Gadsden Commissions Bat StudyApril 23, 2014
Gadsden is ready to build a new riverfront park in East Gadsden, but before they can begin they have to satisfy the environments and so they hired a consulting firm to do a survey of the 9 acres to see whether it may be a habitat for the endangered Indiana bat. They will check for the kinds of trees the bats like to hang out in. Fish and Wildlife says the site may be a bat habitat in summer, but developing the park shouldn’t be hampered because it would not jeopardize the species.
Juvenile Charged as Adult in RapesApril 23, 2014
In Jackson County a juvenile boy is chargedas an adult with raping two girls under the age of 12. 17 year-old Ulises Vincente was taken from the juvenile lockup to the Jackson County Jail charged with rape and sex abuse and child enticement. They say the incidents happened in the Stevenson area and the investigation began after an anonymous tip.
Girl Shot at in East GadsdenApril 23, 2014
Police in East Gadsden are investigating a report of girl on girl gunplay yesterday in which shots were fired but nobody was hit. An 18 year-old girl told officers she was sitting in her car outside the East Gadsden Community Center when another young woman came up to the group, pulled out a gun and fired two shots into the air and then fired three shots at the 18 year-old. The woman wasn’t hit but there is a bullet hole in her car.
Etowah Turkey Hunter ShotApril 23, 2014
A 26 year-old turkey hunter was shot by hunting buddies and was hospitalized yesterday morning. The Etowah Sheriff says the man was hunting with a party of friends in the Ball Play area when he was accidentally shot above the shoulders with a shotgun, causing wounds to his face and neck and chest from the turkey shot. His injuries are not life-threatening. And the State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is carrying the ball in the investigation.
Jackson County Teen Charged with Bringing Air Gun to SchoolApril 22, 2014
A Jackson County High School student has been charged with bringing a weapon to school last week. Students tipped school authorities that the teenager had an air gun and they confiscated the weapon before police got there. The teen is charged with carrying a concealed weapon as a juvenile.
Steel Bank Robbed MondayApril 22, 2014
The FBI was called in after a man held up the People’s Independent Bank in Steele yesterday morning. The man walked into the bank on US Highway 11 with a handgun and fled after getting money. Dogs tracked him but lost the scent around nearby railroad tracks and officers think he had a vehicle waiting for him there.
Grandmother Indicted for Death of GrandsonApril 22, 2014
A grandmother in Marshall County has been indicted for running over and killing her 2 year-old grandson while allegedly u nder the influence of prescription medication. Rebecca Elrod of Diana Avenue in Albertville is accused of criminally negligent homicide for running over Brayden Daniel in October of 2012. Arraignment will be in June.
Fort Payne High School Reverses Itself on Latino Boy RejectionApril 21, 2014
In Fort Payne after the Southern Poverty Law Center advocated for a 17 year-old Latino student turned away from school enrollment twice, pointing out constitutional issues and Alabama law, the schools have enrolled the boy, and will changed school policy to reflect that providing a Social Security number and a birth certificate are not a requirement for enrollment in school.
Neglect of Cattle ChargesApril 21, 2014
After animal control investigators discovered dead and dying cattle on a Jackson County property, they arrested Tracy Skimmer for animal neglect and cruelty. He was charged with 21 counts of cruelty and 9 counts of failing to bury livestock. He was also charged with 3 counts of health-dead animals, which means he allowed dead livestock to decompose in a waterway, contaminating it.
Woman Serving Life for Heinous Murder Wants Parole ChanceApril 21, 2014
In 1982 Judith Ann Neelley helped her husband sexually abuse a 13 year-old girl, shoot her and inject her with drain cleaner and then toss her over a cliff in Little River Canyon. She was sentenced to death but the governor commuted it to life in 1999. But then the legislature passed a law saying a commutation of a death sentence makes the life sentence without the opportunity of parole and made it retroactive to Neelley’s case. Now her attorneys are making the case that a retroactive law cannot make for a great punishment and want the opportunity for parole reinstated.