Marshall county Bridge to be Replaced

The Marshall County engineer yesterday announced the closing of the bridge over Slab Creek in Nixon Chapel to prepare for the building of a replacement bridge. Replacing the bridge on Welcome Home Road will take about half a year.

Albertville Wife Charged with Attempted Murder of Husband

Yesterday we reported the story of an Albertville couple who both suffered bullet wounds in a shootout during an argument at their house. The husband was shot three times. The wife shot once in the leg. Now the wife, 45 year-old Susan Shaw is charged with attempted murder. She’s recovering at Marshall Medical Center under police guard while her husband is recovering at Huntsville Hospital.

Cell Phone Leads Cherokee County Deputies to Suspect

In Cherokee County deputies were investigating a burglary and found a cell phone left behind. Serving a search warrant on the house of the man who owned the cell phone, David Bone, they found items reported stolen in the burglary in Leesburg, and evidence was discovered linking him to two other burglaries in the same area. He’s charged with various felonies including attempting to flee police while handcuffed.

Fatal Car Crash in Guntersville

Fatal two-car crash in Guntersville yesterday. 3:30 in the morning near where US Highway 431 crosses Bakers Chapel Road. The person who died was alone in one car while two people injured were in the other vehicle. Names were withheld pending family notification and the injured were taken to Marshall Medical Center.

Albertville Couple Caps Argument with Shootout

A man remains hospitalized at Huntsville Hospital after an Albertville couple had a shootout with each other Friday morning. The man and woman argued and then both pulled guns and shot it out. The woman was hit in the leg, the man got the worst of it, shot in the head, the back and the back of one arm. Happened at a mobile home at the corner of Dick Road and Rice Mill Chavers Road. Criminal charges will be filed.

Marshall County Commissioner Dies

Marshall County District 3 Commissioner CW Buddy Allen died suddenly of complications from cancer Friday afternoon. Allen was re-elected to the commission after having served two previous terms. Visitation was last evening at Adams Brown Funeral Home in Albertville. His funeral will be today at 11am at Central Baptist.

Charges Still Pending Against Marshall Murder Suspects

More charges may come this week after the arrest of three people in connection with the kidnap and murder of a Boaz man. A man and woman from Albertville and a man from Fort Payne are charged with kidnapping Gary Lee Willis, whose body was later found shot to death in a burned-out vehicle. Investigators are still trying to find out where Willis was killed, before filing additional charges which could include capital murder.

Number One AP Alabama Story of 2013

The number one news story in Alabama for 2013 was the hijack by a gunman of a school bus in which the driver was murdered, and then the standoff between the killer and police in which the gunman kidnapped a 5 year-old boy and held him in an underground bunker for days. The story chosen by the Associated Press as Alabama’s top story happened in the tiny town of Midland City and the horror ended when tactical police stormed into the bunker and killed 65 year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes and rescued the boy, who is now 6 and who attends school and is doing well.

Marshall County Property owner shoots, wounds thief

A Marshall County homeowner caught two men stealing scrap metal from his property and when he moved to chase them off one threatened to kill him, so he lifted his rifle and shot one of the burglars in his groin. Both ran away but deputies caught them, and arrested the wounded man after surgery.

Man Charged in Gadsden Stabbing Attack

An arrest has been made in the Gadsden incident two weeks ago where a man who answered his door on Alabama Avenue was stabbed by a man on his porch, slashing him with what appears to have been a blade from a food processor. The victim suffered numerous stab wounds, cuts and lacerations. Charged is 24 year-old M. Franci Miguel Francisco, but the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force, who made the arrest, hasn’t disclosed the reason for the attack.

Three DeKalb Children Killed in Louisiana Fire

Three kids from DeKalb County were killed when fire swept through a mobile home they were staying in for Christmas in Houma Louisiana. The children’s parents and five other children were taken to a burn unit in Baton Rouge. The children’s father was burned trying to rescue one child after being awakened by smoke coming under his door. The mobile home was totally destroyed. The shocking news quickly spread to Valley Head School where the children attended classes and will have counselors speaking with kids when classes resume after Christmas break.

Killer of Arab Singer Out on Bond

The bar owner in Nashville who shot and killed a rising country music singer from Arab was released on bond recently. They reduced bond from 300 thousand to 150 thousand and he posted that and will wear an ankle bracelet. Chris Ferrell claims he shot Wayne Mills in self defense in his bar during an argument over the singer’s smoking in a non-smoking area.

Sword Attacker Arrested

Last month a Gadsden man was accused of attacking his brother in their home with a sword and fracturing his skull and cutting him badly enough that blood was everywhere in the victim’s bedroom. Toby Green was the victim and ran next door for sanctuary. Saturday his brother Glen Green was arrested and charged with attempted murder.

Expensive Jackets Stolen from Gadsden Store

A Grinch stole Christmas from a Gadsden family by robbing the store they own of 80 pricey men’s jackets. The owner says somebody broke in last Sunday and stole more than 20 thousand dollar’s worth of jackets made by The North Face. The owner says these jackets would probably have sold this week and says the income from the sales the last week of December is what the family lives on.

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Southside Chemistry Teacher Among Tops in Nation

Students are Southside High School are fortunate to be taught by one of the top science teachers in the country. Advanced Placement Chemistry teacher Leslie Freeman has been recognized by the national advanced placement program as among the top 10 National science and Math Initiative teachers. 61% of her students passed the Advanced Placement chemistry test qualifying for college credit.

Red Kettle Collections Down

The Salvation Army here, like everywhere in the country, has fallen behind its collection goals this season. Thanksgiving came on the latest possible date, and the red kettle bells don’t start ringing till then. So donations are not as robust at this point in the season as last. Army Major Glenn Riggs is quoted as saying the red kettle donations here are 34 hundred dollars under what they’d hoped for, and they are hopeful that a last-minute push will cause people to open their hearts and give what they can to their needy neighbors.

3 in DeKalb Wreck–One Dead

Three members of a family were in a car that lost control and flipped in DeKalb County north of Fyffe Saturday. 25 year-old Alysia Townsel was killed in the wreck on County Road 43. 21 year-old Miranda Townsell was taken to Huntsville Hospital. And 48 year-old William Townsel did not require treatment. None of them was wearing a seat belt. Police think he was murdered elsewhere and his body dumped in DeKalb County.

Etowah Jail Inmate Dies

An inmate at the Etowah County jail died after being taken to the hospital yesterday. It looks like natural causes. Sheriff Todd Entrekin expressed his condolences to the family of 57 year-old Sheron Thomas of Gadsden, who was in the jail for a parole violation for distribution of a controlled substance.

Scottsboro Men Jailed for Meth

Two Scottsboro residents were arrested after deputies found numerous used one-pot meth labs in their house. They went there with a search warrant and found chemicals, glassware and equipment to make meth. 38 year-old Larry McBride and 26 year-old Jared Morrison were taken to Jackson County Jail.

Jackson County Men Sell Trailer They Don’t Own

Jackson County deputies arrested one of two men who posted a photo of a trailer for sale they didn’t own on the County buy and sell Facebook page. A man met them to buy the trailer and paid them at the Riverside Mobile home Park, and having some difficulty hooking it to his vehicle he went to a neighbor to get assistance, and it turned out the neighbor was the real owner. One of the sellers is in Scottsboro jail while deputies were looking for the other.

FBI Joins Investigation into Murder of Boaz Man

In the case of the Boaz man found shot to death inside a burned out car near Geraldine, the FBI has now joined the case and so have the drug task forces from Etowah, Marshall and DeKalb Counties. Gary Willis left his home Saturday night for a rendezvous that ended in his murder.

Woman Using Found Debit Cards

A woman who found a wallet accidentally left in a Scottsboro McDonald’s restroom has been using debit cards in the wallet to make purchases. She rang up a 280 dollar bill at Walmart. They have good security camera pictures of her and of her dark colored Jeep Cherokee.

Shoplifters Caught Selling Out of Car Trunk

Deputies arrested three Albertville suspects who they say were less than discreet about how they stole merchandise they shoplifted. Somebody called the Sheriff to report somebody selling brand name merchandise out of the trunk of a car on Alabama Highway 69 in Warrenton in Guntersville. Officers found new clothes, tools, pictures, ornaments, electronics and other things valued at around 25 hundred dollars. They think they were shoplifted from 6 Marshall County stories.

Christmas Movie Marathon at GSCC

A Christmas movie marathon is set for Monday at Gadsden State Community College when they screen holiday classics at the Wallace Hall Fine Arts Center. It’s the 9th Annual Holiday Movie spectacular, in which the movies shown are the result of an online poll. The favorites selected for showing this year are The Polar Express, which starts Monday at 2:30pm, followed by It’s a Wonderful Life at 5, and capped off with National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at 7:30.

Albertville Man Attacked at Home

A man was attacked at his Albertville home yesterday, but few details about what happened and why have been disclosed. Police are investigating and will only say the man appears to have been cut or stabbed and was taken to the emergency room.

MegaMillions is Won

At least two winning tickets hit the Mega Million numbers and neither of them were in Alabama. One at a gift shop in San Jose, California, and the other at a newsstand in Atlanta. It is possible other winners could be announced.

Fireball in Alabama Night Sky

A fireball streaked overhead and was seen across northern Alabama and southern Tennessee last night. Huntsville’s Marshall Space Flight Center confirms the fireball, likely an incandescent flaming meteorite was tracked from 52 miles above I-24 south of Manchester, Tennesseeand they lost it at an altitude of 23 miles northwest of Shelbyville, Tennessee.

Marshall County Home Destroyed in Fire

Marshall County fire officials say a home that burned over the weekend in Union Grove was a total loss. The two people who lived there and their pets got out okay, but flames were everywhere by the time volunteer firefighters got there at 3am Saturday and everything inside was destroyed.

Escaped Marshall County Convict Recaptured

A convict who escaped from work release in Marshall County was recaptured yesterday in Cherokee County. 27 year-old Jamie Dawson, who was convicted of passing worthless negotiable instruments, was found hiding in a mobile home in Leesburg. He was taken to the Cherokee Detention Facility and will be extradited back to Marshall County.

Hokes Bluff Students Hold Class Elsewhere Till Post-Christmas

Hokes Bluff Middle School kids went to class yesterday in vacant rooms at Hokes Bluff Elementary and others to First Baptist Church while officials try to find out what caused respiratory problems in students and teachers are the Middle School last week. They will stay at those locations till after Christmas break.

Convicted Cop killer Sentenced To Death In Calhoun County

The man convicted of killing an Anniston police officer has been sentenced to death.

In September, a jury found Joshua Russell, 25, guilty of capital murder in the 2011 shooting death of Anniston officer Justin Sollohub, 27. Today a Calhoun County judge sentenced Russell to death.

Sollohub was fatally shot in the head while chasing Russell on foot on August 24, 2011 in west Anniston during a routine patrol. Russell was arrested shortly after the shooting and charged with Sollohub’s murder.

Russell’s sentencing began Monday morning in Calhoun County. The first person to take the stand was a probation officer who testified about Joshua Russell constantly refusing to cooperate with his jailers and getting into fights with other inmates at the Calhoun and Etowah county jails.

His report included an apology from Russell, saying it shouldn’t have happened and that he prayed for officer Sollohub’s mother.

Later, an Etowah County jailer testified Russell gave a statement refusing to express remorse for the killing. Russell supposedly said Sollohub “shouldn’t have been chasing me and got what he deserved.”

Sollohub’s mother, Jennifer Morris, also took the stand. Morris says her son had dreams that included being a state trooper pilot and having a family.

A doctor testified for the defense, suggesting Russell had ADD and some people with that condition make impulsive decisions without considering consequences of their actions.

Russell’s cousin also took the stand and testified about Russell’s mother having history of drug use. She said Russell is remorseful and has personally apologized to Sollohub’s family.

Russell was raised by his grandmother. Neither of his parents was in court today.

In September, a jury voted 8-4 to recommend Russell get life in prison without parole. The prosecution asked the judge for the death penalty, and the ultimate decision was in the hands of Calhoun County Circuit Judge Brian Howell.

Frree Circus Tickets to Gadsden Kids Readers

The Ringling Brothers Circus is coming to the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex in January, and has partnered with Gadsden Public Library to encourage kids to read by offering free circus tickets to those who read five books by the time the circus opens January 22. The library will stamp tickets each time a child takes out a new book, and those who get 5 stamps will get into the circus free accompanied by an adult who has bought a ticket. Up to three kids free with each grownup.

Etowah Arrests Counterfiet Name Brand Seller

Counterfeit brand name merchandise was seized and the seller arrested in Gadsden. The roadside vendor was selling NCAA logo hats and Nike clothing and Michale Kors purses and other high-end accessories out of a truck. 42 year-old Qu Chunle was arrested and she is held at Etowah detention center.

Albertville Men Accused of School Computer Theft

Two Albertville men have been arrested after an investigation into a break-in at the Asbury School in Marshall County and the theft of computers worth more than 6 thousand dollars. 26 year-old William Helms was taken into custody the day after the robbery and was charged with receiving stolen property. And Wednesday night 35 year-old Michael Brewton was arrested and charged with burglary and theft. All the computers were recovered.

Crimson Tide QB Wins Maxwell

Alabama Quarterback AJ McCarron appeared genuinely shocked at an awards ceremony in Lake Beuan Vista, Florida yesterday, when it was announced that he was chosen to receive the Maxwell Award, given to the college football player of the year. McCarron now goes to New York for the Heisman presentation secure in the knowledge his trophy case looks fine now without a Heisman.

Two Hokes Bluff Schools Closed for Fumes Investigation

Hokes Bluff Middle School remains closed today as investigators try to find out what caused 16 students and a teacher to start having breathing problems yesterday. They also closed Hokes Bluff Elementary as a precaution. Alabama Gas came in and tested for carbon monoxide or a gas leak, but came up with nothing. Gadsden Regional Medical Center says those treated will be fine.

Holiday Canned Food Collection

A way to express altruism tomorrow, as labor union members collect canned food for our needy neighbors. IUE-CWA Local 83711 is hosting. Happens in Gadsden tomorrow from 1 to 5 at the union hall of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 498. Drop off canned food and have pictures taken with Santa, have faces painted, consume refreshments and win door prizes. The local fire department and members of USW Local 12, the Alabama AFL-CIO, Pipe Liners Local 798, IBEW Locals 498 and 136 and Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 498 are partnering in this charity event, too. A union leader says historically labor unions in Alabama have always helped the neediest.

Christmas Parades Thursday Night

Tonight is the Albertville Christmas parade. Steps off at 5:30. Also tonight, the Athens Reliance Bank Christmas Parade. 6pm. In Athens, city also announced a change in parade dates. The Reliance Bank Christmas Parade has been moved to Thursday at 6 p.m. The Boaz Christmas parade is tomorrow night at 5:30 p.m.

Why Boeing Might Come to Huntsville

One reason Huntsville might fit in Boeing’s plans for a new jetliner plant. Boeing’s leaked wish list includes land next to a large airport with a 9 thousand foot runway that could accommodate the new 777X to be built there and 747 cargo planes bringing freight. It happens that Boeing already owns 300 acres in the Jetplex Industrial Park at Huntsville International where there is a 12 thousand foot runway, second longest in the southeast.

Funds Sought for Gadsden 7-Day Alcohol Sale Economic Study

In the ongoing effort to persuade the Etowah County state delegation to permit a referendum vote on Sunday alcohol sales in Gadsden, the chamber of commerce is looking for ways to fund an economic impact study on 7-day liquor sales. So far nobody has offered funding, but the chamber says it will get it done.

Albertville Air Show Could Be On Tap for 2014

The Albertville City Council is considering putting on an air show at the Albertville Airport next fall. The municipal airport will turn 50 years old next year, and the air show would celebrate that anniversary. The show would cost the city around 38 thousand dollars, but the 5 dollar admission fee would pay for nearly all of that.

State Pitches Huntsville Boeing Plant

An incentives package to lure a Boeing plant to Huntsville is due today. Governor Robert Bentley worked on the plan through the weekend. The state is considered a long-shot to land the assembly line for the 777X. But the prize in terms of jobs and money is too big not to pitch. Alabama is digging deep to find the money after offering Airbus nearly 160-million dollars to bring a plant to Mobile last year.

Gadsden Christmas Parade Entry Winners

They announced the winners of the Gadsden Christmas parade entries last night. First, second and third in the commercial category were jacks Hamburgers, Keystone Foods, and the Gadsden Surgery Center. The top three in the non-commercial category were the Friendship Friday Youth Group, The Forest River Kids Club, and The Gathering.

Tuesday Delayed School Openings

A number of schools across northern Alabama announced delayed openings because of likely icing on roadways Tuesday morning. Among them, Jackson County Schools open at 10am. Scottsboro City Schools are delayed 3 hours, and the Arc of Jackson County in Scottsboro is delayed 2 hours.

Fort Payne vs Wild Pigs

Fort Payne town fathers are asking state conservation officials if locals can shoot wild pigs in town with bows and arrows since it is illegal to fire guns within city limits. A horde of wild hogs have invaded Fort Payne, damaging lots and lawns in their destructive search for food. More than 20 hogs have been caught but they figure there may be 300 of them around and they breed fast.

Gadsden Man Sentenced for 5 Year-Old Bank Robbery

A Gadsden man was sentenced last week to more than 17 years in prison for acting as a lookout in the robbery of a Wachovia Bank in Lenlock 5 years ago. 33 year-old Marcus Porter and two other men are guilty of conspiracy in the bank robbery and the other two forced two women to drive them back to Gadsden after the holdup at gunpoint.

Two Dead in Hotel Shooting

Two people are dead after Etowah deputies tried to serve a warrant on a man and woman staying in a motel in East Gadsden. The deputies knocked on a door at the Holiday Host hotel and identified themselves, after which they heard a gunshot from inside and called for backup. Then they heard another shot, and when they entered the room, the 26 year old woman was dead and the 36 year-old man was mortally wounded. He was pronounced dead at Gadsden Regional Medical Center.

Auburn to Play for National Title

Auburn has gone from worst-to-first. After going 0-8 in conference play last year, the Tigers are SEC champions. They beat Missouri 59-42. And Ohio State’s loss is Auburn’s gain. The Tigers are heading to the Rose Bowl on January 6th to play Florida State for the national title. FSU is favored by a touchdown.

Weekend Holiday Events Abound

On Saturday, the Albertville Depot Senior Center is inviting kids to have cookies with Santa, who will arrive in style on a train. Kids can give Santa their wish lists and have their pictures taken. And families with their own cameras will have a half-hour to take their own photos free starting at 10:30am.

Today is the first Friday in December and in Gadsden that means the annual North Pole Stroll. At 5pm Friday at the Pitman Theater Santa, Mrs Claus and anybody else can stroll down Broad Street to City Hall for the lighting of the Christmas tree at 5:30. The Gadsden State Community College A Capella Choir will perform carols at city hall and downtown shops will be open late.

The 4th annual Breakfast with Santa will be held at the Rainbow Church of Christ Saturday from 9 to 11. It’s free. It includes breakfast, a picture with Santa, crafts and face painting

The Etowah Youth Orchestra’s Rock and Roll Christmas Concert will rock out tonight. The concert will be at 7 at Wallace hall Fine Arts Center at Gadsden State Community College. The first part will be Christmas music by Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Mariah Carey, James Taylor, the Beach Boys and John Lennon, and that is followed by a rock and roll extravaganza.

New Traffic Signals in Guntersville

Guntersville council green lighted some new traffic signals at major intersections. A pedestrian signal will be installed on Alabama Highway 69 near the Middle School, allowing pedestrians to push a button and get a walk invitation to cross the intersection. And all new signals will be installed at the intersection of US Highway 431 and Alabama Highway 79 where a new Publix is being constructed.

Fort Payne Fatality

Fatal accident in Fort Payne as a tractor trailer overturned early yesterday on I-59 near mile marker 229. Hazmat responded to the scene of the crash. The driver of the truck was killed.

Alabama Pitches Huntsville Boeing Plant

Governor Robert Bentley says Alabama will be among the states pitching Boeing on locating a new jetliner plant and wants it in Huntsville. Boeing invited several states including Alabama to make proposals for building a plant after Boeing machinists in Washington State rejected contract concessions. The new plant would build the 777X aircraft.

Albertville, Boaz Christmas Parades Delayed a Week

The Albertville Christmas Parade was scheduled for today but has been moved back a week because of the forecast of bad weather. Thunderstorms likely. So the Albertville Christmas parade will be next Thursday the 12th.
The Boaz Christmas parade was supposed to be Friday but the forecast is even rainier, so it will be next Friday, Friday the 13th.

Albertville Sign Ordinance

A new sign ordinance has been passed by Albertville Council. To combat empty and ugly signs businesses will be required to have a permit to put up a sign and only current signs in good condition will be grandfathered in. The rules go into effect next week.

Etowah Homeowner Catches Burglars

Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin says two men from Boaz were caught breaking into a house in an unincorporated area west of Gadsden. The homeowner pulled into his driveway to witness the two men exiting his house on Robinson Road, and he held them both there till police arrived. Arrested were 42 year-old Kenny Holdbrooks and 44 year-old Michael Mims.

Albertville Gets Money to Plan Future

Albertville just got a 24 thousand dollar state grant to finance the creation of a master plan to revitalize downtown. The idea is over the next decade to upgrade lighting and signage and put up new facades on businesses and bring in shops and restaurants and create nightlife to make Albertville an attractive shopping and entertainment destination.

Wayne Mills Funeral Sunday

The funeral will be Sunday for country singer and Arab native Wayne Mills, shot dead in a confrontation in a Nashville bar last month. The bar owner says he shot in self defense during an argument over the singer smoking in a non-smoking area of the bar. Wayne Mills funeral will be at Arab High School auditorium at 1:30 Sunday followed by a private burial at Brookwood Cemetery.

Man Flees Robber with AK-47

A Gadsden man told police he was nearly held up and robbed by a man holding an AK-47 assault rifle. The 21 year-old man says he was walking to his car in the parking lot of a convenience store on Forrest Avenue the day before Thanksgiving when a man followed him and pointed an assault rifle with a banana clip at him and demanded cash. The victim as behind the wheel so he threw it into reverse and got the heck out of there and says the man with the rifle jumped into a Ford Ranger and chased him for a few blocks before breaking off.

Santa Comes to Glencoe Tonight

In Glencoe, Santa visits city hall tonight at 6, arriving by fire truck and bringing cookies and cocoa. Kids get goody bags and parents get a souvenir photo of kids on Santa’s lap. It’s free.

Red Kettle Campaign Aspires to Record

The Gadsden Times reports the local Red Cross wants to raise as much or more than last year when it raised 65 thousand dollars for the needy. The Army has been ringing bells at Hobby Lobby in Gadsden and Winn-Dixie in Rainbow City since the middle of November and launched the red kettles everywhere Friday.

Search Continues for Missing Boater

Marshall County officials have not called off the search for a Guntersville man missing since he left the marina in his cabin cruiser November 15. The Marina manager called cops when 57 year-old Jackie Neil Rowell didn’t check in with him, and his empty boat was found a day later floating near the Guntersville Lock and Dam. The assumption is he fell out of the boat.

Boaz Upgrades Police and Court Computers

Boaz City Council okayed a major upgrade to the computer network that supports the police department and the court system. Mayor Tim Walker was authorized to sign a purchase agreement with Tyler Technologies for hardware, software and maintenance at a cost of 182 thousand dollars.

Don’t Shoot Collared Deer

If you are a deer hunter, the Alabama Wildlife Division and Auburn researchers are asking you to kindly not shoot at their deer employees. Scientists are several Wildlife Management Areas are tracking deer of various ages that have been captured and collared to track survival rates and movement patterns. They ask that you not harvest collared deer if you can help it. But if you do, they want the collar back to get the data.

Mountain Top Flea Market Raided

The Etowah Sheriff’s office raided the Mountain Top Flea Market a week ago on the hunt for counterfeit or pirated merchandise on sale. A dozen people were arrested for selling counterfeit phone cases and purses and pirated DVDs and CDs.

Two Arab Students Caught Smoking Weed–Face Expulsion

In Arab, two high school students face expulsion after being caught smoking marijuana in the school parking lot. A school resource officer came upon them sitting in a car smoking grass, the first drug arrest at the Arab School campus this year. Parents can request a hearing before their children are expelled.

EYO Rock and Roll Christmas Concert

The Etowah Youth Orchestra’s Rock and Roll Christmas Concert will rock out on Friday December 6. The concert will be at 7 at Wallace hall Fine Arts Center at Gadsden State Community College. The first part will be Christmas music by Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Mariah Carey, James Taylor, the Beach Boys and John Lennon, and that is followed by a rock and roll extravaganza.

Marshall County Christmas Card Contest

Starting December 3 the Mountain Valley Arts council will exhibit submissions from its annual Christmas Card Contest. The contest is for kids in kindergarten through 5th grades, all special needs students, and all home school students in Marshall County. They have more than 350 entries. They will award cash prizes and the awards reception will be December 13 starting at 4pm at the Council on Gunter Avenue.

Albertville Christmas Parade Next Week

The Albertville Christmas parade kicks off next Thursday, December 5th. Starts at 5:30pm and before it starts there will be music at the rotary Park gazebo starting at 5. The theme this year is, Heroes Home for the Holidays.

Southside High School Band Performs in Philadelphia

Some kids from Southside and Rainbow City aren’t home for Thanksgiving. The Southside High School Band performed in the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade. The members of the Southside Pride left Tuesday by bus and the parade was televised on ABC and streamed at 6abc.com. On the way back, the band will stop for a tour of Washington DC.

Christmas at the Falls Begins

Time again for Christmas at the Falls, whichopens at 5pm at Noccalula Falls Park and will run through December 22. The light show drew more than 40 thousand people last year. New lights and displays have been added this year. They spend about 20 thousand a year for new features.

Capsized Lake Guntersville Duck Hunters Rescued

Two men were thankful yesterday for having been rescued after their boat capsized on Lake Guntersville. The two duck hunters took an unexpected swim after their boat turned over and they made it safely to the island where they’d pitched tents. They called for help and rescuers had to commandeer a bass boat to navigate the shallows and pick up the hunters.

Military Mom Surprises Son at Guntersville School

The latest welcome surprise appearance by a returning soldier happened at Guntersville Elementary School Friday, where the theme of an assembly was patriotism and 7 year-old Trenen Bozarth got up to tell about how his mother is serving at Guantanamo in Cuba. That’s when his mom appeared and hugged him for the first time since she left in January. Her tour is over and the family will enjoy the holidays together.

Albertville Council Action

Among the things the Albertville City Council talked about at its work session this week is granting Howard Bentley Buick GMC an incentive package in appreciation for the investment and renovations made by the company to its dealership. The incentive package would return up to 50 thousand dollars to the company. Also, council talked about paying for a new city web site at a cost of 32 thousand dollars. If they sign up before Christmas, they would get a discounted price almost 7 thousand dollars cheaper.

Search for Missing Guntersville Boater

A Guntersville man hasn’t been seen in nearly two weeks since he left the marina in his boat and the Rescue Squad was called out to begin a search for him now that his boat has been found in Marshall County along the Tennessee River near the Guntersville Lock and Dam. Missing is 57 year-old Jackie Neil Rowell, who friends say has had some medical problems this year.

Nice Thanksgiving Day Weather

With the winter storm moving to the northeast, today’s weather will be mainly a wind event with a mix of clouds and sun. Could get wind gusts of 40 miles per hour. Thanksgiving Day will be beautiful. Sunshine and 45.

East Gadsden Man Shoots Self–Digs Out Bullet

A Gadsden man shot himself accidentally Saturday and then dug the bullet out of his stomach himself. Witnesses who had been partying with the man in his house on North Third Street in East Gadsden say he was spinning his handgun around his finger when it went off and the bullet went into his stomach. He could feel it under the skin, so he took a knife and cut it out, and then was persuaded by his friends to go to the hospital.

Rainbow City to Get Publix

It was a badly kept secret, but developers of the new shopping center in Rainbow City called Shoppes at Rainbow Landing confirmed yesterday a Publix is going in there.

Winter Storm Passing Through

Marshall County’s share of the major winter storm that will snarl the northeast tonight into tomorrow starts with heavy rains today. Maybe 2 inches. Then tonight it turns into snow showers and then snow with maybe in inch. Then partly cloudy and windy tomorrow, and sunshine and 44 on Thanksgiving.

Scottsboro to Abolish Gun Ordinance

34 years ago Scottsboro passed a law banning having a gun within a thousand feet of a public demonstration, and nobody much objected then or now. But it seems that ordinance conflicts with the new Alabama gun law, and so rather than go through the trouble of rewriting the law to make it comply, council will repeal it instead.

Etowah Man Guilty of Child Sex Abuse

An Etowah jury convicted a man of child sex abuse involving two children ages 5 and 8. Because Johnnie Fox Jr. is a habitual felon, the sentence will probably be either life in prison or life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Man Indicted in Fatal Hit and Run

A man from Scottsboro has been indicted by a grand jury who says he struck and killed a man with his car in March and fled the scene of the fatal accident. 52 year-old Robert Sporleder is accused of driving the Jeep that hit 45 year-old Keith Willoughby as he was fishing on the side of Highway 79 North just outside Guntersville at Mill Creek. The fisherman’s body was knocked into the water by the impact. Police found his fishing equipment scattered along the road, but didn’t find his body till the next day.

Emergency Managers Tout Winter Weather Survival Kits

Today is the last day of Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Alabama and the Gasden-Etowah Emergency Management Agency wants everyone to make sure to have a proper winter emergency kit in the car. Being stranded in severe winter weather can be life-threatening and one should have supplies for hunkering down at home as well as in the car.

MANNA Food Collection Sunday This Week

The Manna food fundraising event will be Sunday the 24th at churches across the area.
Raising money for food for needy neighbors is traditionally done the Sunday before Thanksgiving. The Metropolitan Area Noon Nutrition Association delivers more than 56 thousand hot meals to the elderly and home bound every year, and raised 8 thousand dollars for the effort on last year’s MANNA Sunday.

Scottsboro Boys Pardoned

80 years later the Scottsboro Boys are innocent. The Alabama Parole Board yesterday approved posthumous pardons for the three black men whose convictions were never overturned in the famous case in the1930s in which 9 black males were falsely accused of raping two white women on a train. All but one were sentenced to death in the case that came to symbolize racial injustice in the South.

Pilgrim’s Price Snubs Guntersville for Transfers

The news keeps getting worse in the closing of the Pilgrim’s Pride chicken plant in Boaz. When the company announced the closing, representatives told local officials some of the 12 hundred employees laid off would be transferred to facilities in Guntersville and Russellville. But in an official release from the company, the word Guntersville is absent. Of the 12 hundred jobs lost, perhaps a hundred could be divided between Russellville and Guntersville, but the company says its focus is expanding operations in Russellville and in Georgia and so Guntersville will likely add few jobs.

DeKalb Judge Sets Trial for Politician On Ethics Charges

A DeKalb judge this week set a trial date of April 14 for former Alabama State Senator Lowell Barron, charged with violating ethics laws. Barron calls it a witch hunt. Prosecutors say he funneled money through his assistant, Jill Johnson, wrote her checks, and transferred a car title into her name. She’s charged, too.

Albertville Privatizes Trash Pickup

Albertville Council green lighted awarding a contract to Allied Waste to take over garbage collection for the city. If everything progresses according to plan the company will take over sanitation services on the first of March. The price goes up 3 dollars and 80 cents a month and will include once a week collection of garbage and trash and curbside collection of residential debris and vegetation, and bi-weekly collection of recyclables in a separate container.

Christmas Parades

For multiple ways of accessing this information we are also providing it in our blog. Here is the complete rundown of Christmas Parades. If there are any we have missed please email our digital director, Cliff, at cliff@wqsb.com. Thank you from Power 107.5!

Arab Christmas Parade– December 5th at 6:00 pm

Albertville Christmas Parade– December 5th, 5:30 pm

Boaz Christmas Parade– December 6, 2013 at 5:30 pm.

Altoona Christmas Parade– Altoona, December 6th, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Hokes Bluff Christmas Parade– December 7th at 1:00 pm

Cherokee County Christmas Parade– December 7th at 10:00 am

Asbury Christmas Parade– Sunday, December 8th, 2013 at 2:00pm

Douglas Christmas Parade– December 9th, 2013 6:00pm

Gadsden City Christmas Parade– December 9th at 5:30 pm

Oneonta  Christmas Parade- December 10th at 7:00 pm

Attalla Christmas Parade- Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 6:00pm

Fort Payne Christmas Parade- December 13th, 2013 at 6:00pm

Sardis Christmas Parade- December 14th at 11:00 am

Fyffe Christmas Parade- December 14th at 12:00 pm

Geraldine Christmas Parade- December 14th at 2:00 pm

Guntersville Christmas Parade-  Saturday, December 14th at 5:00pm

Crossville Christmas Parade- December 14th at 5:00 pm

Rainbow City to Turn Off Gadsden Water

Gadsden is losing one of its best customers for city water. Rainbow City has been buying a million gallons of water a day from Gadsden, but has been shopping around for a better deal and Odenville has been drilling new wells looking for enough capacity to supply Gadsden. They struck water, and Rainbow City will sign a 30 year deal for up to 2 million gallons a day. That means Gadsden will have to find new customers to make up the 11% of total water revenues it gets from Rainbow City.

Pilgrim’s Pride Closing, Cutting 12 Hundred Jobs

Stunningly bad news swept Boaz yesterday with the announcement that the largest employer in Marshall County is closing.
Pilgrim’s Pride chicken processing plant will shut down on January 24, and 12 hundred workers face the loss of their jobs. Pilgrim’s Pride executives told workers at the plant yesterday and later met with Mayor Tim Walker, Albertville State Representative Kerry Rich, and Guntersville State Senator Clay Scofield. Some workers will go to the company’s locations in Guntersville and Russelville. Pilgrim’s Pride won’t consider selling to another poultry competitor, so local officials are faced with the challenge of luring new industry. Meantime, 12 hundred people, most from Boaz, face the holiday season with an uncertain future.

Alabama BCS King of the Hill

Alabama remains on top of the BCS poll. It would face Florida State for the national title if both teams win out the rest of their schedule. For the Tide, that means Chattanooga, Auburn and then the SEC Championship in Atlanta.

Poor Pecan Harvest

Farmers are not optimistic about this year’s pecan harvest. They are blaming heavy rains that helped develop a fungus. And a poor pecan harvest will affect prices for holiday meals.

Patsy No Longer Buried in Davis Front Yard

In Stevenson the fight between James Davis and the town ended with the exhumation of Davis wife Patsy from a grave in which she was buried in the front yard of their home. Relatives wept as a winch lifted her concrete vault containing the casket from the ground. She will be cremated and her ashes kept in the house.

Gadsden Dine and Dash

From the police blotter, in Gadsden a man perpetrated a dine and dash at the Fish Market restaurant on Rainbow Drive and ran out without paying. An employee of the Fish Market ran after him, but he used his vehicle to push her out of the way as he made his escape.

Dashing Through the Snow Premiers

The holidays begin tonight when the Theater of Gadsden’s production of Dashing through the Snow premieres at the Ritz Theater in Alabama City. Performances November 15, 16, 22 and 23 with matinees November 17 and 24. Dashing through the snow set at the Snowflake Inn in Tinsel, Texas, where they observe Christmas 365 days a year.

Fine Art Painters Invade Gadsden Today

The Gadsden Museum of Art is sponsoring a paint-out in downtown Gadsden today and Saturday, in which artists from across the state will set up canvases and paint what they see. Up to 15 artists will be painting in the area of downtown and elsewhere. Museum officials say the fall scenery will be a perfect backdrop for the artists. The public is invited to come see the painters at work.

Columbs Ships Ready for Boarding

Still time to see the Christopher Columbus ship replicas the Pinta and the Nina, berthed at Guntersville Harbor. The floating museums will be open to the public through Sunday. Admission 8 dollars for adults, 6 dollars for kids and 7 dollars for seniors.

Gadsden Man Fails to Break Into Woman’s Home–Is Caught

A Gadsden man is out on bond after being arrested for trying to break into a woman’s apartment. The woman called 911 and said a man unknown to her was trying to force his way into her place but her door lock kept him out and police tracked down the man she identified as the invader shortly after they arrived. Djeme Doli is charged with attempted burglary.

Columbus Ships in Guntersville

The Christopher Columbus ship replicas the Pinta and the Nina are berthed at Guntersville Harbor. The floating museums will be open to the public through November 17, Sunday. Admission 8 dollars for adults, 6 dollars for kids and 7 dollars for seniors.

Missing Man Found Safe Near Arab

Happy ending for anxious relatives of a missing man in the Ruth community of Marshall County. An autistic ma visiting relatives on Matt Moore Road walked away and disappeared Tuesday before anyone noticed him gone. After searching two hours relatives called authorities and volunteer firefighters found him safe near Arab within 2 hours.

Green Light for Publix in Rainbow City

The plans to build a Publix in Rainbow City at the intersection of Alabama Highway 77 and US Highway 411 have been approved by zooming commissioners. It’s part of a retail center called Shoppes at Rainbow landing.

Gadsden Man Attacked with Sword

A Gadsden man is recovering from a terrifying attack in his own bedroom by a brother with mental problems. Toby Green says his brother came in an attacked him with a sword. He suffered a fractured skull, severe gashes to his head, and a deep puncture wound under his left arm. He fled the house and called 911 from a neighbor’s home.

DeKalb Man Shoots Rival Over Woman

In DeKalb County deputies are hunting for 41 year-old Travis Townsend who they say shot another man over a woman. The story goes that Townsend walked up to Bobby Harper’s car and shot him in the neck with a rifle. Harper had been seeing the other man’s girlfriend. He underwent surgery after a life flight. They ask that if you know Townsend’s whereabouts you call the DeKalb Sheriff.

Speed Cited in Fatal Altoona Crash

Deputies say excessive speed caused a fatal crash near Altoona Friday. They say 27 year-old David Byrd was driving on Vaughn road outside town when he lost control and his car flipped and landed on its roof, partially ejecting the driver who was not wearing a seatbelt.

Autopsy Today on Body Found in Burned House

An autopsy will be performed today on a body found in a burned-out home in which a gunman barricaded himself in Albertville Saturday. Chris Higdon had a gun drawn in the driveway when police arrived and a woman and children escaped as Higdon ran inside firing his gun. Fire broke out and consumed the house but firefighters had to stand by idle because of the danger of the armed man inside. No reason to assume the dead man found in the ruins is anybody other than Chris Higdon but the exam today will confirm that.

Thanksmas Food Drive at Guntersville State Park

Starting today and through December 20th Guntersville State Park will hold the Thankmas Canned Food and Toy Drive, accepting donations of food and toys for people who need them. It’s a partnership among Alabama State Parks, United Way and Christian Community outreach.

Albertville Museum Vets Exhibit

The Albertville Museum is honoring World War Two veterans with an exhibit on Veterans Day. Following the Albertville Veterans Ceremony at the Veterans memorial at Graham Park Monday, starting at 11, the Museum invites everyone to a reception at the Museum and a presentation titled, A General Overview of the War and the Contribution of the Homefront, by local historian Jimmy Carnes. It’s free.

Albertville Vets Day Event

The Albertville Museum is honoring World War Two veterans with an exhibit on Veterans Day. Following the Albertville Veterans Ceremony at the Veterans memorial at Graham Park Monday, starting at 11, the Museum invites everyone to a reception at the Museum and a presentation titled, A General Overview of the War and the Contribution of the Homefront, by local historian Jimmy Carnes. It’s free.

Local Events Saturday

The Bama Highstepper Horse Show and Food Drive is tomorrow in East Gadsden in the field behind the olc Corey Middle School off Raley street. The hosting stepping horse team will compete with teams from Huntsville, McCalla, and Talladega in Alabama and Kentucky. Admission is a can of non-perishable food.

The Etowah Cattlemen’s Association hosts the annual County Beef Show Saturday in Attalla. It’ll be at Nathan Johnson’s Fly Away Farm and will include a farm trade show with fencing and barn vendors and more, plus the4-H Future Farmer’s of America Beef Show at 11am.

Kids Invited to Sign Up for Emergency Preparedness Camp

The organization called Serve Alabama is accepting signups from 6th graders to be part of the annual Be Ready Camp, which teaches them to become Preparedness Delegates taking the message of emergency preparation back to their homes and schools. It’s a 5-day full immersion live-away camp at the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville. Kids will participate in mock disasters and learn from Homeland Security. The camp is in March but submissions are due by the end of the year and acceptance letters go out in January. Email bereadycamp@servealabama.gov.

Centre Man Dies in Crash

A man from the town of Centre has died from serious injuries he received in a car crash Sunday. 56 year-old Gary Hudgins died in a Birmingham hospital. His vehicle went off the Cherokee County Road north of Centre and flipped over.

Job Fair for IP Workers About to Lose Their Jobs

The workers who will lose their jobs when International Paper closes its plant in Courtland can meet with prospective employers today. International Paper is holding a job fair today and tomorrow for the 11 hundred workers it will soon lay off. 30 companies will have representatives at the Courtland Baptist Church to recruit IP employees. Employees will have to show their IP badges to get in and the job fair will be from 1 to 8pm both days.

Revenue Director Masters Arrested, Resigns

Marshall County Revenue Commissioner Joey Masters was arrested yesterday and resigned from office. The 51 year-old Masters is charged with violating ethics laws and using his position for personal gain. The Alabama Department of Revenue took over his office last December when they found problems in an audit, and he was paid for not working until August when he was set up with anoffice in the Albertville Courthouse, still with little to do.

Moonshine-Still Seized

In Scottsboro this week Jackson County officers found a still and seized that and moonshine on East Willow Street. 38 year-old Jason Ferguson is charged with having untaxed alcohol. They found about three gallons there.

Guntersville Boy Suspended for Pellet Gun

A seventh grade Guntersville Middle School boy has been suspended for a year for bringing a pellet gun to school and making threats. The pellet gun looked like a real handgun and was found in his book bag. Witnesses say he made threatening statements against other students and school officials.

State Parks Free to Vets

In honor of veterans all Alabama State Parks will be waive entrance fees for veterans Saturday through Monday. No identification will be required. They’ll take your word for it.

Etowah Asked to Oppose Windmills

Rainbow City Senator Phil Williams asks the Etowah County commission to pass a resolution supporting a law regulating wind farms in Alabama. Wind turbines are proposed for the windy mountains of northeast Alabama and locals oppose them because they will look bad esthetically and not generate enough electricity to make them efficient. They maintain developers are only building them to get green energy federal subsidies.

Albertville Woman Faces Sex Abuse Charges

An Albertville woman is charged with sexually abusing two children after receiving an anonymous tip. The two children were taken away to a safe location while the case is investigated. 46 year-old Angela Currie is accused of first-degree sexual abuse.

Youth Baseball Leader Charged with Embezzlement

The president of Glencoe Youth Baseball is charged with embezzling 14 thousand dollars from the 52 thousand the league brought in as revenue this season. The theft was uncovered after Christopher Alford used a city credit card to build a press box for the tournament and when he wrote a check to the city to pay it back after the season the check bounced.

Albertville’s Deadly Roads

Friends and family members mourn the deaths of a mother and daughter killed in a crash just outside of Albertville Saturday. 72 year-old Jeannie Lowery of Albertville was driving a pickup when it swerved off the road and hit a tree. She and her passenger, 52 year-old Lisa Simpson of Duff, Tennessee, were both killed. Neither was wearing a seat belt.

On Friday night, a 46 year-old Albertville woman crossed the center line on Martling Road and hit another head-on and Sharon Rogers died at Huntsville Hospital. The other driver, Tina Stewart from Albertville, was injured.

Gadsden Observes Extra Mile Day

Friday was Extra Mile Day in Gadsden. It’s an event created by an organization called ExtraMileAmerica.org. More than 400 mayors have declared November 1 Extra Mile Day to pay tribute to individuals and organizations that go the extra mile in volunteerism and service.

Marshall Sheriff Xmas Toy Project Begins

Monday is the first day for low income parents to sign up for the Christmas Toy Project with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office. People seeking holiday help with presents should bring a 2012 tax return and a W2 form, a legal paycheck stub and September and October bank statements. The age limit for kids to receive presents is 15.

Bomb Threat Shuts Birmingham Airport

Birmingham Airport is open this morning after a bomb threat note was found in a restroom yesterday afternoon and the terminal was evacuated. After the bomb squad combed the terminal, the airport was secured and operations resumed at 6:30 last evening. A dozen flights were delayed or diverted.

Drug Dog Demo Yields Bust

Students from the North Sand Mountain Community Careeer Leaders of America can’t stop talking about what happened when they visited the Jackson County Jail yesterday. The Marcotics unit was showing the kids how the police dog goes sniffing for drugs when the K-9 officers alert on a car parked in front of the jail, and they found marijuana and a handgun inside and arrested a woman who was inside dropping off items for an inmate.

Man Charged with Molesting Young Family Member

A St. Clair county man is charged with sexually molesting a female family member when she was 9. James Graggs is now 40 and the victim is 18 and she has come forward to tell the story. The abuse took place over time in various locations in Etowah and St Clair counties.

Rodeo at Etowah Fairgrounds Saturday

The Special Olympics will benefit from the big rodeo at the Etowah County Fairgrounds in Attalla Saturday. Starts at 4 with Young Bull Riders and barrel racing. Main event at 7 with competitors from the Southern Pro Bull Riders Circuit competing for cash and a girl’s barrel racing contest.

Veterans Themed First Friday

Today is November first so it is First Friday in Gadsden and this one will be a salute to veterans with the Gadsden State Community College Show Band playing patriotic music at the Hardin Center in case of bad weather. Free hot dogs and pop and they will give away small flags. Service members are encouraged to stand when their military branch theme is played.

Buyer Acquiring N AL Forests

Somebody is buying the forests of northern Alabama. An anonymous buyer has acquired 73 thousand acres of timberland in 13 counties to the east north and west of Birmingham. The investment firm of Polpus Woodlands Group handled the purchases for the buyer and says the land includes plantations of high quality loblolly pines, and the buyer is interested not only in the harvesting of timber, but in the recreational opportunities that may be offered in the pine forests.

Fuel Spill Contained

A spill of diesel fuel into a creek that runs into the Coosa River is nearly cleaned up. About 40 gallons of fuel was believed dumped into Cascade Creek and was discovered three weeks ago. Booms and absorbent pads were used to contain and clean the spill.

Old Man Charged for Sex with Young Girls

A 72 year-old Boaz man is suspected of sexually abusing as many as eight underage girls, and is charged with four counts of sex abuse of a child less than twelve and one count of first degree sodomy.Boaz police say the incidents go back as far as 2008. Jimmy Kilpatrick is held in Marshall County Jail on a million dollars bond.

HALLOWEEN UPDATE!!!!!!!!

******** UPDATE ON HALLOWEEN!!!!!!********
Trunk or Treats MOVED TO WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 30.
-Cowboy Church in Albertville
-Boaz Church of God Boaz from 6pm-8pm
-Cornerstone Baptist in Sardis
-Brashers Chapel Church in ALbertville 5:30-7pm
-Union Grove #1 in Albertville 5:30-7:30pm
-Solitude Baptist Albertville
-Lifepoint Albertville Halloween Hoopla from 6-8pm

CITIES WHO HAVE MOVED TRICK OR TREATING TO TONIGHT (10/30)
-ARAB CITY

Facebook Exchange Results in Beating

A Gadsden man’s comment on Facebook got him beaten with a tire iron and he’s recovering from bleeding on his brain. The victim told police there was a posting about a party on Facebook and mention was made of two of his former co-workers being gang members. 21 year-old Miguel Hernandez commented that they weren’t in a gang and one replied, I’ll show you. He says two cars pulled up and the suspects got out and attacked him with brass knuckles and a tire iron.

Guntersville Entertainment District Undead

Creating a Guntersville entertainment district was voted down in August, but was re-introduced yesterday. The mayor likes the idea as a stimulus to business and thinks it will draw a lot of people. The new ordinance would allow the district to operate three days a week: Thursdays and Fridays from 5 to 10 and Saturdays from 2:30 to 10.

83 Year-Old Man Pepper Sprayed and Robbed

An old man standing in the parking lot of Gadsden Regional Medical Center was pepper sprayed and robbed this week. The 83 year-old man says a man came up and sprayed his face and knocked him down and took 40 dollars from his pockets. People came running to help when he cried out but none saw the attacker.

Search Called Off for Missing Girl

The emergency request for help in the search for a Morgan County 13 year-old girl was called off. Kaitlyn Dempsey was last seen in the Oden Ridge community and the county rescue squad, fire department and police searched the area, but deputies received word she ran away and is staying with a relative.

Judge Pleads Guilty to Hunting Infraction

One of the most unsportsmanlike ways to hunt is with the use of bait, and among those who pleaded guilty to doing that last week was a Marshall County Municipal Judge. Albertville City Judge Dee Walker was one of two defendants pleading guilty to hunting over bait. Officers said cracked corn and wheat were used to lure birds illegally to a field to be shot. That’ll be 50 dollars. Case closed.

Guntersville Runway Growing

Marshall County has cut the ribbon on the Guntersville airport runway expansion. When the runway is lengthened, instead of being limited to light aircraft, larger jets can land in Guntersville. The runway will grow from 3 thousand to 5 thousand feet.

AL Curly Fry Not World’s Record

You would think that a 28-inch curly fry from an Alabama Arby’s would be some sort of record. But you’d be wrong. The “Tuscaloosa News” says Gary Young couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw the super-long curly fry and figured it for a record. Unfortunately, a check of the Guinness Book of World Records says a New York man has bragging rights after finding a 34-inch curly fry.

Millions of Dollars for Marshall Roads

Marshall County and local town officials met recently to review progress on the billion dollars committing to rehabbing roads and bridges of which 27 projects are ongoing in Marshall County. The county’s slice of the billion dollar statewide pie is 17 million, and among the roads being rebuilt are Hustleville Road and the intersection of State Road 79 and US 441 in Guntersville. It’s all under the umbrella of the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation Improvement Program. The longest roadwork in the county, the Union Grove project, is complete.

Centre Man Implicates Self in Rape

A man from Centre arrested on drug and traffic charges is now charged with rape. Police say in interviewing 37 year-old James Mooney, he made statements implicating himself in a second-degree rape. He is in Cherokee County Detention center on 150 thousand dollars bond.

IPads for Every Student–Senator Scofield

After witnessing the success of iPads in Albertville primary school State Senator Clay Scofield wants the state to buy iPads for every student in Alabama. He says iPads and textbook applications would save money over buying new textbooks and makes students here more competitive with others around the country. May be a tough sell.

Bristow Creek Bridge Replacement Begins

Signs go up today announcing the closing of the bridge over Bristow Creek just west of the intersection of Mayo Road and Alabama Highway 179. Then they will start removing the bridge tomorrow. That portion of Mayo Road will be closed for 6 to 8 months while they replace the bridge built in 1965 and made of wood, with a much stronger one.

Gadsden ShooterSuspect Arrested

The suspect shooter in an incident on Forrest Avenue in Gadsden a week ago has been caught. 19 year-old Trezmin Taylor is accused of pulling up next to two men walking along the street and jumping out and declaring he would shoot one of them and fired twice, missing both times. Both men ran to a business and the owner locked the door and the shooter drove away. The target victim ID’d the man as Trezmin Taylor.

Wayne Farms Truck Smashed by Train in Albertville

The driver of a Wayne Farms truck out of Guntersville was rushed to a hospital after his 18 wheeler was slammed into by a freight train yesterday on Railroad Avenue at Highway 431. That crossing is listed as the most dangerous in Albertville and third most dangerous in Marshall County.

Resident Input Wanted on Albertville Sign Ordinance

Albertville Council wants resident input on a proposed ordinance aimed at reducing the number of ugly signs. There is no law now regulating signs, and the new one would require outdoor business signs to get a permit before they can be put up. City leaders say this would mean signs can be required to be produced well and maintained. Public hearing November 18.

Kiss Won’t Mean Trial for Albertville Teacher Sub

An Albertville substitute teacher is off the hook for kissing a student. Jennifer Morton faced a sexual misconduct charge for kissing the student at Albertville High in the spring. But trial started Tuesday and the student who was allegedly kissed didn’t show up so charges were dropped.

Gadsden Council Brief

Gadsden Council this week honored the Gadsden High School Scholars Bowl team, and accepted a donation from Alabama power to plant 10 trees to honor 100 years of the steam plant.

Arrested Etowah Personnel Director Resigns

It wasn’t a surprise, but the Etowah County Commission accepted the resignation of the Personnel Director Jennifer Taylor yesterday. She was arrested earlier this month for identity theft and computer tampering. They will advertise the vacancy soon but may change the qualifications since only one candidate met them last time.

50 Years of Wayne Farms

Wayne Farms chicken processing plant in Albertville is celebrating its 50th birthday in Marshall County. They threwa company picnic and invited 2 thousand workers past and present. It employes a thousand workers from Marshall, DeKalb, Blount, Etowah, and Jackson counties.

Death a Near Miss for Gadsden Man

Gadsden police were searching for a shooter over the weekend who narrowly missed wounding a young man on South 23rd Street at Forest Avenue. The 22 year-old victim says he was walking with his cousin when 19 year-old Trezmin Taylor pulled up and jumped out of a car and said he was going to kill him and fired twice but missed. The victim and his cousin ran to a business and the owner locked the door, and when he found out it was locked, the shooter got back in his car and took off.

DeKalb Deputy Death Natural Causes

It looks like a DeKalb deputy found dead in his trailer at Talladega Superspeedway had a heart attack. 60 year-old Allen Kay wasknown as Nurse Kay for his eight years in the DeKalb jail’s medical department. He was working security at the speedway. Visitation is at the Rainesville Funeral Home tonight from 4 to 8 and tomorrow from 10 to 2 with the funeral at 2.

Gadsden Church Burglar at Large

Somebody is breaking into churches in Gadsden. Central Avenue Baptist, North Highland Baptist and New Destiny Christian were burglarized by someone breaking windows to get in and in the case of New Destiny Christian, kicking in three doors. In that incident cash and a TV were taken.

Little River Canyon Re-Opens

The end of the government shutdown means the reopening of Little River Canyon National Preserve. Back to normal in the park except that backcountry camp sites are closed during hunting season and bow season began Tuesday.

Husband Killer Sentenced

A judge Sentenced Carlotta Kutschenreuter yesterday to 35 years in prison for murdering her husband in their Hokes Bluff home three years ago. She claimed self defense and painted her husband as a vicious abuser, but the jury didn’t buy it and the judge called it offensive to real victims of spousal abuse.

Etowah Sheriff to Collect Unused Prescription Meds

The Etowah Sheriff’s Office will collect old prescription drugs Saturday, October 26 on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. It’s to keep prescription narcotics use down and to keep harmful drugs out of the water supply which they contaminate when flushed. The unwanted medicine will be disposed of safely.

4-H Pig Squeal Event to Begin

4-H kids must sign up before November first to get two feeder pigs to raise for show and auction next spring. Participants care for the pigs for 120 days and then sell one to the highest bidder at auction and can either keep the other one for pork for their families or put it up for sale.

Woman Admits Counterfeiting $100s

A woman already in jail in Etowah County is charged by Gadsden police with passing counterfeit money and forged checks she made at home. Terry Lynn Gibbs admitted she made counterfeit checks and 100 dollar bills on her home computer.

Gadsden Man Killed in Crash of Escalade

A Gadsden man was killed in a one car crash when the Cadillac Escalade he was driving suddenly swerved on Forrest Avenue and ran across a parking lot, a yard and slammed into two trees. 43 year-old Timothy Sprayberry died at the scene which was just two blocks from his house. His passenger, William Jones, was released after being check over at Riverview Regional.

DEADWOOD FARM & PUMPKIN PATCH

Opening October 3rd
Thursday/Sunday 7:00pm Until
2288 Co. Rd 568 Albertville, AL  (Click For Map)

Kids Zone
Pumpkin Painting, Petting Zoo, Inflatables, Hay Maze
(Family Friendly)
$5 Kid Zone Admission
$5 for Pumpkin Painting

Sleepy Hollow  
Haunted Hike 
(Recommended teens and older.)
Hay Ride
(Family friendly)
$10
 each or both for $15.

For Information
256-960-1801
www.deadwoodfarm.net

(From Albertville, take Hwy 75 North and follow the signs.)

Wednesday Severe Weather Awareness Day in AL

The National Weather Service has declared today as Fall Severe Weather Awareness Day. It points out that weather stats show that in Alabama over an 11 year-period, 22% of all tornadoes happened in fall. 6% of tornado-related deaths happen in the fall, and 10% of tornado-inflicted injuries happen in fall. They say like in spring one should keep the weather radio on, update the emergency supply kit, and sign up for severe weather alert apps for your smart phone.

Injured Hayriders Out of Hospital

All the kids hurt when their hayride wagon was hit by a car are out of the hospital and home. Nine kids were taken to hospitals after the accident during the Deadwood Arms Haunted Hayride Friday night on County Road 568 in DeKalb near the Marshall County line.

Mall Invites Move by Albertville Probate Office

A Marshall County judge likes the idea of moving the Albertville Probate Office away from the courthouse where the space is cramped for those getting car tags and licenses, especially on court days. The Crossroads Mall has offered space for the probate office at no charge, figuring when people come to do business at the office they will shop.

Dad Turns In Pawn Shop Robber

Two juveniles have been arrested for breaking into a Gadsden pawn shop and making off with guns and other merchandise. Two boys in custody are 16 and 17 and they are looking for others. Police say they took 40 guns and came back for TVS and other things. The major break in the case came when the father of one of the boys found a backpack filled with guns and notified his son’s juvenile probation officer.

Glitch Prevents Welfare Recipients from Buying Food

Welfare recipients in Alabama can buy food again after their electronic debt EBT cards stopped working Saturday here and in 17 other states where the system is run by Xerox Corporation. Xerox was doing a test of the system and a computer glitch shut down the system and left hundreds of thousands of grocery shoppers standing in the checkout line turned away because the store computers couldn’t access the accounts. EBT welfare clients in Albertville, Moody, Foley, Huntsville, and other cities reported not being able to buy food Saturday.

Collinsville Man Wins Asbestos Lawsuit

A jury has awarded a Collinsville man 100 thousand dollars for the health problems that developed after he breathed asbestos on the job for years. 70 year-old Robert Norwood contracted lung disease after working at Republic Steel from 1965 to 2000. He sued John Crane, Inc, which used asbestos in its products at the plant, because the company knew in 1970 it was dangerous but failed to warn anybody for 13 more years.

Dead Scottsboro Man Suspect in Murder Mystery

A dead Scottsboro man is the prime suspect in the death of a woman reported missing in Delaware. The strange story came to light when a man bought an abandoned storage unit in Kentucky, and he found human remains inside. The storage unit was owned by Robert Wood of Jackson County, who died and was buried in Scottsboro earlier this year. The remains are of the missing woman.

Man Loses Appeal to Keep Wife Buried in Front Yard

Looks like James Davis from Stevenson will have to say goodbye to his dead wife. Davis buried his wife at her request in the front yard of his home when she died in 2009, and has been fighting the city ever since. At the time he says there was no city ordinance prohibiting such a thing, but the State Supreme Court has just denied his appeal and the city will seek to have Davis remove the remains to a cemetery.

DeKalb Hayride Crash Hurts 5 Teens

Five teenagers were hurt in a Friday night hayride accident. Happened on DeKalb County Road 568 near the DeKalb and Marshall county line. The teens were on a hayride cart being pulled by a tractor, and the trailer was first hit by a vehicle from behind, and then when the hayride cart was banged into the oncoming lane, it was hit by a car coming the other way. Four of the teens were taken to Marshall County Medical Center South by ambulance and the fifth was airlifted to Children’s of Alabama in Birmingham.

Halloween Bash at Noccalula

Kids can practice their trick or treating skills tomorrow at Noccalula Falls Park at the annual Halloween Super Bash. Train rides, petting zoo, games prizes, candy inflatables, bobbing for apples, temporary tattoos, etcetera.

Arab Car Breakin Artist Jailed–Police

Arab police have arrested a man they say is responsible for a rash of car break-ins that began last month. They charged 22 year-old Blake Freeland with two counts of breaking and entering a vehicle after he was linked to some of the stolen merchandise. He was held on 20 thousand dollars bond.

Rendezvous at Rim Cancelled Due to Shutdown

A reminder that the event Rendezvous at the Rim has been cancelled at Little river Canyon Preserve this weekend because of the government shutdown, but the half marathon and Marathon Fest will take place tomorrow at Jacksonville State University’s Little River Canyon Center.

Gadsden Men Jailed for GA stickup

Four men from Gadsden are jailed after police say they went to Trion Georgia to stick up a motel. The motel owner called 911 to say men came into his lobby and pulled a gun but he had bulletproof glass and ran to his office to call police, who stopped a suspicious vehicle and arrested the suspects.

Missing Albertville Boy Safe

A missing Albertville boy has been found safe at a home in DeKalb County. 18 year-old Brandon Fulton was last seen by his family when they dropped him off at a Gamestop in Boaz Saturday. Police put him on contact with his family.

Nancy Cartoonist in Guntersville

Fundraiser Saturday at Somewhere on the Lake Resort in Guntersville featuring music and an appearance and talk by the writer and illustrator of the syndicated comic strip Nancy. The money will go to Tigers for Tomorrow, an exotic animal preserve at Untamed Mountain. 10 dollars to get in. The owner of Somewhere on the Lake is friends with the world-famous cartoonist and when he told him about the animal preserve Gilchrist volunteered to come and draw cartoons and give a talk. He’s created an image of Nancy with Amelia the tiger cub from the preserve for the fundraiser.

Gadsden Cautious Over Wind Turbines

Gadsden Council supports legislation by State Senator Phil Williams of Rainbow City to regulate proposed wind turbines proposed for Cherokee and Etowah Counties. It would require permitting before turbines could be built and would require companies to show they have the money to remove them if they aren’t used. Currently there are no laws regulating wind turbines in Alabama, and critics here say they are taller than the Washington Monument, could be set up near people’s homes, and northeast Alabama lacks the constant winds necessary to make them efficient.

Gadsden Man Guilty of Molesting Child

An Etowah jury spent less than an hour finding a Gadsden man guilty of molesting a child over a period of time when she was between 7 and 9. She told her parents when she was 13 and Gadsden police and the DA’s office made the case. 63 year-old Floyd Whiteside faces up to 20 years.

Scottsboro Streets Chief Suspended

The Scottsboro street department supervisor has been suspended but the mayor hasn’t said why. Ronnie Dolberry off without pay thirty days. Two weeks ago a bulldozer rolled off a trailer while being loaded and slightly injured a city employee but whether that had anything to do with the suspension isn’t known.

Etowah Seeks Replacement for Jailed County Executive

Etowah County officials are scrambling to replace their arrested personnel director at a time when a lot of issues concerning benefits and employees must be dealt with. They have asked the retired personnel director to come back to fill-in, and if he can’t, Patrick Simms, the chief administrative officer for the county commission, says he will have to do it with help from personnel staff. Director Jenifer Taylor was jailed for identity theft Monday.

Search Continues for Missing Union Grove Man

The search continues for Donnie Wayne Miller, who went missing from his Union Grove home Friday and was reported missing Saturday. The 60 year-old man walked away from his house and vanished and the Marshall County Sheriff’s office is asking anybody with info on his whereabouts to call.

Albertville Mother Arrested for Narcotics in Newborn Baby

An Albertville woman has been arrested after the hospital where she gave birth told police her newborn baby tested positive for illegal narcotics. 20 year-old Ashley Graham of Bearden Street was charged with chemical endangerment of a child. Upon her release from the hospital she was taken to Marshall County Jail and the baby remains hospitalized.

Anti-Bully Rally Tonight

Gadsden and Etowah County are promoting an anti-bullying campaign. Students and parents and church youth groups are encouraged to attend the Barrie Center’s Third Annual Anti-Bullying Rally at convention Hall at 6 pm tonight.

State Parks Open During Shutdown

The Alabama State Parks Director reminds the public that while the national parks are closed because of the federal shutdown, all 22 Alabama State Parks remain open as usual and are fully staffed. The Department of Conservation and National Resources suggests that people spend time at an Alabama State Park during the government shutdown.

Guntersville Police Nab Drug Suspects

Guntersville police took two people into custody yesterday on drug-related charges after an officer spotted a suspicious vehicle on the Highway 227 boat ramp at 2 in the morning. Checking IDs, he found that Megan Kelly of Lacy Springs had a warrant issued by Albertville. And Josh Sparks of Guntersville admitted he had a meth lab in the car. Both are charged with manufacturing drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Etowah Personnel Director Arrested

The Etowah County government personnel director has been arrested and jailed without bond for first-degree identity theft. 38 year-old Jennifer Taylor was hired as personnel director two years ago, and Sheriff Todd Entrekin says investigators believe she ran criminal background checks and used that information to open financial accounts. Investigators went to the personnel office yesterday with a search warrant and seized records and computers and took Miss Taylor to the Etowah County Detention Center.

Prepping for Bassmaster Classic

The Bassmaster Classic doesn’t start dropping lines into Lake Guntersville till February, but the Albertville Chamber of Commerce is already helping local business to prepare for what is expected to be an economic boom as fishermen and fishing fans arrive. A hospitality seminar for businesses will be held at the Chamber on Sound Mountain Drive October 17.

Boost for Albertville’s Financial Rating

The latest Standard and Poor’s revised financial rating for Albertville shows an improvement. Last time Standard and Poor’s analyzed Albertville’s finances, they pronounced them “stable.” Now, after reviewing the books and the bonds again, Standard and Poor’s upgraded Albertville’s ranking from Stable to Positive.

Marshall County Road and Bridge Conference Wed.

The Marshall County Commission will host a special meeting Wednesday to discuss local road and bridge projects funded through the Alabama Transportation, Rehabilitation and Improvement Project. At that meeting will be the mayors of Albertville, Arab and Boaz in addition to the County Commissioners.

Etowah Anti-Bully Rally Tuesday

Gadsden and Etowah County are promoting an anti-bullying campaign. Students and parents and church youth groups are encouraged to attend the Barrie Center’s Third Annual Anti-Bullying Rally at Convention Hall at 6 pm Tuesday.

Fort Payne Singer Advances on The Voice

A country singer from Fort Payne is advancing into the next round of the NBC singing show, The Voice. Blake Shelton picked Chain for his team, and has a good track record of picking winning singers. Justin Chain says he likes to use music to inspire and motivate people, after being involved in a serious motorcycle crash 5 years ago. His Facebook Page says fans can see him playing a benefit concert in Fort Payne Saturday at Ol’Tymers, to raise money for a woman with breast cancer.

Fort Payne Murder-Suicide

After a Fort Payne woman was found dead at her home, an investigation resulted in the following story. Police say 22 year-0ld Maz Zeller killed his aunt, 54 year-old Felicia Ann Lindsay and hid her body before taking her cell phone and a 22 pistol and driving to Georgia in her Jeep. Someone reported the woman missing and police started looking for both her and her nephew. When the Jeep was found in Cherokee County, Georgia, DeKalb police asked the locals to assist and officers found Zeller in a mobile home and before they could question him he shot himself fatally with his aunt’s handgun.

Cop Poser Caught

Police got calls about a man posing as a cop attempting to pull people over, and finally caught him in the act this week. 30 year-old Brian Childress of Albertville was jailed in Guntersville on charges of impersonating a public servant. Guntersville police found the truck tricked out with blue lights and a sound-emitting device in the Walmart Parking lot, and say the driver appeared to think what he was doing was funny. Guntersville Chief Peterson says when pulled over by police at night, you have the right to continue driving until you find a well-lit place in a populated area. And if you think you have been victimized by the phony cop, call the police.

Grant Store Busted for Banned Substance Sale

Marshall County deputies arrested a store owner in Grant for selling Spice-synthetic marijuana, which is banned in Alabama. They say they were able to buy Spice multiple times at the Country Farm Store in Grant and say school kids had been buying it.

Fed Shutdown Padlocks Little River Canyon

Nature lovers will have to await the end of the government shutdown to return to Little River Canyon National Preserve which extends into both Cherokee and DeKalb Counties near Fort Payne. Like all national parks, Little river has closed and 16 people who work there have been sent home without pay. Some schools had student events planned there and will have to reschedule.

Guntersville Gas Line Break

Crews worked yesterday to repair a broken natural gas line in Guntersville that was penetrated by a Department of Transportation crew installing signs on Sunset Drive. They drove one of the signs down and it hit the 2-inch gas pipe. The gas was quickly shut off, but the road was closed until crews could repair the damage.

Lawmen Warn of Car Break-Ins

Etowah deputies are warning locals in the Whorton Bend area about a rash of car break-ins. Seven auto burglaries Sunday and Monday and most of the cars were unlocked with valuables in plain sight. The incidents happened on Wilson Drive, Cross Creek Lane, Wilson Circle, Audrey Lane and Clokey Drive.

Gadsden Rollover

A man driving down the mountain on Highland Avenue in Gadsden lost control and clipped a tree, causing his Honda CR-V to roll over. He was wearing his seatbelt and managed to crawl out of the wreck on his own before emergency help arrived to take him to Gadsden Regional Medical Center with neck and shoulder injuries.

Disturbing Story Unfolding in DeKalb

Law enforcement officials are confirming that a body was found inside a DeKalb County home yesterday afternoon and that dead person’s car was found in Georgia where the person driving it tried to commit suicide. Details are sparse in the unfolding story that began with the discovery of the body in the home on County Road 127 in Fort Payne. The coroner took the body to a forensics lab in Huntsville for autopsy and police are characterizing that person as a victim.

Attala Man Charged with Theft

What started as a police call to a domestic disturbance turned into a stolen property charged against a man fighting with a woman at his Third Street apartment in Attalla. When police came to the apartment, a neighboring business owner walked over to report the thefts of several expensive power tools and a garbage can from his truck, and police found the garbage can filled with power tools inside the domestic disturbance apartment.

Highway 411 Yard Sale Begins

Today’s the day the US Highway 411 Yard Sale begins. Bargain hunters will be roaming up and down Highway 411 from today through Saturday. The enormous yard sale follows an historic stagecoach route, and starts in Leeds, passing through Gadsden, Cherokee County and Cave Springs, Georgia, before reaching its end near Knoxville, Tennessee.

Active Shooter Drill at Gadsden HS

They staged an active shooter drill at Gadsden City High School yesterday with students playing the roles of both shooters and victims, and first responders arriving and performing as they would in a real scenario. The school went to great lengths to make sure every parent knew about the drill so as not to panic and rush to the school if someone got the wrong idea and started making panicked phone calls and Tweets.

Trial Cancelled When Witness Dies

A trial of a Marshall County man charged with drug trafficking was called off after the key witness dropped dead of a heart attack. Off the hook is Marcelo Ramos Ortiz, who was supposed to start trial yesterday. He does face other charges.

Golden Girl to be Crowned Tonight

At the DeKalb County VFW Agricultural Fair tonight, a new Golden Girl will be crowned. The event was founded in 1987, at the height of the Golden Girls TV show popularity, and this will be the 27th crowning of a pageant queen of a certain age. The pageant starts at 6pm.

Girls’ Coach Charged with Molestation

In Jackson County, a former rec league girls coach is charged with inappropriate sexual contact with underage girls. 37 year-old Rodger Hill of Section used to be coach of a girls rec league in Macedonia 3 years ago. He was indicted after two girls came forward and told an adult what had happened to them. He is charged with multiple counts of first degree sodomy, sex abuse and child enticement in contact with two girls ages 11 and 14.

Alabama 4th on State Hunger List

Alabama is fourth on a list of states where the most people go hungry. The U.S. Agriculture Department said several factors contributed to food insecurity. Alabamians are among the most likely to smoke and the least like to exercise and eat healthy.

Sardis Company to Add Jobs

A new company that opened in Sardis this summer is doing well enough that it is anticipating adding 20 to 25 additional employees over the next couple of years. Premier Metal Deck Forms makes metal bridge decking and was lured to Sardis with tax abatements offered as incentive.

Etowah County Tech Expo Next Week

The Chamber of Gadsden and Etowah County is putting on a technology Expo next Thursday October 3 and say it is new. The expo will feature many booths highlighting technology available to business and the public. The technology expo will be at the Hardin Center for cultural Arts and a business card is your ticket. They will give away a big flat screen TV.

Rainbow City Food World to Close

The parent company of Food World in Rainbow City is expected to close that store as it sells assets in a bankruptcy. Food World’s owner said it would close 13 Belle Food Stores and a final decision on the disposition of properties to be sold comes Friday. The company closed the store on West Meighan Boulevard earlier this year.

The Story of Snow and White

In Gadsden a victim’s last name is Snow and an accused attacker’s name is White, but what happened is no fairy tale. Torrinte Snow carried some of his mother’s things out to her car around midnight Monday as she prepared to go to work, and as he called for her to hurry up, police say Mario White walked up and shot Snow twice. Snow was airlifted to UAB Medical Center in critical condition. White was booked into Etowah County Detention Center.

School Superintendent Green-Lighted Scottsboro Tree Cutting

The mystery of who okayed the cutting down of three dozen trees on the road passing by Scottsboro High School Stadium is solved, with the school superintendent saying she gave the power company permission to cut the trees down. Judy Berry says 10 of the trees were diseased and she was persuaded by the power people that they posed a threat to the electric lines.

Fair Season

The Etowah County Fair opens today at the Attala Fairgrounds. 5 nights, ending a week from Saturday. The fairgrounds on Cleveland Avenue will open after work at 5:30 each day and it costs 3 dollars at the gate. There will be ride wristband specials. A midway and games and rides and cooking contests and lots of fried food. It’s the 74th year for the fair.

The DeKalb County VFW Agricultural Fair is on this week at VFW Post 3128 in Fort Payne. Livestock and poultry shows and rides and lots of fried food. The fair runs through Friday and the theme this year is…call to Duty.

Publix to Come to Guntersville

A big fish has been landed on the shore of Lake Guntersville as council used the right bait to hook an upscale supermarket chain. Guntersville Council used a tax incentive to reel in Publix to the intersection of Highway 79 South and Highway 431 near the lake. Developers will also build a park and a pier on the lake next to the store. 120 new jobs. It’ll be open by Christmas of next year.

No Serious Injuries in Guntersville School Bus Crash

No serious injuries in the crash of a school bus yesterday in Guntersville. Kids from Cherokee Elementary were on their way to the middle school off Sunset Drive when the bus rear-ended a city pickup truck turning in front of it. The worker driver of the truck and a third-grader were checked out at the hospital and will be fine.

1st Band of the Week!

Congratulations to the Douglas Eagles Marching Band for being our 1st Band of the Week! The theme is “Night” and the music lineup is “Heart Ache, “Lion Sleeps Tonight,” “Can You Feel The Love Tonight,” and “Some Nights.” Click “Read More” to view the video of their performance!

Unemployment Numbers Creep Up

Etowah and other county officials in Northeast Alabama were not pleased with the August unemployment numbers. Etowah’s unemployment rate went from 6.3% in July to 6.7% in August. Still the rate is down from 7.9% this time a year ago. In Alabama as a while the jobless rate is 6.3%. The national unemployment rate is 7.3%, a full point higher, and that was a decrease from the month before. There are 134 thousand, 367 people out of work in Alabama.

Thief of Church Van Eludes Police

Rainbow City police chased down a stolen church van, but the thief ran away. The chase started when police tried to stop the van for faulty equipment, and it sped away. They caught up with it abandoned at the end of Country Lane in Rainbow City but the driver had bailed. It was returned to the Rainbow City Church of Christ.

Burgess Guilty of Murder

It was DNA evidence that moved a Marshall County jury to convict Wesley Burgess of murdering Claysville business owner Ricky Moody by clashing and stabbing him repeatedly four years ago. He will be sentenced next month and faces up to life or 99 years.

Road Work on SR 205

Weather permitting, starting today, Monday, State Route 205 between U.S. Highway 431 and Pleasant Grove Road will be closed to construct the roadway. The work is estimated to be completed by Nov. 1st. Motorists must use alternate routes, observe work zone speed limits and useextreme caution in this area.

Jury to Start Cold Case Murder Deliberations Friday

After closing arguments today the jury will start deliberating in the trial of Wesley Burgess, accused of murdering Claysville businessman Rick Moody four years ago in a case that had gone cold till recently. The jury heard this week from witnesses who described what they saw in 2009 when Moody was found in his business called Motors and Cash with his throat cut and stabbed 30 times. Moody’s family went outside while video of the murder scene was shown. DNA evidence linking Burgess to the murder was introduced. He faces life if found guilty.

Major Road Work to Start on Alabama 205

Starting on Monday Marshall County drivers who use Alabama 205 will have to find a detour because construction work is beginning to resurface 205 between US 431 and Pleasant Grove Road, a major project. Should be done by November. Look for work zone speed signs.

Bull Bash Rodeo Saturday

Saturday is the Bull Bash Rodeo at the Sand Mountain Corn Maze in Sardis. A pro-rodeo sanctioned by the Southern Pro Bull Riders Association. Gates open at 6 and the riding starts at 8. Nearly 70 bull riders and barrel racers competed last year, when about 2 thousand people turned out.

Gadsden Man Charged with Molesting Child and Stealing Shoes

A 53 year-old Gadsden man arrested in the spring for stealing 10 thousand dollars’ worth of red wing shoes from his former employer, Hick’s Family Shoes, is now charged with molesting a child who had a sleepover at his house. Bryan McDaniel is indicted on charges of sexual abuse of a child less than 12 years old stemming from an incident at his home more than a decade ago when the victim was 11 years old. The boy was a friend of his son and McDaniel allegedly molested him while his own son was sleeping.

Guntersville Man Indicted for Heroin

A Guntersville man was indicted on charges of intending to distribute heroin, by a federal grand jury that indicted 40 people. The local man is Leonard Lee Montgomery who has a Deerman Street address in Guntersville.

Roadwork to Begin on Alabama 205

Starting on Monday Marshall County drivers who use Alabama 205 will have to find a detour because construction work is beginning to resurface 205 between US 431 and Pleasant Grove Road, a major project. Should be done by November. Look for work zone speed signs.

Gunstersville Roadside Memorial to be Put Back

In Guntersville this week a makeshift memorial with crosses marking where four young people died 13 years ago was removed by the state after a woman who lived nearby complained, but after family members expressed their hurt ad sadness over the removal of the memorial, the woman who complained changed her mind and said she doesn’t object to the crosses.

Six Arrested in Gadsden Murders

Six people have been charged in the assassination murder of two men on the Meighan Bridge in Gadsden last month. Cedric Young, Willie Mosley, Errik Hughly, Cordaryl Craig were charged with two counts each of capital murder. Two women, Kendra Leach and Leshonda Reeves, were charged with hindering prosecutors during the course of the investigation. The two victims were in a vehicle heading west from East Gadsden when prosecutors say the shooters pulled up beside them and started shooting with an AK-style assault weapon. District Attorney Jimmie Harp said, announcing the charges, “With the arrests we certainly live in a safer community. It’s my turn now to prosecute these individuals.” Close quote.

Gadsden Sex Offender Arrested for Living Too Near Children

A Gadsden man has been accused of violating the sex offender act, in which sex offenders are prohibited from living close to children. 36 year-old John Fitts was arrested when he was found to be living within two thousand feet of an elementary school and day care center. And he failed to verify his address in encounters with sheriff’s office investigators.

Scottsboro Man Arrested for Meth

Authorities had been looking for 55 year-old William Gay in Scottsboro, because he was wanted on an outstanding warrant for possession of meth. A search last week on the street where he lives turned up methamphetamine and a warrant was issued for his arrest for unlawful possession of controlled substances. They spotted him walking along Tyler Street in Scottsboro and picked him up.

Home Invader Roughs Up Elderly Woman in Attalla

An Attala man invaded the home of a 76 year-old woman on Causey Lane and after forcing his way in he punched the woman in the mouth and demanded her money. She handed over money in her purse and a collection of silver dollars and her jewelry. Etowah deputies tracked down Allen Whitmore and charged him with the robbery.

Funny Money Passed in Guntersville

An Albertville woman was arrested for passing counterfeit currency. Guntersville say 21 year-old Megan Mitchell passed bogus 20 dollar bills at two business over the weekend, and when they got a description from the business owners, they caught up wither and found more fake bills on her. They collected her 80 dollars in phony 20s and she was made a guest of Marshall County.

Etowah Republicans to Hear Speaker Saturday

The Etowah County Republican Breakfast is Saturday morning at 8 at Western Sizzlin’ on West Grand. The speaker will be Britney Garner who is director of field operations for the Alabama Republican Party. The public is invited. You pay for your own breakfast and should be through the buffet line by the start of the program at 8.

New Police Cars in Gadsden

Gadsden residents will notice an upgrade of police vehicles, as the new police patrol cars hit the streets this week. The new cars are bigger and officers find it easier to get in and out, plus they are more visible.

Saving IP Plant Doubtful

State officials have been working behind the scenes to try to save the International Paper plan in Courtland, one of the biggest employers in northern Alabama. It announced it will close in 2014 and 11 hundred people will lose their jobs, not to mention the impact on all the vendors in north Alabama who supply the plant. But State Senator Roger Bedford told the Decatur Daily he is not optimistic anything can be done about it.

Marshall County Murder Trial Opens

Today the jury hears opening testimony in a murder trial of a Guntersville man. Wesley Burgess of O’Brig Avenue, who owns a business in Claysville, is accused of killing a man named Rickey Moody four years ago.

Accused Gadsden Jewel Thief

A Gadsden woman free on bond on charges of receiving stolen property was arrested again for burglary and theft. They say a homeowner on Katherine Street caught 28 year-old Amy Martin on her property and she left before the homeowner discovered jewelry gone. Police say they tracked her from ID she used to sell jewelry at the Gold and Silver Exchange. Investigators say all the thefts she is charged with were from houses within walking distance from her own home.

Alabama Out of Recessionary Woods

Alabama is being taken off a list of states at-risk of falling back into recession. Moody’s Analytics says Wisconsin and Illinois have also moved into recovery mode. And that leaves Delaware is the only state considered still at risk.

Water Advisory Lifted in Albertville

If you didn’t get the word, the water is fine to drink and bathe in in Albertville again. Thursday the Asbury Water Board asked customers to cut down on water use because of electrical problems in the water delivery system, but by Friday it was fixed.

Altoona Man Crushed by Horse

A man died yesterday in a horse-riding accident in Altoona. 54 year-old Hoyt Garrison was riding a horse at his home on Shady Grove Road around 3:30 Sunday when something spooked the horse and it stubled and fell on top of his, crushing him. He was pronounced dead at Marshall County Medical Center.

Second Saturday in Attalla

Downtown Attalla throws a Second Saturday party this weekend. Merchants will stay open late and there will be music and food and kids stuff like face painting and a train ride. A car and motorcycle show for adults and a dunking booth to raise money for the Etowah High School football team. Leave your dogs at home. 5 to 8 Saturday.

Passerby Spots Burglary-Tips Police

Albertville police say if it hadn’t been for a good citizen passerby who saw a suspicious man loading items into his vehicle parked behind a car detail shop and called 911, they wouldn’t have been able to arrest a burglar in the act. 43 year-old Samuel Jamison is in Albertville jail charged with burglary.

Etowah Deputies Injured in Head-On Crash

Two Etowah deputies are recovering from injuries following a serious head-on crash yesterday in Attalla. The deputies were in their unmarked Dodge Charger waiting to turn into the Walmart on Highway 77 to grab some lunch when a Dodge Ram heading the other way collided head on with the police car, driving it into a log truck. The police car was totaled.

7-Vehicle Crash in Guntersville

Guntersville police are still figuring out who did what to who in a 7-vehicle crash on Highway 431near the Gunstersville Cracker Barrel yesterday. Four people hospitalized. They were transported to Marshall medical Center and Huntsville Hospital, some by helicopters that landed at nearby Marshall County Tech. Another wreck was caused by gapers who stopped to look at the first wreck. And the initial collision was actually two different crashes caused when a pickup collided with a couple of cars and crossed the median to and hit more. A dog in the pickup died.

Charges Dropped Against 89 Year-Old Man

An incident in July in Grant where an 89 year-old man with dementia was pepper-sprayed by an officer after refusing to cooperate during a traffic stop was resolved with charges being dropped. It was decided the officer didn’t act improperly because he didn’t know of the dementia till neighbors tried to intervene. The officer has retired for reasons unrelated to the incident.

Fund Set Up for Family of Boy Who Died Tragically

The 3 year-old boy who crawled into an unlocked hot car and died in a tragic accident in Altoona will be buried today. The funeral for Jaylen Hammett will be at Morgan Funeral Chapel and the burial at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. A fund has been set up for the family at any Exchange Bank, called the Jay Jay Hammett Fund.

Plane Pulled from Lake Guntersville

The small plane that crash-landed into Lake Guntersville two days ago was pulled out of the lake yesterday and trucked away for repairs. The pilot said the engine quit and he tried to glide to a landing but ended up in the water 100 yards from the runway.

New Speed bumps in Gadsden

If you drive in Gadsden speed bumps are coming soon to a street near you. The city engineer calls them speed cushions, but they are still meant to slow you down in residential neighborhoods and 30 applications have been submitted since the city approved them a few years ago. Latest have been installed on Joseph T Robinson Street and in the 400 block of Haralson Avenue, and they are going in several other places in the next few weeks..

AL Fears Prison Takeover by Feds

State officials are concerned about a possible takeover of the Alabama prison system by the feds. The “Montgomery Advertiser” reports that state penitentiaries are the country’s most underfunded, understaffed and overcrowded. There have been four reports of inmate abuse in recent weeks. Part of the problem is that lawmakers want tougher sentences, but they don’t come up with the money for prison upkeep.

Riding Mower Tumbles Down Bluff

A Marshall County man was taken to a hospital after he fell 80 feet down a steep bluff mowing his yard.The 62 year-old homeowner was on a riding mower when he hit a dip in his yard and it caused his mower to tip over the bluff. He remained in the seat all the way down and was conscious when rescuers got to him. He will recover.

Plane to Be Removed from Lake Guntersville

They will tow a small plane out of Lake Guntersville today. The pilot of the plane says the engine quit and he was trying to glide in to an unpowered landing at the airport. The plane went into the water just short of the runway. The pilot and passenger got out okay.

Details Disclosed in Death of 3 Year-Old

Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin provided details in the accidental death of a 3 year-old boy in Altoona. The boy was napping with his mother when he apparently woke up and went outside and got into a hot car that was unlocked. When the mother awoke she found the boy and called 911 but he was pronounced dead at a Birmingham hospital.

Etowah Murder Jury Returns Guilty Verdict

An Etowah County jury deliberated for under an hour and found Carlotta Kutschenreuter guilty of shooting her husband in the back of his head and in his back in their home, killing him. She failed the convince the jury she was a battered wife acting in self defense. The prosecution will now ask for a life sentence.

Child Found Dead in Etowah Car

The Etowah County Sheriff’s Office is calling the death of a child found inside a car a tragic accident. The child was found unresponsive inside the car outside a home near Gadsden and was flown to a hospital in Birmingham where the child died.

Gadsden Traffic Note

Be aware that roadwork starts today in Gadsden on the four-laning of US Highway 411 near Princeton Avenue. Northbound 411 will be diverted over to one lane of the southbound road south of Princeton Avenue to start.

Fort Payne Glassblower in National Contest

Orbix Hot Glass, the artistic glassmaker in Fort Payne, is one of the nominees in the Martha Stewart America Made contest among artisans across the country. A pottery business in Leeds east of Birmingham called Earthborn Studios is also a contestant in the challenge, in which American businesses in various categories will be awarded ten thousand dollars to invest back into their business. Earthborn makes dishes for upscale restaurants all around the world, and Orbix makes unique glass products, and you can vote 6 times a day till September 13 at Marthastewart.com-forward slash-Americanmade.

Christmas Charity Restricts Sign-up

The Marshall County Christmas Coalition, which provides Christmas presents and holiday help for our neighbors who can’t afford it, is tightening the requirements this year to make sure only people who really need the help are getting it. This year parents will have to provide more proof of income by bringing a copy of their tax return, a W2 or a bank statement. Those wanting help can sign up at the rec centers in Arab, Boaz and Guntersville and in Albertville at First Methodist Church.

Gadsden Stolen Stash

Now that Gadsden police have arrested two people for several burglaries, and have recovered stolen merchandise linked to four break-ins in Gadsden and two in Etowah County, they are asking anyone who has experienced a burglary to come see if their stolen property is among items recovered. Total value of the recovered items is up to 20 thousand dollars, including 30 pounds of jewelry, guns, and even University of Alabama class rings.

DeKalb Fatal Crash

A one car crash on DeKalb County Road 295 east of Fort Payne killed a woman and badly injured the man who was driving. 29 year-old Frank Blevins of Fort Payne lost control and slammed the car into a tree. Dead is 32 year-old Leanne Ivey of Ider.

Blessings in a Backpack Gala Saturday in Albertville

Great dress-up occasion for a great cause at the Big Spring Lake country Club in Albertville tomorrow night. The Blessings in a Backpack gala raises money for a program that provides low-income family kids with a backpack of food to bring home for 38 weekends all school year. 400 dollars a table. Cocktails, dinner and dancing with a Nashville band. Call Albertville Chamber of Commerce.

Funerals for Two Section Teens

Loved ones this week said final goodbyes to two Section teenagers killed in the tragic wreck in Rainsville Friday. Kymber McBride’s funeral was yesterday at the Section Funeral Home. Today the funeral for Jordan Hooper will be at 2 this afternoon at Corinth Baptist Church in Macedonia.

First Friday in Gadsden

Friday is the first one in September and time again for First Friday in Gadsden, the music and food fest downtown. Broad Street will be closed beginning at 4:30 from First to Seventh Street. Food vendors and antique cars along Broad and entertainment will be at various locations. The summer concert series with the John Sutton Band starts at 9. And the Energizers from Alabama Power will perform in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Gadsden Steam Plant.

DeKalb County Fatal

A 31 year-old Fort Payne man named Nelson Avendano died Tuesday night on DeKalb County Road 515 north of Rainsville when the vehicle he was driving veered off the road and slammed into a tree.

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Man Fights to Keep Wife’s Grave in Front Yard

A 70 year-old Jackson County man buried his wife four years ago in a grave he dug in his front yard in the town of Stevenson, and the town has been trying to evict her ever since. Now James Davis says he is counting on the Alabama Supreme Court to take his case and rule in his favor, since at the time there were no city regulations requiring burials in cemeteries. He likes visiting his wife in his yard and wants to keep her there.

Sisters-in-Law Give Birth Same Day

What are the odds? Two Marshall county sisters-in-law gave birth on the same day and at the same hospital in August. Kimberly Murphy of Albertville and Megan Ferguson of Alder Springs both delivered their babies August 11 at Marshall Medical Center South.

Etowah Loses Alcohol Sales to Neighbors

Etowah County number crunchers say revenue from beer and cigarette taxes have fallen from more than 300 thousand dollars a new years ago to 276 thousand last year, and they attribute that to alcohol sales being legalize in Albertville, Fort Payne and most recently Boaz.

Tide Ranked Number One

The Associated Press Poll has Alabama still number one in the rankings following weekend games. 58 of 60 votes go to the Crimson Tide. Number two is Oregon and Ohio State drops to third after being second in preseason rankings. The Buckeyes did get one number one ranking vote. Clemson rises to number four after a 38 to 35 win against Georgia and the Tigers have their best showing in the poll since 1988, when they were third. Stanford is number 5.

Gas Prices Up

Gas prices around northern Alabama are up seven cents from last week. “Triple A” says a gallon now averages three-38. Even though they are climbing, one-year ago, prices were 25 cents higher.

Sessions Asks President for Clarity

Senator Jeff Sessions, no fan of President Obama, is asking the president to outline a clear policy for the Middle East. It comes as the commander-in-chief calls on Congress to weigh in on possible military action in Syria. The country is accused of carrying out a chemical weapons attack on its own people. Sessions said the American people are right to be concerned about the U.S. position in the region, but says there is no clear strategy for the region.

Section Grieves for Dead Teens

In the town of Section they held a memorial yesterday for the two Section students killed in a truck crash Friday night. Dozens turned out at the Section High football field to remember Jordan Hooper and Kymber McBride, who were killed in the crash, and to support Brady Carson, who is recovering from injuries.

Labor Day Storm Damage

Among the damage from yesterday storms, trees were knocked down onto two houses and there was roof damage two businesses in Guntersville. That damage happened near where Gunter Avenue crosses Siebold Street. In New Hope in Madison County Mayo Road was washed out by flood waters.

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Reward for ID of Vandals

The Albertville police department of offering a reward for info leading to finding out who defaced American flags and Alabama flags at the veteran’s memorial in Graham Park. Vandals drew swastikas and wrote God is Gay on flags. If you have info, you could earn the 500 dollar reward by calling 256-878-1212. That’s 878-1212.

AL to Offer Logo Plates for Out-of-State Colleges

Alabama will begin offering license plates bearing logos of colleges and universities outside Alabama. Gators and Buckeyes alums would be able to have their school logos on Alabama plates after the state gets design proposals and has the plates made in 2014.

Seafood Festival Draws Hundreds

One of Marshall County’s longest running events was a big success Saturday, the 43rd annual Seafood Festival at St. William Catholic Church. It is the parish’s biggest fundraiser. The specialty is the 400 pounds of home made gumbo. Lots of fans buy it in a drive-through and take it home.

Gander Mountain Coming to Gadsden

Big additions coming to the River Trace Shopping Center in Gadsden, with a building permit issued for a Gander Mountain outdoor gear store, the nation’s biggest outdoor specialty store. Gander Mountain will build a 51 thousand square foot store. And developers’ plans call for another unnamed store that will also have more than 50 thousand square foot.

Madison Home Destroyed by Monday Morning Fire

Fire destroyed a home in Madison County this morning. Lightning hit the roof of the large house on Gables Brook Drive in Monrovia and the homeowner and his son were awakened by a loud bang and saw the attic was on fire. The house was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived and the roof collapsed.

Section HS Mourns Classmates Killed in Rainsville Crash

The two teenagers killed in a terrible car crash in Rainsville Friday night were identified over the weekend by Rainsville police. Both were students at Section High School and lived in the town of Section. Jordan Hooper was pronounce dead at the scene of the crash on Carter Street, and Kymber McBride died at Erlanger Hospital. A third passenger in the car survived, and Brady Carson is recovering at his home. Friends and classmates at Section are devastated over this tragedy just as school begins and will hold a vigil this week. A makeshift memorial has been set up at the site of the crash where the truck Jordan Hooper was driving went through a guard rail and hit a tree hard enough to split the vehicle in half.

Alabama Lawmaker Says Alligator Hunt Lottery is Illegal

Alabama State Senator Paul Sanford says the Alabama alligator permit random drawing is an illegal lottery because hunters have to pay a 6 dollar non-refundable fee for a spot in the drawing. He says the way to make it legal under Alabama law would be to send back the 6 dollars if a person doesn’t win a hunting tag, because then it wouldn’t be pay to play.

Marshall County Schools Open Labor Day

Remember Marshall County Schools are open Labor Day Monday as usual. When the state changed the school calendar the local schools were given the decision of which days to take off, and the school system staff voted to make Valentine’s Day a holiday so students would have a day off during the long time between Christmas and Spring Break. There are a lot of parents unhappy about it.

Dealing with Weeds in Lake Guntersville

In parts of Lake Guntersville the shoreline is choked with aquatic weeds, and the TVA suspended its program to control aquatic weeds a couple of years ago. Now the TVA says maybe a solution would be a partnership between the Authority and local municipalities so share the cost and effort of eradicating the water plants.

HS Football Scores and Friday Schedule

High school football started last night and the Guntersville Wildcats demolished Boaz 28 to nothing in the season opener for both teams.

West End lost to Susan Moore 44 to 14. 5 fumbles and one interception for West End in the loss.

Southside beat Hokes Bluff 35 to 14.

Gaylesville beat Cedar Bluff 40 to 39 in a squeaker.

Tonight Arab goes up against Albertville, it is DAR at Douglas, Vinemont at Brindlee Mountain, Fyffe at Geraldine, Crossville at Plainview and Sylvania at Sardis.

Former GSCC Athletic Director Dies

Tomorrow is the funeral at First Baptist of Glencoe for former Gadsden State Community College athletic director and basketball coach Riley Whitaker, who died of cancer. He started as a coach in 1966 and led Gadsden State to its only national tournament appearance in 1970 and led two other teams to state tournaments. He was athletic director from 1983 to his retirement in 2007.

Northeast Regional Airport Runway Overhaul

Gadsden Airport Authority announces a nearly 2 and a half million dollar overhaul of the main runway at Northeast Alabama regional Airport. Federal money will cover 90%. It will pay for repairing the foundation and repaving the runway which is 68 hundred feet long and 125 feet wide. The second runway will be open while the main runway has to close for a week to ten days.

Labor Day Weekend Alcohol Crackdown

Fort Payne police are among local law enforcement agencies participating in the nationwide campaign called Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown on drunk driving. It began in the middle of August and will be ramped up over the Labor Day Weekend which is its conclusion. Cops will be out in force all weekend.

Collinsville Detour

A traffic note from Collinsville, where US Highway 11 will be down to one way southbound for the next couple of months. The concrete under a half-mile of Highway 11 between Main Street and Alabama Highway 68 is so bad it has to be replaced so northbound 11 in Collinsville will be detoured while the work is done.

Funny Money Arrest in Boaz

A Boaz man is jailed for passing counterfeit currency. Police say the man went into a Taco Bell on US 431 in Boaz and paid for his order with funny money. Restaurant workers called the cops and described the man’s vehicle and police spotted it and stopped him.

Tax Break for New Retail in Rainbow City

Rainbow City Council has green-lighted a tax incentive package of more than a million and a half dollars for developers of a retail center at Alabama Highway 77 and US Highway 411. Council is in the dark about exactly what stores will be going in there, although it has been promised that a Publix will be part of the 14 acre complex.

Trucking Company Reports Stolen Weapons

Somebody broke into the office of the Noble Trucking Company in the Scottsboro Industrial Park and made off with 13 weapons, including rifles, shotguns and a pistol. A reward is offered for info leading to arrest and conviction.

Man Charged in Savage Beating

A Jackson County man is going to prison for more than 3 years for the savage beating of a woman with a frying pan and a belt buckle. Scottsboro police said the woman had scratches and bruises and injuries from head to toe. The name of the attacker is Telly Savalas Doss, and he will be on probation 5 years after getting out.

Cherokee Jail Staffer Accused of Smuggling Contraband

Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver says a former County Detention Facility staffer has been arrested for sneaking contraband into the jail. 33 year-old Corrections Officer Rebecca Cuddy was charged with promoting prison contraband, but details about what she is alleged to have smuggled were not disclosed.

Cherokee Jail Staffer Accused of Smuggling Contraband

Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver says a former County Detention Facility staffer has been arrested for sneaking contraband into the jail. 33 year-old Corrections Officer Rebecca Cuddy was charged with promoting prison contraband, but details about what she is alleged to have smuggled were not disclosed.

Woman Trailwalker Flees Flasher

A woman who walks the trail at the bird sanctuary wildlife park behind the Gadsden Mall says a man exposed himself and chased her as she fled. The woman said it was early evening Sunday and she had passed the man twice and the second time he turned and exposed himself, and followed on a bike while she ran away and called cops on her cell phone.

New Alabama Plates Swap Beach for Mountains

The new Alabama license plates coming out in January ditch the beach scene and the Sweet Home Alabama slogan, and the image will change to the mountains of north Alabama towering over a placid lake with a wading bird onshore. No slogan will disturb the view.

Election Day in Birmingham

Voters head to the polls today in Birmingham. Up for grabs are the office of mayor and all nine seats on the city council and board of education. If a runoff election is necessary in any race it will be in October.

Guntersville Fishing Star Wins Big

Nobody can catch fish like Guntersville pro-angler Chris Lane. On Sunday in Detroit local super fisherman Chris Lane won the Bassmaster Elite Series Plano Championship Chase by pulling out more fish from the Detroit River than anybody else, 82 pounds 4 ounces. He wins a hundred thousand dollars and a guaranteed spot in the Blassmaster Classic on his favorite fishing hole, Lake Guntersville.

Dekalb Drugs Busts

Neighbors had had enough of what they believed to be drug activity in a local house and tipped off the Dekalb Sheriff, which investigated and found 25 pounds of marijuana, a gun, and other drugs inside. Later the Drug Task Force raided another home on Highway 68 on Lookout Mountain and found more marijuana, 2 handguns, four rifles, and drug paraphernalia.

Auburn Best for Tailgating

Nobody does college game day like the fans at Auburn. Yahoo Sports puts the school at the top of its list of the best tailgating colleges. With college football season starting, Yahoo says tailgate parties will be even larger now that Auburn has added 2 thousand new parking spaces outside Jordan Hare Stadium. Alabama is number three best college of tailgating.

Our Food Fight Results Are In

Thanks to everyone who took the time to send us their favorite foods from around the area!
Here’s the results:

FAVORITE STEAK: 1) Sante Fe 2)Logans 3) Outback Steakhouse 4)Outlaw Steakhouse 5) Top of the River
HAMBURGER: 1) Jacks 2) Grumpy’s 3) J.J.’s 4) Burger King 5) Wendy’s
CHICKEN: 1) K.F.C. 2) Popeyes 3) Zaxby’s 4) Chick-fil-A 5) Jacks
CHICKEN FINGERS: 1) Zaxby’s 2) Bee Gee’s 3) Jacks 4) Guthrie’s 5) Dairy Queen
CHICKEN WINGS: 1) Jefferson’s 2) T.J.’s Hot Wings 3) Zaxby’s 4) The Wing Stop 5) Struts
SUB SANDWICHES: 1) Subway 2) Firehouse Subs 3) Mill St Deli 4) Mama Gldburgs 5) Quizno’s
FRENCH FRIES: 1) McDonlad’s 2) Jacks 3) Zaxby’s 4) Jefferson’s 5) Burger King
BBQ: 1) Dale’s BBQ 2) Wilson’s BBQ 3) Pruett’s BBQ 4) Uncle Sam’s BBQ 5) Dad’s BBQ
PIZZA: 1) Pizza Hut 2) Mater’s 3) Domino’s 4) Giovanni’s 5) Pasquales
SEAFOOD: 1) Top of the River 2) Red Lobster 3) Catfish Cabin 4) Wintzells 5) The Fish Market
SALAD: 1) Zaxby’s 2) Jefferson’s 3) Western Sizzlin 4) Ruby Tuesday 5) Santa Fe
CHINESE FOOD: 1) Asia Garden 2) New China 3) Super Hibachi 4) Ichiban 5) Golden China
MEXICAN FOOD: 1) Los Arcos 2) Villa Fiesta 3) El Tapatio 4) Mi Casita 5) El Camino
DESSERTS: 1) Sonic 2) Shoney’s 3) Mill St. Deli 4) Dallas’s Place 5) Applebee’s
BISCUITS: 1) Jacks 2) Hardees 3) Dallas’s Place 4) Cracker Barrel 5) Grumpy’s
BREAKFAST SANDWICH: 1) Hardees 2) Jacks 3) McDonalds 4) Burger King 5) Chick-fil-A
SWEET TEA: 1) McDonalds 2)Sonic 3) Pruett’s BBQ 4) Jacks 5) Captain D’s
COFFEE: 1) McDonald’s 2) Jamokas 3) Jacks 4) Huddle House 5) Flipside Cafe
MILKSHAKE: 1) Sonic 2) Jacks 3) Bee Gees 4) Dairy Queen 5) Chick-fil-A

Boaz Independence Day Festival

The crowds were out Saturday, June 29th for the annual Boaz Independence Day Celebration in downtown Boaz! Featured acts were Three On A String and Marty Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives!

Thanks to everyone who came out and made it a great evening! Happy July 4th from your friends here at WQSB!

 

Submerged vehicle

One of three bodies pulled from a vehicle that was submerged in a Cherokee County lake has been identified. Authorities say 41-year-old Bobby DeWayne Hyatt of Piedmont was pulled from a vehicle found upside down last Thursday in Weiss Lake. The bodies of an unidentified man and woman have been sent to the Department of Forensic Sciences in Huntsville for autopsies. Authorities say a fisherman discovered the submerged vehicle and the victims’ deaths are being investigated as a traffic accident.

Search surprise

Investigators searching a home on DeKalb County Road 70 found more than they bargained for. Officers from the Crossville Police Department and the DeKalb and Marshall County sheriff’s offices were looking for guns and TVs stolen from a home in Crossville. But they also turned up drugs and stolen knives and coins. 35-year-old Denise Marie McGathey was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. Charges may be pending in connection with the coins and knives.

New baseball coach

A Cherokee County high school has a new baseball coach. Tyler Driskell, a former standout at Southside-Gadsden, was officially hired Tuesday by the Board of Education to take over at Sand Rock. Driskell is the third head coach in three seasons for the Wildcats.

Robbery, shooting arrest

An Anniston man is in jail, accused of robbing two people with a sawed-off shotgun on Sunday night and might be charged in a shooting incident Thursday afternoon. According to the Anniston Star, 53-year-old Kelly Tatum was arrested after shots were fired into a home and between two vehicles at 15th Street and Dooley Avenue. No one was injured in that incident or in the robbery, in which one-thousand dollars was taken from a man and woman visiting friends at a home on Cobb Avenue.

False identity arrest

An Attalla man is accused of giving officers a false name during a traffic stop. Etowah County authorities say 38-year-old Allen Lee Deal had been pulled over last Friday for an expired license plate. Deal is charged with one count of using false identity to obstruct justice. He is also the subject of warrants from police in Southside and Attalla and Etowah community corrections.

Gas price update

Triple-A says increased tensions in the Middle East, plus reports of increases in retail sales and fewer-than-expected unemployment claims, helped push oil and gas prices up slightly last week. The average price of regular gas in Alabama is three-31 a gallon, up four cents from last week. According to gas-buddy-cot-com, the price of regular in Albertville ranges from three-19 to three-39 a gallon.

Child murder indictment

Authorities say an Etowah County man has been indicted on a capital murder charge in the death of his one-year-old daughter. 35-year-old Stephon Lindsay is accused of killing 20-month-old Maliyah Lindsay in March. The girl’s body was found at the end of a dead-end road days after she was last seen by her mother. Police have said the girl might have been killed by a dagger or sword, and relatives say the 35-year-old Lindsay believes in satanic worship. No trial date is set; Lindsay is being held without bond in the county jail in Gadsden.

Elder abuse conference

Etowah County officials are preparing to host a conference focusing on elder abuse and financial exploitation of seniors. The eighth annual Elder Abuse Awareness Day summit is set for Wednesday morning at the Senior Activity Center in Gadsden. Jon Costa, of the Council on Aging of Etowah County, tells the Gadsden Times more than 200 cases of elder abuse, neglect or exploitation in Etowah County are reported to the Department of Human Resources each year.

Little River drowning

A man from Rome, Georgia, drowned at Little River Canyon Park in DeKalb County on Saturday. Park Ranger Larry Beane says 19-year-old Ricardo Perez and friends were trying to swim across Little River, but he slipped under the water at Martha’s Falls. He was eventually found just before 9 PM in nine feet of water. The National Park Service warns against crossing the Little River because of the underlying force of the water generated by movement down the rocky falls and ledges.

JSU star joins Rays

A two-sport star at Jacksonville State is turning pro before his senior year. 21-year-old Coty Blanchard, a standout in baseball and football, has chosen baseball, signing a contract with the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday. The Rays picked Blanchard in the 15th round of the Major League Baseball draft. He will now head for West Virginia to join Tampa Bay’s Rookie League team, the Princeton Rays.

Hazardous weather outlook

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for an area of north Alabama, including Marshall and DeKalb counties. More thunderstorms are forecast for today as passing upper disturbances continue to impact the region. Gusty winds up to 40 miles an hour and brief heavy rainfall are possible in the stronger storms that might develop. Thunderstorms are expected to become more widespread this evening with multiple rounds of heavy rainfall and possible flooding in creeks and low-lying areas.

Gadsden chief suspended

It’s a 15-day suspension for the police chief of Gadsden. The Civil Service Board voted to suspend Chief John Crane for his relationship with a man convicted of murdering his mother. Officials say he knew Justin Denson personally and visited him monthly in the Etowah County jail for religious reasons. They say Crane also bought Denson a suit to wear to court, and put money in his commissary account. The Gadsden Times reports Michael Rasmussen, who represents Nita Denson’s niece, asked the board to remove crane from his position as police chief.

Sex crimes plea, sentence

A 64-year-old man pleaded guilty in Blount County Circuit Court Thursday to 10 charges of sex crimes against four children under the age of 12. Wade Andrew Underwood Junior of Locust Fork was sentenced to 20 years in prison for each of four sodomy counts, 20 years each for two rape counts and 10 years each for four sex abuse counts. Underwood was indicted in January of last year after an investigation that began with a complaint from one of the victims; the three other victims were then discovered.

Marsh to seek re-election

Republican Del Marsh of Anniston will run again for a seat in the Alabama Senate next year. The Anniston Star quoted Marsh’s spokesman as saying–quote–“He is seeking re-election.” No other Republicans or Democrats have announced as candidates. Marsh was first elected to the Senate in 1998; he has served as president pro tem since 2010.

School supplies for Uganda

The Albertville Recycling Plant and the Albertville and Boaz rotary clubs are among those collecting school supplies for children in Uganda. The books, desks, chairs and more are going to the Rotary Club of Greater Huntsville, which will fill a 40-foot long container holding 40-thousand pounds of supplies. It will be shipped to rural government schools in the East African country later this month.

Tuition increase possible

The cost of higher education could go higher. University of Alabama trustees are set to consider a proposal that could increase tuition by nearly three percent for the upcomiong academic year. The board of trustees meets tomorrow and is expected to consider tuition hikes for each of the system’s three campuses at Tuscaloosa, Birmingham and Huntsville. Tuition for full-time undergraduate and graduate students who attend the main campus would increase 125 dollars per semester; 500 dollars for out-of-state students.

EMA directors summer conference

Emergency Management Agency directors from across Alabama are learning and sharing ideas as they meet for their summer conference this week at Lake Guntersville State Park. Marshall County EMA Director Anita Burnett tells WHNT that issues include preparedness for future disasters plus policies, procedures, legislation and funding. The Alabama tornadoes of April 27th, 2011, remain a large topic of conversation.

Hazardous weather outlook

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for North Alabama, including Marshall and DeKalb counties. Thunderstorms are expected this afternoon, some of which will become strong to severe. Damaging winds and large hail are the primary threats.

Wells Fargo building closing

After 40 years at 1000 Quintard in Anniston, the six-story Wells Fargo building will be closed for good after today. Wells Fargo will continue to serve local customers from a temporary building at the same address while the old building is demolished and replaced with a new bank.

Stop the Violence Day

Tomorrow is Stop the Violence Family Awareness Day in Anniston. It’s the 15th annual Awareness Day. Frazier Burroughs, director of the Carver Community Center, tells the Anniston Star that the purpose is to make people aware of alternatives to using violence and of agencies that can help the victims of violence. The event will include speakers and gospel-rap artists and is sponsored by the city of Anniston, the Anniston Housing Authority and the Calhoun County Commission. It takes place at the Carver Community Center on West 14th Street from 11 AM to 4 PM tomorrow.

Hazardous weather outlook

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for an area of north Alabama including Marshall and DeKalb counties. Thunderstorms will increase in coverage later today as an upper level disturbance approaches from the west. Gusty winds up to 40 miles an hour and heavy rainfall will be the primary threats.

DeKalb drug roundup

After a six-month investigation, DeKalb County sheriff’s deputies began rounding up suspects in drug-related crimes on Wednesday. 20 people were arrested and a dozen or so more arrests are expected. Fort Payne police chief Randy Bynum is on the board of the Dekalb County Drug Task Force. Bynum says officers have been buying illegal drugs undercover, especially prescription drugs.

Break-in suspect arrested

Cherokee County authorities say they’ve arrested the person reponsible for several vehicle break-ins last Sunday at a church in the Gaylesville area. On Tuesday, Sheriff Jeff Shaver spotted what turned out to be a vehicle driven by the suspect. Terry Wayne Parks of Leesburg confessed to the break-ins and led sheriff’s investigators to a place near the church where he had hidden the stolen items.

Etowah farmer’s markets opening

Farmer’s markets in Etowah County are opening up for business. Starting this month you can find farmer’s markets in Gadsden, at Albert Rains Boulevard and Walnut Street, every Friday morning. Also in Attalla at the downtown gazebo onf Fifth Avenue Northwest on Thursday afternoons; in Glencoe on West Chastain Boulevard on Tuesday mornings and in Rainbow City at the city hall parking lot on Monday and Wednesday mornings.

Anniston pot bust

A pot bust in Anniston. According to the Anniston Star, police pulled over 23-year-old Corda Lebron Phillips of Anniston for a traffic violation at McKleroy Avenue and McArthur Drive on Tuesday night. Officers found marijuana that appeared to be packaged for sale and Phillips was charged with felony marijuana possession.

Hazardous weather outlook

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for an area including Marshall and DeKalb counties. Scattered thunderstorms are possible today as a cold front approaches from the west. The primary threats will be gusty winds of 30 to 40 miles an hour and locally heavy rainfall. Flash flooding is possible in areas that received multiple rounds of heavy rainfall Wednesday, also including Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee and Etowah counties.

Shooting, home invasion

A shooting in Guntersville Friday morning is apparently connected to a home invasion in Albertville the night before. Albertville police say two people entered a unit at the Malibu Apartments at Highway 205 and Edmondson Street and fired a shot that hit no one, and got away with five dollars. Several hours later, at least one person shot John Wesley Marks in Guntersville. Marks is now out of the hospital. Five people are under arrest: Max Lee Blair, Jarmare Demon Mathis, Keisha Leann Price, Willis Steve Pointer Junior and Jason Anthony Willis.

Anniston girl in spelling bee

The Scripps National Spelling Bee near Washington, DC, started Wednesday with 281 contestants, including one from Anniston. However, Meghana Krishna Giri did not make it into today’s semifinal round.

100 years in prison

A Gadsden man is going to have trouble attempting to outlive his prison sentence. A circuit judge has sentenced 38-year-old Robert Wayne Kelley to a total of 100 years in prison for two murders and corpse abuse. Kelley was charged in the 2009 killings of his father-in-law, 55-year-old Rocky Morgan, and his wife’s cousin, 38-year-old James Bachelor. They burned remains were found in Etowah County two weeks after they disappeared. Kelley’s wife, 39-year-old Margie Morgan Kelley of Attalla, has also been charged in connection with the murders.

Cherokee manhunt ends

A suspect in a Cherokee County domestic violence case, who was considered armed and dangerous, was arrested Wednesday morning after a manhunt that began Memorial Day. 28-year-old Randall Terry Clifton was found in the Silver Creek, Georgia area and was being held in the Floyd County Detention Facility pending extradition back to Cherokee County. Clifton was wanted for an incident Monday morning on County Road 29 in the McCords Crossroads community that left his girlfriend injured.

Calhoun vehicle break-ins

The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office has been busy this week investigating vehicle break-ins, six of them on Monday and Tuesday. Three vehicles were broken into on Trinity Way in Pleasant Valley, with firearms being taken from two of them. Two vehicles that had apparently been left unlocked were hit by thieves on Pine Manor in Alexandria. And somebody stole a GPS system from a vehicle on Smith Street in Oxford. The sheriff’s office has no suspects and doesn’t know if the break-ins are related.

TV show lacks diversity

A program spotlighting the city of Gadsden that last week on ABC 33/40 was lacking in diversity. That’s the complaint from minority members of the city council, according to the Gadsden Times. Councilman Robert Avery said the Hometown Focus program featured no African-Americans other than the co-host. Mayor Sherman Guyton said the city contacted the station and officials have agreed to come back to Gadsden and do additional segments,

DeKalb drug busts

Three traffic stops in DeKalb County over the holiday weekend resulted in three separate drug busts. Arrested on various drug charges were 32-year-old Dustin Shawn Highfield of Collinsville, 24-year-old David William Davis of Stevenson and 37-year-old Christopher Dwayne Chandler of Birmingham.

Child left in hot car

An Albertville woman is accused of leaving her grandchild locked in a hot car at Walmart. Boaz Police arrested 45-year-old Angela Parrish Coffey after officers found the child in the car with the windows rolled up and the engine turned off. They say the child’s clothing was soaked in sweat. DHR turned the child over to the great grandmother. Coffey was charged with reckless endangerment as well as illegal possession of prescription drugs that were found during a search of the vehicle.

Gas price update

Gas prices continued to remain relatively stable as millions of Americans hit the road for the Memorial Day weekend. As of today, Triple-A reports the national average price of regular gas is three-62 a gallon, four cents less than last week. The statewide average in Alabama is three-25, down three cents. A check of gas-buddy-dot-com finds the price of regular in Albertville ranges from three-14 to three-29 a gallon.

Blount motorcycle fatality

A Hanceville woman is dead after a motorcycle accident in Blount County The Alabama Department of Public Safety says that 36-year-old Brandy Vance was the passenger on the motorcycle when it crashed at about 2:50 p.m. on Saturday. The accident took place on County Road 7, about 4 miles north of Hayden. The driver of the motorcycle, 37-year-old Brian Anthony Pinyan also of Hanceville, was injured and taken to UAB Hospital.

Jumper’s family sues

The cities of Guntersville, Boaz and Albertville, plus individual police officers, are named in a wrongful death lawsuit. It was filed by the family of a Marshall County man who died after jumping from the Veterans Memorial Bridge following a police chase in January. The body of Deonta Griffin was recovered from Lake Guntersville in April. Police say Griffin had fled after they tried to serve him a warrant for his arrest.

Join Us For Riverfest 2013!

Save the date and join us on Friday, May 31st and Saturday, June 1st for Riverfest 2013 in Gadsden!

Friday, May 31st

6 pm: Reluctant Saints
7:30 pm: St. Paul and The Broken Bones
9 pm: Styx

Saturday, June 1st

5:30 pm: Kate Falcon
6:30 pm: Jeremy Jackson
7:30 pm: Corey Smith
8:45 pm: Fireworks Show
9:30 pm: Kenny Rogers

Tickets can be purchased at : Alabama Power in Pell City, Ashville, Heflin, Attalla, Gadsden, Oneonta, Anniston, Jacksonville and Talladega; Coconut Bri’s in Southside, Cadence Bank in Gadsden, Rainbow City, Oneonta, Albertville and Snead; Gregerson’s Foods in Piedmont, Bruce’s Foodland and Devan Lowe in Ft. Payne, The Chamber of Gadsden & Etowah County and the WQSB studio in Albertville. Tickets are $25 a day or $35 for a weekend pass.

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Save the date and join us on Friday, May 31st and Saturday, June 1st for Riverfest 2013 in Gadsden!

Friday, May 31st

6 pm: Reluctant Saints
7:30 pm: St. Paul and The Broken Bones
9 pm: Styx

Saturday, June 1st

5:30 pm: Kate Falcon
6:30 pm: Jeremy Jackson
7:30 pm: Corey Smith
8:45 pm: Fireworks Show
9:30 pm: Kenny Rogers

Tickets can be purchased at : Alabama Power in Pell City, Ashville, Heflin, Attalla, Gadsden, Oneonta, Anniston, Jacksonville and Talladega; Coconut Bri’s in Southside, Cadence Bank in Gadsden, Rainbow City, Oneonta, Albertville and Snead; Gregerson’s Foods in Piedmont, Bruce’s Foodland and Devan Lowe in Ft. Payne, The Chamber of Gadsden & Etowah County and the WQSB studio in Albertville. Tickets are $25 a day or $35 for a weekend pass.

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Coke while pregnant

The day after Etowah County authorities announced a crackdown on women who endanger their unborn children, a Gadsden woman has been arrested for allegedly using cocaine during her pregnancy. 33-year-old Jennifer Leigh Wheat was being held in the Etowah County Detention Center on 10-thousand dollars bond.

Calhoun County cold case

A cold case in Calhoun County may have been solved. The sheriff’s office arrested 32-year-old Michael William Kiser on Monday and charged him with capital murder. Kiser is accused in the shooting death of Donald Cameron. The 47-year-old Cameron had been missing for several days before his body was found in his home in Ohatchee the day after Christmas 2009. A news release from the attorney general’s office included no other details on the case.

Decreasing populations

Folks living in a couple of local counties might notice it’s a bit less crowded these days. Estimates from the US Census show that Calhoun County’s population was down by more than 12-hundred people between 2010 and 2012. Etowah County also saw a drop, but by less than 50. On the other hand, Cherokee County’s population went up slightly.

Child sex abuse claim

Anniston police are investigating claims of incestuous child sexual abuse. According to the Anniston Star, a woman told police that her five-year-old daughter and seven-year-old son both said they had been touched inappropriately by a male family member. It allegedly had been going on for the past two months. The suspect could be charged with felony sexual abuse of a child younger than 12.

Fort Payne driver honored

A stock-car racing pioneer from Fort Payne is going into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The late Tim Flock was elected Tuesday, along with Fireball Roberts, Dale Jarrett, Jack Ingram and Maurice Petty. Flock was a two-time series champion and a brother to NASCAR’s second female driver Ethel Mobley and early NASCAR stars Bob Flock and Fonty Flock.

AG Strange in Etowah

Businesses in Etowah County might be several hundred miles away from the Gulf Coast, but they might qualify for funds being paid out because of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. That’s what Attorney General Luther Strange told members of the Gadsden/Etowah County Chamber Wednesday. Strange said the entire state was included in the settlement because all of Alabama was affected by a drop in tourism and a loss of revenue. He urges businesses to go to the settlement website to find out if they have money coming to them.

ARCS dissolution discussion

ARCS, the Alabama Regional Communications , will hold a special board meeting next week to discuss the dissolution of the board. ARCS administrator Kevin Jenkins says a committee appointed by the Calhoun County Commission is recommending the system be turned over to Calhoun County 9-1-1. The meeting is scheduled for next Tuesday at 4 PM at the Oxford Police and Municipal Court Building on Stanley Merrill Drive in Oxford.

Boaz counterfeiters

People in the Boaz area are encouraged to take a good look at their cash; some funny money has been showing up. That brought the Secret Service to Marshall County last weekend. Agents seized counterfeit money discovered by Boaz police. Instead of the usual larger denominations, the counterfeiters have been making ones, fives and 10s and spending them at various stores and fast-food restaurants. Police say they have identified suspects.

Hazardous weather outlook

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for an area of north Alabama including Marshall and DeKalb counties. Several rounds of showers and thunderstorms can be expected across the area through tonight. A few storms could be strong, especially this afternoon and evening, capable of producing wind gusts up to 35 miles an hour, small hail and frequent cloud-to-ground lightning. Locally heavy rain could lead to ponding of water on roadways.

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Alabama offers Oklahoma help

Governor Robert Bentley says Alabama stands ready to help Oklahoma recover from Monday’s deadly tornado. Bentley says he’s been in touch with Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin’s office and offered whatever assistance the state can provide. He said other states helped Alabama rebuild after deadly tornadoes hit in April 2011, and Alabama is ready to do the same for Oklahoma. Individuals can help by donating money at red-cross-dot-org or texting “REDCROSS” as one word to nine-zero-nine-nine-nine.

Underage alcohol sales crackdown

A different kind of crackdown is underway in the city of Gadsden, where the target is underage alcohol sales. According to the Gadsden Times, police say 10 citations were issued to nine convenience stores for selling alcohol to minors. With graduation week coming up, underage informants were sent to businesses to see if they could purchase alcohol. The effort is part of a plan to meet requirements to curb underage drinking under a grant Gadsden police received earlier this year from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.

Crackdown on unsafe mothers

Etowah County is getting tough on mothers who endanger their unborn children. Sheriff Todd Entrekin, along with the District Attorney and the county DHR director held a joint news conference Monday to announce the crackdown. They said some 50 babies are born each year in Etowah County addicted to drugs. Entrekin said–quote–“I’m drawing a line in the sand. If they are born with drugs in their system, she’s going to jail.”

Guntersville park reopens

Lake Guntersville State Park is back in business. It was just over two years ago that the park was closed for cleanup after 15 tornadoes struck Marshall County on April 27th, 2011. On Saturday, a grand opening celebrated the renovations that have been made since then, including the planting of more than 450 trees to replace those destroyed in the storms.

East Gadsden standoff

A standoff in East Gadsden Friday morning ended peacefully. Around 5 AM, Gadsden police received a call reporting a domestic incident in which a 35-year-old man was inside a home on Merryhill Avenue, waving a gun and threatening to kill other people in the house. After about an hour, officers entered the house and took the man into custody. No one was injured. The man’s name was not immediately released.

FL fugitive arrested

A Sand Rock man said to be a wanted sex offender is in the Cherokee County Detention Center. Sheriff Jeff Shaver said 52-year-old James Drake Ward was arrested on a fugitive from justice warrant from the state of Florida. Ward allegedly violated his probation for lewd and lascivious molestation.

Hazardous weather outlook

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for north Alabama, including Marshall and DeKalb counties. Thunderstorms are expected to increase in coverage this afternoon with the most widespread activity along and west of Interstate 65. A few marginally severe storms are possible, producing wind gusts up to 60 miles an hour, quarter-sized hail and perhaps a brief tornado. Storm activity is also possible in Etowah, Calhoun, Cherokee and Blount counties.

Powerball jumps again

Alabama residents have more motivation to cross state lines to buy Powerball tickets in Georgia or Tennessee. The Multi-State Lottery Association announced Thursday that a nationwide surge in sales had increased the jackpot by 75-million dollars to 550 million dollars. A lump-sum payout would be worth 350-million. The next drawing is tomorrow night.

Etowah County jail escapee

A man jailed on theft and burglary charges escaped from the Etowah County Detention Center just after four o’clock this morning. 30-year-old Justin Wade Hopkins of Collinsville was last seen wearing tan jail pants and a t-shirt. If you see Hopkins, notify police.

Albertville crash details

The person who died in a car wreck Tuesday night in Albertville was a man from Guntersville. Police say the driver of a pickup truck was blinded by the sun and unable to see a traffic signal at the intersection of U.S. 431 and Rose Road. The pickup crashed into the passenger side door of 65-year-old Bobby Wayne Chamblee’s vehicle. Chamblee was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was injured; no charges are expected to be filed.

Riverfest tickets online

For the first time, weekend passes for Gadsden’s Riverfest can be purchased online. Riverfest takes place May 31st and June 1st and the headlining acts are Kenny Rogers and Styx. The place to buy tickets online is gadsden-riverfest-dot-com. You can still get tickets at local vendors and at the Chamber of Gadsden/Etowah County.

Child solicitation arrest

Following an investigation, the Cherokee County sheriff’s department has arrested a Centre man on charges of soliciting a child through electronic means. Sheriff Jeff Shaver says 20-year-old Dennis Bradley Bell Junior was released from the county jail on 75-hundred dollars bond. The age of the child that Bell allegedly targeted was not released.

Calhoun County FAM tour

In case you were wondering, you can find out what there is to do in Calhoun County next week. As part of its Visit Calhoun County campaign, the Chamber of Commerce is taking residents and people who work in the hospitality industry on its Familiarization–or FAM–tour. The free bus trip will travel throughout the county next Wednesday and include lunch. The registration deadline is next Monday. For more information, call the Calhoun County Chamber.

Weaver meth bust

Police in Weaver say they believe methamphetamine has been for sale at a residence on FOP Road since February. Earlier this month, officers executed a search warrant and found crystal meth, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a gun. They arrested five people on several drug charges: 48-year-old Charles William Bracy and 44-year-old Dana Murray Williams, both of Weaver; 41-year-old Amanda Bracy Barnette of Alexandria, 48-year-old Ricky Wayne Easterwood of White Plains and 34-year-old April Darlene Slayton Wallin of Piedmont.

Fatal Albertville wreck

One person was killed in a two-vehicle wreck in Albertville last night. It happened around 7 PM at the intersection of Highway 431 and Rose Road. Two other people were injured and taken to the hospital. No names were immediately released.

DeKalb drug busts

It was a busy weekend for drug busts in DeKalb County. DeKalb County sheriff’s deputies, Crossville police, Alabama State Troopers and Drug Task Force agents made a total of four arrests in three separate incidents. Facing various drug charges are 33-year-old Jason Andrew Kilpatrick of Fyffe, 54-year-old Michael S. Stimpson of Sand Rock and 24-year-old Jennifer Tidmore and 21-year-old Tyler Mark Johnson, both of Crossville.

New HS principal

Number-two is becoming number-one at Cherokee County High School. Assistant principal Seth Neyman has been appointed principal of CCHS by the county Board of Education. Neyman will take over for Doug Davis, who is retiring at the end of the current school year.

Wells Fargo demolition

Wells Fargo announced Monday that it plans to tear down its five-story building in Anniston. The bank plans to rebuild on the same spot on Quintard Avenue but the new building won’t be as tall and will not include space for tenants. A spokesperson for Wells Fargo says the decision to demolish the building was based on maintenance costs, plus problems with heating and cooling and the marble facade.

Anniston jail move

Monday was moving day for jail inmates in Anniston. 31 of them were handcuffed together and walked by police officers from the old city jail to the new Justin Sollohub Justice Center. The Anniston Star reports that the new facility, named for an officer killed in the line of duty, holds 125 inmates; the old jail had room for 80 at most. Police Chief Shane Denham said the move had been rescheduled twice because of issues involving security cameras and doors not opening properly.

Cherokee County chase

A Georgia man was arrested in Cherokee County for allegedly speeding recklessly and trying to elude authorities last Thursday evening. Sheriff’s deputies caught up with 43-year-old Rodney Gene Rickman after chasing him in his car and on foot. Rickman is also facing charges of possession of a controlled substance and driving under the influence.

Cemetery vandalism arrest

Authorities say a church video camera led to the arrest of a teenager accused of vandalizing a cemetery in Marshall County. Security footage from Sweet Home Baptist Church in Union Grove captured images of a person and a vehicle after the church cemetery was found damaged early Thursday. According to the Gadsden Times, Arab police found the vehicle and discovered that it contained items from the cemetery. The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office says a 17-year-old is charged with desecration of graves, theft and criminal mischief.

Home brewing legalized

Home brewing is now allowed in Alabama, the last state in the country to legalize it. Governor Robert Bentley signed a bill that allows people to make up to 15 gallons of beer or wine every three months. However, it remains illegal if a person lives in a dry county or city.

Busted by his pants

A Fort Payne man stopped Tuesday night at a driver’s license checkpoint in DeKalb County was busted after a container of unspecified drug paraphernalia fell out of his pants. Authorities say a search of 39-year-old Jackie Wooten’s car also turned up a bag of methamphetamine. Wooten was charged with unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and a controlled substance.

Child porn arrest

A Springville man has been arrested on multiple child pornography charges. Blount County DA Pamela Casey says that 32-year-old Jeremiah Christian King is being held on one-point-eight million dollars bond. Casey said King was in possession of images on his computer and flash drive that had been shared over the internet. They were found Wednesday when agents of the Alabama Bureau of Investigation and the DA’s office raided King’s home.

Fort Payne man guilty

A jury in Cherokee County has convicted a Fort Payne man of attempted murder, first-degree robbery and attempted arson. 45-year-old Charles Clayton Todd was arrested in April of last year, accused of breaking into a woman’s home in Broomtown, assaulting her with a deadly weapon, stealing property and setting her bed on fire. Carol Lowry was able to put out the flames and then call 9-1-1 for help. Lowry has since recovered from her injuries and was in the courtroom Wednesday as Todd was found guilty.

Boy living in tent

A 48-year-old woman called Anniston police to her home on the 1100 block of Comanche Trail Tuesday, claiming that her 16-uyear-old son had stolen her cell phone. According to the Anniston Star, the woman told officers her son was not allowed inside her home because of the theft, but he could sleep in a tent in the yard. Police say further investigation revealed that the teen had been living in a tent for three weeks. He was removed from the home by the Department of Human Resources. The mother could be charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

Gadsden prostitution sting

Gadsden police say their Special Projects Team conducted a sting last week that netted 13 arrests on prostitution charges. “Operation Stroll” took place last Monday through Friday at several locations, including 23rd Street and Forrest Avenue, East Broad and Hoke streets and 11th Street and West Meighan Boulevard. Two of those arrested were charged with prostitution; the other 11 were charged with soliciting prostitution.

Missing woman still sought

The rescue of three women in Cleveland who had been kidnapped for a decade or more has lent hope to others with longtime-missing loved ones. WAFF reports that Boaz police continue to follow up leads on Christy Morrison Garrard, who was in her early 20’s when she was last seen in a vehicle near Roden Avenue and Highway 431 on August 14th, 1998. Chief Terry Davis says the case is being treated as foul play and a 10-thousand dollar reward still stands.

Flood warnings

The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings for the Paint Rock River near Woodville and the Tennessee River at Whitesburg. Overnight, both rivers were about a foot above flood stage. Minor flooding is occurring and will continue. Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road. The depth of water is not always obvious; as little as two feet of water will carry most cars away. It’s also possible that the road bed could be washed away.

DNA leads to burglary arrest

DeKalb County authorities say DNA evidence led to the arrest of a Flat Rock man in connection with the February 6th burglar of Fyffe Pharmacy. They say they found a piece of skin at the scene of the crime that belonged to 33-year-old Carson Conrad Weldon, who is charged with third-degree burglary and probation violation and is being held in the DeKalb County Jail without bond.

Arson Awareness Campaign

In response to a large number of wildfires along the Alabama/Georgia state line, the Alabama Forestry Commission is conducting an Arson Awareness and Fire Prevention Campaign in the eastern portion of Cherokee County this Thursday through Saturday. AFC law enforcement and fire suppression personnel will be going door-to-door, handing out educational material on how residents can protect their homes, and soliciting the public’s help in identifying those responsible for setting recent woods fires.

Fatal crash near Jacksonville

On Monday, State Troopers were still investigating a fatal crash that occurred early Sunday morning on Alabama 204 outside of Jacksonville. Three cars were involved. 41-year-old Kimberly McCoy of Jacksonville, was rushed to Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. Two other Jacksonville residents, 26-year-old Richard Davis Junior and 20-year-old Cody Phillips, were injured. The extent of their injuries was not immediately known.

Missing bleachers

Anniston police were looking for suspects Monday in the case of the missing bleachers. An employee at Woodland Park noticed that three sections of the aluminum seating had been taken from a storage area. It happened sometime between April 19th and last Friday. A report filed with police estimates the bleachers are worth six-thousand dollars. It’s believed it would have taken at least three or four people to move them.

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Oxford toddler death

Police are investigating the death of a 2-year-old boy in Oxford. Police Lieutenant L.G. Owens told the Anniston Star authorities responded to a call about an unresponsive child Friday morning and took the toddler to the Regional Medical Center in Anniston where he was pronounced dead. The boy’s body was being sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Montgomery where an autopsy was to be performed today.

DeKalb meth bust

A joint effort led to a meth bust in DeKalb County Friday. Agents from DeKalb and Marshall counties, along with the FBI-led Safe Streets Task Force searched a residence off County Road 9033 near Aroney. They found two ounces of crystal meth, worth four-thousand dollars on the street, plus a firearm and 16-hundred dollars in cash. Three men were arrested: 29-year-old Fernando Castro Alanis and 25-year-old Osblando Castro Alanis, both of Boaz, and 21-year-old Miguel Angel Ramos of Albertville.

Marshall County murder indictment

A Marshall County grand jury has indicted a Gadsden man for murder in the stabbing death on year ago of an Albertville woman. The district attorney says that 42-year-old Larry Reginald Beason will be arraigned on June 6th. Beason was arrested in February for the murder of 28-year-old Anskia Ronae “MeMe” Radford whose body was found in her Governor’s Place apartment. She had been stabbed multiple times. There’s no word on the motive for the crime.

Secret Giant arrest

A former linebacker for the New York Giants was reportedly “secretly arrested” in Etowah County on February 8th. TMZ-dot-com says Boley, who had been cut by the Giants three days earlier, pleaded guilty to child abuse as part of a plea agreement. TMZ says he was then entered into a pre-trial diversion program, after which the charges would be dropped. There was no immediate comment from Boley’s attorney or the New York Giants.

Etowah burglary arrest

An Attalla man is accused of stealing items from two homes in Etowah County. 30-year-old James Taylor Wilder was arersted last Thursday. Investigators say the items taken from the residences in Gadsden and Gallant included an LED flat-screen TV, a PlayStation Three, two laptops and a cellphone. Wilder is out of the Etowah County Detention Center on five-thousand dollars bond.

100-grand purse snatch

A purse-snatcher probably got away with more than he expected in Anniston on Tuesday morning. According to the Anniston Star, a 79-year-old woman told police she was on her way to deposit her life savings in a bank on the 100 block of Bill Robinson Parkway when she dropped her purse in the parking lot. She says a man offered to help, but instead, grabbed the purse, got into his car and left. The victim claims the purse contained more than 100-thousand dollars.

Flood watch

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for an area including Marshall and DeKalb counties. It will be in effect from 7 AM tomorrow through 7 AM Sunday. Rainfall amounts of two to four inches are expected over the next two days. Locations along rivers and creeks that are currently running higher than normal from recent heavy rainfall will likely be the first to experience flooding issues. Already saturated ground means that much of the rain that falls this weekend will become runoff.

Drive-by shooting arrest

An Altoona woman is charged in a drive-by shooting. The Etowah County Sheriff’s office says the incident began on April 20th when a homeowner in Altoona fired several shots into the ground to get people off his property. About a half-hour later, 29-year-old Megan Meshelle Fullenwider allegedly returned in her car and drove past the home four times, shooting at the house and a car. Investigators say the homeowner’s 12-year-old child was inside the house at the time.

Cop murder trial moved

A man charged with killing an Anniston police officer will stand trial in Lee County. The Anniston Star reports that the capital murder trial for 25-year-old Joshua Eugene Russell will be held in Opelika in September. A judge announced the trial location during a status hearing on Wednesday. He previously agreed to move the case outside of Anniston. Russell is charged in the death of Anniston officer Justin Sollohub, who was shot to death while on duty in August 2011.

Jail trustee walks away

A Marshall County Jail trustee who had been assigned to wash police cruisers in a jail parking lot walked away Monday evening. Police say 42-year-old James Bentley Garner of Boaz was then picked up by his girlfriend, 44-year-old Donita Jacqueline Dunston of Albertville. Both were found a few hours later at a home in Etowah County. Garner, who was facing drug charges, is now also charged with second-degree escape and Dunston is charged with first-degree facilitating escape.

Fatal Boaz fire

A fatal apartment fire in Boaz Tuesday morning: it happened at Adams Crossing around 11:30. Boaz firefighters were able to contain the fire to one unit. A woman injured in the fire was first taken to Marshall Medical Center South and then placed aboard a medical helicopter to be taken to UAB, but she died en route. The victim’s name was not immediately released. No word yet on the cause of the fire, but nitial indications are that it started near a television.

Anniston rape claim

A young woman says she was the victim of a sexual assault in Anniston on Monday morning. According to the Anniston Star, police say the woman, who is 21, was visiting a male acquaintance. She was unfamiliar with the Anniston and could not tell police where the incident occurred. If there is an arrest, a suspect could be charged with felony first-degree rape.

DeKalb drug bust

Complaints of drug activity led DeKalb County sheriff’s deputies to search a home in the area of County Road 360 on Saturday. That’s where 35-year-old Johnathan Matthew Roden of Albertville was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. Roden was awaiting bond at the DeKalb County Detention Center.

Gadsden holdup

A Rainbow City woman was held up at gunpoint in Gadsden on Saturday afternoon. Gadsden police say it happened around one o’clock in the parking lot of Dirt Cheap on North 12th Street. The victim, who is 27, said she was in her car when she was approached by two black men, one of whom was carrying a handgun. They got into her car and ordered her to drive behind Carver Gym. The pair then stole her purse, cash and a cellphone and fled. The suspects are still at large.

Albertville research project

The city of Albertville is ready to grow. That’s the conclusion of graduate researchers from Alabama A&M University who presented their findings at a community meeting on Monday afternoon. Their professor, Russell Fricano, told WHNT that his students found that Albertville–quote–“generally has a lower rate of crime, excellent educational facilities, and they already have an industry that’s established, a number of things that some other communities don’t have.” The city council plans to use the research to come up with a list of goal-oriented policies.

Vets drivers licenses

Alabama veterans will have the option to display proof of their military service on their driver’s license. A law sponsored by Democratic Representative Marcel Black of Tuscumbia provided for the Veterans Driver’s License. Black says veterans can show their status to obtain benefits, rebates and accommodations. The state Department of Public Safety says the licenses will be available beginning Wednesday.

Best-selling author in DeKalb

A best-selling author will make several appearances in DeKalb County next week. Homer Hickam of Huntsville is best known for his book “Rocket Boys,” which was made into the 1998 movie, “October Sky.” Hickam will address students at Fort Payne High School, hold a book signing at The Book Shelf and speak at the Lookout 2013 dinner.

Arson suspected in Albertville

Arson is suspected in a fire that heavily damaged a house in Albertville. According to the Sand Mountain Reporter, three fire engines, a ladder truck and 20 firefighters were dispatched to extinguish the fire last Tuesday on Edmondson Street.The Albertville Fire Marshal says one person was inside the house when the fire started but managed to escape with no injuries.

Fatal crash

Two local men were killed and two others injured in a crash on Interstate 20/59 in Tuscaloosa County Friday afternoon. 50-year-old Danny Boland of Boaz and 39-year-old Robert Morris of Horton were ejected from a Toyota 4-Runner that struck a Ford F-150, left the roadway, struck a concrete barrier and overturned. Boland and Morris were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, 36-year-old Mario Ortega and another passenger, 19-year-old Elvi Aguenda, both of Albertville, were taken to UAB Hospital. The driver of the Ford was not injured.

Drug Take-Back Day

Tomorrow is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day and there are several locations where you can drop off unwanted or unused presciption drugs as well as expired over-the-county medications. Sites include Rainsville Drugs, the Fort Payne Police Department, the Walmart in Gadsden, the Arab Police Department, the Piedmont Police Department, the Quintard Mall in Oxford and the Walmart in Oneonta. Drop-off hours tomorrow are from 10 AM to 2 PM.

Calhoun gas tax bill

Calhoun County would get to keep an extra 300-thousand dollars a year in gas tax money under a bill approved Thursday by the Alabama House. Currently, a law that specifically applies to Calhoun requires it to share 17 and a half percent of gas tax proceeds to the county’s cities and towns. The measure, sponsored by Anniston Republican Barbara Boyd, would change that to 10 percent, the same as most other counties in the state. It now goes to the state Senate.

Gadsden Car-Mart dealership

America’s Car-Mart announced Tuesday the opening of a new dealership in Gadsden. It is the 13th America’s Car-Mart dealership in Alabama, including Albertville and Anniston, and the 124th in the 10 states in which the company operates. The Gadsden dealership will be managed by David Jones.

Bomb threat charges contemplated

Authorities are looking into which charges to file against the man who allegedly made bomb threats after escaping from the Arab City Jail Sunday night. 32-year-old Jeremy Lewayne Lang was recaptured the next morning. Arab police plan to charge Lang with making a terrorist threat, escape and promoting prison contraband. It’s possible he could face three counts of making a terrorist threat, one charge for each of the hospitals that received calls about bomb threats.

Another JSU hazing arrest

The number of people arrested in connection with an alleged hazing incident at Jacksonville State University is now up to 15. The Anniston Star reports that, on Monday, Calhoun County sheriff’s deputies charged 26-year-old Quintin Deandrae Day of Anniston with one count of first-degree assault and two counts of hazing. Day and the other suspects are accused of beating Jason Horton during an Alpha Phi Alpha initiation in November of 2011.

Jumper’s body found

A body that was recovered from Lake Guntersville Tuesday is apparently that of the man who jumped from the U.S. 431 bridge during a police chase that began in Boaz in January. According to the Sand Mountain Reporter, family members identified him as 20-year-old Deonta Griffin. The body was found by the Guntersville Rescue Squad, which has been routinely checking the lake for Griffin since January.

Historical marker drive

Tuesday marked the 50th anniversary of the murder of civil rights activist William L. Moore in Etowah County. On April 23rd, 1963, Moore was shot twice in the head along U.S. 11 outside Reece City. He was on a protest walk to hand-deliver a letter to Mississippi Governor Ross Barnett, calling for an end to segregation. Gadsden City Councilman Robert Avery announced Tuesday that he is involved in a drive to erect an historical marker at the spot where Moore was killed. He says the project will cost about 17-hundred dollars. To help out, you can contact Avery at Gadsden City Hall.

Albertville meeting reset

Residents of Albertville can get a glimpse of the city’s future next Monday night. The City Council has rescheduled a community meeting that was postponed by severe weather on April 12th. It is now set for next Monday at 6:30 PM in the Fine Arts Center at Albertville High School. Students from Alabama A&M University will give a slide presentation to show the results of their work on developing a comprensive plan for the city. Residents will receive a survey on which they can give their input, and the council will have a question-and-answer session.

Gun-in-your-car bill

Law enforcement officials have come out against a gun bill that goes before a committee in the Alabama House today. The state Senate has already passed the measure that would give citizens a free lifetime permit to carry a gun in their car.

Drug Take-Back Day

This Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day and local residents have several locations where they can drop off unwanted or unused presciption drugs as well as expired over-the-county medications. Sites include the YMCA of the Coosa Valley on Walnut Street, the Walmart in Gadsden, the Arab Police Department, the Piedmont Police Department, the Quintard Mall in Oxford and the Walmart in Oneonta. Drop-off hours are from 10 AM to 2 PM.

Renew Our Rivers

Etowah County’s annual “Renew Our Rivers” campaign takes place next Monday, April 29th, through Saturday, May 4th. Lisa Dover, executive director of Keep Etowah Beautiful, says volunteers can pick up supplies, including bags, gloves and a t-shirt, this Thursday at 5 PM at the Senior Activities Center in Gadsden. They’ll be picking up trash from the Coosa River, a conservation effort that began 14 years ago.

Meth bust near school

A meth bust took place late last week in the neighborhood of Boaz High School. Alan Wayne Scott was arrested and charged with manufacturing meth and possession of meth and drug paraphernalia. Scott’s bond was set at one-million dollars. It was not immediately known how much drugs were in the house on Brown Street in Boaz.

Hospital bomb threats, arrest

Telephoned bomb threats forced the evacuation of three hospitals in north Alabama last night and an escaped prisoner is accused of making the call. Cullman police say a man called 911 about 9 p.m. and claimed bombs were in three hospitals and would all go off at once. That threat led to evacuations at Cullman Regional Medical Center and Marshall Medical Center hospitals in Boaz and Guntersville. Teams searched all three hospitals, found nothing and patients were able to return to their rooms within about 90 minutes. A man who escaped from Arab police about 30 minutes before the 9-1-1 call has been charged with making the bomb threat. Jeremy Lewayne Lang was arrested early today near Holly Pond.

Gas prices still falling

Gas prices continued to fall over the past week. Triple-A expects that trend to continue for the next several weeks as oil prices have also decreased and the nation’s oil output has increased. The nationwide average price of regular gasoline is three-51, down one cent from a week ago. The average in Alabama is three-29, down five cents. According to gas-buddy-dot-com, the price of regular gas in Albertville ranges from three-13 to three-39 a gallon.

Albertville company sued for discrimination

An Albertville company is being sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for allegedly violating federal anti-discrimination laws. The suit contends that the project superintendent and a supervisor at one of Olympia Construction’s work sites in Selma harrassed three African-American employees by using racially derogatory language, including the “N” word. After the employees complained to company owners and officials about the harassment and told them that they had contacted the EEOC, Olympia Construction fired them.

Calhoun County flooded

Southern Calhoun County got a major soaking Wednesday. A slow-moving thunderstorm dropped three to four inches of rain in just a short time on the Anniston area. ABC 33-40 reports that Life Church on Main Street had to cancel Wednesday services after flood waters damaged the building. Stores were also flooded as were streets and parking lots, leaving vehicles partially submerged. And the Oxford High School baseball field disappeared under water. Fortunately no injuries were reported.

Etowah High School lockdown

Meanwhile, Etowah High School was locked down Wednesday. All students were moved into the gym after police notified Attalla City Schools of a standoff with a man on John Avenue. According to Superintendent David Bowman, the students had already been evacuated outside the school because of a malfunctioning fire alarm system. The standoff ended peacefully.

Hazardous weather outlook

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for parts of Alabama including the counties of Marshall, DeKalb, Etowah, Calhoun, Cherokee and Blount. A strong cold front will move across the north and central portion of the state late tonight and early tomorrow morning with a squall line of strong to severe thunderstorms. The primary threat will be damaging winds up to 70 miles an hour. Any breaks in the squall line might produce a few tornadoes.

Know your guns

The Etowah County sheriff’s office is giving residents another chance to brush up on their knowledge of guns and gun laws. A firearms safety class is scheduled for May 7th. It will be held at Gadsden State Community College in the Joe Ford Center starting at 6 PM and will last about two hours. To sign up, call the Etowah sheriff’s office or email n-barton-at-etowah-county-dot-org.

Explosive situation in Attalla

A Travelodge motel in Attalla was evacuated Tuesday afternoon after a pipe bomb was discovered in a room. Police say a family, including two teens, were staying in the room. The teens, ages 14 and 16, were taken into state Department of Human Resources custody and authorities were looking for their parents. Two rifles were also found inside the room.

Substitute teacher misconduct

A woman is accused of sexual misconduct with a student while serving as a substitute teacher at Albertville High School. Police arrested 34-year-old Jennifer Marie Morton of Albertville on Thursday. The student in question is a 17-year-old male and the incident apparently occurred at the school. A school system official said that Morton had been dismissed in February for poor performance, but there was no knowledge of any misconduct until after her arrest.

Fatal carbon monoxide leak

Authorities have identified a man who died in a suspected carbon monoxide leak in DeKalb County. DeKalb County Coroner Tom Wilson says that 51-year-old Charles Gerald Downer of Rainsville was found dead and two other men were airlifted from the home and were treated for carbon monoxide poisoning at Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga. Authorities say a generator was being used because the house had recently been remodeled and had no power.

Hazardous weather outlook

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for North and Central Alabama, including Marshall, DeKalb, Etowah, Calhoun, Cherokee and Blount counties. Scattered thunderstorms are developing and there is a slight risk of a few severe storms capable of producing penny to quarter-sized hail and brief wind gusts near 60 miles an hour. Similar conditions are likely tomorrow.

Arab restaurant fire

A popular restaurant in Arab was the scene of a fire overnight. A passerby called 9-1-1 just after midnight to report smoke coming from The Sicilian on Main Street. Arab and other local firefighters responded to find fire coming from the dining room near the buffet. It them about 20 minutes to put it out. There were no reports of injuries. Main Street was closed for about an hour and a half; The Sicilian will be closed for several days while it undergoes cleanup.

Gas price update

Oil and gas prices fell again as more pessimistic news about the economy was released last week. Triple-A reports the average price of regular gasoline nationwide is three-52, down seven cents from a week ago. The statewide average in Alabama is three-34, down six cents. According to gas-buddy-dot-com, the price of regular gas in Albertville is less expensive, ranging from three-16 to three-26 a gallon.

Explosives found

After it was learned that two young men were trying to sell explosives in the Ider area, the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office says a search on Wednesday turned up explosives and a large quantity of detonation cord. Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Alabama Department of Public Safety Bomb Squad took possession of the explosives for disposal. The names of the two men involved have not been released because of an ongoing investigation by Fort Payne police.

Child sex abuse arrest

Etowah County sheriff’s deputies have arrested a man on charges of child sexual abuse. 33-year-old Adam Samuel Kyle of Gallant allegedly abused two children in the Attalla area between 2008 and 2010. A family member’s suspicions led to an investigation assisted by the James M. Barrie Center for children and Kyle was taken into custody on Monday.

Main Street Music Festival

Country group Lonestar and rock band Night Ranger will headline the fourth annual Main Street Music Festival in Albertville. The free event, sponsored by the city of Albertville, is expected to draw more than 20-thousand people on Friday, August 9th and Saturday, the10th. It will feature vendors, family activities including an inflatable water park for children, and the music. Night Ranger, best known for the 1984 hit, “Sister Christian,” will perform Saturday night at 6 and Lonestar, whose biggest song was “Amazed” in 1999, takes the stage at 8.

Degrees for Baby Boomers

A local school is involved in a national program designed to help Baby Boomers find new careers. Northeast Alabama Community College in Rainsville is among 36 colleges nationwide helping ten-thousand people, 50-years-old and over, get degrees in hot job markets. The schools are getting 15-thousand dollars in federal grant money.

Albertville community meeting

Residents of Albertville can get a glimpse of the city’s future tonight. The City Council is holding a community meeting at 6:30 in the Fine Arts Center at Albertville High School. Students from Alabama A&M University will give a slide presentation to show the results of their work on developing a comprensive plan for the city. Residents will receive a survey on which they can give their input, and the council will have a question-and-answer session.

Hazardous weather outlook

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for north and central Alabama, including the counties of Marshall, DeKalb, Etowah, Calhoun, Cherokee and Blount. Along and ahead of a sharp cold front, a line of strong to potentially severe thunderstorms will become better organized through the day today. The primary threat will be damaging winds up to 60 miles an hour. However, a few storms could produce hail up to one inch and there is a low potential for brief tornadoes.

New Gadsden State scholarship

A new technical scholarship is available at Gadsden State Community College. Thanks to a 30-thousand dollar endowment, the school is establishing a James W. (Jim) Nolen Scholarship Fund. To be eligible, a student have a B average in high school, be involved in community activities and plan to enroll in a technical education program. Applications can be obtained by contacting Gadsden State’s scholarship office or by going to gadsden-state-dot-edu. The deadline is next Monday.

Hazardous weather outlook

Another round of storms is on the way. The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for north Alabama, including Marshall and DeKalb counties. Scattered thunderstorms are expected to move into the state late tonight, ahead of a strong cold front. Some of the storms could become strong with winds up to 40 to 50 miles an hour. They’ll become more widespread starting mid-morning tomorrow with damaging winds, large hail, locally heavy rainfall and the possibility of a few brief tornadoes.

SBA loans

Residents and businesses affected by the severe storms last month can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. That loans are availble in Etowah, Marshall, DeKalb, Calhoun, Blount and Cherokee counties. Starting tomorrow, SBA reps will be manning the following Disaster Loan Outreach Centers: The Kilpatrick Volunteer Fire Department in Crossville and the Gadsden/Etowah Chamber of Commerce in Gadsden. You can find out more at s-b-a-dot-gov.

Wreck kills Ft Payne man

A Fort Payne man was killed in a single-vehicle crash early Saturday morning. State troopers say that 68-year-old Fed Quinton Terrell had been driving a 2002 Chevy Malibu that ran off County Road 83, five miles north of Collinsville, and crashed into a creek. Terrell was not wearing a seat belt and alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the accident.

Blount wreck kills two

Alabama State Troopers continue to investigate a Saturday night wreck in Blount County that took the lives of two teenagers. 18-year-old Kamron Sanford of Walnut Grove was driving a 2001 Dodge Stratus that was involved in the crash with a 2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse on County Road 39 about four miles east of Oneonta. Sanford and his passneger, 16-year-old Kayla Anny Baldwin of Boaz were both killed. The driver of the Eclipse, 18-year-old James Light of Altoona was injured and taken to UAB Hospital for treatment.

Congressional Art Competition

Congressman Robert Aderholt announced Thursday that his office would begin taking submissions for the 2013 Congressional Art Competition. Every spring, Aderholt serves as Honorary Chairman of “An Artistic Discovery,” a program founded by Congress in 1982 to recognize the creative talents of young Americans. All high school students in the Fourth Congressional District are invited to participate. You can find out more at the Congressman’s website aderholt-dot-house-dot-gov.

Operation Spring Break

Operation Spring Break was sprung Wednesday afternoon in Etowah County. Officers from 15 local and federal law enforcement agencies conducted a sweep for 87 people on 115 outstanding warrants. Most were wanted in connection with felony drug offenses. Dozens were arrested and a small meth lab was found.

Abuse dates back to 2001

The Calhoun County sheriff’s department is looking into a case of child sexual abuse that occurred between seven and 12 years ago. A 24-year-old Ohatchee woman came forward to report the alleged abuse by her stepfather that she says began when she was 13. The woman says she is worried that he might abuse her four-year-old daughter, who is currently in the custody of her mother and stepfather.

Anniston kidnap and rape

Anniston police are investigating an apparent kidnap and rape. According to the Anniston Star, a 29-year-old woman told police the crime happened early Wednesday morning in the 1900 block of Rocky Hollow Road. After the sexual assault, the woman was found by someone who took her to Stringfellow Memorial Hospital for treatment of her injuries. There was no immediate word of an arrest.

Bookkeeper sentenced

A 68-year-old Etowah County woman is facing almost five years in federal prison after pleading guilty to stealing more than 900-thousand dollars from her former employer. Peggy Cochran McGlaughn was sentenced at federal court in Huntsville on Monday. McGlaughn is also required to pay back, with interest, the money she stole from Bob Roberts & Company, a Gadsden construction company where she worked as bookkeeper and office manager for 24 years.

Jacksonville fatal wreck

Two people were killed after a car struck a tree in Jacksonville. According to the Anniston Star, the one-vehicle wreck happened near Church Street Southeast and Belmont Circle around 7:45 p.m. Monday. The Calhoun County Assistant Coroner said 40-year-old Randy Blake Pettus Jr. and 33-year-old Amanda Rae Pinson were both pronounced dead at the scene. Jacksonville police are investigating the cause of the crash.

Albertville child sex arrest

A Marshall County man has been arrested on child sex charges. According to a grand jury warrant, 27-year-old Adam Gene Bice used his pets to lure a six-year-old girl into his Albertville home in March of last year. Bice is alleged to have inappropriately touched the girl, who told her parents; they in turn told police. He was indicted for sex abuse of a child under the age of 12 and enticing a child into a home for immoral purposes last August and finally arrested on Monday.

Child alone in car

An Ohatchee woman is accused of leaving her two-year-old son alone in a car while shopping last month. Anniston police arrested 33-year-old Dayna Sherri Dunn Zavala on Thursday on a charge of endangering the welfare of a child. The boy was found by himself in a 2013 Honda Accord by police who had been called to a parking lot on Quintard Avenue. Officers say Zavala told them her son was asleep and she didn’t want to wake him.

Husband shot in face

An Albertville man trying to get his wife to come home from a party got shot in the face over the weekend. Police say the man’s wife was attending a small gathering at a home on Bolvin Circle when her husband showed up at around 4:15 AM on Saturday. Another man at the home shot the 33-year-old husband, who went to his home on Richmond Avenue and called police. Police say the shooter was found and gave a statement but so far no charges have been filed. The victim’s injuries were not life-threatening.

Dollar General robbery

An Anniston woman is charged with robbing the Dollar General on Noble Street. Police say store employees caught 45-year-old Cheryl Stacey Howell hiding merchandise in her purse on March 13th. Howell allegedly shoved and pushed employees on her way to leaving the store. She was arrested Wednesday at a residence in Weaver and charged with felony third-degree robbery.

Open house party

A Marshall County man is accused of hosting an open house party that included alcohol and underage drinkers. 24-year-old Phillip Kaylor was arrested behind his home on O’Hara Drive early in the morning of March 17th. Albertville police say that’s where they found Kaylor after seeing young people on the property, drinking alcohol, which was confirmed by portable breath tests.

Albertville tree giveaway

Keep Albertville Beautiful in conjunction with the Alabama Forestry Commission is hosting a tree giveaway today, tomorrow and Saturday at the Albertville-Boaz Recycling Center from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. each day. The trees are three feet to five feet tall and include Nuttall Oaks, Bald Cypress, Green Ash, Red Maple, Red Bud and Overcup Oak.

Airport sign meeting

The Birmingham Airport Authority is meeting behind closed doors today. The reason for the closed session wasn’t announced but it comes a week after a 10-year-old boy was killed by a falling sign. Luke Bresette was killed and his mother seriously injured after a cabinet weighing at least 300 pounds collapsed on them.

Credit card theft indictment

Three North Carolina residents arrested last October in Oxford with more than 350 counterfeit debit and credit cards were indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Birmingham. Renee Charlene Pointer, Terrence Donnell Wooten and Terrance Lavon Campbell are said to be part of a large group nationwide who use the phony cards to live on. They are charged with access-device fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Kidnapping trial

The kidnapping trial of a Maryville man got underway Wednesday in Blount County Circuit Court. 45-year-old Jerry Wayne Barron is accused of holding his girlfriend captive at his home during a 20-minute standoff with police in May 2010. Sheriff’s deputies were able to arrest Barron and free his girlfriend, Elizabeth Richey, after she called 9-1-1 saying Barron was drunk and an argument between the two had turned violent. Charges against Barron include aggravated kidnapping, vandalism and domestic violence with assault.

Guntersville award

A Birmingham-based magazine has recognized a local city in its annual awards. Expansion Solutions gave the city of Guntersville a “Top Five Award of Excellence” as an agribusiness organization.

Prescribed burns

Two large prescribed burns are planned for the Little River Canyon National Preserve near Fort Payne. Depending on the weather, the National Park Service is hoping to conduct the first burn tomorrow on nearly 400 acres south of Alabama Highway 35, directly across from the Canyon Center, and west of Highway 176 to Mushroom Rock. A second burn is likely to take place in April. Personnel at the Preserve will be assisted by the Wild Land Fires unit of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

Crossville meth bust

bCrossville police reponding to a reported domestic dispute on Friday found methamphetamine ready for sale, eight-thousand dollars’ worth. Three people from Kilpatric were arrested on various drug charges: 22-year-old Juan Carlos Garcia-Moreno, 22-year-old Viviana Elizabeth Garcia and 24-year-old Nicole Marie Francisco. In addition, police found a one-year-old child in the home and called protective services.

Wind advisory, freeze warning

The National Weather Service says a wind advisory is in effect until six o’clock this evening for parts of north Alabama, including Dekalb, Marshall, Etowah, Calhoun, Cherokee and Blount counties. Sustained northwest winds anywhere from 15 to 30 miles an hour with gusts of 35 to 40 miles an hour are expected. Secure outdoor items and drive carefully.

In addition, the counties of Etowah, Calhoun, Cherokee and Blount are under a freeze warning for tomorrow morning from midnight to nine AM. Sensitive plants should be covered or brought inside.

Gas price update

Triple-A says gas prices should continue to fall through the end of March, just in time for those planning to travel during the Easter holiday. In Alabama, the statewide average price of regular is three-68 a gallon, down five cents from a week ago. According to gas-buddy-dot-com, the price of regular in Albertville ranges from three-56 to three-89 a gallon.

Cartersville standoff

Members of the DeKalb County Special Response Team forced their way into an abandoned house in Cartersville Thursday after a wanted man refused to come out. 22-year-old Adam Wayne West of Higdon was wanted on outstanding felony warrants and probation revocation. Drugs and items to manufacture drugs were found in the house, which led to the arrests of two other people, 24-year-old Deanna McCurdy of Henagar and 18-year-old Jesse Lee Bakerof Lafayette.

Fourth tornado Monday

It turns out that Monday’s storms included at least four tornadoes. According to the National Weather Service in Huntsville, an EF-1 tornado touched down in Boaz in Marshall County, then traveled eight miles into Etowah County near Sardis City. The tornado packed top winds of 105 miles an hour and was up to 300 feet wide, overturning mobile homes and damaging a house. Three people were injured, one seriously.

Bomb threat arrest

Wednesday morning, some 800 students were evacuated from Arab High School because of an emailed bomb threat. Thursday morning, one student was evacuated from the school for making that threat. Arab police say a freshman student admitted to the crime under questioning by school officials and was then arrested. He was charged with making a terrorist threat, which is a felony. That means he won’t be released to his parents until going through juvenile court proceedings. Because he is a juvenile, his name is not being released.

Arab High bomb threat

An investigation is underway to figure out who emailed a bomb threat from inside Arab High School Wednesday morning. The threat forced the evacuation of almost 800 students while police searched the school and found no evidence of a bomb. School officials and police are working with digital forensic specialists and Apple Incorporated to track down the source of the email. That person would be charged with making a terrorist threat, which is a felony.

Wintry precipitation

It’s the second day of spring, but the National Weather Service says winter weather is on the way for our area. A quick-moving upper level disturbance will bring the possibility of wintry precipitation starting as a light snow and sleet mix this evening and transitioning into all snow after midnight. Light accumulations of a half-inch or less are possible. Temperatures are expected to drop close to freezing overnight which could lead to slick spots on area bridges.

Counties by health

A new study ranks Alabama’s counties by health. The research by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin takes into account factors such as rates of obesity and smoking, and access to healthy foods. Shelby is ranked as the healthiest county; locally, Blount County ranks 10th out of the state’s 67 counties; DeKalb County was 20th, Cherokee 23rd, Marshall 24th, Calhoun 43rd and Etowah County is the 45th healthiest county in Alabama..

Power restoration

Crews from 10 Southern states are coming into Alabama to help restore power lost during Monday’s storms. Alabama Power says the lights back on for 78 percent of its customers affected by the storm, but that left some 48-thousand customers without power and many could have to wait until late tomorrow to get it turned back on.

Tornadoes Hit DeKalb County

Monday’s storms included two EF-2 tornadoes that touched down in DeKalb County. The preliminary findings of storm surveys conducted Tuesday by the National Weather Service indicate the tornadoes packed maximum winds of 120 to 125 miles an hour. Officials say property damage in Albertville and Fort Payne was likely caused by straight-line winds from 90 to 105 miles an hour.

Red flag, freeze warnings

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for parts of central and northern Alabama, including DeKalb, Marshall, Etowah, Calhoun, Cherokee and Blount counties, from noon until the evening hours today. Northwesterly winds of 10 to 20 miles an hour, gusting to around 25 miles an hour, will combine with relative humidity of 20 to 25 percent to create critical fire weather conditions. Outdoor burning is not recommended.

In addition, the Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for tomorrow morning.

Storm damage

National Weather Service crews were expected in DeKalb and Marshall counties this morning to survey damage done by Monday’s storms and determine if it was caused by tornadoes. According to WHNT, initial reports of damage in DeKalb County include the roof of Collinsville High School gym, the National Guard Armory, two mobile homes at Alabama Highway 68 and Highway 168, a barn, outbuildings at the county coliseum and numerous chicken houses. A number of trees and power poles were snapped near Rainsville and several roads were closed Monday. In Albertville, three commercial buildings sustained roof damage along U.S. Highway 431 and Rose Road, with the roof of one building blowing into the highway and blocking it. Other Marshall County roads were blocked by a number of trees that were blown over.

DeKalb meth bust

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office has announced it has arrested two people at a residence near Rainsville on multiple drug charges. Drug task force agents and deputies found a meth lab and arrested 36-year-old Robert Williams of Fort Payne and 37-year-old Leah Heather Harper of Mentone on several drug charges.

Cherokee County bust

Narcotics agents arrested a man listed as one of Cherokee County’s Most Wanted last Thursday. They executed a search warrant at a residence on Alabama Highway 9 North in Cedar Bluff where 26-year-old Jonathan Matthew Nicholson was taken into custody, along with 25-year-old Timothy Alan Hall and Megan Brianna Bing. A search turned up marijuana, drug paraphernalia and firearms, as well as Bing’s infant daughter. Department of Human Resources caseworkers were called in to take care of the girl.

Gas price update

Triple-A says the price of a gallon of gas dropped again last week but the rate of decrease is expected to slow in the weeks ahead as oil prices have risen and demand is expected to pick up. The average statewide price of a gallon of regular in Alabama is three-52, down two cents from a week ago. Gas-buddy-dot-com reports the price of regular in Albertville ranges from three-35 to three-53 a gallon.

Hazardous weather outlook

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for North Alabama including Marshall and DeKalb counties. Showers and thunderstorms will continue to develop today ahead of a cold front. A few embedded severe storms are possible until early evening. The strongest storms will be capable of producing wind gusts to 60 miles an hour and hail up to the size of quarters.

Luke Bryan’s Joy Of Spring Break

If Luke Bryan ever had any doubts about the joys of spring break, they were surely put to rest this week. His Spring Break … Here to Party tops not only the country albums chart but the Billboard 200 all-genres ranking. According to Nielsen SoundScan, it took these honors on sales of 149,515 copies.

Blake Clark
blake@wqsb.com

Capital murder charge

The Gadsden man accused of killing his 20-month old daughter is officially charged with capital murder. The charge was filed Thursday against Stephon Lindsay, who is being held without bond in the Etowah County Detention Center. Maliyah Tashay Lindsay’s body was found Tuesday in a wooded area near the corner of Plainview Street and Block Avenue. Maliyah’s mother said she had last seen her daughter on March 5th, when she says Stephon Lindsay claimed he was taking her to his sister’s house.

Rape suspect sought

Anniston police are also looking for a suspect in a rape case. A 41-year-old woman says she was sexually assaulted early Thursday morning. The attack occurred in the 1700 block of Pine Avenue. The victim was treated at Regional Medical Center.

Gas station robbery

Somebody held up a gas station on U.S. 431 in Anniston Wednesday morning. Anniston police say a suspect entered the Chevron store, brandishing what appeared to be a handgun and demanded money from a cashier. The suspect, who kept his face covered with clothing, got away with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one was injured.

Attalla break-in arrest

Thanks to a call from a neighbor, Attalla police caught a man breaking into an occupied house on Preston Avenue Monday night. 29-year-old Tyrone Woods of Gadsden is charged with second-degree burglary. Police say Woods also had three felony and five misdemeanor warrants.

Anniston fire cause

An electical malfunction is being blamed for igniting a fire that destroyed a building in Anniston last Saturday. No one was injured in the blaze that burned the two-story brick structure on Noble Street. It belonged to the disaster restoration company ServiceMaster. The intersections of Noble and Fourth Street and Noble and B Street were being kept closed until the building is demolished.

No shooting charges likely

An Albertville man who shot and killed a burglar at his home Tuesday evening is not likely to face charges. The homeowner reported the shooting on Abbott Road and Albertville police say they are treating it as burglary and a case of someone defending his property. The name of the intruder was not immediately released pending notification of his family. Police say they are familiar with the suspect from previous investigations.

Missing girl’s body found

The Gadsden Times reports that the body of a 20-month-old girl who was reported missing on Monday was found last night in a wooded lot on the corner of Block Avenue and Plainview Street. A suspect is in custody and the investigation is ongoing.

Etowah garbage rate decrease

The Etowah County Commission has approved a new contract for garbage collection that will mean a decrease in rates for rural residents. The low bidder was Advanced Disposal, which recently bought out Veolia, which had the previous contract. The company says the cost will go down by almost a dollar a month–from 11-90 to 10-97.

Cyclist death guilty plea

A DeKalb County man who struck and killed a bicyclist almost two years ago has entered a plea of guilty to criminally negligent homicide. Rainsville police say 45-year-old Craig Lee Chandler collided with 22-year-old Christina Clarke Genco on Highway 35 North between Fort Payne and Rainsville in June of 2011. Genco was taking part in a cross-country fund-raising ride for Habitat for Humanity. Chandler was given a 12-month suspended jail sentence and placed on probation for 24 months, during which time he is not allowed to drive.

Best Buy thieves caught

Two men wanted for allegedly stealing 15-hundred dollars in electronics from the Best Buy at Oxford exchange were arrested after a short vehicle chase on Interstate 20 Tuesday morning. Oxford police say 23-year-old Thomas Corey Thompson of Jacksonville had taken an XBox video game system, a Sony Playstation Three system, headphones, a Kindle and a tablet computer before getting into a car driven by 25-year-old Anthony Matthew Gaidurgis of Rome, Georgia. They are each charged with second-degree theft.

Marijuana grows

Two large indoor marijuana grow operations were discovered over the weekend in DeKalb County. One was found at a residence on County Road 51 as officers were arresting a suspect who fled when they tried to serve warrants. There were 45 plants and other forms of marijuana and grow equipment. Arrested were two Fort Payne men: 56-year-old Richard Clarence Robbins and 22-year-old Derick Charles Robbins. In another instance where warrants were being served, 35 marijuana plants and grow equipment were found at a camper and 35-year-old Mark Anthony Gilley of Higdon was arrested.

Calhoun jail attack

Calhoun County sheriff’s officials say a 23-year-old jail inmate has been charged with assault in an attack on a corrections officer. Willie Lee Rolley, of Huntsville, allegedly refused to return to his cell Saturday morning and attacked an officer who tried getting him to return to confinement. Other officers were able to subdue Rolley and the officer who was attacked was not hospitalized. Rolley, who has been disciplined 46 times since entering the prison in November, is charged with assault and will appear in court April 11th.

Gas price update

Retail gas prices are continuing on a downward path and remain below levels of one year ago. Triple-A reports the statewide average price of regular gasoline in Alabama is three-54 a gallon, four cents less than last week. Gas-buddy-dot-com shows the price of regular in Albertville ranges from three-42 to three-59 a gallon.

Three Etowah County arrests

The Etowah County sheriff’s office has arrested a Gadsden man for allegedly stealing scrap metal, including five antique sewing machines and a bucket of copper, from a residence on U.S. 278 West in Attalla. 19-year-old Daniel Issac Hodges is charged with first degree property theft and third degree burglary.

In a separate case, deputies arrested two Altoona residents for allegedly stealing a credit card from a residence in DeKalb County and using it several times at stores in Etowah County. 49-year-old Billy Dale McCright 29-year-old and Meranda Michelle Hilley face four counts of fraudulent use of a credit or debit card.

Gambling arrest

A Boaz woman has been arrested on charges of possessing electronic gambling devices. The Etowah County Sheriff’s office says 33-year-old Cecila Ann Slaten was arrested Wednesday and police seized two electronic gambling machines from a store Slaten where Slaten worked as a clerk. An undercover officer went into the store, played one of the machines and was given credits that could be used to buy items from the store or redeemed for cash.

Covered bridge to open

Blount County’s historic Horton Mill Covered Bridge is about to open for traffic. It passed an inspection by county engineers Thursday and is scheduled to open following Monday’s county commission meeting. The Horton Mill bridge is located just northeast of Oneonta on Highway 75. It is 208 feet long and spans the Calvert Prong of the Warrior River 70 feet above the water, making it the highest covered bridge over a body of water in the U.S.

Historic Anniston appointment

The city of Anniston has its first black municipal judge. James Sims, who has served as an alternate judge for two years, was sworn in last night after being appointed to the position by the City Council. According to the Anniston Star, Councilman David Reddick said Sims’ appointment shows–quote–“we’re becoming more inclusive as a city. It’s showing we don’t have that good ol’ boy mentality this city was famous for.”

Bust nets cash, meth

Nearly 10-thousand dollars and 29 grams of meth was seized from the home of a Marshall County woman accused of drug trafficking. The arrest of 38-year-old Angela Nicole Holland of Albertville followed an undercover operation between the Marshall County Drug Enforcement Unit, Sheriff’s Department, and Albertville Police Vice Narcotics Unit. Prosecutors say they will seek to have the cash condemned so it can be used to fund the war on drugs.

Lady anglers in Gadsden

A nation-wide women’s pro bass fishing tour, is hitting the waters of Lake Neely Henry in Gadsden this week with its first tour stop of the 2013 season. The Lady Bass Anglers Association event will take off from Coosa Landing Marina tomorrow and Saturday with weigh-ins starting at 3 PM each day.

Project Lifesaver

A reminder from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, which says that relatively few residents are taking advantage of Project Lifesaver. This is a free program in which people can obtain a radio transmission wristband to be placed on loved ones suffering from conditions such as Alzheimer’s Disease, autism, or dementia. If someone wearing the wristband wanders away from home, the sheriff’s office can use tracking equipment to search out the transmission signal. You can find out more about Project Lifesaver by contacting the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.

Fatal chase

A Gadsden man was killed Sunday night in a wreck that ended a two-county chase by law enforcement. Witnesses say 26-year-old Jamaar Adams ran a red light in his motorcycle on Meighan Boulevard and hit a vehicle attempting to turn. He was later pronounced dead at Gadsden Regional Medical Center. Authorities say the chase began when deputies tried to stop Adams for speeding near the Etowah County line.

Cherokee County meth bust

A weekend traffic stop in Cherokee County resulted in the arrests of two Piedmont residents on drug charges. It happened Saturday night on County Road 29 near the intersection with County Road 159. During the stop, a passenger identified as 33-year-old John Wayne Bullock was captured after attempting to flee on foot and was found to be in possession of methamphetamine. Bullock and the driver, 27-year-old Virginia Nicole Masters were arrested. It’s believed the two were on their way to deliver the meth.

St. Jude Radiothon 2013

Our annnual St. Jude Radiothon is today until 10 p.m.!

Please join us and be a “Partner In Hope” by calling 1-800-942-8312.

Thank you for helping us fight Childhood Cancer together.

Our total donations so far is $38,624.00 for St. Jude!!

 

Anniston water rate increase

Water is about to get more expensive in Anniston. The city’s Water Works and Sewer Board says a six percent rate increase will taek effect April 1st. An average Anniston household will pay an extra two dollars 50 cents a month.

Guntersville tourney

Two local anglers finished in the top three in the EverStart Series Southeast Division tournament on Lake Guntersville. Alex Davis came in second with a three-day total of 15 bass weighting 84 and a half pounds and won 15-thousand dollars; Justin Lucas of Guntersville also caught 15 bass in three days, which weighed 81 pounds, and won 10-thousand dollars.

Wind advisories

The National Weather Service has issued wind advisories for Marshall and Etowah counties from noon to six PM and for Etowah, Calhoun, Cherokee and Blount counties from noon to eight PM. You can expect west winds of 20 to 30 miles an hour with gusts up to 40 miles an hour. Small outdoor items might be blown around and motorists should exercise caution, expecially those in high-profile vehicles.

Robbery arrest

Gadsden police made an arrest last Thursday in a robbery case from last November. The Gadsden Times reports that Shabrika Heard is accused in connection with an incident that happened November 15th at Old Navy on Meighan Boulevard. Heard allegedly tried to steal clothing from the store and shoved a loss-prevention employee who stopped her and then returned to attack that same employee. She was taken to the Etowah County Detention Center and released on 25-hundred dollars bond.

Stolen equipment recovered

A joint effort by investigators from DeKalb, Marshall and Etowah counties resulted in the recovery of 31-thousand dollars in equipment stolen from Snead Ag Supply in Pine Ridge. Among the items recovered Tuesday were a truck, a trailer, a John Deere Mower and an ATV. They had been taken on February 11th, when the thieves also caused five-thousand dollars damage to fencing at Snead Ag. DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris says suspects have been identified and arrests are pending.

Anniston strangler

A woman claims she was strangled by her boyfriend in Anniston Monday afternoon. According to the Anniston Star, police say the 20-year-old female was involved in an argument with the boyfriend near the 400 block of South Allen Avenue. She says he forced a piece of jewelry of her and strangled her with his hands. The victim got away; her injuries were not serious enough to require medical attention. Police are investigating.

Sleeping suspects

People have been known to fall sleep in church but three people fell asleep on the front porch of a church in DeKalb County. That made it easier for sheriff’s deputies following up on a domestic dispute call south of Fyffe to arrest them. 25-year-old Brandon Mark Phillips and 27-year-old Jennifer Renee Sanders are charged with unlawful possession of prescription drugs and 28-year-old Tosha Samara Bell-Gilreath is charged with unlawful possession of a prohibited beverage.

Standing with the sheriff

A show of solidarity with the sheriff of Etowah County. Law enforcement officials from 10 cities in the county joined Todd Entrekin Monday in opposing three gun bills under consideration in the Alabama legislature. In a news conference at the Gadsden Senior Activity Center, Entrekin referred to measures which would remove restrictions on where people could carry guns and allow volunteer emergency security at schools. The sheriff says they would make it harder for law enforcement to maintain public safety.

Crossville traffic stop arrests

Last wekeend, DeKalb County sheriff’s deputies assisted Crossville police in making a traffic stop on a vehicle they say turned out to be stolen with occupants who turned out to be in possession of drugs. 36-year-old Marty Smith of Albertville and 46-year-old Cathy Jean Perry of Dawson were arrested. Smith and Perry are each charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia and illegal possession of prescription drugs. They were taken to the DeKalb County Detention Center where they were awaiting bonds.

Cop murder trial moved

A man accused of killing an Anniston police officer won’t be tried in that city. Calhoun County Circuit Judge Brian Howell has decided that the capital murder trial of 25-year-old Joshua Eugene Russell will be held elsewhere. The judge ruled Friday that a change of the trial location was appropriate after seeing a survey of Calhoun County residents which indicated 70 percent of those interviewed had knowledge of important facts in the case from following news coverage. Russell is charged with the shooting death of 27-year-old officer Justin Sollohub during a foot chase in August 2011.

Wind advisory

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for an area including Marshall, DeKalb, Etowah, Calhoun, Cherokee and Bount counties. It will be in effect from six o’clock tonight until six o’clock tomorrow morning. You can expect southeast winds of 20 to 30 miles an hour, with gusts over 35 to 40 miles an hour. Small outdoor items might be blown around by gusty winds and driving might be difficult high-profile vehicles.

Laundry break-in

Attalla police say three people, high on methamphetamine, broke into a coin laundry on Fourth Street. In an incident caught on tape by security cameras, they allegedly pried open the machines and stole 55 dollars while causing almost 15-thousand dollars in damage. 19-year-old Jeffrey Labretone of Gadsden was arrested; as of last night, police were still looking for the other two: 19-year-old James Sears and 18-year-old Brentanny Alldredge, both of Attalla.

13 stolen vehicles recovered

13 stolen vehicles were recovered in Fort Payne on Thursday. Jackson County sheriff’s investigators and Scottsboro police received a lead late Wednesday night and found eight all-terrain vehicles and five motorcycles that had been reported stolen over the past few weeks. The recovery was assisted by Fort Payne police and the Dekalb County Sheriff’s Office.

Car theft charged

An Anniston man was charged Wednesday with the first-degree theft of a car. 26-year-old Thomas Edward Edmondson allegedly stole a 2013 Hyundai Elantra from Superior Hyundai on Quintard Avenue earlier this month. The dealership’s GM says he isn’t sure how the car was stolen because the keys are kept in a locked cabinet. Shortly after the theft, Edmondson and the car were discovered by Oxford police who charged him with receiving stolen property and transferred him to the Calhoun County Jail.

Traffic stops, drug busts

A Crossville teenager had marijuana in his sock, which was discovered after he was arrested during a traffic stop on Alabama Highway 68 at Dekalb County Road 478 on Tuesday. A sheriff’s deputy says a search of 18-year-old Rogelio Juan Santiago’s vehicle had already turned up marijuana and spice and beer. In a separate incident Tuesday, a variety of prescription drugs were found in a vehicle stopped by an office in Fyffe. 49-year-old Glenn Wayne Childress of Dawson and 36-year-old Jamie Lynn Harrell of Rainsville were arrested.

Gadsden State and NASA

Four students at Gadsden State Community College have been selected to take part in a NASA experiment. The 2013 Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program will study the long-term effects of zero gravity on water. students have been tapped to take part in a NASA program to test the long-term effects of zero gravity on water. Steven Martinez of Attalla, Jacob Lynch of Wellington, Josh Gaddy and Johnathan Williams, both of Piedmont will be traveling to the Johnson Space Flight Center in Houston and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

Murder plea and sentence

A Marshall County man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for the murder of an Albertville woman. Christopher Shockley entered a guilty plea Wednesday afternoon in the murder of Tonya Michelle Turnmire. The two had lived together. Police say Turnmiresay disappeared after leaving her job at a Boaz store in June 2010. Shockley had confessed to police and led them to Turnmire’s body in Etowah County.

Red Box stabbing

A man was stabbed while standing and waiting to rent a movie at a Red Box in Gadsden. According to Gadsden police, the 37-year-old victim says he was attacked Monday evening around 7 while he was in line at the Red Box video outside CVS on Hoke Street. He says the attacker pulled a knife and cut him on the side of his midsection. The injury was not life-threatening. There have been no arrests.

Red flag warning

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for critical fire weather conditions in North Alabama, including Marshall and DeKalb counties. The warning is in effect from noon to six as relative humidity values fall to the 20 to 25 percent range. Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly. Outdoor burning is not recommended. Similar conditions have prompted a fire weather watch from noon to five in Etowah, Calhoun, Cherokee and Blount counties.

Gun safety classes

In another educational opportunity, the Etowah County Sheriff’s Department holds its first two citizens firearms safety courses tonight and next Tuesday night at the East Broad campus of Gadsden State Community College and both are full. However, seats are still available for a class on March 5th and classes have been added for March 12th and 19th. You can make a reservation by emailing nbarton at etowah county dot org.

Storm Spotters class

Here’s your chance to become an official Storm Spotter. The National Weather Service is teaching a class for Storm Spotters tonight in DeKalb County. It gets underway at six o’clock in Room 106 of the new health education building at Northeast Alabama Community College. That’s in Powell, between Scottsboro and Rainsville on Alabama Highway 35. Storm Spotters can help the Weather Service verify if a tornado has touched down and assist the Emergency Management Agency in assessing damage.

Kidnapping investigation

An Anniston woman claims she was kidnapped by two men and two women on Saturday night as she walked in the 500 block of West Blue Mountain Road. The woman, who is 33, says she was kicked and punched several times while being driven to Alexandria, then was taken out of the car, assaulted again and sexually tortured with some kind of weapon. The woman says she was driven back to Anniston more than two hours later and dumped from the vehicle near where she was picked up. Anniston police are investigating.

Rape, sodomy arrest

A Fort Payne man being called a “sexual predator” by police is facing a number of very serious charges. 23-year-old Pablo Pedro Gomez was arrested last Wednesday, one day after a complaint was filed with a school resource officer about a man having illegal sexual activity with underage girls. Fort Payne police say Gomez is charged with six counts of first-degree rape, nine counts of sodomy and one coutn of sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12. The allegations involve two girls, whose ages were not released.

Hazardous weather outlook

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for an area including Marshall and DeKalb counties. Showers and thunderstorms will move in late this evening through early tomorrow morning and wind gusts up to 50 miles an hour are possible within stronger storms. In addition, wind gusts up to 30 miles an hour are likely later today and tonight even outside of storms, especially in higher elevations.

Ft Payne women make more

Fort Payne is one of just four cities in the United States where the median income for women exceeds that of men. That’s according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau. The American Community Survey, found that nationwide, men older than 16 working full-time and year-round earn an average of just over 47-thousand dollars. The same group of women on average earns 37-thousand dollars.

Bridge repair money

The state Department of Transportation has awarded Calhoun County 10-million dollars for nine road projects. Assistant County Engineer Michael Hosch told county commissioners Thursday that the money is part of ATRIP, the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program. Hosch says the upgrades will include repairs to seven bridges, which will leave Calhoun with only three bridges unable to support school buses.

Gadsden theft arrests

Gadsden police have made arrests in two separate theft cases. 24-year-old Donna Brown of Talladega is accused in connection with the theft last November of 11-hundred dollars in clothing from Old Navy on East Meighan Boulevard. And 24-year-old Gerald Johnson of Gadsden allegedly rented a computer valued at 740 dollars from Home Smart Rental on West Meighan without returning it or renewing his contract.

Smurfing crackdown

Law enforcement officials in Northeast Alabama are undertaking a new campaign to crackdown on the practice of “smurfing.” It was announced Wednesday at a news conference that included the District Attorney of Dekalb County, along with Fort Payne and Scottsboro police. Smurfing is the practice of stockpiling of drugs like Sudafed used to make methamphetamine and then re-selling them to meth manufacturers.

FB threat indictment

A Blount County grand jury has indicted a Cleveland man for making a terrorist threat online. 21-year-old Dakota Kent was arrested in December after allegedly posting on Facebook that he could–quote–“shoot up an elementary school.” That came shortly after the mass killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which prompted this post on Kent’s page: “They should just be lucky he as a bad shot. God knows no one would have made it out if it was me.”

Collinsville fire cause

The state fire marshal’s office says the cause of a house fire early Saturday morning in Collinsville might been that the only person home was on oxygen and was smoking. Firefighters who responded to 311 Grand Avenue found the residence fully involved and after the fire was extinguished, discovered 72-year-old Bud Henderson dead inside.

Redstone grand opening

Redstone Federal Credit Union opened a new full-service branch in Guntersville on December 5th and will celebrate with a grand opening this Friday. It’s located at14218 A U.S. 431 and is the 23rd branch of the Huntsville-based credit union. Redstone president and CEO Joseph Newbury issued a statement that reads in part, “I am very excited that Redstone has found a home in the beautiful city of Guntersville. Establishing a branch in this area of strong growth was a logical next step for us.”

New Rainbow City police chief

Rainbow City has a new police chief. The appointment of Greg Carroll was approved unanimously on Monday by the city council. A 20-year veteran of the Rainbow City police force, Carroll has been serving as interim chief since Rick Hill retired last August. Four other candidates and two other finalists were interviewed for the position.

Anniston cop assaulted

A Birmingham man is accused of assaulting an Anniston police officer. According to the Anniston Star, police say 27-year-old Terry Ray Winslett was a passenger in a car pulled over for a minor traffic violation Friday on the 800 block of Noble Street. Officers discovered Winslett gave false information about his identity and was wanted on several active arrest warrants. Winslett allegedly tried to flee and threw an officer against a car. The officer was not seriously injured; Winslett was subdued and arrested with the aid of a stun gun.

Guntersville fishing tourney

A Grant man weighed a five-bass limit totaling 31 pounds, 12 ounces Saturday to win the Bass Fishing League Choo Choo Division event on Lake Guntersville. For his victory, Johnny Patterson earned five-thousand-565 dollars. Leon Knight of Guntersville came in second and Dennis Barnes of Boaz finished third.

DeKalb spice bust

DeKalb County deputies were executing a search warrant when they discovered a half-pound of spice plus prescription pills and drug paraphernalia. It happened Friday at a mobile home on County Road 28 near Crossville. Arrested on drug charges were 23-year-old John Yeager and 18-year-old Charm Elizabeth Hedgecloth. The spice was valued at 12-hundred dollars.

Man killed in housefire

A man died in a house fire in the DeKalb county town of Collinsville early Saturday morning. The county coroner identified the victim as 72-year-old Bud Henderson. The fire broke out just after midnight in the residence at North Grand Avenue. No one else was home at the time. Investigators do not suspect foul play.

Jacksonville woman in wreck

A one-vehicle accident in Calhoun County Sunday afternoon left a Jacksonville woman injured. The Anniston Star says 35-year-old Jessica Covington was driving a 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse that left the roadway near Whites Gap Road and Alabama 21. The car overturned and Covington was taken to Regional Medical Center in Anniston. Further details on her condition and on what caued the wreck were not immediately available.

Fugitie sought

The search is on for a fugitive who was allegedly trafficking cocaine in Gadsden. Etowah County deputies say they seized more than three pounds of coke plus two pistols from the home of Malcolm Muhammad Fomby on Milton Street. Anyone with information on Formby’s whereabouts can contact the Etowah County Drug Task Force, the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office or the US Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force.

Assault arrests

Two men from Centre have been arrested on assault charges. According to the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office, 19-year-old Jessie Blaze Godfrey, and 22-year-old Justin Wayne Godfrey are accused of assaulting a 26-year-old man at his home on Croft Ferry Road on January 28th. They have each been charged with second degree assault and a misdemeanor count of criminal trespassing.

Arab pot bust

Acting on anonymous tips from concerned residents, Marshall County Sheriff’s investigators raided a home in Arab Wednesday. They say they found a bedroom in the house on Mary Jo Isom Lane that had been converted into a marijuana-growing operation. Two people living at the house were arrested. 39-year-old Grady Leon Bonds and 44-year-old Tammy Jean bonds were each charged with one count of first-degree possession of marijuana.

Cherokee, Etowah wind projects

Alabama’s first wind-power projects will be built in our area. A Texas-based company, Pioneer Green Energy, has announced plans for the Shinbone Wind Energy Center in Cherokee County and the Noccalula Wind Energy Center in Etowah County. Pioneer officials say they have begun the process of securing the necessary environmental permits, as well as cooperation from local officials.

Attalla business expands

A big business in Attalla has gotten bigger. On Tuesday, Millard Refrigerated Services, a leading refrigerated warehousing and distribution services company, announced the expansion of its distribution center in Attalla. That followed the signing of a multi-year contract with a national food manufacturer. Millard’s construction unit designed and built the new space, and the company added 16 employees during the construction and is adding seven more workers now that it is completed.

Albertville murder arrest

Albertville police have announced the arrest of a Gadsden man for the murder of an Albertville woman last year. Chief Doug Pollard says 42-year-old Larry Reginald Beason is accused of stabbing 28-year-old Anshika Ronae “Meme” Radford to death. Radford’s body was found May 26th with multiple stab wounds in her apartment at Governors Place on George Wallace Drive.

Hostage standoff over

A nearly week-long hostage standoff in southeast Alabama is over. A five-year-old boy is safe after local, state, and federal officers stormed an underground bunker in Midland City Monday. Dead is 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes, whom authorities say had taken the child off a school bus after fatally shooting the driver last Tuesday. Federal agents launched the attack when negotiations with Dykes, started to deteriorate and they believed the boy was in “imminent danger.”

10 Commandments bill

Alabama voters would get to decide whether it’s legal to display the 10 Commandments in public buildings under a bill that gets first reading in the state senate today. The so-called Alabama Religious Freedom Amendment is sponsored by Senator Gerald Dial, but also has the support of Senators Shadrack McGill of DeKalb and Jackson counties and Clay Scofield of Marshall County.

Student runs into student

A student at Boaz High School was hit by a vehicle driven by another student Friday afternoon. Police say the 14-year-old did not see the 2007 Jeep Wrangler as walked into its path and the driver did not see the boy. He sustained only a leg abrasion and was checked out by EMS personnel with the Boaz Fire Department before his father took him home.

Bad-check amnesty

Bad-check writers in Marshall and DeKalb counties have a chance at amnesty. With hundreds of bad checks that have not been paid, the district attorneys in both counties are allowing people to come in and pay without a penalty. That’s in effect for the rest of the month. That way, according to DeKalb DA Mike O’Dell, one can avoid the embarrassment of being arrested on the job or at home, which will happen to those who haven’t paid by March.

Pedestrian dies

The pedestrian hit by a car last week on U.S. 431 in Calhoun County has died. 29-year-old Jackie Sigafuss was struck by a 1999 Isuzu Wednesday afternoon and died Thursday night in a Birmingham hospital. The driver of the Isuzu, Carl Vest of Gadsden, was not injured. The collision was initially blamed on poor visibility due to weather conditions. Alabama State Troopers were investigating.

Gas price update

A positive economic outlook and other factors have sent oil prices higher and, as a result, Triple-A says gasoline prices are rising faster than expected. The national average price of regular gas is three-51 a gallon, up 16 cents from a week ago. Alabama’s average of three-34 is 13 cents more. According to gas-buddy-dot-com, the price of regular in Albertville ranges from three-34 to three-39 a gallon.

Accident victim ID

The person hit by a car on U.S. 431 in Calhoun County Wednesday morning has been identified as an Alexandria woman. 29-year-old Jackie Sigafuss was reported to be in critical condition on Thursday at UAB Hospital. Poor visibility due to severe weather was initially blamed for the accident, which remains under investigation.

Window-breaker still jailed

A Boaz man arrested last Saturday on a charge of criminal mischief remained in the city jail as of Thursday, unable to post his 500 dollar bond. 38-year-old Anthony Dale Williams allegedly threw a trash can and a brick threw the window of a room at the Boaz Inn on U.S. Highway 431 in the middle of the night. Williams claimed he was trying to rescue his wife from kidnappers. Police say his wife was at their home at the time and didn’t know that her husband was looking for her.

New Etowah football coach

Etowah has a new head football coach and he’s a familiar face in this area. On Thursday, the Attalla City Board of Education hired Drew Noles, who’s been head coach at Boaz since 2000. Noles took Boaz to the playoffs nine times in 13 seasons.

Albertville charter service

Charter plane service could be coming to Albertville Regional Airport. The Albertville City Council is scheduled to vote Monday on a plan by Brett Kelley, who owns Guntersville-based Advanced Flight solutions. Kelley’s plan is to begin the charter business with one plane and one pilot, using a five-passenger Beechcraft Baron.

WQSB Possum Day 2013!

Thanks to everyone who came out for our annual WQSB Possum Day!

Sand Mountain Sam has seen his shadow and predicts 6 more weeks of Winter!

We would like to give a big thanks to Bruce’s Foodland Plus in Ft. Payne, Tiger Lily, Golden Treasures, The Wing House is Rainsville and Suds and Scrubs in Albertville.

We would also like to thank our 2013 Possum Queen, Baylee Garrison of Albertville!

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Postal worker indicted

A former U.S. Postal Service employee from Gadsden has been indicted on a charge of wire fraud. According to the indictment filed in U.S. District Court, 36-year-old Bobby W. Bruce is accused of falsifying more than 31-thousand dollars’ worth of electronic travel vouchers. Bruce allegedly received mileage reimbursement between January and October of last year for official travel that he never took.

Etowah gun training

In the wake of the nationwide debate over gun violence, here’s a chance to learn how to properly handle guns. The Etowah County Sheriff’s Department is joining with Gadsden State Community College to offer free civilian firearms training. The training sessions will involve dummy firearms, not actual weapons. They will take place each Tuesday night in February from 6 to 8 PM in the Joe Ford Center on Gadsden State’s East Broad campus. You can get more information or pre-register by contacting Natalie Barton at the Etowah County Sheriff’s Department.

Weather-related accident

The Calhoun County sheriff’s office says weather conditions are blamed for an accident on U.S. 431 in Alexandria Wednesday afternoon. A vehicle hit a pedestrian near Supreme Beverage. The pedestrian was taken to Regional Medical Center for treatment; his condition was not immediately known. The accident is being investigated by Alabama State Troopers.

Calhoun County storms

Wednesday’s storms dumped a lot of rain on Calhoun County, flooding several streets and knocking out power to a couple of hundred customers. Otherwise, the county Emergency Management Agency reported no major storm damage. The National Weather Service says Anniston got two-point-62 inches of rain, a record for January 30th.

Marshall County flood warning

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for Marshall County. The Paint Rock River near Woodville is expected to crest around flood stage just after midnight tonight. Flood waters will affect mostly bottomland along the river, including low-lying farm and pasture lands.

Tim McGraw Still Sober

Tim McGraw has been clean and sober for five years. And don’t you think all those healthy changes look really, really good on him? He told People magazine, “I drank a lot from my point of view, and I needed to stop. I felt quitting was something I needed to do. I didn’t feel I had any moral high ground with my kids in the long run.” Those kids — Gracie, 15, Maggie, 14, and Audrey, 11 — are the main reason he decided to make these changes for the better. “I’m in a good place right now,” says McGraw. “I really feel like this new album is not a culmination of the things I’ve done, it’s a new beginning of the things I am going to do. I want to enjoy my career and having my family. I have a busy life, but it is a fulfilling life.” His Two Lanes of Freedom album will be released Tuesday (Feb. 5).

Child porn arrest

Gadsden police, the ABI and FBI combined to investigate and arrest a Gadsden man on child pornography charges. 39-year-old Brian Scott Lipscomb was taken into custody last Thursday and computers and other items were seized from his home on Chadwick Drive. The FBI says an examination of one of Lipscomb’s computers turned up over 100 pictures of children involved in pornographic activity.

Missing boy found

Following an extensive search, a missing Etowah County boy was found last night. The sheriff’s department says that, before dark, 12-year-old Ricky Wayne Bice was in a wooded area near his home off Harrelson Road in the Egypt community. Rickey called his family on a cell phone, telling them he was lost in the woods. But then the phone’s battery went dead. After a ground search by the sheriff’s office, Attalla police, local volunteer fire departments, the Etowah County Rescue Squad and the local Red Cross chapter, Ricky was found safe at around 10:30 PM.

Gas price update

Optimism about the economy is leading to an increase in oil prices. Triple-A says that the nationwide average price for regular gas is up five cents a gallon in the past week. In Alabama, the statewide average is three-22, up two cents. According to Gas-buddy-dot-com, the price of regular in Albertville ranges from three-19 to three-29 a gallon.

Boaz man jailed in MS

An Boaz man is in custody in Mississippi on several charges after passing a Mississippi deputy on Interstate 20 at a speed in excess of 100 miles per hour early Sunday. 29-year-old Govan Brandon Mills is being held on charges of felony fleeing of a marked police car, possession of stolen property, DUI, open container, no driver’s license, no insurance and reckless driving.

Wind advisory

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for an area including the counties of Marshall, DeKalb, Etowah, Calhoun, Cherokee and Blount. It will be in effect from 6 o’clock this evening until 6 o’clock tomorrow evening. You can expect south winds of 20 to 30 miles an hour, gusting to 40 miles an hour and as much as 50 miles an hour in higher elevations. Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially in high-profile vehicles. Loose outdoor objects can be blown around and weakened trees are more likely to fall.

2014 Cruise to Progreso & Cozumel!

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Accidental shooting update

An apparent accidental shooting in Boaz Thursday night left an Albertville man dead. Boaz police say 30-year-old Patrick Daniel Garrett was shot inside Extreme Concepts, a car stereo and customization company on US Highway 431. A group of people were playing a game of “quick draw” with guns they thought were unloaded when Garrett was shot in the torso. He was taken to Marshall Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead. The incident is under investigation.

Pharmacist sentenced

A Guntersville pharmacist was sentenced on Friday to 21 years in prison. 64-year-old Tim Bishop, who owned Bishop’s Pharmacy and Gifts in Scant City and Albertville, had been convicted in December of illegally dealing drugs. An Arab police informant testified at the trial that she had had sex with Bishop in exchange for drugs.

Accidental fatal shooting

An apparent accidental shooting in Boaz Thursday night left an Albertville man dead. Boaz police say 30-year-old Patrick Daniel Garrett was shot inside Extreme Concepts, a car stereo and customization company on US Highway 431. Garrett was taken to Marshall Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead. The incident is under investigation.

Couple arrested for theft

Etowah County authorities have arrested an Altoona couple for allegedly stealing items from a home, including checks which they forged. 30-year-old Alisa Laine Davis and 34-year-old Daniel Michael Davis are accused of stealing two checks, a GPS device, a power chemical duster, chainsaw, sander and bicycle from the residence on Bluff Road in Altoona last October. Authorities say Alisa forged checks to a friend and Daniel pawned several of the items at shops in Albertville and Guntersville.

Gun stolen, three arrested

Another three arrests by Etowah County Sheriff’s deputies, this time in connection with a gun stolen from a county drug enforcement agent. A driver’s license checkpoint on Alabama 77 last Saturday resulted in the recovery of the .45 caliber Kimber automatic pistol taken in November from the agent’s vehicle. Authorities say the driver, 29-year-old Jeremy Mark McCurry of Steele, gave false information and was arrested along with 24-year-old Jonathan Dawon Davis of Attalla, who had current warrants. 31-year-old Mary Camp Corrothers of Rainbow City was arrested when the gun was found in the car.

Stolen car, three arrested

Etowah County sheriff’s deputies have arrested three people in connection with a car stolen over the weekend in Boaz. A 1999 Torota Corolla was taken Sunday from a home on Haydn Road. It was found totaled Monday on Bellamy Road in the Egypt community. Thanks to information from the Bellamy Road property owner, a vehicle stopped on Egypt Road was found to contain items taken from the Corolla. 22-year-old Christopher Dildy of Albertville was arrested for first-degree theft. Two others in the car, 20-year-old Courtney Brea Dunny of Rainbow City and 21-year old Kayla Renee Schoenlein of Gadsden, both of whom had outstanding warrants, were arrested.

Mitchem visitation, funeral

Visitation for former state Senator Hinton Mitchem will be tomorrow afternoon at Adams Funeral Home in Albertville. The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Moss Service Funeral Home in Cullman. Mitchem died Tuesday after a long illness. He was 74.The longtime tractor dealer and Democrat from Albertville was first elected to the Alabama House in 1974. He later served in the state Senate until his retirement in 2010.

Freezing rain advisory

The National Weather Service has issued a freezing rain advisory for an area including Marshall and Dekalb counties from 3 to 9 tomorrow morning and for an area including Etowah, Calhoun, Cherokee and Blount counties from 6 to 10 tomorrow morning. The freezing rain could result in ice accumulations up to a quarter of an inch. Elevated surfaces, such as bridges and overpasses, could become icy and slick.

Meth mother arrest

A Marshall County woman was arrested Sunday morning after she gave birth and the baby tested positive for methamphetamine. 31-year-old Laura Jean Murphree of Boaz is charged with chamical endangerment of a child and is being held on a half-million dollars bond. The baby, who was born Friday, is hospitalized and receiving special treatment.

Murder sentence

A second person convicted in the murder of a 71-year-old Blount County man was sentenced Tuesday. A circuit judge sentenced 36-year-old Toni Michelle Collins of Blount County, who had pleaded guilty, to life in prison with the possibility of parole. Marvin Allen Dailey was found dead on Thanksgiving Day, 2009, having been bludgeoned with a hatchet or other sharp object and burned alive in his home just off Blount County 29, about six miles north of Oneonta. Collins was arrested along with 34-year-old Thomas Doyle Crowe of Marshall County, who was convicted of capital murder last September and will be sentenced on February 5th.

Grandmother’s new hearing date

A preliminary hearing has been rescheduled for a woman who allegedly drove a car that struck and killed her two-year-old grandson in the front yard of a home in Albertville. Rebecca Elrod was supposed to appear in court last week but her attorney was sick and the judge has set a new date of February 15th. Elrod is charged with criminally negligent homicide in the death last October of two-year-old Brayden Lucas Daniel. Investigators say she was under the influence of prescription medication at the time of the accident.

Guntersville meth bust

Guntersville police busted a methamphetamine lab over the weekend. Officers responded Saturday night after learning that neighbors were concerned about possible drug use in a home on Hideaway Drive. They found four one-pot meth labs inside the residence. 41-year-old Amelia Page Tucker of Guntersville and 41-year-old James Bentley Garner of Boaz were arrested on charges of second degree manufacture of methamphetamine.

Gun control rally

Waving signs and cheering loudly, hundreds of Second Amendment supporters gathered at the Alabama Capitol to voice their opinions about gun control. According to the Montgomery Advertiser, several speakers said proposed gun control legislation would restrict their rights and urged government officials to leave responsible gun owners alone.

Failure to notify arrest

Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Fort Payne man Friday afternoon. Sheriff Jeff Shaver says that 56-year-old Delbert Allen Wooten had been wanted on a warrant for failure to notify enforcement of place of residence. Wooten was being held at the Cherokee County Detention Center with bond pending.

Hazardous weather outlook

Very cold temperatures are on the way. The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for an area including Marshall and DeKalb counties. A strong cold front will continue to push southward today. By tomorrow morning, temperatures will fall into the upper teens and lower 20’s. Combined with a north wind of five to 10 miles an hour, wind chill values will be from 10 to 15 degrees.

Failure to register

A Marshall County man has been arrested for failing to register as a sex offender. The sheriff’s office says 36-year-old Jeffery Compton of Arab was recently released from jail earlier this month, but when he got out, he did not register his new address. Compton was convicted on second degree sex abuse in 2006. He was booked in the Marshall County Jail on a 25-hundred dollar bond.

Boaz theft arrest

A Boaz man is accused of stealing a number of items from a residence in Carlisle earlier this month. The take included two lawn mowers, a tool box, a welder, engine parts and boxes of family heirlooms. Etowah County Sheriff’s investigators arrested 38-year-old Gary Lee Willis based on a neighbor’s description. The stolen items have not been recovered.

Winter Storm Warning

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for an area including the counties of Marshall, DeKalb, Etowah, Calhoun, Cherokee and Blount. Rain is turning to snow and accumulations anywhere from one to four inches are possible this afternoon. Residual water from melting snow could cause slick spots on roads tonight, especially on bridges and overpasses. Meanwhile, flood warnings continue in Marshall County for the Paint Rock River near Woodville and the Tennessee River at Whitesburg.

Cherokee County fire

Firefighters from Leesburg, Sand Rock and Centre responded Tuesday afternoon to a fire at a residence on County Road 235 in the Slackland community where someone was reported to be trapped inside. After the fire was brought under control, a body was found. It’s believed the fire might have started around a kerosene heater and that the victim might have gone back into the residence to try to put it out and was overcome by the fire and smoke. Positive ID of the victim is pending an examination of DNA samples sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences.

Winter Storm Watch

The National Weather Service has issued a  Winter Storm Watch for Marshall, DeKalb, Etowah, Blount, Calhoun, St. Clair and Cherokee Counties 6AM to 6PM Thursday (1-18-13) Cold air could casue some remaining water to freeze on road surfaces overnight in advance of snow arriving during the day Thursday.

Thursday: Expect a dusting up to 4 inches primarily grassy areas. Some locations could receive brief periods of heavy snow withaccumulations up to 5 inches. Any snow that remains on roadways Thursday evening may pose an ice hazard after dark as temperatures fall to 27 overnight. Use extreme caution on bridges, elevated roadways and higher elevations.

Cherokee car theft arrest

A Gaylesville man is charged with recent car thefts in Cherokee County. 33-year-old Joshua Christopher Lott was allegedly breaking into vehicles at the Walmart in Centre and was apprehended after being chased by police. Lott is suspected in at least two other car thefts.

Body found in Arab

The body of a man was found Monday afternoon in a drainage ditch in the parking lot of Arab Cartage and Express on Nathan Road in Arab. Arab police say the body was identified as that of 23-year-old James William Whited of Huntsville and has been sent to the Alabama Medical Examiner Office for an autopsy. The investigation is ongoing; no other details have been released.

Anniston layoffs

General Dynamics Corporations has told 139 employees in Anniston that they face layoffs in a couple of months due to a reduction in the company’s production of Stryker armored vehicles. A company spokesman says General Dynamics issued notices to the workers under the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Act, notifying them that the expected layoffs will kick in from March through April.

Flood warnings, watch

The National Weather Service is continuing two flood warnings until further notice for Marshall County. The warnings involve the Paint Rock River near Woodville and the Tennessee River at Whitesburg. And a flood watch continues through tonight for an area including Marshall, DeKalb, Etowah, Calhoun, Cherokee and Blount counties. Additional ranfall up to one inch with locally higher amounts are possible over already heavily saturated soil. Runoff will produce rises in creeks, streams and rivers. Urban flooding is also possible and could cause some roads to be covered by water.

DeKalb drug busts

Two drug busts in DeKalb County resulted in three women being arrested. On Sunday, deputies responding to complaints of chemical odors at a residence in the Whitton community found a white bag with products of a meth lab. A subsequent search by the Drug Task Force turned up 10 one-pot meth labs on the property. 33-year-old Amy Lynn Shanefelt of Albertville and 43-year-old Mary Rachel Walker of Geraldine are facing several drug charges. And deputies serving a felony warrant at a residence on Highway 176 on Lookout Mountain found marijuana, meth and drug paraphernalia and arrested 34-year-old Joni Alajean Posey of Fort Payne.

Flood warning, watch

The National Weather Service has issued several advories this morning. One is a flood warning in effect through Friday evening for the Paint Rock River near Woodville affecting Marshall County. A flood watch is in effect through tomorrow morning for portions of Alabama, including Marshall, Dekalb, Etowah, Calhoun, Cherokee and Blount counties. Additional rainfall of one to two inches over heavily-saturated soil will result in runoff that will produce rises in many streams and rivers. Urban flash flooding is also possible, causing roadways to be covered with water. Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road. The depth of water is not always obvious and as little as two feet of water will carry most cars away. Also, the road bed might be washed out under the water and you could be stranded or trapped.

Airplane shooter sentenced

A Blount County man told a federal judge Thursday morning that he is “deeply sorry” for firing a shotgun at an antique biplane last June. Jason Allen McCay of Hayden was then sentenced to one year of probation. McCay lives across the road from an airstrip and had complained to several agencies about planes flying over his home before shooting at the biplane. He won’t be allowed to have firearms and ammunition and might have to enroll in an anger management or cognitive therapy program.

Bridge jumper still missing

The search continues for the body of a man who jumped off a bridge as he fled Boaz police last Saturday night. After officers attempted to serve a warrant on 20-year-old Deonta Markey Griffin, he led officers on a high-speed chase through Albertville and Guntersville before reaching the River Bridge on Highway 431 and diving into the Tennessee River. Cadaver dogs were called in Thursday but an all-day search turned up no sign of Griffin. Weather permitting, the Guntersville Rescue Squad was planning to resume a dragging operation today.

Cousin kills cousin

The sheriff of Calhoun County says a 12-year-old boy was accidentally shot and killed by his 12-year-old cousin. It happened Tuesday at a residence on Macon Johnson Drive. Sheriff Larry Amerson said–quote–“I don’t think this child again had any intent other than to show off his Christmas present.” That present was a 20 gauge shotgun, which discharged, hitting the other boy in the chest. Sheriff Amerson doesn’t expect any charges to be filed, calling it a “very tragic accident.”

Boaz jail escapee

A Boaz jail inmate remains on the loose after escaping from a work release job in Albertville last Friday. Investigators say they believe someone came to the Boaz/Albertville Recycle Center and picked up 33-year-old Tracy Maddox. He was serving time for outstanding fines. If you have information regarding the whereabouts of Tracy Maddox, call Boaz Police.

Bike plan workshop

A public workshop is scheduled for later today regarding the Gadsden-Etowah Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. The public will have a chance to view the results of the walking and biking needs analysis and recommended projects that are to be part of the plan. The plan will identify locations for incorporating bicycle and pedestrian accommodations along the existing street network. The workshop will be held from 5 to 7 PM at the Senior Activity Center, 623 Broad Street in Gadsden.

Hammered man still critical

As of Wednesday, the man struck with a hammer while allegedly breaking into a home on New Year’s Eve remained in the intensive care unit at Huntsville Hospital. DeKalb County Sheriff, Jimmy Harris said 58-year-old Dennis Eugene Johnson of Crossville was still in critical condition. Johnson is accused of breaking down the door to get into the home of Donald and Amanda Thompson on County Road 24. Johnson was hit with a hammer and the Thompson’s were also injured but they have since been treated and released from Marshall Medical Center South.

Snead State tobacco-free

Snead State Community College is implementing a new tobacco-free campus policy in the new year. Effective today, the policy prohibits the use of tobacco products anywhere on Snead State’s campus and at the Arab Instructional Site. Many other colleges and universities throughout the state have done the same, including the University of Alabama, Auburn University, Calhoun Community College and Southern Union Community College.

New DeKalb superintendent

The new superintendent of the DeKalb County Board of Education officially takes over this week. The board meets tomorrow and one of Hugh Taylor’s first priorities is to find someone to take his former position of principal at Ruhama Junior High in Fort Payne. There is also an opening for a principal at Plainview School in Rainsville. Taylor, a Republican, was elected to replace Democrat Charles Warren, who is retiring after 12 years as superintendent.

Missing K9 found

A retired Albertville Police K9 went missing New Year’s Eve but was found safe Tuesday afternoon. The police department had issued a bulletin requesting help finding Bok, a solid black German Shepherd. Someone had apparently unlocked his kennel overnight and let him out. According to a statement from the department, Bok was “wet, cold and scared,” but otherwise appeared okay.