North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

March 26, 2014

Gardendale funeral director arrested on rape charges in Shelby County

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

COLUMBIANA — The director of a Gardendale funeral home is out on bail, after being arrested on charges of second-degree rape.

Mark Daniel Sims was arrested on March 19 on the charges, according to the Shelby County sheriff's Department. Sims was lodged in the Shelby County Jail, but later released on $15,000 bond.

Sims is the managing director of Ridout's Gardendale Chapel funeral home. The firm declined to comment on the arrest.

The sheriff's office did not release details because the investigation is ongoing.

We'll have updates to this story later.