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Accident Causes Damage to Rail Road Crossing
2016-07-25

At approximately 1:45am on Monday, July 25, 2016, a one vehicle accident occurred at the RR crossing on Chelsea Road and County Rd 39, in front of city hall in Chelsea. The accident damaged the crossing equipment, so the lights are not currently operating at the crossing. Please avoid this area, if possible, and find an alternate route. CSX Rail Road is working to get the equipment fixed but this will be a very long process, causing indefinite delays. As everyone knows, this is a very busy crossing so we need to remind the public to be extra cautious and to “STOP, LOOK and LISTEN”. Drivers should be cautious and drive slowly because of repairmen and equipment in the area.

One Suspect in Occupied Burglary Arrested
2016-07-15

On Tuesday, July 12th, Birmingham police officers and Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies located a stolen vehicle and a suspect for a burglary that occurred last month in Shelby County. On 06/30/2016 at approximately 0440 am, Shelby County deputies responded to a report of a home invasion-style burglary in the 1000 block of Emerald Circle, Birmingham, AL 35242. Emerald Circle is in northern Shelby County close to Cahaba Valley Road. At the time, the homeowners reportedly woke to find an unknown man, wearing a mask and possibly armed with a gun, inside their house. The suspect then fled the area in the homeowner’s white 2012 Ford F150 king cab pickup truck, allowing the victims to call 911. The homeowners were not injured. This week, the victim’s truck was located empty in Birmingham by Birmingham police officers and, along with Shelby County deputies, found the suspect in the area where the truck was and detained him. The suspect, 31 year old Keon Nevan Hardy, who lives in Birmingham, had a key to the stolen truck in his pocket. Working with Birmingham Police Department’s Auto Theft Division on the investigation, it was determined that probable cause existed to charge Hardy with Burglary 2nd degree, Theft of Property 1st degree, and Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card in the case. The total bond is $50,000. Keon Hardy is currently in the Birmingham City Jail awaiting extradition to the Shelby County Jail. Sheriff Samaniego would like to thank the Birmingham Police Department for their help with this investigation. Sheriff Samaniego is glad to see the suspect in this case arrested and charged with the crimes that were committed. He said, “I take all crimes very seriously but none more so than the forced entry into a person’s home. Our job now is to continue to work to catch others who commit this type of crime and to prevent them from doing it again.” For information on the charges listed above, go to the link below and select Title 13A Criminal Code, Chapter 7- Offenses Involving Damage to and Intrusion Upon Property, Article 1- Burglary and Criminal Trespass, Section 13A-7-6, Burglary 2nd degree, Section 13A-8-3 Theft of property in the first degree, Section 13A-9-14 Illegal possession or fraudulent use of credit card or debit card. http://www.legislature.state.al.us/CodeofAlabama/1975/coatoc.htm. Anyone who witnessed or who has information about this case, should contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office directly at (205)669-4181, through the Secret Witness line at (205)669-9116 or through our website at www.ShelbySO.com by clicking on the “Report Criminal Activity” link and choosing the “General Information” category.

Missing Person's Vehicle Located With Unidentified Remains
2016-07-06

On January 4th of 2016, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office received a “Be-On-the-Lookout” (BOLO) from the Bessemer Police Department for a missing person driving a 2014 Kia Sedona mini-van with Alabama license 4C9F4. James A. Morrison, 75 years of age from Bessemer, was reported missing January 3, 2016, by family members. Local and state law enforcement agencies looked for Mr. Morrison and the van he was driving but he was never located. On July 4th, 2016, a local resident riding a four-wheeler discovered a vehicle in a remote and undeveloped section of Shelby County, the Cahaba River Wildlife Management Area. The resident contacted the Helena Police Department and a Helena police officer responded to the location and examined the vehicle. It was determined that the vehicle was located in the Sheriff’s Office’s jurisdiction and Sheriff’s investigators also went to examine the vehicle. They discovered a van matching the description of the one driven by Mr. Morrison but it had been destroyed by fire. Further examination led them to what they believed were the remains of someone in the vehicle. The Shelby County Coroner responded to the scene and confirmed that the vehicle contained someone’s remains. Sheriff’s investigators contacted the Bessemer Police Department who also came to the location where the van was found. The vehicle and the area around it were thoroughly searched and documented. The “Vehicle Identification Number” (VIN) was used to positively identify it as the one driven by Mr. Morrison the night he disappeared. The remains in the vehicle have not been positively identified and that may take some time. Sheriff Samaniego would like to ask Mr. Morrison’s family and friends for their patience as the Coroner works to try and identify the occupant of the van. “My heart goes out to the Morrison family as they wait on official notification of the van’s occupant. This is one of those occasions where I know the possible outcome will bring grief to an already grieving family and I wish I had the words to help them with their loss”. Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies and Bessemer police officers are working closely with one another and the Shelby County Coroner’s Office to try and piece together the events that led to the discovery of Mr. Morrison’s van. Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office directly at (205)669-4181, through the Secret Witness line at (205)669-9116 or through our website at www.ShelbySO.com by clicking on the “Report Criminal Activity” link and choosing the “General Information” category.

Sheriff's Office Requests Public's Help to Solve Church Break-in
2016-07-03

On Sunday, July 3rd, Shelby County investigators are working a burglary of a church in the 4000 block of Keith Drive off of Cahaba Valley Road (Alabama Highway 119). The burglary, reported today, possibly occurred sometime between Saturday night and early Sunday morning. The Sheriff's Office is asking the public for any information regarding this incident and all tips will remain anonymous. You can contact Crime Stoppers or go to the Shelby County Sheriffs website and Report Criminal Activity or call the Secret Witness Line at (205) 669-9116.

Burglary of Occupied Dwelling Reported on Emerald Circle
2016-06-30

At approximately 4:30 a.m. on Thursday June 30th, 2016, Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a burglary at a residence in the 1000 block of Emerald Circle. The homeowners reportedly woke to find two unknown men in their house, one wearing a mask and possibly armed with a gun. The suspects then fled the area in the homeowner’s white 2012 Ford F150 king cab pickup truck, allowing the victims to call 911. The vehicle should be displaying Alabama license number 7242AD9 and it has been entered nationally as a stolen vehicle. Responding deputies did not locate the vehicle or the suspects and both are still at large. No injuries were reported and Sheriff’s investigators are currently working the case. Emerald Circle is in northern Shelby County close to Cahaba Valley Road. For information on the charge of Burglary listed above, go to the link below and select Title13A Criminal Code, Chapter 7- Offenses Involving Damage to and Intrusion Upon Property, Article 1- Burglary and Criminal Trespass, Section 13A-7-6, Burglary 2nd degree. http://www.legislature.state.al.us/CodeofAlabama/1975/coatoc.htm. Anyone who observes the stolen vehicle, or who has information about this case, should notify 911 immediately and then contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office directly at (205)669-4181, through the Secret Witness line at (205)669-9116 or through our website at www.ShelbySO.com by clicking on the “Report Criminal Activity” link and choosing the “General Information” category.

Arrest in Death Investigation On East Milgray
2016-06-27

On Sunday June 26th, 2016, at approximately 12:30 a.m. Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a residence in the 400 block of East Milgray in Calera where Calera Police officers were already investigating a suspicious death. Deputies discovered that Christen Nichole Carr, 31 years of age from Calera, was deceased at the residence. Further investigation yielded that the events leading to her death occurred at another location within unincorporated Shelby County and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is responsible for the investigation. Based on witness statements, physical evidence and probable cause to believe that Ms. Carr’s husband killed her, Kenneth Thomas Young, 36 years of age from Calera, was arrested and has been charged with Murder and Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Death. He is currently in the Shelby County Jail with bonds totaling $1,000,000. Sheriff Samaniego would like to thank the Calera Police Department for their help with this investigation. Sheriff Samaniego would like to express his sympathy to Ms. Carr’s family and friends as they suffer through her loss. “Every death is tragic but one that could have been avoided and at such a young age is especially difficult. I hope her friends and family find peace as they grieve her loss and we will do everything we can to assist the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office with this prosecution”, said Sheriff Samaniego. For information on the charge of Murder listed above, go to the link below and select Title13A Criminal Code, Chapter 6- Offenses Involving Danger to the Person, Article 1- Homicide, Section 13A-6-2, Murder. For information on the charge of Leaving the Scene of an Accident listed above, go to the link below and select Title32, Motor Vehicles and Traffic, Chapter 10- Motor Vehicle Accidents, Section 32-10-1, Accidents Involving Death or Personal Injuries. http://www.legislature.state.al.us/CodeofAlabama/1975/coatoc.htm. To view a Shelby County inmate’s picture, their charges and bonds, go to www.ShelbySO.com and click on the “Inmate Listing” link at the bottom left. You may then type in the inmates last name and click on the “Search” button or, if you are unsure of the exact spelling, select the first letter of the last name to search for the inmate. An inmate’s information will not be available until he has been booked into the facility. Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office directly at (205)669-4181, through the Secret Witness line at (205)669-9116 or through our website at www.ShelbySO.com by clicking on the “Report Criminal Activity” link and choosing the “General Information” category.

Passenger charged in vehicle pursuit
2016-06-23

On Thursday, June 23, 2016, the passenger of a vehicle involved in a high-speed pursuit with Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies that resulted in the death of the driver, has been charged criminally. Tracy O’Neal Jones, 23 years old, of Birmingham, has been charged with Receiving Stolen Property 1st degree (13A-8-17) and a warrant has been obtained. Jones was a passenger in a stolen 2001 Lincoln Navigator that fled from a Shelby County Sheriff’s deputy at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday morning from an area along the U. S. Highway 280 corridor. The deputy initially observed a suspicious vehicle while patrolling an apartment complex in the area where numerous vehicle break-ins and burglaries have been reported recently. The driver attempted to elude the pursuing deputy for several miles before finally coming to a stop after exiting Interstate 20 at Oporto Blvd South in Birmingham. The driver, identified as Isaiah Core III, 21 years of age from Trussville, was shot and killed by a Shelby County Sheriff’s deputy after he made a life-threatening attempt to injure officers with the vehicle he was driving. Jones was not injured but was detained for questioning at the scene. The vehicle Core and Jones were in had been reported stolen in Birmingham and had a switched tag displayed on it, resulting in Jones being charged with Receiving Stolen Property 1st degree. Also recovered from inside the vehicle was a stolen handgun, along with other evidence, that investigators are trying to determine if it is connected with a string of burglaries and break-ins that were reported later Wednesday morning after the incident occurred. Tracy Jones, was not arrested at the scene but has subsequently been charged and he remains in the Shelby County Jail on a $15,000 bond. For information on the charges listed above, go to the link below and select Title 13 Criminal Code, Chapter 8, Section 13A-8-17. http://www.legislature.state.al.us/CodeofAlabama/1975/coatoc.htm. To view a Shelby County jail inmate’s picture, their charges and bonds, go to www.ShelbySO.com and click on the “Inmate Listing” link at the bottom left. You may then type in the inmate’s last name and click on the “Search” button or, if you are unsure of the exact spelling, select the first letter of the last name to search for the inmate. An inmate’s information will not be available until he has been booked into the facility.

Driver Attempting to Injure Sheriff’s Deputy Dies after Deputy-Involved Shooting
2016-06-22

On Wednesday, June 22, 2016, at approximately 2:30 a.m. a Shelby County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop a black SUV, in the area of Highway 280 and Bowling Drive. The deputy initially observed the vehicle while he was patrolling an apartment complex in the area along U.S. Highway 280 where numerous break-ins and burglaries have been reported recently. The driver attempted to elude the pursuing deputy before finally coming to a stop after exiting Interstate 20 at Oporto Blvd South in Birmingham. The driver, later identified as Isaiah Core III, 21 years of age from Trussville, was shot and killed by a Shelby County Sheriff’s deputy after he made a life-threatening attempt to injure officers with the vehicle he was driving. The vehicle Core was driving had been reported stolen in Birmingham and had a switched tag displayed on it. There was also a stolen handgun recovered from inside the vehicle and placed into evidence. A second occupant of the vehicle was not injured and has not yet been charged pending further investigation. His identity will not be released until he is formally charged with a crime. Shelby County investigators are also in the process of gathering statements and evidence from several victims who are reporting vehicle break-ins and items stolen in the area where the vehicle Core was driving was first spotted. They will be attempting to determine if there is a possible connection between the two. Any additional witnesses or anyone who has information about this is asked to contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office directly at (205) 669-4181, or through our website at www.ShelbySO.com by clicking on the “Report Criminal Activity” link, and choosing the “General Information” category. Sheriff Samaniego has requested that the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office conduct the investigation into the shooting, after which further information will be released. Sheriff Samaniego would like to thank the law enforcement officers from the surrounding agencies who assisted us this morning and he is thankful they were not injured. He also stated, “While I realize the circumstances under which Mr. Core died, I cannot help but wish his family my sincere condolences. I wish them peace as they struggle to find resolution with their loss”. The deputy involved in the shooting will remain on administrative leave pending a full review of last night’s events. Placing an officer on leave after a traumatic event is a standard practice and not a reflection of the deputy’s decisions. External and internal reviews will be concluded prior to the deputy returning to duty.

Deputy-Involved Shooting
2016-06-22

On Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016, at approximately 2:30 a.m., Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputies were patrolling the apartment complexes and neighborhoods in the area of the Highway 280 corridor looking for criminal activity. A deputy noticed a vehicle driving suspiciously through an apartment complex and began watching it. He then observed the vehicle leave the apartment complex, being driven erratically on U.S. Highway 280. The deputy attempted to make a traffic stop on this vehicle and a pursuit began when the driver failed to pull over in response to the deputy’s emergency lights and siren. The vehicle fled the scene at a high rate of speed and the chase ended when the driver exited Interstate 20 at Oporto Madrid Blvd S in Birmingham, Al. The vehicle stopped after exiting the interstate and Sheriff’s deputies and assisting officers at the scene gave verbal commands to the driver and passenger to exit the vehicle to determine why they fled from officers. There was a deliberate movement of the suspect’s vehicle backwards in an attempt to injure officers and a Shelby County deputy fired at the vehicle, striking the driver. The condition of the suspect, an adult male, is unknown at this time but he was transported to the nearest medical facility for treatment. The adult male passenger was not injured and was taken to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office for questioning. Patrol deputies were able to determine that the vehicle was stolen out of Jefferson County and had a switched tag displayed. Further investigation found a stolen weapon inside the vehicle and it was taken into evidence. One deputy suffered minor injuries at the scene and the deputy that was involved in the shooting will remain on administrative leave which is a normal practice of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. The names and identities of the 2 adult male occupants involved are being withheld pending a formal investigation of the shooting incident to be conducted by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Formal charges will be released once an investigation is completed and a warrant is obtained. All questions regarding the events of the pursuit will be answered by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. Questions about the investigation must be referred to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Samaniego wishes to acknowledge all responding agencies for their assistance and this incident will be thoroughly and transparently investigated with the results released at the appropriate time.

1 Lane on Hy 280 Eastbound Opened at Highland Lakes
2016-06-17

At 11:20 a.m., one lane of Highway 280, eastbound, has been reopened. Traffic will still be congested in this area for a while and motorists are encouraged to drive cautiously and expect some delays.

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