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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.
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.