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  • Decatur doctor accused of sexual assault responds to lawsuit

    Excerpt from WHNT:

    A Decatur doctor accused of sexually assaulting several of his patients is disputing all claims of wrongdoing. Dr. Michael Dick of Alabama Medicine and Rheumatology Clinic responded to a lawsuit filed on behalf of six women who claim to be his former patients. The doctor also filed a protective order asking a judge to stop the victims from sharing their stories with the media.

    A Birmingham-based attorney responded on behalf of Dr. Dick saying there is “no basis to contend he preys on female patients as alleged in the complaint.” The lawsuit filed against Dr. Dick says female members of the nursing staff were present with him. He says no misconduct took place, as alleged in the lawsuit. The response also says employees who work at the medical practice deny any misconduct.

  • Bobby Bright says ‘D.C. powerbrokers’ pushed Trump to endorse Martha Roby

    Excerpt from

    Bobby Bright says ‘D.C. powerbrokers’ pushed Trump to endorse Martha Roby in Alabama’s District 2 race.

    “I understand politics and how Washington works. It appears the D.C. powerbrokers have gotten to the President on this issue. It’s truly a swamp of insiders controlled by big money special interests, the same crowd who’s bankrolling Martha Roby’s campaign to the tune of over $1 million just this year,” Bright said in a statement. “It’s a place where loyalty doesn’t exist. When you take that much money from D.C., New York and California, you lose sight of Alabama.”

    Incumbent Roby will face Bobby Bright — a former congressman she defeated in 2010 — in a runoff next month. Bright served one term in Congress as a Democrat, but switched parties to run against Roby in this year’s Republican primary.

  • Man accused of trying to run over police officer, charged with attempted murder

    Excerpt from ABC 33/40:

    A man accused of trying to run over a police officer was charged with attempted murder Friday, Shelby County authorities confirm.

    Chief Assistant District Attorney Roger Hepburn says Issai Serrano is the suspect connected with a Wednesday afternoon shooting involving an Alabaster Police officer. The shooting occurred at Morgan Road and South Shades Crest Road, said Hoover Police officers, who were the first to respond to the scene.

8 months ago

Alabamian, WWI veteran and Medal of Honor recipient remembered in Birmingham

It’s been exactly 100-years since Alabama-native Osmond Kelly Ingram was killed during a German U-boat attack in the North Atlantic on October 15, 1917, becoming our nation’s first enlisted serviceman to die in World War I.

And today Alabama paused to remember her native son’s service, to honor his sacrifice, and to reflect upon the valor he demonstrated during the attack … valor that was posthumously recognized with the Medal of Honor.

Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 668, which is named in Ingram’s honor, gathered this morning in the downtown Birmingham park that also bears his name to mark the solemn anniversary.

The event also kicks-off the approach to the first-in-the-nation National Veterans Day Parade, held on November 11th in downtown Birmingham. This is the 70th anniversary of the parade, which was started in 1947 by an Alabama veteran of World War II who wanted a celebration to honor all veterans. They chose to hold the parade on November 11th, then known as Armistice Day – the anniversary of the end of World War I.

More than 117,000 American servicemembers, including more than 2,000 from Alabama, were killed in World War I. But for Mrs. Betty Ingram of Pratt City, one sailor mattered more than all of the others.
“My boy, my boy,” she said through sobs after learning her 30-year old son had been killed, according to an October 18, 1917 edition of the Birmingham Age-Herald.

Ingram first enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1903, when he was only 16-years old, leaving his quiet Jefferson County home for a few years before returning to become a firefighter in Pratt City.

“There never was a braver lad,” his chief on the fire department told the newspaper.

Ingram reenlisted in 1912 and left home for good this time, eventually rising to become a Gunner’s Mate First Class. He was aboard the destroyer USS Cassin off the coast of Ireland when it came under attack by a German U-boat.

Ingram was on deck cleaning his rifle after morning target practice and happened to see the approaching torpedo. Accounts from the time reported his valor, which would later be recognized with the Medal of Honor.

The citation for the award read: “… Ingram sighted the torpedo coming, and realizing that it might strike the ship aft in the vicinity of the depth charges, ran aft with the intention of releasing the depth charges before the torpedo could reach the Cassin. The torpedo struck the ship before he could accomplish his purpose and Ingram was killed by the explosion. The depth charges exploded immediately afterward. His life was sacrificed in an attempt to save the ship and his shipmates, as the damage to the ship would have been much less if he had been able to release the depth charges.”

Ingram’s body was never recovered, but the sailors he tried to save ensured his name would never be forgotten.

The main flagpole at Naval Training Center, San Diego, was named in his honor, along with the USS Osmond Ingram (DD-255), a Clemson-class destroyer that served with distinction during World War II.

Birmingham named Ingram Park after its hometown hero, as well. And VFW Post 688 carries his name still.

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8 months ago

Alabamian, first enlisted serviceman killed in WWI, to be honored Sunday

Gunner’s Mate Third Class Osmond K. Ingram, USN (Naval History and Heritage Command)

The first enlisted serviceman killed in World War I, Pratt City-native Osmond Kelly Ingram, will be honored at 10:30 a.m. this Sunday in the park that bears his name, at 5th Avenue North and 16th Street in downtown Birmingham.
The ceremony will commemorate the 100th anniversary of Ingram’s death, October 15, 1917.
The 30-year old sailor was killed during a German U-boat attack on the USS Cassin. Ingram posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his efforts to save the crew.