Category Archives: Update

UPDATE: Arrest Made in Gardendale High School Bomb Threat

Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested a 16 year old male for making a bomb threat to Gardendale High School.  Sheriff’s investigators were able to identify the caller, locate him and take him into custody.  The child has been transported to Juvenile Detention where he will be charged with making Terrorist Threats.  This incident began this morning […]

Update: 3 Charged After Shooting at Deputies

  18 year old Jaheem Carlilse, 18 year old Malik Cooper and a 17 year old offender have been charged with Attempted Murder, Shooting into an occupied Vehicle and Criminal Mischief 2 following our investigation into an offense that happened on Wednesday September 4, 2019 near Arlington Avenue in Bessemer.  The men shot at deputies […]

UPDATE: Capital Murder Suspect in Custody

Capital Murder suspect Zachery Durante Danner has turned himself in to the Jefferson County jail. Danner was wanted in connection with the murder and attempted murder that occurred on August 22, 2019 in the Grayson Valley community. Danner has a $100,000.00 bond for the Capital Murder Charge and $60,000.00 bond for the Attempted Murder Charge.

1 Man Charged In Late Night Homicide Another is Wanted

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputies have tracked down 25-year-old Kendall Bernard Banks and charged him with Capital Murder in connection with the August 22, 2019 homicide in the Grayson Valley neighborhood. On Thursday August 22, 2019 at 11:44pm the Sheriff’s Office received a call stating that 2 people had been shot at a home in the 5400 block of Nottingham Drive. Deputies arrived and found a man and wife suffering from gunshot wounds. The wife was transported to a local hospital where she was listed in serious condition. The husband was also transported to a local hospital but he succumbed to his wounds. Deputies and detectives have been able to track down 1 of 2 offenders. Evidence shows that some type of domestic dispute occurred and turned into a robbery, and the husband and wife were shot. Kendall Bernard Banks is Charged with Capital Murder bond $100,000.00 and attempted murder bond $60,000.00. Sheriff’s Detectives also obtained warrants for Capital Murder and Attempted Murder for 22-year-old Zachery Durante Danner. Zachery Danner has not been located at this time. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Zachery Danner are asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 205-325-1450 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.
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UPDATE: Human Remains Found In Western Jefferson County Identified

On Thursday August 8, 2019 human remains were found near Shady Grove road and Village Creek. The body has been identified as Shawn David Jackson dob 12-5-69. Shawn Jackson was reported missing from Clay County Georgia on July 7, 2019. This case is being worked by Jefferson County investigators and investigators from Clay County.

Woman Missing From Jefferson County Found Murdered in Tuscaloosa

20 year old Marka “Willoe” Watkins was reported missing to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office on June 15, 2019. Investigators followed up on dozens of tips about possible whereabouts of Watkins. On Sunday July 28, 2019 information came in to the Sheriff’s Office on where she might be. The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office followed up on that information and were able to located and recover a body, later identified as Marka “Willoe” Watkins. The offense occurred in Tuscaloosa County and is under investigation by the Tuscaloosa Sheriff’s Office. Jefferson County Detectives will provide all background information available.

Update on 7-13-19 Center Point Shooting

UPDATE: On Saturday July 13, 2019 deputies responded to a call of shots fired at the apartments at 25th Court NW. The Shooting incident actually occurred across the street in the parking lot of a convenience store. Deputies found 2 men suffering from gunshot wounds. The shooting occurred after a dispute between 2 groups of men. Detectives were able to determine which group confronted the other and began shooting at them. Detectives have arrested and charged 2 men with Assault 1st degree. 35 year old Brandon McKinney is charged with Assault 1st degree bond $25,000.00 and 26 year old Courtney Graham is Charged with Assault 1st degree bond $25,000.00. The victims were transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. One of the offenders also suffered a gunshot wound during the incident. His injuries were minor.

Media Update: Inmate Death Investigation

Media Update: Inmate Death Investigation
On Friday June 28, 2019 at approximately 8:10pm 36 year old Earnest True Smith appeared to have suffered a seizure while he was in the cell block day space. Smith later died at a local hospital. Smith was in jail for Failure to Appear for Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance. As a part of the death investigation an autopsy was done on Smith’s body. The preliminary autopsy report shows no signs of foul play in Smith’s death. A ruptured plastic bag containing an unknown substance (believed to be illicit drugs) was found in Smith’s stomach during the examination. There is a high probability that the contents of the bag were absorbed into Smith’s system. The other preliminary findings were consistent with seizure deaths and drug toxicity.
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Homicide Investigation Update

Birmingham, AL 01/03/2019 On Monday, December 31, 2018, Sheriff’s deputies began an investigation into a shooting in the McDonald’s Chapel area where two people were injured. One of the injured, 18-year-old Censere Calhoun, died at an area hospital as a result of the shooting. Initial reports were that two men had been shooting at each other […]