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Accidental Death

On June 13, 2011, at approximately 11:08 a.m., Shelby County 911 received an emergency assistance call in reference to an injured person at a residence on Shelby County Road 77 in the Kingdom community. Deputies arrived on scene and found Mr. Alfred Donald Horton of Columbiana deceased. Mr. Horton was performing tree maintenance at the residence and suffered fatal injuries after being pinned between two fallen trees. His death is believed to be accidental.

Death Investigation on Cripple Creek Lane

On Sunday, June 12th, 2011, at approximately 6:00 p.m., Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the report of a person being shot at a residence in the 100 block of Cripple Creek Lane, in Sterrett.  Upon arrival, deputies discovered two people who had died from apparent gunshot wounds. They are identified as Robert Joe Cather, II, 42 years of age from Sterrett, and Mark Lindsay Kerr, 46 years of age also from Sterrett.  No one else was injured.  Autopsies will be performed to determine the exact cause and manner of both deaths.

The investigation into the circumstances leading up to the shooting is still ongoing and Shelby County Sheriff’s investigators along with the Coroner’s Office worked through the night determining what happened.  The preliminary investigation leads investigators to believe that Cather and Kerr were the only two people involved in this shooting.

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.


Update on Cripple Creek Lane Shooting

Earlier tonight, Shelby County Sheriff's deputies responded to the 100 block of Cripple Creek Lane in Vandiver on a report of a person shot at a residence.  Upon arrival, deputies discovered that not one but two people had been shot at that location and that both were deceased at the scene.  Sheriff's investigators have been on the scene with the Shelby County Coroner's Office investigating the circumstances leading up to the shooting.  Investigators do not believe at this time that there are any suspects at large in this shooting.  Although nothing has been ruled out this early in the investigation, Sheriff Curry does not believe the public is at risk from this event.

Investigators will continue working on this throughout the night.  No further information will be released on the victims pending notification of their families.  Once proper notification has been delivered, an updated press release will be sent.

Anyone with information about this shooting is encouraged to call the Sheriff's Office at (205)669-4181.

Person Shot

At approximately 6:00 p.m. on today's date, Shelby County Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a person who had been shot at a residence in the 100 block of Cripple Creek Lane, in Vandiver.  Vandiver's local fire and rescue personnel also responded to the residence.  At least one person was found to have been shot and deputies are busy securing the scene and determining what led up to the shooting. 

This call is ongoing at this time.  Sheriff's Office investigators will be arriving at the scene momentarily.  As more information becomes available this press release will updated. 

Update on Harpersville Traffic Accident

Sent at the request and on behalf of Harpersville Police Chief, David Lattimer.

At approximate 12:32 p.m. on Friday June 10th, 2011, Harpersville police officers and Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a motor vehicle accident with entrapment on Alabama Highway 25, within Harpersville’s city limits.  Upon arrival, they discovered an accident involving two vehicles with two victims deceased at the scene and three others injured.  The Harpersville, Vincent and Wilsonville fire departments all responded to assist with rescue efforts and medical treatment. 

There were a total of five people in the two vehicles involved in the accident.  One victim was flown to a local hospital via Lifesaver and two others were transported by ambulance.  The Shelby County Coroner, Diana Hawkins, was on the scene and tentatively identified the two deceased victims at the scene as Barbara G. Posey, 64 years of age from Vincent, and Patrick Posey, 47 years of age from Vincent.   Autopsies will provide positive identification.  One of the victims transported to the hospital, Jason Posey, Jr., four years of age from Vincent, later died. 

Alabama Highway 25 is open to traffic again.  Please use caution in and around the area of this accident as first responders may still be present.

Shelby County’s county-wide multi-jurisdictional traffic  homicide investigation unit was activated and responded to the scene as well.  This unit consists of both police officers and sheriff’s deputies trained in advanced accident investigation. 

Police Chief David Lattimer would like to express his deepest sympathies to the friends and families of those lost and injured in this accident.  He would also like to thank all of the first responders who helped with this accident, “This was a horrible accident and I want to thank everyone for their help.  My heart goes out to the families.”

Please direct all questions to the office of Harpersville Police Chief David Lattimer.

Motor Vehicle Accident with Road Closure

At 12:32 p.m., on today's date, Shelby County Sheriff's deputies and Harpersville police officers responded to the scene of a motor vehicle accident on Alabama Highway 25 just south of Shelby County Highway 76.  Highway 25 is closed in both directions at this location and will remain so for some time.

All traffic is being diverted to alternate routes.  Drivers in the area are encouraged to drive slowly and safely.

Updated press releases will advise when the roadway is open to traffic again.

Missing Child Found

It is with much sadness that the Shelby County Sheriff's Office must report that the missing child from yesterday, two year old Ella Journey Zeigler from Mt. Laurel, was discovered at approximately 1:20 p.m. today in the lake where she was last seen .  The child disappeared yesterday at approximately 6:00 p.m., while at the lake with family members and an extensive search was conducted both in and out of the water.

The law enforcement and fire service communities, as well as the residents of Mt. Laurel, worked together to locate the child.  Sheriff Curry would like to thank all of the following for their help:
Cahaba Valley Fire Department
Calera Fire Department
Hoover Fire Department
Shelby County EMA
Shelby County Coroner's Office
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Calera Police Department
Hoover Police Department
Pelham Police Department
Alabaster Police Department
Alabama Department of Public Safety
The management and residents of Mt. Laurel
The men and women of the Sheriff's Office
Double Oak Community Church

Sheriff Curry would like to express his heartfelt sympathy to Ella's family and friends, "Everyone who helped search or provided water, food or lights was important but I want to especially thank the members of the dive teams and the helicopter crew. We all wanted this search to end differently and all were saddened by the outcome.  Our thoughts and prayers will be with the family in the days ahead."

Sheriff's investigators, with the Shelby County Coroner, will complete their work in this matter in the coming days.


Missing Child

Just after 6:00 p.m. on Monday June 6, 2011, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office was notified of a missing child in the Mt. Laurel area. Deputies responded to search for the toddler but the initial search did not locate the child.  Several fire departments (Cahaba Valley, Calera and Harpersville) and the local EMA responded to help in the search and the Alabama Department of Public Safety responded with one of their specially equipped helicopters with trained personnel. 

A perimeter was established and the immediate and surrounding area was searched several times by both deputies and fire personnel.  The area where the child disappeared is heavily wooded and there is a sizable lake where the child had been playing earlier.  The lake was searched by trained divers with specialized equipment.

The actual search has been suspended until dawn tomorrow but Sheriff's deputies will remain on the scene throughout the night.  Additional deputies will begin searching early tomorrow and divers will search the lake again.

Sheriff's investigators are looking at every possible circumstance for the child's disappearance but for now the focus is on a lost child.  The Sheriff's Office will update this release tomorrow morning.

Update on Train Derailment

The Sheriff's Office has just received information from Hazmat personnel that the derailed train cars transporting chemicals are not leaking.  This information greatly reduces the risk to local residents and first responders.  Car removal and track repair may still present some risk but local residents should be able to return to the area shortly.

Dead Hollow Road and Rock School Road should be avoided until this accident is cleared up.  

Road Closure

Shortly after 2:00 p.m. today, Shelby County Sheriff's deputies responded to the area of Dead Hollow Road and Rock School Road in Harpersville to assist the Harpersville Police Department with a potential hazardous materials incident created when a train partially derailed.  Deputies are on-scene now with local hazmat personnel assessing the accident and the potential danger. 

Local roadways are closed to all traffic at this time.  Some residents have been evacuated as a precautionary action.  Once it has been determined exactly what chemicals are involved and whether there has been an actual leak, an update will be released.

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