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Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Winter Storm Update
At 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday January 29th, 2014, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is maintaining field operations throughout the county. Deputies are responding to calls as they come in based on priority. Deputies are not being dispatched to non-emergency calls such as a property damage report or minor motor vehicle accident without injuries. There are hundreds of vehicles abandoned along county roadways. Most if not all have been checked by emergency personnel for people who sheltered in them. Our priority now is to respond to emergencies that arise.
All roadways are still impassable and closed. Only emergency vehicles should be on the road. In some cases the roads are more treacherous today than they were last night. After the snow was packed by cars going over it, it has frozen into a solid sheet of ice. This is likely to remain until some time tomorrow.
Information from the Sheriff’s Office will always be released through our webpage and local media sources. This is also the case with most other local government units. Social media is a great way to share information and local needs but it can also be a source of false information at times. Official reports from the Sheriff’s Office can be trusted as accurate at the time they are released.
Earlier today, there were approximately 650 children still at county schools throughout the area and it would be physically impossible to transport that number of children with our limited number of deputies. Children are safer at the school than they would be in a four wheel drive vehicle on an icy road. The Sheriff’s Office is placing a top priority on any call related to a school, a child’s medical needs and transportation of supplies to the school. All Shelby County School Resource Officers remained at the schools with their students through the night for added security.
Sheriff Curry urges everyone to use common sense and patience as they wait on the roads to clear. Space heaters, generators, and fireplaces all pose a risk of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning. The ice poses a risk of injury to children and the elderly trying to walk on it. It is illegal to operate four wheelers on the road and dangerous to ride four wheelers on a road covered with ice. Please do not become another emergency with a bad decision.
List of designated warming stations
As nightfall approaches, Shelby County Sheriff's Office personnel are increasingly concerned about motorists who are still in their stranded vehicles. The Sheriff's Office will be transporting as many as possible to shelters for the night. Due to the number of people that are stranded and that roads in some areas are impassable, stranded motorists need to take the following actions.
1. Make sure someone knows where you are.
2. Create a plan for your own safety.
3. Take note of possible locations to shelter until you can be taken to a warming shelter.
4. Are there occupied homes nearby that may offer warmth?
5. Are there businesses that may offer warmth?
6. Is there a church nearby that will offer warmth.
7. Staying in a parked car with the engine running poses a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and knocking on a strangers door may be safer.
8. Notify a loved one of where you are sheltering with address and name of others there.
The following are known warming stations available to the public.
Pelham Civic Center
Sports Blast on US 280 at Highway 41
All Hoover Fire Stations
Hoover Public Safety Center at 2020 Valleydale Road
Spain Park High School at 4700 Jaguar Drive
Greystone Elementary School at 300 Village Street
Numerous churches have opened their doors for stranded motorists and others in need.
Updated road forecast
According to the latest weather information from the Emergency Management Administration, the snow is expected to continue until approximately 4:00 p.m. today and temperatures are expected to be 14 or 15 degrees tonight. The roads will get worse throughout the night with ice on all roads.
No one except emergency responders should attempt to travel on the roads from now until the roads thaw. Abandoned cars are preventing emergency services personnel from responding to pressing calls.
Forwarded Information from Shelby County Schools
In light of the severe weather all Shelby county schools are prepared to provide a safe environment until which time parents can pick up their children. If it becomes necessary for students to stay overnight each school will provide an environment in which all will be cared for.
Shelby County Schools will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday Jan. 29th.
The roads and highways in Shelby County continue to worsen and many are impassable due to icing. Many roadways are blocked in Shelby County due to cars blocking the road that have been abandoned by their drivers. Both of these problems are making it difficult for first responders to get where they need to go.
Residents should not attempt to drive on roadways until they improve.
Shelby County Sheriff's deputies are responding to emergency calls as fast as possible. All other calls are being held until regular operations resume.
If you have a true emergency, call 911.
Suspects Charged in Armed Burglary
At approximately 7:30 p.m. on Saturday January 25th, 2014, Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a person shot at a residence in the 31000 block of Alabama Highway 25 in Wilsonville. Upon arrival deputies discovered that the shooting occurred as a result of the homeowner returning home while it was being burglarized. One of the suspects shot the homeowner in the leg and one of the suspects was also shot by the homeowner. Both were treated at the scene and transported to local hospitals.
Shelby County deputies arrested two additional suspects, one at the scene and one who had fled the scene.
Jovan Desha Tompkins, 21 years of age from Wilsonville, Alabama, has been formally charged with Burglary 1st degree and Assault 1st degree. Both charges have a bond of $15,000 for a total bond of $30,000. He is currently being held in the Shelby County Jail.
Christopher Damien Tompkins, 19 years of age from Wilsonville, Alabama, has been formally charged with Burglary 1st degree and Assault 1st degree. Both charges have a bond of $15,000 for a total bond of $30,000. He is currently being held in the Shelby County Jail
The third suspect is still in the hospital recovering from gunshot wounds. Once he is released, Sheriff’s investigators will follow up with charging him appropriately.
For information on the criminal charges of Burglary and Assault, go to the link below and select Title13A Criminal Code and Chapter 6- Offenses Involving Danger to the Person.
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, 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 and it will be located in the “Released in Last 30 Days” section after they bond out.
Sheriff's Administrative Employees
At 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday January 28, 2014, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office closed all administrative Offices due to quickly deteriorating road conditions. Employees should check the Sheriff's Office webpage tonight and tomorrow morning for instructions on open and close times. Right now, the Sheriff's Office will have a delayed opening at 10:00 a.m. for all administrative offices and employees. That is subject to change to a later time depending on weather and roadway conditions.
The public is encouraged to stay off of the roads if at all possible. In cases where driving in absolutely necessary, drive slowly and cautiously.
This weather event was not predicted to be this severe and the Sheriff's Office is transitioning into four wheel drive vehicles to assist the public. Until the roadways clear, the Sheriff's Office will only be responding to emergency calls. If you are involved in an accident and no one is injured, the Sheriff's Office will provide a report as soon as this weather event is over. The Sheriff's Office will respond to vehicle accidents with injuries.
The Sheriff's Office is currently assisting Shelby County schools with closures and the safe exit of children. All children are safe in the schools and parents are encouraged to use caution and be patient.
If you have an emergency, call 911. The Sheriff's Office will respond as quickly as possible.
At 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday January 28, 2014, Shelby County is experiencing a weather event that is making travel unsafe due to icing on the roadways.
Go to www.ShelbyAl.com and under "County news" click on "Current County Road Conditions" for a complete list of road closures in the county. There are a lot of roadways that are already closed and many more expected.
Update for Parents of School Children
Parents with children in Shelby County schools should contact their child's school directly to receive information as to the plan for release of the child. Children still at school are safe and warm. Parents attempting to travel roads to the schools are at risk and then at risk again when they leave the school with the child
Shelby County school administrators and the Shelby County Sheriff's Office are working together to get children home as safely as possible. Until then, children are safest at the school.
At this time, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office is responding to all emergency calls as quickly as possible but hazardous roadway conditions and blocked roadways due to cars left on the roadway are slowing our response.
Four wheel drive vehicles may be able to navigate roadways slowly with an experienced driver. All other cars cannot safely travel due to icing and impede the travel of emergency vehicles responding to calls.
Do not attempt to drive on roadways until conditions improve. Sheriff's deputies are assisting stranded drivers as quickly as possible.