner and reporting neighbors observed two individuals attempting to leave the house in question. Those persons were detained by Bonner and neighbors in the area, awaiting the arrival of Sheriff’s Deputies. Once the Sheriff’s Deputies arrived, Judson Larry Lee, age 51 of Sylacauga and Jerry Lyn Stover, age 35 listed as homeless were arrested for Burglary 3rd and committed to the Clay County Detention Center. Bonds were set at $5000.00 each. Lee was released on $5000.00 bond, Stover remains in the Clay County Detention Center.

On December 18th, 2016 Sheriff’s Deputies while on patrol in the Shiloh area, observed a suspicious vehicle traveling on Cragford Road. Once Deputies stopped the vehicle, a strong odor of Marijuana was identified as coming from the vehicle. After a short investigation by deputies, arrested were James Canyon Mattox, age 20 of Lineville and Steven Wayne Williams, age 22 of Ashland. Mattox was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd, Unlawful possession of Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Williams was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2ndand Obstruction of Justice using false identity. Additionally Williams was charged with Violation of Probation and Writ of Arrest on a previous Criminal Mischief 1st charge. Mattox and Williams was committed to the Clay County Detention Center. Mattox was released on bonds totaling $9000.00.  Williams remains in the Clay County Detention Center under a no bond order.

On December 19th, 2016 Sheriff’s Deputies were assisting Alabama State Troopers in the Guntertown area of Clay County. A vehicle was observed with equipment violations approaching the Deputies location in a suspicious manner. Upon further observation, Deputies found a number of drugs and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. Arrested were Travis Hunter Maxwell, age 28 of Alpine and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Additionally Jesse Cole Weldon, age 28 of Anniston was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance.  Maxwell has bonded on $9000.00 from the Clay County Detention Center and Weldon remains in jail on $5000.00 bond.

Sheriff Latham urges citizens to remain alert to suspicious activity in their neighborhood during this Holiday Season. Do not hesitate calling our office to report any unusual activity in your area. Let us all have a Merry Christmas with a safe, rewarding and fulfilling New Year.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the staff at the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.

High Speed Chase Results in 15 hr manhunt in Clay County

It all started with a high speed chase involving a stolen car out of Cleburne County last night that ended in flames. The incident occurred  just inside Clay County on Hwy 49 North in the Delta area last night around 10:00 PM.13321106_10206679259924195_1991262319_o

The driver, Terrence Marshall,  lost control of the car and crashed, catching fire.  There were three subjects in the car.  Two of these subjects, Marshall and a juvenile male,  quickly fled the accident scene on foot.

13313391_10205772413702213_860030190_o The third subject, a black female identified as Alexus Nichole Horne of Cochran, Ga. was also in the vehicle, but did not run. She was treated for her injuries on the scene and taken into custody. Shinbone Valley Fire Department responded to the scene and extinguished the fire.


A foot pursuit ensued and the subjects separated. The two black males kept the law enforcement busy, as multiple calls begin to come to county dispatch soon after the crash of a black male beating on doors, on porches, and in the yards of homeowners nearby in the vicinity of  Abel Rd/Hwy 49N intersection near the crash site.

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The search continued throughout the night as law enforcement combed the densely wooded area with the K-9 Unit. Around 6:30 am this morning, Marshall was apprehended on Hwy 49N.

Photo courtesy of Bill Goodman


Marshall told law enforcement that his partner was wanted for murder and was armed. There were reports of the remaining subject spotted on Good Hope Delta Rd,just a few miles up from this area, trying to flag people down on the road.

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The search was moved to this vicinity after a few visuals of the perpetrator, but each time he seemed to slip through their hands with so many wooded areas to hide in.

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The manhunt continued throughout the next several hours as the state chopper and law enforcement agencies from surrounding counties joined in the search.

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The parameter of the search area extended from Good Hope Delta Rd to Ketchemedoggie Rd to Waites Rd, Ridge Rd, and Hwy 49 N.

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There were more sightings, and the K-9’s would pick up on his trail, but the subject was quick to escape captivity with what seemed like tireless efforts.

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The fugitive covered a lot of ground in a short time, but kept running in a circle, probably due to not being familiar with his surroundings.

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The manhunt finally ended on Waites Rd/Ridge Rd area with the chopper getting a visual on him as law men took him in custody when the toll of his run seemed to overtake him.


Clay County Rescue Squad was called to the scene for evaluation of the subject. He was treated for a large laceration on his leg and physical exertion. The second subject apprehended today is a juvenile and has warrants out of Georgia for murder.

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The timing of the apprehension couldn’t have been any better with a small thunderstorm moving in, that would have grounded the chopper.

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This is not an official press release, yet information I’ve observed throughout this incident. Hopefully, a press release will be issued at a later date.



I would like to recognize the following law enforcement agencies that played a part in the 15 hour ordeal and the capture the fugitive:

  • Clay County Sheriff’s Department
  • Lineville Police Department
  • Ashland Police Department
  • Cleburne County Sheriff’s Department
  • Heflin Police Department
  • U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement
  • U. S. Marshal Task Force
  • St. Clair County Dog Team
  • ALEA Aviation Unit


My local enforcement sources would like to extend their appreciation to all of these agencies, with a special thanks to the St. Clair County Dog Team and ALEA Aviation Unit for their apprehension of this fugitive.

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