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Death Investigation
2011-09-27

On Wednesday September 21, 2011, at approximately 11:40 p.m., Shelby County 911 received a call about an unresponsive female at a residence in the 7000 block of Shelby County Highway 51 in Sterrett. First responders from Regional Paramedic Service (RPS), Westover Fire Department, and Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies all went to the home to try and offer assistance.  The female was transported to Shelby Baptist Medical Center for treatment.  On September 22, 2011, the Sheriff’s Office was notified that the female, Sonya S. Derossett, 49 years of age, died at the hospital.  Ms. Derossett’s death is currently being reviewed by Sheriff’s investigators and an autopsy has been conducted to help determine her cause of death.  The autopsy results are pending the return of the toxicology report.

 

Sheriff Curry would like to express his sincere condolences to Derossett’s family and friends. 

 

If anyone would like to speak with a Sheriff’s Office investigator about Ms. Derossett’s death, they are urged to contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office directly at (205)669-4181, through the recorded 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 and Arson Investigation
2011-09-27

On Thursday September 22, 2011, North Shelby Fire and Rescue responded to a residence in the 5000 block of Indian Valley Road to investigate a fire alarm.  Upon arrival, they determined that smoke was coming from the residence and quickly extinguished the fire.  The home was unoccupied during the fire.  Sheriff’s deputies who responded to the scene with the fire department determined that the home had been burglarized as well.  Sheriff’s Office and State Fire Marshal’s Office investigators were called to the home to investigate the burglary and fire.  Evidence collected from the scene is being examined and the fire is under further investigation.

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.  

Death Investigation-Drowning
2011-09-19

On Sunday, September 18, 2011, at approximately 3:20 p.m., Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies responded to assist Southeast Shelby Fire and Rescue personnel with a possible drowning at a private lake on Arabian Road, in Columbiana.  Upon arrival deputies discovered that the victim, Sandra D. Burttram, 65 years of age from Columbiana, Al., was being treated by fire-medics.  Their attempts to revive Burttram were unsuccessful and she was later pronounced dead.  Shelby County investigators and the Shelby County Coroner’s Office responded to the scene.  Burttram’s death and the circumstances surrounding it are being reviewed and an autopsy is pending.

Sheriff Curry and all of the first responders present would like to express their condolences and sympathy to the Burttram family.

Drug Search Warrant
2011-09-09

On September 08, 2011, Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force (SCDETF) agents served a search warrant at the Rhythm Food Mart located at 8000 Highway 31 in Calera, AL.  Task force agents recovered Salvia Divinorum or what is commonly known as “serenity” or “fake weed” and drug paraphernalia used for smoking the Salvia, prescription medications, and a firearm. Further investigation revealed both offenders possessed fraudulent identification and were in the U.S. illegally. Task Force agents requested the help of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, who we share a strong partnership with.

 

Kaushi Kkumar Patel, 29 years of age, from Calera, AL, was charged with five counts of felony Unlawful Possession of Certain Chemical Compounds, two counts of Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 2nd degree.  His bond is set at $107,000.

 

Aniruddh Ghanshyam Patel, 26 years of age, from McKenzie, TN, has been charged with felony Unlawful Possession of Certain Chemical Compounds and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. His bond is set at $16,000.

 

According to Lt. Kevin Turner, SCDETF Commander, “Over the course of the past year, the Task Force has received numerous complaints about stores throughout Shelby County selling illegal marijuana substitutes. The Task Force takes all of these complaints seriously and targets those businesses who illegally sell these substances. 

Store owners and operators are required to know what they can and cannot sell.”

 

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 Task Force encourages citizens to report illegal activity by phone (205-670-0436) or by visiting the website below.  Citizens may click on “Report Criminal Activity” and submit their complaint in the field labeled “Narcotics”.  All information is anonymous.

 

For more information on the suspects, including their picture, go to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office’s website, www.shelbyso.com, and click on the inmate locator link.  Direct any questions regarding this press release to Lt. Kevin Turner, Task Force Commander, at (205) 670-0436.

Burglary Suspects Arrested
2011-08-13

On Wednesday August 10, 2011, at approximately 3:00 p.m., Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a residence in the 4000 block of Bent River Lane in reference to several burglaries in the area. Evidence was gathered at the scenes which ultimately lead Shelby County investigators to the suspects.

Jamarco D. Snider, 20 years of age, and Eric E. James Jr., 19 years of age, both of Pinson, Alabama were charged with four counts of Burglary 3rd degree with bond amounts totaling $400,000 each.  Snider was arrested within two hours of deputies responding to the scene.

Sheriff Curry would like to thank the community, who gave investigators valuable information that lead to these arrests. 

 

For information on the charges listed above, go to the link below and select Title13A Criminal Code, Chapter 7- Offenses Involving DamageTo and Intrusion upon Property, Article 1- Burglary, Section 13A-7-7, Burglary in the Third Degree, Section 13A-7-8.

 http://www.legislature.state.al.us/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 has been booked into the facility.  An inmate’s information who has been released within the last 30 days may be located by selecting the “Released in Last 30 Days” button.

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.

Accidental Drowning
2011-07-27

On July 26, 2011, Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputies, along with RPS and Montevallo Fire/Rescue, responded to an accidental drowning call in the 5800 block of Highway 10 in the Pea Ridge community. On arrival deputies found an unresponsive 4 year old female and immediately began assisting with CPR. Further investigation revealed that she had accidentally fallen into a neighbor’s pool. The child was transported by RPS to Shelby Baptist Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.  

Meth Lab Located
2011-07-22

On July 20, 2011 members the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office served an arrest warrant at a residence in the 100 block of Horseback trail in the Shelby community.  During the arrest, deputies observed several items related to the sale and manufacturing of narcotics and requested that the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force (SCDETF) respond to assist in the investigation.  Agents with the SCDETF responded to the residence with a search warrant and upon conclusion of their investigation have charged Dewey Lane Lowery, 37 years of age with Unlawful Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance with a $1,000,000 bond, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with a $15,000 bond, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana with a $1,000 bond and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia with a $1,000 bond.            

 
Lowery was also served the original warrant of Domestic Violence 2nd degree with a bond of $15,000 and a second warrant for a Probation Violation that has no bond from previous charges he received in March 2011.

 

Ena Marie Pate has also been charged with Unlawful Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance with a $100,000 bond, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with a $15,000 bond, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana with a $1,000 bond and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia with a $1,000 bond.                               

 

Lt. Chris George, Commander of the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force states, “It is always disappointing to see how drugs, more specifically meth, can consume a person.”

 

To view a Shelby County 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.

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, and the Alabama Air National Guard.  The SCDETF is funded by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and the Shelby County Commission.

Update on Pharmacy Burglaries
2011-06-22

In the early hours of Tuesday, June 21, 2011, Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an alarm call at the Walgreens located in the 4400 block of Valleydale Road.  Upon arrival, they discovered that someone had knocked out one of the windows and made entry into the business.  They also located a suspicious vehicle behind the store.  A short time later, deputies located Zachary Reed Lott, 21 years of age from Pelham, hiding in a neighborhood adjacent to the Walgreens.  He was detained for questioning without incident. A short time later, deputies and investigators discovered that someone had also attempted to break into the Walgreens on Doug Baker Boulevard and the RiteAid on in the 4500 block of Valleydale Road.

 

Zachary Reed Lott has now been formally charged with three counts of Possession of Burglars Tools, three counts of Criminal Mischief 1st degree and one count of Burglary 3rd degree.  He is currently in the Shelby County Jail and his bonds total $70,000.

 

At this time, investigators do not believe that any narcotics were stolen during the burglary or attempted burglaries.

 

For information on the charges listed above, go to the link below and select Title13A Criminal Code, Chapter 7- Offenses Involving DamageTo and Intrusion upon Property, Article 1- Burglary, Section 13A-7-7, Burglary in the Third Degree, Section 13A-7-8, Possession of Burglar’s Tools, and Article 2-Criminal Damage to Property, Section 13A-7-21, Criminal mischief in the 1st degree.

 

 http://www.legislature.state.al.us/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 has been booked into the facility.

 

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.

Pharmacy Burglary Investigations
2011-06-21

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating several pharmacy burglaries or attempted burglaries that occurred last night and during the early hours of Tuesday June 21, 2011.  Sheriff’s deputies and investigators are at the pharmacies with store managers determining what if anything was stolen. The pharmacies include:

 

Walgreens-     4400 block of Valleydale Road

 

Walgreens-     100 block of Doug Baker Boulevard

 

Rite-Aid-         4500 block of Valleydale Road        

 

A suspect in these burglaries has been detained and investigators are in the process of determining whether they have the person responsible or not. 

 

The Pelham police department is also investigating a similar burglary that occurred within their jurisdiction last night.

 

This release will be updated as more information becomes available or when a suspect is formally charged with these crimes.  The investigation is ongoing at this time.

 

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.

Accidental Death
2011-06-13

On June 13, 2011, at approximately 11:08 a.m., Shelby County 911 received an emergency assistance call in reference to an injured person at a residence on Shelby County Road 77 in the Kingdom community. Deputies arrived on scene and found Mr. Alfred Donald Horton of Columbiana deceased. Mr. Horton was performing tree maintenance at the residence and suffered fatal injuries after being pinned between two fallen trees. His death is believed to be accidental.

 
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