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On Monday, December 5, 2016, Christopher Lloyd Ray, 29 years old, 187 County Road 118, Jemison, AL, was being held at the Shelby County Jail for a probation violation. At approximately 08:44 a.m., an error was made in the processing of his court documents resulting in his accidental release from custody. Ray was to remain in custody pending release on bond for several traffic violations that occurred on November 3, 2016, in another jurisdiction after the initial charge of probation violation. The additional charges stem from public order crimes of Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Law Enforcement, Reckless Endangerment, Reckless Driving, Speeding, Driving with a Switched Tag, and Driving while License Revoked. The error in processing was discovered after Ray was released, and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is using all resources available to apprehend this suspect and return him to custody for the current traffic charges pending bond. No additional charges are anticipated as a result of this incident.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the matter to determine the cause of the unintentional release. In a statement from Sheriff John Samaniego, “We strive to provide professional law enforcement services to the citizens of Shelby County. This seems to be a case of simple human error and appropriate corrective action will be taken to help prevent this situation from recurring”.
County Road 55 Closed in Sterrett
County Road 55, in Sterrett, between Hall Thompson Lane and Lake Katherine Drive is closed. On December 2, 2016 deputies and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency responded to a wreck with an injury at 4:09 p.m.. The road will be closed for the rest of the evening. Please avoid the area, if possible, for the safety of our emergency personnel.
Sheriff John Samaniego has focused the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office on community policing efforts since taking Office in January of 2015. Those efforts have included charging specific personnel to develop relationships with home owners associations, aging communities and other resident groups within Shelby County to better serve them. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office has also increased our training regimen and included topics like verbal de-escalation, which is designed to minimize the use of force to accomplish the same goal. Mr. Mauricio Velasquez, a well-known expert and published author, agreed to provide up-dated training to all Sheriff’s Office employees this week in the area of “Diversity and Bias”. Local police officers and other municipal administrators have also taken part in the training.
Sheriff Samaniego would like to offer an opportunity to local media outlets to come and view the training as well as speak to Mr. Velasquez today, Thursday December 1st, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. Interested parties should RSVP to KBurchfield@ShelbySO.com by 1:00 p.m. tomorrow.
I-65 Closed at Mile Marker 231 in Calera
On November 25, 2016 at 4:28 a.m. a multiple vehicle wreck occurred on I-65 Southbound in Calera, south of mile marker 231. The interstate is closed and all traffic should exit at the Alabaster U.S. Highway 31 exit number 238, the Shelby County Airport exit number 234, or the Calera exit numer 231. The interstate is expected to be closed for several hours. Deputies are assisting the Calera Police Department with traffic control. An update will be posted when it is open.
Update on Arrest of Car Burglary Suspect with Help from Citizen
At approximately 2:45 am this morning, Thursday, November 10, 2016, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a citizen, in the 100 block of Sweet Gum Drive in Chelsea, about a suspect in the area breaking into vehicles. The citizen was able to give a detailed description of the suspect and the vehicle they were driving. This led to the suspect, Justin Ellis Hall, 21 year old male, from Irondale, being taken into custody after a vehicle pursuit that ended in the 3100 block of Whitehall Road in Homewood. Sheriff’s deputies from Shelby County and Jefferson County, along with officers from Homewood, Mountain Brook, Vestavia Hills and Hoover police departments, were able to arrest the 21 year old suspect without incident. Mr. Hall is charged with the following: Receiving Stolen Property 1st degree (13A-8-17), with a bond of $90,000; Attempting to Elude Law Enforcement (13A-10-52) a bond of $500; and Unlawful Breaking & Entering Vehicle (13A-8-11) with a bond of $15,000. For information on the charges listed above, go to the link below and select Title 13A Criminal Code, Chapter 8- OFFENSES INVOLVING THEFT and Chapter 10- OFFENSES AGAINST PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION. http://www.legislature.state.al.us/CodeofAlabama/1975/coatoc.htm
Anyone with additional information about vehicle break-ins in the area 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. 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 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 they have been booked into the facility.
Deputies Arrest Car Burglary Suspect with Help from Citizen
At approximately 2:45 am this morning, Thursday, November 10, 2016, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a citizen, in the 100 block of Sweetgum Drive in Chelsea, about a suspect in the area breaking into vehicles. The citizen was able to give a detailed description of the suspect and the vehicle they were driving. This led to the suspect being taken into custody after a vehicle pursuit that ended in the 3100 block of Whitehall Road in Homewood. Sheriff’s deputies, along with officers from Homewood, Mountain Brook, Vestavia Hills and Hoover police departments, were able to arrest the 21 year old suspect without incident. Numerous charges are pending and will be updated later after warrants have been obtained. Anyone with additional information about vehicle break-ins in the area 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. 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 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 they have been booked into the facility.
Press Briefing Scheduled
Sheriff John Samaniego and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office will participate in a press briefing scheduled for 2:00 p.m. today, Tuesday November 1, 2016. The briefing will be held at the Helena City Hall complex which is located at 816 Highway 52, Helena, Alabama 35080.
The briefing will center around yesterday's response to the pipeline explosion off of River Road and what the public can expect as we move forward.
All public safety agencies involved in this critical incident are encouraged to attend and send representatives including the Shelby County EMA and Colonial Pipeline.
At 4:15 p.m. on Monday October 31, 2016, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office and many other law enforcement agencies and fire departments continue to respond to the site of the explosion off of River Road and Shelby County Highway 13. The fire continues to burn at this time and fire department personnel as well as pipeline officials are working to extinguish the fire.
Shelby County Emergency Management Agency officials are present and working to secure equipment and personnel needed at the scene.
The roadways in the area need to remain closed to all but local traffic to allow emergency personnel easy access. Motorists should find alternate routes until further notice.
Sheriff Samaniego is on-scene and coordinating our response.
On Monday October 31, 2016, at approximately 3:00 p.m., there was an explosion in the area of Shelby County Highway 13 and River Road. There have been reports of injuries and first responders are now confirming that there are injuries. It is unknown at this time exactly what caused the explosion. River Road has been closed to traffic and Highway 13 should only be used by local traffic. Take alternate routes if possible. Updates to follow as information becomes available.
Remembering Captain Mike Hudson
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Michael L. Hudson began his law enforcement career as a Reserve Deputy in 1993 volunteering his time until he joined the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office April 30, 1994, as a Corrections Officer. After a year of solid service in the jail, he was hired as a sworn Deputy and began serving the citizens of Shelby County, patrolling their streets and keeping their neighborhoods safe. He was dedicated to his profession and was selected to be promoted to the rank of Sergeant on April 6, 2000, where he spent time in both the patrol and investigations divisions. He was a good Sergeant and gained the respect of his deputies, investigators and supervisors alike. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on January 11, 2008, and spent time in both the Patrol and Corrections divisions. After seven more years of dedicated service to the Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of Shelby County he was promoted to the rank of Captain and assigned command of the Patrol division. He held that position the day he died, October 30, 2016, at the age of 49.
Captain Mike Hudson had many milestones in his law enforcement career, one that will be remembered with respect. He was a proud team leader of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Response Unit for 12 years. He had the rare distinction of graduating from the Southern Police Institute’s Administrative Officer’s Course in November, 2006, and then the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy in March, 2013. In a career that spanned 22 years, he had countless other educational and professional training certificates. He held a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Political Science degree from the University of Alabama-Birmingham. He was also scheduled to graduate from UAB with his Masters in Public Administration this December.
Captain Mike Hudson left a legacy behind at the Sheriff’s Office when he died. While he initiated many developmental courses for the men and women under his command, one thing shines brighter than the others. Upon his graduation from the FBI National Academy in 2013, then Sheriff Chris Curry made him the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) accreditation manager for the Sheriff’s Office. Under Captain Hudson’s direction, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office became the first Sheriff’s Office in Alabama to become CALEA certified in 2014. That certification remains in place today thanks to Mike Hudson.
What is missing above is Mike Hudson’s military service to this country. Mike was a proud member of the U.S. Army. He was on active duty from May, 1990, through October, 1992, and stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington. He was an Army National Guard member from October, 1992, through October, 2001. Following the terrorist events of September 11, 2001, he was on active duty again as a squad leader for B Company 1-167th Infantry, Operation Nobel Eagle, at the Anniston Army Depot. From January, 2003, through September, 2004, he fought in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Task Force 1-64, where he led a squad from 2nd Platoon, C Company 3-15 Infantry through some of the fiercest fighting in and around Baghdad. His men fought through engagements in areas with names like An Najaf, Karbala, Baghdad and Fallujah. A book, “Thunder Run”, was written about the battles of Task Force 1-64, the first Americans into Baghdad. None of the men under his command died throughout his time in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Mike Hudson distinguished himself in the Army and in combat. The Army recognized his service with the Combat Infantry Badge and multiple U.S Army Commendation and Achievement Awards. Mike Hudson used these words to guide his actions- Be, Know and then DO.
The words above describe a life of service to others. They describe a man’s career but they really do not define him. On November 4, 2006, Mike Hudson saw a car down an embankment and stopped to check on the driver. What he found was a young lady who was injured from the wreck and he immediately called for paramedics. Before they arrived and as he was talking to the victim, the car ignited into flames. Mike Hudson and another person who had stopped got the young lady out of her car and carried her to safety. He received the Sheriff’s Medal of Valor for his actions that day. Another example from many in his personnel file (1999), “Deputy Hudson went beyond his normal call of duty to help my family. My wife and daughter could not say enough about how nice and helpful he was.”
Michael L. Hudson will be missed by many. His law enforcement family will miss him. His military family will miss him. His family and friends will miss him. Sheriff Samaniego would like to express his deepest condolences to Mike’s wife Betsy and his children-Taylor, Morgan and Gracie. “Captain Mike Hudson served his community and his country with dedication and distinction. Words at this time do little to ease the pain of a lost loved one or friend but they need to be spoken, if not for Mike then for the one’s grieving his loss. Mike was a good person and a good friend and I will miss him”, said Sheriff Samaniego.