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Update on Transported Inmate
2013-12-12

At approximately 3:00 p.m. on December 9, 2013, an inmate within the Shelby County Jail sustained serious injuries and was treated by medical personnel before being transferred to a local hospital for further treatment.  Steven Ray Dismuke, 44 years of age from Jakin, Georgia, was injured when he fell.  On December 12, 2013, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office was notified by the hospital that Mr. Dismuke had died as a result of his injuries.  The Shelby County Coroner has been notified.

On December 9, 2013, Sheriff Curry asked the Alabama Bureau of Investigation to investigate the events leading up to Dismuke’s injuries and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is cooperating with their investigation.  The preliminary investigation revealed that Dismuke’s injuries did not occur as a result of the actions of other jail inmates or Shelby County Jail personnel.

Jail Inmate Transferred to Hospital
2013-12-09

At approximately 3:00 p.m. on December 9, 2013, an inmate within the Shelby County Jail sustained serious injuries and was treated by medical personnel before being transferred to a local hospital for further treatment.  Steven Ray Dismuke, 44 years of age from Jakin, Georgia, was injured when he fell.  He was arrested on November 30, 2013, by the Pelham Police Department for Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 1st degree and Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with a total bond of $10,000. The preliminary investigation revealed that Dismuke’s injuries did not occur as a result of the actions of other jail inmates or Shelby County Jail personnel.

Sheriff Curry asked the Alabama Bureau of Investigation to investigate the events leading up to Dismuke’s injuries and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office will assist them in any way possible.

This press release will be updated as more information becomes available.

"Lock It. Hide It. Keep It."
2013-11-21

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office has launched the “Lock It. Hide It. Keep It.” campaign aimed at informing our residents this holiday shopping season of the precautions they can take to prevent becoming victims of auto related property crimes.

The message is simple:

·         Lock It: Lock your vehicle every time you leave it unattended and always lock your valuables in the trunk.

·         Hide It: If you don’t have a trunk, hide valuables under the seats, in the glove box, or other compartments within the vehicle.

·         Keep It: Personal responsibility is the best prevention to safeguard personal property and to prevent becoming a victim.

 

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office will be reaching out to local neighborhood associations and apartment complexes to spread the word.  This campaign was originally launched by the Los Angeles Police Department in 2010, and has proven successful within law enforcement jurisdictions across the country.

 

In response to the initiative, Sheriff Curry said, “Our greatest resource in keeping our communities safe is the partnership we have with our citizens.  It is my hope that this effort will remind our residents to be watchful and safeguard their valuables, which I suspect will have a negative impact on property crimes involving vehicles.”

 

The Sheriff’s Office would like to encourage all residents to report suspicious behavior to their local law enforcement agency.  You may contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office at phone number (205) 669-4181 or use the Sheriff’s Office website to report crime tips www.shelbyso.comIn the event of emergencies dial 911.

National Prescription Take-Back Day
2013-10-25

The Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force (SCDETF) and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) 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, October 26th, between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm, to one of these six locations:

 

·         Alabaster Target at 250 South Colonial Drive, Alabaster

·         CVS at 520 Highway 119, Alabaster

·         Greystone YMCA at 5414 Highway 280, Birmingham

·         Pelham Police Department at 32 Philip Davis Street, Pelham

·         University of Montevallo on Main, 737 Main Street, Montevallo

·         Winn-Dixie at 2653 Valleydale Rd, Birmingham.

 

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, on April 27th, 2013, citizens turned in 742,497 pounds (371 tons) of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at the 5,829 take-back sites that were available in all 50 states and U.S. territories. Shelby County residents turned in approximately 429.5 pounds of unwanted medications at five locations on April 27th, 2013.

 

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 (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 kturner@shelbyso.com.

National Prescription Take Back Day
2013-10-21

The Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force (SCDETF) and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) 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, October 26th, between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm, to one of these six locations:

 

·         Alabaster Target at 250 South Colonial Drive, Alabaster

·         CVS at 520 Highway 119, Alabaster

·         Greystone YMCA at 5414 Highway 280, Birmingham

·         Pelham Police Department at 32 Philip Davis Street, Pelham

·         University of Montevallo on Main, 737 Main Street, Montevallo

·         Winn-Dixie at 2653 Valleydale Rd, Birmingham.

 

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, on April 27th, 2013, citizens turned in 742,497 pounds (371 tons) of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at the 5,829 take-back sites that were available in all 50 states and U.S. territories. Shelby County residents turned in approximately 429.5 pounds of unwanted medications at five locations on April 27th, 2013.

 

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 (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 kturner@shelbyso.com.

Update on This Morning's Structure Fire
2013-10-18

At approximately 4:10 a.m. on Friday October 18, 2013, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a residential structure fire in the 700 block of Gunlock Road in Wilton, Alabama.   Sheriff’s deputies arrived to find the residence completely involved with fire and smoke.  Five different fire departments responded to the scene to help extinguish the fire: Brierfield, Dry Valley, West Shelby, Pea Ridge and Montevallo.  The residence was occupied and one person was transported to a local hospital with life threatening injuries and another person died at the scene.  Two other residents escaped the fire.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office regrets to report that this morning’s fire has now claimed a second life.  Kandace Devon Lee, 40 years of age from Wilton, who was transported to a local hospital this morning died as a result of her injuries in spite of the medical team’s best efforts to save her.  Her daughter, Leah Elizabeth Lee, nine years of age from Wilton, was pronounced dead at the scene of the fire this morning.

Shelby County Sheriff and State of Alabama Fire Marshal’s investigators continue to investigate the cause of this morning’s fire.  It will be days or weeks before a final determination is made but this tragedy appears to be the result of an accident and not a crime.

Sheriff Curry sends his sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of Kandace and Beth Lee, “It is when something as tragic as this happens that we all struggle to understand it.  I am truly sorry for your loss”.

Anyone with any information about this fire 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.

Structure Fire with Fatality
2013-10-18

At approximately 4:10 a.m. on Friday October 18, 2013, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a residential structure fire in the 700 block of Gunlock Road in Wilton, Alabama.   Sheriff’s deputies arrived to find the residence completely involved with fire and smoke.  Five different fire departments responded to the scene to help extinguish the fire: Brierfield, Dry Valley, West Shelby, Pea Ridge and Montevallo.  The residence was occupied and sadly one person was transported to a local hospital with life threatening injuries and another person died at the scene.  Two other residents escaped the fire.

Shelby County Sheriff’s investigators, State of Alabama Fire Marshal’s investigators and the Shelby County coroner all responded to begin the process of determining the cause of the fire and death. 

This press release will be updated as more information becomes available.

Anyone with any information about this fire 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.

Sheriff Curry Will Not Seek Fourth Term as Sheriff
2013-10-10

On Wednesday October 9, 2013, Sheriff Chris Curry informed his staff and employees that he will not seek a fourth term as Shelby County Sheriff. 

 

Sheriff Curry stated, “After many months of thoughtful and prayerful consideration I have made the decision to not seek re-election for a fourth term as Sheriff.  This current term does not end until January, 2015, and much work remains to be done as we continue to protect the lives and property of our citizens and visitors.  I cannot adequately express my gratitude to the people of Shelby County who have extended their trust, confidence, support and friendship for the ten years I served as a volunteer deputy sheriff and the almost twenty-three years as a full-time servant.  What a blessing it has been for me and my family.”

 

Sheriff Curry will have 35 years of service to the citizens of Shelby County when he leaves office.  Under his leadership, the Sheriff’s Office saw the return of federal funding for a county-wide drug task force, developed the local concept of municipal law enforcement contracts, became the first local law enforcement agency in Alabama to go live with both electronic traffic citations and electronic traffic accident reporting, launched its first website with many interactive tools for citizens to use, developed both D.A.R.E. and School Resource Officer programs, placed deputies within federal task forces, implemented a mobile data terminal program making real-time information available to every deputy, and conducted countless criminal investigations leading to the apprehension and prosecution of the offenders.

 

“A large part of being a leader is knowing when to move on and allow others the opportunity to fill the role with fresh ideas and energy.  The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is full of highly competent and capable individuals who will do an extraordinary job and maintain the high standards we have established throughout the years.  I firmly believe in what we do and how we do it, but it is time I step aside and allow someone else the honor of leading the agency into the future,” says Sheriff Curry.

 

Having served as both Operations Commander and Chief Deputy to Sheriff James Jones, his decisions have been instrumental in shaping the future of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office for the last 22 years.  Many decisions were made with one thought in mind . . . providing the very best service possible to the citizens of Shelby County.

 

From the employee’s perspective, Sheriff Curry’s passion for improving law enforcement led him to challenge the practices of the past and his dedication was evident through his personal sacrifices.   Throughout his career, his character and integrity were never challenged and, in this day and age, that is rare.  The men and women of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office have been blessed to have a Sheriff who demanded professional excellence but who would also give someone a second chance if possible, because he cared about them personally.  In an age of ever-increasing technology, he never lost sight of the importance of people and how you treat them.  We thank him for that and much, much more……..

 

Unlawful Breaking and Entering of Vehicles
2013-09-19

Between 10:00 p.m. Wednesday September 18th and 6:00 a.m. Thursday September 19th, 2013, approximately 15 vehicles were broken into in neighborhoods along the US Highway 280 corridor, in northern Shelby County.  While occasional reports of thefts from vehicles are a common occurrence in a county as large as Shelby County, there has been a marked increase in reported cases this summer- 42 in the last month, 80 in the last three months and 151 since January 1st.  In almost every one of these, the vehicle had been left unlocked by the owner and the thief only had to open the door to take the valuable items left inside. 

The most common items stolen from vehicles include cellular phones, guns, laptop computers, checkbooks, GPS devices, credit cards, jewelry and cash. 

The places where thefts from vehicles are more likely to occur include high density neighborhoods, apartment complexes, shopping mall parking lots, daycare drop off areas and fitness facilities.

Thefts from vehicles often lead to other crimes.  A credit card stolen from a vehicle leads to fraudulent use of the card and a loss to the credit card company.  A gun stolen from a vehicle leads to an armed robbery or someone shot.  A stolen laptop leads to identity theft and future thefts.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help.  Please remove valuables from your car at night and lock your car's doors whenever it is unattended.  The Sheriff’s Office offers other crime prevention tips at www.ShelbySO.com .

Anyone with information about last night’s thefts 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.

Suspects Charged in Pelham Meth Lab
2013-09-11

On September 9, 2013, the Pelham Police Department responded to a juvenile pickup order at the Oak Mountain Lodge in Pelham. The officers encountered an active methamphetamine laboratory upon arrival. The Pelham Police Department then contacted the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force and other emergency agencies for assistance. Four Pelham police officers and a K-9 officer inhaled the chemical fumes at the site and received subsequent treatment. Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force Investigators arrived on the scene, where they dismantled and removed the methamphetamine laboratory from the scene.    

The following individuals were charged and arrested:

Jacob Kenneth Mykicz, 25 years of age from Homewood, was charged with Unlawful Manufacture of Controlled Substance 2nd, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Criminal Possession of a Noxious Substance, four counts of Assault 3rd, and Harassment of a Police Animal. His total bond is $306,000.  

Kristie Marie Gilley, 36 years of age from Hanceville, was charged with Chemical Endangerment of a Child, Unlawful Manufacture of Controlled Substance 2nd, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Criminal Possession of a Noxious Substance, four counts of Assault 3rd, and Harassment of a Police Animal. Her total bond is $322,000. 

A juvenile was taken into custody and transported to the Shelby County Juvenile Detention Facility. No additional information will be released on the status of the juvenile.

Investigators with the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force are working with the Shelby County Juvenile Court and the Department of Human Resources to ensure the juvenile is placed in a safe and secure environment.

Lt. Turner states, “These types of calls for service are very dangerous for law enforcement and all emergency first responders, as well as the residents, because all too often these labs are not visible to the public until something like this happens. These individuals put the lives of everyone at risk by exhibiting a high degree of carelessness just to get high.”  

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 (205) 670-0436 or by visiting http://dtf.shelbyal.com.  Citizens may click on “Tips” and submit their complaint.  All information is anonymous.

For more information on the suspects, including their picture, go to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office’s website, www.shelbyso.com, and click on the inmate locator link.  Please direct any questions regarding this press release to Lieutenant Kevin Turner of the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force at (205) 670-0436.

 
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