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  • 2 jailed after 17 cats, 4 dogs found in van in Mobile

    Excerpt from AL.com:

    A man and woman were charged with 21 counts each of second-degree animal cruelty after police found 17 cats and four dogs in their car during a traffic stop Saturday afternoon, according to Mobile police.

    Police stopped a Chrysler van driving near Theodore Dawes Road and Old Pascagoula Road just before 1 p.m. Saturday, police said. The driver, 40-year-old Bruce Stiles, did not have his driver’s license, police said.

    Tonya Pamplin, 42, another woman and 17 cats and four dogs were also in the van, police said.

    Police said the van was “overrun” with roaches, other pests and a large amount of refuse and cat litter.

  • More Americans watched the royal wedding than the Alabama-Georgia national title game

    Excerpt from WSFA:

    Nielsen reported 29.2 million Americans tuned in to 15 channels to catch a glimpse of the American actress marrying Europe’s most popular prince.

    Numbers in the United Kingdom were about 18 million. That’s down from the 24 million Britons who watched the last royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011, according to CNN. The audience in the United States was only 23 million.

    With an extra 6 million viewers, there’s no question the new Duchess of Sussex spiked American interest this time around.

    But how does her wedding compare to TV ratings for other major events?

    It did not surpass Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration in 2017, although it came noticeably close. Trump had a TV audience of 30.6 million.

    And the NFL’s super bowl still sits far above the rest of the field with 103.4 million viewers in 2018.

    Even so, the royal wedding topped these major TV events of the last year:

    — 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship – Alabama vs. Georgia – 16.7 million
    — 2018 Men’s basketball national championship game – Villanova vs. Michigan – 16.5 million

  • Rabid fox bites two people at Fairhope golf course

    Excerpt from WKRG:

    Fairhope Police say two people were bitten by a rabid fox at the Rock Creek Golf Club.

    The first person was bitten Sunday while playing golf. When he got out of his cart the red fox ran up and bit his leg. The golfer went to the hospital for treatment.

    On Monday morning, police say the fox bit another person. A member of the course’s ground crew saw the animal and another person was bitten in the leg trying to catch it. Fairhope Animal Control came and to the scene and took the fox away. According to a press release, “it was taken to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for testing, and it tested positive for rabies.  The persons bitten have been notified to seek appropriate treatment.”

    Fairhope Police are asking the public to report any strange behavior in animals. Foxes are reclusive and are rarely seen during the day, the department says. They also avoid human contact.

3 months ago

Suspected Alabama shoplifter punches store employee in the face

(Decatur Police Department)

(Decatur Police Department)

 
 
Brittany Nicole Slater, 26, of Decatur, was arrested Friday by Decatur Police and charged with a felony robbery charge, fleeing and attempting to elude.

Slater punched a Belk employee, the loss prevention worker, in the face in the store parking lot as she was trying to get away.

Slater then left in a vehicle and a store associate contacted law enforcement and followed her.

Police caught up to Slater’s vehicle and arrested her.

Belk declined comment.

The store is in Decatur Mall.

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3 months ago

Record high temps in Alabama this week?

(Pixabay)
(Pixabay)

Possible record high temps are expected this week as high as 10-15 degrees above average.

The National Weather Service (NWS) said many high temperature records may be in jeopardy for the next few days.

The warm weather is already off to a hot start in Mobile, which hit 80 degrees on Sunday afternoon and tied its record high for the date. 

High temperatures on Monday will range from the mid-70s in north Alabama to the low 80s for south Alabama, according to the NWS.

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3 months ago

Threats against Alabama schools increase

(Pixabay)

(Pixabay)

 
 
There is a wave of student threats in wake of the Florida school shooting.

Irondale Police confirmed Sunday a rumored threat of violence against Shades Valley High School.

Bessemer Police say someone threatened to “shoot up” Bessemer City High School.

A Springville High School student was arrested and charged with making a terrorist threat.

A 15-year-old Dothan High School student was arrested and jailed Friday after he threatened to “shoot up the school.”

Two students from East Limestone High School were jailed Friday after they made terrorist threats against the school.

A Daphne student was suspended Friday after he reportedly called 911 to report what he believed to be a threat of gun violence at school. 

A Leeds High School student was suspended from school after threatening to “shoot up the prom” earlier this month.

A Susan Moore High School student was charged with making a terrorist threat Friday.

Hokes Bluff High, near Gadsden, has had two threats in the last couple of weeks.

The Etowah County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

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3 months ago

Two Alabama school buses wreck in Anniston

(Pixabay)

(Pixabay)

 
 
Two buses carrying Ramsay High School students from Birmingham to a basketball game in Jacksonville were involved in a wreck today in Anniston.

Authorities recommended four students go to Anniston Regional Medical Center for evaluation after complaining of pain.

Anniston Police said the two buses collided on McClellan Boulevard near Baltzel Gate Road.

The Calhoun County school system will take the students back to Birmingham from the accident site.

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3 months ago

More great economic news

(Pixabay)

(Pixabay)

 
 
Another sign of a strengthening economy shows that the government reported almost a 10 percent increase in home construction last month, the highest level since 2016.

National Association of Home Builders Chief Economist Robert Dietz says that’s welcome news for a housing market with a shortage of homes for sale, even with rising mortgage rates.

Dietz said, “Faster income growth and tax cuts from the tax reform effort in 2017, those will all help home buyers save and make a purchase of a home.”

Deitz also said, “We expect large amounts of production in the south and the west. That makes sense because those are the areas of the country that have both population growth, and where it’s a little easier to build new housing.”

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3 months ago

Alabama school safety that works is in Franklin County


 
 
Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh, president of the Alabama Public Service Commission, in a release today, said Alabama need look no further than a method already in place to solve the security in schools issue.

While others are proposing arming teachers and administrators, Cavanaugh said a law passed in 2013 for Franklin County allows suitable teachers, school personnel, and locals to volunteer to be trained as Reserve Deputy Sheriffs and carry firearms on school grounds.

Cavanaugh says the bill, HB 404, could be expanded to cover the state and solve the issue.

HB 404 was carried in the House by State Representative Johnny Mack Morrow (D-Red Bay).

It passed the Alabama Senate and became law five years ago.

Franklin County Sheriff Shannon Oliver said the bill seems to be working in Franklin County.

Cavanaugh called on the legislature to look at HB 404 and see how well it has worked for Franklin County and implement the bill statewide.

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3 months ago

Former Alabama House Majority Leader Micky Hammon sentenced to prison


 
 
U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson sentenced former Alabama House Majority Leader Representative Micky Hammon (R-Decatur) to three months in prison today for felony mail fraud.

Hammon pleaded guilty to using campaign funds for personal expenses in September.

The court ordered he forfeit $50,657.46 and pay back victims who donated to his campaign.

He may begin his sentence in March, according to the Montgomery Advertiser.

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3 months ago

A new Alabama city for Cullman County

(Wikicommons)

(Wikicommons)

 
 
Residents of Berlin (the locals pronounce it ber-line) in Cullman County, voted Tuesday to form north Alabama’s newest city.

The residents of Berlin voted 45-23 in favor of incorporating the town.

Only 68 of 300 residents eligible to vote actually cast a ballot at the Berlin Community Center.

Berlin will now become the 12th municipality in Cullman County.

Now, the county will conduct a census and enter an order of incorporation.

City officials will also have to set an election soon for mayor, a council and other elected officials.

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3 months ago

Record year for Alabama exports — Can you guess what the #1 export category is?

(YHN)

 

Governor Kay Ivey released Alabama export numbers Thursday showing the state has reached a record of $21.7 billion in overseas shipments of products.

That is up by 6 percent from the 2016 numbers of $20.5 billion. Alabama exports have surged 21 percent since 2011 and 50 percent in a decade, according to the governor’s office.

“We’ve seen Alabama exports continue to expand in recent years, strengthening our economy at home and creating more opportunities for our citizens,” Governor Ivey said in a statement. “The companies sending Alabama-made products to markets across the world are not just large, multinational companies, but also small and medium-sized companies located in communities across the state.

Alabama businesses exported goods and services to 189 countries in 2017. The Top 5 markets were: Canada ($4.14 billion), China ($3.62 billion), Germany ($2.94 billion), Mexico ($2.9 billion), and Japan ($682.6 million). Exports to China and Mexico both grew by 10 percent, while shipments to Japan rose 30 percent.

The state’s #1 export category is transportation equipment, officials said. That category includes motor vehicles, auto parts, and aircraft and spacecraft components.

Other export items include chemicals, papers and minerals.

“With much of the world’s purchasing power located outside the U.S., Alabama companies are looking at markets beyond our borders for growth opportunities,” said Hilda Lockhart, director of the Commerce Department’s Office of International Trade. “Exports enhance the quality of life for all Alabamians and elevate prosperity in the state. Creating jobs through exports for the state’s citizens is key to accelerating Alabama globally.”

Alabama ranked No. 22 among the states in export volume in 2017, moving up one spot from the previous year, Lockhart said. Alabama’s increase of 6.3 percent last year was in line with the overall U.S. gain of 6.6 percent.

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3 months ago

Alabama man dead after stand-off with SWAT team

Donald Fulton (Mobile Police Department)
Donald Fulton (Mobile Police Department)

 

Donald Fulton, 41, was killed by SWAT team members Wednesday after police responded to a domestic violence call in West Mobile.

At gunpoint, Fulton forced his family out of the home at 5651 Renn Street before going back into the house and threatening to kill himself.

The SWAT team surrounded the house and hostage negotiators convinced Fulton to drop his weapon.

When the SWAT team went in, Fulton picked up his gun and shot at them.

The officers returned fire and killed Fulton.

No one else was injured in the standoff.

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3 months ago

Indiana man killed in Lincoln, Alabama

(W.Miller/YHN)

Henry Franklin Turney, 78, of Monterey, Indiana, was struck and killed by a driver in Lincoln on Monday in Talladega County.

The accident happened at 6:14 p.m. in an unlit portion of road in the southbound lane of Highway 77.

Turney was crossing an intersection when a Chevy Camaro, driven by a female Lincoln resident, struck him.

Turney was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Talladega County officials.

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3 months ago

Governor Kay Ivey’s campaign off and running

(Governor Kay Ivey/Flickr)
(Governor Kay Ivey/Flickr)

 

Governor Kay Ivey officially kicked off her campaign for governor Tuesday.

She said she has done her best to steady the scandal-ridden “Ship of State.”

As Lieutenant Governor, Ivey became governor last April after former governor Robert Bentley resigned amid threats of impeachment by the Legislature.

Ivey spoke at a rally in Montgomery Tuesday and emphasized economic successes like Toyota and Mazda locating in Huntsville.

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3 months ago

Opelika voters renew property tax

(W.Miller/YHN)


 
 

Tuesday, a vote took place in the city of Opelika.

On the ballot was the renewal of a property tax for Opelika City Schools that was first put in place in 1965.

The measure contributes approximately $2 million each year to the city school system.

School administrators say the special property tax brings in funds that the state can’t provide that are important to students.

Final results of the vote revealed that 95 percent voted in favor of renewing the property tax and 5 percent voted against it.

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3 months ago

Fire in an Alabama coal mine

(Pixabay)

(Pixabay)

 
 

A fire has been reported at Mine #4 in Brookwood.

Firefighters got the call around 2:18 a.m. at the four-story building at a barge-loading facility off of County Road 59. 

A cobalt machine that is used to wash coal reportedly caught fire, according to mine officials.

No injuries have been reported. 

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3 months ago

Alabama shooter identified by Opelika Police

(Pixabay)

(Pixabay)

 
 

Shyrod Jones, 23, of Opelika, is the man police have identified as the shooter that allegedly killed Jabbar Combs, Junior, 19, of Tuskegee.

According to Opelika Police, Jones and another person were at their home when at approximately 11:15 p.m., Jones heard loud knocking and banging on his rear door.

Jones picked up a firearm due to a previous burglary and went to the rear door and found Combs.

Jones stated that Combs made a threatening movement and Jones fired his gun. 

Opelika Police later determined that Combs had friends in a neighboring house and may simply have mistaken the address.

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3 months ago

More land for a popular Alabama wildlife refuge

(Keenan Adams/United States Fish and Wildlife Service)
(Keenan Adams/United States Fish and Wildlife Service)

 

Alabama federal wildlife officials and nonprofit groups have added 251 acres of coastal marshes, creeks and forests to the popular Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge’s Little Point Clear Unit on the Fort Morgan Peninsula in Baldwin County.

The Conservation Fund recently purchased and transferred the property to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) at the request of the FWS and the state of Alabama for addition to the refuge.

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3 months ago

No school system for Gardendale, Alabama

(City of Gardendale/Facebook)

(City of Gardendale/Facebook)

 
 

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta ruled today that Gardendale, near Birmingham, cannot form its own school system.

The court also agreed with a federal judge’s finding that racial motives were involved in the attempt to split from the Jefferson County system.

The ruling nullifies part of an order from last year that allowed Gardendale to form its own system.

Bill Pryor, a former Alabama Attorney General, wrote the opinion.

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3 months ago

TVA’s transmission assets eyed

(TVA.Gov)
(TVA.Gov)

 

TVA, the nation’s largest public utility, under President Donald Trump’s infrastructure plan, suggests a study of whether its transmission assets should be sold.

The idea prompted a strong reaction from Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee) who calls it “a looney idea that has no chance to become law.”

TVA spokesman Jim Hopson said Monday that TVA will work with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to help explore the proposal’s full implications.

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