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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.

Church Safety Conference Announcement
2013-09-10

On Thursday September 19, 2013, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with the Shelby Baptist Association, Shelby County Law Enforcement Chaplain’s Association and the First Baptist Church of Pelham will host a church safety conference at 6:30 p.m., in the First Baptist Church of Pelham’s annex building.  The annex is located at 2867 Pelham Parkway.  The focus of this event will be on a wide range of security issues within our local churches as well as other topics covered by guest speakers.  Church representatives are encouraged to attend but the public is welcome also.  No reservations are required.

 

Sheriff Curry hopes this event will be the first in a series of similar conferences held in different locations around Shelby County with new topics covered each time.

 

For more information contact Keith Brown at (205)669-7858 or Mac Stinson at (205)835-6498.

U.S. Highway Westbound Closed due to Motor Vehicle Crash
2013-09-09

At approximately 12:15pm on September 9, 2013, Shelby County 911 received a report of a motor vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 280 at the intersection of Cahaba Park Circle involving a semi-truck and a passenger car.  The motor vehicle crash is in the area of Target on U.S. Highway 280 and has all westbound lanes blocked.  It is expected that most or all the lanes will be closed for an extended amount of time.

For all westbound motorists attempting to travel into Birmingham, consider exiting U.S. Highway 280 at Cahaba Valley Rd or Valleydale Rd to access I-65 north.  Eastbound motorists are also urged to consider alternate routes as they travel from Birmingham into Shelby County.

All questions related to the investigation of this motor vehicle crash shall be directed to the City of Birmingham Police Department.

Alabama Highway 76 Reopened
2013-09-03

At proximately 9:00am on September 3, 2013, Shelby County deputies assisted Harpersville Police in closing Alabama Highway 76 (Klein Road) when a semi-truck overturned spilling fertilizer onto the roadway. At this time, the spill has been cleaned from the highway and Alabama Highway 76 has been reopened.

Alabama Hwy 76 Closed
2013-09-03

At proximately 9:00am on September 3, 2013, Shelby County deputies were called to assist officers from Harpersville Police on an overturned semi-truck at the intersection of Alabama Hwy 76 (Klein Rd) and Shelby County Hwy 79 (Sun Valley Rd).  This overturned truck was hauling bagged fertilizer, and a small amount has spilled onto the roadway.  At this time the entire length of Alabama Highway 76 from Alabama Highway 25 to U.S. Highway 280 is closed.  This release will be updated when the roadway reopens.

Stolen Trucks Recovered
2013-08-29

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
2013-08-29

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:

Meritorious Service

Lieutenant M. Dehart                                                              

Lieutenant J. McGee

Lieutenant K.Turner                                                             

Lieutenant J. SciaScia

Lieutenant D. Blackerby                                                    

Lieutenant C. Sumners

Sergeant C. Hammac                                                                

Corrections Officer K. Finney

Lifesaving

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.

George Brown                                                           

Willard Frederick

Greg Gann                                                     

Steven Heartsill

George Hollis                                                 

Danny Lovett

Bill Robertson                                                           

Justin Smith

John Trahan                                                  

Greg Tucker

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.

 

 
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