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Missing Juvenile Located Safely
2012-11-27

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office released information about Yolanda Guadalupe Martinez, 16 years of age, as a run-away on November 20, 2012.  Sheriff’s investigators have been searching for her and following up on every lead as to her whereabouts since then.  They were notified this afternoon that Martinez had returned home safely and was in the care of her family.  Investigators will follow up with Martinez and her family and ensure she has not been a victim of a crime.

Sheriff Curry would like to thank everyone who responded with tips as to her location and the many law enforcement officers who helped try and find her.

Herdmont Park Open
2012-11-25

As released earlier today, Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies with Hoover and Pelham police officers and representatives of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) investigated a possible explosive device discovered at the Herdmont Park Sports Complex located on Cahaba Valley Road.  The device was rendered harmless and discovered to be a hoax with no explosives present.

Herdmont Park has been carefully searched and re-opened to the public.  The investigation of this situation continues and anyone with information 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.

Possible Explosive Device Located
2012-11-25

At approximately 7:00 a.m. this morning, Shelby County 911 received a call from a person who reported discovering a suspicious package at the Herdmont Park Sports Complex in the 5400 block of Cahaba Valley Road, also known as Highway 119.  Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene and determined that the package needed to be examined and removed by bomb technicians.  The Hoover Police Department’s explosive ordinance and demolition team is in route to the scene at this time.

Herdmont Park has been closed until this situation is resolved and a thorough search of the park has been completed.  Cahaba Valley Road remains open to local traffic but the public is encouraged to use alternate travel routes while first responders are working in the area.

Anyone with information about this situation 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.

Missing Juvenile
2012-11-20

On Tuesday, November 13, 2012, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office was notified that Yolanda Guadalupe Martinez, 16 years of age, had run away from her residence on Friday November 9, 2012.  Martinez resides in the 100 block of Quincy Lane, in Montevallo, Alabama.  She is described as 5’ 5” tall, weighing approximately 140 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. 

Shelby County Sheriff’s investigators believe that Martinez likely ran away and do not suspect foul play in her disappearance.  She may be accompanied by a male known only as “Miguel”.  Since her disappearance, Sheriff’s investigators have examined a lot of leads and exhausted every possibility trying to locate her.  The Sheriff’s Office is now asking for the public’s help. 

Martinez picture and additional information can be found on the Sheriff’s Office website at www.shelbyso.com by clicking on the “Missing Persons/Persons of Interest” link and selecting her name.  Her information has also been provided to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, who are assisting.

Anyone with information about Yolanda Guadalupe Martinez or her 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.

Sheriff's Office Offers Halloween Safety Tips
2012-10-29

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than twice as many children are killed in pedestrian/ vehicle incidents on Halloween between 4:00 pm and 10:00 pm as compared to the same hours on other days throughout the year.  With this in mind, Sheriff Chris Curry would like to remind everyone of some basic Halloween safety tips.

-Never let your children trick or treat alone.  Older children should go with friends and younger children should be accompanied by an adult.

-Never let younger children approach a home unattended and teach them to never enter a home or car without prior permission from a parent or guardian.

-All children should wear reflective clothing and carry a glow stick or flashlight after dark.

-Make sure that children can see and breathe unrestricted when wearing costumes and masks.  All children’s costumes should be made from flame resistant materials.

-Know where your children are and whom they are with at all times.

-Talk openly with your children about safety practices and do not be afraid to discuss scenarios.

-Teach children to resist any unwanted attention from a stranger by yelling, kicking and screaming “this person is not my father/mother”.

-Parents should inspect all candies and toys their children receive before allowing them to eat or play with it.

For a more comprehensive look at child safety during Halloween, Sheriff Curry would like to invite parents to visit www.safekids.org/our-work/research/reports/halloween-research-report.pdf.  Safe Kids Worldwide is a national leader in the prevention of injuries to children.

Also, anyone who plans on trick-or treating in Shelby County is encouraged to visit our website, Shelbyso.com, before you leave for your outing.  At our homepage you will notice the “Sex Offenders” tab.  Simply click on this tab, and from here you will be able to see who the registered sex offenders are and where they are living.  You will also find some other important information that may be useful to you and your family.  The mapping and address feature found on the website pinpoints exactly where an offender lives.

Have a happy and safe Halloween.  If anyone observes any suspicious activity on Halloween, such as acts of vandalism, they are encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (205)669-4181 or 911 in the case of a true emergency.

Robbery Arrest
2012-10-22

On October 8, 2012, at approximately 11:00 p.m., Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an armed robbery that had just occurred at the Burger King in Chelsea, on U.S. Highwway 280.  Upon arrival, deputies were informed that a masked robber armed with a shotgun met store employees as they were taking the trash out and ordered them back inside.  The suspect then ordered all of the employees to the ground and removed an undisclosed amount of money from the safe before leaving.  No one was physically injured and the suspect left prior to deputies arriving.

On October 22nd, 2012, Shelby County Sheriff’s investigators executed two warrants for arrest on Kenneth Rodriguez Walthall, 25 years of age from Childersburg.  Investigators charged Walthall with Robbery First Degree and Theft of Property Second Degree in the Burger King robbery.  Walthall is currently in the Shelby County Jail with bonds of $60,000 and $15,000 respectively. 

Anyone with information about this case 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.

For information on the charge of Robbery listed above, go to the link below and select Title13A Criminal Code, Chapter 8- Offenses Involving Theft, Article 2 Robbery, and Section 13A-8-41 Robbery in the first 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.

Hit and Run Accident on Highway 280
2012-10-02

At approximately 7:55 p.m. on Monday October 1, 2012, Shelby County 911 received a call reporting a motor vehicle accident and “hit and run” on US Highway 280 close to the Chelsea Crossroads shopping area.  Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies, Alabama State troopers, Chelsea Fire and Rescue and Cahaba Valley Fire and Rescue personnel all responded to assist the driver and clear the roadway.  One occupant was trapped in her vehicle and had to be extricated by fire and rescue personnel before being transported to a local hospital by Lifesaver.  Although her injuries were serious, she is expected to recover.  The accident is being investigated by  State Troopers with the assistance of the Shelby County Traffic Homicide Task Force.

Sheriff’s deputies determined that this was a two car accident and that one of the vehicles left the scene immediately following the wreck.  A witness gave a description of the vehicle that left and at approximately 1:15 a.m. this morning, a Shelby County patrol lieutenant observed the vehicle in a local motel parking lot.  The owner of the vehicle, Jill Michelle McReath, 29 years of age from Sterrett, Alabama, was located at the motel and determined to have been driving the vehicle at the time of the earlier accident.  McReath was arrested for Failing to Immediately Report an Accident and transported to the Shelby County jail where she is being held on $5,000 bond.  Once the investigation is complete, a review of the facts will determine if any additional criminal charges are appropriate.

Anyone with information about this motor vehicle accident 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.

For information on the charge listed above, go to the link below and select Title 32 Motor Vehicles and Traffic, Chapter 10- Motor Vehicle Accidents, and Section 32-10-5, Immediate Reports of Accidents.

 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.

Homicide Investigation Update
2012-09-22

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office previously reported the death of William David Moore, 52 years of age from Alabaster, on Thursday September 20, 2012, and the autopsy report that found his death to be a homicide yesterday.  The victim’s vehicle was located late yesterday in Jackson, Mississippi, where local law enforcement officers took Lamario Brown, 30 years of age from Birmingham, Alabama, into custody.  He was charged with Receiving Stolen Property first degree by Jackson authorities and is being held there without bond.  Shelby County Sheriff’s investigators traveled to Jackson and spoke with local authorities.  Sheriff’s investigators are still trying to determine any connection to Moore’s death.  At this time, there are no charges against Brown in Shelby County.

Investigators will work throughout the weekend to piece the events of Thursday and Friday together. 

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.

This press release will be updated as more information is available.

Homicide Investigation
2012-09-21

As released yesterday, Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a person down in the 1200 block of Highway 26, in Alabaster.  Deputies arrived to find William David Moore, Jr., 52 years of age from Alabaster, deceased in his residence.  An autopsy this morning confirmed that Mr. Moore’s death was not of natural causes and that he was the victim of a homicide.  Sheriff’s investigators have not made an arrest in this case but do not believe this was a random act or that there is any immediate threat to other residents in the area. 

The victim’s 2003 Hummer HU2, black in color with Alabama license number 58G91P0 is missing.  Sheriff’s investigators are actively trying to locate the vehicle and ask that anyone who knows where it is or sees it to contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office or their local law enforcement agency immediately.

Sheriff Curry would like to express his deepest sympathy and condolences to Moore’s family and friends, “I never understand the senseless loss of life, but I do understand the importance of arresting those responsible for it.  As I send my thoughts and prayers to the Moore family, we are working dilligently to identify and arrest whoever did this.  As we have shown in the past, we will not quit until we bring some closure to the family.”

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.

This press release will be updated as more information is available.

Death Investigation
2012-09-20

At approximately 1:30 p.m., on Thursday September 20, 2012, Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a person down in the 1200 block of Highway 26, in Alabaster.  Deputies discovered an adult male deceased in the residence.  Sheriff’s investigators responded to the scene to begin the process of determining the cause of death.  The Shelby County Coroner’s Office also responded to the scene and an autopsy will be performed.  Sheriff’s investigators will await the results of the autopsy.

The deceased identification is being held at this time pending notification of the family.   

This press release will be updated as more information is available.

 
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