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At approximately 4:00 p.m. on Monday, February 24, 2014, Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies were notified that Matthew Aaron, 11 years of age, was missing from his home. Aaron was last seen this afternoon in the area of Shoal Run Apartments on Highway 119 near U.S. Highway 280. Aaron is described as a white male, 5’ 02” tall, weighing approximately 130 pounds with dark brown hair, hazel eyes and wearing black rimmed glasses.
When last seen, Aaron was wearing a dark brown jacket, a black long sleeve polo-type shirt, and blue jeans. Sheriff’s deputies and investigators believe Aaron left his home on his own. Sheriff’s investigators have been actively looking for him and are now seeking the media and the public’s help. His picture and additional information is available on our website at www.ShelbySO.com in the “Missing Persons/Persons of Interest” link as well as on our Facebook page.
Matthew Aaron has been reported nationally as “Missing” through the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center (ACJIC), National Crime Information Center, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Anyone with information about Matthew Aaron or his whereabouts 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. You may also submit information through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s website at www.missingkids.com or call the 24 hour hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST.
The Alabama Law Enforcement Explorer
Advisor Association (ALEEAA) promotes Learning for Life Law Enforcement
Exploring by providing an annual competition. The 2014 Law Enforcement Explorer
Competition will be held February 22, 2014 at the University of Montevallo for
youths age 14-20. The Law Enforcement Explorer Posts include Baldwin County
Sheriff’s Office, Birmingham P.D., Dalton P.D., GA, Helena P.D., Hoover P.D.,
Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Pensacola P.D., FL, and the Shelby County
Sheriff’s Office. The explorers will be competing in Burglary Response, Arrest
& Search, Crisis Negotiation, Crime Scene Investigation, Domestic Crisis
Intervention, Traffic Stop, Traffic Accident Investigation and Bomb Response.
The explorer posts train at their
respective agencies throughout the year and come together for the annual
competition. The discipline and life skills developed by explorer’s readies
them for their future in law enforcement. We will have guest judges and
participation from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Alabama State Troopers,
Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Montevallo
Police Department, Birmingham Police Department, and ABC Board.
ALEEAA would like to invite you out
to share experiences with these law enforcement explorers during the 9 a.m. to
5 p.m. competition with awards given at 5 p.m. Please contact Deputy Kevin
Brand, Vice President ALEEAA by phone at 205-670-6180 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Missing teens located
On February 11, 2014, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office released information concerning two Shelby County juveniles who were reported missing; Dalton Stern and Jacob Sweeney, both 14 years of age. On February 12, 2014 at approximately 08:45 am, Sheriff’s deputies and Hoover police officers were notified by a member of the public of a possible sighting of the two teens in the area of Hwy 280 and Hugh Daniel Rd.
Sheriff’s deputies and Hoover officers arrived in the area and located them. Both teens are reported to have been safely returned to their parents. Investigators will continue to follow up with the Stern and Sweeney families.
Sheriff Curry would like to thank everyone who responded with tips as to their possible location and the many law enforcement officers who assisted in the search.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office needs the help of the public and the media. On Monday, February 10, 2014, Sheriff’s deputies were notified that Dalton Michael Stern and Jacob Ryan Sweeney, both 14 years of age, were missing from their homes and believed to have runaway. Dalton was last seen at approximately 4:45 p.m. on Monday, February 10, 2014 in the area of Meadowbrook Rd. Jacob was last seen at approximately 3:00 p.m. on Monday, February 10, 2014 in the area of Brook Highland Pkwy.
Dalton Michael Stern is described as a white male, 5’ 08” tall, weighing approximately 130 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes. When last seen, Stern was wearing a black hooded shirt and blue jeans.
Jacob Ryan Sweeney is described as a white male, 5’ 10” tall, weighing approximately 160 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. When last seen, Sweeney was wearing a black sweatshirt and blue jeans.
Sheriff’s investigators believe Stern and Sweeney left their homes by choice and are likely together. Sheriff’s investigators have been actively looking for Stern and Sweeney since yesterday and are now seeking the public’s help.
Their pictures and additional information are available on our website www.ShelbySO.com in the “Missing Persons/Persons of Interest” link as well as on our Facebook page. Due to anticipated inclement weather, both juveniles have been reported nationally as “Missing-Endangered” through the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center, National Crime Information Center, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Anyone with information about Dalton Stern and Jacob Sweeney or their whereabouts 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. You may also submit information through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s website at www.missingkids.com or call the 24 hour hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST.
Thursday SO Update on Roads
At 9:30 a.m. on Thursday January 30, 2014, Shelby County Sheriff's deputies are responding to all emergency calls as quickly as possible but hazardous roadway conditions and blocked roadways due to cars left on the roadway continue to hamper our response. Shelby County roads are still impassable in many locations and remain closed to regular traffic. Civilian vehicles cannot safely travel due to icing and impede the travel of emergency vehicles responding to calls. Do not attempt to drive on roadways until conditions improve.
For the latest information on road conditions, go to www.ShelbyAl.com and under "County news" click on "Current County Road Conditions" for a complete list of road problems in the county.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office communications center has been overwhelmed with callers asking about road conditions in the last hour, making it more difficult to assist callers with emergencies. This release will be updated as soon as roadways are safe to travel on.
Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Winter Storm Update
At 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday January 29th, 2014, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is maintaining field operations throughout the county. Deputies are responding to calls as they come in based on priority. Deputies are not being dispatched to non-emergency calls such as a property damage report or minor motor vehicle accident without injuries. There are hundreds of vehicles abandoned along county roadways. Most if not all have been checked by emergency personnel for people who sheltered in them. Our priority now is to respond to emergencies that arise.
All roadways are still impassable and closed. Only emergency vehicles should be on the road. In some cases the roads are more treacherous today than they were last night. After the snow was packed by cars going over it, it has frozen into a solid sheet of ice. This is likely to remain until some time tomorrow.
Information from the Sheriff’s Office will always be released through our webpage and local media sources. This is also the case with most other local government units. Social media is a great way to share information and local needs but it can also be a source of false information at times. Official reports from the Sheriff’s Office can be trusted as accurate at the time they are released.
Earlier today, there were approximately 650 children still at county schools throughout the area and it would be physically impossible to transport that number of children with our limited number of deputies. Children are safer at the school than they would be in a four wheel drive vehicle on an icy road. The Sheriff’s Office is placing a top priority on any call related to a school, a child’s medical needs and transportation of supplies to the school. All Shelby County School Resource Officers remained at the schools with their students through the night for added security.
Sheriff Curry urges everyone to use common sense and patience as they wait on the roads to clear. Space heaters, generators, and fireplaces all pose a risk of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning. The ice poses a risk of injury to children and the elderly trying to walk on it. It is illegal to operate four wheelers on the road and dangerous to ride four wheelers on a road covered with ice. Please do not become another emergency with a bad decision.
List of designated warming stations
As nightfall approaches, Shelby County Sheriff's Office personnel are increasingly concerned about motorists who are still in their stranded vehicles. The Sheriff's Office will be transporting as many as possible to shelters for the night. Due to the number of people that are stranded and that roads in some areas are impassable, stranded motorists need to take the following actions.
1. Make sure someone knows where you are.
2. Create a plan for your own safety.
3. Take note of possible locations to shelter until you can be taken to a warming shelter.
4. Are there occupied homes nearby that may offer warmth?
5. Are there businesses that may offer warmth?
6. Is there a church nearby that will offer warmth.
7. Staying in a parked car with the engine running poses a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and knocking on a strangers door may be safer.
8. Notify a loved one of where you are sheltering with address and name of others there.
The following are known warming stations available to the public.
Pelham Civic Center
Sports Blast on US 280 at Highway 41
All Hoover Fire Stations
Hoover Public Safety Center at 2020 Valleydale Road
Spain Park High School at 4700 Jaguar Drive
Greystone Elementary School at 300 Village Street
Numerous churches have opened their doors for stranded motorists and others in need.
Updated road forecast
According to the latest weather information from the Emergency Management Administration, the snow is expected to continue until approximately 4:00 p.m. today and temperatures are expected to be 14 or 15 degrees tonight. The roads will get worse throughout the night with ice on all roads.
No one except emergency responders should attempt to travel on the roads from now until the roads thaw. Abandoned cars are preventing emergency services personnel from responding to pressing calls.
Forwarded Information from Shelby County Schools
In light of the severe weather all Shelby county schools are prepared to provide a safe environment until which time parents can pick up their children. If it becomes necessary for students to stay overnight each school will provide an environment in which all will be cared for.
Shelby County Schools will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday Jan. 29th.
The roads and highways in Shelby County continue to worsen and many are impassable due to icing. Many roadways are blocked in Shelby County due to cars blocking the road that have been abandoned by their drivers. Both of these problems are making it difficult for first responders to get where they need to go.
Residents should not attempt to drive on roadways until they improve.
Shelby County Sheriff's deputies are responding to emergency calls as fast as possible. All other calls are being held until regular operations resume.
If you have a true emergency, call 911.