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Traffic backed up due to motor vehicle accident
On Monday, December 7, 2015 at approximately 07:30 am, Shelby County deputies are working a motor vehicle accident with no injuries on Highway 280 and Shelby County Rd 41. As a result of an overturned garbage truck, one westbound lane is currently closed for about 30 minutes. Traffic is moving but is very congested. Motorists are encouraged to use caution until the accident scene has been cleared. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.
Highway 280 at Dunnavant Rd Re-opened
All lanes on Highway 280 at Dunnavant Rd are re-opened except for the turn lane into The Narrows. Deputies are still trying to clear the accident scene and request motorists to go slow and exercise caution in the area.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Samaniego want to warn citizens about a telephone scam that is becoming increasingly popular. This scam has one purpose; to defraud you of money.
The common scam is to call you and tell you that you did not report for jury duty and as a result a warrant has been issued for your arrest. The caller will offer to dismiss the warrant if you send them money via one of the many on-line payment methods. The caller may use one of the Sheriff’s administrative officer’s names they took from the Sheriff’s Office webpage or one of our elected official’s names. These calls are always fraudulent. The Sheriff’s Office will never call you and offer to settle a warrant over the phone for monetary payment.
If you receive a call similar to the one described above, you have a number of options. One, you can ask for a number to call the caller back after you have verified the call. The caller may “push” you to settle the warrant with a cash payment and tell you this is your only chance to settle the warrant. The Sheriff’s Office will never contact you in this way. Two, you can simply disconnect the call with the knowledge it is fraudulent. Three, you can ask the caller questions about his employment with the Sheriff’s Office and then call us to verify their truthfulness. Our phone number is (205)669-4181.
Sheriff Samaniego asks you to please guard against falling victim to these scam artists. The Sheriff’s Office will never ask for money from you over the telephone. If you have any questions about how we handle warrants, or our daily operations, please call us before you send anyone money via the internet.
SHELBY COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE NORTH SUBSTATION GRAND OPENING
The Grand Opening for the new Shelby County Sheriff’s Office North Substation will be held Monday, October 19, 2015, beginning at 10:30 am. The public is invited to see the new office and hear from Sheriff John Samaniego about the services the Substation will offer to residents and visitors of North Shelby County. A short reception will follow the official opening and everyone is welcome.
The Substation is located at 5511 Hwy 280, suite 117, in the Greystone Park Business Center. The telephone number is 205-670-6280. Hours of operation will be Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Citizens will be able to purchase or renew pistol permits as well as obtain copies of Incident/Offense reports and accident reports.
NORTH SUBSTATION OPEN FOR BUSINESS
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office new North Substation will be open for business beginning Wednesday, October 6, 2015. The Substation is located at 5511 Hwy 280 suite 117. The hours of operation will be Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Beginning Wednesday, October 6, 2015 citizens will be able to purchase or renew pistol permits as well as pick up a copy of an Incident/Offense report. The direct phone number is 205-670-6280. The Grand Opening for the new North Substation will be set for a later date.
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT SET FOR OCTOBER 6, 2015
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with Chelsea Fire Department and Wal-Mart Supercenter Chelsea, invites the community to National Night Out, Tuesday October 6, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the parking lot of Chelsea Wal-Mart, 16077 US Highway 280.
Nineteen agencies will be present to educate the public on their services and provide resources, free of charge. First responder and military agencies will offer the public an inside look into their equipment and children will be able to get up close to fire engines, patrol cars, a marine patrol boat, a tactical vehicle, and the Sheriff’s Office newly acquired helicopter. The Sheriff’s Office helicopter pilots will be excited to speak to the public about the capabilities of the aircraft and its services to the community such as search and rescue, patrol, drug interdiction, and disaster response.
National Night Out is an annual campaign which promotes a partnership between first responders and the community which we serve. For more information about National Night Out, please visit their website at https://natw.org/.
BURGLARY SUSPECTS APPREHENDED AND CHARGED
On Saturday, September 26, 2015 at approximately 8:15 p.m. Shelby County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call at 10870 Chelsea Road (Chelsea Youth Baseball Fields) from a concerned citizen who believed someone may have burglarized the concession stand. Deputies quickly determined someone had entered the concession stand by breaking a window and removed two cash registers. Deputies observed an unoccupied vehicle in the rear parking lot and located the owner, 18 year old Brian Tyler Hughes of Chelsea, AL, at a residence within walking distance of the baseball park. Also at the residence was 18 year old Jonathan Michael Haney of Chelsea, AL. Deputies were able to determine Brian Tyler Hughes and Jonathan Michael Haney committed the burglary and charged both with Burglary 3rd Degree and Theft of Property 3rd Degree. Brian Tyler Hughes and Jonathan Michael Haney are currently being held in the Shelby County Jail with bonds totaling $6,000.00 each.
Sheriff Samaniego stated, “This is a wonderful example of a citizen immediately calling us when he noticed a suspicious situation. Because of the citizen’s quick reaction, your deputies were able to respond quickly and collect valuable evidence which led to the arrests of those involved and the recovery of property to the Chelsea Youth Baseball program.”
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 and Chapter 8- Offenses Involving Theft.
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. An inmate’s information will not be available until he or she has been booked into the facility.
DEPUTIES AND CITIZENS RECOGNIZED AT CEREMONY
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office hosted family and friends on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. for an Awards and Recognition Ceremony at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church. Sheriff John Samaniego personally recognized ten promotions of personnel, effective since he took office in January. The promotions and their assignments are as follows:
Captain Jeff Hartley, Administrative Division
Captain Mike Hudson, Commander Patrol Division
Captain Kevin Turner, Commander Criminal Investigations Division
Lieutenant Russell Bedsole, Assistant Jail Commander
Lieutenant Clay Hammac, Commander of the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force
Sergeant Kevin Brand, Administrative Sergeant in Community Outreach
Sergeant Nathan Kendrick, Supervisor of School Resource Officers
Sergeant Greg Martin, Criminal Investigations Division
Sergeant Jason Myrick, Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force
Sergeant Owen Prescott, Civil Division
Sheriff Samaniego and his command staff also recognized eight deputies and two citizens for outstanding acts of bravery or service. The awards were as follows:
Lieutenant Mike DeHart – Meritorious Service Award
Deputy Brian White- Two Lifesaving Awards
Sergeant David Black – Meritorious Service Award
Sergeant Chris Robertson – Meritorious Service Award
Deputy Clayton Gatlin – Lifesaving Award
Deputy Rachel Ivy – Meritorious Service Award
Lieutenant Russel Bedsole- Sheriff’s Award
Lieutenant Clay Hammac – Sheriff’s Award
Mr. Mike Echols – Sheriff’s Award
Mr. Kenneth Bunn – Sheriff’s Award
The final recognition of the evening was to the family of late Sheriff Luther T Bozeman, killed in the line of duty on September 28, 1950. Sheriff Bozeman’s granddaughter and grandson joined the Sheriff’s Office and guests in honoring Sheriff Bozeman’s ultimate sacrifice to the citizens of Shelby County.
Road closed due to motor vehicle accident
On Friday, September 25, 2015 at approximately 09:30 am, Shelby County deputies were requested by the Columbiana Police Department to assist with the investigation of a motor vehicle accident on Shelby County Road 26 in the area of Billy Wayne Acres, near Highway 70.
As a result of the motor vehicle accident, the roadway is currently closed. Traffic is being re-routed by deputies and officers on scene.
Motorists are encouraged to travel Highway 31 to Highway 70 through Saginaw and Calera, as a detour of using County Road 26, until the accident scene has been cleared.
Additional information will be released as it becomes available.
SHERIFF ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH FAMILY CONNECTION
Sheriff John Samaniego announces the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, partnering with Family Connection, is now a “Safe Place” location for young people in immediate need of help and safety. Project Safe Place is a national program for youth in crisis or need of assistance. It connects any designated “Safe Place” location, such as businesses, fire departments, libraries, or police stations, with the services of the local youth shelter and child advocacy center.
Sheriff Samaniego stated, “We are proud to participate in such a wonderful program for at-risk youth and will proudly display the yellow “Safe Place” sign at our main office in Columbiana. I want the youth in our county to know we are always here to help and my deputies are committed to provide a “Safe Place” for all those in crisis.”
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office will continue to provide safety and access to services for individuals and families affected by sexual and domestic violence. For more information concerning Family Connection, go to their website at www.familyconenction-inc.org.