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Shelby County Sheriff’s Office now accepting application for third Citizens Sheriff’s Academy Class
2014-01-07

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is now accepting applications for its third Citizens Sheriff’s Academy starting March 6, 2014. The Citizens Sheriff’s Academy is a 12-week program designed to introduce and educate citizens to the various law enforcement practices and procedures of the Sheriff’s Office including criminal investigations, laws and the court system, uniform/patrol division, drug task force, tactical response unit, and other special units of the Sheriff’s Office. Included in the program will be a tour of the county jail, an opportunity to “ride-along” on patrol with a deputy sheriff, and an opportunity to receive basic firearms safety training and use the Sheriff’s Office firearms range. 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 Academy and the topics/activities presented, all applicants to the program are subject to a criminal background check and a driver’s license check conducted by the Sheriff’s Office as a condition for acceptance into the program. Classes will be held every Thursday evening from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Training Center on McDow Road in Columbiana, AL. Class size is limited to 20 students. For Academy registration information visit the Sheriff’s Office website at www.myshelbyso.com. For additional information regarding the Academy, contact Sgt. Clay Hammac at chammac@shelbyso.com.

Jason Michael Hankins of Hoover, Alabama, Arrested for Sodomy
2013-12-18

On Friday December 6, 2013, a Shelby County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a residence in Westover, Alabama, to take a report of sexual abuse of a minor child.  Shelby County Sheriff’s investigators were assigned the case.  On Friday December 13, 2013, Jason Michael Hankins, 32 years of age from Hoover, Alabama, was arrested at the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.  There was a pre-existing family relationship between the victim and Hankins.  He has been charged with:

 

One count of Production of obscene matter containing visual depiction of person under 17 years of age involved in obscene act with a $60,000 bond.

 

One count of Sodomy First Degree with a $60,000 bond.

 

One count of Material Harmful to minors-Distribution with a $3,000 bond.

 

Hankins made his bond and is no longer being held.

 

On Saturday December 14, 2013, Sheriff’s investigators with assistance from Hoover Police investigators served search warrants on two residences and seized evidence at both locations that is currently being examined.  This investigation is still open and active.

 

For information on the charge listed above, go to the link below and select Title13A Criminal Code, Chapter 6- Offenses Involving Danger to the Person and Chapter 12 Offenses Against Public Health and Morals.

 

 http://www.legislature.state.al.us/CodeofAlabama/1975/coatoc.htm.

 

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 and it will be located in the “Released in Last 30 Days” section after they are gone.

Charter Communications Supports Project Lifesaver
2013-12-17

This afternoon on December 17th, 2013, at 3:00 p.m., Charter Communications will present a $3,000 check to Sheriff Chris Curry and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office in support of their “Project Lifesaver” Program.  The presentation will be held at the Sheriff’s training center located at the end of McDow Road in Columbiana, Alabama.  The Sheriff’s Office has offered this program to Shelby County residents since 2005.

“Project Lifesaver” encompasses a team of specially trained deputies that place personalized wrist bands containing radio transmitters on individuals who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or autism to locate them should they wander away from home. Search times for those participating in the program have been reduced from hours and days to minutes.

“Charter is part of the fabric of the communities we serve,” said Weldon Feightner, vice president and general manager for Charter’s operations in Alabama and Georgia. “This program continues Charter’s tradition of supporting our neighbors by providing public safety officials a way to help locate children and adults who may have wandered away from their homes. More important, it gives families peace of mind in knowing their loved one can be quickly located.”

“Project Lifesaver” transmitters emit a constant tracking signal. When a caregiver notifies the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office that a participant is missing, team members will respond to the area and begin searching. The signal emitted by the wrist band can be tracked on the ground or by aircraft over several miles with a specially designed receiver. Recovery times average 30 minutes — 95 percent less time than standard operations.  In response to the contribution, Sheriff Curry has stated, “We are grateful for our partnership with the community and our local businesses in support of this valuable program.”

For more information on this program, the public may visit the Sheriff’s Office website at www.shelbyso.com and click on the “Project Lifesaver” tab or visit Project Lifesaver International at www.projectlifesaver.org . The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office “Project Lifesaver” team is affiliated with “Project Lifesaver” International.  

 

Charter Media Contact:

Patti Michel    

(828)505-7709

Patti.Michel@charter.com

Catherine Michelle Bell Arrested
2013-12-12

On Thursday December 12, 2013, at approximately 2:45 p.m., Catherine Michelle Bell, 33 years of age from Alabaster, Alabama, presented herself for arrest to investigators at the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.  Bell was charged with three counts of “School Employee Engaging in a Sex Act or Deviant Sexual Intercourse with a Student under the Age of 19 Years”.  Each count carries a bond of $30,000 for a total bond of $90,000.

 

The Pelham Police Department referred the investigation to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.  Sheriff’s investigators and the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office determined that there was enough probable cause to charge Bell and obtained the warrants. 

 

Catherine Michelle Bell was booked into the Shelby County Jail with bonds totalling $90,000.

 

For information on the charge listed above, go to the link below and select Title13A Criminal Code, Chapter 6- Offenses Involving Danger to the Person and section 13A-6-81 School Employee Engaging in a Sex Act or Deviant Sexual Intercourse with a Student under the Age of 19 Years.

 

 http://www.legislature.state.al.us/CodeofAlabama/1975/coatoc.htm.

 

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.

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.

 
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