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Sheriff’s Office Seeks the Public’s Help
On Thursday August 2, 2012, Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of several cows that had been shot and killed in the 3400 block of Highway 56 in Wilsonville. Between Friday July 27 and Wednesday August 1, 2012, an unknown person shot and killed ten cows that were later discovered by the owner. Deputies completed a report and Sheriff’s investigators began trying to identify the person responsible for the crime. Investigators have had several leads in this case but have not received the information they need to make an arrest.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office needs the public’s help and is asking anyone with information 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.
This press release will be updated as more information becomes available.
Shelby County Highway 11 Open
Shelby County Highway 11 has been re-opened to all normal traffic. Motorists are still encouraged to drive cautiously in the area and be aware of any law enforcement officers that may still be on-scene.
Due to a motor vehicle accident this morning, Shelby County Highway 11 is closed to through traffic at the intersection of Shelby County Highway 377, also known as Mountain Crest Road. All traffic is being re-routed at the intersections of Shelby County 11 at Old Highway 280 and Shelby County Highway 11 at Shelby County 36.
The roadway will be closed for some time and this release will be updated as soon as it re-opens. All motorists in the area are encouraged to drive cautiously and follow the directions of the deputies on-scene.
Two People Shot During Robbery
Late in the evening of Saturday August 25, 2012, at approximately 10:50 p.m., Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of two adults who were reportedly shot as they walked from the parking lot to an apartment in the 6600 block of Whitetail Drive, in the Lakes of Inverness apartments. Both victims, a husband and wife, were treated at the scene by Cahaba Valley Fire and Rescue paramedics and quickly transported to a local hospital. Their injuries were life threatening but both are expected to survive.
Investigators are treating this as a robbery and the suspects have not been identified. The three male suspects, two of which had their faces covered, fled the area in a silver/gray sport utility vehicle with items taken from the victims. Investigators are asking for the public’s help in this case and urge anyone with information 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.
More information will be released as this investigation continues.
Road Closure Announcement
Shelby County Highway 47, also known as Chelsea Road, at the intersection of Shelby County Highway 39 will be closed on Monday August 27, 2012, beginning at 9:00 a.m., while the railroad crossing is repaired. The repairs are expected to be completed on the same day if the weather permits. The roadway should be re-opened for normal traffic before local schools release students that afternoon.
Local residents are encouraged to detour using Liberty Road and Shelby County Highway 433. Detour signs will be placed at the appropriate intersections.
Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Awards/Promotion Ceremony
On Thursday, August 23, 2012, at 5:30 p.m., the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office will hold an official awards ceremony to honor Sheriff’s Office employees who have distinguished themselves by demonstrating exemplary service. Employees are eligible to receive all of the following awards: Honor for exceptional courage while in an extremely hazardous situation, Valor for courage while in a dangerous situation, Purple Heart for an injury during a hostile encounter and Lifesaving for saving someone’s life through prompt action. Tomorrow’s ceremony will not only recognize actions performed throughout an employee’s tenure but officialy announce the promotion of six employees to the rank of lieutenant, corrections lieutenant, sergeant and corrections sergeant. Going forward, this ceremony will be held annually.
The following employees will be recognized at tomorrow’s awards ceremony:
Deputy Marty Bailey – Lifesaving
Sergeant Tim Billingsley - Valor
Sergeant David Black – Lifesaving
Deputy Chris Blevins – Valor
Deputy Jon Carr – Valor
Deputy Derek Dixon – Lifesaving
Deputy Mike Greene - Valor
Deputy Kevin Hand – Honor
Lieutenant Mike Hudson – Valor
Deputy David Perry – Lifesaving
Deputy Ryan Shivers – Lifesaving
Deputy Lee Stockman – Valor
Deputy Chris Street – Purple Heart
The following employee’s promotions will be officially recognized:
Lieutenant Joseph McGee
Sergeant David Black
Corrections Lieutenant Leslie Hood
Corrections Lieutenant Jeff Hughes
Corrections Sergeant Tim Laatsch
Corrections Sergeant Tony Pavolini
Sheriff Curry would like to invite the public and media alike to attend this special event. It will be held at the Shelby County Sheriff’s Training Center at 543 McDow Road, Columbiana, Alabama 35051. For more information contact Sergeant Barry Studdard at (205)669-8884.
Over the next two days, two local roadways in Westover will be temporarily closed (one day each) to all traffic while repairs are made to the railroad crossings. The repairs are expected to be completed the same day if the weather permits and both roadways should be re-opened for normal traffic.
Shelby County Highway 450 will be closed on Tuesday August 21, 2012, beginning at 8:00 a.m., while the railroad crossing between US Highway 280 and Limerock Road is repaired. Local traffic should detour using US Highway 280 to Shelby County Highway 55 as instructed.
Shelby County Highway 55 will be closed on Wednesday August 22, 2012, beginning at 8:00 a.m., while the railroad crossing between US Highway 280 and Weatherton Road is repaired. Local traffic should detour using US Highway 280 to Shelby County Highway 51 or Shelby County Highway 51 to US Highway 280 as instructed.
Detour signs will be placed at the appropriate intersections. Drivers in the area are encouraged to drive cautiously while these repairs are completed.
New Charge for Jeffrey Scott Atkins
Today, Wednesday August 15, 2012, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested former school teacher Jeffrey Scott Atkins, 39 years of age, at his residence in the 1200 block of 6th Ave NW in Alabaster. Atkins was charged with “School employee engaging in a sex act or deviant sexual intercourse with a student under the age of 19 years” and is being held on $200,000 bond at the Shelby County Jail.
As previously released, on March 29 of this year investigators determined that communication between Atkins and a student using phone texts and social media outlets was sexual in nature. Based on this information, Atkins, a then teacher and band director at Oak Mountain Middle School, was arrested and charged with 3 counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, 1 count of Enticing a Child to Enter a Vehicle, House, etc., for Immoral Purposes, 1 count of Electronic Solicitation of a Child, and 1 count of School Employee having Sexual Contact with a student Under the Age of 19 Years. Atkins has been out on bond awaiting trial for these charges when he was arrested today.
For information on the charges listed above, go to the link below and select Title13A Criminal Code, Chapter 6- Offenses Involving Danger to the Person and section 13A-6-81
Anyone with information about this crime 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.
To view a Shelby County jail 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.
Road Closure Notice
Shelby County Highway 47, also known as Chelsea Road, at the intersection of Shelby County Highway 39 will be closed on August 16, 2012, beginning at 9:00 a.m., while the railroad crossing is repaired. The repairs are expected to be completed the same day if the weather permits and the roadway should be re-opened for normal traffic.
Local residents are encouraged to detour using Liberty Road, Shelby County Highway 433 and Shelby County Highway 39. Detour signs will be placed at the appropriate intersections.
Ryan Alexander Brockette has been located safely and is in the custody of the Shelby County Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff Curry would like to thank all of the first responders and members of the public who who helped look for him. Deputies are in the process of assessing his physical condition and will make sure his needs are met.