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Third Burglary Suspect Captured
2011-11-17

The third and last burglary suspect in today's Chelsea Road residential burglary has been apprehended and all three suspects are now in custody. 

More information, including the suspect's names, will be released as soon as they have been formally charged.

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.

Burglary Suspect at Large
2011-11-17

At approximately 12:51 p.m. today, Shelby County 911 received a call from a homeowner at a residence in the 10000 block of Chelsea Road reporting a burglary in progress.  The homeowner gave a description of the suspect vehicle leaving the residence.  A few minutes later, Shelby County deputies observed a vehicle matching the description of the one given by the homeowner in close proximity to the victim’s residence.  Shelby County deputies attempted to stop the vehicle.  The suspects failed to yield to the deputies and a pursuit ensued.  The suspects abandoned their vehicle in the Inverness area of Hwy 280 and fled on foot.  Sheriff’s deputies apprehended two of the suspects and they are in custody.  Shelby County deputies along with Hoover and Birmingham police officers, Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies and members of the US Marshal’s Task Force are currently seeking the other suspect. 

Citizens in the Inverness area of Hwy 280 are urged to use caution and immediately call 911 if they observe anything unusual.  The remaining suspect at large may be armed.

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.

Roadway Open
2011-11-06

Chelsea Road (Shelby County Highway 47) is now open to normal traffic between Chelsea and Columbiana.

Chelsea Road Closed until further notice
2011-11-06

Shelby County Highway 47 (Chelsea Road) is closed due to a motor vehicle accident where a main gas line was damaged.  It is closed at Seale Drive approximately one mile north of Columbiana and at Shelby County Highway 49.  All local traffic is advised to take alternate routes until this accident is cleared and the roadway is safe to travel again.

This release will be updated when the roadway is open again.

Update on Roubdioux Road Death Investigation
2011-11-01

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office has been investigating the deaths of three people since they were discovered on Friday, October 28, 2011, at approximately 2:43 p.m.  Their bodies were found just outside of their residence in the 300 block of Roubdioux Road, located in northwestern Shelby County.  They have been identified as Phyllis J. Castillo, 78 years of age, Anita M. Castillo, 53 years of age, and Melvin R. Jones, 58 years of age.  Phyllis Castillo was the mother of Anita Castillo and Melvin Jones.  Autopsies have been completed and they revealed that all three died as a result of gunshot wounds and that Melvin Jones’ wounds were apparently self-inflicted.  A gun was recovered at the crime scene.

While Sheriff’s investigators continue to examine all of the evidence in this case, it appears that this was a murder-suicide. 

Sheriff Curry would like to express his deepest sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of the Castillo family, “This is a tragic loss and very difficult set of circumstances to deal with for the family and everyone who knew them.”

Anyone with information about this crime 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.

Update to Roubduioux Road Investigation
2011-10-29

On Friday October 28, 2011, the Shelby County Sheriff’s 
Office responded to a report of a deceased person at a
residence in the 300 block of Roubdioux Road.
Roubdioux Road is in northwestern Shelby County off of
South Shadescrest Road.  Upon arrival, deputies discovered
three adults deceased in front of the residence.  A handgun
was located near the bodies.  They have been identified as
Anita M. Castillo
, 53 years of age, Phyllis J. Castillo, 78 years
of age, and Melvin R. Jones, 58 years of age, all from the

Roubdioux Road residence.  Phyllis Castillo was Anita Castillo
and
Melvin Jones’ mother.

The investigation into their deaths is continuing.  Autopsies

are pending.  Investigators will wait for autopsy and toxicology

results to determine the cause and manner of death.












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.

This press release will be updated as more information becomes available.



Update to Death Investigation of 10/28/11
2011-10-28

At approximately 2:43 p.m. today, Shelby County 911 received a call reporting a possible death at a residence in the 300 block of Roubdioux Road.  Roubdioux Road is located in the northwestern section of Shelby County.  Upon arrival, deputies discovered three adults deceased.  Sheriff’s investigators and the Shelby County Coroner’s Office responded and began the process of identification and it is believed that all of the deceased lived at the residence where they were found. It is not believed there is any immediate threat to the community. Investigators will wait for autopsy and toxicology results to determine the cause and manner of death.

The investigation continues.  The names and ages of the victims will not be released pending notification of their families.  There are no suspects at this time.   

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.

This press release will be updated as more information becomes available.

 

Ongoing Death Investigation
2011-10-28

At approximately 2:43 p.m. today, Shelby County 911 received a call reporting a possible death within a residence on Roubdioux Road.  Roubdioux Road is in the northwestern area of Shelby County off of South Shadescrest Road. At this time, Shelby County Sheriff's deputies and investigators are on scene conducting the investigation.


The media is encouraged to go to Helena Fire Station #3  located at 4828 South Shades Crest Road to await further information.

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.


Ongoing Death Investigation
2011-10-28

There are no updates available at this time.

At approximately 2:43 p.m. today, Shelby County 911 received a call reporting a possible death within a residence on Roubdioux Road.  Roubdioux Road is in the northwestern area of Shelby County off of South Shadescrest Road. At this time, Shelby County Sheriff's deputies and investigators are on scene conducting the investigation.


The media is encouraged to go to Helena Fire Station #3  located at 4828 South Shades Crest Road to await further information.

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.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Saturday
2011-10-25

National Prescription Take-Back Day

The Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force (SCDETF), the Pelham Police Department, the Shelby County Drug Free Coalition, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration are sponsoring the event to allow citizens the opportunity to properly dispose of unneeded, unused, expired, or unwanted prescription or over-the counter medications. The drop-off is free and anonymous - no questions asked.

 

Bring your medications for disposal on Saturday, October 29th, 10:00 am-2:00 pm, to either the Greystone YMCA (5414 Highway 280, Birmingham), Alabaster Target (250 South Colonial Drive, Alabaster) or the Pelham Police Department (32 Philip Davis Street, Pelham). The Task Force and the Pelham Police Department will be accepting over-the-counter and prescription medications for free and proper disposal. 

 

Medication take-back events address a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that stay in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.  Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. 

 

Last September, the Drug Enforcement Administration sponsored the first National Take-Back Prescription Day followed by the second Take-Back Day in April where Americans turned in 376,593 pounds—188 tons—of prescription drugs at nearly 5,400 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,000 state and local law enforcement partners. In April 2011, Shelby County residents turned in nearly 250 pounds of unwanted medications.   

Shelby County data shows that the non-medical use of prescription and over-the-counter medications by middle and high school students is the second highest form of illicit drug abuse (following marijuana).  A national study (SAMHSA National Survey on Drug Use and Health September 2007) found that of teens who reported abuse prescription pain killers, 70% say they got them from friends or relatives, often without their knowledge.  

 

The SCDETF consists of law enforcement officers from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Alabaster Police Department, Pelham Police Department, Harpersville Police Department, Helena Police Department, the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office, and the Alabama National Guard Counter Drug Program. The Task Force is funded by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and the Shelby County Commission.

 

The Task Force encourages citizens to report illegal activity by phone (205-670-0436) or by visiting the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office’s website, www.shelbyso.com. Citizens may click “Report Criminal Activity” and submit their complaint in the field labeled “Narcotics”.  All information is anonymous.

 

Direct any questions regarding this press release to Lieutenant Kevin Turner of the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force, at (205) 670-0436.

 
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