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The county is experiencing flooding in several areas. Water is covering roads including Cahaba Valley Road, Highway 55 and Highway 51, the Kingdom area in Four Mile, and multiple roads in Westover and Shelby. All the areas flooded are not able to be blocked by deputies or emergency road personnel. Please do not attempt to drive through flooded areas and avoid driving all together in the areas, if possible. Flooding will continue until the rain subsides.
Home Invasion in North Shelby County
On Monday December 21st, 2015, at approximately 6:30 p.m., Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a residence in the 500 block of Morning Sun Drive in Meadowbrook to investigate a reported home invasion. Upon arrival, deputies met with the two residents and found one of them to be seriously injured from a physical altercation and assault. The second resident was unharmed. Paramedics from North Shelby Fire and Rescue responded to treat both victims with one being transported to a local hospital for further treatment.
The victims reported that at approximately 4:30 p.m., three black male suspects forced entry into their residence. One of the residents was assaulted and both were restrained by the suspects while the apartment was ransacked before they fled the scene.
Sheriff’s investigators are still in the process of determining what was taken and who did this. Investigators believe this to be an isolated incident but need the public’s help in identifying the suspects. If you saw something suspicious in the area, or have any information about this crime, please 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 Samaniego would like to see the suspects in this case arrested and charged with the crimes they committed. He said, “I take all crimes seriously but none more so than the forced entry into a person’s home. In this case the residents were also assaulted and feared for their lives. Our job now is to work to catch those responsible for this and to prevent them from doing it again.”
The suspects may face criminal charges of Burglary, 1st Degree and Assault, 1st Degree, for their actions yesterday. For more information on these charges, go to the link below and select Title 13A, Chapter 7, Section 13A-7-5 for Burglary in the first degree and select Title 13A, Chapter 6, Section 13A-6-20 for Assault in the first degree.
Helicopter Inspection Today
Sheriff Samaniego will make the Shelby County Sheriff's Office's helicopter available for inspection and viewing today December 16, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. at the Shelby County Airport. The aviation unit and other representatives will be available for questions and invite the media as well as the public out for a great visit.
SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES WILL BE PATROLLING FROM ABOVE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
Shelby county deputies will be patrolling from above this holiday season in a newly acquired helicopter. Deputies will be able to observe traffic, watch for suspicious activity, and deter criminal acts using the helicopter which has the same markings displayed on our patrol cars. Two deputies, a pilot and an observer, will occupy the helicopter, making it easy to spot a problem and quickly report it to deputies in vehicles.
Sheriff Samaniego stated, “The Shelby County Commission has partnered with our agency to provide the citizens and visitors of Shelby County a patrol helicopter. The benefits of this partnership are countless. A patrol helicopter is not restricted by traffic congestion and can cover a lot of area in a short time span. The helicopter can fly low, to deter criminal activity, or fly high and provide crucial information to deputies below.”
Captain Jeff Hartley is the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office primary pilot. Captain Hartley retired from Tuscaloosa Police Department where he served as one of their Law Enforcement Helicopter Pilots for five years. Captain Hartley also served twenty-four years in the U.S. Air Force.
SHELBY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE NEEDS YOUR HELP IN IDENTIFYING A ROBBERY SUSPECT
On Friday, December 11, 2015, at approximately 4:09 p.m., an unknown white male entered the Riverhills Branch Wells Fargo Bank in Inverness and, using a note, demanded cash from the teller. The white male left the bank in what appeared to be a dark colored, four door car. No one was injured during the robbery.
The white male is described as 5’9” to 6’01” in height, larger build, approximately late twenties to early thirties, with reddish hair and a trimmed beard. The white male wore glasses while inside the bank which were square shaped like reading glasses, a dark blue workman’s jacket, and a blue baseball cap with “Ford” on the front. Pictures of the suspect are displayed on www.shelbyso.com under the Persons of Interest link.
Anyone with information concerning this robbery may call Investigator Terry Lowery at 205-670-6307, Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777, or leave an anonymous tip at www.shelbyso.com/report.php. Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $5,000.00 cash reward to anyone with information which leads to the identity and arrest of the robbery suspect.
US Highway 280 Re-opened
At 7:30 a.m. on Friday December 11, 2015, all lanes of US Highway 280 at Highland Lakes have been re-opened to normal traffic. Motorists should still use caution in the area until traffic resumes its normal course.
US Highway 280 Closure
On Friday December 11, 2015, at 6:15 a.m. Shelby County Sheriff's deputies have lanes closed on both east and westbound US Highway 280 at the intersection of the Highland Lakes community. The closure is due to a three car motor vehicle accident with injuries. One lane on each side of the highway is open but this will obviously slow traffic even more in an already congested area.
Motorists should use an alternative route if possible and use caution in the area while first responders are on the scene.
Traffic Alert -Road Closed
Deputies are on the scene of a coal truck accident on Highway 219 at Highway 10 in Montevallo. The truck is overturned and Hwy 219 is completely blocked. Motorists are encouraged to avoid the area. Updated information will be posted as it becomes available.
Traffic backed up due to motor vehicle accident
On Monday, December 7, 2015 at approximately 07:30 am, Shelby County deputies are working a motor vehicle accident with no injuries on Highway 280 and Shelby County Rd 41. As a result of an overturned garbage truck, one westbound lane is currently closed for about 30 minutes. Traffic is moving but is very congested. Motorists are encouraged to use caution until the accident scene has been cleared. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.
Highway 280 at Dunnavant Rd Re-opened
All lanes on Highway 280 at Dunnavant Rd are re-opened except for the turn lane into The Narrows. Deputies are still trying to clear the accident scene and request motorists to go slow and exercise caution in the area.