Press Releases


County Road 180 Homicide

On Thursday May 05, 2022, The Chilton County Sheriff's Office responded to a wooded area east of Alabama Hwy 145 to investigate a suspicious incident. During that investigation, Investigators located what appeared to be a hand dug grave containing a body.  Investigators worked throughout Thursday night and into Friday processing the scene and recovering the body. Since that time the body has been transported by the Coroner's Office to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for examination and autopsy.  On May 10, 2022 an autopsy was completed. The manner of death has been determined to be Homicide. 

Investigators are asking for the public's help in order to identify the victim. The condition of the victim prohibits visual identification, however, based on forensic examination, the victim is believed to be a white male, late 20's to early 30's, 5'8" to 5'9" in height, average build with dark hair.  The victim did have at least one tattoo, which was on the inside on the right forearm.  The tattoo is blue with black outline and is possibly of a tropical fish.  Anyone having any information about this investigation or the possible identity of the victim is asked to contact Sgt Jennifer Bland at (205) 755-4698 or jennifer.bland@chiltoncountyso.org. You can also provide information anonymously using the Crime Tip function on the Sheriff's Office website at chiltoncountyso.org or the Chilton County Sheriff's Office App.

Sheriff John Shearon

Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Trafficking Charges

May 07, 2022, Chilton County Patrol units stopped a blue Mitsubishi, driven by Trinitee Swanson for a minor traffic violation on County Road 503, near Hwy 31 in Verbena. 

While deputies were speaking with Swanson about the traffic violation, she appeared to be very nervous and shaking. When deputies asked if there were any firearms in the vehicle, passenger Brady Warren spoke up and gave the location of the 9mm handgun. 

After a thorough investigation by deputies and a K9 search that revealed numerous criminal violations Swanson, Warren, and Ferrolder Howell, a third passenger was arrested and taken into custody. 

Trinity Swanson from Bessemer AL (driver) was arrested and charged with three counts of Trafficking of Dangerous Drugs that included Fentanyl, Methamphetamine, and Heroin, one count of Possession of Marijuana 1st degree, one count Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, one violation for Improper Lights, and another for Failure to Register Vehicle.

Brady Warren from Pleasant Grove, AL (passenger) was arrested and charged with three counts of Trafficking of Dangerous Drugs that included Fentanyl, Methamphetamine, and Heroin, one count of Possession of Marijuana 1st degree, one count Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and one count of Drunk/Addict in Possession of a Firearm. 

Ferrolder Howell from Birmingham AL (passenger)  was arrested and charged with three counts of Trafficking of Dangerous Drugs that included Fentanyl, Methamphetamine, and Heroin, one count of Possession of Marijuana 1st degree, and one count Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 

Drugs and evidence seized one 9mm handgun, approximately six (6) ounces of Methamphetamine, seven (7) grams of Heroin, four (4) grams of suspected Fentanyl, and one hundred seventy-four (174) grams of Marijuana along with two sets of digital scales. 


I am proud of the work that our deputies do day in and day out!

These types of arrests are not uncommon for our deputies to make. You can always visit our jail roster located on our app or website to stay up to date on "Chilton County's Who's-Who".


We are working together for a safer tomorrow.

Sheriff John Shearon


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Two Arrested in Triple Homicide

Two Arrested in Triple Homicide

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RFP for Inmate Communications Serives

It is the intent of this Request for Proposal to obtain proposals from qualified vendors to provide hosted, IP-based services for inmates.

See Attached RFP that is attached to the media kit.

RFP For Seamless Shower System

The Chilton County Sheriff's Office will receive quotes for qualified Manufactures/Contractors to pre, manufacture and install a Seamless Shower System for the inmate shower facilities at the Chilton County Jail, located at 500 2nd Ave. North, Clanton, Alabama 35045.

See Attached RFP that is attached to the media kit.

Press Release 2/19/2021


19 February 2021

Beginning in September of 2020 the Sheriff's Office began investigating a series of residential Burglary/Thefts all occurring randomly on the same day of the week and on the same two roads in the County. Multiple firearms, electronics and jewelry were taken during these Burglaries. Investigators conducted surveillance of the areas several days with no success.

On February 09, 2021 Deputies and Maplesville Police responded to a Burglary in progress on AL Hwy 191 in the Isabella area where a homeowner observed (3) three individuals in masks break into his home through a wireless surveillance system. The suspects fled the area prior to Deputies arriving. One short frame of the video caught one of the suspects without his mask pulled up. When Investigators processed the scene, evidence was collected that indicated the suspects were possibly from the Selma/Dallas County area. The video surveillance was distributed to Dallas County area law enforcement and that suspect was positively identified by Dallas County Sheriff's and Selma Police Investigators. A second Burglary/Theft was reported shortly afterwards on County Rd 73, which was the second area the Burglaries had been occurring.

On February 10, 2021 the first suspect, Kourtney Labarro Jones, 36, of Selma was taken into custody on Burglary and Theft Charges. At the time of his arrest, Jones was wanted in (3) three other Jurisdictions on felony Theft charges. Follow up investigation gave Investigators probable cause to obtain a search warrant for a Selma residence. That search warrant was executed on the night of February 10, 2021. Investigators located a stolen firearm, seized a large quantity of crack cocaine, Ecstacy tablets, clothing worn during the Burglaries and identified the vehicle used in the February 09, 2021 Burglaries. Investigators also identified the second suspect as Bardarious Jorkeise Hall, 27, of Selma.

Additional investigation identified the third suspect as Tramaine Cardale Walter Sr., 30, of Jemison. Investigators were able to develop probable cause to obtain a search warrant for a Jemison residence where Walter lived. During the course of that search, Investigators located property stolen from both Burglaries on February 09, 2021 and other Burglaries that the Sheriff's Office had been investigating in those areas. Investigators also recovered stolen property from a recent Burglary/Theft in Dallas County.

All three suspects have been Charged with Burglary, Theft, and Criminal Mischief offenses. This investigation is ongoing and more charges are expected as Investigators receive reports from different forensic examinations and are able to correlate all the evidence. The Sheriff's Office was assisted by Investigators from the Dallas County Sheriff's Office, the Selma Police Department, the Clanton Police Department, the State Bureau of Investigation, and the Alabama Attorney General's Office.

"It's usually one small piece that falls into place that solves the puzzle in these kinds of cases. We had spent many, many hours trying to catch these guys. In this case it was one small piece of video and some trash that started the puzzle coming together. Once we got those pieces, Investigations worked almost around the clock until all three suspects were in custody. Unfortunately we don't always have immediate success, but we take folks' homes being broken into, their privacy being violated, and what they worked for being stolen seriously. We will be contacting victims over the course of the next couple of weeks to identify property that we have recovered. It's a slow process but we want to make sure that we are successful in taking these guys off the street."-Sheriff John Shearon.

Body Armor for K9s

Chilton County Sheriff's Office K9s Justice, Traffic, Tracker and Shep to get donation of body armor.

Sheriff John Shearon would like to thank Vested Interest in K9s for supplying our K9 division with a bullet and stab protective vest.  

Chilton County Sheriff's Office K9s Justice, Traffic, Tracker and Shep will receive bullet and stab protective vests thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.  The vests will be embroidered with the sentiment "This gift of protection provided by Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.".  Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., established in 2009, is a 501(c)(3) charity whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. This potentially lifesaving body armor for four-legged K9 officers is U.S. made, custom fitted, and NIJ certified.  Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 4,101 vests to K9s in all 50 states at a value of $6.9 million, made possible by both private and corporate donations.  

The program is open to U.S. dogs that are at least 20 months old and actively employed and certified with law enforcement or related agencies.  K9s with expired vests are also eligible to participate.  There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. 

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. accepts tax-deductible contributions in any amount, while a single donation of $960 will sponsor one vest.  Each vest has a value of $1,744-$2,283, weighs an average of 4-5 lb., and comes with a five-year warranty.  For more information, or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978.  Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts donations at www.vik9s.org, or you may mail your contribution to P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718.    


Sheriff John Shearon

Hog Creek Murder

Message from Sheriff John Shearon

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Pistol Permit Renewals


             CONCEALED CARRY 





Tuesday, April 7, 2020


In Response To The COVID-19 Pandemic and Pistol Permit Renewals:




The Chilton County Sheriff's Office will be sending out pistol permit reminders. Do not panic if your permit is expired or will expire soon.  It is ok to wait until the courthouse reopens to renew your permit, we are also extending a grace period during this health crisis. Anyone possessing a permit which expires between January 1, 2020 until April 30, 2020 should retain a copy of this letter that states they are hereby granted an extension. Should you have an encounter with law enforcement that requires showing your concealed carry permit, please show this letter, and your permit will be honored.  After April 30, 2020 you may contact the Chilton County Sheriff's Office for instructions on applying for or renewing your permit.  Any questions or concerns, you may have should be directed to the Sheriff's Office at 205-755-4698.  We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.  


We will accept your renewal through the mail if you wish to renew at this time.  We will only renew permits that are expiring or recently expired, if the permit has expired before January 1, 2020 you will have to wait until the courthouse reopens. 

If renewing please include

Check or money order made payable to the Chilton County Sheriff's Office  Self-addressed stamped envelope


Renewal Prices are  as follows

1 year   $25.25 2 years $45.25  3 years $65.25 4 years $85.25 5 years $105.25  

Again, you may wait until the courthouse reopens to renew your permit. Thank you for your cooperation at this difficult time.



John Shearon


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