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On Friday, December 11, 2015, at approximately 4:09 p.m., an unknown white male entered the Riverhills Branch Wells Fargo Bank in Inverness and, using a note, demanded cash from the teller. The white male left the bank in what appeared to be a dark colored, four door car. No one was injured during the robbery. The white male is described as 5’9” to 6’01” in height, larger build, approximately late twenties to early thirties, with reddish hair and a trimmed beard. The white male wore glasses while inside the bank which were square shaped like reading glasses, a dark blue workman’s jacket, and a blue baseball cap with “Ford” on the front. Pictures of the suspect are displayed on under the Persons of Interest link. Anyone with information concerning this robbery may call Investigator Terry Lowery at 205-670-6307, Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777, or leave an anonymous tip at Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $5,000.00 cash reward to anyone with information which leads to the identity and arrest of the robbery suspect.

US Highway 280 Re-opened

At 7:30 a.m. on Friday December 11, 2015, all lanes of US Highway 280 at Highland Lakes have been re-opened to normal traffic. Motorists should still use caution in the area until traffic resumes its normal course.

US Highway 280 Closure

On Friday December 11, 2015, at 6:15 a.m. Shelby County Sheriff's deputies have lanes closed on both east and westbound US Highway 280 at the intersection of the Highland Lakes community. The closure is due to a three car motor vehicle accident with injuries. One lane on each side of the highway is open but this will obviously slow traffic even more in an already congested area. Motorists should use an alternative route if possible and use caution in the area while first responders are on the scene.

Traffic Alert -Road Closed

Deputies are on the scene of a coal truck accident on Highway 219 at Highway 10 in Montevallo. The truck is overturned and Hwy 219 is completely blocked. Motorists are encouraged to avoid the area. Updated information will be posted as it becomes available.

Traffic backed up due to motor vehicle accident

On Monday, December 7, 2015 at approximately 07:30 am, Shelby County deputies are working a motor vehicle accident with no injuries on Highway 280 and Shelby County Rd 41. As a result of an overturned garbage truck, one westbound lane is currently closed for about 30 minutes. Traffic is moving but is very congested. Motorists are encouraged to use caution until the accident scene has been cleared. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

Highway 280 at Dunnavant Rd Re-opened

All lanes on Highway 280 at Dunnavant Rd are re-opened except for the turn lane into The Narrows. Deputies are still trying to clear the accident scene and request motorists to go slow and exercise caution in the area.


The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Samaniego want to warn citizens about a telephone scam that is becoming increasingly popular. This scam has one purpose; to defraud you of money. The common scam is to call you and tell you that you did not report for jury duty and as a result a warrant has been issued for your arrest. The caller will offer to dismiss the warrant if you send them money via one of the many on-line payment methods. The caller may use one of the Sheriff’s administrative officer’s names they took from the Sheriff’s Office webpage or one of our elected official’s names. These calls are always fraudulent. The Sheriff’s Office will never call you and offer to settle a warrant over the phone for monetary payment. If you receive a call similar to the one described above, you have a number of options. One, you can ask for a number to call the caller back after you have verified the call. The caller may “push” you to settle the warrant with a cash payment and tell you this is your only chance to settle the warrant. The Sheriff’s Office will never contact you in this way. Two, you can simply disconnect the call with the knowledge it is fraudulent. Three, you can ask the caller questions about his employment with the Sheriff’s Office and then call us to verify their truthfulness. Our phone number is (205)669-4181. Sheriff Samaniego asks you to please guard against falling victim to these scam artists. The Sheriff’s Office will never ask for money from you over the telephone. If you have any questions about how we handle warrants, or our daily operations, please call us before you send anyone money via the internet.


The Grand Opening for the new Shelby County Sheriff’s Office North Substation will be held Monday, October 19, 2015, beginning at 10:30 am. The public is invited to see the new office and hear from Sheriff John Samaniego about the services the Substation will offer to residents and visitors of North Shelby County. A short reception will follow the official opening and everyone is welcome. The Substation is located at 5511 Hwy 280, suite 117, in the Greystone Park Business Center. The telephone number is 205-670-6280. Hours of operation will be Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Citizens will be able to purchase or renew pistol permits as well as obtain copies of Incident/Offense reports and accident reports.


The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office new North Substation will be open for business beginning Wednesday, October 6, 2015. The Substation is located at 5511 Hwy 280 suite 117. The hours of operation will be Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Beginning Wednesday, October 6, 2015 citizens will be able to purchase or renew pistol permits as well as pick up a copy of an Incident/Offense report. The direct phone number is 205-670-6280. The Grand Opening for the new North Substation will be set for a later date.


The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with Chelsea Fire Department and Wal-Mart Supercenter Chelsea, invites the community to National Night Out, Tuesday October 6, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the parking lot of Chelsea Wal-Mart, 16077 US Highway 280. Nineteen agencies will be present to educate the public on their services and provide resources, free of charge. First responder and military agencies will offer the public an inside look into their equipment and children will be able to get up close to fire engines, patrol cars, a marine patrol boat, a tactical vehicle, and the Sheriff’s Office newly acquired helicopter. The Sheriff’s Office helicopter pilots will be excited to speak to the public about the capabilities of the aircraft and its services to the community such as search and rescue, patrol, drug interdiction, and disaster response. National Night Out is an annual campaign which promotes a partnership between first responders and the community which we serve. For more information about National Night Out, please visit their website at

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