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On July 23, 2014, at 1630 hrs., the Enterprise Police Department received a call about an abandoned vehicle on Sonata Drive Enterprise, AL.  EPD responded to Sonata Drive and witnesses advised that the vehicle has b...
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On July 22, 2014, members the Walton County Sheriff’s Office assisted State Probation Officers on an administrative search of 351 Four Mile Road, Freeport.  The resident, Lawrence Aucoin, 35, who was present at...
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While exploring a wooded area in the southeastern corner of Marengo County this morning, Agents of the Alabama Alcohol Beverage Control Board found and destroyed several marijuana plants. A subsequent search of a ne...
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The Walton County Sheriff’s Office served a felony warrant for Racketeering issued by the State Attorney’s Office on former Public Defender, Leonard Andrew Platteborze, 62, last night around 6 pm.  Charges st...
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Agents of the Alabama Alcohol Beverage Control Board late last week discovered numerous marijuana plants growing in a rural portion of east Bullock County. The agents were checking an area where cannabis plants had ...
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Thursday, 15 July 2010 22:29

Assaulted deputy recovering from brain surgery

Written by Eddie Lewis

There is some good news to report from a medical perspective in the ongoing case of Elmore County Deputy Chris Kearley, who two weeks ago was assaulted by three men at a Prattville drinking establishment while he was assisting a security guard with an altercation that had broken out.


Montgomery resident Derek Wayne Holley used a board to strike Kearley, who was off-duty at the time of the conflict, in the back of his head on the sidewalk of the Blue Iguana nightclub, according to law enforcement officials.

Michael Wade Uding of Deatsville and Lance Christopher Knighton of Ramer were also involved in the argument, which resulted in the law enforcement officer's critical head injury.

Kearley, who had to undergo brain surgery as a result of his wound and have a metal plate installed in his head, is recovering well after his ordeal, said Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin.

"Deputy Kearley is doing OK -- he's at his home," Franklin said Friday. "He should be able to come back to work, possibly within a month. He's been released by his doctor."

Franklin said that he'd recently spoken with the five-year ECSO veteran, who was operated on at Montgomery's Jackson Hospital, and that he's in recovery mode at the moment.

"I've talked to him. Hopefully he'll be back to 100 percent. It's going to take a while," the sheriff commented.

Franklin said that as far as he knows, the suspects are still in the Autauga Metro Jail, although Knighton was transferred from there to Montgomery to face unrelated charges after someone posted a $30,000 property bond for him.

As of Monday afternoon, Uding was free on a $30,000 bond and Holley remained in jail, under the same bond, according to Capt. Larry Nixon, warden of the Autauga Metro Jail.

The warden added that Holley also faces several misdemeanor warrants and, even if he posted bond, would have to appear before a judge on those charges before he was released.

Thursday, 15 July 2010 22:10

2 teens charged in 19-year-old's death

Written by Eddie Lewis

WETUMPKA -- A pair of teens were arrested and charged for their involvement in the Sunday night shooting that left a 19-year-old dead, according to officials with the Elmore County Sheriff's Office.


Tireck Cameron, 17, and 18-year-old Eric Palmore are charged with the homicide of Darnelle Jackson, who was killed as a result of two gunshot wounds from a .22-caliber handgun. Jackson was unresponsive when deputies arrived and eventually died on the way to receive medical attention at Elmore Community Hospital.

Cameron, a minor, will be charged as an adult, county officials confirmed. The two suspects remained in the county jail as of Monday afternoon under bonds totaling $75,000 each, ESCO Deputy Chief Ricky Lowery said.

County officials said Jackson and a friend of the suspects got into a physical altercation earlier that day before seeing each other again at the funeral of 16-year-old Darnell Young Jr., who died from a single stab wound on July 6 in Wetumpka.

Lowery noted that there wasn't any physical altercation at the funeral, but there could have been possible words exchanged or nasty looks toward each other at the gathering.

Although investigators are still trying to piece together the events of that night, Lowery said, the two suspects drove to the area where Jackson lived later that evening, and the group exchanged words prior the 19-year-old's death.

Following the shooting, a deputy spotted the vehicle Palmore was operating on U.S. Highway 231, and attempts to stop the car were unsuccessful. The 18-year-old suspect then turned onto state highway 14, where a chase ensued.

The deputy chief said Palmore's vehicle spun out of control at the intersection of Colley Road, where the suspect exited the vehicle and fled into a wooded area on foot. By this time, law enforcement agencies from Wetumpka, Eclectic and Tallassee, as well as state troopers, were involved in the search process.

After about an hour and a half search, local authorities received some information that Palmore was hiding out at a residence on Old Georgia Plank Spur, Lowery said. The county's chief deputy also confirmed that Cameron was not in the vehicle during the chase; he was later arrested at his home on Leonard Drive.

Officials initially believed the shooting was in retaliation for Young's death, but Lowery said investigators found no evidence found that could confirm those beliefs.

The case remains under investigation.

HUNTSVILLE, AL -- The Huntsville school board Thursday began rehiring teachers it had recently laid off, bringing back 24 on a temporary basis.


Without discussion during Thursday's meeting, the board hired the teachers to fill the positions of existing teachers either away on personal leave or on temporary assignment somewhere else in the school system.


The rehired teachers received nine-month contracts, which can be non-renewed after the 2010-11 school year.

All but one of the rehired teachers will report to an elementary school this fall. The other employee will teach English at Lee High School.


The board laid off 219 employees in April and May in anticipation of a $22 million budget shortfall next fiscal year due a decline in tax revenue as a result of the recession.


Despite the rehires, district money problems could worsen. State education leaders have warned Alabama school districts not to be surprised if the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico leads to less funding for education. Tax collections from tourism dollars, which help fund schools, are down since the oil spill.


School leaders in Montgomery say the spill could lead to a 2 to 5 percent budget cut this fall. For Huntsville schools, a 3 percent cut in state dollars would mean roughly a $3.5 million loss, said the district's finance director, Herbert Wheeler, in a recent interview.


In other news at Thursday's meeting, the board named John Humphrey principal of West Mastin Lake Elementary School. Humphrey had been principal at Martin Luther King Elementary School, which was consolidated with Lincoln Elementary at the end of the school.


Humphrey replaces Diane King, who is now a behavior intervention specialist with th

PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- A 17-year-old was arrested by Jackson County Sheriff's investigators Wednesday and charged with possession of child pornography, authorities said.

Bryan Nguyen, of Moss Point, was under investigation for more than 3 weeks by the department's criminal investigation division, which has been using state Attorney General Jim Hood's Internet Crimes Against Children computer system since January, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd said.

"He was charged as an adult," Byrd said.

The system is used to try to catch people downloading and saving child porn on a computer and often leads to seizure of thumb drives, CDs, DVDs and other image-capturing items.

Nguyen was arrested at his home on Miss. 613 in Moss Point at about 8 p.m., Byrd said.

Byrd said the image seized from Nguyen's home computer depicted young boys and girls in sexual situations.

Nguyen is the 13th Jackson County man authorities have arrested this year using the system, which employs advanced technologies to track down suspected child predators. There were only 3 arrests on child pornography charges in Jackson County in 2009.

Nguyen was released from Jackson County Adult Detention Center today on $25,000 bail.

If convicted, he faces up to 40 years in prison for the child porn charge.

MOBILE, Ala. -- A BP official said oil stopped flowing from a well in the Gulf of Mexico at 2:25 p.m. today as testing began on a cap over the leak.


It's the first time oil has not leaked from the well since April.


In a technical briefing, BP Senior Vice President Kent Wells said "it felt very good not to see any oil going into the Gulf of Mexico."


"What I'm trying to do is maintain my emotions," Wells said. "Remember, this is the start of our test."


The procedure -- known as a well integrity test -- should determine whether the oil can be blocked without damaging the well.


Officials have said the cap could be used to either block the oil or move the oil to containment ships floating on the surface, until a relief well can be completed.


Gov. Bob Riley, speaking from Dauphin Island this afternoon, said "I think a lot of prayers have been answered today."


BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles, also on Dauphin Island this afternoon, said "getting the flow stopped is a massive milestone, but it's not the end."


Engineers will be monitoring pressure levels in the well over the next six to 48 hours, Wells said, and BP might need to open the well back up.


Drilling of two relief wells has also been suspended during the test out of an "overabundance of caution," Well said. No decisions have been made about when to restart that work.


Earlier today, National Incident Commander Thad Allen said the ultimate goal is to get a relief well drilled to plug the gushing well with mud and cement.


President Barack Obama said the news was a "positive sign," but added "we're still in the testing phase."  The president said he would have more to say on the development Friday.

Thursday, 15 July 2010 21:33

Undercover operation nets four drug arrests

Written by Eddie Lewis

A two-week long, 12th Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force undercover operation resulted in the arrests of four Elba men late Tuesday evening.

According to Elba Police Department Investigator Michael Adkison, the arrests were based on the delivery of drugs to a residence in Elba.

Elba residents Keenan Artez Phillips, 19, of Elm Street; Jimmy O’Neil Morris, 21, of Jones Street; and Stephen D. Magwood Jr., 19, of Claxton Avenue were all charged with unlawful distribution of a controlled substance.

Richard Jude Spurlin of Elba was also arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and public intoxication.

Officers confiscated about 13.2 ounces of crack cocaine and four ounces of marijuana and several “dime and nickel” bags of the drugs. Coffee County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Tony Harrison said the drugs had a total street value of more than $2,000.

A 2002 Ford Mustang, believed by authorities to be involved in transporting the narcotics, was seized by law enforcement officers, Adkison said.

Assisting in the investigation were members of the Drug Task Force, Harrison, Adkison, Elba K-9 Officer Chris Summerlin, Elba Police Department officers and Coffee County Sheriff’s Department deputies.

“Our investigation is continuing, and we expect more arrests will be made relating to this case and other cases we are working on now,” Harrison said.

Thursday, 15 July 2010 07:35

Day Off at WKNI TV 25 and the TSGP

Written by Eddie Lewis

We will be taking this day off July 15th 2010 from both WKNI TV 25 and TSGP. We have pre-recorded the newscast for today and will return Friday. Today is Teresa and Mine, 34th Anniversary. We are taking this day to share with each other. Thanks for understanding!

Robert Bentley said tonight that he and his campaign workers will start Wednesday planning for their general election campaign against Democrat Ron Sparks in the race for Alabama governor. 

''We're going to have some meetings tomorrow and plan our strategy for the fall . . .   . We haven't won yet. We just won two out of the three races,'' Bentley said.

Bentley defeated Republican opponent Bradley Byrne in today's primary runoff.

He said from his victory party at The Zone at Bryant-Denny Stadium that he thought he won the race because he "connected with the people of Alabama." 

"What connects me with people is . . .  I care about them," he said. "And I think they sense that. And I do believe that, in a time when people are hurting, they want someone who cares about them.''  

With 98 percent of the vote counted, Bentley had 256,579 votes, or 56 percent, to Byrne's 201,097 votes, or 44 percent.

Northrop Grumman Corp. will close its Avondale, La., shipyard in 2013 and likely part with its entire shipbuilding sector, the company announced Tuesday. 

Future Gulf Coast shipbuilding will be consolidated in its Mississippi facilities, Los Angeles-based Northrop Grumman said in a press release.

"Recognizing our company's long-term strategic priorities, we foresee little synergy between shipbuilding and our other businesses," Wes Bush, chief executive officer and president, said in a news release. "It is now appropriate to explore separating shipbuilding from Northrop Grumman."

The Avondale shipyard employs about 4,600 people. Northrop Grumman employs about 11,000 people in its Pascagoula shipyard, including 2,400 Alabama residents. 

Northrop said in its release that the Avondale yard will finish two amphibious transport dock vessels before closing in 2013. Some Avondale workers will be offered transfers to Pascagoula, the release said.

Northrop declined further comment Tuesday.

U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor, D-Bay St. Louis, said he believes that the Avondale yard will probably continue to operate under different ownership.

"Northrop Grumman has very good business people who aren't just going to padlock the place," Taylor said. "They're going to sell it to somebody who can use that yard for making offshore supply vessels or oilrigs."

Analysts said Northrop's announcement bodes well for shipbuilding in Pascagoula. Most of the U.S. Navy's ships are built by six shipyards dependent on defense contracts. Closing one will mean more work for the others.

Winslow Wheeler, director of the Straus Military Reform Project at the Center for Defense Information, said the skyrocketing costs of Navy ships meant the Navy is building fewer and fewer, ultimately starving shipyards of work.

"(The shipyards) will be quite happy with ever fewer yards to spread the wealth," he said.

In a 2006 report, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces found that a single yard -- Northrop's facility at Newport News, Va. -- was capable of handing "all current naval construction." But other five are also major employers, so Congress insists they get a share of the Navy's workload.

In addition to the Pascagoula, Avondale and Newport News shipyards, where Northrop builds aircraft carriers and nuclear submarines, the company has smaller facilities in Gulfport, Virginia Beach, Va., Tallulah, La., and San Diego, Ca. Altogether they employ 40,000 people.

In 2009, Northrop shipbuilding posted an operating profit of $299 million, less than one-fifth of the company's $1.7 billion total profit.

The shipbuilding division's profit margin was 4.8 percent, compared with 10.3 percent for aerospace, 12.6 percent for electronic systems and 7.3 percent for information systems.

Rumors have been persistent for some time now that Northrop would shutter Avondale and divest itself of shipbuilding.

"It's no surprise," said Tim Colton. The Florida-based shipbuilding analyst said Northrop might already have a buyer lined up.

"It's a huge announcement to make without having some understanding of where you're going," he said.

If Northrop sells off its shipbuilding unit whole, there would be a limited pool of potential buyers, Colton said.

General Dynamics Corp., which owns the other three large shipyards, would probably be blocked from gaining too much of the military shipbuilding market, he said.

Raytheon Co. and BAE Systems PLC seem to be the only defense companies large enough to purchase the unit and interested in getting into shipbuilding, Colton said. 

Colton said that if the shipbuilding unit is sold whole, he believes that BAE will be the buyer. He said and later posted on his blog that sources have told him that Bush, before being promoted to CEO at Northrop, had negotiated a sale of the shipbuilding sector to BAE but the sale was vetoed by then-CEO Ron Sugar.

British-based BAE on Tuesday announced that it had finalized its purchase of Atlantic Marine's four Southeast shipyards, including one in Mobile, from JFL-AMH Partners, LLC, an arm of the private-equity firm J.F. Lehman & Company, for $352 million. BAE didn't respond to calls for comment.

Wheeler called Northrop "the leading edge of our decay" in shipbuilding and said the company is "absolutely, totally uncompetitive with the private sector. They are a producer that's so attached to the teat of federal spending that they're incapable of competing."

Wheeler said he hoped that a shipbuilder from Taiwan or South Korea might be able to buy an American yard and rejuvenate the American industry, but doubted that would happen.

Taylor said he had no knowledge of a foreign company's interest in purchasing the sector from Northrop.

"I would prefer that all of our defense industries were American owned," said Taylor, who is chairman of the House Armed Services Committee's Seapower Subcommittee. 

"But VT Halter is based in Singapore and they've been a very active participant in the south Mississippi economy," he said. "They've been great corporate neighbors and they employ a heck of a lot of people."

Tuesday, 13 July 2010 20:29

Officer asked to resign

Written by Eddie Lewis

Henry County Sheriff Will Maddox has asked an officer arrested Sunday night to resign.  Ted Yost was taken into custody after he was accused of leading Houston County deputies on a high-speed chase.

"Speeds reached up to 130 miles per hour," said Houston County Sheriff Andy Hughes.  He said Yost, riding a motorcycle, flew by two deputies at a high rate of speed.  A pursuit began on Montgomery Highway and ended a short time later on Denton Road.

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