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Suspect in custody (Wilsonville, AL)
2014-06-23

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
2014-06-23

(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)
2014-06-23

(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
2014-06-17

(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.

Neighborhood Advisory
2014-06-09

On June 9, 2014 at approximately 6:15 p.m., a Shelby County Sheriff’s deputy observed a suspect from an earlier domestic violence call travelling on U.S. Highway 280.  The deputy initiated a traffic stop in the area of Eagle Point sub-division and the suspect fled on foot.  Deputies have been actively looking for David William Ricketts, 31 years of age from Chelsea, Alabama, for the last two hours.  He has an outstanding warrant for a probation violation and he may have additional local charges from the domestic violence call.  He is described as a white male, 5’ 11” tall, with brown hair and hazel eyes.  He was last seen wearing blue shorts, a white shirt and a camouflage hat.

 

Residents in the area are encouraged to report any suspicious activity to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and emergencies to 911.  Deputies will remain in the area throughout the night looking for Ricketts and anyone with information about this matter should call the Sheriff’s Office immediately.

 

Roadway re-opened
2014-06-04

At 2:00 p.m. on June 4, 2014, Eastbound lanes of Highway 280 near Klein Road have been re-opened. Motorists are advised to travel safely as work crews may remain in the area.

Roadway closed due to vehicle accident
2014-06-04

At 11:33 a.m. on June 4, 2014, the Harpersville Police Department reported a motor vehicle accident in the area of Highway 280 near Klein Road involving a log truck that was reported to have rolled over. There are no reports of injury. However, the Eastbound lanes of Highway 280 will be closed temporarily as crews attempt to clear the roadways.

Roadway re-opened
2014-06-02

At 11:18 a.m. on June 2, 2014, Alabama Highway 25 in the Town of Wilton has been re-opened. Motorists are advised to travel safely as work crews may remain in the area.

Notice of Traffic Safety Checkpoint
2014-05-20

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a planned traffic safety checkpoint Saturday May 24th, 2014, between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at the intersection of Alabama Highway 25 and Dunnavanat Valley Road.   This area has a history of serious motor vehicle accidents, some of them with fatalities, during the spring season and the goal of this checkpoint is to raise awareness and safety.

All deputies at these safety checkpoints will be in uniform, with reflective and plainly visible traffic vests.  All Sheriff’s Office vehicles will be plainly marked as law enforcement vehicles.   The exact locations will be established in the area to maximize the safety of the public and deputies alike.  Motorists are encouraged to drive with caution in these areas and at these times and follow the directions of the deputies present.

Notice of Planned Traffic Safety Checkpoints
2014-05-20

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a planned traffic safety checkpoint Saturday May 24th, 2014, between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. at the intersection of Alabama Highway 25 and Bear Creek Road.   This area has a history of serious motor vehicle accidents, some of them with fatalities, during the spring season and the goal of this checkpoint is to raise awareness and safety.

All deputies at these safety checkpoints will be in uniform, with reflective and plainly visible traffic vests.  All Sheriff’s Office vehicles will be plainly marked as law enforcement vehicles.   The exact locations will be established in the area to maximize the safety of the public and deputies alike.  Motorists are encouraged to drive with caution in these areas and at these times and follow the directions of the deputies present.

 
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