CRIME & SAFETY
17-year-old killed in Shelby County crash
SHELBY COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — A 17-year-old was killed in a single-vehicle that occurred early Saturday morning. According to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, the 17-year-old was fatally injured when the ATV the youth was operating left the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned around 1:20 a.m. The youth was not wearing a seat belt […]
Helping parents spot a drug stash hidden in plain sight
Montevallo, AL — Nobody wants to be a snoop, but in this day and age school resource officers say parents have to always be on the look out. Today's illegal drugs are more dangerous than ever. Montevallo Police Department's Spot Trailer gives parents a hands on lesson in how to look for hiding places for drugs. Many are right there in plain sight if you know what you're looking for.
Sunday morning fire in Pelham's Chandalar Court Community damages four townhomes
PELHAM, Ala. (WBMA) — Crews responded to a fire in Pelham Sunday morning in the Chandalar Court Community. A neighbor called 911 just before 7:30 a.m. to report a fire had started in a townhome. The fire had spread through the attic to the townhome next door. In that...
Vestavia Hills names new police chief
VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. (WBRC) - A longtime employee of the Vestavia Hills Police Department has been named chief of police. Shane Ware has been with the department since 2000. He takes over following the passing of former Chief Danny P. Rary on Aug. 1. Ware began as a police officer...
70-year-old Bessemer woman dies following car crash
BESSEMER, Ala. (WIAT) — A 70-year-old woman injured in a car crash last week died from her injuries over the weekend. According to the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office, Linda Hamner Maloy was involved in a head-on collision on Wednesday while driving on Pocahontas Road. Maloy was taken to UAB Hospital for treatment where she died […]
Hoover Police prepares for the busy shopping season
HOOVER, Ala. (WBRC) - The Hoover Police Department is preparing and planning ahead in order to keep the community safe ahead of a busy shopping season. According to officials with the Hoover PD, the department has been planning for the influx of holiday shoppers for a few months now. Captain Keith Czeskleba with the HPD says the department is taking an all-hands-on-deck approach by adding additional officers at shopping centers in order to help the community safe during the holidays.
Weekly Safety Report: Cranes dispatched to Calera train derailment, missing man with dementia in Pelham
Cranes dispatched to Calera train derailment, blocked railroad crossing. Pelham Police looking for missing man with dementia. Cranes were sent to Calera to clear a path for traffic after a partial train derailment. Norfolk Southern dispatched the cranes to help clear crossings near Alabama 25. The broken section of track caused the derailment, blocking traffic at Milstead Drive, Orangewood Circle, and the entrance to the Lhoist North America plant. Traffic is now clear.
Citizen’s Sheriff Academy By Leah Ingram Eagle: More classes + target practice
As I’m wrapping up everything for this month’s issue, I have completed six of my eight classes in the Shelby County Citizens Sheriff’s Academy. Here’s what we did during October. CLASS 4: CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS DIVISION. This class covered topics that were tough to hear, including violent...
Weekly Safety Report: Inmate Stabbing and Drug/Gun Charges Hit Bessemer
Two incidents occurred in Bessemer, Alabama this week. In the first incident, a mother claims her son, an inmate at a local prison, was stabbed and beaten without her knowledge. The second incident involves a man from Bessemer who was sentenced to federal prison for drug and gun charges, including possession of marijuana, heroin, fentanyl, and a machine gun.
Alabama teen recounts surviving Galleria mall shooting which left her nearly paralyzed
HOOVER, Ala. — Molly Davis was right where she wanted to be on Thanksgiving Night 2018, enjoying holiday shopping with her grandmother and sister. "I was very focused on trying to get gifts for everybody because I love giving gifts." The annual trip on Thanksgiving night and Black Friday...
Discover the 5 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods in Shelby County, Alabama
Shelby County is a suburban county in Alabama. It is in the Birmingham-Hoover metropolitan area. The area is known for having a high quality of life, a low crime rate, and beautiful natural surroundings. It’s important to keep in mind, though, that not all parts of Shelby County are equally...
Burglary/manhunt suspect arrested in Homewood
A burglary suspect who led to a manhunt in the area around Golden Crest Circle and Valley Avenue on November 8, 2023 has been arrested. The Homewood Police Department says 32-year-old Jacorey Donte Stephenson was found in the 10 block of Aspen Cove in Homewood on November 20, 2023. Stephenson...
Weekly Safety Report: Fatal Hit-and-Run and DUI Arrest in Shelby County, Alabama
This week in Shelby County, Alabama, there were two incidents involving criminal activity. In the first incident, a Harpersville man was arrested for a fatal hit-and-run that resulted in the death of a 19-year-old bicyclist. The man is facing charges of manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident. The second incident involved the arrest of a career petty criminal from Prattville. The individual was charged with driving under the influence, reckless endangerment, attempting to elude law enforcement, and leaving the scene of an accident.
Shelby County Sheriff’s Office needs assistance locating missing 16-year-old girl
SHELBY COUNTY, Ala. (WBRC) - The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to locate a missing 16-year-old girl. Police say Anabella Grace McCulley is a white female, approximately 5′10″, 230 lbs. with brown hair and brown eyes. McCulley was last seen in...
Calera installs new cameras in all city parks
The city of Calera announced that they have finished the installation of new security cameras in all of its major parks in an official press release on the morning of Thursday, Nov. 16. The post Calera installs new cameras in all city parks appeared first on Shelby County Reporter.
Domestic shooting at Shelby County apartment leaves man seriously injured, woman jailed
A shooting at a Shelby County apartment complex left a man seriously injured and his girlfriend behind bars. Shelby County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched at 12:03 a.m. Thursday to a report of a person shot on Stonecrest Drive off U.S. 280. Chief Deputy Clay Hammac said deputies arrived to...
Calera PD: Blocked Norfolk Southern crossing after track damage
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - A Norfolk Southern railroad track has sustained damage, resulting in a blockage, according to the Calera Police Department. According to reports, a Norfolk Southern train is blocking the entrances to the Milstead, Orangewood, and Lhoist communities near Highway 25. The Calera PD shared on X that the blockages are caused by damage to the railroad track. They explained that officials with Norfolk Southern said that the train is partially derailed due to the damage.
Woman arrested in Columbiana on drug charges
Heather Lynn Hammond, 28, was arrested near a residential building on Egg and Butter Road on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. The post Woman arrested in Columbiana on drug charges appeared first on Shelby County Reporter.
78-year-old Bessemer woman found
UPDATE: The Bessemer Police Department cancelled the missing persons alert just before 2:30 p.m. on Friday. BESSEMER, Ala. (WIAT) — Police are asking for the public’s help finding a missing 78-year-old Bessemer woman. According to police, Sharon Bertha Lemley was last seen around 10 a.m. Friday in the area of Maxwell Circle in Bessemer. Police […]
Weekly Safety Report: Felony Animal Cruelty and Attempted Murder Incidents Shake Homewood
This week in Homewood, Alabama, two incidents occurred that raised concerns for public safety. In the first incident, a 43-year-old man was charged with felony animal cruelty and misdemeanor reckless endangerment after a standoff. The second incident involved a man firing a gun inside a church rec center, resulting in attempted murder charges. Both incidents occurred in different locations within Homewood.