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Suspect charged in string of multi-jurisdictional robberies
On Wednesday, August 12, 2015, Shelby County Sheriff’s investigators signed warrants for the arrest of 20 year old Christopher Damen Tompkins of Wilsonville in connection to three armed robberies in Shelby County. Sheriff’s investigators were made aware of a robbery arrest made by Sylacauga Police Department in July, in which the suspect reportedly used a Halloween mask of the comic book character, Iron Man, to conceal his face during the robbery.
Sheriff’s investigators recognized the modus operandi described in the crime due to the fact that similar robberies were being investigated in Shelby County. Sheriff’s Investigators met with Tompkins while he was in the custody of the Talladega County Jail. During their interview with Mr. Tompkins he confessed to the robbery of Jerry’s Bait & Tackle in Wilsonville in November of 2014, CJ’s Country Store in Chelsea in December of 2014, and World of Finance in Chelsea in February of 2015.
Warrants have been issued in Shelby County for Tompkins on three counts of Armed Robbery 1st, totaling $180,000 bond. Tompkins currently remains in the Talladega County Jail pending charges in Sylacauga.
In response to the warrants issued for Tompkins, Sheriff John Samaniego said, “This is an excellent illustration of open communication between neighboring jurisdictions, and a collaborative effort to better serve our communities. I applaud the Sylacauga Police Department and the Talladega County Sheriff’s Office for their investigative efforts and the assistance made available to our investigators.”
For information on the charge listed above, go to the link below and select Title 13A- Criminal Code, Chapter 8, Article 41.
Electrical Fire at Oak Mtn High School
An electrical fire at Oak Mtn High School has resulted in an evacuation of the school temporarily and there were no student injuries. There were minor injuries to 2 maintenance workers, but again, no students were injured. The school has only been evacuated and will not be closed for the day. The Fire Department is checking the scene and preparing to re-open the school back to normal operations.
Deadline to Register for Next Citizens Sheriff’s Academy is August 28, 2015
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office still has a few remaining seats available for the next Citizens Sheriff’s Academy, beginning on September 10, 2015. The Citizens Sheriff’s Academy (CSA) is a 12-week program designed to introduce and educate our citizens, in a classroom setting, to the various law enforcement practices and procedures of the Sheriff’s Office. Participants will learn about criminal investigations, laws and the court system, patrol functions, the drug task force, our tactical response unit, and other special units of the Sheriff’s Office. In addition to classroom instruction, students will be given a tour of the county jail, an opportunity to complete a “ride-along” on patrol with a deputy sheriff, and an opportunity to receive basic firearms safety training on the Sheriff’s Office firearms range.
Classes will be held every Thursday evening from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Training Center at the end of McDow Road in Columbiana, AL. The academy is open to anyone 18 years of age or older who lives or works in Shelby County.
Due to the nature of the activities and topics presented in the CSA, all applicants to the program are subject to a criminal background and driver’s license check conducted by the Sheriff’s Office as a condition for acceptance into the program. Class size is limited to 24 students.
To register or for more information, go to http://www.myshelbyso.com/FirearmsSafety/Pages/CitizenSheriffsAcademy.aspx or contact Lt. Dennis Blackerby at 205-670-6321.
All lanes of Hwy 280 at Key Dr are now re-opened
All lanes of Hwy 280 eastbound at Key Dr have been re-opened after a major accident caused traffic to back up for over an hour. Please use caution if driving through the area.
Major traffic accident on Hwy 280 at Key Dr causes unknown delays
A major traffic accident on Hwy 280 at Key Dr this morning, at approximately 6:00am, has closed down eastbound traffic to one lane for an unknown time period. Birmingham PD is on-scene as well as Shelby County deputies to assist. Motorists are advised to avoid this area until the accident can be cleared. This press release will be updated as information becomes available.
All lanes of Hwy 280 between Valleydale Rd and Meadow Dr are now re-opened
All lanes of Hwy 280 eastbound between Valleydale Rd and Meadow Dr have been re-opened after a one vehicle accident caused traffic to back up for nearly an hour. Obstructions have been removed and traffic is flowing again. Please use caution if driving through the area.
Hwy 280 accident causing minor traffic delays between Valleydale Rd and Meadow Dr.
A one vehicle traffic accident that occurred around 11:30am is causing traffic delays on Hwy 280 eastbound between Valleydale Rd and Meadow Dr for approximately another 30 to 45 minutes. Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies are on scene directing traffic and an Alabama State Trooper is enroute. Motorists are advised to avoid this area until the overturned vehicle can be removed from the roadway. This press release will be updated as information becomes available.
Juvenile Charged With Murder
On July 29, 2015 at approximately 1:41 a.m. the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office received a call reporting 19 year old William Allen Neff of Maylene, AL. was taken by friends to a local hospital for injuries sustained in a fight at “The Slab.” “The Slab” is a popular swimming area of the Cahaba River off Shelby County Road 10. On July 30, 2015, 16 year old Eric Matthew Blackerby of Alabaster, AL. was arrested, as an adult, by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office for Assault 1st Degree against William A. Neff and placed in the Shelby County Jail on a $500,000.00 bond. On July 31, 2015, William A. Neff died at the hospital where he was being treated. The Shelby County District Attorney’s Office has upgraded the charge against Eric M. Blackerby from Assault 1st Degree to Murder. Eric M. Blackerby remains in the custody of the Shelby County Jail on a $500,000.00 bond.
For information on the charge listed above, go to: http://alisondb.legislature.state.al.us/alison/codeofalabama/1975/coatoc.htm and select Title 13A- Criminal Code, Chapter 6, Article 1, Subsection 2.
Anyone with additional information about this crime is urged to contact the Shelby County Sheriff's Office directly at (205) 669-4181, 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 "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. An inmate’s information will not be available until he has been booked into the facility.
Murder Suspect Demarcus Lamar Means Extradited to Shelby County
Nineteen year old Demarcus Lamar Means of Columbiana, AL, charged with the Murder of 18 year old Haleigh Danielle Green of Shelby, AL, has been extradited from Los Angeles, California to Shelby County, Alabama.
Demarcus Means was released from Los Angeles County Jail on July 29, 2015 to the custody of Shelby County Sheriff’s Office investigators. Sheriff’s Office investigators transported Means to Alabama where he was booked into the Shelby County Jail on a $500,000.00 bond. After booking procedures were completed, Means was transported to the St. Clair County Jail in Ashville, AL on July 30, 2015.
Means will be held at the St. Clair County Jail, due to the impact this case has had on the local community, pending bond and court appearances in Shelby County.
Visit the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office YouTube page and Facebook page for video of Means being transported to St. Clair County Jail.
All lanes of Chelsea Road now open
All lanes of Chelsea Road, also known as County Road 47, are now open. Alagasco crews are still in the area of Chelsea Road, between County Road 39 and Chesser Crane Road, working on the natural gas leak. Please use caution if driving through the area.