Court Square, Andalusia
AT approximately 10 a.m.deputies were dispatched to
Rock Hole Bridge Rd. to a farming accident. Upon arrival
deputies and Advanced EMS discovered a 70 w/m that
was deceased. The deceased apparently was trying to
unload some cross ties from a trailer. The load had shifted
and pinned him under part of the load. The deceased
apparently had been there since late Saturday afternoon
according to relatives. His name has not been released due
to the fact all of next of kin have not been notified.
The deceased indiviual on Rock Hole Bridge Rd. has been identified as Gary L. Nelson
Tony Mendez, retired Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operative and mastermind behind “Argo,” one of the most creative and daring rescue operations in history and the basis for the award-winning movie, will be in Covington County on June 20, 2013, for the LBW Community College Foundation annual scholarship benefit dinner.
“The movie depicts his heroic efforts to develop an elaborate rescue plan in a hostile country,” said LBWCC Foundation President Kim Carter. “On June 20th in Andalusia, Mendez will share his own, personal insights of the operation that successfully saved six American lives.”
Since Andalusia is within driving distance of several military installations, the Foundation is offering a military discount.
“We are in a very patriotic area of Alabama and the country. Because of his personal connection to this courageous rescue and his 25 years working around the world to keep America safe, we feel many people will want to hear his remarks.”
Mendez was recruited by the CIA’s Technical Services Division in 1965, and from then until retirement, he lived two lives. For 25 years, he worked under cover, often overseas, participating in some of the most important operations of the Cold War.
To his friends, he was a quiet bureaucrat working for the U.S. military. To the CIA, he was their disguise master. From Wild West adventures in East Asia to Cold War intrigue in Moscow, he was there.
He moved into the CIA’s executive rank over the course of his career. Mendez and his subordinates were responsible for changing the identity and appearance of thousands of clandestine operatives, allowing them to move securely around the world.
In January 1980, he was awarded the Intelligence Star for Valor for engineering and conducting the rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Iran during the hostage crisis. This rescue operation involved creating a fake Hollywood film production company, complete with personnel, scripts, publicity and real estate in Los Angeles.
When Mendez retired in November 1990, he had earned the CIA’s Intelligence Medal of Merit and two Certificates of Distinction. Seven years later, in September 1997 on the 50th anniversary of the CIA, he was one of 50 officers chosen from tens of thousands to be awarded the Trailblazer Medallion. This honor recognized him as an “officer who by his actions, example, or initiative…helped shape the history of the CIA.”
He published his first book, The Master of Disguise, in November 1999. Since then, Mendez has appeared in various national media to include 22 documentaries. He published his second book in September 2002 with his wife Jonna entitled “Spy Dust.”
Warner Brothers made a feature film based on the rescue of hostages out of the Canadian embassy in Tehran. The film “Argo” stars and was directed by Ben Affleck and opened nationally in October 2012. It since won three Academy awards including Best Picture.
“Sponsorships are available and will include a certain amount of VIP tickets that will allow holders to personally meet Mendez,” said Carter.
The event begins with a silent auction at 5:45 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., followed by an opportunity for book signings on June 20, 2013, at the Kiwanis Community Center in Andalusia. Individual tickets are $50, or $45 each with a valid military I.D. All proceeds benefit scholarships and programs of the LBWCC Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information, call (334) 881-2306.
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Alabama - Need your daily dose of real-time Jefferson County jail information? The sheriff's department has an app for that.
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Inman, 44, was reported missing on May 24 after she walked away from a boarding house without her ID, money, cell phone or anxiety medication, according to family members.
DOTHAN, Alabama -- Dothan Police are asking for help identifying suspects who broke into a storage building and a vehicle at Turf & Scapes in the 700 block of Prevatt Road.
Three white men entered the storage building and vehicle during the early morning hours of Thursday, May 30 without permission, Dothan Police released.
DOTHAN, Alabama -- Dothan Police are asking for assistance locating a missing 17-year-old last seen at Pier Park in Panama City.
Kelsie Amber West, of 3411 Grandberry Drive, was last seen on June 2 at 2 p.m. on Pier Park in Panama City.
On Saturday, June 1, 2013, the Andalusia Police Department received at least 12 calls concerning burglaries of vehicles. It was determined that sometime late Friday night/early Saturday morning that a person/persons had broken into 13 different vehicles at 12 different residences. These residences were located on Snowden Drive, Moore Road, Wo0dlawn Avenue, Astor Drive, and Bluebell Drive. Items taken during the burglaries included money and portable electronic devices. The total amount of money taken was approximately $40.00 in change. Sgt. Roger Cender worked the case and by early Saturday afternoon, had identified a person of interest. The suspect, identified as Derrick Leon Jones, age 29 of Andalusia, was located in an apartment at West Haven Meadows off of Snowden Drive and was brought to the Andalusia Police Department for questioning. At the conclusion of the interview, Jones was arrested and charged with 13 counts of Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle and 8 counts of Theft of Property III. Jones was booked into the Covington County Jail Saturday afternoon with a bond totaling $284,000.
Break down of the burglaries and locations:
Astor Drive- 7 vehicles
Snowden Drive- 2 vehicles
Woodlawn Avenue- 2 vehicles
Moore Road – 1 vehicle
Bluebell Drive – 1 vehicle
Note: All of the vehicles were unlocked and no damage occurred during entry. The Police Department would like to remind everyone to secure your vehicles and your belongings. Although a locked door will not stop a determined thief, it can be a deterrent to someone who is looking to make a quick score by grabbing electronics, change or anything else of value left in plain view inside a vehicle.
LBW Community College in Andalusia is launching a new program this fall designed for people who work full time during the day.
The new program will make it possible for students to continue working while earning a degree by committing two nights a week for two years in a specific curriculum.
The plan is to enroll a “cohort” of students, a group that will work together through the same academic curriculum, to begin this fall and graduate in the spring of 2015. A new group will be started every fall.