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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.
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 email@example.com
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.
Deputies Plunge for Special Olympics
On Saturday, January 30th, 2016 at 9:00 a.m., deputies, along with other law enforcement personnel, will take the plunge for Special Olympics Alabama. The 6th Annual Oak Mountain State Park Polar Plunge is a fundraiser hosted by the Alabama Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, which raises money and awareness for people with intellectual disabilities. Volunteers from Pelham, Homewood, Irondale, Mountain Brook, and Birmingham Police Departments will be "Freezing for a Reason" at the swimming beach of Oak Mountain State Park. Plungers don't have to be law enforcement to take part. All are welcome to help support the 14,656 athletes of Special Olympics Alabama. Spectators are welcome to support the plunge from the warmth of their dry clothes by purchasing a "Too Chicken to Plunge" t-shirt. Plungers may dress in costume and compete in a costume contest at 9:00 a.m. The plunge follows the costume contest. Individuals may register the day of the event at 8:00 a.m. or go to www.specialolympicsalabama.com and follow the news and events link. For more information, contact Deputy Debbie Sumrall at 205-670-6015.
On Wednesday January 27, 2016, Alabama Highway 119 at the intersection of Brook Highland Parkway is closed due to a motor vehicle accident. The closure also effects traffic on Brook Highland Parkway.
All motorists in the area are encouraged to seek alternate routes if possible. First responders will be in the area for some time clearing the accident and drivers should slow down and watch for them.
PROJECT LIFESAVER EQUIPMENT DEPLOYED TO LOCATE 79 YEAR-OLD
On Monday, January 25, 2016 at 5:21 p.m., Vincent Police Department requested Shelby County Sheriff's Office assistance in locating a 79 year-old male missing from his residence. The missing person was a participant in Project Lifesaver and suffered from a condition which caused him to wander from his home without the ability to find his way back. Project Lifesaver is a free program provided by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, which gives qualified individuals in need a wrist band with an embedded radio frequency tracking signal. Deputies trained to use Project Lifesaver equipment deployed the equipment at 6:20p.m. and detected a signal from the missing person's wristband at 7:16 p.m. The missing person was found 10 minutes later, about one mile from his residence, walking along railroad tracks. Vincent Fire and Rescue checked the missing person and he was in good condition.
Sheriff John Samaniego would like to thank Vincent Fire and Rescue and numerous friends and family who assisted in the search.
Traffic Alert Update – Cahaba Valley Rd near Legacy Dr
As of 12:00 pm, both lanes of Cahaba Valley Rd (Highway 119) between Legacy Dr and Boat Launch Rd (Lake Purdy) are now re-opened. Motorists are urged to remain cautious is this area.
Traffic Alert Update – Cahaba Valley Rd near Legacy Dr
As of 8:30am, both lanes of Cahaba Valley Rd (Highway 119) between Legacy Dr and Boat Launch
Rd (Lake Purdy) will be closed due to a major Motor Vehicle Accident. Motorists are urged to avoid this area and take alternate routing. The road closure is for an indefinite period of time and updates will be provided.