Author Archives: Brittany Sharp

Happening Today: Jefferson County Sheriff Mark Pettway to Unveil Renewed for Reentry Program

BIRMINGHAM, AL – Jefferson County Sheriff Mark Pettway is standing firm on a campaign promise to address criminal justice reform. On Monday, July 15, 2019, Sheriff Pettway will join community partners to announce details on his Renewed for Reentry program. The program is designed to reduce the recidivism rate by providing education and job opportunities for individuals that are currently in the Jefferson County Jail. This will be accomplished by partnering directly with Lawson State Community College, The Dannon Project, The Steel Workers Trust, and many Central Alabama businesses.“During my campaign, I harped on the fact that too often there is a revolving door with our jail system, and that must change,” Pettway said. “Through this program we will work with individuals to steer them away from destructive behaviors and decisions, and instead steer them towards opportunities that will help them to be constructive citizens of their communities.”The program will be implemented through three phases that include a:Ready to Work PhaseTraining To Work PhaseGraduation & Release ConclusionAdditional details about the program, along with information about the community partners will be unveiled during today’s press conference that will take place at 2 p.m. in training room located inside the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office.For media inquiries please contact Brittany Sharp of the Modern Mold Agency at (205) 886-6348 or

Missing Person Alert

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in locating 20-year-old Marka “Willoe” Watkins. Friends and family members call her Willoe. Willoe is 5ft 1 and weighs approximately 115 pounds. Willoe has not been seen or heard from since Monday June 17, 2019. Willoe was last seen in the Bessemer/McCalla area. We have serious concerns for her safety. If anyone has information about the whereabouts of Willoe they are asked to call 205-325-1450.

Father Charged with Reckless Manslaughter in Infant Death Case

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. 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 […]

Birmingham Man Arrested for Trafficking Cocaine and Heroin

Birmingham, AL 04/27/2018 A 24-year-old Birmingham man has been arrested for trafficking cocaine and heroin. Wednesday afternoon deputies from the Sheriff’s Warrant Detail went to an apartment in the 2900 block of Gallant Drive to arrest 24-year-old Tevaris Tate for an outstanding warrant charging him with Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance. Once inside the […]

Fugitive Captured after Attempt to Flee on Stolen ATV

Birmingham, AL 11/07/2016 33-year old William Justin Cole of Forestdale was arrested for an outstanding warrant after leading deputies on a chase while riding a stolen ATV. Just after 12:30 yesterday afternoon deputies received information indicating that Cole was at a home in the 3500 block of McConnell Lane in Forestdale. Cole was known to […]

Bessemer Man Charged with Assault and Attempted Murder of Deputies

  Birmingham, AL 11/01/2016 42-year-old Jeffery Wayne McCay of Bessemer has been formally charged with one count each of Attempted Murder and Assault 2nd Degree for leading deputies on a chase near Forestdale Saturday night and attempting to hit them with his car. McCay remains in an area hospital recovering from a gunshot wound. He will be transferred […]

Drive Through Bank Robber Arrested

Birmingham, AL 10/10/2016 The suspect who left empty-handed after passing a robbery note to a drive through bank teller has been arrested. Just before 1:30 on August 29, an adult male pulled into the drive through at Regions Bank in Graysville. He passed the teller a note demanding money in $50 and $100 denominations be […]

Suspect Left Empty Handed After Passing Robbery Note to Drive-Thru Teller

Birmingham, AL 08/30/2016 Just before 1:30 pm yesterday afternoon an adult male suspect pulled into the drive thru at Regions Bank in Graysville. He passed the teller a note demanding money in $50 and $100 denominations be placed in a plastic bag and passed back to him. He drove off without being given any money. […]