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Second Church Safety Conference
On Thursday April 24, 2014, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with the Shelby Baptist Association, Shelby County Law Enforcement Chaplain’s Association and the North Shelby Baptist Church will host a second church safety conference at 6:30 p.m., at the North Shelby Baptist Church. The church is located at 4100 Belcher Drive in north Shelby County. The focus of this event will be security issues within our local churches as well as other topics covered by expert speakers. Church representatives are encouraged to attend but the public is welcome also. No reservations are required.
Sheriff Curry hopes this second conference is attended as well as the first one held in Pelham last year. Three new topics will be covered including internet security, disaster preparedness and the threat pedophiles pose to youth groups.
A flyer for the event can be printed by going to www.ShelbySO.com, clicking on the "Crime Prevention" tab and selecting the .pdf titled "Church Safety Conference". You may also set a reminder for the event on the "Training" tab by clicking the "Conference" event on the calendar.
For more information contact Keith Brown at (205)669-7858 or Mac Stinson at (205)835-6498.
School Lock Down Drill (Chelsea)
At approximately 08:30 this morning, Thursday (4/17/14) the Shelby County Sheriff's Office will conduct a "Lock-Down drill" at Chelsea Middle School. THIS IS ONLY A DRILL. Partnering agencies will be the Shelby County EMA as well as the Chelsea Fire Department.
Update on Alabama Highway 119
At 8:21 a.m. on Thursday April 10, 2014, Alabama Highway 119 is re-opened to the public and normal traffic.
Update on Road Closure
At 8:15 a.m. on Thursday April 10, 2014, the natural gas leak that led to the closure of Alabama Highway 119 has been contained and the pipe that was damaged from the motor vehicle accident is being repaired. Alabama State troopers and Shelby County Sheriff's deputies are in the process of re-opening the roadway. It will be open to all traffic in a matter of minutes.
The Shelby County Board of Education will make the determination of when it is safe to open Oak Mountain Elementary and Oak Mountain Middle schools.
Drivers are still encouraged to drive cautiously in the area as there will be first responders and Alagasco employees there for some time.
On April 10, 2014, at 6:30 a.m., Shelby County Sheriff's deputies have closed Alabama Highway 119 is closed in both directions due to a motor vehicle accident that broke a natural gas pipeline. Traffic is being diverted at the intersections of Heardmont Park to the west and Shelby County Highway 14 to the east. This will create a major traffic problem as the area affected contains Oak Mountain Elementary and Oak Mountain Middle schools. Gas is still actively escaping the pipeline and traveling west.
Children from Oak Mountain Elementary School are being transitioned to Oak Mountain Intermediate school and children from Oak Mountain Middle school are being sent to Oak Mountain High school. Buses with children already on them have been re-routed accordingly and parents may drop off children at both schools.
Alagasco is actively working to resolve the gas leak and until it is contained no one will be allowed into the affected area.
Public Notice of Safety Checkpoint
On Sunday April 13, 2014, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office will conduct a Safety Checkpoint between 2.00 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. on Cahaba Beach Road north of US Highway 280. The checkpoint will be conducted by uniformed deputies in marked Sheriff's Office vehicles plainly visible to any motorist. Anyone traveling in the area while this operation is ongoing is urged to drive cautiously and be aware of law enforcement's presence.
Missing Juvenile Located
Shelby County Sheriff's deputies, with help from the Cahaba Valley Fire Department, located missing 11 year old Matthew David Aaron last night. He was unhurt and returned to his family safely.
Sheriff Curry would like to thank everyone who assisted with the search. Foul play was not involved in his disappearance.
On April 8, 2014, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office is actively looking for Matthew David Aaron, 11 years of age from north Shelby County. He was last seen at the office of Shoal Run apartments wearing a blue and white striped polo shirt and blue jeans. He is 5'3" tall and weighs approximately 135 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. Aaron has medical issues and needs the care of his parents.
For his picture and more information go to www.ShelbySO.com and click on the Missing/Endangered Persons link.
Anyone with information about Matthew Aaron 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.
US 280 Open
At 2:32 P.M., the accident at US 280 and Meadowlark Drive has been cleared and the roadway is again open to all regular traffic. Motorists are asked to continue to caution.
US 280 West Closed Temporarily
Archive of Past News
On Tuesday, April 8, 2104, at 1:28 PM, US 280 Westbound, in the area of Meadowlark Drive and Corporate Parkway is closed due to an automobile accident. Please drive cautiously in the area as first responders are still working the accident.
This release will be updated when the roadway is clear.