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Help with Missing Juvenile
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office needs the media and public’s help in trying to locate a missing Shelby County juvenile. Ryan Alexander Brockette has not been seen since yesterday Friday August 10th, 2012, at approximately 10:30 a.m. when he walked into a Shell gas station on Alabama Highway 119 at Caldwell Mill Road. He is 14 years old and lives on Indian Lake Drive in northern Shelby County. He is 5'08" tall and weighs 120 pounds with brown eyes and brown short hair.
He walked away from his home but is considered at risk because of his age. He was last seen wearing khaki cargo pants, brown work boots, and a blue plaid button down shirt carrying a blue backpack.
Pictures of Brockette and missing posters are available for print at the Sheriff’s Office website at www.ShelbySO.com by clicking on the Missing Persons/ Persons of Interest link on the lefthand side of the homepage. Brockette’s profile is on the second page of the link and his profile is available by selecting his name or picture.
Prior press releases about this missing teen are also available under the “Current News” link on the homepage as well.
We need your help. Anyone with information about Brockette or his whereabouts 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.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to locate a possible missing or runaway juvenile.
Ryan Alexander Brockette
14 years of age
Indian Lake Dr. Birmingham al. 35242.
5'08"/ 120 lbs – Brown eyes and Brown short hair.
He was seen leaving his home address with a blue backpack wearing khaki cargo pants, brown work boots, and a blue plaid button down shirt.
Ryan was reported missing Friday August 10, 2012 at 6:00 am; he was last seen at 10:26 am August 10, 2012 at the Shell station on Caldwell Mill Rd. at Highway 119. Ryan loves the outdoors and enjoys hiking in the woods and may have gone on an adventure as described by his parents.
If you have seen or have knowledge of Ryan’s whereabouts please contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office at 205-669-4181.
Ryan’s picture is displayed on the Missing person/persons of interest page of our web page www.shelbyso.com
Harpersville City Hall Search Warrant
On Thursday afternoon, August 9, 2012, investigators from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and Office of the Alabama Attorney General executed a document search warrant at Harpersville’s city hall. Written documents as well as electronic records from Harpersville’s municipal court and police department were seized and a representative of the City was present during the search. The records will be maintained and examined by investigators.
Due to the fact that the investigation is in the preliminary stages, no further information will be made available at this time.
Sheriff’s Office To Conduct Project Lifesaver Training Exercise
Today, August 8th, 2012 members of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Project Lifesaver Team will be conducting a training exercise in the Forest Parks community off of Hwy 280 in Chelsea. The exercise is schedule to begin at 4:30pm and will simulate an actual event in which a Project Lifesaver participant has wandered from their home.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Project Lifesaver team is affiliated with Project Lifesaver International. The team consists of specially trained deputies that place personalized wrist bands containing radio transmitters on individuals who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or Autism. These transmitters emit a constant tracking signal. When a caregiver notifies the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office that a participant is missing, team members will respond to the wanderer’s area and begin searching. The signal emitted by the wrist band can be tracked on the ground or by aircraft over several miles with a specially designed radio receiver. For more information on this program, you may visit the Sheriff’s Office website at www.shelbyso.com and click on the Project Lifesaver tab or visit Project Lifesaver International at www.projectlifesaver.org.
Media members are welcome to attend, and are asked to stage at the cul-de-sac on the east end of Conroy Circle near Conroy Road in the Forest Parks Subdivision.
Public Car Seat Inspection
In partnership with Target, the Alabaster Fire Department, the City of Alabaster and Children’s of Alabama (formerly Children’s Hospital), the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce a child safety/car seat inspection for the public Tuesday August 7, 2012. Car seat inspections will be between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the National Night Out event at the Target in Alabaster. Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians (CPST’s) from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Children’s of Alabama and the Alabaster Fire Department will all be on hand to inspect children’s car-seats and demonstrate how to properly install them.
Target is located in the Alabaster Colonial Promenade shopping center on US 31.
Statistics from SafeKids.org
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death to children 3-14 in the United States. During 2009, there were a total of 33,803 fatalities. Children under 14 accounted for 1,314 deaths (4%).
Fatalities represent only the tip of the iceberg. For every fatality, approximately 18 children are hospitalized and more than 400 receive medical treatment.
Research on the effectiveness of child safety seats has found them to reduce fatal injury by 71% for infants younger than 1 year of age and by 54% for toddlers ages 1-4. Children ages 2-6 years old in child safety seats (including child restraints and belt positioning booster seats) are approximately 28% less likely to receive a fatal injury than those using safety belts alone.
When children ride in a rear vehicle seat they reduce their injury risk by 64% for newborns to 8 year olds and 31% for 9-12 year olds. It appears to be a norm now that young children ride in vehicle back seats as observation studies from 2008 found that 99% of infants and 92% of children 1-3 and 89% of children 4-7 ride in back seats.
In a study observing the misuse of 3,442 child restraint systems in six states, approximately 73% of seats showed at least one critical misuse.
84% of child restraints showed critical misuses. Booster seat misuse was 41%.
The most common form of misuse for all child restraints included loose safety belt attachment to the child restraint and loose harness straps securing the child to the child restraint system.
Sheriff Curry would like to encourage everyone who transports children to take advantage of this opportunity to have their car seat and its installation inspected by these specially trained CPST deputies and first responders.
You do not have to register to participate in the inspection and proper installation of your child’s car seat is completely free. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, with its many partners, will be holding routine car-seat inspections around the County throughout 2012.
For more information, or if you have specific questions, contact Sergeant Tim Billingsley at (205)669-8884.
I65 and US31 Open
I65 and US 31 at the 238 exit in Alabaster have been re-opened to normal traffic following their earlier closings this morning.
Motorists are encouraged to use caution as they drive through the area as it will take some time for the roadways to clear from the congestion created by the closures.
Direct questions related to today's roadway closings to the Alabaster Police Department.
I65 and US31 Closed in Alabaster
Interstate 65 and US 31 at exit 238 have both been closed at this time to traffic in both directions by the Alabster Police Department. It is unknown how long the roadways will be closed but as soon as they re-open this press release will be updated.
Local motorists are encouraged to seek alternate routes of travel and asked to drive cautiously in the area due to the presence of law enforcement and first responders.
Cahaba Valley Rd at Briarwood High School Reopened
On July 31, 2012 at 11:05am Cahaba Valley Rd in the area of Briarwood High school has reopened to normal traffic. This portion of Cahaba Valley Rd was closed at 9:03am on today’s date due to roadway flooding. Deputies are currently on scene assisting with traffic while water is still visible on the roadway. Motorists should continue to drive carefully during this period of inclement weather and reduce their speed.
Cahaba Valley Rd at Briarwood Remains Closed
Cahaba Valley Rd in the area of Briarwood High school remains closed at this time. At 9:03am this section of Cahaba Valley Rd was closed due to roadway flooding. Motorists are encouraged to avoid this area if possible. Shelby County deputies are on scene directing traffic.
Please reduce your speed and drive carefully as you travel throughout Shelby County. Motorists should never attempt to pass through roadways that are covered by water.
To report a roadway hazard please call the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office at 669-4181.
On July 31, 2012 at 9:03am Cahaba Valley Rd in the area of Briarwood High school was closed due to roadway flooding. This portion of Cahaba Valley Rd will remained closed until further notice.
Motorists are encouraged to reduce their speed and drive carefully. Motorist’s are also reminded to never attempt to pass through roadways that are covered by water.