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MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Gov. Robert Bentley said today he would cut the state's General Fund budget by 15 percent once the Legislature passes pending supplemental appropriations to several key agencies.
And Bentley said the condition of the $1.6 billion fund is so bad that he expects to have to prorate the 2012 budget that begins on Oct. 1 anywhere from 15 percent to 45 percent.
The General Fund finances all non-education state services, such as state troopers, corrections, courts, public health, mental health and Medicaid.
Speaking to members of the Huntsville-Madison County Chamber of Commerce, Bentley said he will cut this year's budget as soon as the Legislature approves supplemental appropriations to prisons and health and human service agencies.
Those bills are pending in the Senate Finance and Taxation General Fund Committee
ENTERPRISE, Ala. --
An early morning fire Wednesday on Coppinville Road destroyed most of an elderly man’s home.
Enterprise Fire Chief Byron Herring said firefighters responded to a structure fire at 506 Coppinville Road at 2:06 a.m. When they arrived, they found “flames shooting through the roof in the center” of 78-year-old Enos Riley’s home.
The morning clouds split revealing the warm sun, and a breeze cooled the competitors Wednesday at the 35th Annual Dothan-Houston County Special Olympics Track and Field Day. The smiles, laughs and shouts of encouragement outnumbered the gold medals. There were no discussions of NCAA violations, no talks of ownership lockouts or collective bargaining agreements. None of the athletes had agents.
The morning clouds split revealing the warm sun, and a breeze cooled the competitors Wednesday at the 35th Annual Dothan-Houston County Special Olympics Track and Field Day.
The smiles, laughs and shouts of encouragement outnumbered the gold medals. There were no discussions of NCAA violations, no talks of ownership lockouts or collective bargaining agreements.
None of the athletes had agents.
A 22-year-old Dothan man went into a profanity-laced outburst in court Wednesday, moments after a judge denied him probation for the rape of a teenage girl.
Assistant Houston County District Attorney Andy Robinson said Desmond Dante Evans will serve a 10-year prison sentence after Circuit Court Judge Jerry White denied his probation request for a felony second-degree rape charge. White filled in for Circuit Court Judge Michael Conaway.
Robinson said Evans was one of three people, including two juveniles, charged with the rape of a 13-year-old girl. Court records indicate Dothan police arrested Evans in August 2009, and charged him with a rape that happened earlier that year in May. He pleaded guilty to the charge last month, and received the 10-year prison term.
Federal agents took a Newton man into custody after a judge sentenced him to serve 30 months in prison for the possession of a destructive device.
According to Bertha Moore with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Montgomery, a federal judge sentenced Michael McWaters, 22, to the two and a half year prison term, followed by two years of supervised release.
Dothan police originally arrested McWaters in May 2010 during a traffic stop on U.S. 84 West near Wicksburg.
A Dothan man received a 45-year prison sentence Wednesday for molesting a 4-year-old girl.
Circuit Court Judge Kevin Moulton gave Tertius Brooks, 29, of South Park Avenue, the sentence about a month after a jury found him guilty of felony sex abuse of a child under the age of 12.
Moulton said Brooks faced a sentence of 15 to 99 years or life in prison for the conviction because of two prior felony convictions. The class B felony crime of sex abuse of a child under the age of 12 normally carries a punishment of two to 20 years in prison.
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) today responded to a report of two swimmers in distress in gulf waters just off Camp Creek in Seacrest Beach. Deputies arrived at the scene around 1:40pm to find the female made it back to the beach and a male victim was being pulled from the water by lifeguards employed by the South Walton Fire District. The lifeguards were were unable to resuscitate the victim.
South Walton County EMS arrived and pronounced the swimmer deceased on the scene. He is identified as Richard Strobl, DOB: 9-12-52, of Gulford, Illinois. Next of kin has been notified by law enforcement. Preliminary investigation has determined that the victim was swimming on the beach with his wife, Laura when they became caught in strong under currents. The mother made her way to the beach; however the victim was not seen again until he was pulled from the water by the lifeguards.
Major Graham Fountain, Director of Law Enforcement Operations for the WCSO spoke with Mrs. Strobl just moments ago. “She was doing as well as could be expected under the circumstances, and wished to thank the life guards, fire/EMS personnel, and beach patrol deputies who all have been so kind and helpful to her and her daughter during this ordeal,” Fountain said.
Any inquiries concerning the rescue of the victim or EMS protocol at the scene should be directed to Deputy Chief Sean Hughes, South Walton Fire District at 850-267-1298.
“Our hearts go out to Strobl family as they deal with the loss of a husband and father. We will keep them in our thoughts and prayers and will stand ready to provide any assistance possible,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson.
The Medical Examiner’s Office was notified and the investigation continues.
Media Report for
76 Total Calls
3 Medical Emergencies
2 General Disturbance
Booked In 5
Total in Custody 184
Covington County Jail Report
Fredrick L. Everett 24 POM2nd/PODP $10,500
Amy K. Caudle 31 Bondsman off Bond $1,000,000.
Syretta D. Curry 33 Probation Revocation -0-
Edwin D. Bivins 29 VOP -0-
Titus C. Gandy 27 Commitment Order -0-
MOBILE, Alabama -- A judge has upheld two charges against former prosecutor Steve Giardini, who is accused of soliciting sex from an undercover FBI agent posing on the Internet as a 15-year-old girl.
Giardini, 51, will face enticing a child younger than 16 and soliciting the production of child pornography.
Escambia County Circuit Judge Bradley E. Byrne, who was appointed to the case after Mobile County judges recused themselves, upheld the two charges in a brief order filed this morning. The judge did not explain his decision.
Can an Alabama man be executed after paperwork mix-up? That's what the U.S. Supreme Court will decide.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Supreme Court will decide whether a Alabama man can be executed after his lawyers missed a paperwork deadline.
The court on Monday agreed to hear an appeal from Cory Maples. He is on death row on a murder conviction after his trial lawyers allegedly made mistakes presenting his case.
Maples' appellate lawyers neglected to file an appeal of a judge's ruling that his first lawyers were not ineffective. When the mistake was discovered, the Alabama courts refused to hear the
appeal from Maples.
The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also said that because his lawyer missed the 42-day deadline, Maples lost his chance to appeal his execution.
The court will hear the case later this year.
The case is Maples v. Allen, 10-63.