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SCDETF Searches Local Business
2012-05-22

On May 14, 2012, the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force (SCDETF) served a search warrant at J-Tec Recycling located at 4795 Highway 11 in Pelham, AL, for several violations of secondary metals recycling law. During the course of the search, investigators recovered business records, transaction records, and other documents regarding the purchases of recyclable metals.

 

Jack Anthony Husted, 57 years of age, of Alexandria, AL, was charged with one count of Record of Purchase. His bond was set at $10,000.

Over the course of the past nine months, the SCDETF received numerous complaints from various Shelby County law enforcement agencies regarding the illegal business practices of secondary metal recyclers.  There is a well known relationship between drug abusers and the theft and sale of metals to recyclers to support their drug activities.  The investigation provided significant evidence of a repeated pattern of improper business practices.  

For information on Alabama law as it relates to recyclers, go to the link below and select Title13A Criminal Code, Chapter 8- Offenses Involving Theft, Article 1A Secondary Metal Recycling, Section 13A-8-31 Record of Purchases.

 

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

Among other things, the law requires recyclers to accurately record the names and addresses of those selling metals, the date of sale and the type and amount of metal sold.

According to Lt. Kevin Turner, Commander of the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force, “We investigated several recycling facilities throughout Shelby County to ensure they were maintaining legible records of transactions. The search of this business is a response by the Task Force to ensure metal recyclers comply with the law.”

 

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 its website, http://dtf.shelbyal.com. Citizens may click on “Tips” and submit their complaint. All information is anonymous.

 

Please direct any questions regarding this press release to Lieutenant Kevin Turner of the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force, at (205) 670-0436 or email at kturner@shelbyso.com.

Domestic Violence Incident
2012-05-21

At approximately 12:00 p.m. on May 20th, 2012, an on-duty Shelby County Sheriff’s deputy was notified by witnesses of a woman being dragged by a vehicle on Alabama Highway 25 in Wilsonville.  At the same time, Shelby County 911 received a report from another witness of the same incident.  The deputy responded to the area and located the victim lying in the parking lot of a local business.  Paramedics were notified and transported the victim to a local hospital with serious injuries.

Sheriff’s investigators are treating this as a crime of domestic violence and looking for the victim’s estranged boyfriend. Kirt Bernard Benson, 32 years of age from Wilsonville, is wanted in connection with the assault on the victim and investigators have two warrants for his arrest; one for Domestic Violence 2nd degree and one for Violation of a Protection from Abuse Order. 

Anyone with information about Benson’s whereabouts 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.

The victim is recovering at a local hospital and investigators are still interviewing her.  Once they review all of the facts in this case additional charges may be filed.

For information on the charge listed above, go to the link below and select Title13A Criminal Code, Chapter 6- Offenses Involving Danger to the Person, Article 7 Domestic Violence, Section 13A-6-131 Domestic Violence 2nd degree.

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

Inmates Treated for Drinking Hand Sanitizer
2012-05-21

On Sunday May 20th, 2012, Shelby County corrections officers noticed several working inmates in the jail kitchen behaving strangely.  It was determined that four of the inmates assigned to the kitchen had ingested hand sanitizer for the alcohol contained in it.  All four of the inmates were taken to the emergency room at Shelby Baptist Medical Center for treatment.  Three of the inmates were treated and returned to the jail while the fourth inmate was admitted to the hospital for further treatment overnight.  He is expected to return to the jail today.

The appropriate steps are being taken to remove hand sanitizer with alcohol from the jail.  Ingesting hand sanitizer, or any product not designed for human consumption, is extremely dangerous.

Identities Released from Lakes Of Inverness Apartment
2012-05-08

At approximately 5:00 p.m. on Monday May 7th, 2012, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office responded to a "shots fired" call where a person was reported shot at an apartment in the Lakes of Inverness apartments, which is located on Cahaba Beach Road off of US Highway 280. Upon arrival, deputies were unable to make contact with anyone in the apartment. A perimeter was established and residents in surrounding apartments were evacuated. Entry to and exit from the complex was blocked by Sheriff's deputies and Hoover police officers until it could be determined if it was safe for residents.

After many attempts to contact the residents of the apartment, Shelby County deputies entered the apartment and discovered two people deceased; an adult male and an adult female. Deputies also located a young child physically unharmed and the child was checked by paramedics before being united with family members.

The deceased have been identified by the Shelby County Coroner as Marquavious Deondre Anderson, 20 years of age from Birmingham, and Linh Tuyet Tran, 20 years of age also from Birmingham.  Autopsies are being conducted today and an official report as to the cause and manner of their deaths is pending but both subjects suffered from gunshot wounds. 

Sheriff Curry would like to express his sympathy to the Anderson and Tran families.  “This is a tragic event that goes beyond understanding.  My heart goes out to the relatives and friends who must come to terms with this unfortunate circumstance”, said Curry.

Sheriff Curry would also like to thank the Hoover and Birmingham Police Departments for their assistance today.

Anyone with information about this investigation 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.

Update on Lakes of Inverness Apartments
2012-05-07

At approximately 5:06 p.m. on Monday May 7th, 2012, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office responded to a "shots fired" call where a person was reported shot at an apartment in the Lakes of Inverness apartments.  Upon arrival, deputies were unable to determine if anyone was in the apartment.  A perimeter was established and residents in surrounding apartments were evacuated.  Entry to and exit from the complex was blocked by Sheriff's deputies and Hoover police officers until it could be determined if it was safe for residents.

After many attempts to contact the residents of the apartment, Shelby County deputies entered the apartment and discovered two people deceased; an adult male and an adult female.  Deputies also located a young child physically unharmed and the child was checked by paramedics before being united with family members.

The names of the deceased are being withheld pending positive identification and notification of family members by the Shelby County Coroner.  Sheriff's investigators remain on-scene trying to determine what led to the shooting.

Sheriff Curry would like to express his condolences to the family of the deceased.  He would also like to thank the Hoover and Birmingham Police Departments for their assistance today.

Anyone with information about this investigation 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.

Update at Lakes of Inverness
2012-05-07

The situation remains unchanged in the apartment at the Lakes of Inverness Apartments.  The Sheriff's Office has taken the necessary steps to try and protect the residents of the complex while trying to investigate the original "shots fired" call and render aid to anyone who may have been injured.

Residents in some of the complex are being allowed to return home at this time.  Residents who live on Springfield Loop East, Springfield Loop West and Huntcliff Road are still not being allowed to return home.  All other residents may return to their homes.

While Sheriff Curry regrets any inconvenience to the residents, the steps being taken are necessary.   Please avoid the area if at all possible.  Pedestrians walking on Cahaba Beach Road are putting themselves and law enforcement at risk with darkness and heavy traffic and asked to remain in their cars or find a safer place to wait.

Media crews and reporters are staging at the Home Depot parking lot just above the complex, where updates and statements will be given.

Lakes at Inverness
2012-05-07

At 5:06 today's date, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office received a report of a shooting with a person shot at the Lakes of Inverness Apartments, previously known as Cahaba Lakes.  Deputies immediately responded to the area and have established a perimeter around a building/apartment within the complex. It is not known at this time if anyone has been shot but all precautions are being taken.  At this time, no one is being allowed in or out of the complex for their own safety and until such time that this incident is resolved.

Our first concern is for any possible victim(s) of the reported shooting and secondly the safety and well being of the other residents of the complex.

Deputies have been attempting to make contact with the caller or other party within the apartment.

Residents and local traffic is strongly encouraged to avoid the area until this situation has ended.

Media outlets are being asked to send their crews and reporters to the Home Depot parking lot where this statement will be updated.

Death Investigation
2012-05-04

On Friday May 4th, 2012, at 11:30 a.m., the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Pelham Police stating they located a deceased individual in a vehicle in the 1300 block of Ballantrae Club Drive.  This location is within the Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction.  Shelby County deputies arrived on the scene at 11:47 a.m.  The Pelham Fire Department and the Shelby County Coroner’s Office responded to the scene.  

The deceased has been identified by the Coroner as Mark Joseph Bellinger, 52 years of age from Destin, Florida.  An autopsy is scheduled and the cause and manner of death will remain pending until this investigation is completed.

 

For further information related to this investigation please consult the Okaloosa County, Florida’s press release titled, “Former TDC Director Investigation” at:

 

http://www.sheriff-okaloosa.org/news-room/news-releases-2012/

 

Anyone with information about this investigation 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.

Burglary Thwarted and Burglars Arrested
2012-05-03

At approximately 2:10 a.m. on May 2nd, 2012, Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies observed three individuals acting suspiciously within the fenced-in area of a local self-storage business in the 14000 block of US Highway 280, in Chelsea.  Deputies observed that all three were wearing ski masks and one person was carrying a large bolt cutting tool commonly used to cut locks and chains.  Deputies entered the fence to identify the individuals only to discover that a number of locks had been cut off of storage units and that at least one vehicle had been broken into.  The individuals fled on foot.  Additional deputies responded to the business and a perimeter was established while a search of the area was conducted.

Two suspects with ski masks, matching the descriptions of two of the individuals first observed by deputies, were located hiding in woods adjacent to the self-storage business and taken into custody.  A cell phone was located with the suspects.

While the area was being searched, deputies observed a vehicle approach the back entrance of the business with a female driver and male passenger crouched down in the passenger seat.   The vehicle was stopped a short distance away and both occupants were detained.  A cell phone was discovered in the vehicle that established a connection with the two suspects already in custody. 

Condarius Tremayne Marbury, 19 years of age from Sylacauga, Al., was arrested and has been charged with five counts of Burglary 3rd degree, each having a $15,000 bond.  He is currently in the Shelby County Jail and his total bond is $75,000.

Nelson Rashad Seals, 18 years of age from Sylacauga, Al., was arrested and has been charged with five counts of Burglary 3rd degree, each having a $15,000 bond.  He is currently in the Shelby County Jail and his total bond is $75,000.

Robert Octavius Barber, 25 years of age from Sycamore, Al., was arrested and has been charged with five counts of Burglary 3rd degree, each having a $50,000 bond.  He is currently in the Shelby County Jail and his total bond is $250,000.

Danesha Davine Phillips, 21 years of age from Sylacauga, Al., was arrested and has been charged with five counts of Burglary 3rd degree, each having a $15,000 bond.  She is currently in the Shelby County Jail and her total bond is $75,000.

Sheriff’s investigators have identified a total of 20 storage units that were broken into and are in the process of contacting all of the victims.  Additional arrest warrants are likely forthcoming.

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.

Drug Take Back April 28, 2012
2012-05-02

On April 28, 2012, the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force (SCDETF), the Pelham Police Department, and the Shelby County Drug Free Coalition participated in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s “National Take Back Initiative.”  The purpose of this program is to give citizens the opportunity to turn in unused, expired, or unwanted over-the-counter or prescription medications to law enforcement. The event was held at the Target in the Alabaster Promenade, the Pelham Police Department, the Greystone YMCA on US 280, and the Winn-Dixie on Valleydale Road. SCDETF investigators, as well as volunteers from the Drug Free Coalition and the McWhorter School of Pharmacy collected 291 pounds of unused medication.

SCDETF Commander Lt. Kevin Turner states, “On behalf of the Drug Task Force and the Shelby County Drug Free Coalition, I would like to thank our supporters, from the participants, to the volunteers, and to everyone that spread the word about the National Take Back Initiative. We are very pleased with the response from the community, and appreciate the opportunity to bring awareness to prescription drug abuse.”

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 its website, http://dtf.shelbyal.com. Citizens may click on “Tips” and submit their complaint. All information is anonymous.

Please direct any questions regarding this press release to Lt. Turner at (205) 670-0436 or email at kturner@shelbyso.com.

 
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