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Free Car-Seat Inspections Currently On-going
2011-12-16

Today, Friday December 16th, until 4:00pm Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a child safety/car seat inspection at the Chelsea Wal-Mart.  Sheriff’s Office personnel have partnered with Children’s of Alabama (formerly Children’s Hospital), Wal-Mart and the City of Chelsea to provide this free event to the public.  Newly certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians (CPST’s) from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Pelham Police Department, Alabaster Fire Department, Alabama Fire College and Mountain Brook Fire Department are on hand to inspect children’s car-seats and demonstrate how to properly install them.  Chelsea Fire and Rescue personnel are also on-hand to assist these new CPST’s with the inspections and demonstrations.

Wal-Mart in Chelsea is located at 16077 Highway 280, Chelsea, Alabama 35043.

Free car-seat inspections
2011-12-15

In partnership with Children’s of Alabama (formerly Children’s Hospital), Wal-Mart and the City of Chelsea, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce a child safety/car seat inspection for the public this Friday, December 16, 2011, between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. at the Chelsea Wal-Mart.  Newly certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians (CPST’s) from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Pelham Police Department, Alabaster Fire Department, Alabama Fire College and Mountain Brook Fire Department will all be on hand to inspect children’s car-seats and demonstrate how to properly install them.  Chelsea Fire and Rescue personnel will be on-hand to assist these new CPST’s with the inspections and demonstrations.

Wal-Mart in Chelsea is located at 16077 Highway 280, Chelsea, Alabama 35043.

Statistics from SafeKids.org

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death to children 3-14 in the United States.  During 2009, there were a total of 33,803 fatalities.   Children under 14 accounted for 1,314 deaths (4%).

Fatalities represent only the tip of the iceberg. For every fatality, approximately 18 children are hospitalized and more than 400 receive medical treatment.

Research on the effectiveness of child safety seats has found them to reduce fatal injury by 71% for infants younger than 1 year of age and by 54% for toddlers ages 1-4. Children ages 2-6 years old in child safety seats (including child restraints and belt positioning booster seats) are approximately 28% less likely to receive a fatal injury than those using safety belts alone.

When children ride in a rear vehicle seat they reduce their injury risk by 64% for newborns to 8 year olds and 31% for 9-12 year olds. It appears to be a norm now that young children ride in vehicle back seats as observation studies from 2008 found that 99% of infants and 92% of children 1-3 and 89% of children 4-7 ride in back seats.

In a study observing the misuse of 3,442 child restraint systems in six states, approximately 73% of seats showed at least one critical misuse.

84% of child restraints showed critical misuses. Booster seat misuse was 41%.

The most common form of misuse for all child restraints included loose safety belt attachment to the child restraint and loose harness straps securing the child to the child restraint system.

Sheriff Curry would like to encourage everyone who transports children to take advantage of this opportunity to have their car seat and its installation inspected by these specially trained CPST deputies and first responders.

You do not have to register to participate in the inspection and proper installation of your child’s car seat is completely free.  The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, with its many partners, will be holding routine car-seat inspections around the County throughout 2012.

For more information, or if you have specific questions, contact Sergeant Tim Billingsley at (205)669-8884.

Free car-seat inspections
2011-12-14

In partnership with Children’s of Alabama (formerly Children’s Hospital) and Wal-Mart, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce a child safety/car seat inspection for the public this Friday, December 16, 2011, between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. at the Chelsea Wal-Mart.  Child Passenger Safety Technicians (CPST’s) from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Pelham Police Department, Alabaster Fire Department, Alabama Fire College and Mountain Brook Fire Department will all be on hand to inspect children’s car-seats and demonstrate how to properly install them.

Wal-Mart in Chelsea is located at 16077 Highway 280, Chelsea, Alabama 35043.

Statistics from SafeKids.org

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death to children 3-14 in the United States.  During 2009, there were a total of 33,803 fatalities.   Children under 14 accounted for 1,314 deaths (4%).

Fatalities represent only the tip of the iceberg. For every fatality, approximately 18 children are hospitalized and more than 400 receive medical treatment.

Research on the effectiveness of child safety seats has found them to reduce fatal injury by 71% for infants younger than 1 year of age and by 54% for toddlers ages 1-4. Children ages 2-6 years old in child safety seats (including child restraints and belt positioning booster seats) are approximately 28% less likely to receive a fatal injury than those using safety belts alone.

When children ride in a rear vehicle seat they reduce their injury risk by 64% for newborns to 8 year olds and 31% for 9-12 year olds. It appears to be a norm now that young children ride in vehicle back seats as observation studies from 2008 found that 99% of infants and 92% of children 1-3 and 89% of children 4-7 ride in back seats.

In a study observing the misuse of 3,442 child restraint systems in six states, approximately 73% of seats showed at least one critical misuse.

84% of child restraints showed critical misuses. Booster seat misuse was 41%.

The most common form of misuse for all child restraints included loose safety belt attachment to the child restraint and loose harness straps securing the child to the child restraint system.

Sheriff Curry would like to encourage everyone who transports children to take advantage of this opportunity to have their car seat and its installation inspected by these specially trained CPST deputies and first responders.

You do not have to register to participate in the inspection and proper installation of your child’s car seat is completely free.  The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, with its many partners, will be holding routine car-seat inspections around the County throughout 2012.

For more information, or if you have specific questions, contact Sergeant Tim Billingsley at (205)669-8884.

Oak Mountain High School Lockdown Lifted
2011-12-13

***Updated***

The lockdown at Oak Mountain High School has been lifted.  At approximately 1pm today Oak Mountain High School went into lockdown in response to a rumor that had been circulated on campus.  Shelby County Sheriff’s Office deputies were on scene immediately, and as a precaution the school implemented its lockdown procedure.  Deputies remained on scene and fully investigated the incident.  Deputies reported no incident had occurred and all students, faculty and staff were safe.  Students at Oak Mountain High will be released at normal dismissal time.

Oak Mountain High Remains on Lockdown
2011-12-13

***Updated***

At approximately 1pm today Oak Mountain High School went into lockdown in response to a rumor that had been circulated on campus.  Shelby County Sheriff’s Office personnel remain on scene fully investigating this incident.  Deputies on scene report no incident has occurred and all students, faculty and staff are safe.  The lockdown procedure was implemented as a precaution and at this time there has been no incident at the school.  This is ongoing investigation and updates will follow as they are available.

Oak Mountain High School on Lockdown
2011-12-13

At approximately 1pm today Oak Mountain High School went into lockdown in response to a rumor that had been circulated on campus.  The lockdown procedure was implemented as a precaution and at this time there has been no incident at the school.  Shelby County Sheriff’s Office personnel remain on scene fully investigating this incident.  This is an on-going situation and will be updated when there is more information available.    

Monday Evening Theft Suspect Charged
2011-11-29

At approximately 5:12 p.m. on November 28th, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office dispatchers received a report of a suspicious person on some property on Alston Farm Road, which is located just outside of Columbiana.  Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies arrived in the area and with the help of a local resident encountered the suspect inside a vehicle.  As deputies approached the suspect, he fled in his vehicle.  During that time, the suspect attempted to run over a deputy with his vehicle, and the deputy fired his duty weapon.  The suspect continued in his vehicle a short distance before crashing and fleeing on foot.  Mr. Michael Landon Sheffield, 38 years of age of Columbiana, was located in the woods nearby and apprehended without further incident.

A search of the Mr. Sheffield’s vehicle revealed possible stolen property from the area.

The deputy was not injured and Mr. Sheffield refused medical treatment for minor injuries related to the motor vehicle crash.

Mr. Sheffield is currently being held in the Shelby County Jail on 1 count of Attempted Murder, 1 count of Theft of Property 2nd, and one count of Resisting Arrest.  Mr. Sheffield’s total bond is $515,500.  The investigation is ongoing.

 For information on the charges listed above, go to the link below:

 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 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.

Suspect Arrested
2011-11-28

At approximately 5:12 p.m. on today’s date, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office dispatchers received a report of a suspicious person on some property on Alston Farm Road, which is located just outside of Columbiana.  Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies arrived in the area and with the help of a local resident encountered the suspect in a vehicle.  Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle and question the suspect when the suspect attempted to elude them.  During that time, the suspect attempted to run over a deputy in his vehicle and the deputy fired his duty weapon.  The suspect continued in his vehicle a short distance before crashing at which time he fled on foot.  The suspect was located in the woods nearby and apprehended without further incident.

A search of the suspect’s vehicle revealed possible stolen property from the area.

The deputy was not injured and the suspect refused medical treatment for minor injuries.

Shelby County Sheriff’s investigators remain in the area gathering evidence.

Formal charges are pending and this press release will be updated tomorrow.

Early Morning Robbery Suspect Formally Charged
2011-11-22

On November 22nd at approximately 1:02am Shelby County Sheriff’s Office received a call reporting a robbery from the clerk at the Kangaroo Express in the 2600 block of Valleydale Rd in northern Shelby County.  The clerk advised a white female entered the business armed with a knife and demanded cash.  The female fled the scene in a white passenger car.

At approximately 4:22am Shelby County Sheriff’s Office received a call from an occupant in a business also in the 2600 block of Valleydale Rd reporting a suspicious vehicle.  The description of the vehicle provided by the caller matched the one given by the clerk at the Kangaroo Express.  Deputies responded and a Sheriff’s Office K9 was deployed.  Donna Marie Brasher, 24 years of age from Birmingham was taken into custody in the nearby woods without incident or injury. 

Ms. Brasher is currently being held at the Shelby County Jail on one count of Robbery 1st degree and Receiving Stolen Property 1st degree.  The bond amounts for her charges are $60,000 and $15,000 respectively.

For information on the charges listed above, go to the link below:

 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 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.

Early Morning Robbery of Convenience Store
2011-11-22

At approximately 1:02am Shelby County Sheriff’s Office received a call reporting a robbery from the clerk at the Kangaroo Express in the 2600 block of Valleydale Rd in northern Shelby County.  The clerk advised a white female entered the business armed with a knife and demanded cash.  The clerk provided a detailed description of the suspect, and indicated the female suspect fled in a white passenger car on Valleydale Rd.  Sheriff’s deputies and officers from Hoover Police Department responded to the scene.

At approximately 4:22am Shelby County Sheriff’s Office received a call from an occupant in a business also in the 2600 block of Valleydale Rd reporting a suspicious vehicle.  The description of the vehicle provided by the caller matched the one given by the clerk at the Kangaroo Express.  Deputies responded and a Sheriff’s Office K9 was deployed.  A white female was taken into custody in the nearby woods without incident or injury. 

At this time, the investigation is ongoing.  More information will be released as it becomes available.

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.

 
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