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Shelby County Road 61 closed due to vehicle accident

On Monday, September 7, 2015, at approximately 5:48 pm, deputies responded to the 4800 block of Shelby County Road 61, in the area of County Road 77, in reference to a motor vehicle accident. Deputies have requested the assistance of Troopers from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) to investigate the motor vehicle accident. As a result, Shelby County Road 61, in the area of County Road 77, will be completely closed to both lanes of travel. Updates will be provided as the accident investigation continues and roadways are cleared.

Shelby County Road 61 re-opened

On Monday, September 7, 2015 at approximately 8:30 pm, Sheriff's Deputies and Troopers from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) reported that all lanes of Shelby County Road 61, in the area of County Road 77, have been re-opened. The road way was previously closed, resulting from a motor vehicle accident. Alabama Power crews, along with fire and medical personnel have made the roadway and surrounding area safe for normal traffic flow. Motorists are encouraged to use caution due to the fact that law enforcement may remain in the area as they complete their traffic investigation.

Sheriff appoints new Drug Task Force Commander

Sheriff John Samaniego is pleased to announce a new Commander of the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force. Effective September 11, 2015, Lt. Clay Hammac will take Command of the decade old Task Force to lead a group of specially trained Narcotics Investigators. Lt. Clay Hammac relieves Captain Kevin Turner after four years of service to the Task Force. Captain Turner will be attending the FBI National Academy in October, and upon his return will assume command of the Criminal Investigations Division. Clay Hammac is an eleven year veteran of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office where he has served in Patrol, Criminal Investigations, the U.S. Secret Service Task Force, Crisis Negotiations, Project Lifesaver, and most recently, Administration and media relations. Lt. Hammac holds an M.B.A. with a concentration in Finance from Regis University, a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of South of Alabama, and has completed post-graduate course work in Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination. Previous Shelby County Task Force Commanders include Chief Deputy Chris George, Major Ken Burchfield, Captain Kevin Turner, and Lieutenant Cody Sumners. “There is certainly a legacy of excellence with the Drug Task Force. Shelby County is fortunate to have a team of highly trained and motivated investigators assigned to this Task Force, and I consider it a privilege to work alongside of them,” said Lt. Clay Hammac. “I look forward to working with our partnering and neighboring agencies to continue our mission of educating the public on the dangers of drug abuse and addiction, as well as aggressively pursuing the organized channels of drug distribution that impact Shelby County.” In response to the appointment Sheriff Samaniego said, “Having served more than 20 years in Narcotics, I recognize the negative impact that drug abuse and addiction has on families, and young adults. This is a vital role within our agency and I look forward to continuing to support the mission of our Drug Task Force, along with our partnering agencies.”

Suspect charged in string of multi-jurisdictional robberies

On Wednesday, August 12, 2015, Shelby County Sheriff’s investigators signed warrants for the arrest of 20 year old Christopher Damen Tompkins of Wilsonville in connection to three armed robberies in Shelby County. Sheriff’s investigators were made aware of a robbery arrest made by Sylacauga Police Department in July, in which the suspect reportedly used a Halloween mask of the comic book character, Iron Man, to conceal his face during the robbery. Sheriff’s investigators recognized the modus operandi described in the crime due to the fact that similar robberies were being investigated in Shelby County. Sheriff’s Investigators met with Tompkins while he was in the custody of the Talladega County Jail. During their interview with Mr. Tompkins he confessed to the robbery of Jerry’s Bait & Tackle in Wilsonville in November of 2014, CJ’s Country Store in Chelsea in December of 2014, and World of Finance in Chelsea in February of 2015. Warrants have been issued in Shelby County for Tompkins on three counts of Armed Robbery 1st, totaling $180,000 bond. Tompkins currently remains in the Talladega County Jail pending charges in Sylacauga. In response to the warrants issued for Tompkins, Sheriff John Samaniego said, “This is an excellent illustration of open communication between neighboring jurisdictions, and a collaborative effort to better serve our communities. I applaud the Sylacauga Police Department and the Talladega County Sheriff’s Office for their investigative efforts and the assistance made available to our investigators.” For information on the charge listed above, go to the link below and select Title 13A- Criminal Code, Chapter 8, Article 41.

Electrical Fire at Oak Mtn High School

An electrical fire at Oak Mtn High School has resulted in an evacuation of the school temporarily and there were no student injuries. There were minor injuries to 2 maintenance workers, but again, no students were injured. The school has only been evacuated and will not be closed for the day. The Fire Department is checking the scene and preparing to re-open the school back to normal operations.

Deadline to Register for Next Citizens Sheriff’s Academy is August 28, 2015

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office still has a few remaining seats available for the next Citizens Sheriff’s Academy, beginning on September 10, 2015. The Citizens Sheriff’s Academy (CSA) is a 12-week program designed to introduce and educate our citizens, in a classroom setting, to the various law enforcement practices and procedures of the Sheriff’s Office. Participants will learn about criminal investigations, laws and the court system, patrol functions, the drug task force, our tactical response unit, and other special units of the Sheriff’s Office. In addition to classroom instruction, students will be given a tour of the county jail, an opportunity to complete a “ride-along” on patrol with a deputy sheriff, and an opportunity to receive basic firearms safety training on the Sheriff’s Office firearms range. Classes will be held every Thursday evening from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Training Center at the end of McDow Road in Columbiana, AL. The academy is open to anyone 18 years of age or older who lives or works in Shelby County. Due to the nature of the activities and topics presented in the CSA, all applicants to the program are subject to a criminal background and driver’s license check conducted by the Sheriff’s Office as a condition for acceptance into the program. Class size is limited to 24 students. To register or for more information, go to or contact Lt. Dennis Blackerby at 205-670-6321.

All lanes of Hwy 280 at Key Dr are now re-opened

All lanes of Hwy 280 eastbound at Key Dr have been re-opened after a major accident caused traffic to back up for over an hour. Please use caution if driving through the area.

Major traffic accident on Hwy 280 at Key Dr causes unknown delays

A major traffic accident on Hwy 280 at Key Dr this morning, at approximately 6:00am, has closed down eastbound traffic to one lane for an unknown time period. Birmingham PD is on-scene as well as Shelby County deputies to assist. Motorists are advised to avoid this area until the accident can be cleared. This press release will be updated as information becomes available.

All lanes of Hwy 280 between Valleydale Rd and Meadow Dr are now re-opened

All lanes of Hwy 280 eastbound between Valleydale Rd and Meadow Dr have been re-opened after a one vehicle accident caused traffic to back up for nearly an hour. Obstructions have been removed and traffic is flowing again. Please use caution if driving through the area.

Hwy 280 accident causing minor traffic delays between Valleydale Rd and Meadow Dr.

A one vehicle traffic accident that occurred around 11:30am is causing traffic delays on Hwy 280 eastbound between Valleydale Rd and Meadow Dr for approximately another 30 to 45 minutes. Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies are on scene directing traffic and an Alabama State Trooper is enroute. Motorists are advised to avoid this area until the overturned vehicle can be removed from the roadway. This press release will be updated as information becomes available.

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