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Press Conference Today
At 3:00 p.m. at the Shelby County Sheriff's Office North Substation, Sheriff John Samaniego will give comments on the arrest of Adam Michael Burrus, 37 years of age from Chelsea, Alabama, charged with the murder of Constance Leigh Woolweaver. The North Substation is in the Greystone Park Business Center, 5511 Highway 280, Suite 117. The phone number for the substation is 670-6280.
Arrest in Woolweaver Homicide
As reported on Wednesday, Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies discovered Constance Leigh Woolweaver, 37 years of age, deceased in her residence in the 100 block of Sheffield Way, Highland Lakes subdivision. Deputies and investigators believed she died as the result of a homicide. Evidence in the case led Sheriff’s investigators to charge a suspect, Adam Michael Burrus, 37 years of age from Chelsea, Alabama, with the death of Ms. Woolweaver. Mr. Burrus is currently being held in the Shelby County Jail on the charge of Murder and his bond has been set at $500,000.
Sheriff Samaniego would like to express his condolences to Ms. Woolweaver’s family and friends, “Under these circumstances, I feel words alone are not enough. The loss of a relative or friend is always hard during the Holidays, and, if it is at someone else’s hand, that makes it all the more tragic. If I could, I would wish all of you some comfort through knowing that I believe the person responsible for her death is now in jail and awaiting trial.”
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, Article 1- Homicide, Section 13A-6-2, Murder.
To view a Shelby County 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.
“Project Lifesaver” Mission Successful
At approximately 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office was notified by 911 that an 80 year old family member was missing from a residence on Bates Road, near the City of Vincent. This resident was a member of the “Project Lifesaver” program, so specially trained Shelby County deputies, along with the Sheriff’s aviation unit, responded to the area where he was last seen and activated the “Project Lifesaver” system. The area is very rural and in northeast Shelby County, with the Coosa River close by. “Project Lifesaver” equipment led deputies straight to the resident, approximately two miles from the last known location in a heavily wooded area near the river.
Sheriff Samaniego would like to thank all of those who helped in this search and rescue, as well as those who made the program possible. “Yesterday, we had another success story as a result of law enforcement partnerships, the public’s support and Project Lifesaver. Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies, local police officers, firemen and many other groups come together when a loved one wanders off and, with the help of Project Lifesaver, are able to locate the missing loved one. It is also important to recognize the Shelby County Commission, private companies and local residents who have continued to help in funding this program. It takes support at every level and we are lucky to have that”.
Project Lifesaver International (PLI) was founded by public safety officers themselves, to bring about a solution that facilitates not just the speedy return of wanderers to their families, but the actual rapid location of the wanderers themselves — a strategy that greatly increases the chance that the wanderer will be found alive. “Project Lifesaver” team members are specially trained deputies that place personalized wrist bands containing radio transmitters on individuals who suffer from debilitating disease or autism to locate them should they wander away from home. Search times for those participating in the program have been reduced from hours and days to minutes. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office has been an active participant in this program since 2005.
For more information on this program, the public may visit the Sheriff’s Office website at www.shelbyso.com and click on the “Project Lifesaver” tab or visit Project Lifesaver International at www.projectlifesaver.org.
Homicide Investigation Update
As we reported yesterday, at approximately 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday December 14, 2016, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office responded to a residence in the 100 block of Sheffield Way, Highland Lakes subdivision, in northern Shelby County to investigate a report of a death. The victim has now been identified as Ms. Constance Leigh Woolweaver, 37 years of age, from Birmingham, Alabama.
Deputies and investigators believe she died as the result of a homicide and that her death was not a random act.
Sheriff Samaniego would like to reassure the residents of Highland Lakes and Shelby County in general, “I do not believe there is a related threat to any of the residents in Highland Lakes or other local communities related to Ms. Woolweaver’s death. Her intentional death was the result of a calculated act and our investigators are making progress identifying her killer. This was a senseless act and I am very saddened for her family and friends.”
Apparent Homicide Investigation
At approximately 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday December 14, 2016, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office responded to a residence in the 100 block of Sheffield Way, Highland Lakes subdivision, in northern Shelby County to investigate a report of a death. Deputies and investigators believe the death was the result of a homicide. Investigators and the Shelby County Coroner's Office are still on the scene and continue to investigate the cause of the victim's death.
This release will be updated tomorrow if more information is available.
The public is encouraged to call the Sheriff's Office at (205)669-4181 if they have any information related to this tragic event. Tips may also be sent anonymously to the Sheriff's Office webpage at www.shelbyso.com by clicking on the "Report Criminal Activity" link.
Christopher Lloyd Ray Arrested Monday, December 12, 2016
On Monday, December 12, 2016 at approximately 12:00 p.m., 29 year old Christopher Lloyd Ray of 187 County Road 118, Jemison, AL, was re-arrested in the 500 Block of Duck Cove Rd, Shelby, AL, after an error in processing court documents resulted in his accidental release from jail on December 5th. Mr. Ray was arrested by Shelby County deputies and booked into the Shelby County Jail on charges stemming from an earlier arrest on November 3, 2016 from another jurisdiction. Among the charges were Attempting to Elude Law Enforcement and Reckless Endangerment. No additional charges are anticipated as a result of this incident and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the matter to determine the cause of the unintentional release. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Offices wishes to thank the public for their assistance in re-capturing this suspect quickly and without incident. 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.
For Immediate Release - Railroad Crossings Blocked
At approximately 12:45 pm, Saturday, December 10, 2016, the railroad crossing at Chelsea Road (County Road 47) and County Road 39 and the crossing at County Road 440 are blocked due to mechanical problems. Shelby County Sheriff's deputies and Chelsea Citizens on Patrol (COP) are on scene directing traffic. Motorists are advised to take an alternate route on County Rd 51 if traveling east and use County Road 11 to County Road 36 if going west. Rail Road officials expect a 1 to 1 1/2 hour delay before repairs are completed. An update will provided as soon as it comes in.
On Monday, December 5, 2016, Christopher Lloyd Ray, 29 years old, 187 County Road 118, Jemison, AL, was being held at the Shelby County Jail for a probation violation. At approximately 08:44 a.m., an error was made in the processing of his court documents resulting in his accidental release from custody. Ray was to remain in custody pending release on bond for several traffic violations that occurred on November 3, 2016, in another jurisdiction after the initial charge of probation violation. The additional charges stem from public order crimes of Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Law Enforcement, Reckless Endangerment, Reckless Driving, Speeding, Driving with a Switched Tag, and Driving while License Revoked. The error in processing was discovered after Ray was released, and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is using all resources available to apprehend this suspect and return him to custody for the current traffic charges pending bond. No additional charges are anticipated as a result of this incident.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the matter to determine the cause of the unintentional release. In a statement from Sheriff John Samaniego, “We strive to provide professional law enforcement services to the citizens of Shelby County. This seems to be a case of simple human error and appropriate corrective action will be taken to help prevent this situation from recurring”.
County Road 55 Closed in Sterrett
County Road 55, in Sterrett, between Hall Thompson Lane and Lake Katherine Drive is closed. On December 2, 2016 deputies and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency responded to a wreck with an injury at 4:09 p.m.. The road will be closed for the rest of the evening. Please avoid the area, if possible, for the safety of our emergency personnel.
Sheriff John Samaniego has focused the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office on community policing efforts since taking Office in January of 2015. Those efforts have included charging specific personnel to develop relationships with home owners associations, aging communities and other resident groups within Shelby County to better serve them. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office has also increased our training regimen and included topics like verbal de-escalation, which is designed to minimize the use of force to accomplish the same goal. Mr. Mauricio Velasquez, a well-known expert and published author, agreed to provide up-dated training to all Sheriff’s Office employees this week in the area of “Diversity and Bias”. Local police officers and other municipal administrators have also taken part in the training.
Sheriff Samaniego would like to offer an opportunity to local media outlets to come and view the training as well as speak to Mr. Velasquez today, Thursday December 1st, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. Interested parties should RSVP to KBurchfield@ShelbySO.com by 1:00 p.m. tomorrow.