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Update: Motorist charged in multi-vehicle accident on Cahaba Valley Rd
2015-02-05

On Wednesday, February 4, 2015, at approximately 3:00 p.m., a Shelby County Sheriff’s deputy directing school traffic in the area of Cahaba Valley Road near Keith Drive, observed a vehicle driving recklessly through traffic. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver refused. After fleeing from deputies for a short distance on Cahaba Valley Road, the suspect vehicle came to a stop striking three other vehicles. The passenger of the suspect vehicle was transported to a local hospital and was reported to be in critical condition at the time of the crash. A driver of a separate vehicle reportedly received non-life-threatening injuries, and was also transported to a local hospital. The driver of the suspect vehicle, 25 year old Bobby Jack Bernier of Sterrett, was arrested at the scene and has been charged with Driving Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance, Assault 1st degree, Assault 3rd degree, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, and six counts of Reckless Endangerment. Additional charges will follow. Bernier remains in the Shelby County Jail on a $35,000 bond. For information on the charges listed above, go to the link below and select Title 32 Criminal Code, Chapter 5, Section 32-5A-191(A)(3), 32-6-22, as well as Title 13 Criminal Code, Chapter 6, Section 13A-6-20, 13A-6-22, and 13A-6-24. 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.

Traffic Accident Investigation (Cahaba Valley Road)
2015-02-04

On Wednesday, February 04, 2015, at approximately 3:00 p.m., a Shelby County Sheriff’s deputy directing school traffic in the area of Cahaba Valley Road near Keith Drive, observed a vehicle driving recklessly through traffic. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle. However, when the vehicle refused to stop, it struck three other vehicles on the roadway. The passenger of the suspect vehicle was transported to UAB Hospital and is reported to be in critical condition. A driver of a separate vehicle reportedly received non-life-threatening injuries, and was transported to Shelby Baptist Medical Center. The suspect driver has been taken into custody and transported by deputies to Shelby Baptist Medical Center. The multi-vehicle accident resulted in Cahaba Valley Road being temporarily closed as fire and rescue personnel assisted the patients, followed by Traffic Collision Investigators assessing the scene. The roadway was re-opened at approximately 5:40 p.m. However, motorists can continue expect traffic delays as Traffic Investigators remain in the area. This traffic investigation is on-going, and additional information, to include criminal charges, will be shared as it becomes available.

Cahaba Valley Rd. at Broken Bow Dr. (re-opened)
2015-02-04

At 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, all lanes of Cahaba Valley Rd. in the area of Broken Bow Dr. are reported to be re-opened. Motorists are encouraged to use caution as law enforcement, along with fire and rescue crews, may remain in the area.

Cahaba Valley Rd. at Broken Bow Dr. (re-opened)
2015-02-04

At 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, all lanes of Cahaba Valley Rd. in the area of Broken Bow Dr. are reported to be re-opened. Motorists are encouraged to use caution as law enforcement, along with fire and rescue crews, may remain in the area.

Cahaba Valley Rd. at Broken Bow Dr.
2015-02-04

On Wednesday, February 4, 2015, at 3:30 p.m., Cahaba Valley Road in the area of Broken Bow Drive is closed due to a motor vehicle accident. Local motorists are encouraged to take an alternate route. Traffic is highly congested and first responders are working to assist the victims of the wreck. All motorists are encouraged to slow down in the area and yield to emergency vehicles on the scene.

Women's Safety Course (free to the public)
2015-02-03

Due to the overwhelming interest from previous classes, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office will host an additional Women's Safety Course on February 21st. The class will focus on awareness and prevention while also giving participants the tools to address a dangerous situation if necessary. This is a "hands on" class involving practice scenarios and some defensive tactics. The goal of the Women’s Safety Class is to give females a better understanding of situational awareness and current safety issues with a focus on the prevention of threatening situations as well as how to survive during an assault or other dangerous event. The one day course is scheduled to to begin at 8:00 a.m., and end at 5:30 p.m. This course will be taught by deputies who are certified defensive tactics instructors. Class size is limited and expected to fill quickly. The deadline for registration is February 17th. If interested, please download an application from www.myshelbyso.com. You may fax the application to 205-669-3865, attn: Lt. Clay Hammac or you can email your scanned application to chammac@shelbyso.com

Shots fired at homeowner by car burglar
2015-01-31

On Saturday, January 31, 2015, at approximately 1:30 a.m., Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call where an unknown suspect was reportedly breaking into a car at a residence in the 5000 block of Little Turtle Drive. The property owner confronted the suspect while he was breaking into his car at which time a second suspect shot at the property owner. The homeowner was armed and shot back at both suspects who fled in a dark sedan traveling south on Alabama Highway 119. The homeowner was uninjured and it is unknown if the suspects were injured when he returned fire. It is believed the sedan was hit by gunfire. The homeowner described one suspect as a black male approximately 6'0" and 160 lbs. The suspects are considered at large at this time. Sheriff’s investigators and evidence technicians are continuing to investigate, and more information will be provided as it becomes available. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is aware of the number of “car burglaries” reported in residential neighborhoods, particularly along the U.S. Highway 280 corridor. Sheriff’s deputies routinely patrol these subdivisions hoping their presence will deter those responsible and also with the intent of catching and arresting them. In addition, targeted patrol of these neighborhoods at night will remain in place. The crime of Unlawful Breaking and Entering a Vehicle is a felony. Anyone with additional 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 "General Information."

Domestic Assault and Pursuit
2015-01-31

On Friday, January 30, 2015, at approximately 9:50 p.m., Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a domestic dispute in the 20 block of Autry Drive, located in Chelsea. Upon deputies’ arrival, they located one party with injuries and the other party fled the scene in the victim’s vehicle. Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver refused to stop and attempted to elude deputies. A pursuit ensued and efforts to stop the vehicle were unsuccessful. Deputies discontinued the pursuit with the knowledge of the driver’s identity after it continued into Jefferson County. A short time later, Homewood police officers observed the vehicle and driver in their city where they stopped the car and arrested the driver. Shelby County investigators will be obtaining warrants today for a number of criminal charges. This release will be updated with arrest information after the suspect is booked into the jail. The victim of the domestic violence assault sustained non-life threatening injuries. Anyone with additional 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 "General Information."

Deputies recover stolen Humvee from Army Reserve Unit
2015-01-20

On Friday, January 16, 2015 at approximately 11:00 p.m., Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies initiated a traffic stop of a military Humvee in the area of County Road 11 near County Road 36, after receiving reports of the vehicle traveling on the wrong side of the road without the use of headlights. Upon further investigation, deputies determined the Humvee was stolen from the Army Reserve station located on Greensprings Highway in Birmingham. The driver, Jacob Russell Durant, 19 years of age from Alabaster, was arrested on scene for Receiving Stolen Property. The vehicle was released to the 5th Medical Brigade, Army Reserve Unit. Durant is currently being held in the Shelby County Jail on at $10,000 bond. The Birmingham Police Department is continuing to investigate the theft of the military vehicle. Anyone with additional 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.

Executive Staff Appointments
2015-01-12

Sheriff John Samaniego and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office are pleased to announce the following personnel promotions. Captain Chris George has been promoted to the rank of Chief Deputy. He has been serving Shelby County since April of 1997. Captain Ken Burchfield has been promoted to the rank of Major. He has been serving Shelby County since December of 2003. Lieutenant Kevin Turner has been promoted to the rank of Captain. He has been serving Shelby County since April of 1997 also. Lieutenant Mike Hudson has been promoted to the rank of Captain. He has been serving Shelby County since April of 1994. Sheriff Samaniego would like the public to know that, “Each of these appointments will only improve the effectiveness of the Sheriff’s Office in its service to our residents and visitors. All of these promotional candidates have distinguished themselves through past performance, formal education, professional development and their dedication to our mission”. These promotions will become effective on January 20th, 2015. Additional personnel changes and promotions will be announced at a later date.

 
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