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Chelsea Road traffic re-routed due to natural gas leak
All lanes of traffic on Chelsea Road, also known as County Road 47, between Chelsea and Columbiana city limits, have been shut down due to a reported natural gas leak on Chelsea Road between the County Road 39 and Chesser Crane Road. Motorists should avoid this area entirely until the roadway has been made safe.
Alabama Gas Company has informed the Sheriff's Office that their technicians are en route to resolve the problem.
This press release will be updated as information becomes available.
Demarcus Means arrested by US Marshals
On Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at approximately 12:00 p.m., Sheriff Samaniego received information from the United States Marshal of the Northern District of Alabama reporting that Demarcus Means is in custody.
Means was reportedly taken into custody by United States Marshals in Los Angeles, California on the charge of murder, for the death of Haleigh Green. Sheriff John Samaniego wishes to offer his deepest appreciation to the community for the amount of support they have offered the Green and Bivins Families.
Sheriff John Samaniego said, “I am also appreciative of the crime tips shared through Crime Stoppers and Facebook. This is still an active case and we recognize that there is a long road ahead in the judicial process of this case. I ask that our community continue to lift up the Green and Bivins families during this time as our investigators continue to process the evidence in this case.”
Warrant Issued for Demarcus Lamar Means in the Missing Person Case of Haleigh Danielle Green
On Tuesday, July 14, 2015 the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office, obtained a Murder warrant for 19 year old Demarcus Lamar Means of Columbiana, AL in connection with the death of 18 year old Haleigh Danielle Green of Shelby, AL. The bond set for the charge is $500,000.00.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, with the help of the United States Marshals Service and their nationwide Fugitive Task Forces, are actively searching for Demarcus Lamar Means. Means is 6’04” tall, weighs 150 lbs, and has shoulder length hair. Anyone with information on Means’ location is asked to immediately call 911 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777. Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $5,000.00 cash reward for information leading to the arrest of Demarcus Means.
Sheriff John Samaniego stated, “My office will continue to release information as it becomes available. I would like to thank the community and all agencies involved for their help in this case and ask for their continued support for the Green and Bivens family.”
Red Ford Mustang Belonging to Haleigh Green Recovered
On Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 11:45 a.m., a 2003 red Ford Mustang belonging to missing 18 year old Haleigh Danielle Green of Shelby, AL, was discovered by Shelby County Sheriff’s Office investigators in the area of County Road 315 in unincorporated Shelby County.
Sheriff’s investigators were in the area of County Road 315 following leads in the Missing Person case of Haleigh Green. Investigators observed what appeared to be a red Ford Mustang in a densely, wooded area.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office then requested the assistance of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) Aviation Unit in searching the immediate area of the vehicle. Within the immediate area of Haleigh’s Mustang, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office investigators located a deceased body.
Positive identification of the body will be made by the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences.
Additional information will be made public as soon as it becomes available. Sheriff John Samaniego will provide a pre-recorded statement immediately following this press release, which may be viewed on the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office social media sites.
Chevrolet 1500 truck no longer of interest in Haleigh Green case
On Friday, July 10, 2015, at approximately 6:30 p.m., the Shelby County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division announced they are no longer seeking the Chevrolet 1500 pickup truck, previously of interest in the investigation of missing 18 year old Haleigh Green of Shelby, AL. The Shelby County Sheriff Office posted a request to the public for help in locating a white or silver Chevrolet 1500 on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page and website at approximately 1:30 p.m. today. A message received on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page led investigators to the location of the owner, who was cooperative and helpful. However, there are no new updates in the investigation, at this time.
Sheriff John Samaniego would like to thank the public for their vigilance in looking for the truck and helping investigators locate the owner. Sheriff Samaniego continues to ask the public to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (205) 669-4181 with any information in this case.
Missing Person - Haleigh Danielle Green
On Monday, July 6, 2015 at approximately 9:30 p.m. 18 year old Haleigh Danielle Green of Shelby, AL was reported missing by her family to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. Haleigh was last seen at her family’s house on Egg and Butter Road in Columbiana on the morning of July 6 at approximately 9:30 a.m. Haleigh left driving a 2003 red Ford Mustang, two door, with pre-existing damage to the front windshield. The Alabama tag on the Mustang is 58AT760. Haleigh is 5’06” in height, weighs approximately 150 lbs, and has straight, black hair. Haleigh is a student at Lawson State Community College. A picture of Haleigh may be viewed on the Sheriff's Office website under the "Missing Persons" tab.
On July 6 Haleigh was entered into the National Criminal Information Center Database as Missing. On July 7 the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office posted a Missing Adult poster with Haleigh’s picture on the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, which has been on over 192,000 timelines and shared almost 4,000 times. The Shelby County Sheriff's Office posted another poster, which was published on the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page on July 9 with a different picture of Haleigh and a picture of her Mustang.
Also on July 9, Sheriff John Samaniego issued a pre-recorded message on Facebook asking for the public’s help in locating Haleigh. Today, on July 10, the picture of a silver or white Chevrolet 1500 was posted on the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. Investigators are wishing to speak to the driver or owner of this truck.
Anyone with information on Haleigh’s location is asked to immediately call the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office at (205) 669-4181. Individuals with information may also call Crime Stoppers at (205) 254-7777 or leave an anonymous tip at www.shelbyso.com/report.php.
Driver Attempting to Elude Dies
On Thursday, July 9, 2015 at approximately 7:35 p.m. a Shelby County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop a silver Honda Civic on Dunnavant Valley Road, in the area of Highway 280. The deputy observed the vehicle in a local neighborhood while patrolling the area for suspicious activity, and then saw it leave the neighborhood quickly. The deputy then observed the vehicle driving recklessly on Dunnavant Valley Road, almost striking another vehicle, and attempted to stop the vehicle using his emergency lights and siren. The driver, later identified as Sean Dawson Brooks, 45 years of age from Birmingham, increased his speed while traveling north on Dunnavant Valley Road in an attempt to elude the pursuing deputy. At 7:38 p.m. another uninvolved motorist driving a Chevrolet Tahoe pulled out in front of Brooks’ speeding vehicle, causing a two car accident. The deputy pursuing the Civic immediately called for fire and rescue assistance and began to help the injured.
Brooks, his passenger Tammie Denise Smith, 48 years of age from Chelsea, and the driver of the Tahoe, William Mark Numnum, 38 years of age from Birmingham, were injured in the accident. Cahaba Valley Fire responded to the accident. Brooks, Smith and Numnum were all transported to a local hospital with serious injuries. Brooks, the driver of the fleeing vehicle, later died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident while at the hospital. Smith and Numnum continue to be treated for their injuries. The Hoover Police Department assisted with traffic control and State Troopers from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency are investigating the accident.
Sheriff John Samaniego stated, “We are in the process of thoroughly reviewing the circumstances leading up this accident. From the preliminary report, it appears the deputy was acting within the scope of his duties and within the policies of the Sheriff’s Office. The family and friends of Sean Brooks are heavy on our hearts today and our prayers are also with the Smith and Numnum families. It will take several days to complete the final review of this accident”.
Dunnavant Valley Road near Mt. Laurel has been re-opened
On Thursday, July 9, 2015 at approximately 9:55 p.m., all lanes of traffic on Shelby County Road 41, also known as Dunnavant Valley Road, are open and normal traffic flow may resume.
Motorists are encouraged to continue to use caution in the area of Dunnavant Valley Road and Hugh Daniel Drive as law enforcement may remain in the area to continue their motor vehicle accident investigation.
Road closure near Mt. Laurel due to motor vehicle accident
On Thursday, July 9, 2015, at approximately 7:30 pm, Shelby County Road 41, also known as Dunnavant Valley Road, in the area of the Mt. Laurel subdivision, is temporarily closed due to a motor vehicle accident with injuries. Both lanes of travel on County Road 41 are closed between US Hwy 280 and Hugh Daniel Drive.
Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes of travel. Information will be updated as it becomes available.
Road Closure (both lanes of traffic) due to motor vehicle accident
On Wednesday, July 8, 2015, at approximately 07:00 a.m., the Shelby County Sheriff's Office was asked by the Pelham Police Department and the Pelham Fire Department to assist with a motor vehicle accident on Shelby County Road 11 in the area of County Road 52., involving a tanker truck.
Deputies are closing approximately four miles of County Road 11 (both lanes of travel), from Old Hwy 280 to County 36, until the scene has been safely cleared by the Pelham Fire Department and Chelsea Fire Department.
Shelby County Road 11 should be avoided during this time. This release will be updated as more information becomes available.