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On April 10, 2014, at 6:30 a.m., Shelby County Sheriff's deputies have closed Alabama Highway 119 is closed in both directions due to a motor vehicle accident that broke a natural gas pipeline. Traffic is being diverted at the intersections of Heardmont Park to the west and Shelby County Highway 14 to the east. This will create a major traffic problem as the area affected contains Oak Mountain Elementary and Oak Mountain Middle schools. Gas is still actively escaping the pipeline and traveling west.
Children from Oak Mountain Elementary School are being transitioned to Oak Mountain Intermediate school and children from Oak Mountain Middle school are being sent to Oak Mountain High school. Buses with children already on them have been re-routed accordingly and parents may drop off children at both schools.
Alagasco is actively working to resolve the gas leak and until it is contained no one will be allowed into the affected area.
Public Notice of Safety Checkpoint
On Sunday April 13, 2014, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office will conduct a Safety Checkpoint between 2.00 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. on Cahaba Beach Road north of US Highway 280. The checkpoint will be conducted by uniformed deputies in marked Sheriff's Office vehicles plainly visible to any motorist. Anyone traveling in the area while this operation is ongoing is urged to drive cautiously and be aware of law enforcement's presence.
Missing Juvenile Located
Shelby County Sheriff's deputies, with help from the Cahaba Valley Fire Department, located missing 11 year old Matthew David Aaron last night. He was unhurt and returned to his family safely.
Sheriff Curry would like to thank everyone who assisted with the search. Foul play was not involved in his disappearance.
On April 8, 2014, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office is actively looking for Matthew David Aaron, 11 years of age from north Shelby County. He was last seen at the office of Shoal Run apartments wearing a blue and white striped polo shirt and blue jeans. He is 5'3" tall and weighs approximately 135 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. Aaron has medical issues and needs the care of his parents.
For his picture and more information go to www.ShelbySO.com and click on the Missing/Endangered Persons link.
Anyone with information about Matthew Aaron 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.
US 280 Open
At 2:32 P.M., the accident at US 280 and Meadowlark Drive has been cleared and the roadway is again open to all regular traffic. Motorists are asked to continue to caution.
US 280 West Closed Temporarily
On Tuesday, April 8, 2104, at 1:28 PM, US 280 Westbound, in the area of Meadowlark Drive and Corporate Parkway is closed due to an automobile accident. Please drive cautiously in the area as first responders are still working the accident.
This release will be updated when the roadway is clear.
Public Notice of Safety Checkpoint
On Saturday April 12, 2014, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office will conduct a Safety Checkpoint between 2.00 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. on Alabama Highway 119 at the intersection of Shelby County Highway 22. The checkpoint will be conducted by uniformed deputies in marked Sheriff's Office vehicles plainly visible to any motorist. Anyone traveling in the area while this operation is ongoing is urged to drive cautiously and be aware of law enforcement's presence.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is scheduled for an on-site assessment to verify that it meets professional standards as part of a program to achieve national accreditation. Administered by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), the accreditation program requires departments to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas: policies and procedures, administration, operations, and support services.
As part of our on-site assessment, employees and members of the community are both invited to offer comments at a public information session on Monday, April 14, 2014 at 7:00p.m. The session will be held in the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Training Center, located at 543 McDow Rd., Columbiana Alabama.
Prior to the public comment meeting, anyone may offer comments by calling (205) 670-6107 on Monday, April 14, 2014 between the hours of 3:00p.m. and 5:00p.m. Comments offered via phone will be taken by the CALEA assessment team.
Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the Sheriff’s Office’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards. A copy of those standards is available from Lieutenant Mike Hudson, Accreditation Manager, Shelby County Sheriff'Office at (205) 670-6022.
Anyone who wishes to submit written comments about the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to:
Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc.
10302 Eaton Place, Suite 100
Fairfax, Virginia, 22030-2201.
Residents evacuated due to flooding
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office has received reports of flash flooding in multiple areas of the county. At approximately 3:00 am on April 7, 2014, Sheriff’s deputies began evacuating residents of King's Mobile Home Park in the area of Cahaba Valley Rd. due to dangerous conditions resulting from flash flooding.
Cumberland Presbyterian Church is serving as a temporary shelter for families that have been displaced.
The Sheriff’s Office is encouraging all motorists to use caution during these driving conditions. If you encounter standing water across the roadways, please do not attempt to cross.
Bibles Used to Smuggle Controlled Substance into Correctional Facility
The Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force (SCDETF) arrested six suspects as a result of an investigation involving the smuggling of Suboxone, a schedule 3 opiate, into the Shelby County Correctional Facility. Arrest warrants are still pending on five remaining suspects. Corrections Officers at the Shelby County Correctional Facility alerted the SCDETF after a Bible containing hidden Suboxone was discovered within the facility. During the course of the investigation, it was discovered that multiple Bibles were used to smuggle Suboxone into the Shelby County Correctional Facility during November and December 2013.
The SCDETF investigation began January 2, 2014, and concluded in March, when arrest warrants were signed for all 11 suspects.
Charles Robert Caldwell, 33, of Calera, was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance and Conspiracy to Promote Prison Contraband 2nd. He is being held in the Shelby County Jail with a $20,000 bond.
Altonius Donnel Mason, 20, of Birmingham, was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance and Conspiracy to Promote Prison Contraband 2nd. He was released from the Shelby County Jail on a $20,000 bond.
Larry Brian Morris, 37, of Wilsonville, was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance and Conspiracy to Promote Prison Contraband 2nd. He is being held in the Shelby County Jail with a $20,000 bond.
Larry Keith Morris, 56, of Shelby, was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance and Conspiracy to Promote Prison Contraband 2nd. He was released from the Shelby County Jail on a $20,000 bond.
Jacob Kenneth Mykicz, 25, of Homewood, was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance and Conspiracy to Promote Prison Contraband 2nd. He is being held in the Shelby County Jail with a $20,000 bond.
Quran Elijah Wilson, 20, of Hoover, was charged with Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance and Conspiracy to Promote Prison Contraband 2nd. He is being held in the Shelby County Jail with a $20,000 bond.
Lt. Kevin Turner, Task Force Commander, stated, “Drug addicts will go to any extreme to get drugs and will manipulate loved ones in order to get what they want. In this particular instance, the suspects persuaded other people to use Bibles as a means of delivering their drugs into a correctional facility. Since this incident, the facility has changed its policy and no longer allows outside books to be delivered to inmates. The Shelby County Correctional Facility has a zero tolerance policy for contraband, and those who violate the policy will be prosecuted.”
For more information regarding the charges of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance and Conspiracy to Promote Prison Contraband 2nd, please click here and go to Title 13- Criminal Offenses and Chapter 12- Offenses Against Public Health and Morals:
The SCDETF consists of law enforcement officers from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, the Alabaster Police Department, the Helena Police Department, the Pelham Police Department and the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office. 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 at (205)670-0436 or by visiting its website, http://dtf.shelbyal.com. Citizens may click on “Tips” and submit their complaints. All information is anonymous.
Please direct any questions regarding this press release to Lieutenant Kevin Turner of the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force, at (205) 670-0436 or email at email@example.com.