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Middel School Student Arrested For Threats

On Thursday, February 25, 2016 at the end of the school day, Chelsea Middle School reported to Shelby County Sheriff's Office threats were made by a 14 year-old student toward other students at school, on Friday. Deputies and investigators immediately responded and conducted interviews Thursday and all day Friday to either verify or dismiss the threats. The student did not attend school on Friday or Monday. Interviews continued today and investigators determined the 8th grader made the threats. Deputies arrested the 14 year-old at 5:30 p.m. today at his home in Chelsea and charged the student with Terrorist Threats. The 14 year-old is being held at Shelby County Juvenile Facility. For information on the charge listed above, go to the link below and select Title 13A -Criminal Code and Chapter 10, Offenses Against Public Administration.…/c…/1975/coatoc.htm Sheriff Samaniego stated, "I am very proud of the team work between school officials and Shelby County deputies. In all, close to 30 students were interviewed to make sure enough probable cause existed to arrest the accused. I want to thank the County Commission and Board of Education who continue to support the Safe Schools Initiative program.”

Landline Telephone Services Interrupted

On Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 2:30 a.m. a wreck damaged an AT&T junction box on Highway 280. Landline telephone services are out in a small area of Chelsea. Businesses and residences along Highway 280 from County Road 39 to Old Highway 280 and from County Road 39 at County Road 337 up to Highway 280 have no landline telephone service. Cell phone service is still working. If an emergency occurs, call 911 on your cell phone and remember to state your address. Cell phones, unlike landlines, do not automatically give your physical address to 911. AT&T expects service to resume in 4-6 days.

Traffic Alert - Highway 25 near Sterrett

On Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at about 1:54 p.m. Shelby County deputies and other emergency personnel responded to a wreck on State Highway 25 near County Road 55, just south of Sterrett. As of 2:45 p.m., the road is closed. One lane of the road will open shortly. Please check our Facebook page for updates.

High School Student Arrested For Threats

On Friday, February 19, 2016, before the school day began, a parent notified the Shelby County Sheriff's Office of a threat made by a student at Chelsea High School to blow up a classroom. Within minutes deputies and investigators quickly secured the school. Shelby County deputies and school staff then quickly determined the student's identity and that the student was absent. With the help of school staff, deputies located the student at their residence and the student admitted to making the threats, although did not have the means to carry out the threat. The student, a fifteen year old, was arrested for Terrorist Threats and is being held at Shelby County Juvenile Facility. For information on the charge listed above, go to the link below and select Title 13A -Criminal Code and Chapter 10, Offenses Against Public Administration. Sheriff Samaniego stated, "With the help of school administrators, we quickly determined the students and faculty of Chelsea High School were in no immediate danger. Despite the fact this young person did not have the capabilities to carry out the threat, it was taken seriously by school staff and the deputy assigned to Chelsea High School. I want to thank the County Commission and Board of Education who continue to support the Safe Schools Initiative program.”

Deputies Catch Two “Smash and Grab” Suspects

Retail stores which close overnight have long been a target for "smash and grabs". The thieves make a quick entry by breaking through the front door or back wall, grab bags full of items such as cigarettes, and quickly leave. Shelby County deputies were able to catch two smash and grab suspects early Tuesday morning because of a quick response and attention to evidence at the scene. On Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at about 12:40 a.m., deputies responded to a burglar alarm at a convenience store on Caldwell Mill Road. Deputies spotted a male on the side of the building and then heard several people running through the woods behind the store. Deputies heard a truck engine with a loud exhaust start and intercepted a truck with a loud exhaust leaving the area. The occupants of the truck, 44 year-old Kenneth Lamont Crawford of Birmingham and 43 year-old Carlos Lamar Franklin of Decatur, were arrested for Burglary 3rd Degree, Possession of Burglar Tools, and Criminal Mischief 2nd degree. Both suspects are currently being held in the Shelby County Jail with their bonds set at $11,000. For information on the charges listed above, go to the link below and select Title 13A-Criminal Code and Chapter 7- Offenses Involving Damage To And Intrusion Upon Property. To view a Shelby County jail inmate’s picture, their charges and bonds, go to 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. An inmate’s information is not available until he or she is booked into the facility. Businesses which close for the night can do several things to make themselves a harder target. Installing bright lighting on the exterior reduces the concealment thieves have when entering and lets patrolling deputies clearly see doors and windows are still secure. Leaving interior lights on or installing motion sensing lighting reduces thieves concealment once inside. Adding bollards, a fixed, secure barrier cemented in the ground, at the front entrance will prevent the thieves from using a car to smash in the front door. Locking the items thieves target, such as cigarettes, in a cabinet overnight will delay the quick grab and escape. Sheriff John Samaniego stated, “If you see or hear something suspicious around a closed business, call law enforcement immediately and be a good witness.”

Traffic Alert on Industrial Parkway in Columbiana due to Fire Incident

Columbiana Fire Department is responding to an incident inside Grede Fabricating, 130 Industrial Pkwy in Columbiana Industrial Parkway between Joinertown Rd and Co Rd 70. It is unknown at this time if there was a fire but as a precaution, the company has closed for the remainder of the day. There was one minor injury of a plant worker. Firefighters are on scene and motorists are urged to avoid this area and to take alternate. As of now, Columbiana Middle School will not be effected and school has not been dismissed.

Travel Precautions

All roads in Shelby County appear to be open this morning as of 6:00 am. However, motorists should use caution in the area of Highway 119 at Briarwood Christian School. The road is open but there may still be water accumulating in some areas. There is a vehicle off the roadway from an accident last night due to flooding. Also, there was flooding reported last night near the concrete plant between New Venture Way and Airpark Industrial Rd on County Highway 87 in Alabaster. Again, as of this morning, all roads are open but use caution and drive slowly in these areas.

Free Class for Faith-Based Organization's Response to an Active Shooter

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office, in partnership with Shelby Baptist Association, the Shelby County Chaplain's Association, and the Church at Chelsea / Westover, present a free class for faith-based organizations on their response to an active shooter. The class is Saturday, February 20th from 8:00 a.m. until noon at the Church at Chelsea / Westover on Hwy 280. One or two representatives from any congregation in the central Alabama area may register by calling the Shelby Baptist Association at 205-669-7858 or by email to

Traffic Alert Harpersville

On January 30, 2016 a motor vehicle accident occurred on Highway 25 between Klein Road and Dead Hollow Road South. One lane of Highway 25 is closed and emergency personnel will be in the area for an extended period of time.

Natural Gas Detection System in Place

On Friday January 29, 2015, Sheriff Samaniego is pleased to announce that an almost two year project to make the Shelby County Jail safer has been completed. Following the report of an explosion at a jail in Florida on May 1, 2014, Sheriff Samaniego recognized that an automated natural gas detection system with the capability of shutting off the gas supply could prevent a similar event here. He turned to the Shelby County Commission and the facilities maintenance department for help. They quickly discovered that there was no such system readily available. Facilities maintenance employees with expertise in this area then worked with a private vendor to build a system to meet the needs of the jail and, after almost two years of development and testing, a first-of-its-kind detection system is in place. The system is designed to automatically detect small traces of hazardous gases and when discovered, electronically cut off the gas supply to the area. The system also sends audible and visual warnings to a number of remote stations throughout the jail. Jail employees are trained to respond to these warnings and even evacuate the whole jail if it is deemed necessary. Sheriff Samaniego commented, “I am so pleased that we have this system in place and I rest a little easier knowing that it will guard against an event like the one seen in Florida. We could not have done this without the Shelby County Commission’s support and the hard work of the facilities maintenance department. The true beneficiaries of this are the men and women working in the jail and those incarcerated there.” It is believed this is the first such system to be designed and built for a county jail.

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