An Odenville man who video-recorded himself raping a 3-year-old girl was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Wednesday.
43-year-old Robert Armbrust, Jr. pled guilty last week to rape, sodomy, sex abuse of a child younger than 12, and child porn involving a child younger than 17. St. Clair County Judge Phil Seay sentenced Armbrust to life in prison without parole for the rape charge and life in prison on the remaining charges.
According to Chief Assistant District Attorney Lyle Harmon, Armbrust committed the horrific crimes from June through September 2016 while he and his girlfriend were babysitting a sick friend’s grandchild. Armbrust videotaped and photographed himself committing the child sex crimes.
It was a very good year for Alabama’s student archers at the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) Eastern National Championship. Placing in the top five of their shooting categories were two Alabama teams and four individual students. Additionally, an Alabama elementary school student was chosen as an Easton Academic Archer and five Alabama students made the NASP All-American Academic Team.
“We are extremely proud of the performance of Alabama’s student archers,” said Marisa Futral, Hunter Education Coordinator for the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR). “Their determination and dedication to both archery and academics is paying off and will serve them well in other aspects of life.”
More than 14,000 archers traveled from 35 states to the competition, which was held May 10-12, 2018, in Louisville, Ky. Alabama’s top five results are listed below.
East Elementary, First Place, Elementary School Division
Alma Bryant High, Fifth Place, High School Division
Kayden Henderson, Vinemont Elementary, Third Place, Elementary School Male Division
Allie Stewart, East Elementary, Fourth Place, Elementary School Female Division
Caleb Thornton, Alma Bryant High, Third Place, in both the overall competition and the High School Male Division with a near perfect score of 297 (out of 300).
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East Elementary, First Place
Ava Ray, East Elementary, Second Place, Elementary School Female Division
Allie Stewart, East Elementary, Third Place, Elementary School Female Division
The Easton Academic Archer program highlights students who excel in the classroom as well as on the archery range. Each of the newly chosen academic archers received a Genesis Bow and custom Easton Academic Archer arrows during the tournament.
Pierce Gudger of East Elementary School was chosen as one of 10 academic archers for 2018.
All-American Academic Team
The 2018 NASP All-American Academic Team was formed based on the results of both the NASP Eastern and Western National tournaments and a roster of Academic Archers from across North America. Five students from Alabama have made this year’s team.
Allie Stewart, East Elementary
Jonathan Hall, Breitling Elementary
Taylor Darby, Munford Middle
Justin Liveoak, Chilton County High
Caleb Thornton, Alma Bryant High
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Pentagon won’t rename Alabama’s Ft. Rucker, named after Confederate officer
An instructor approaches a Black Hawk helicopter on Fort Rucker (Photo: Fort Rucker Flickr photostream)
WASHINGTON — In a rare moment of pushback against political correctness, the Pentagon announced it will not rename any military installations named after Confederate generals, including Alabama’s Fort Rucker.
“Every Army installation is named for a soldier who holds a place in our military history,” Brig. Gen. Malcolm B. Frost said in a statement. “Accordingly, these historic names represent individuals, not causes or ideologies. It should be noted that the naming occurred in the spirit of reconciliation, not division.”
Edmund Rucker was a colonel in the Confederate Army of Tennessee, commanding a cavalry brigade in the battles of Franklin and Nashville, during which he was wounded and captured. He was given the honorary rank of general after the Civil War and settled his family in Birmingham. He became a business leader in the late 1800s and one of the major players in the city’s rise to become an industrial powerhouse.
“Camp Rucker” was first opened in Alabama’s wiregrass region in 1942. The first troops to train at the camp were in the 81st Infantry Division, which saw action in the Pacific Theater during WWII. After shuttering for a few years during peacetime, the camp was reopened again during the Korean War. It was deactivated again briefly before reopening for good in 1955 as Fort Rucker. All of the Army’s aviation training has taken place at Fort Rucker since 1973.
The base is now home to the United States Army Aviation Center of Excellence (USAACE) and the United States Army Aviation Museum.
Rucker was not the only base being pressured to change its name in recent weeks. As the Confederate Battle Flag became a hot-button political issue in the wake of a racially-motived shooting in South Carolina, activists pushed to eliminate remnants of Confederate history throughout the South.
Other major bases in the activists’ crosshairs included Fort Bragg, named after Gen. Braxton Bragg, a Confederate general and close friend of Confederate president Jefferson Davis; and Fort Hood, the largest U.S. military base in the country, named after Confederate general John Bell Hood, who was wounded during the Battle of Gettysburg.
“The services are ultimately responsible for naming their own military installations,” said Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman. “As of now, there are no current plans to change policies regarding how installations are named.”
A map of the military installations named after Confederate officers can be found below.
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