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I-65 Reopen
2012-03-30

At approximately 10:30 a.m. I-65 southbound from mile marker 231 to mile marker 228 was closed.  At this time I-65 in both directions is open to normal traffic.  Motorists are urged to continue to use extreme caution as they travel.

Update on Interstate 65 closing
2012-03-30

At approximately 10:00 a.m. this morning, a local man wanted on numerous felony warrants was taken into custody on Interstate 65 southbound near the 230 mile marker by the US Marshal Service’s Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force and Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies.  Task Force members used deadly force to apprehend the suspect.  No Task Force member was injured.  The suspect was treated at the scene and flown to UAB hospital in Birmingham for his injuries.  The suspect’s name cannot be released at this time.  Interstate 65 southbound was temporarily closed due to this incident and remains closed at this time.  Northbound I 65 lanes remain open.  Notification of the re-opening of southbound I 65 will be sent via press release. 

There are no other suspects being sought in the area.

Shelby County Sheriff Chris Curry would like to thank the following supporting agencies: City of Calera, City of Alabaster, City of Pelham, Alabama Department of Transportation and the Alabama Department of Public Safety. 

No additional information is available at this time as the Alabama Bureau of Investigation continues their investigation.

I65 Closed In Calera
2012-03-30

For Immediate Release

 

10:30am

For law enforcement purposes, I-65 southbound from mile marker 231 to mile marker 228 is closed.  Motorists are encouraged to slow down and follow law enforcement direction.   

 

Those traveling south on I-65 can use exit 231 to access U.S. Hwy 31 south.   Further information will be released when it is available.

Jeffrey Scott Atkins Arrested
2012-03-30

On Wednesday March 28, 2012, the Shelby County Board of Education contacted the Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR) and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office to request assistance with an investigation of possible inappropriate contact between a teacher at Oak Mountain Middle School and a student.  A Sheriff’s deputy responded to DHR for the initial report and requested that criminal investigators respond as well.  Investigators determined that communication between the teacher and the student using phone texts and social media outlets was sexual in nature.  Based on this information, investigators attempted to find the teacher for questioning on Wednesday. He was eventually located and detained in Montgomery County early Thursday morning. 

 

Jeffrey Scott Atkins, a teacher and band director at Oak Mountain Middle School, 38 years of age from Alabaster, has been arrested and charged with the following crimes.  He remains in the Shelby County Jail with bonds totalling $555,000.

 

·         3 counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree.  Each count has a bond set at $100,000.

 

·         1 count of Enticing a Child to Enter a Vehicle, House, etc., for Immoral Purposes. Bond set at $100,000.

 

·         1 count of Electronic Solicitation of a Child.  Bond set at $150,000.

 

·         1 count of School Employee having Sexual Contact with a student Under the Age of 19 Years. Bond set at $5,000.

 

For information on the charges listed above, go to the link below and select Title13A Criminal Code, Chapter 6- Offenses Involving Danger to the Person and sections 13A-6-66, 13A-6-69, 13A-6-82 and 13A-6-122.

 

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

 

Sheriff Curry reminds parents to remain vigilant in checking their children’s phones, computers, and social media accounts frequently for any inappropriate contact or activity.  Child predators commonly use these means to take advantage of unsuspecting children.  “This case, while still under investigation, reaffirms how carefully we have to guard our children and protect them from the perils of this world”, said Sheriff Curry.  Also, the Sheriff would like to thank the law enforcement agencies who helped locate Atkins.

 

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, 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.

Fraud Investigation Arrest
2012-03-23

On Wednesday, March 21, 2012, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office investigators received a complaint that an individual in north Shelby County was using deceptive and fraudulent business practices to defraud investors and homeowners in mortgage and real estate deals.  Sheriff’s investigators discovered that there may be a number of local victims and alerted the Alabama Securities Commission.  On Thursday March 22, 2012, Sheriff’s investigators served a search warrant at a residence in the 4000 block of Milner Road, which is in the Greystone Farms neighborhood and seized evidence in this case. 

 

Kevin Jerome Brown, 41 years of age from Hoover, has subsequently been charged with Theft by Deception 1st degree with a bond of $30,000 and Resisting Arrest with a bond of $500.  Brown remains in the Shelby County Jail.

 

Investigators believe that Brown has produced fraudulent promissory notes, created fictitious real estate opportunities and issued fake land titles that may have targeted retired and senior citizens.

 

Anyone who believes they may be a victim of Brown’s or who has information about his business schemes 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.

 

Accidental Death
2012-03-20

This morning at approximately 10:15 a.m., Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a person possibly drowning in Lay Lake close to Spring Creek Camp Road in the community of Shelby.  Deputies arrived to discover witnesses attempting to resuscitate the victim, Mr. Fred Lewis Kilgore, 70 years of age from Sylvan Springs.  Sheriff’s deputies and paramedics from Southeast Shelby Rescue also attempted to revive the victim without success and he was pronounced dead on the scene.

Sheriff Curry would like to express his sincere condolences to the Kilgore family and their friends for the loss.  He would also like to thank the witnesses who pulled Mr. Kilgore from the water and began CPR until deputies and paramedics arrived.

Sheriff’s investigators and Shelby County Coroner Dianne Hawkins responded to the scene and began investigating the circumstances leading up to Mr. Kilgore’s death.  At this point, it appears that Mr. Kilgore’s death was accidental.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office directly at (205)669-4181.

Neighborhood Watch app for Smartphones
2012-03-07

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce that we have joined the National Sheriff’s Association’s (NSA) Neighborhood Watch (NW) program.  Of note to the residents of Shelby County, this partnership offers another way citizens can communicate with us; an application (app) for smartphones.  Designed by the developers of NSA's National Neighborhood Watch Toolkit and training program, the Neighborhood Watch app allows citizens to instantly report community concerns to the Sheriff’s Office.

 

The NW app has dynamic reporting capabilities including options to add photos and text.  Linked to a proprietary database of law enforcement agencies from throughout the country, the NW app enables citizens to report neighborhood concerns or just ask questions of their local law enforcement agency. 

 

The NW app also offers innovative features such as mini training videos, and tips on starting, revitalizing or expanding your local neighborhood watch program.  Additionally, the 'Ask the Expert' section allows users to query national crime prevention and NSA Neighborhood Watch experts on topics of interest.

 

With this official Neighborhood Watch app there is no law enforcement agency subscription fee or any monthly fees.  The only charge associated with this program is a $1.99 app fee charged by the app stores (iPhone, Blackberry, Android) to users who download the app.

 

Citizens may purchase the NW app by visiting the app store for their type of smartphone and searching for "Official Neighborhood Watch App," or going to www.nwapp.org and clicking on the icon that corresponds to their phone. 

 

Questions or requests for additional information can be directed to the NSA’s Neighborhood Watch program at (972) 576-8662 or Captain Ken Burchfield at (205)670-6286.

Hand Grenade and other Explosives Recovered
2012-03-06

At approximately 1:30 p.m. today, Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a business in the 12000 block of Old Highway 280 after an employee reported locating a hand grenade and two other explosive devices in an abandoned storage facility.  After deputies safely secured the area, Hoover Police Department’s bomb squad (EOD) responded and took possession of all three explosives.  The area has been re-opened to the public.

Sheriff Curry would like to thank the Hoover police officers who responded to help us make this dangerous situation safe.

An investigation into the history of the explosives is ongoing at this time.

Correction Officer Resigns
2012-02-29

In early February of this year, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from an inmate alleging misconduct of a correction officer.  Correctional administrators and Sheriff’s investigators immediately began an investigation and discovered that the correction officer had indeed violated established policies and procedures.  Twinica Newton, a Shelby County correction officer for seven years, submitted her resignation on February 15th after being questioned about the complaint.  The Sheriff’s Office has now completed its internal investigation.

Following standard procedure, Sheriff Curry formally requested that the Alabama Bureau of Investigation (ABI) review this matter for possible criminal violations.  That investigation is on-going at this time.

For further information, contact the Alabama Bureau of Investigation.

Meth Lab Eradicated on 1/31/12
2012-02-01

Investigators at the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force (SCDETF) received a call from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office regarding a possible methamphetamine laboratory. Sheriff’s Deputies conducted a traffic stop on Ploughman Circle in Harpersville and found the driver of the vehicle, Joshua Alan Cannon, to have multiple warrants for his arrest.

After securing Joshua Alan Cannon, Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputies discovered articles believed to be used to manufacture methamphetamine, and contacted the Drug Task Force. Investigators with the Drug Task Force responded to the scene where they located an active methamphetamine lab in the vehicle.

Joshua Alan Cannon, 33 years of age from Harpersville, was charged with First Degree Unlawful Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance with a bond of $100,000 and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia with a bond $1,000.

According to Lt. Kevin Turner, Commander of SCDETF, “Thanks to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputies’ partnership with the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force, and to the Deputies’ training and experience that allowed them to identify the ingredients and components of a meth lab, which prevented this individual from endangering the citizens of Shelby County by distributing or consuming his product.”

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 the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office’s website, www.shelbyso.com. Citizens may click “Report Criminal Activity” and submit their complaint in the field labeled “Narcotics”.  All information is anonymous.

Direct any questions regarding this press release to Lieutenant Kevin Turner of the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force, at (205) 670-0436.

 
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