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On Sunday October 12th, 2014, at approximately 6:15 p.m. Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies responded to New Life Church in the 11000 block of U.S. Highway 280 to investigate a burglary. Deputies discovered that a rear glass door had been smashed in and that someone had rummaged through all of the church’s offices. Money and other items were stolen from the church. This church is located in the Westover community.
Shelby County Sheriff’s investigators need your help! We want to hear from you if you know who did this. Anyone with information about this burglary 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.
All local church leaders along the U.S. Highway 280 corridor are encouraged to review the physical security of their churches and their policies on securing money and other valuables in the church. This is the first such church burglary we have investigated in a long time and it may have been a random act. Either way, we are asking you to help us prevent it from happening to your church.
Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies from all shifts will be patrolling our churches with increased frequency until the suspects are caught and prosecuted.
Sheriff’s Office to participate in National Night Out
On Tuesday, October 7, 2014, between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office will partner with multiple first responders, crime prevention organizations, victim resource organizations, and community businesses in Shelby County to spotlight the resources available to our community through these agencies.
This year the National Night Out events will be held at two locations: Target and Dick’s Sporting Goods parking lots in Alabaster, and the Chelsea Walmart parking lot on Hwy 280.
National Night Out began in 1984 as an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, and neighborhood camaraderie.
The public will be able to view specialized equipment and resources on display from our local police and fire departments as well as the Sheriff’s Office. Also available to the public at the Alabaster location will be safety/car seat inspections. Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians (CPST’s) from the Alabaster Fire Department will all be on hand to inspect children’s car-seats and demonstrate how to properly install them.
Businesses from the community have contributed refreshments for the public, and there will be interactive informational booths on display from various agencies along with giveaways.
Awards and Promotion Ceremony
On Thursday afternoon at 4:30 pm on September 4, 2014, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office will hold its annual awards ceremony to honor Sheriff’s Office employees who have distinguished themselves by demonstrating exemplary service. The employees below will receive the award of Meritorious Service:
Lieutenant M. Hudson
Lieutenant K. Turner
Investigator C. Curenton
Investigator N. Kendrick
Deputy M. Glassford
Reserve Deputy, Lt. B. Fox
Reserve Deputy, Sgt. B. Stivers
The criteria for receiving this award are met when a deputy, acting in a professional manner, displays a high degree of initiative, job proficiency, and ability in a sensitive situation which brings credit on the Sheriff’s Office, himself/herself, and/or fellow employees. These actions for consideration are above what is normally accepted as a commendation. These actions include a significant and major contribution to the development of programs, policies or procedures, which has a substantial and positive impact on the goals of the Sheriff’s Office. Consideration also includes actions resulting from a long-term investigation that had a tremendous impact on the community.
This ceremony will not only recognize actions performed throughout an employee’s tenure but officially announce the promotion of one employee to the rank of sergeant:
Sergeant D. McCool
Sheriff Curry would like to invite the public and media alike to attend this special event. It will be held at the Shelby County Sheriff’s Training Center at 543 McDow Road, Columbiana, Alabama 35051. For more information contact Sergeant Barry Studdard at (205)669-8884.
International Recognition of Service
Sheriff Chris Curry and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office are proud to announce the recognition given to one of its employees and a volunteer chaplain from the Shelby County Law Enforcement Chaplain’s Association by the International Conference of Police Chaplains (ICPC) on July 29, 2014. Lieutenant Mike Dehart was recognized with the Detective Stuart O. Nelson Liaison Award for extraordinary service in support of the Shelby County Chaplains Association. Lieutenant Dehart is the senior lieutenant with the Sheriff’s Office and has dedicated much of his 25 year career to working with the chaplains. Lieutenant Dehart is to be commended for his dedication and service to the citizens of Shelby County.
Chaplain Alvin (Mac) Stinson was recognized for achieving the Fellow Credential Level which is the ICPC’s highest credential given. Stinson completed over 1,000 hours of professional study, 20 years of law enforcement chaplaincy and acquired at least 40 specific credit hours of study. Stinson has dedicated his life to service and faithfully served the public and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office since 1996. He was instrumental in developing what is regarded as one of the best law enforcement chaplain’s programs in the country in Shelby County. Chaplain Stinson is to be recognized for his commitment and service to the citizens of Shelby County.
The ICPC began in 1973 following the tragic death of three federal law enforcement agents. The delivery of those death notifications was the catalyst for what would later become an international organization dedicated to “developing professional law enforcement chaplains through dynamic education and support”.
Sheriff Curry stated, “We began our chaplain’s program in 1994 and it has been a great success. These men and women have volunteered countless hours helping others in the worst possible situations. I cannot express how much I appreciate who they are, what they stand for and what they do.”
Sheriff's Office seeks public's assistance in identifying armed robbery suspects in North Shelby County
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the help of the public and the media in identifying and locating two suspects involved in a North Shelby County robbery. On Friday night at approximately 11:00 pm on July 25, 2014, two black males, with their faces partially covered, entered the Full Moon BBQ restaurant located at 4635 Hwy 280, and demanded money from the employees working behind the counter. The two suspects then fled the area, traveling in an unknown direction, and are considered to be at large.
The two suspects are described as follows:
• Large-framed light skinned black male wearing a ski mask, armed with a revolver
• Small-framed black male wearing a blue bandana, armed with an unknown type of handgun
The two males are believed to have possibly had two other accomplices occupying a white sedan. Surveillance images will be shared with the public and media after Sheriff’s investigators have processed the footage.
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.
Sheriff’s Office to conduct training at Alabaster’s Thompson Middle School
On Monday July 14, 2014, beginning at 08:00 am, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office will conduct training exercises at Alabaster’s Thompson Middle School. The Sheriff’s Office has partnered with Alabaster City Schools, and the Alabaster Police Department to implement Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) for all sworn personnel within the Sheriff’s Office prior to the start of the 2014-2015 school year.
The ALERRT curriculum, developed in Texas in 2002 after the tragedy at Columbine High School, has become the national standard in active shooter response training. The first responders to the Fort Hood shootings on November 5, 2009 were trained by ALERRT, and credited their swift and effective response on that day to the ALERRT training they had received.
Law Enforcement from multiple jurisdictions will conduct training on school grounds at Thompson Middle School on the following dates and times:
July 14-15 (Monday/Tuesday) 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
July 16-17 (Wednesday/Thursday) 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
July 21-22 (Monday/Tuesday) 4:00 pm – 12:30 am
July 23-24 (Wednesday/Thursday) 4:00 pm – 12:30 am
July 19-20 (Saturday / Sunday) 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Portions of the school will remain open for school operations and school-related activities. However, in the interest of public safety, the areas in which law enforcement will be training will be secured and accessible to participating law enforcement and first responder personnel only.
Suspect in custody (Wilsonville, AL)
On Monday June 23, 2014 at approximately 11:30 a.m., Steven Earl Owens was taken into custody on three charges of Attempted Murder. Owens was reported to be armed when he was encountered by Alabama Power security officers stationed at the Wilsonville Steam Plant.
The Alabama Power security officers apprehended and disarmed Owens after he was encountered on the property of the Alabama Power Steam Plant. Sheriff's Deputies and members of the US Marshal's Task Force responded to the scene and have taken Owens into custody.
Search efforts turned over to US Marshal's Task Force
(Wilsonville, AL): On Monday, June 23, 2014 at approximately 10:00 a.m. Sheriff’s deputies, with the assistance of the Alabama Department of Corrections canine search teams, have turned over search efforts to the United States Marshal’s Task Force.
Law enforcement will remain in the area to assist the Marshal’s Task Force as the need arises. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office asks that Wilsonville residents and commuters remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to 911.
Armed suspect at large (Wilsonville, AL)
(Columbiana, AL) On Sunday, June 22, 2014 at approximately 10:43 p.m. Shelby County 911 received a call from a Wilsonville resident reporting a domestic dispute. Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area, at which time they made contact with a suspect vehicle they believed to be involved. Deputies attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle, which led to a traffic pursuit. During the pursuit the suspect vehicle damaged a patrol unit and reportedly fired a handgun at pursing units. The vehicle was stopped by use of a tire deflation device at approximately 12:33 a.m. Monday morning on June 23, 2014.
The suspect then fled the scene on foot in the area of Hwy 25 and Avery Road. Deputies are in the area attempting to locate and apprehend the suspect, who is considered at large.
Wilsonville residents should expect law enforcement activity in the area of Hwy 25 at Co Rd 61, Mallory Road, and Avery Drive.
The suspect is identified as Steven Earl Owens, a 24 year old white male from Wilsonville, AL. Owens is described as 5’10”, 150 lbs., brown hair, and green eyes. Owens was last seen wearing a maroon shirt and blue jeans. Owens is also described as having a goatee.
At this time, Steven Earl Owens is considered armed and dangerous. Local residents are encouraged to stay inside, and report any suspicious activity in the area.
Further details will soon follow.
Telephone Fraud Involving Jury Duty
(COLUMBIANA, AL) On Tuesday, June 17, 2014, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office received numerous reports from local residents indicating each had received a phone call in which the party claimed to represent “The Shelby County Police Department.” The caller told our residents that each had failed to report for jury duty, and a warrant had been issued for his/her arrest. The caller then stated that he could accept payment for the fine over the telephone.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office would like to warn the public that no officer of the court will ever solicit payment for a fine over the telephone. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office does not collect fines or solicit money for any purpose. Furthermore, the local, and state judicial system does not contact residents by phone to ask for personal information such as your Social Security number, date of birth or credit card numbers. If you receive one of these phone calls, do not provide any personal or confidential information to these individuals, and do not offer payment over the telephone.
If you have already been contacted and have already given out your personal information, please monitor your account statements and credit reports, and contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.
For further information, please review the warnings posted on the U.S. Courts website at www.uscourts.gov, "Newsroom" news article "WARNING: Bogus Phone Calls on Jury Service May lead to Fraud," August 19, 2005.