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Weekend Shooting
2012-06-25

On Saturday June 23rd, 2012, at approximately 12:25 a.m., Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a person shot at a residence in the 1500 block of Clay Pit Road in Montevallo.  Upon arrival, deputies discovered that one adult male had been shot in the legs by a known acquaintance.  The victim was transported to the hospital where he was admitted.

Phillip Earl Lucas, 42 years of age from Montevallo, was charged with Assault 1st degree.  He was arrested and placed in the Shelby County Jail.  He has since been released on $20,000 bond.

For information on the charge listed above, go to the link below and select Title13A Criminal Code, Chapter 6- Offenses Involving Danger to the Person, Article 2 Assaults, Section 13A-6-20 Assault in the first degree.

http://www.legislature.state.al.us/CodeofAlabama/1975/coatoc.htm.

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.

Anyone with information about this case 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.

Daniel Scott Gentry Indicted for Capital Murder
2012-06-15

Corrected Date from Previous release

On Thursday June 14, 2012, a Shelby County Grand Jury returned an indictment ordering the arrest of Daniel Scott Gentry, 24 years of age from Chelsea, for the capital murder of his grandmother, Carrie Elaine Gentry.  Gentry has been in the Shelby County Jail on an unrelated charge of Probation Violation since March 29th, 2012.  Sheriff’s investigators executed the indictment on him this morning and he remains in the Shelby County Jail without bond.

Sheriff Chris Curry and other members of the law enforcement community will hold a press conference today at 2:00 p.m. at the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office training center.  The training center’s address is 543 McDow Road, Columbiana, Alabama, and it is located at the end of McDow Road. 

Carrie Elaine Gentry was reported missing on March 29th, 2012.  Sheriff’s investigators immediately began searching for her and her vehicle with the help of other law enforcement agencies, the civil air patrol, local media outlets, her friends and the public.  Her vehicle was located on April 10th, 2012, submerged in an abandoned quarry in Leeds, Alabama.  Ms. Gentry’s body was discovered inside the vehicle.  An autopsy revealed that her death was neither natural nor accidental. 

Sheriff Curry would like to express his confidence that the indictment in this case is appropriate and his continued faith in our system of justice.  “I firmly believe that the person responsible for Elaine Gentry’s death has been charged with the crime.  This is a sad case for everyone involved and we all hoped it would have a different ending but the Sheriff’s Office has now met its responsibility to Ms. Gentry.”, said Curry.

For information on the charge listed above, go to the link below and select Title13A Criminal Code, Chapter 6- Offenses Involving Danger to the Person, Article 1 Homicide, Section 13A-6-2 Murder and  Chapter 5, Punishments and Sentences, Article 2 Death Penaltyand Life Imprisonment Without Parole, Section 13A-5-40 Capital Offenses.

 http://www.legislature.state.al.us/CodeofAlabama/1975/coatoc.htm.

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.

Daniel Scott Gentry Indicted for Capital Murder
2012-06-15

On Thursday June 14, 2012, a Shelby County Grand Jury returned an indictment ordering the arrest of Daniel Scott Gentry, 24 years of age from Chelsea, for the Capital Murder of his grandmother, Carrie Elaine Gentry.  Gentry has been in the Shelby County Jail on an unrelated charge of Probation Violation since April 29th, 2012.  Sheriff’s investigators executed the indictment on him this morning and he remains in the Shelby County Jail without bond.

Sheriff Chris Curry and other members of the law enforcement community will hold a press conference today at 2:00 p.m. at the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office training center.  The training center’s address is 543 McDow Road, Columbiana, Alabama, and it is located at the end of McDow Road. 

Carrie Elaine Gentry was reported missing on March 29th, 2012.  Sheriff’s investigators immediately began searching for her and her vehicle with the help of other law enforcement agencies, the civil air patrol, local media outlets, her friends and the public.  Her vehicle was located on April 10th, 2012, submerged in an abandoned quarry in Leeds, Alabama.  Ms. Gentry’s body was discovered inside the vehicle.  An autopsy revealed that her death was neither natural nor accidental. 

Sheriff Curry would like to express his confidence that the indictment in this case is appropriate and his continued faith in our system of justice.  “I firmly believe that the person responsible for Elaine Gentry’s death has been charged with the crime.  This is a sad case for everyone involved and we all hoped it would have a different ending but the Sheriff’s Office has now met its responsibility to Ms. Gentry.”, said Curry.

For information on the charge listed above, go to the link below and select Title13A Criminal Code, Chapter 6- Offenses Involving Danger to the Person, Article 1 Homicide, Section 13A-6-2 Murder and  Chapter 5, Punishments and Sentences, Article 2 Death Penaltyand Life Imprisonment Without Parole, Section 13A-5-40 Capital Offenses.

 http://www.legislature.state.al.us/CodeofAlabama/1975/coatoc.htm.

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.

Drowning Victim Identified
2012-05-29

At approximately 11:50am today, May 29th, 2012, Shelby County 911 received a call of a possible adult drowning in a private pond in the 1500 block of Hwy 17 in the Montevallo area of Shelby County.  Sheriff’s deputies, personnel from Montevallo Fire Department, and members of the City of Calera Dive Team responded to the scene in an attempt to locate the victim. 

Initial efforts by first responders and by-standers to locate the victim were unsuccessful.  At Approximately 2:43pm, The City of Calera Dive Team located the deceased victim, 44 year old Thaddeus Jerome Evans Sr. of Montevallo, submerged in approximately 12ft of water.

The investigation into this drowning is on-going, but preliminary information received states Mr. Evans was fishing from a small boat when he fell into the water.  The body of Mr. Evans has been transported from the scene by Shelby County Coroner’s Office, and an autopsy will be performed at a later time. Sheriff Curry would like to convey his sympathy to the family of Mr. Evans and express his gratitude to the by-standers and rescue personnel that responded to the scene in an attempt to assist Mr. Evans.

Sheriff's Office Responds to Possible Drowning
2012-05-29

At approximately 11:50am today, May 29th, 2012, Shelby County 911 received a call of a possible adult drowning in the 1500 block of Hwy 17 in the Montevallo area of Shelby County.  Sheriff’s deputies responded along with Montevallo Fire Department in an attempt to locate the victim.  Additional assistance was also requested from The City of Calera Dive Team, and at this time dive team personnel are on scene attempting to locate the possible drowning victim.  Further information of this event will be made known when it becomes available.

Additional Charges for Kirt Bernard Benson
2012-05-23

On May 20th, 2012, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a female being drug by a vehicle on Alabama Hwy 25 in Wilsonville.  Deputies responded to the area and located the victim lying in the parking lot of a local business.  A subsequent investigation led to warrants being issued for the arrest of Kirt Bernard Benson, 41 years of age from Wilsonville.

 

At approximately 10:00 a.m. on May 22, 2012, members of the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force located Kirt Benson and took him into custody on arrest warrants for Domestic Violence 2nd degree and Violation of a Protection from Abuse Order, totaling $156,000 in bonds.

 

Today, May 23rd, 2012, Sheriff’s Office investigators obtained additional warrants for Benson.  In addition to the charges of May 22nd, Mr. Benson is now charged with one count each of Attempted Murder, Kidnapping 1st degree, and Domestic Violence 3rd degree and two counts of Domestic Violence by Strangulation or Suffocation.  Benson remains in the Shelby County Jail and the total bond for all charges is $762,000.

 

Benson’s criminal history includes ten prior arrests for assault and domestic violence related crimes with numerous convictions.

 

For information on the charge listed above, go to the link below and select Title 13A-Criminal Code and Chapter 6-Offenses Involving Danger to the Person.

 

http://www.legislature.state.al.us/CodeofAlabama/1975/coatoc.htm.

 

Anyone with information about this case 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.

Update- Kirt Bernard Benson Arrested
2012-05-22

At approximately 10:00 a.m. today, a specially trained group of US Marshals from the Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force located Kirt Bernard Benson in a motel in Alexander City, Alabama, and took him into custody without incident.  Law enforcement had been searching for Benson after obtaining two warrants for his arrest following a domestic violence incident in Wilsonville on Sunday May 20th.  The victim in that case was seriously injured and transported to a local hospital.  She has since been released.

Kirt Bernard Benson, 41 years of age from Wilsonville, is charged with Domestic Violence 2nd degree and Violation of a Protection from Abuse Order.  He is currently in the Shelby County Jail and his bonds total $156,000.  Investigators are reviewing the case and additional charges for Benson are anticipated.

Benson’s criminal history includes ten prior arrests for assault and domestic violence related crimes with numerous convictions.

For information on the charge listed above, go to the link below and select Title13A Criminal Code, Chapter 6- Offenses Involving Danger to the Person, Article 7 Domestic Violence, Section 13A-6-131 Domestic Violence 2nd degree.

http://www.legislature.state.al.us/CodeofAlabama/1975/coatoc.htm.

Anyone with information about this case 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.

SCDETF Searches Local Business
2012-05-22

On May 14, 2012, the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force (SCDETF) served a search warrant at J-Tec Recycling located at 4795 Highway 11 in Pelham, AL, for several violations of secondary metals recycling law. During the course of the search, investigators recovered business records, transaction records, and other documents regarding the purchases of recyclable metals.

 

Jack Anthony Husted, 57 years of age, of Alexandria, AL, was charged with one count of Record of Purchase. His bond was set at $10,000.

Over the course of the past nine months, the SCDETF received numerous complaints from various Shelby County law enforcement agencies regarding the illegal business practices of secondary metal recyclers.  There is a well known relationship between drug abusers and the theft and sale of metals to recyclers to support their drug activities.  The investigation provided significant evidence of a repeated pattern of improper business practices.  

For information on Alabama law as it relates to recyclers, go to the link below and select Title13A Criminal Code, Chapter 8- Offenses Involving Theft, Article 1A Secondary Metal Recycling, Section 13A-8-31 Record of Purchases.

 

 http://www.legislature.state.al.us/CodeofAlabama/1975/coatoc.htm.

Among other things, the law requires recyclers to accurately record the names and addresses of those selling metals, the date of sale and the type and amount of metal sold.

According to Lt. Kevin Turner, Commander of the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force, “We investigated several recycling facilities throughout Shelby County to ensure they were maintaining legible records of transactions. The search of this business is a response by the Task Force to ensure metal recyclers comply with the law.”

 

The SCDETF consists of law enforcement officers from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Alabaster Police Department, Pelham Police Department, Harpersville Police Department, Helena Police Department, the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office, and the Alabama National Guard Counter Drug Program. The SCDETF is funded by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and the Shelby County Commission.

 

The SCEDTF encourages citizens to report illegal activity by phone (205-670-0436) or by visiting its website, http://dtf.shelbyal.com. Citizens may click on “Tips” and submit their complaint. All information is anonymous.

 

Please direct any questions regarding this press release to Lieutenant Kevin Turner of the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force, at (205) 670-0436 or email at kturner@shelbyso.com.

Domestic Violence Incident
2012-05-21

At approximately 12:00 p.m. on May 20th, 2012, an on-duty Shelby County Sheriff’s deputy was notified by witnesses of a woman being dragged by a vehicle on Alabama Highway 25 in Wilsonville.  At the same time, Shelby County 911 received a report from another witness of the same incident.  The deputy responded to the area and located the victim lying in the parking lot of a local business.  Paramedics were notified and transported the victim to a local hospital with serious injuries.

Sheriff’s investigators are treating this as a crime of domestic violence and looking for the victim’s estranged boyfriend. Kirt Bernard Benson, 32 years of age from Wilsonville, is wanted in connection with the assault on the victim and investigators have two warrants for his arrest; one for Domestic Violence 2nd degree and one for Violation of a Protection from Abuse Order. 

Anyone with information about Benson’s 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 victim is recovering at a local hospital and investigators are still interviewing her.  Once they review all of the facts in this case additional charges may be filed.

For information on the charge listed above, go to the link below and select Title13A Criminal Code, Chapter 6- Offenses Involving Danger to the Person, Article 7 Domestic Violence, Section 13A-6-131 Domestic Violence 2nd degree.

 http://www.legislature.state.al.us/CodeofAlabama/1975/coatoc.htm.

Inmates Treated for Drinking Hand Sanitizer
2012-05-21

On Sunday May 20th, 2012, Shelby County corrections officers noticed several working inmates in the jail kitchen behaving strangely.  It was determined that four of the inmates assigned to the kitchen had ingested hand sanitizer for the alcohol contained in it.  All four of the inmates were taken to the emergency room at Shelby Baptist Medical Center for treatment.  Three of the inmates were treated and returned to the jail while the fourth inmate was admitted to the hospital for further treatment overnight.  He is expected to return to the jail today.

The appropriate steps are being taken to remove hand sanitizer with alcohol from the jail.  Ingesting hand sanitizer, or any product not designed for human consumption, is extremely dangerous.

 
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