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Joint effort between Pelham police and Sheriff’s deputies leads to arrest of car burglary suspect
2015-09-10

On Wednesday, September 9, 2015, Shelby County Sheriff’s investigators, and Pelham police detectives arrested 18 year old Ian Tyler Rettig, of Chelsea, in connection to a residential burglary and eight car burglaries. Pelham police identified Rettig as a potential theft suspect in a residential burglary. As a result, Pelham police detectives served a search warrant at Rettig’s residence in Chelsea. Pelham detectives requested the assistance of Sheriff’s investigators, which led to the discovery of stolen items from various car burglaries in the Chelsea and Sterrett area. Following the search warrant, Rettig was placed in custody by Sheriff’s investigators and charged with eight counts of Unlawful Breaking and Entering a Vehicle. Pelham police detectives have also charged Rettig with Burglary and Theft of Property 3rd degree. Rettig has since been released on a $50,000 bond from the Shelby County Jail. Sheriff John Samaniego credits the Pelham Police Department with Rettig’s arrest and thanks them for the collaborative effort in linking Rettig to these property crimes throughout Shelby County, “We are all very fortunate to have such a positive and professional working relationship with each agency in our county and I believe the citizens are better served as a result of such.” For information on the charge listed above, go to the link below and select Title 13A- Criminal Code, Chapter 8, Article 11, subsection 7. http://alisondb.legislature.state.al.us/alison/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.

Joint effort between Pelham police and Sheriff’s deputies leads to arrest of car burglary suspect
2015-09-10

On Wednesday, September 9, 2015, Shelby County Sheriff’s investigators, and Pelham police detectives arrested 18 year old Ian Tyler Rettig, of Chelsea, in connection to a residential burglary and eight car burglaries. Pelham police identified Rettig as a potential theft suspect in a residential burglary. As a result, Pelham police detectives served a search warrant at Rettig’s residence in Chelsea. Pelham detectives requested the assistance of Sheriff’s investigators, which led to the discovery of stolen items from various car burglaries in the Chelsea and Sterrett area. Following the search warrant, Rettig was placed in custody by Sheriff’s investigators and charged with eight counts of Unlawful Breaking and Entering a Vehicle. Pelham police detectives have also charged Rettig with Burglary and Theft of Property 3rd degree. Rettig has since been released on a $50,000 bond from the Shelby County Jail. Sheriff John Samaniego credits the Pelham Police Department with Rettig’s arrest and thanks them for the collaborative effort in linking Rettig to these property crimes throughout Shelby County, “We are all very fortunate to have such a positive and professional working relationship with each agency in our county and I believe the citizens are better served as a result of such.” For information on the charge listed above, go to the link below and select Title 13A- Criminal Code, Chapter 8, Article 11, subsection 7. http://alisondb.legislature.state.al.us/alison/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.

Shelby County Road 61 closed due to vehicle accident
2015-09-07

On Monday, September 7, 2015, at approximately 5:48 pm, deputies responded to the 4800 block of Shelby County Road 61, in the area of County Road 77, in reference to a motor vehicle accident. Deputies have requested the assistance of Troopers from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) to investigate the motor vehicle accident. As a result, Shelby County Road 61, in the area of County Road 77, will be completely closed to both lanes of travel. Updates will be provided as the accident investigation continues and roadways are cleared.

Shelby County Road 61 re-opened
2015-09-07

On Monday, September 7, 2015 at approximately 8:30 pm, Sheriff's Deputies and Troopers from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) reported that all lanes of Shelby County Road 61, in the area of County Road 77, have been re-opened. The road way was previously closed, resulting from a motor vehicle accident. Alabama Power crews, along with fire and medical personnel have made the roadway and surrounding area safe for normal traffic flow. Motorists are encouraged to use caution due to the fact that law enforcement may remain in the area as they complete their traffic investigation.

Sheriff appoints new Drug Task Force Commander
2015-09-03

Sheriff John Samaniego is pleased to announce a new Commander of the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force. Effective September 11, 2015, Lt. Clay Hammac will take Command of the decade old Task Force to lead a group of specially trained Narcotics Investigators. Lt. Clay Hammac relieves Captain Kevin Turner after four years of service to the Task Force. Captain Turner will be attending the FBI National Academy in October, and upon his return will assume command of the Criminal Investigations Division. Clay Hammac is an eleven year veteran of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office where he has served in Patrol, Criminal Investigations, the U.S. Secret Service Task Force, Crisis Negotiations, Project Lifesaver, and most recently, Administration and media relations. Lt. Hammac holds an M.B.A. with a concentration in Finance from Regis University, a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of South of Alabama, and has completed post-graduate course work in Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination. Previous Shelby County Task Force Commanders include Chief Deputy Chris George, Major Ken Burchfield, Captain Kevin Turner, and Lieutenant Cody Sumners. “There is certainly a legacy of excellence with the Drug Task Force. Shelby County is fortunate to have a team of highly trained and motivated investigators assigned to this Task Force, and I consider it a privilege to work alongside of them,” said Lt. Clay Hammac. “I look forward to working with our partnering and neighboring agencies to continue our mission of educating the public on the dangers of drug abuse and addiction, as well as aggressively pursuing the organized channels of drug distribution that impact Shelby County.” In response to the appointment Sheriff Samaniego said, “Having served more than 20 years in Narcotics, I recognize the negative impact that drug abuse and addiction has on families, and young adults. This is a vital role within our agency and I look forward to continuing to support the mission of our Drug Task Force, along with our partnering agencies.”

Suspect charged in string of multi-jurisdictional robberies
2015-08-24

On Wednesday, August 12, 2015, Shelby County Sheriff’s investigators signed warrants for the arrest of 20 year old Christopher Damen Tompkins of Wilsonville in connection to three armed robberies in Shelby County. Sheriff’s investigators were made aware of a robbery arrest made by Sylacauga Police Department in July, in which the suspect reportedly used a Halloween mask of the comic book character, Iron Man, to conceal his face during the robbery. Sheriff’s investigators recognized the modus operandi described in the crime due to the fact that similar robberies were being investigated in Shelby County. Sheriff’s Investigators met with Tompkins while he was in the custody of the Talladega County Jail. During their interview with Mr. Tompkins he confessed to the robbery of Jerry’s Bait & Tackle in Wilsonville in November of 2014, CJ’s Country Store in Chelsea in December of 2014, and World of Finance in Chelsea in February of 2015. Warrants have been issued in Shelby County for Tompkins on three counts of Armed Robbery 1st, totaling $180,000 bond. Tompkins currently remains in the Talladega County Jail pending charges in Sylacauga. In response to the warrants issued for Tompkins, Sheriff John Samaniego said, “This is an excellent illustration of open communication between neighboring jurisdictions, and a collaborative effort to better serve our communities. I applaud the Sylacauga Police Department and the Talladega County Sheriff’s Office for their investigative efforts and the assistance made available to our investigators.” For information on the charge listed above, go to the link below and select Title 13A- Criminal Code, Chapter 8, Article 41. http://alisondb.legislature.state.al.us/alison/codeofalabama/1975/coatoc.htm

Electrical Fire at Oak Mtn High School
2015-08-20

An electrical fire at Oak Mtn High School has resulted in an evacuation of the school temporarily and there were no student injuries. There were minor injuries to 2 maintenance workers, but again, no students were injured. The school has only been evacuated and will not be closed for the day. The Fire Department is checking the scene and preparing to re-open the school back to normal operations.

Deadline to Register for Next Citizens Sheriff’s Academy is August 28, 2015
2015-08-13

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office still has a few remaining seats available for the next Citizens Sheriff’s Academy, beginning on September 10, 2015. The Citizens Sheriff’s Academy (CSA) is a 12-week program designed to introduce and educate our citizens, in a classroom setting, to the various law enforcement practices and procedures of the Sheriff’s Office. Participants will learn about criminal investigations, laws and the court system, patrol functions, the drug task force, our tactical response unit, and other special units of the Sheriff’s Office. In addition to classroom instruction, students will be given a tour of the county jail, an opportunity to complete a “ride-along” on patrol with a deputy sheriff, and an opportunity to receive basic firearms safety training on the Sheriff’s Office firearms range. Classes will be held every Thursday evening from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Training Center at the end of McDow Road in Columbiana, AL. The academy is open to anyone 18 years of age or older who lives or works in Shelby County. Due to the nature of the activities and topics presented in the CSA, all applicants to the program are subject to a criminal background and driver’s license check conducted by the Sheriff’s Office as a condition for acceptance into the program. Class size is limited to 24 students. To register or for more information, go to http://www.myshelbyso.com/FirearmsSafety/Pages/CitizenSheriffsAcademy.aspx or contact Lt. Dennis Blackerby at 205-670-6321.

All lanes of Hwy 280 at Key Dr are now re-opened
2015-08-05

All lanes of Hwy 280 eastbound at Key Dr have been re-opened after a major accident caused traffic to back up for over an hour. Please use caution if driving through the area.

Major traffic accident on Hwy 280 at Key Dr causes unknown delays
2015-08-05

A major traffic accident on Hwy 280 at Key Dr this morning, at approximately 6:00am, has closed down eastbound traffic to one lane for an unknown time period. Birmingham PD is on-scene as well as Shelby County deputies to assist. Motorists are advised to avoid this area until the accident can be cleared. This press release will be updated as information becomes available.

 
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