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Pedestrian involved motor vehicle accident
2015-04-01

Early Wednesday morning, on April 1, 2015, at approximately 3:30 a.m., an on-duty Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputy was involved in a motor vehicle accident, in which a pedestrian was struck in the area of Shelby County Road 70 near the Waterford subdivision. The pedestrian is reported to be in stable condition, and was transported from the scene to UAB Hospital. Sheriff Samaniego has requested State Troopers from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) to investigate the traffic accident. As a result, both lanes of travel are closed as Troopers conduct their investigation. Motorists are encouraged to use an alternate route of travel, such as Co Rd 26 from Alabaster to Columbiana. This release will be updated as more information comes available.

Traffic Alert Cancelled on Monday Morning
2015-03-23

On Monday, March 23, 2015, at 6:30 a.m., the roadway at Shelby County Road 24 at Smokey Road is now back open. A disabled tractor-trailer truck was blocking the roadway for a short period of time. Motorists are still encouraged to drive cautiously during bad weather conditions

Traffic Alert on Monday Morning
2015-03-23

On Monday, March 23, 2015, at 6:15 a.m., the roadway at Shelby County Road 24 at Smoky Road is closed due to a disabled tractor-trailer truck blocking the road. Motorists are encouraged to use an alternate route of travel. Please drive cautiously in the area as first responders are attempting to clear the roadway as soon as possible. This release will be updated when the roadway is clear.

Sheriff's Office warns of tax-related identity theft schemes
2015-03-18

Each year the Sheriff’s Office and other local law enforcement agencies receive reports of residents who discover that fraudulent tax returns have been filed in their names. With over 10 million personal records exposed in data breaches across America in 2014, Alabama ranks 14th in the nation for identity theft complaints. According to the Alabama Department of Revenue, in 2013, 1.6 million Americans were victims of identity theft and tax refund crimes. As tax preparation is underway for many residents, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office would like to encourage residents to be vigilant in protecting their identities and aware of common fraud schemes that law enforcement encounters during this time of year. Don't fall for common scams: • An unexpected email purporting to be from the IRS is always a scam. The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email or social media to request personal or financial information. If you receive a scam email claiming to be from the IRS, forward it to phishing@irs.gov • An unexpected phone call from someone claiming to be an IRS agent, either threatening you with arrest or deportation if you fail to pay immediately, is a scam. In another variation, the caller requests your financial information in order to send you a refund. Report these calls and other IRS impersonation schemes to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484 • If you discover a website that claims to be the IRS but does not begin with 'www.irs.gov,' forward the link to phishing@irs.gov Tips to protect your SSN and identifiable information: • Keep your card and any other document that shows your Social Security number in a safe place; DO NOT routinely carry your card or other documents that display your number • Be careful about sharing your number, even when you are asked for it; ONLY share your SSN when absolutely necessary • Protect your personal financial information at home and on your computer. • Check your credit report annually • Check your Social Security Administration earnings statement annually • Protect your personal computers by using firewalls, anti-spam/virus software, update security patches and change passwords for Internet accounts • Protect your personally identifiable information; keep it private. Only provide your SSN when YOU initiate the contact or you are sure you know who is asking If you think you might be a victim of a tax-related identity theft, contact the IRS 1-800-908-4490

Telephone Scam Alert – Involving Outstanding Warrants
2015-03-18

On Tuesday, March 17, 2015, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office received a report from a local resident indicating that he had received a phone call from a female posing as a Shelby County Sheriff’s Office employee. The female told him that he had an arrest warrant through the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, and gave him a phone number to call to pay and have it cleared. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office would like to warn the public that no member of the Sheriff’s Office will ever solicit payment for a fine over the telephone. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office does not collect fines or solicit money for any purpose. Furthermore, the local, and state judicial system does not contact residents by phone to ask for personal information such as your Social Security number, date of birth or credit card numbers. If you receive one of these phone calls, do not provide any personal or confidential information to these individuals, and do not offer payment over the telephone. If you have already been contacted and have already given out your personal information, please monitor your account statements and credit reports, and contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

Drug Task Force Arrests 14 in Warrant Roundup
2015-03-13

The Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force (SCDETF) arrested 14 people during a warrant roundup on Thursday, March 12, 2015. The SCDETF conducted a long term investigation targeting drug dealers in the Alabaster and Montevallo areas. The following suspects were arrested during the warrant roundup: • Nicholas Caffey, 33, of Alabaster, was charged with three counts of Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance. He is being held in the Shelby County Jail with a $30,000 bond. • Michael Anthony Campbell, 56, of Montevallo, was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd. He is being held in the Shelby County Jail with a $30,000 bond. • Tierra Tavarish Cathey, 32, of Montevallo, was charged with Drug Trafficking, Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance, Illegal Possession of Prescription Drugs, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Receiving Stolen Property 3rd. He is being held in the Shelby County Jail with a $113,000 bond. • Desmond Edward Cottingham, 35, of Montevallo, was charged with four counts of Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance. He is being held in the Shelby County Jail with a $40,000 bond. • Paige Alexis Dillenbeck, 20, of Alabaster, was charged with three counts of Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance. She is being held in the Shelby County Jail with a $30,000 bond. • Antwon Chevez Fitts, 35, of Wilton, was charged with two counts Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance and Unlawful Distribution of Imitation Drugs. He is being held in the Shelby County Jail with a $25,000 bond. • Joshua Frantez Lee, 21, of Alabaster, was charged with two counts Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance. He is being held in the Shelby County Jail with a $20,000 bond. • Karma Labue Mesamore, 28, of Calera, was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She is being held in the Shelby County Jail with a $2,000 bond. • Joshua Steven McKay, 19, of Alabaster, was charged with three counts of Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd, and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He is being held in the Shelby County Jail with a $32,000 bond. • Hakeem Rafi Mitchell, 23, of Alabaster, was charged with two counts of Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance. He is being held in the Shelby County Jail with a $20,000 bond. • Wayne Stanley Moore III, 21, of Alabaster, was charged with three counts of Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance. He is being held in the Shelby County Jail with a $30,000 bond. • Leonard Jerome Rutledge, 34, of Montevallo, was charged with four counts of Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance. He is being held in the Shelby County Jail with a $40,000 bond. • Alfred Oneal Sampson, 28, of Alabaster, was charged with four counts of Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance. He is being held in the Shelby County Jail with a $40,000 bond. • Benjamin Peter Strickland, 20, of Montevallo, was charged with three counts of Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd, and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He is being held in the Shelby County Jail with a $47,000 bond. Additional charges and additional suspects are pending arrest warrants. Capt. Kevin Turner, Task Force Commander, stated, “This is a huge impact for these communities and is an indicator that law enforcement is aware of the criminal activities taking place. We are taking the appropriate steps to address those issues. I hope this serves as a deterrent to drug dealers and other criminals who engage in this type of behavior.” For more information regarding the charges, please click here and go to Title 13 - Criminal Offenses and Chapter 12 - Offenses Against Public Health and Morals: http://alisondb.legislature.state.al.us/alison/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 / she has been booked into the facility. The SCDETF consists of law enforcement officers from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, the Alabaster Police Department, the Helena Police Department, the Pelham Police Department and the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office. 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 at (205) 670-0436 or by visiting its website, http://dtf.shelbyal.com. Citizens may click on “Tips” and submit their complaints. All information is anonymous. Please direct any questions regarding this press release to Captain Kevin Turner of the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force, at (205) 670-0436 or email at kturner@shelbyso.com.

Shelby County Jail Prepares Female Inmates to Enter Workforce
2015-03-11

Since 2013 a cooperative effort between the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and Central Alabama Community College has provided incarcerated female inmates with access to adult education classes. Because many inmates in county jails like Shelby County’s are incarcerated for a very short length of time on average, the full GED program is difficult to accomplish. Thus, the adult education program offered at the Shelby County Jail focuses on the students earning a Career Readiness Certificate (CRC). Obtaining a Career Readiness Certificate will increase a person’s career or work-ready skills and provides businesses a tool to help them identify career ready employees. The ability to obtain their CRC while incarcerated in the Shelby County Jail means upon release the once former inmate will likely become gainfully employed in a shorter period of time. Career Ready Certificates are earned in four different levels; Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Since inception, 57 female inmates at the Shelby County Jail have completed the program and earned various level certificates. One former inmate has even earned her National Platinum level certificate, the highest achievement in the program. Sheriff John Samaniego is proud to be able to continue this highly beneficial program. “By utilizing proceeds received from our inmate commissary account and investing them back into jail programs like our Career Readiness Certificate, we are able to help those who have been out of the workforce re-enter with valuable knowledge and skills.” For more information about this program, contact Captain Jay Fondren, Jail Commander, at (205)670-6141.

March 5th Citizens Sheriff's Academy class cancelled due to weather/travel conditions
2015-03-05

Due to the potential of hazardous roadway conditions during the evening hours of Thursday March 5, 2015, the first class of the Spring Session of the Citizens Sheriff’s Academy, scheduled to begin on March 5, 2015 at 6:30 p.m., will be cancelled tonight. Residents are encouraged to avoid travel, unless necessary, until roadway conditions have improved.

Highway 280 re-opened
2015-03-01

At 10:45 p.m. on Sunday March 1, 2015, all lanes of US Highway 280, in the 5100 block of Highway 280 in the city limits of Harpersville, are reported to be re-opened. Motorists are encouraged to use caution as law enforcement, along with fire and rescue crews, may remain in the area.

Highway 280 westbound lane closed due to motor vehicle accident
2015-03-01

On Sunday, March 1, 2105, at 7:48 p.m., in the 5100 block of US Highway 280, in the city limits of Harpersville, the westbound lane of US Highway 280 is closed due to an automobile accident. Motorists are encouraged to use the alternate routes of County Road 76 or State Highway 25. Please drive cautiously in the area as first responders are investigating the accident and attempting to clear the roadway as soon as possible. This release will be updated when the roadway is clear.

 
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