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NATIONAL NIGHT OUT SET FOR OCTOBER 6, 2015
2015-09-28

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
2015-09-28

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. http://alisondb.legislature.state.al.us/alison/codeofalabama/1975/coatoc.htm 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
2015-09-25

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
2015-09-25

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
2015-09-15

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.

Joint effort between Pelham police and Sheriff’s deputies leads to arrest of car burglary suspect
2015-09-10

On Wednesday, September 9, 2015, Shelby County Sheriff’s investigators, and Pelham police detectives arrested 18 year old Ian Tyler Rettig, of Chelsea, in connection to a residential burglary and eight car burglaries. Pelham police identified Rettig as a potential theft suspect in a residential burglary. As a result, Pelham police detectives served a search warrant at Rettig’s residence in Chelsea. Pelham detectives requested the assistance of Sheriff’s investigators, which led to the discovery of stolen items from various car burglaries in the Chelsea and Sterrett area. Following the search warrant, Rettig was placed in custody by Sheriff’s investigators and charged with eight counts of Unlawful Breaking and Entering a Vehicle. Pelham police detectives have also charged Rettig with Burglary and Theft of Property 3rd degree. Rettig has since been released on a $50,000 bond from the Shelby County Jail. Sheriff John Samaniego credits the Pelham Police Department with Rettig’s arrest and thanks them for the collaborative effort in linking Rettig to these property crimes throughout Shelby County, “We are all very fortunate to have such a positive and professional working relationship with each agency in our county and I believe the citizens are better served as a result of such.” For information on the charge listed above, go to the link below and select Title 13A- Criminal Code, Chapter 8, Article 11, subsection 7. http://alisondb.legislature.state.al.us/alison/codeofalabama/1975/coatoc.htm 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.

Joint effort between Pelham police and Sheriff’s deputies leads to arrest of car burglary suspect
2015-09-10

On Wednesday, September 9, 2015, Shelby County Sheriff’s investigators, and Pelham police detectives arrested 18 year old Ian Tyler Rettig, of Chelsea, in connection to a residential burglary and eight car burglaries. Pelham police identified Rettig as a potential theft suspect in a residential burglary. As a result, Pelham police detectives served a search warrant at Rettig’s residence in Chelsea. Pelham detectives requested the assistance of Sheriff’s investigators, which led to the discovery of stolen items from various car burglaries in the Chelsea and Sterrett area. Following the search warrant, Rettig was placed in custody by Sheriff’s investigators and charged with eight counts of Unlawful Breaking and Entering a Vehicle. Pelham police detectives have also charged Rettig with Burglary and Theft of Property 3rd degree. Rettig has since been released on a $50,000 bond from the Shelby County Jail. Sheriff John Samaniego credits the Pelham Police Department with Rettig’s arrest and thanks them for the collaborative effort in linking Rettig to these property crimes throughout Shelby County, “We are all very fortunate to have such a positive and professional working relationship with each agency in our county and I believe the citizens are better served as a result of such.” For information on the charge listed above, go to the link below and select Title 13A- Criminal Code, Chapter 8, Article 11, subsection 7. http://alisondb.legislature.state.al.us/alison/codeofalabama/1975/coatoc.htm 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.

Shelby County Road 61 closed due to vehicle accident
2015-09-07

On Monday, September 7, 2015, at approximately 5:48 pm, deputies responded to the 4800 block of Shelby County Road 61, in the area of County Road 77, in reference to a motor vehicle accident. Deputies have requested the assistance of Troopers from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) to investigate the motor vehicle accident. As a result, Shelby County Road 61, in the area of County Road 77, will be completely closed to both lanes of travel. Updates will be provided as the accident investigation continues and roadways are cleared.

Shelby County Road 61 re-opened
2015-09-07

On Monday, September 7, 2015 at approximately 8:30 pm, Sheriff's Deputies and Troopers from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) reported that all lanes of Shelby County Road 61, in the area of County Road 77, have been re-opened. The road way was previously closed, resulting from a motor vehicle accident. Alabama Power crews, along with fire and medical personnel have made the roadway and surrounding area safe for normal traffic flow. Motorists are encouraged to use caution due to the fact that law enforcement may remain in the area as they complete their traffic investigation.

Sheriff appoints new Drug Task Force Commander
2015-09-03

Sheriff John Samaniego is pleased to announce a new Commander of the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force. Effective September 11, 2015, Lt. Clay Hammac will take Command of the decade old Task Force to lead a group of specially trained Narcotics Investigators. Lt. Clay Hammac relieves Captain Kevin Turner after four years of service to the Task Force. Captain Turner will be attending the FBI National Academy in October, and upon his return will assume command of the Criminal Investigations Division. Clay Hammac is an eleven year veteran of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office where he has served in Patrol, Criminal Investigations, the U.S. Secret Service Task Force, Crisis Negotiations, Project Lifesaver, and most recently, Administration and media relations. Lt. Hammac holds an M.B.A. with a concentration in Finance from Regis University, a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of South of Alabama, and has completed post-graduate course work in Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination. Previous Shelby County Task Force Commanders include Chief Deputy Chris George, Major Ken Burchfield, Captain Kevin Turner, and Lieutenant Cody Sumners. “There is certainly a legacy of excellence with the Drug Task Force. Shelby County is fortunate to have a team of highly trained and motivated investigators assigned to this Task Force, and I consider it a privilege to work alongside of them,” said Lt. Clay Hammac. “I look forward to working with our partnering and neighboring agencies to continue our mission of educating the public on the dangers of drug abuse and addiction, as well as aggressively pursuing the organized channels of drug distribution that impact Shelby County.” In response to the appointment Sheriff Samaniego said, “Having served more than 20 years in Narcotics, I recognize the negative impact that drug abuse and addiction has on families, and young adults. This is a vital role within our agency and I look forward to continuing to support the mission of our Drug Task Force, along with our partnering agencies.”

 
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