Sheriff’s Office Donates Critical Communication Equipment to Area Law Enforcement

By Sheriff's Office | Posted in Events News

Birmingham, AL 10/17/2018

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is donating used radio equipment to seven area law enforcement agencies in need of updated communications devices.

The Sheriff’s Office recently updated their radio equipment leaving several older radios as surplus. These surplus radios are being donated to Brookside Police, Warrior Police, Kimberly Police, Morris Police, Trafford Police, Brighton Police, and Lipscomb Police. In all fifty-seven walkie-talkies, forty-five car radios, and seven base stations are being given to these agencies.

The equipment will assist in more efficient communication for these agencies as well as facilitate the ability of these departments to communicate with the Sheriff’s Office in times of critical incidents.

These radios have been reprogrammed, are in great shape and ready to be immediately put in service.

Sheriff Mike Hale and the Police Chiefs from these agencies will be available today at 11:30 am at the Sheriff’s Headquarters to discuss the process and how it will benefit Jefferson County law enforcement. Media is encouraged to attend. Please call 205-325-5711 to confirm attendance.


Shooting Investigation

By Sheriff's Office | Posted in News

Birmingham, AL 10/11/2018
Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating a shooting in the Forestdale area.
At about 5:00 pm this evening Deputies were called to the 1000 block of Inzer Drive to investigate a shooting complaint. They arrived to find a 33-year-old male suffering critical injuries. The victim was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Early information from the scene is that the victim was out walking his dog when a white Chevrolet Impala pulled up. The victim spoke to the front passenger who them shot him. The vehicle fled the scene and the area is being searched. 
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 205-325-1450 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.

Sheriff’s Office Investigating Altercation between Two Students

By Sheriff's Office | Posted in News

Birmingham, AL 10/11/2018

The Sheriff’s Office is investigating an altercation between a 16-year-old male and a 16-year-old female at Gardendale High School that left the girl injured.

Just after 2:00 pm yesterday the School Resource Officer at Gardendale High School was notified by the principal that an altercation had occurred between two students that resulted in one of the students suffering a puncture wound to her leg.

Deputies learned that a male and a female student had been arguing. The male student stabbed the female in the leg with a small pocket knife. He then fled the scene leaving the school. The School Resource Officer contacted the suspect’s mother and she returned him to the school. He was questioned by deputies and released to his mother pending juvenile court proceedings for Assault 2nd Degree.


Sheriff’s Office Implements Body Worn and In-Car Camera Program

By Sheriff's Office | Posted in News

Birmingham, AL 10/10/2018

After a nearly year-long testing and evaluation program, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is implementing a body worn camera program and installing in-car cameras to equip deputies with the latest technology.

Beginning in October of 2017, the Sheriff’s Office began testing and evaluating body-worn cameras for use by deputy personnel. In August of this year, the Sheriff’s Office entered into an agreement to acquire Generation 4 cameras from Axon, the industry leader in body worn camera technology.

Body-worn cameras are viewed as a valuable asset intended to assist crime fighting by documenting both video and audio of incidents and encounters with members of the public. They are considered a valuable evidentiary tool for prosecution of certain types of criminal cases by supplementing deputies’ court testimony with audio and video records of an incident. They will also aid in the investigation complaints against deputies. “I think what we’ll find and what is being seen nationwide is that the overwhelming majority of the time, these cameras show law enforcement officers are doing things right”, said Sheriff Mike Hale, and the few times that doesn’t happen it gives us a great tool for corrective training.

In-car cameras can capture audio and visual records of events that may occur during incidents that may have been out of view of deputies at the time. They will also aid in the identification of suspect vehicles and documenting distracted or drunken driving.

The Sheriff’s Office received the cameras last week and began training and deployment October 8. Training and deployment are expected to be completed by October 11.

A Federal Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice has been awarded to the Sheriff’s Office to pay fifty percent of the cost associated with equipping deputies with these cameras. The Sheriff’s Office took the lead on securing a Federal Grant for $702,000 that is being shared between the Sheriff’s Office and other area law enforcement agencies that needed assistance in acquiring these cameras.

Sheriff Mike Hale will be available for comment on the body-worn camera program at 1:30 pm today at the Sheriff’s Headquarters. Please call 205-325-5711 to confirm attendance.


Shooting Investigation

By Sheriff's Office | Posted in News Shooting

Birmingham, AL 10/09/2018

Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a reported shooting at an apartment complex in northeast Jefferson County.

Just before 1:00, pm this afternoon deputies were called to the 1100 block of Villa Rica Court where it was reported that two groups of men were arguing in the parking lot of the apartments when a shot was fired and an adult male involved was injured. The two groups including the person struck fled the scene in separate cars.

The injured person was located by Birmingham Police via a traffic stop along Red Lane Road. He was taken to an area hospital with serious injuries.

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


Pair Arrested for Weekend Burglary

By Sheriff's Office | Posted in Arrest News

Birmingham, AL 10/08/2018

A man and woman were arrested after a homeowner arrived home to find them burglarizing the residence.

Just after 10:00 pm on October 6, deputies responded to a report of a burglary at a home in the 3200 block of Jackson Road in northern Jefferson County. While on the way to the residence they were notified that the homeowner had come home to find a woman running out of his house and getting into a pickup driven by a man. The victim followed the suspects as they left and relayed their location to responding deputies.

Deanna Jones
Justin Wyrick

The suspect vehicle was stopped at a convenience store on Alabama Highway 79 at Sweeney Hollow Road. The female was identified as 34-year-old Deanna Marie Grace Jones of Dora and the male driver was identified as 32-year-old Justin Asa Wyrick of Warrior.

During questioning they told deputies that they had driven to the residence to pick up a friend named David. They determined that they were at the wrong house and left.

Deputies returned to the residence and found several items belonging to the victim had been placed on the front porch including a washing machine and a set of golf clubs. The inside of the residence had been ransacked.

Deanna Jones was arrested and charged with Burglary 3rd Degree and Theft of Property 1stDegree. She was taken to the Jefferson County Jail and held on $2,000 bond. Justin Wyrick was arrested and charged with Burglary 3rd Degree. He was taken to the Jefferson County Jail where he was held on $1,000 bond.


Two Men Arrested for Trafficking Heroin in Separate Incidents

By Sheriff's Office | Posted in Arrest News

Birmingham, AL 10/02/2018

Two men were arrested in separate incidents for Trafficking Heroin.

In the first incident, on Saturday September 29, at about 10:30 am, a deputy on patrol in the area of Carson Road and Sunhill Road attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a black Toyota Rav 4 when a check of the license plate revealed that the vehicle had been reported as stolen to the Hoover Police Department. The driver refused to stop and pulled into an apartment complex where he fled on foot. He was captured after a brief foot chase. The driver was identified as 20-year-old Antwain Lewis Jr. of Birmingham. He was found to be in possession of six grams of heroin, an amount of methamphetamine, and an amount of marijuana. The heroin has a street value of the heroin is $1200.

Antwain Lewis

Antwain Lewis Jr. was arrested and charged with Trafficking Heroin, Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd Degree, Receiving Stolen Property 1st Degree, Attempting to Elude, Resisting Arrest, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He remains in the Jefferson County Jail with bond set at $67,500.00.

Tardarius Sanders

In the second incident, on Saturday, September 29, just after noon, a deputy on patrol in the area of 9th Avenue and 9th in Bessemer conducted a traffic stop on a gray Nissan Altima for failing to stop for a red light. The passenger in the vehicle 24-year-old Tardarius Sanders was found to have outstanding warrants with the Bessemer Police Department and the Adamsville Police Department. While speaking with the occupants of the car the deputy smelled marijuana. A search of the vehicle revealed a black zipper bag that contained twelve grams of heroin, an amount of marijuana, and hydrocodone tablets. Sanders admitted to the deputy that the bag and the contents were his. He was arrested for Trafficking Heroin, Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 2nd Degree. He was taken to the Jefferson County Jail and held on $115,000.00 bond.


National Night Out

By Sheriff's Office | Posted in Events News

Birmingham, AL 09/26/2018

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office will participate in “National Night Out” Tuesday Night, October 2 at two locations. This is an effort to promote “Keeping Neighborhoods and Communities Safe” by providing an opportunity for neighbors to meet neighbors and interact with Law Enforcement.

Sylvan Springs will be held the ballpark in Sylvan Springs off Rock Creek Road and runs from 6pm-8pm. The address is 130 Rock Creek Road.

Center Point will be held in the parking lot next to the Center Point courthouse and runs from 7pm-8:30pm. The Address is 2651 Center Point Parkway.

At both locations, members of the Sheriff’s Office will be on hand from various special units with equipment used by the Sheriff’s Office on display that assists us in “Keeping Neighborhoods and Communities Safe”.

National Night Out is an effort focused on creating a partnership between neighborhoods and law enforcement to enhance safety and crime prevention. Visit the “National Night Out” website at http://www.nationalnightout.org/ for information about this nationwide program bringing communities and law enforcement together across the country.


Two Arrested for Trafficking Marijuana

By Sheriff's Office | Posted in Arrest News

Birmingham, AL 09/26/2018

A man and woman traveling through Alabama were arrested Wednesday, September 19 for Trafficking Marijuana.

Carisa Jean Searls
Sean Daymon Flemings

Just after 2:00 am that morning members of the Sheriff’s Highway Safety Unit stopped a red Chevrolet Monte Carlo for speeding along I-22 near mile marker 133. The car was occupied by the male driver and a female passenger. The driver told deputies that they were traveling from Oregon to Atlanta, Georgia.

While speaking with the driver deputies smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the interior of the car. A search of the car revealed two trash bags containing a total of twenty-six pounds of marijuana with a street value of $46,800.00.

The pair were arrested and taken to the Jefferson County Jail to await formal charges. Arrest warrants were obtained formally charging 33-year-old Sean Daymon Flemings of Oregon and 32-year-old Carisa Jean Searls Washington with Trafficking Marijuana. Both remain in the Jefferson County Jail. Flemings has since posted bail. Sears remains jailed under $50,000 bond.


Since its inception in 2006, the Sheriff’s Office Highway Safety Unit has taken close to 30 million dollars of illegal drugs and drug money off of our roadways and out of neighborhoods. The team has been recognized nationally for their extraordinary work.


Father Charged with Reckless Manslaughter in Infant Death Case

By Sgt. Jack Self | Posted in Arrest News Update

Birmingham, AL 09/24/2018

The 23-year-old father of a five-month-old infant found unresponsive in a bathtub Sunday night has been charged with Reckless Manslaughter.

Cordarius Cotton

Just before 8:30 pm on Sunday, September 23, deputies responded to a medical emergency at a residence in the 100 block of Hickory Grove Drive near Tarrant. It was reported that a five-month-old boy was not breathing.

Paramedics arrived on scene and transported the child to an area hospital. The child was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital.

Early information from the scene was that the father of the child placed him in the bathtub and left the room. When he returned he found the child was not breathing.

The father, identified as 23-year-old Cordarius Cotton, was questioned by detectives. During questioning, he told detectives that he turned the water on and placed the child in the tub. He left the room to go play a video game. He forgot about the child. When he returned to the bathtub about an hour later he found the child was unresponsive.

Sheriff’s detectives reviewed the case with the District Attorney’s Office and obtained an arrest warrant formally charging Cordarius Cotton with Reckless Manslaughter. He remains in the Jefferson County Jail with bond set at $15,000.