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Increased Reward for Carrie Elaine Gentry Information
2012-04-09

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is announcing an increased reward in the investigation of Carrie Elaine Gentry’s disappearance.  Ms. Gentry has been missing since March 29th, 2012.  The cash reward available for information that helps solve this missing person’s case has been doubled and could now result in a tipster receiving up to $10,000.  Specifically, Sheriff’s investigators need information regarding Ms. Gentry’s whereabouts or the location of her automobile, a silver 2002 Lexus RX300 with Alabama tag number 58G19T1.

Anyone with information about the disappearance of Carrie Elaine Gentry, the location of her automobile or any other information regarding this case is encouraged to contact CrimeStoppers by calling (205)254-7777 or by going to the CrimeStoppers webpage at www.metrocrimetips.com.  Tips can be submitted online by selecting the “Submit A Tip” button and completing the tip form.  All calls and on-line tip submissions are completely anonymous.  You DO NOT have to give your name and you may receive a cash reward if your tip helps investigators solve this missing person’s case.

For more information on Ms. Gentry’s disappearance, please visit the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office webpage at www.ShelbySO.com and click on the “Current News” button for related press releases.

Shelby County Sheriff’s investigators may be reached at (205)669-4181, or through our website at www.ShelbySO.com by clicking on the “Report Criminal Activity” link and choosing the “General Information” category.

Reward for Carrie Elaine Gentry Information
2012-04-05

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is announcing the offer of a reward in the investigation of Carrie Elaine Gentry’s disappearance.  Ms. Gentry has been missing since March 28th, 2012.  An amount of up to $5,000 cash reward is available for information that helps solve this missing person’s case.  Specifically, Sheriff’s investigators need information regarding Ms. Gentry’s whereabouts or the location of her automobile, a silver 2002 Lexus RX300 with Alabama tag number 58G19T1.

Anyone with information about the disappearance of Carrie Elaine Gentry, the location of her automobile or any other information regarding this case is encouraged to contact CrimeStoppers by calling (205)254-7777 or by going to the CrimeStoppers webpage at www.metrocrimetips.com.  Tips can be submitted online by selecting the “Submit A Tip” button and completing the tip form.  All calls and on-line tip submissions are completely anonymous.  You DO NOT have to give your name and you may receive a cash reward if your tip helps investigators solve this missing person’s case.

For more information on Ms. Gentry’s disappearance, please visit the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office webpage at www.ShelbySO.com and click on the “Current News” button for related press releases.

Shelby County Sheriff’s investigators may be reached at (205)669-4181, or through our website at www.ShelbySO.com by clicking on the “Report Criminal Activity” link and choosing the “General Information” category.

Update on Missing Person, Carrie Elaine Gentry
2012-04-02

2012-04-02
On March 29th, 2012, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a missing Shelby County resident.  Carrie Elaine Gentry, a 64 year old female from Chelsea, was reported last seen at approximately 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday March 28th.  She is described as 5’8” tall, approximately 185 pounds with brown hair and green eyes.  Gentry has no known medical issues that would explain her disappearance ,and her friends and family state this is very uncharacteristic. 

Gentry’s vehicle is also missing.  It is a 2002 Lexus RX300, silver in color with Alabama tag number 58G19T1.

Shelby County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, along with aerial support from The Alabama Department of Public Safety, have conducted extensive searches in the areas Ms. Gentry was last known to be.  Members of the City of Calera dive team have also assisted in a search of a nearby pond and stream.

Carrie Elaine Gentry’s 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.  A photo of a vehicle similar to the one Ms. Gentry owns will also be located here.

Information for Ms. Gentry may also be found on Facebook at The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office page.  Simply visit Facebook.com and search for Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.  The public is encouraged to “Like” the Sheriff’s Office page so they will receive continuous updates related to this case.  The public may also post comments to our updates related to the search for Ms. Gentry.

We need your help.  Anyone with information about Gentry 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 Curry will be available to provide additional information on the search for Ms. Gentry at 3:00 p.m. today, April 2nd, at the Chelsea City Hall located at 1611 Chelsea Rd.

Missing Person
2012-03-30

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office needs the public’s help in trying to locate a missing Shelby County resident.  Carrie Elaine Gentry, a 64 year old lady from Chelsea, has been missing since approximately 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday March 28th.  She is desribed as 5’8” tall, approximately 185 pounds with brown hair and green eyes.  Gentry has no known medical issues that would explain her disappearance and her friends and family state this is very uncharacteristic.  She is also a local pastor at St. Peter's Anglican Church on Montevallo Road in Birmingham.

Gentry’s vehicle is also missing.  It is a 2002 Lexus RX300, silver in color with Alabama tag number 58G19T1.

Carrie Elaine Gentry’s 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.

We need your help.  Anyone with information about Gentry 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.

 

Arrest Update 03/30/2012
2012-03-30

As reported earlier today, 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.  Todd Sterling Miller, 43 years of age from Alabaster, has been arrested for the following charges and is currently receiving medical treatment at UAB hospital.

·         1 count of Assault first degree with a bond of $1,000,000.

·         1 count of Attempted Murder with a bond of $1,000,000.

·         4 separate counts of Probation Violation on the original charge of Receiving Stolen Property with a “No Bond” on each count.

Interstate 65 southbound near Calera was closed for approximately four hours today after Miller was apprehended but has since been re-opened.

The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is investigating every aspect of this arrest and all questions should be directed to their office.

Missing Person
2012-03-30

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office needs the public’s help in trying to locate a missing Shelby County resident.  Carrie Elaine Gentry, a 64 year old lady from Chelsea, has been missing since approximately 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday March 28th.  She is desribed as 5’8” tall, approximately 185 pounds with brown hair and green eyes.  Gentry has no known medical issues that would explain her disappearance and her friends and family state this is very uncharacteristic.  She is also a local pastor at St. Peter's Anglican Church on Montevallo Road in Birmingham.

Gentry’s vehicle is also missing.  It is a 2002 Lexus RX300, silver in color with Alabama tag number 58G19T1.

Carrie Elaine Gentry’s 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.

We need your help.  Anyone with information about Gentry 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.

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.

 
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