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One Arrested for Murder in Almont Community
At 1:15 a.m. on Monday, June 6, 2016, deputies responded to the Almont community, near Montevallo, on a report of a stabbing. Deputies found a male unresponsive and began CPR, trying to save his life. Witnesses led deputies to the suspect, 33 year-old Latasha Nicole Smith of Montevallo. Deputies took Smith into custody at the scene and later charged her with the Murder (13A-6-2) of 40 year-old Keith Fulgham of Montevallo. Smith is in the Shelby County Jail with a $75,000 bond.
Sheriff Samaniego stated, “Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Mr. Fulgham, whose life was taken far too early. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office will continue to strive to partner with the community where this Murder took place, in the hopes of increasing safety and reducing crime.”
For information on the charges listed above, please follow the link below and choose Title 13A Criminal Code, Chapter 6, Offenses Involving Danger to the Person.
To view a Shelby County jail inmate’s picture, their charge, and bond, go to www.shelbyso.com and click on the “Inmate Listing” link at the bottom left. You may then type in the inmate’s last name and click on the “Search” button. An inmate’s information is not available until booked into the facility. Anyone with more information about this crime should contact the Shelby County Sheriff's Office directly at (205) 669-4181, 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 "General Information.”
Person of Interest Identified and Arrested
Eighty year old Dr. Ruepert Don Bryan of Calera, AL is in the custody of Shelby County Jail, charged with three counts of Production of Obscene Matter (13A-12-197) and one count of Sexual Abuse 1st Degree (13A-6-66). On Thursday, June 2, 2016, Shelby County investigators were provided with the information leading to the identity of the accused. Dr. Bryan’s total bond for these charges is $500,000.
Sheriff Samaniego stated, “We learned of this horrible crime from evidence left behind by the accused and we have reasonable suspicion to believe there may be other victims. We urge anyone with additional information to contact us. The nature of these crimes prevent us from releasing more details, but what we can tell you is we would not have been able to solve this without the help from all those involved. We greatly value the partnership we have with everyone involved, especially the community and the media.”
Sheriff Samaniego would like to thank other local law enforcement agencies, Crime Stoppers, the Regional Organized Crime Information Center, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, and especially the media for their help with this case. Sheriff Samaniego will be meeting with representatives of the media at 3:00 p.m. at our North Substation, 5511 Highway 280 Suite 117 in the Greystone Park Business Center.
For information on the charges listed above, please follow the link below and choose Title 13A Criminal Code, Chapter 12, Offenses Against Public Health and Morals and Chapter 6, Offenses Involving Danger to the Person.
To view a Shelby County jail inmate’s picture, their charge, and bond, go to www.shelbyso.com and click on the “Inmate Listing” link at the bottom left. You may then type in the inmate’s last name and click on the “Search” button. An inmate’s information is not available until booked into the facility. Anyone with additional information about this crime should contact the Shelby County Sheriff's Office directly at (205) 669-4181, 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 "General Information.”
Deputies Responding to Gun Shot
At approximately 9:00am, Shelby County Sheriff's deputies are responding to a possible gunshot in the 5000 block of Meadow Brook Rd. No details are available yet on the situation but further information will be posted.
Shelby County Highway 26 Closed
On Tuesday May 31, 2016, at approximately 4:30 p.m. Shelby County Highway 26 at the intersection of Billy Wayne Acres is closed due to a motor vehicle accident with injuries. Local traffic is encouraged to take an alternate route and use caution in the area.
On May 25, 2016 at 3:35 p.m. deputies closed Highway 11 between Old Highway 280 and County Road 337, also known as Mountain Crest Road, because of a pine straw fire. Chelsea Fire and Cahaba Valley Fire are on the scene. Please detour around Highway 11. We will post when the road is open.
On May 19th, 2016, at 9:30 p.m., the Shelby County Sheriff's Office is assisting the Vincent Police Department with a death investigation in the 200 block of Fleming Road in Vincent. Specific details of the incident are still being discovered and questions concerning this matter should be directed to the Vincent Police Department.
This investigation is ongoing and the Sheriff's Office will update this release with information released by the Vincent Police Department.
Citizen tip leads to arrest of car burglary suspect along US Highway 280 corridor
On Thursday, May 19, 2016, at approximately 2:00 am, Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies and investigators arrested 22 year old Christopher Clark Cordero of Pelham, AL, in connection to numerous car burglaries committed along the US Highway 280 corridor. Acting on information received from a vigilant citizen who reported suspicious activity to law enforcement, a Shelby County Sheriff’s deputy conducted a traffic stop in the area of Cahaba Park Circle and identified Cordero as a potential theft suspect in a recent series of car burglaries along US Hwy 280. As a result, the arrest culminates a month’s long investigation by Shelby County Sheriff’s investigators involving vehicle break-ins in that area. Deputies found Cordero in possession of stolen credit cards, illegal drugs, and drug paraphernalia. After further investigation, Investigators were able to charge Cordero with multiple felony counts of Unlawful Breaking and Entering of a Vehicle, Theft of Property 2nd and 3rd, Receiving Stolen Property 3rd, Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, and Obstruction of Justice. In addition, misdemeanor charges were filed for Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Cordero is being held on a $67,000 bond in the Shelby County Jail. Investigators are working with Hoover PD to return property to potential victim’s involved in related car burglaries in other jurisdictions.
Sheriff Samaniego wishes to thank the public for their valuable assistance in apprehending this suspect and to remind citizen’s to report any suspicious activity to law enforcement, lock their vehicles and not leave items of value inside.
Anyone with additional information about vehicle break-ins in the area 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.
For information on the charges listed above, go to the link below and select Title 13A Criminal Code, Chapter 8, Chapter 9, and Chapter 12. http://law.justia.com/codes/alabama/2015/title-13a.
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.
Fleeing Suspect Apprehended with the help of Hoover and Pelham
On Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 at 3:29 a.m. a Shelby County Sheriff’s Office deputy attempted to stop a vehicle on Eagle Point Drive, driven by 29 year old Matthew Kline Vinyard of Birmingham, for a traffic violation. Vinyard eluded the deputy through Eagle Point subdivision, wrecked his vehicle on Eagle Crest Drive, and fled on foot into the woods. Hoover Police Department and Pelham Police Department assisted in a search and Hoover officers located Vinyard on the Briawood Christian School football field. Vinyard is charged with Open Container of Alcohol in a Vehicle, Driving Under the Influence, Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Law Enforcement, Resisting Arrest, Improper Lane Usage, and Failure of Duty Upon Striking Highway Fixture. Vinyard is being held at the Shelby County Jail on bonds totaling $2,300.00.
For information on the charges listed above, go to the link below and select Title 32, Motor Vehicles and Traffic.
For a mugshot photo of Vinyard, go www.shelbyso.com, click on the Inmate Listing link, and search by Vinyard’s last name.
Sheriff Samaniego stated, “I wish to thank the Hoover Police Department and Pelham Police Department for assisting us in appending Vinyard so quickly. Because of their help, this situation ended before impacting the residents of Eagle Point or interrupting classes at Briarwood Christian School.”
Motor Vehicle Wreck on Old Hwy 280 and Narrows Dr
On Monday, May 16 at 7:40 a.m. Shelby County deputies responded to a two car wreck on Old Highway 280 and Narrows Dr. One lane was blocked. Cahaba Valley Fire, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and our deputies have cleared the crash. All lanes are open.
Motor Vehicle Wreck on 280
On Thursday, May 12 at 1:10 p.m. Shelby County deputies responded to a six car wreck on Highway 280 at Chelsea Walmart. Both Westbound lanes and one Eastbound lane are blocked. Expect long delays in this area and use Old Highway 280 as a detour.