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Posted on: October 23, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Arrests Made in 2019 Business Fire Investigation

On December 8, 2019, at approximately 5:30 PM, Shelby County 911 received reports of a fire at the Ditsy Daisy Boutique at 16383 US Hwy 280 in Chelsea, Alabama.  The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and Chelsea Fire Department responded to the location.  After the fire was extinguished, a preliminary investigation determined the cause of the fire was suspicious.  The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and Chelsea Fire Department began an investigation into the cause of the fire, and the investigation has been ongoing following the incident.

Recently investigators signed warrants for two individuals in connection with the investigation.   Cynthia Michelle Butts, 32 years old from Sylacauga, was charged with Arson 2nd and Criminal Mischief 1st with bonds totaling $25,000.  Terry Noil Parnell, 61 years old of Sylacauga, was charged with Hindering Prosecution with a $10,000 bond.  Both surrendered to the Shelby County Jail on October 22, 2020, and were released on bond the same day.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information about the case to call the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office at (205) 670-6000.  You can also submit an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777, or on their website at

For more information on the crimes charged, you can view the Alabama Criminal Code. Select Title 13A and Chapter 7 for the charges of Arson 2nd and Criminal Mischief 1st and Chapter 10 for the charge of Hindering Prosecution. To view a booking photo, go to our website,, and select the Jail tab, or select the Inmate Listing tab near the bottom of the page. On the inmate listing page, select the button for “Release in the Last Thirty Days.”

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