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U.S. Highway Westbound Closed due to Motor Vehicle Crash

At approximately 12:15pm on September 9, 2013, Shelby County 911 received a report of a motor vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 280 at the intersection of Cahaba Park Circle involving a semi-truck and a passenger car.  The motor vehicle crash is in the area of Target on U.S. Highway 280 and has all westbound lanes blocked.  It is expected that most or all the lanes will be closed for an extended amount of time.

For all westbound motorists attempting to travel into Birmingham, consider exiting U.S. Highway 280 at Cahaba Valley Rd or Valleydale Rd to access I-65 north.  Eastbound motorists are also urged to consider alternate routes as they travel from Birmingham into Shelby County.

All questions related to the investigation of this motor vehicle crash shall be directed to the City of Birmingham Police Department.

Alabama Highway 76 Reopened

At proximately 9:00am on September 3, 2013, Shelby County deputies assisted Harpersville Police in closing Alabama Highway 76 (Klein Road) when a semi-truck overturned spilling fertilizer onto the roadway. At this time, the spill has been cleaned from the highway and Alabama Highway 76 has been reopened.

Alabama Hwy 76 Closed

At proximately 9:00am on September 3, 2013, Shelby County deputies were called to assist officers from Harpersville Police on an overturned semi-truck at the intersection of Alabama Hwy 76 (Klein Rd) and Shelby County Hwy 79 (Sun Valley Rd).  This overturned truck was hauling bagged fertilizer, and a small amount has spilled onto the roadway.  At this time the entire length of Alabama Highway 76 from Alabama Highway 25 to U.S. Highway 280 is closed.  This release will be updated when the roadway reopens.

Stolen Trucks Recovered

On August 26, 2013, Shelby County Sheriff’s investigators received an anonymous tip that there was stolen property at a residence in the 200 block of Meadow Crest Farm Road, which is generally located in the Wilsonville area.  Sheriff’s deputies and investigators went to the property to follow up on the tip.  Upon arrival, deputies witnessed a vehicle fleeing through a field behind the residence, tearing through a fence line.  Investigators observed a truck and tractor on the property and recognized them as recently stolen from within the County.  A BOLO (be on the lookout) was issued to all deputies for the vehicle that fled.  A search warrant was obtained for the property and further investigation revealed a total of four stolen pick-up trucks, one tractor and a trailer. 


Shortly after the BOLO was sent, deputies spotted the suspect vehicle in the Four Mile area and a short pursuit ensued.  The vehicle came to a stop and the driver jumped out and ran.  A thorough search of the area was conducted with tracking dogs but the suspect was not located.


Eric Lynn Vining, 39 years old of Wilsonville, is currently in the Shelby County jail charged with four counts of Receiving Stolen Property First Degree with a $30,000 bond for each for a total bond of $120,000. Vining is the property owner and current resident at the house identified above.  


The investigation is continuing and additional charges may follow.


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 by clicking on the “Report Criminal Activity” link and choosing the “General Information” category.


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 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.

Awards and Promotion Ceremony

On Thursday, September 5th, 2013, at 4:00 p.m., the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office will hold its annual official awards ceremony to honor Sheriff’s Office employees who have distinguished themselves by demonstrating exemplary service.  Employees are eligible to receive all of the following awards: Honor for exceptional courage while in an extremely hazardous situation, Valor for courage while in a dangerous situation, Purple Heart for an injury during a hostile encounter and Lifesaving for saving someone’s life through prompt action.  This ceremony will not only recognize actions performed throughout an employee’s tenure but officialy announce the promotion of three employees to the rank of lieutenant, sergeant and corrections sergeant. 

The following employees will be recognized at tomorrow’s awards ceremony:

Meritorious Service

Lieutenant M. Dehart                                                              

Lieutenant J. McGee

Lieutenant K.Turner                                                             

Lieutenant J. SciaScia

Lieutenant D. Blackerby                                                    

Lieutenant C. Sumners

Sergeant C. Hammac                                                                

Corrections Officer K. Finney


Sergeant C. Hammac

The following employee’s promotions will be officially recognized:

Mark Bishop is promoted to the rank of Lieutenant

Shelby O’Connor is promoted to rank of Sergeant

Jason Wilkins is promoted to the rank of Corrections Sergeant

The following chaplains will be formally recognized into the Shelby County Law Enforcement Chaplain’s Association.

George Brown                                                           

Willard Frederick

Greg Gann                                                     

Steven Heartsill

George Hollis                                                 

Danny Lovett

Bill Robertson                                                           

Justin Smith

John Trahan                                                  

Greg Tucker

Sheriff Curry would like to invite the public and media alike to attend this special event.  It will be held at the Shelby County Sheriff’s Training Center at 543 McDow Road, Columbiana, Alabama 35051.  For more information contact Deputy Tracey Lawley at (205)669-8884.


U.S. Highway 280 Near Talladega County Line Reopened

At approximately 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday August 28, 2013, Shelby County Sheriff's deputies and Alabama Department of Public Safety state troopers responded to a motor vehicle accident involving a log truck that overturned on U.S. Highway 280 at Klein Road. At this time all lanes of U.S. Highway 280 have reopened.

It remains possible that law enforcement and road crews are still present while debris cleanup continues.  Motorists are urged to continue to use caution in this area.

U.S. Highway 280 East Closed at Klein Road

At approximately 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday August 28, 2013, Shelby County Sheriff's deputies and Alabama Department of Public Safety state troopers are working a motor vehicle accident involving a log truck that has overturned on U.S. Highway 280 at Klein Road.  This is located just before driver's go over the Coosa River bridge entering Talladega County and Childersburg.  All lanes of U.S. Highway 280 east-bound are closed and debris is also partially blocking the west-bound lanes.

First responders are busily working this accident and treating the victim.  Drivers in the area are encouraged to be cautious, drive slowly and watch for public safety personnel in the roadway.

This information will be updated when the roadway is re-opened.

Sheriff’s Deputies Seek Suspects in Four Mile Area

On August 26, 2013 at approximately 12:30p.m., Shelby County Sheriff’s Office deputies attempted to stop a white ford truck in the area of Meadow Crest Farm Road in Wilsonville.  The occupants of the vehicle fled from deputies and eventually abandoned the vehicle along a power line in the general area between Shelby County Highway 55 and Shelby County Highway 61 in the Four Mile area.  Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies and investigators remain in the area searching for the suspects.  Citizens in this area should be observant and report any suspicious persons or activity directly to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office at (205) 669-4181 or dial 911.  This release will be updated when new information is available.

Shelby County Board of Education has be informed about the law enforcement activity, and school busses in this area will not be allowing children off the bus unless there is a parent or guardian present at the school bus stop.  All children who remain on the school bus will be returned to their school for other arraingements.

Person Making Threats

On Friday August 16, 2013, at approximately 12:40 p.m., Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 400 building of Stonecrest Apartments to check on the welfare of a person who was reportedly threatening harm to himself and others.  Stonecrest Apartments are located in northern Shelby County off of U.S. Highway 280.  Upon the deputies’ arrival, they made contact with the resident who refused to cooperate with the deputies’ and a brief standoff took place with the resident displaying very erratic behavior.  Sheriff’s deputies specially trained in crisis negotiation were able to talk to the resident until he was safely taken into custody.  No one was injured but the resident was examined at the scene by Cahaba Valley Fire paramedics and transported to a local hospital for evaluation.

No criminal charges have been filed and the resident’s name will not be released at this time.

Sheriff Curry would like to thank everyone who helped bring a safe resolution to today’s brief standoff including the Hoover Police Department and the staff at Stonecrest Apartments.  “I regret any inconvenience to the other residents at Stonecrest Apartments but I am especially pleased that this crisis ended without anyone being injured’, said Sheriff Curry.

Missing and Endangered Person

On Wednesday August 14, 2013, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the help of the public in locating Alvin Bruce McClinton, 63 years of age from Calera, Alabama.  McClinton is a black male and was last seen this morning at approximately 11:00 a.m. in the 100 block of Shelby County Highway 6 where he left walking northbound. This is generally known as the Calera area. He is believed to be wearing a light colored baseball hat, white shirt, blue jeans and white shoes.  He may also be wearing a black raincoat.  He is known locally as “Mr. A”.

Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies, Calera police officers and Calera fire and rescue personnel have been looking for him since he reportedly left his residence this morning.  He is listed as “Missing and Endangered” in the FBI’s National Crime Information Center’s and the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center’s databases. 

Anyone with information about Alvin Bruce McClinton or his whereabouts is urged to contact the Calera Police Department at (205)668-3505 or 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 by clicking on the “Report Criminal Activity” link and choosing the “General Information” category.

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