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Stolen Trucks Recovered
On August 26, 2013, Shelby County Sheriff’s investigators received an anonymous tip that there was stolen property at a residence in the 200 block of Meadow Crest Farm Road, which is generally located in the Wilsonville area. Sheriff’s deputies and investigators went to the property to follow up on the tip. Upon arrival, deputies witnessed a vehicle fleeing through a field behind the residence, tearing through a fence line. Investigators observed a truck and tractor on the property and recognized them as recently stolen from within the County. A BOLO (be on the lookout) was issued to all deputies for the vehicle that fled. A search warrant was obtained for the property and further investigation revealed a total of four stolen pick-up trucks, one tractor and a trailer.
Shortly after the BOLO was sent, deputies spotted the suspect vehicle in the Four Mile area and a short pursuit ensued. The vehicle came to a stop and the driver jumped out and ran. A thorough search of the area was conducted with tracking dogs but the suspect was not located.
Eric Lynn Vining, 39 years old of Wilsonville, is currently in the Shelby County jail charged with four counts of Receiving Stolen Property First Degree with a $30,000 bond for each for a total bond of $120,000. Vining is the property owner and current resident at the house identified above.
The investigation is continuing and additional charges may follow.
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 www.ShelbySO.com by clicking on the “Report Criminal Activity” link and choosing the “General Information” category.
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.
Awards and Promotion Ceremony
On Thursday, September 5th, 2013, at 4:00 p.m., the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office will hold its annual official awards ceremony to honor Sheriff’s Office employees who have distinguished themselves by demonstrating exemplary service. Employees are eligible to receive all of the following awards: Honor for exceptional courage while in an extremely hazardous situation, Valor for courage while in a dangerous situation, Purple Heart for an injury during a hostile encounter and Lifesaving for saving someone’s life through prompt action. This ceremony will not only recognize actions performed throughout an employee’s tenure but officialy announce the promotion of three employees to the rank of lieutenant, sergeant and corrections sergeant.
The following employees will be recognized at tomorrow’s awards ceremony:
Lieutenant M. Dehart
Lieutenant J. McGee
Lieutenant J. SciaScia
Lieutenant D. Blackerby
Lieutenant C. Sumners
Sergeant C. Hammac
Corrections Officer K. Finney
Sergeant C. Hammac
The following employee’s promotions will be officially recognized:
Mark Bishop is promoted to the rank of Lieutenant
Shelby O’Connor is promoted to rank of Sergeant
Jason Wilkins is promoted to the rank of Corrections Sergeant
The following chaplains will be formally recognized into the Shelby County Law Enforcement Chaplain’s Association.
Sheriff Curry would like to invite the public and media alike to attend this special event. It will be held at the Shelby County Sheriff’s Training Center at 543 McDow Road, Columbiana, Alabama 35051. For more information contact Deputy Tracey Lawley at (205)669-8884.
U.S. Highway 280 Near Talladega County Line Reopened
At approximately 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday August 28, 2013,
Shelby County Sheriff's deputies and Alabama Department of Public Safety state
troopers responded to a motor vehicle accident involving a log truck that overturned
on U.S. Highway 280 at Klein Road. At this time all lanes of U.S. Highway
280 have reopened.
It remains possible that law enforcement and road crews are still present while
debris cleanup continues. Motorists are
urged to continue to use caution in this area.
U.S. Highway 280 East Closed at Klein Road
At approximately 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday August 28, 2013, Shelby County Sheriff's deputies and Alabama Department of Public Safety state troopers are working a motor vehicle accident involving a log truck that has overturned on U.S. Highway 280 at Klein Road. This is located just before driver's go over the Coosa River bridge entering Talladega County and Childersburg. All lanes of U.S. Highway 280 east-bound are closed and debris is also partially blocking the west-bound lanes.
First responders are busily working this accident and treating the victim. Drivers in the area are encouraged to be cautious, drive slowly and watch for public safety personnel in the roadway.
This information will be updated when the roadway is re-opened.
Sheriff’s Deputies Seek Suspects in Four Mile Area
On August 26, 2013 at approximately 12:30p.m., Shelby County
Sheriff’s Office deputies attempted to stop a white ford truck in the area of
Meadow Crest Farm Road in Wilsonville.
The occupants of the vehicle fled from deputies and eventually abandoned
the vehicle along a power line in the general area between Shelby County
Highway 55 and Shelby County Highway 61 in the Four Mile area. Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies and
investigators remain in the area searching for the suspects. Citizens in this area should be observant and
report any suspicious persons or activity directly to the Shelby County Sheriff’s
Office at (205) 669-4181 or dial 911. This
release will be updated when new information is available.
Shelby County Board of Education has be informed about the
law enforcement activity, and school busses in this area will not be allowing
children off the bus unless there is a parent or guardian present at the school
bus stop. All children who remain on the
school bus will be returned to their school for other arraingements.
Person Making Threats
On Friday August 16, 2013, at approximately 12:40 p.m., Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 400 building of Stonecrest Apartments to check on the welfare of a person who was reportedly threatening harm to himself and others. Stonecrest Apartments are located in northern Shelby County off of U.S. Highway 280. Upon the deputies’ arrival, they made contact with the resident who refused to cooperate with the deputies’ and a brief standoff took place with the resident displaying very erratic behavior. Sheriff’s deputies specially trained in crisis negotiation were able to talk to the resident until he was safely taken into custody. No one was injured but the resident was examined at the scene by Cahaba Valley Fire paramedics and transported to a local hospital for evaluation.
No criminal charges have been filed and the resident’s name will not be released at this time.
Sheriff Curry would like to thank everyone who helped bring a safe resolution to today’s brief standoff including the Hoover Police Department and the staff at Stonecrest Apartments. “I regret any inconvenience to the other residents at Stonecrest Apartments but I am especially pleased that this crisis ended without anyone being injured’, said Sheriff Curry.
Missing and Endangered Person
On Wednesday August 14, 2013, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the help of the public in locating Alvin Bruce McClinton, 63 years of age from Calera, Alabama. McClinton is a black male and was last seen this morning at approximately 11:00 a.m. in the 100 block of Shelby County Highway 6 where he left walking northbound. This is generally known as the Calera area. He is believed to be wearing a light colored baseball hat, white shirt, blue jeans and white shoes. He may also be wearing a black raincoat. He is known locally as “Mr. A”.
Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies, Calera police officers and Calera fire and rescue personnel have been looking for him since he reportedly left his residence this morning. He is listed as “Missing and Endangered” in the FBI’s National Crime Information Center’s and the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center’s databases.
Anyone with information about Alvin Bruce McClinton or his whereabouts is urged to contact the Calera Police Department at (205)668-3505 or 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’s Office Seeks Public’s Help
August 7, 2013, between the hours of 3:00p.m. and 6:00p.m., two Black Angus cows
were shot and killed while confined within a pasture located on Alabama Highway
25 across from Washboard Road in Columbiana. Due to the time of the day
of this incident and its proximity to this busy highway, it is very
likely that someone may have witnessed or heard the gunshots fired from the
indivdual or indivduals that committed this inhumane crime.
This is the second similar animal cruelty case involving the
intentional shooting of livestock in south Shelby County in a year's
time. In August of 2012 Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies responded
to a report of several cows that had been shot and killed in the 3400 block of
Highway 56 in Wilsonville. In this 2012 incident, an unknown person shot
and killed a total of ten cows that were discovered by the owner in his
pasture. Despite many promising leads, this case remains classified
as an unsolved crime.
If you believe you may have any information about this recent
crime or the killing of the livestock from 2012, please 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”
U.S. Highway 280 Reopened
On Friday August 2nd, 2013, at approximately 5:00 p.m. Shelby County Sheriff's deputies and Alabama State Troopers responded to a motor vehicle crash involving multiple vehicles on eastbound U.S. Highway 280 just before Highland Lakes Drive. At this time, all lanes of U.S. Highway 280 have reopened to normal traffic
Drivers are urged to continue to use caution as traffic congestion in this busy corridor will linger. Drivers should also be observant as first responders and cleanup crews may still be in the area.
For further information into the investigation of this motor vehicle crash, please contact The Alabama Department of Public Safety.
Road Closure Notice
On Friday August 2nd, 2013, at approximately 5:00 p.m. Shelby County Sheriff's deputies responded to a motor vehicle accident involving multiple vehicles and injuries on eastbound U.S. 280 just before the Highland Lakes intersection. U.S. 280 eastbound at Highland Lakes is closed to through traffic at this time.
Drivers are encouraged to seek alternate routes and to use caution in the area. First responders will be on the scene and in the roadway helping the victims and clearing the accident.