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Highway 47-Chelsea Road Closed
2012-04-29

Due to a motor vehicle accident at approximately 5:15 p.m. today, Shelby County Highway 47 or Chelsea Road is closed in both directions while the accident is being investigated.  Detours are Shelby County Highway 438 or Liberty Road and Shelby County Highway 39.

Drivers in the area are encouraged to slow down, take alternate travel routes and pay close attention to law enforcement and fire personnel in the immediate area of the accident.

This release will be updated when the roadway is open for normal traffic.

Highway 47- Chelsea Road is Open
2012-04-29

Shelby County Highway 47 or Chelsea Road is re-open to normal traffic in Chelsea.  Motorists are still encouraged to be cautious in the area of the accident and drive slowly.

National Prescription Take-Back Day
2012-04-26

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 National Prescription Take Back Day to allow citizens the opportunity to properly dispose of 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, April 28th, 2012, between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm, to one of these four locations:

 

·         Greystone YMCA at 5414 Highway 280, Birmingham

·         Alabaster Target at 250 South Colonial Drive, Alabaster

·         Pelham Police Department at 32 Philip Davis Street, Pelham

·         Winn-Dixie at 2653 Valleydale Rd, Birmingham

 

The SCDETF 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 easily stolen and abused.  Prescription drug abuse in the U.S. is alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

 

According to the DEA website, “Americans that participated in the DEA’s third National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on October 29, 2011, turned in more than 377,086 pounds (188.5 tons) of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at the 5,327 take-back sites that were available in all 50 states and U.S. territories. When the results of the three prior Take-Back Days are combined, the DEA, and its state, local, and tribal law-enforcement and community partners have removed 995,185 pounds (498.5 tons) of medication from circulation in the past 13 months.”

 

In October 2011, Shelby County residents turned in nearly 160 pounds of unwanted medications.

 

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 SCDETF is funded by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and the Shelby County Commission.

 

We encourage 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.

Michael Shane Derossett Arrested for Murder
2012-04-24

On April 18th, 2012, a Shelby County Grand Jury indictment for Murder was issued for the arrest of Michael Shane Derossett, 56 years of age from Sterrett, Al.  Shelby County investigators arrested Derossett this morning at his residence without incident.  He is currently being held in the Shelby County Jail on a bond of $50,000.

On September 21, 2011, deputies and Westover Fire and Rescue personnel responded twice to the 7000 block of Shelby County Highway 51, in Sterrett, on what were dispatched as medical calls.  Sonya S. Derossett, 48 years of age from Sterrett, was found to be incoherent and unresponsive the second time and she was transported to the hospital by ambulance for treatment. 

On September 22, 2011, the Shelby County Coroner’s Office notified Sheriff’s investigators that Mrs. Derossett died at the hospital and that the cause of her death was suspicious.  Investigators responded to the Derossett residence to speak with Michael S. Derrosett and look for any evidence of a crime.  After months of investigation, Sheriff’s investigators presented the case to the Shelby County Grand Jury, who returned the indictment listed above.

For information on the charge listed above, go to the link below and select Title13A Criminal Code, Chapter 6- Offenses Involving Danger to the Person, Article 1 Homicide, Section 13A-6-2 Murder.

 http://www.legislature.state.al.us/CodeofAlabama/1975/coatoc.htm.

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.

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.

Newton Arrested and Released on Bond
2012-04-20

On Friday April 20th, 2012, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office received an arrest warrant for Twnica Newton, 32 years of age from Calera, Al., for one count of Custodial Sexual Misconduct.  Newton surrendered herself at the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office today where she was arrested.  She was released on a $15,000 bond.

In early February of this year, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from an inmate alleging misconduct of a correction officer.  Correctional administrators and Sheriff’s investigators immediately began an investigation and discovered that the correction officer had indeed violated established policies and procedures.   Twnica Newton, a Shelby County correction officer for seven years, submitted her resignation on February 15th after being questioned about the complaint. 

 Following standard procedure, Sheriff Curry formally requested that the Alabama Bureau of Investigation (ABI) review this matter for possible criminal violations.  That investigation was completed and resulted in the warrant listed above.

For information on the charge listed above, go to the link below and select Title 14- Criminal Correctional and Detention Facilities, Chapter 11- Offenses Concerning Prisoners and Prisons, and Section 31- Prohibited Acts.

 http://www.legislature.state.al.us/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.

For further information, contact the Alabama Bureau of Investigation.

SHELBY COUNTY DRUG ENFORCEMENT TASK FORCE LAUNCHES WEBSITE
2012-04-18

The Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force (SCDETF) proudly announces the launch of its new website, http://dtf.shelbyal.com. The website offers citizens a new resource to learn about the dangers of drug use and to report illegal drug activity in their community. The website has public safety announcements, as well as information on various types of drugs commonly found in Shelby County, our Mission Statement, and our goal of reducing the illicit and illegal use of narcotics in Shelby County. This is a great resource for parents, teachers, concerned citizens, and civic organizations.

The site also offers links to other organizations that individuals can use as a resource to find additional information on drugs, signs of abuse, and drug prevention, as well as links to the participating agencies of the SCDETF.

According to Lt. Kevin Turner, Commander of SCDETF, “This site is one more resource for us to use to combat drug use in the County. It allows us the opportunity to educate our community about drug use and awareness and makes SCDEF more accessible to the citizens. I would like to thank the Shelby County IT Services department for helping us develop and launch our website, as well as our Board of Directors for their support.”    

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 SCDETF is funded by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and the Shelby County Commission.

The SCEDTF encourages citizens to report illegal activity by phone (205-670-0436) or by visiting its website, http://dtf.shelbyal.com. Citizens may click on “Tips” and submit their complaint. All information is anonymous.

Please direct any questions regarding this press release to Lieutenant Kevin Turner at (205) 670-0436 or email at kturner@shelbyso.com.

Carrie Elaine Gentry Identified
2012-04-14

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, based on the preliminary report of the Jefferson County Coroner/Medical Examiner, has identified the body recovered at the Shale Road quarry in Leeds, Alabama, as Carrie Elaine Gentry.  Her body was found inside of her submerged 2002 Lexus RX300 after it was recovered from the quarry.  Her death was not an accident and what was initially a missing person’s case is now a homicide investigation.

Sheriff’s investigators have been examining her vehicle for any evidence that might help the Shelby County District Attorney prosecute the person or persons responsible for her untimely death.  Evidence has already been submitted for forensic analysis including blood and DNA for comparison and elimination.

Sheriff Curry would like to express his sincere condolences to Ms. Gentry’s family and friends.  “This is not the resolution we had all hoped for and it saddens me that someone would take a life and then discard it this way.  I have every belief that we will make an arrest in this case and bring Ms. Gentry’s killer to justice,” stated Sheriff Curry.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office still needs the public’s help. Anyone with information about Carrie Elaine Gentry’s dissapearance and death, or any other information regarding this case is encouraged to contact CrimeStoppers by calling (205)254-7777 or by going to the CrimeStoppers webpage at www.metrocrimetips.com.  Tips can be submitted online by selecting the “Submit A Tip” button and completing the tip form.  All calls and on-line tip submissions are completely anonymous.  You DO NOT have to give your name and you may receive a cash reward if your tip helps investigators solve this missing person’s case.

For information on Ms. Gentry’s disappearance, please visit the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office webpage at www.ShelbySO.com and click on the “Current News” button for related press releases.   Ms. Gentry’s picture and additional information can be found on the Sheriff’s Office website at www.shelbyso.com by clicking on the “Missing Persons/Persons of Interest” link and selecting her name.  Shelby County Sheriff’s investigators may be reached at (205)669-4181, or through our website at www.ShelbySO.com by clicking on the “Report Criminal Activity” link and choosing the “General Information” category.

Identification Still Undetermined
2012-04-12

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is awaiting notification from the Jefferson County Coroner/Medical Examiner’s Office on the identity of the body recovered yesterday at the Shale Road quarry in Leeds.  There is no confirmed identity of the body at this time.  Dental records will be used in the identification and a forensic odontologist is unavailable at this time.

As soon as more information is available, this release will be updated.

Elaine Gentry’s Vehicle Recovered
2012-04-11

As reported yesterday, on April 10th, 2012, divers from the City of Calera Police and Fire Departments working with Shelby County Sheriff’s investigators discovered Carrie Elaine Gentry’s vehicle submerged in an abandoned quarry in Leeds, Alabama.  Ms. Gentry’s 2002 Lexus RX300 was successfully recovered today from the quarry and it is with great sadness that Sheriff Curry reports it contained an unidentified body. The body has been escorted to the Jefferson County Coroner/Medical Examiner’s Office for positive identification and an autopsy.  The vehicle has been secured for forensic examination.  The deceased’s identity will be released after all proper notifications have been made.

Sheriff Curry would like to personally recognize and thank all of the men and women from the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office, Calera Police and Fire Departments, St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office, Leeds Police and Fire Departments, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI who helped in the recovery today.

Sheriff Curry would like to say, “We will wait on the identification and autopsy report before we draw any conclusions but this car and body did not end up in this quarry by accident.  We will not rest until we have answered all of the obvious questions and arrested whoever is responsible for this”.

 Ms. Gentry and her vehicle were reported missing on March 29th, 2012, and Sheriff’s investigators with many other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and the public have been searching for her since her disappearance.   

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office still needs the public’s help. Anyone with information about Carrie Elaine Gentry’s dissapearance and death, or any other information regarding this case is encouraged to contact CrimeStoppers by calling (205)254-7777 or by going to the CrimeStoppers webpage at www.metrocrimetips.com.  Tips can be submitted online by selecting the “Submit A Tip” button and completing the tip form.  All calls and on-line tip submissions are completely anonymous.  You DO NOT have to give your name and you may receive a cash reward if your tip helps investigators solve this missing person’s case.

For information on Ms. Gentry’s disappearance, please visit the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office webpage at www.ShelbySO.com and click on the “Current News” button for related press releases.   Ms. Gentry’s picture and additional information can be found on the Sheriff’s Office website at www.shelbyso.com by clicking on the “Missing Persons/Persons of Interest” link and selecting her name.  Shelby County Sheriff’s investigators may be reached at (205)669-4181, or through our website at www.ShelbySO.com by clicking on the “Report Criminal Activity” link and choosing the “General Information” category.

Elaine Gentry’s Vehicle Located
2012-04-10

On Tuesday, April 10th, 2012, divers from the City of Calera Police and Fire Departments working with Shelby County Sheriff’s investigators discovered Carrie Elaine Gentry’s vehicle submerged in an abandoned quarry in Leeds, Alabama.  Ms. Gentry and her vehicle were reported missing on March 29th, 2012, and Sheriff’s investigators with many other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and the public have been searching for her since her disappearance.  The discovery of her vehicle is an important break in this case.

Divers and Sheriff’s investigators will begin the long process of recovering her vehicle tomorrow and continue the search for Ms. Gentry.  Due to the location of the vehicle, and conditions investigators will have to wait until tomorrow to determine what is contained within it.  Sheriff’s deputies and Leeds Police officers will be present throughout the night at the quarry and no one will be allowed to enter the area.  The investigation at the quarry will resume at daybreak tomorrow.

Sheriff Curry spoke to the media today after Ms. Gentry’s vehicle was discovered.  His comments reflected the growing suspicion that her disappearance may not have been the result of a traffic accident or a medical event.  While all possibilities continue to be considered, the primary focus of the search will be at the quarry tomorrow.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office still needs the public’s help. Anyone with information about the disappearance of Carrie Elaine Gentry, or any other information regarding this case is encouraged to contact CrimeStoppers by calling (205)254-7777 or by going to the CrimeStoppers webpage at www.metrocrimetips.com.  Tips can be submitted online by selecting the “Submit A Tip” button and completing the tip form.  All calls and on-line tip submissions are completely anonymous.  You DO NOT have to give your name and you may receive a cash reward if your tip helps investigators solve this missing person’s case.

For more information on Ms. Gentry’s disappearance, please visit the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office webpage at www.ShelbySO.com and click on the “Current News” button for related press releases.   Ms. Gentry’s picture and additional information can be found on the Sheriff’s Office website at www.shelbyso.com by clicking on the “Missing Persons/Persons of Interest” link and selecting her name.

Shelby County Sheriff’s investigators may be reached at (205)669-4181, or through our website at www.ShelbySO.com by clicking on the “Report Criminal Activity” link and choosing the “General Information” category.

 
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