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Old Highway 280 Closed
2018-06-14

On Thursday June 14, 2018, Old Highway 280 has been closed at the intersection of Highway 377 due to a motor vehicle accident. This area is referred to as the "Narrows". The roadway will be closed in both directions for a short period of time. Motorists should use alternate routes and be aware of emergency personnel in the roadway.

Road Closure
2018-05-26

On May 26, 2018, at 6:20 p.m., the Shelby County Sheriff's Office has closed South Shades Crest Road in the 5300 block due to a natural gas leak following a motor vehicle accident that damaged the gas line. Alabama Gas Company employees are on the scene and working to contain the leak and restore service in the area. The repair is expected to take one to two hours and the roadway will be closed until repairs are complete. Local motorists are encouraged to find an alternate route and drive cautiously as first responders are in the road directing traffic. Drive slowly in the area and follow all traffic directions.

Public Assistance Needed
2018-05-22

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is actively trying to locate and arrest Rick John Vega, on a current arrest warrant. He is a registered sex-offender who reported to law enforcement that he had recently moved to Shelby County and was living in the 5000 Block of Spring Creek Road in Montevallo. A check of the address revealed that Vega was not living at the address. Vega is 44 years old and is described as a white-male, brown hair, brown eyes, 5’9” tall and weighing 175 lbs. There is currently a warrant for his arrest for violation of the Alabama Sex Offender Registration Notification Act. Vega has previously lived and/or worked in the Columbiana, Alabaster, Pelham and Birmingham areas. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Rick John Vega, please call the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office at (205) 669-4181 or call 911. For a picture of Rick John Vega please visit the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

National Drug Take Back Day, Saturday, April 28th
2018-04-25

On Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 15th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to any of the following locations: • Target in Alabaster • Pelham Police Department parking lot • Chelsea Winn Dixie • Greystone YMCA • Fred’s Pharmacy in Columbiana • Vincent FD (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Burglary of an Occupied Residence
2018-04-10

BURGLARY OF AN OCCUPIED RESIDENCE On April 10, 2018, at approximately 2:30pm, deputies responded to a “Burglary in Progress” call in the 7000 Block of County Road 22, near Montevallo. The homeowner was able to give a description of the suspect vehicle and as deputies were approaching the scene they observed a vehicle matching the description leaving the area. Deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle and a traffic pursuit ensued. The vehicle made its way to Interstate 65 southbound with Sheriff’s Office deputies and Calera police in pursuit. As the pursuit neared the Chilton County line, the suspect vehicle intentionally struck a Calera patrol car which caused the suspect vehicle to lose control and wreck. Forty-two year-old James Damian Clark of Birmingham, 32 year-old Holly Marie-Ann McGee of McCalla, 37 year-old Christopher Scott McGee of McCalla, and 40 year-old Jamie Duane McGee from McCalla were arrested and charged with Burglary 2nd degree. Christopher McGee was also charged with Fleeing or Attempting to Allude Police Officer and Calera Police Department will obtain additional warrants on him as well. Each Burglary charge has a $30,000 bond and the Fleeing charge has a $500 bond. There were no injuries to the public, officers, or suspects as a result of the pursuit and motor vehicle crash. Sheriff Samaniego would like to thank the Calera Police Department and their officers for the assistance they provided to help apprehend these burglary suspects. For information on the charges of Burglary and Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Police Officer, go to the link below http://www.legislature.state.al.us/CodeofAlabama/1975/coatoc.htm Select Title 13A, Chapter 7 for Burglary and title 32, Chapter 5A for Attempting to Elude. If you know anything about this case, please 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 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.

Death Investigation and Arrest
2018-04-08

Shortly after 1:00 a.m. on Sunday April 8th, 2018, Shelby County 911 received a call of a person shot at a residence in the 900 block of Paradise Cove Lane, in Shelby, Alabama. Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies responded and located one person who had been shot as well as the person who shot him. William Pate Walker, 24 years of age from Shelby, was pronounced dead at the scene and the Shelby County Coroner’s Office responded to assist investigators as they pieced together the events that led to the shooting. Jacob Ryan Davenport, 25 years of age from Chelsea, was arrested and has been charged with Murder. He is currently in the Shelby County Jail and his bond has been set at $75,000. Sheriff Samaniego would like to send his sincere condolences to Pate Walker’s family and friends. For information on the charge of Murder, 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. http://www.legislature.state.al.us/CodeofAlabama/1975/coatoc.htm If you know anything about this case, please 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 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.

Sheriff’s Office Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing During Search Operations
2018-03-15

(For Immediate Release) On March 15, 2018, at approximately 1:15 pm, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office helicopter was assisting in search operations with law enforcement agencies in St. Clair County, searching for signs of a missing kayaker. During the course of aerial operations, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office helicopter came in contact with Alabama Power lines and was forced to make an emergency landing in a field near the Logan Martin Dam. There are no injuries reported at this time. The Federal Aviation Administration and Alabama Power have been notified.

Arrest in Austin Murder
2018-03-09

On Wednesday March 7th, 2018, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office reported that a Chelsea resident Tracy Ward Austin, 68 years of age, had been murdered in his home on Monday and asked for the public’s help in the case. Sheriff’s investigators have been working on this around the clock since then and have made an arrest in the case. Randall Anthony Gargone, 62 years of age from Chelsea, has been charged with “Capital Murder” and is being held without bond in the Shelby County Jail. Gargone has been previously convicted of armed robbery and other felony offenses. Sheriff Samaniego wants to thank everyone who provided tips and information as well as the many men and women who worked to solve this homicide. He would also like to express his sincere condolences again to Mr. Austin’s friends and family. He will meet with the media at 4:00 p.m. this afternoon at the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office’s north sub-station located at 5511 Highway 280, in the Greystone Parc complex. While the arrest of Gargone is significant, the Sheriff’s Office’s investigation will continue all the way through prosecution. There may still be witnesses who have not come forward for any number of reasons. We still want to talk with anyone who has any information about Mr. Austin’s murder. If you know anything about this case, please 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. For information on the charge of Capital Murder, go to the link below and select Title13A Criminal Code, Chapter 5 Punishments and Sentences, and Section 40 Capital Offenses – 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.

Update to Chelsea Death Investigation
2018-03-07

On Monday March 5th, 2018, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office reported that deputies responded to a residence in the 5800 block of Shelby County Highway 39 in Chelsea to investigate a reported death. As released Monday, upon arrival deputies discovered one of the residents of the home was dead. The deceased has now been positively identified as Tracy Ward Austin, 68 years of age, from Chelsea, Alabama, and his death has been determined to be a homicide. The Shelby County Coroner’s Office and Sheriff’s investigators have been actively working trying to determine what caused Austin’s death and who may be responsible for it. They need the public’s help. The victim in this case died sometime Monday. The home is located close to the very busy intersection of Shelby County Highway 69 and Shelby County Highway 39 and someone may be a witness without knowing it. If anyone traveled either of those roads on Monday, after approximately 7:00 a.m., and saw anything suspicious, please 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. If you know who killed Tracy Ward Austin or have more information about this murder and want to remain anonymous, call CrimeStoppers at (205)254-7777. A cash reward of up to $5,000 may be possible for information in this case.

Death Investigation
2018-03-05

At approximately 4:30 p.m. on Monday March 5th, 2018, Shelby County Sheriff's deputies responded to a residence in the 5800 block of Shelby County Highway 39 to investigate a death. Responding deputies located the deceased and notified investigators who responded to the scene. There are no other details available at this time as investigators, with the Shelby County Coroner's Office, are trying to determine the cause of death. This release will be updated as more information is available.

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