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Administrative Offices Closing at Noon Today
At 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday January 16, 2018, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office will close its administrative offices and allow civilian employees to go home in anticipation of potential roadway hazards. This decision does not affect calls for service from our sworn deputies and we remain on duty to assist the public. Emergencies should be directed to 911.
If this winter weather event does create hazardous conditions on our roads, the public is encouraged to shelter in place unless traveling is unavoidable. In those cases, drivers should be cautious.
The decision of whether or not to open our administrative offices tomorrow at normal business hours will be made later tonight and that notice will be made public.
Update! Missing Juveniles located on 12-30-2017 at 11:30 pm.
On Saturday December 30, 2017 deputies responded to a call of two missing juveniles. The juveniles were last seen on 12/29/2017 in the area of Meadow Croft Circle around 2pm. Deputies are asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of twelve year old Riley Payne Swindal and fifteen year old Ella Elizabeth Cull to call the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (205) 669-4181 or you can leave an anonymous tip at www.shelbyso.com.
To see a picture of Swindal and Cull, go to https://www.facebook.com/ShelbyCounty.Sheriff/
Lt. Hammac graduates from FBI National Academy
On Friday, December 15, 2017, Lt. Clay Hammac, commander of the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force, graduated from the 270th session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
Clay Hammac and his fellow graduates welcomed President Donald Trump to the graduation ceremonies, during which time President Trump commended the dedication and sacrifice of law enforcement officers and their families.
Clay Hammac joined more than 200 law enforcement executives from around the world for eleven weeks of challenging academics and physical training.
Internationally known for its academic excellence, the FBI National Academy offers training in advanced communication, leadership, and fitness. The eleven weeks are concluded by participation in a physically challenging 6.1 mile obstacle course, affectionately referred to as the Yellow Brick Road.
Graduates who successfully complete the Yellow Brick Road are awarded a yellow painted brick with their session number for display.
In addition to the Yellow Brick Road, Lt. Clay Hammac also received a Tri-athlete award for completing a 270 mile biking challenge as well as a 34 mile rowing challenge.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office has a long history of successful graduates from the FBI National Academy, to include Sheriff John Samaniego.
In response to Clay Hammac’s recent graduation Sheriff Samaniego said, “The Sheriff’s Office is grateful to our partners in the FBI for granting us an opportunity to share in their training. We are very proud of all of our National Academy graduates and know the citizens of Shelby County will be well served by this training.”
Clay Hammac credits his successful completion of the FBI National Academy to his family. Hammac said, “The FBI National Academy is an incredible experience and I could not have completed these eleven weeks without the support of my wife, my church, and the confidence of Sheriff Samaniego and the command staff of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. I will always be humbled and grateful for this opportunity to have represented Shelby County. I look forward to getting back to work and serving alongside the hard-working men and women of the Drug Enforcement Task Force.”
Suspects in Heardmont Park Senior Activity Center
Around 1:15 a.m. on December 10th, several young males broke into the Heardmont Park Senior Activity Center and caused over $500.00 worth of damage. The Shelby County Sheriff's Office distributed pictures of the suspects on our Facebook page. Please call Deputy Matt Smith if you have any information on this case. 205-670-6255
Sheriff’s Office Closed Today
The administrative office of the Sheriff and the North Substation are closed today. Patrol deputies are actively monitoring the roads and responding to calls for service. Please avoid travel today, if possible.
Delayed Opening Today
The Sheriff’s Office will delay opening until 11:00 am today. All administrative and support staff do not need to report until 11:00 am.
Arrest Made Related to Cleckler Case
Shelby County Investigators arrested Anthony Germany, 42 years of age, from Jemison, Alabama on December 1st and charged him with Abuse of Corpse in relation to the Cleckler case. Melissa Ann Cleckler’s remains were located on November 2nd in the area of Egg and Butter Road near Oak Drive.
For more information on Abuse of Corpse, go to http://alisondb.legislature.state.al.us/alison/codeofalabama/1975/coatoc.htm
This is an ongoing investigation, if you have any information in this case please call CrimeStoppers at (205)254-7777 or the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office main office at (205) 669-4181, the secret witness line at (205) 669-9116, or Investigator Jessie Woodard directly at (205) 670-6283, or you may submit information through our website at www.shelbyso.com by clicking on the "Report Criminal Activity" link and choosing "General Information."
To view a Shelby County jail inmate’s picture, their charge, and bond, 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.
At 12:52 p.m. today, deputies responded to a domestic dispute in unincorporated Shelby County, near Chelsea. Deputies found a fifty-six year old suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound. A family member was immediately taken into custody and there is no danger to local residents. An ambulance transported the victim to a hospital for medical attention.
Reward Offered for Information in Cleckler Homicide
Almost three weeks ago the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a body being found on Egg and Butter Road, which is located in Columbiana, Alabama. As released previously, Sheriff’s investigators with the help of the Alabama Department of Forensic Science identified the body as Melissa Ann Cleckler, 27 years of age, from Clanton, Alabama, and determined her death was the result of a homicide.
Sheriff’s investigators have worked around the clock on this case and continue to follow every lead. To help them bring this case to an end, Sheriff Samaniego is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the person responsible for Ms. Cleckler’s death. In addition to the reward offered by Sheriff Samaniego, CrimeStoppers is offering an additional reward of up to $5,000 for information that helps solve this case. That makes the total possible reward up to $10,000.
The Sheriff’s Office and CrimeStoppers is asking for your help. If you know who killed Melissa Ann Clecker, or if you have information that will help investigators find them, call CrimeStoppers at (205)254-7777. CrimeStoppers will pay both rewards and you may remain anonymous if you choose to.
Sheriff Samaniego wants the person responsible for this callous murder arrested, “Please help us bring closure to Ms. Cleckler’s family and friends. I will gladly pay the reward for the knowledge that the person who did this is in jail and going to face prosecution for what they did”.
Update to Burglary Investigation
Archive of Past News
On Wednesday November 15th, 2017, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office released information about a suspect in a local burglary who shot himself when Sheriff’s investigators entered a residence where they believed stolen guns were located. That suspect was transported via LifeSaver to a local hospital where he is still being treated.
Sheriff’s investigators recovered numerous stolen weapons at the residence after the suspect was treated for his injuries and flown to the hospital. They are continuing to investigate the earlier burglary and trying to locate all of the stolen property.
The two other individuals present at the August Road residence yesterday were subsequently arrested and taken to the Shelby County Jail. William Michael Benton Jr., 46 years of age from Columbiana, Alabama, has been charged with Receiving Stolen Property 1st degree, and Illegal Possession of a Controlled Substance. His bonds total $45,000. Chance Michael Benton, 22 years of age from Columbiana, Alabama, has been charged with Receiving Stolen Property 1st degree, and Obstructing Governmental Operations. His bonds total $36,000.
The Shelby County Major Crimes Task Force, which is a multi-jurisdictional unit, comprised of law enforcement officers from all local law enforcement agencies and the Shelby County District Attorney's Office is still investigating this series of events. The Shelby County Sheriff's Office is continuing to cooperate fully with their investigation.
For information on the charges listed above, go to the link below.
Anyone with information about the prior burglary or the location of any of the stolen weapons is urged 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.
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.