Lee County Sheriff's Department

  • Agency: Lee County Sheriff's Department
  • Address: 1900 Frederick Rd, Opelika, 36803 AL
  • Chief:
Phone: 334-749-5651
Fax: (334) 749-4835

Lee County Sheriff's Department is located at 1900 Frederick Rd, Opelika, 36803 AL. The Lee County Sheriff's Department phone number is 334-749-5651.

Lee County Sheriff's Department News

"Are you guys ready? Okay. Let's Roll." Todd Beamer 09-11.2001

07.30.2018 Corporal Thomas Keith Slay Columbus, Georgia PD EOW: 07.30.2013 We will not forget.

07.26.2018 Lee County Sheriff’s Office K9 Smoke has received donation of body armor Lee County Sheriff’s Office K9 Smoke has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. The vest was sponsored by Dr. Lisa Kuntz and Dr. Billie McNealey of Windsor, CT and embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of Talis”. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c(3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 3,000 protective vests in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a value of $5.7 million dollars. The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate. The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950.00. Each vest has a value between $1,744 – $2,283, and a five-year warranty and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

Road Closure Lee Road 235 07.09.2018 PUBLIC NOTICE Lee Road 235 The Lee County Highway Department will be closing a portion of Lee Road 235 approximately 900 feet west of its junction with Lee Road 234 (Old Chumey Road) due to cross-drain replacement. The road will be closed for approximately three (3) days beginning Monday, July 9, 2018, at 7:00 A.M. Central Standard Time. Local traffic will not be allowed to use the road within 100 feet of the construction operations. Vehicles traveling west on Lee Road 235 will be detoured as follows: at the junction of Lee Road 511 and Lee Road 235, turn left onto Lee Road 511 and travel south approximately 0.2 miles to the junction of Lee Road 511 and Lee Road 234; turn left onto Lee Road 234 and travel south approximately 0.9 miles to the junction of Lee Road 234 and Lee Road 240; turn right onto Lee Road 240 and travel west approximately 1.5 miles to the junction of Lee Road 240 and Lee Road 235. Vehicles traveling east on Lee Road 235 will follow the same route; however, the route will be traveled in the opposite direction. Detour signs will be in place for public convenience

Have a happy and safe 4th. If you are travelling- buckle up, slow down, watch the road and if you shouldn't be driving; then don't!

Today marks the 86th anniversary of the line of duty death of Lee County Sheriff William S. "Buck" Jones. Sheriff Jones was the 17th person to serve as Sheriff and was elected to his first and only term in 1930. He had previously served as Chief of Police in West Point, Georgia and Opelika, Alabama. In the early morning hours of June 29, 1932 Sheriff Jones was called to investigate a homicide in an area northeast of Opelika. He was mortally wounded by a point- blank shotgun blast to the chest as he approached the door of the suspect's residence. The suspect was located later that day in a field southeast of Opelika and was shot to death by a posse of Lee County citizens. The sheriff's administration building and detention center located on Frederick Road in Opelika was named in Sheriff Jones' honor by the Lee County Commission in 2007. His name is inscribed on the wall of the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial in Washington DC along with more than 21,000 of his fellow peace officers who lost their lives in the service of their community and nation. We will not forget.

Subject in Custody after 3 hour Stand-Off 06.27.2018 16:40 csdt Lee County deputies responded to a residence on Lee Road 2035 in the Heatherbrook subdivison located near the Ladonia community at 1:30 pm cdst today in regard to a report of a domestic dispute. Reports of gunshots being fired were also received prior to deputies arriving at the scene.Deputies met with a female who had sustained minor cuts during an altercation with a male who was inside the residence. The two involved are in a boyfriend-girlfriend relationship. Attempts to contact the male inside the residence were not successful. A secure perimeter was established and sheriff's negotiators worked to communicate with the man to resolve the situation which ended at approximately 4:30 pm cdst when the male subject came out and surrendered to authorities. Sheriff's investigators have determined that the shots fired report is based on the actions of a law enforcement officer who resides in the neighborhood observing a portion of the dispute in the front yard of the residence and firing at the male who was holding what appeared to be a rifle as the female fled. No one was injured as a result of the shots being fired. The male suspect is facing Domestic Violence and Assault charges and was transported to the Lee County Detention Center for booking.

Pursuit and Patrol Actions result in Drug Arrests 06.25.2018 On Sunday, June 24, 2018, at approximately 10:00 PM, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office assisted a Troup County Sheriff’s Office police unit that was in pursuit of a blue Chevy Malibu for speeding. The suspect vehicle was traveling southbound on Interstate 85 in excess of 130 mile per hour as it attempted to elude Georgia authorities. A Lee County Sheriff’s Deputy who was in the area of Exit 60 deployed spike strips that deflated the tires on the vehicle. The driver refused to stop immediately but eventually pulled into a gas station off exit 58 in Opelika, Al where the two occupants were taken into custody. While searching the trunk of the vehicle, officers recovered a gym bag containing approximately 4 pounds of marijuana. Darryl Deshawn Lacy (31) and Emmanuel Netrell Tobias (26) both of Houston, TX, were both arrested and charged with Trafficking in Marijuana. They are currently being held in the Lee County Detention Facility on 50,000.00 dollar bond each. On June 25, 2018, at approximately 12:10 AM, a Lee County Sheriff Deputy that was on routine patrol drove past a residence located in the 3500 block of Lee Road 166 Opelika, Alabama when he detected a strong smell of marijuana. Deputies went to the home and secured it and the occupants until a drug search warrant could be obtained. The execution of the search warrant revealed four bags of marijuana weighing a total of approximately 2 pounds, three semi-auto handguns and approximately $400.00 dollars in cash was all recovered. One of the firearms was reported stolen through Jonesboro, Georgia. Janerold Leornard Philpot (38), the home owner, was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana in the First Degree and Tampering with Physical Evidence. Dashawn Maurice Thomas (37), of Auburn, was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana in the Second Degree and Tampering with Physical Evidence. Thomas is currently being held in the Lee County Detention Facility on $2,500.00 dollar bond. Philpot has been released after posting a $3500.00 dollar bond. These cases remain under investigation and anyone with information regarding these cases are requested to contact the Lee County Sheriff’s Office at 334.749.5651 or Lee County Crime Stoppers at 1.888 522.7847.

Beauregard VFD 6.22.2018 The Beauregard Volunteer FD has been a participant in our Junior Deputy Academy for several years. BVFD members bring equipment to educate our young attendees and then create an impressive water slide that comes in handy on a hot day! We are fortunate to have these great community volunteers!

Touch a Truck Downtown Opelika will be packed with all types of vehicles for the "Touch a Truck" event Saturday June 2 from 9 AM to 12 Noon. Construction, Military, First Responder, Delivery and many other type vehicles will be on display to explore. You may even see a jet dragster there! This is a "must do" event for the kids.

Memorial Day 2018 We remember the sacrifice of all who served to defend our nation and the families whose loved ones answered the call of duty to keep our Columbia the true gem of the ocean.

May 18, 2018 Sheriff James C. Pearson served as Lee County Sheriff from July 24, 1970 to May 18, 1980. A great man and dedicated public servant. We will never forget.

National Peace Officers Memorial Day 05.15.2018 Every minute of every day and night . . . a law enforcement officer is on watch. The primary mission of these local, state and federal officers is to maintain law and order by taking action through service to the citizens of thousands of towns, cities and counties across our nation. This day recognizes the men and women in law enforcement who reported for duty one day and were unable to return home. Lives lost in the line of duty while in the effort of protecting those they serve. We honor them today by continuing the mission of service to others. We also honor the families of the fallen for their sacrifice. They are due our respect and are deserving of recognition. We will always remember and never forget.

National Correctional Officers Week May 7 - 12, 2018 This week we honor you and all those who work alongside you "in the trenches." Never in the history of the United States has corrections been so negatively scrutinized and in the public eye. Corrections officers, administrators and staff are targeted routinely, often unjustifiably, and are blamed for events out of their control. The correctional world is all about DEFENSE. A good day means nothing happens--no incidents, no mishaps, etc. Those who work in our profession recognize what a difficult task that is, especially on limited staffing, resources and budgets. It is often a thankless job... usually only recognized or noticed when something goes wrong...so today and EVERY day, the National Institute for Jail Operations stands with you as you work to run constitutionally safe facilities across the good old U.S.A. Stay safe, National Institute for Jail Operations www.jailtraining.org

PHONE SCAM ALERT 04.23.2018 The Sheriff's Office has received calls reporting recent telephone scam attempts. The caller (usually male) identifies as a deputy with the Lee County Sheriff's Office and has been using names of specific deputies who serve at the sheriff's office. The scammer tells the intended victim that a warrant has been issued for their arrest due to missing a court date or jury duty. He states that the warrant will be dropped if they can obtain a cash card and provide the access information to pay the fine. A new method employed by the scammer is to call local medical offices and demand medical records of specific persons. The sheriff's office and other public safety agencies remind everyone that warrants and record requests ARE NOT handled by telephone calls. Never release financial or personal information to someone contacting you by telephone. Always verify any request by contacting the agency or business directly. U.S. postal service and in-person service are the official methods of notification regarding judicial system documents. Report scam attempts to your local law enforcement authorities. REFUSE to be a victim by always being on guard for those who are attempting to use threats and intimidation to obtain your financial or personal information.

And the brightness of day can suddenly turn to the deepest darkness of night. Our thoughts and prayers for you on this day. We stand with Gilchrist County and share the immeasurable pain of your loss.

Lake Harding Area Robbery / Burglary Suspect Charged 04.02.2018 Lee County Sheriff's Investigators have secured warrants charging Michael Coleman Stewart (44) of Phenix City with Robbery I, Burglary III and Theft of Property I in connection with a March 13, 2018 series of criminal acts in the Lee Road 344 (Old West Point Road) area of Lee County near Lake Harding. Coleman is currently in custody in Etowah County, Alabama on multiple Burglary and Theft charges and additional warrants for Burglary and Theft have been issued in Harris County, Georgia. Coinciding with the current charges , Coleman is awaiting court appearance on parole revocation action. Additional charges in Lee County and other jurisdictions are anticipated as the investigation continues.

Thank you Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. for your generous donation to our beautiful K9 Deputy Smoke.

Burglary Suspects Arrested 03.22.2018 At approximately 10:00 am this morning a Beauregard community home owner contacted the Sheriff's office 911 center reporting an in progress break-in and suspicious vehicle leaving her property in the 15000 block of AL HWY 51. A nearby sheriff's deputy on patrol encountered the vehicle which fled as the deputy attempted a traffic stop. A pursuit was initiated on AL Hwy 51 that entered Opelika and was terminated at Carver Avenue and South Street when the Sheriff's patrol unit and suspect vehicle collided. Two (2) suspects fled from the vehicle and a brief foot pursuit ended when the suspects were apprehended by the deputy and a K9 team with the Opelika Police Department. The Beauregard residence where the suspect vehicle was observed was found to have been forcibly entered and property from the residence, including a firearm, was recovered from the suspect vehicle and suspects. Both suspects are facing Burglary and Theft charges and are in custody at the Lee County Detention Center.

We love it when we get to share good news and spotlight one of our own! Congratulations to the happy couple on their beautiful baby born yesterday at the Lee County Justice Center and Corporal McLeroy for his help with mom's delivery.

School Safety Concerns 03.06.2018 Numerous posts on social media sites today have been in regard to concerns about possible safety issues at schools in the Beulah community. Lee County SRO deputies have been involved in working with the schools, parents and students to determine if any of the concerns are supported by credible evidence. At this time, no evidence to indicate a clear and present threat to safety have been discovered. What has been evident is that the concerns have been fueled by numerous rumors without any basis in fact. Everyone's primary concern is the safety of their children and we share that concern. If anything or anyone poses a possible threat to any school we will intervene immediately to confront the source of the potential harm and make sure that the facts, not rumors, are provided to the public. Our efforts are in partnership with the Lee County School administrators and the faculty and staff of all our county schools. We are committed to ensure a safe environment for our children.

Our very own Corporal Pamela Revels was featured in the New York Times this weekend! We are very proud of the job she and our other School Resource Officers do at our schools in Lee County. SRO's are so important to the safety and well being of our children. Establishing relationships with these children is such a crucial role in recognizing and preventing any issues that may arise from threatening situations to child wellness and welfare, and because they love these children! Please take the time to read the article and get to know Corporal Revels and the role of School Resource Officer a little better!

03.02.2018 Wacoochee Elementary School held their annual "Book Parade" this afternoon. Wagon floats in the parade were themed for a specific book. Special guests participating included Smiths Station Mayor Copeland, Lee County SRO K9 Deputy Charlee and everyone's favorite tiger Aubie! All for the encouragement of students to read. Well done WES, well done.