12
August

Traffic Fatality

By Sheriff's Office | Posted in News Traffic Accident

Birmingham, AL 08/12/2018
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal traffic accident that occurred this afternoon.
Just after 2:30 this afternoon deputies were called to the 7200 block of Old Tuscaloosa Highway to investigate a traffic accident. They arrived to find two vehicles had collided. The drivers of both cars died on the scene. An adult female in one car was taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Two children from the other car were also taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Early information is that a white Camaro was traveling West on Old Tuscaloosa Highway when it was struck from behind by a blue Camry.
The investigation into the cause of the accident is ongoing. The names of the deceased are withheld pending notification of family.
8
August

Bessemer Man Arrested for Sexual Abuse of Teen Girl

By Sheriff's Office | Posted in Arrest News

Birmingham, AL 07/08/2018

A 33-year-old Bessemer man has been arrested for sexually abusing a young female victim over a three year period.

On December 22, 2017, a family member of the victim reported that the victim had disclosed sexual abuse by a family friend to a social worker. Sheriff’s Youth Services detectives conducted an investigation.

Stephen Andrew Shirley

The investigation revealed that 33-year-old Stephen Andrew Shirley had sexually abused the teen over a three year period.

On February 23, 2018, detectives obtained arrest warrants charging Shirley with Sodomy 1stDegree, Sexual Abuse 1st Degree, and Enticing a Child for Immoral Purposes.

When Shirley learned of the warrants he went into hiding. He called a relative of the victim and threatened to harm them and the victim.

Detectives obtained an additional arrest warrant charging him with Terroristic Threats and requested that the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force assist in locating Stephen Shirley.

On August 3, 2018, Shirley was located and arrested. He was taken to the Jefferson County Jail where he remains in jail with bond set at $120,750.

1
August

Center Point Man Charged with Burglary

By Sheriff's Office | Posted in Arrest News

Birmingham, AL 08/01/2018

A 31-year-old Center Point man has been arrested and charged with the Burglary of an auto body shop.

Derrick Gardiner

On July 27, deputies were called to an auto body shop in the 20th block of 20th Ct. NW to investigate a burglary. It was reported that during the previous night someone had broken into the business and stolen laptop computers. The surveillance system in the business captured images of the suspect as he was committing the burglary.

A description of the suspect was provided to deputies working in the area. On July 30, a deputy spotted a man matching the description of the suspect walking in the 2000 block of Center Point Parkway. The man was carrying a laptop of the type that had been reported stolen. The deputy stopped the man and identified the laptop as one that had been stolen during the Burglary.

The suspect, 31-year-old Derrick Gardiner, was questioned by detectives and admitted to burglarizing the business. He was arrested and taken to the Jefferson County Jail to await formal charges.

On July 31, detectives obtained arrest warrants charging him with Burglary 3rd Degree, Theft of Property 2nd Degree, and Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree. He posted $10,300 bond and was released pending court proceedings.

31
July

Reward Offered for Information in Shooting of Fairfield Teen

By Sheriff's Office | Posted in News

Birmingham, AL 07/31/2018

A $5,000 reward is being offered by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for shooting 17-year-old Zo Shauka as he lay in his bed.

In the early morning hours of July 20, 2018, Shauka was struck by a gunshot that was fired from outside his home in Fairfield. The shot came through the window and hit him as he was sleeping. He suffered serious injuries and was taken to an area hospital.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Metro Area Crime Center at 205-582-6800 or the Fairfield Police Department at 205-786-4111. Information may also be called into Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.

26
July

Birmingham Man Charged with Murder

By Sheriff's Office | Posted in News

Birmingham, AL 07/26/2018

37-year-old Rajuar Akeil Key has been charged with murder for the February 23 shooting death of 29-year-old Monty Lewayne Davis.

Deputies discovered the body of Monty Davis on February 24, 2018, when they responded to a report of a brush fire in the 300 block of Mulga Loop Road. His body had been dumped off the road and set on fire. A medical examiner’s report revealed that he had also been shot. It appeared that Davis had been shot elsewhere and dumped on Mulga Loop Road.

Sheriff’s Detectives immediately began investigating the murder. They followed up leads from anonymous tips and family members to determine who had last seen Monty Davis alive.

With information from the initial investigation and investigative support from the Metro Area Crime Center detectives developed Rajuar Key as the suspect in the murder of Monty Davis.

Detectives learned that on the night he was killed, Davis went to Key’s residence on Eufaula Avenue in Birmingham. While he was there Key accused him of stealing marijuana from him and owing him money. The two men began arguing and then fighting. Key pulled out a pistol and shot Davis.

Rajuar Key then took the body to Mulga Loop Road and set it on fire to destroy evidence and to prevent or prolong the identification process.

On July 23, Sheriff’s Detectives obtained an arrest warrant formally charging Key with the murder of Monty Davis. Bond has been set at $100,000. Key remains at large.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at 205-325-1450 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.

26
July

Sheriff’s Narcotics Investigators Seize 10,000 doses of Heroin

By Sheriff's Office | Posted in Arrest News

Birmingham, AL 07/26/2018

On July 17, Sheriff’s narcotics investigators seized over one kilogram of heroin and 224 grams of methamphetamine from a home in Bessemer.

Christopher James Moton

As part of an ongoing investigation into the distribution of heroin in western Jefferson County, narcotics investigators developed information that a large amount of heroin was being held at a home in the 1800 block of 11th Street North in Bessemer. They established surveillance on the house and witnessed the target, 38-year-old Christopher Moton, driving away. He was stopped on a traffic stop a short distance away.

During the stop, Moton was found to be in possession of a handgun. A prior felony conviction prohibits him from possessing a firearm. He was arrested and taken to the Jefferson County Jail.

Investigators returned to the home and conducted a search. During this search, they discovered a kilogram of heroin and 224 grams of methamphetamine. The street value of the seizure is approximately $218,000.

A typical dose unit of heroin is .1 grams. This seizure is the equivalent of 10,000 dose units of heroin taken off the streets of Jefferson County.

Christopher Moton has been charged with Trafficking Heroin, Trafficking Methamphetamine, Certain Person Forbidden to Possess a Firearm, Carrying a Pistol without License, and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He remains in the Jefferson County Jail with bond set at $2,018,000.

25
July

Jefferson County Man Charged with Murder of his Wife

By Sheriff's Office | Posted in Arrest News Update

Birmingham, AL 07/25/2018

42-year-old Arthur Leon McKinney has been charged with murder in the beating death of 48-year-old Robin Rae Caudill.

Arthur McKinney

Just after 5:00 am Sunday morning Arthur Leon McKinney called the Sheriff’s Office to report that he had discovered his wife, Robin Caudill, unresponsive on the bathroom floor of the residence.

Deputies arrived to find the victim dead on the floor.  McKinney remained on scene and was found to have blood on his clothing. He was questioned by detectives but offered no explanation for the injuries to the victim or the blood found throughout the home.

Evidence at the scene indicated that the victim had been beaten to death.

Arthur Leon McKinney was taken into custody and transported to the Jefferson County Jail to await formal charges. On July 24, Sheriff’s detectives obtained an arrest warrant formally charging McKinney with the murder of his wife.

He remains in the Jefferson County Jail with bond set at $1,000,000.

25
July

Adger Man Charged with Murder

By Sheriff's Office | Posted in Arrest News Update

Scott Pennington

Birmingham, AL 07/25/2018

36-year-old Scott Allen Pennington has been charged with murder in the shooting death of 29-year-old Jonathan Carroll.

Just after 10:30 Sunday morning Scott Allen Pennington called the Sheriff’s Office to report he had shot and killed Jonathan Carroll during an altercation along an access road to a gas well in the 4100 block of Valley Ford Road.

Deputies located Pennington at Valley Ford Road and Johns Road and he took them to where he had left Carroll’s body.

Detectives learned that Pennington and Carroll had been riding the dirt roads and had gotten into an argument. Pennington told them he and Carroll had gotten into an argument and he had shot Carroll in self-defense. Detectives developed evidence that did not support this claim.

Scott Allen Pennington was taken to the Jefferson County Jail to await formal charges. On July 24, Sheriff’s detectives obtained an arrest warrant charging Pennington with the murder of Jonathan Carroll.

He remains in the Jefferson County Jail with bond set at $75,000.

23
July

Two Men Charged with Burglary

By Sheriff's Office | Posted in News

Birmingham, AL 07/23/2018

Two men have been charged with the burglary of a home in southern Jefferson County.

On July 9, deputies were called to a home in the 6000 block of Russet Meadows Drive to investigate a burglary. It was reported that two unknown black males wearing yellow reflective vests had been seen running from the home and getting into a gold pickup truck.

Deputies arrived to find the front door to the home had been forced open. A television had been removed from a wall in the in the home and a laptop computer had been stolen.

Deputies learned that a pair of men matching the description of the suspects had been seen on surveillance video at a home in Helena the same day. Copies of still photographs of the suspects were sent to detectives.

Using the surveillance video and information developed by the Metro Area Crime Center, detectives identified the suspects as 32-year-old Edwin Martell Underwood and 23-year-old Shawn McDaniel both of Birmingham.

On July 19, detectives obtained arrest warrants charging the men with Burglary 3rd Degree, Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree, and Theft of Property 2nd Degree. Bond is set at $35,000 each. The men remain at large.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at 205-325-1450 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.

23
July

Victim in North Jefferson County Homicide Identified

By Sheriff's Office | Posted in News Update

Birmingham, AL 07/23/2018

The victim of a weekend homicide in northern Jefferson County has been identified as 48-year-old Robin Rae Caudill.

Just after 5:00 am yesterday morning deputies were called to a home in the 4000 block of Ruff Road to conduct a death investigation. A man reported that he had found his wife unresponsive on the floor of the bathroom.

Deputies arrived to find the victim dead on the floor.  The husband of the victim remained on scene and was found to have blood on his clothing. He was questioned by detectives but offered no explanation for the injuries to the victim or the blood found throughout the home.

Information at the scene indicated that the victim had been beaten to death.

The husband was taken into custody and transported to the Jefferson County Jail to await formal charges. His name is withheld pending those charges.