Press Releases


A New Year's Message

I would like to take this opportunity to extend our best wishes for a safe and prosperous New Year from all of us at the Chilton County Sheriff’s Office. We look forward to helping make 2019 a wonderful and safe year for our county and our community.

As we approach the New Year, my commitment to the citizens of this County remains strong, and I will continue to work with you to improve the quality of life for the current and future residents of our County. It is my hope that 2019 will be a year when members in our community frequently extend a helping hand to their neighbors, coworkers, family, friends, and strangers in need.

It's a real pleasure to say, "Thank You", to our community as we wish you a full year of happiness and success.

 Please contact my office if my staff and I can be of assistance.

Thank you,

Sheriff John Shearon



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New Release

K-9 Training

Jefferson County Sheriff Office hosted the Chilton County Sheriff K-9 and Clanton Police Department K-9 Units along with many dog teams from across the state of Alabama as they attended the Central Alabama K-9 Conference and Police Dog Trials. This yearly training certifies both the dogs and their handlers in many specialties including explosives, narcotics detection, and tracking/apprehension.

During the conference the handlers and their K-9 partners are put through vigorous courses to test their abilities to work together as one unit while reaching the end goal safely. Several classes were held on narcotic detection, tracking, and K-9 first aid.

All Chilton County Sheriff Office and Clanton Police Department k-9 units including Chilton County Sheriff Office Corporal Corry McCartney with K-9 Traffic (narcotics detection/tracking), Captain Ken Harmon with Justice (explosive detection), Lieutenant Erick Smitherman with Scout (Narcotics detection/tracking) Clanton Police Department Captain David Clackley with Max (narcotics detection/tracking) and Detective Jason Harris with Spirit (narcotics detection) completed and passed their yearly certifications.

The teams were proud to show off their skills in competitions in narcotics detection and tracking, with Chilton County Sheriff Office Corporal Corry McCartney and his partner Traffic winning the tracking competition.

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Women's Self Defense Class Sept. 8, 2018

Please see the attached link and answer the 5 questions below to register for the women’s self defense class, held September 8, 2018.
This course will be hosted by the Chilton County YMCA, Clanton Police Department and The Chilton County Sheriff’s Office.

The purpose of the Women’s Self Defense Course is to educate and teach basic self-defense to females in our community. The session will start with a basic self-defense and awareness followed by some Self Defense basics. We will progress through striking, kicking, some basic escapes and human targeting.

The class will be held at the YMCA starting at 8:30am to 1:00 pm on Sept. 8, 2018. Applicants receive a certificate of completion.

The class will be limited to females 16 years of age and older

The cost for this course is $5.00 dollars.

Attire for attendees is gym style clothing and NO Jewelry.

The Instructor for the course will be David Hicks with the City of Clanton Police Department.
Officer Hicks is certified in PPCT, Sexual Harassment & Rape Prevention, Control Force and
Survival Force.
If you have any questions please contact Capt Ken Harmon @ 205-351-2145 or ken.harmon@chiltoncountyso.org.

Sign up Sheet:



Drug Arrest


07/19/2018, at approximately 8:30 PM. Chilton County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, along with Jemison Police Department, responded to a report of a male subject barking like a dog and rolling around on the ground at an address on Chilton County Road 8 near Jemison. Upon arrival deputies located a male subject rolling around on the ground barking like a dog in the woods behind a known drug house. EMS checked the male and it was determined that he was having a reaction to a drug known as liquid G or GHB. The residence was checked for other occupants who may have also been experiencing a drug overdose. Several subjects were located in the home, many of them holding felony warrants. Drugs were located in the house including: meth,marijuana, and GHB.  A total of 9 arrests were made on drug charges from the residence.

These arrests were made by excellent teamwork from the two agencies. We are in the fight against drugs day in and day out. In addition to these arrest there were 11 other unrelated arrests on various charges throughout the entire day on Thursday. Most of all, if you see something, say something!



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Residential Burglary

This morning at approximately 9am, Sheriff's Deputies responded to County Rd 203 on a report of a Residential  Burglary and Suspicious Vehicle. While Deputies were responding, a second call was received from the property owner stating 2 males had came to the property in an attempt to remove the vehicle,  which the owner believed to contain items taken during the Burglary. An altercation occurred between the property owner and the two males, during which, shots were fired by the property owner. When Deputies arrived, two males were located with gunshot wounds. West Chilton Fire and RPS Ambulance responded and both males were determined to be deceased. Initial investigation does indicate that a Burglary had taken place at the residence and that the suspicious vehicle reported by the property owner is connected to that Burglary.  The investigation is ongoing. Based on evidence located at the scene, Investigators do believe additional suspects and an additional vehicle were involved in the Burglary.  Anyone having additional information is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office.

Happy 4th of July



4th of July Message from the Sheriff

The Chilton County Sheriff’s Office wishes you and your family an exciting and safe 4th of July holiday. The 4th of July holiday is a celebration of our becoming independent as a country on July 4th, 1776.

Remember that fireworks can pose a fire and safety hazard to those who use them. Use caution when shooting fireworks, and be sure to follow these recommended safety tips from CPSC.gov:

Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
For anyone who is traveling this 4th of July , remember to always wear your seat belt and never drink and drive – instead, call a designated driver to get you home safely. Not only do you risk your life when you drive impaired, you are putting the other drivers you share the roadway with at risk, too.

The Chilton County  Sheriff’s Office wishes everyone a fun and safe 4th of July!


Sheriff John Shearon

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6-19-2018 Burglary of a local business



Just before midnight on 6-19-2018 a local business was burglarized. Surveillance captured three white males around the business. One of the males picked up a rock and shattered a glass window, two of the males then made entry into the business. While inside the business they gathered up several items, which included cigars, small amount of cash and various other items. The three males then left the store in what appears a Dodge charger or Dodge Challenger. We need help identifying the subject and the vehicle. Anyone having information on this case please contacts the Chilton County Sheriff’s Office at 205-755-4698.


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Church Members learn gun Safety




This past weekend we had the pleasure of holding a firearms class for Mineral Springs Baptist Church Safety Team. The team learned about the safe handling and use of firearms during high stress situations.

We are always happy to teach these types of classes. The more people that are trained with use of firearms the safer we all are. Knowledge is power!

Please contact us if you would like private class your organization. We hope to have a public class very soon.


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Sex Offenders Arrested during Sorna Compliance Check




Throughout the last week of May 2018, Investigator Derrick Bone conducted nightly sex offender compliance checks within Chilton County. During the checks Investigator Bone found five sex offenders to be in violation of the Sex Offender Regulation and Notification Act (SORNA).

On 5-22-2018 James Edward Benjamin was stopped for a traffic violation and was arrested for Sorna Violation, during the traffic stop a controlled substance was also found. Along with the Sorna Violation Benjamin was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia, illegal possession of prescription pills, and open container.

5-23-2018 Paul Hamilton Tucker was arrested for a bond revocation, this was from two separate Sorna Violations within Chilton County.

5-24-2018 Daniel Everett Whitehead was arrested for Probation Violation on sodomy 1st out of Shelby Co., he was transferred to Shelby Co. Jail.

Investigator Bone has signed warrants on Dustin Christopher Smith for 2 Sorna Violations. Smith moved without notifying Investigator Bone.

Warrants have also been issued on Jeffery Windell Defee for 2 Sorna Violations for moving without notifying Investigator Bone.

The last known address for Smith and Defee was on 40 County Road 374 Clanton, Al.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Smith or Deffee, please notify the Sheriff’s Office. You can submit anonymous tips on our page or call our Crime Tips Hotline (205-755-7898).

I would like to thank Investigator Bone for his tireless efforts in coordinating these checks. We continue to fight all types of crimes throughout Chilton County and Investigator Bone does a fantastic job managing the 160 sex offenders we have here.

If Dustin or Jeffery are reading this, you have been warned. We are not only searching for the two of you here, we have friends everywhere that have your pictures and know exactly what you look like. Turn yourselves in or we will find you.

Sheriff John Shearon


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