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Shelby County Sheriff’s Office investigating home invasion robbery
On Sunday evening, November 23, 2014, at approximately 7:50 p.m., Shelby County 911 received a call reporting a possible robbery at a residence in the 1300 block of River Road, located outside of Helena City limits in the area of County Road 13. Shelby County Sheriff's deputies arrived at the home and learned that an unknown person wearing a mask and gloves entered the home and restrained the home owners before taking several items of value. There were no injuries reported.
The suspect is described by the victims as a white male, possibly in his 20’s, approximately 150 lbs, between 5’4” and 5’6”. The homeowners reported that the suspect was wearing blue latex gloves, wearing a long sleeve black “hoodie-style” sweatshirt. He reportedly had a two-way radio that he spoke on during the robbery, and told the homeowners his name was “Keith.”
The suspect was reportedly armed with what was described as a hand gun, and fled the scene in a vehicle. A nearby neighbor reported seeing a suspicious vehicle during the same time that he described as a newer model silver four door pickup truck.
Shelby County Sheriff’s investigators are working to identifying the suspect and recover the stolen items. Anyone with information about this investigation 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.
"Hwy 155 Country Store" Robbery Suspects Charged
On Saturday August 9th, 2014, at 6:42 p.m. the “Country Store” located in the 8000 block of Shelby County Highway 155, in Montevallo, was robbed by two unknown Hispanic males. There was no suspect vehicle description.
Shelby County Sheriff’s investigators began trying to identify the suspects. On Wednesday November 12th, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. the same “Country Store” was robbed again by two unknown Hispanic males who left in a green vehicle. In both robberies the suspects were armed with handguns. There were no injuries in either robbery. Sheriff’s investigators associated the two robberies and began trying to locate the suspect vehicle.
The Montevallo Police Department was also investigating a number of similar armed robberies within their jurisdiction. On Sunday November 17th, 2014, Montevallo police officers located a vehicle matching the description of the getaway car and detained two Hispanic male occupants. The occupants confessed to multiple robberies, including the two at the “Country Store”.
With the information from the Montevallo Police Department, Shelby County Sheriff’s investigators obtained felony warrants on Tuesday November 19th, 2014, for the two suspects listed below. Sheriff Curry would like to commend the Montevallo Police Department for their excellent work and assistance with our cases.
Jose Danilo Revia Sarmiento, 28 years of age from Montevallo, was charged with two counts of Robbery First Degree for the two
“Country Store” robberies. Each count carries a bond of $60,000.
Isidro Castro Mejia, 48 years of age from Montevallo, was charged with one count of Robbery First Degree for the second “Country Store” robbery. His bond is $60,000.
Both suspects remain in the Shelby County Jail and the investigation continues. For information on the charge of Robbery listed above, go to the link below and select Title13A Criminal Code, Chapter 8- Offenses Involving Theft, Article 2 Robbery, and Section 13A-8-41 Robbery in the first degree.
Anyone with information about this case 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.
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.
Suspect Charged in Stabbing
As previously released last Friday, November 14, 2014, Shelby County 911 received a call of a stabbing at a residence in the 400 block of Shelby County Highway 335 in Chelsea. Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies and Chelsea Fire and Rescue arrived and located the victim and the suspect. The victim was treated for multiple stab wounds at the scene and flown by Lifesaver to a local hospital. The suspect was taken into custody without further incident and has been held in the Shelby County Jail.
Shelby County Sheriff’s investigators obtained a Domestic Violence first degree warrant today for the arrest of Kenneth Andrew Andress, 27 years of age from Chelsea, Alabama. The warrant has been served and Andress remains in the Shelby County Jail with a bond of $60,000.
The victim is still hospitalized and recovering from assault.
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 7-Domestic Violence, and Section 13A-6-130 Domestic Violence 1st degree.
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.
US Highway 280 at Highway 41 re-opened
At 3:45 p.m. on Sunday November 16, 2014, all lanes of US Highway 280 in the area of Shelby County Highway 41 (Dunnavant Valley Road) are reported to be re-opened. Motorists are encouraged to use caution as law enforcement, along with fire and rescue crews, may remain in the area.
US Highway 280 at Highway 41
At 2:20 p.m. on Sunday November 16th, 2014, one lane of US Highway 280 eastbound and one lane of US Highway 280 westbound at the intersection of Shelby County Highway 41 (Dunnavant Valley Road) is closed due to a motor vehicle accident. Local motorists are encouraged to take an alternate route. Traffic is highly congested and first responders are working to assist the victims of the wreck.
All motorists are encouraged to slow down in the area and watch for emergency personnel on the scene.
Deputies Respond to Domestic Assault
At 6:50 p.m. on November 14, 2014, Shelby County 911 received a call of a stabbing at a residence in the 400 block of Shelby County Highway 335 in Chelsea. Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies and Chelsea Fire and Rescue arrived and located the victim and the suspect. The victim was treated for multiple stab wounds at the scene and flown by Lifesaver to a local hospital. The suspect was taken into custody without further incident. The preliminary investigation points to a domestic assault. Shelby County investigators are on the scene and continue to collect evidence and document witness statements.
This press release will be updated as more information becomes available.
Election Day polling locations and current voting laws
With the general election being held on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with and the full support of the Probate Judge, District Attorney, and Circuit Clerk, would like to make voters aware of polling locations and current voting laws governing each location.
Of the 47 polls, voters are assigned specific polling locations based on their address of residence. Each polling location is staffed by trained poll workers and overseen by a Poll Inspector, who is appointed by the Election Committee. According to Alabama Voting Laws, detailed in Title 17 of the Alabama Code, The Poll Inspector is the “election poll worker in charge of a precinct…”
When arriving at your designated polling location, voters are encouraged to have photo identification ready for inspection by the poll workers. Please note that the use of video equipment, cell phone, and/or still cameras is strictly prohibited by Alabama law, inside polling precincts. Sheriff Chris Curry explains the importance of enforcing the law of keeping cameras and other recording devices from inside polling precincts, “The cornerstone of our Democracy is our right to cast our vote by secret ballot. Members of the media are not allowed inside the polling precincts during voting unless he/she is a registered voter there to cast a ballot.”
Also, in an effort to maintain a safe and easy voting process, the following Alabama voter laws will be enforced at all polling locations:
· 17-9-50: No person except appointed poll workers, appointed poll watchers, registered voters, the judge of probate, the sheriff, and deputies is to be within 30 feet of the door of the building of the polling place on Election Day.
· 17-17-17: A person loitering around a polling place may be arrested and charged with a class C misdemeanor.
· 17-9-13: After voting, an elector must leave the polling place and not return.
· 17-17-21: Any elector who takes or removes, or attempts to take or remove, any ballot from the polling place before the close of the polls; or any person who interferes with any elector when inside the polling place or when marking the ballot, or unduly influences, or attempts to unduly influence, any elector in the preparation of his or her ballot; or any elector who remains longer than the time allowed by law in the booth or compartment after being notified his or her time has expired, shall be guilty, upon conviction, of a violation.
· 17-17-38: Any person who, by bribery or offering to bribe, or by any other corrupt means, attempts to influence any elector in giving his or her vote, deter the elector from giving the same, or disturb or hinder the elector in the free exercise of the right of suffrage, at any election, shall be guilty, upon conviction, of a Class C misdemeanor.
· 17-17-43: Any person who, on Election Day, disturbs or prevents, or attempts to prevent, any elector from freely casting a ballot shall be guilty, upon conviction, of a Class A misdemeanor.
· AG’s opinion 99-00243: Private property owners that permit their property to be used as a polling place can restrict the use of that property beyond thirty feet of the entrance to the polling place. Unless otherwise permitted by private property owners, the public may use only those portions of the private property open to the public for voting purposes.
With regard to current voting laws, Sheriff Curry says, “Every voter has the protection under law to cast his/her ballot without interruption, influence, or hindrance. Each of our polling locations, whether public or private property, is gracious enough to allow voters into their facilities to cast their votes on Election Day. They open up their doors to the public; however, as property owners they do maintain their rights. Any activity outside of a 30-foot perimeter can be controlled by the property owner. No loitering may take place within the 30-foot perimeter. A voter who has cast his/her ballot must immediately leave the polling place and the perimeter and not re-enter the polling place.”
Each polling location in Shelby County will have a “No Firearm” sign posted at the entrance of the precinct, at the requests of the private property owner or governing body of the property. This will be enforced in accordance with Alabama law.
Sheriff Curry says, “Our goal is to allow every registered voter in Shelby County the right to vote in an influence-free environment. Voting is a constitutional right and it is our job to facilitate the process effectively and efficiently.”
Halloween Safety Tips
Halloween festivities can be a lot of fun for young families. Please remember these safety tips to keep your family and neighborhood groups safe.
** Never let your children trick or treat alone. Older children should go with friends and younger children should be accompanied by an adult. **
Never let younger children approach a home unattended, and teach them to never enter a home or car without prior permission from a parent or guardian.
** All children should wear reflective clothing and carry a glow stick or flashlight after dark. **
** Make sure that children can see and breathe unrestricted when wearing costumes and masks. All children’s costumes should be made from flame resistant materials. **
** Know where your children are and who they are with at all times. **
** Talk openly with your children about safety practices and do not be afraid to discuss scenarios.
Parents should inspect all candies and toys their children receive before allowing them to eat or play with it. **
Also, anyone who plans on trick-or treating in Shelby County is encouraged to visit our website, Shelbyso.com, before you leave for your outing. At our homepage you will notice the “Sex Offenders” tab. Simply click on this tab, and from here you will be able to see who the registered sex offenders are and where they are living. You will also find some other important information that may be useful to you and your family. The mapping and address feature found on the website pinpoints exactly where an offender lives.
Have a happy and safe Halloween. If anyone observes any suspicious activity on Halloween, such as acts of vandalism, they are encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (205)669-4181 or 911 in the case of a true emergency.
Telephone Scam Alert - Involving Jury Duty
On Tuesday, October 22, 2014, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office received reports from local residents indicating they had received a phone call in which the calling 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 member of the Sheriff’s Office 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.
Roadways are now clear
At 9:00 am on Tuesday October 14th, 2013, Shelby County Sheriff's deputies have reported that the roadways on Smokey Road in the area of Meadow View Elementary School are now clear.
Please continue to use caution as Alabama Power crews may remain in the area.