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Suspect Arrested for Child Pornography
2012-01-27

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office opened an investigation following a victim’s complaint.  As a result, a search warrant was served at a Shelby County residence near Calera on January 23, 2012, and investigators arrested Marvin Leigh Hancock, 60 years of age.  Sheriff’s investigators charged him with Possession with Intent to Disseminate Obscene Matter Containing Visual Depiction of Persons under 17 Years of Age Involved in Obscene Acts.  He was later charged with two additional counts of Production of Obscene Matter Containing Visual Depiction of a Person under 17 Years of Age Involved in Obscene Acts and two counts of Sexual Abuse of a Child Less than 12 Years Old.  Hancock remains in the Shelby County Jail with bonds totaling $500,000.

Sheriff Chris Curry would like to thank the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance with the investigation that led up to Hancock being charged.  “My heart goes out to the children and families who were victimized and I will do everything within my power to help the District Attorney prosecute this case”.  This investigation is still open and ongoing at this time.

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 (13A-6-69.1) and Chapter 12- Offenses Against Public Health and Morals (13A-12-192 and 13A-12-197). http://www.legislature.state.al.us/CodeofAlabama/1975/coatoc.htm.

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.

Missing Runaway Juvenile
2012-01-17

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office needs help locating Destiny Lynn Lawson, a white female 15 years of age.  She is approximately 5’ 3” tall and weighs 115 pounds with very dark brown hair past her shoulders and brown eyes.  Lawson was last seen at her foster parent’s residence on Shelby County Highway 56, in Wilsonville, on Thursday December 29th.  She was wearing gym shorts and a t-shirt but it is believed she may have changed into blue jeans, a sweatshirt and a pair of brown Tom’s shoes with circles on them.

Shelby County Sheriff’s investigators believe that Lawson likely ran away and do not suspect foul play in her disappearance.  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. 

On January 12th, 2012, Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested Destiny Lawson’s biological mother, Dessie Lawson, 37 years of age from Columbiana, for Interference with Custody.  Dessie Lawson was released from custody on January 13th, 2012, after posting a $15,000 bond.

Destiny Lawson’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.

Destiny Lawson’s information has also been provided to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, who are assisting.

Anyone with information about Destiny Lynn Lawson 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 Responds to Mayor’s Request
2012-01-09

On December 13th, 2011, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office received an official request from Harpersville Mayor Theoangelo Perkins for assistance with an administrative internal investigation of the policies, procedures and practices of the Harpersville Police Department.

In accordance with that request, members of the Sheriff’s Office have been reviewing the Harpersville Police Department’s administrative practices and daily operations.  Harpersville police personnel are assisting in this cooperative effort.  This review is ongoing and a report will be prepared for Mayor Perkins upon its completion.

Noise Complaint results in 17 Arrested and Deputy Assaulted
2011-12-21

On Wednesday December 21, 2011, at approximately 2:00 a.m., Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a noise complaint in the 300 block of Turtle Lake Drive in northern Shelby County.  When deputies arrived they encountered a large party at an apartment and observed numerous teens in possession of alcoholic beverages in public view.  As deputies began to conduct their investigation, numerous occupants fled on foot and in vehicles.  In total, 14 adults were apprehended and an additional 3 juveniles were taken into custody.  All arrests were for alcohol related charges including the “Open House Party” law.

In addition to Minor in Possession of Alcohol, one of the adults taken into custody, Ms. Lauren E. Jett, 18 years of age from Indian Springs, has also been charged with Assault 2nd degree and Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Injuries when the vehicle she was driving struck a deputy while she was attempting to leave the scene.   The deputy received minor injuries.  Ms. Jett’s total bond is $30,300.00. 

During the holiday season, it is common for party and alcohol related calls received by the Sheriff’s Office to increase.  Alcohol related accidents and injuries also increase.  Sheriff Curry stated, “I am very thankful our deputy was not more seriously injured and that I do not have to report the loss of life.  I am certain that this young lady would not make the same decision again today, but she still has to face the consequences of her actions.  I hope this is a lesson she and the others arrested will not soon forget.”

For information on the charge listed above, go to the link below and select Title13A Criminal Code, Chapter 11- Offenses Against Public Order and Safety, Article 1- Offenses Against Public Order and Decency, Section 13A-11-10.1, Open House Parties;etc….

 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.

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.    

 
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