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The wife of a Hokes Bluff man found shot to death in his bed Tuesday has been charged with murder, authorities said today.
Carlotta Susann Kutschenreuter, 47, is being held in the Etowah County jail on $100,000 bond.
She is charged in the death of her husband, 53-year-old Joel David Kutschenreuter, who was shot three times while lying in bed.
His body was discovered about 5:40 a.m. Tuesday when sheriff's deputies were called to their home at 148 Clay Drive in the Ball Play community. Their son made the 911 call when he returned home from work, sheriff's officials said.
Sheriff's spokeswoman Natalie Barton said investigators are continuing to search for a motive in the slaying.
HUNTSVILLE, AL -- The Marshall County Emergency Management Agency is opening shelters for those who need to escape the heat.
"It's amazing how many elderly and low-income people do not have air conditioning or fans," said Anita McBurnett, the director of the Marshall County EMA.
The facilities will be solely to provide relief from the heat. Transportation won't be provided, nor will food or drinks.
"We hope it will help people who could otherwise suffer from heat stroke, heat cramps or things of that nature when they have that prolonged exposure to the elements," McBurnett said.
Individuals may call the facilities for the exact times they will be open as cooling centers.
Centers will be open in the following areas:
Arab: Senior Center and Recreation Center
Albertville: Senior Center, Recreation Center, the Martling Friendship Center, Brashiers Chapel Methodist Church and First Baptist Church.
Boaz: public library and fire department.
Grant: Nutrition Center.
Guntersville: Senior Center, St. Williams Catholic Church, Recreation Center and the public library.
Union Grove: town hall.
HUNTSVILLE, AL -- A Madison County sheriff's deputy fatally shot a woman in an April domestic violence hostage situation, refuting authorities who initially said the woman was killed by her husband, according to the Alabama Bureau of Investigation.
On April 18, sheriff's deputies responded to a 911 call at the Hazel Green home of Jason Lee Earls, 28, a Madison County corrections officer, and his wife, Telisha Brady Earls, 28.
When deputies arrived on the scene, Jason Earls answered the door with a gun pointed at the deputy on the front porch of the home, the report said.
Madison County Chief Deputy Chris Stephens said the deputy backed off the porch with his gun drawn to provide cover to himself and Earls came out of the house with his wife in a headlock and a gun pointed to her head.
The ABI report states that during the standoff, the deputy repeatedly tried to reason with Earls to get him to drop the gun and tried to navigate around his car in order to shine a flashlight at Earls to distract him. During that process, the report said the deputy heard a shot from the direction of Earls.
The report states the deputy fired shots at Earls and did not see Telisha Earls when he fired. Stephens said the initial investigation showed Earls shot his wife in the head, and then he was fatally shot four times by the deputy. Forensic and ballistic tests showed the bullet that hit Telisha Earls was from the deputy's gun, not Earls' gun.
Stephens said the shooting was a "tragic accident." He said Sheriff Blake Dorning and others sat down with Telisha Earls' family earlier this week to show them the report.
"Know there are no winners in this event at all," Stephens said. "At the end of the day, those deputies didn't ask to go to that location, they were summoned there by the victim. Her husband and his violent actions led to this outcome."
Stephens said the deputy who fired the shots has been on administrative leave since the shooting pending the ABI report. He said no disciplinary action will be taken against the deputy.
"They believed (Earls) fired a round into her head and then the single deputy shot," Stephens said. "From the moment (Earls) put the gun to (the deputy's) face, it was a deadly force situation."
On July 19, 2010 the Houston County Sheriff's Office investigated reports of Rape 2ndallegations against Heather Maddox a 28 year old female of Dothan, Al. Heather Maddox was charged with two counts of Rape 2nd after the investigation led to evidence of Heather Maddox having had sexual intercourse with two juvenile males under the age of sixteen. Evidence showed that the acts had taken place around the middle of June 2010 on St. Mary Rd. Dothan, Al. Heather Maddox was booked into the and bond was set at $7,500.00 on each charge. Story provided by RSN
On July 19, 2010 the Houston County Sheriff's Office investigated reports of Rape 2ndallegations against Heather Maddox a 28 year old female of Dothan, Al.
Heather Maddox was charged with two counts of Rape 2nd after the investigation led to evidence of Heather Maddox having had sexual intercourse with two juvenile males under the age of sixteen. Evidence showed that the acts had taken place around the middle of June 2010 on St. Mary Rd. Dothan, Al.
Heather Maddox was booked into the and bond was set at $7,500.00 on each charge.
Story provided by RSN
WASHINGTON, D.C., Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), a senior member of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced subcommittee approval of the fiscal year 2011 Transportation, Housing, Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. Included in this bill is funding for several important projects throughout Alabama. Following today’s action by the subcommittee, the bill will now go to the full Appropriations Committee for approval.
Affordable Housing Rehabilitation - $5 Million
This funding will be used to rehabilitate Rosedale Court, a distressed housing community in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
“Rehabilitation of this distressed housing community will greatly improve the living conditions for the families currently residing in it,” said Shelby. “This funding will go toward the renovation and reconstruction of the existing housing units in a manner that promotes safety and security.”
Alabama Senior Transportation Program - $500,000
Many seniors no longer drive and have little access to public transportation. As the need for efficient and affordable transportation grows, Alabama’s elderly population increasingly needs assistance in going from one place to the next.
“Many of our state’s seniors are without the resources necessary to drive to their medical visits, the grocery store, or to see family and friends,” said Shelby. “This program provides the essential service of helping Alabama’s elderly get where they need to go.”
Huntsville International Airport International Intermodal Center - $500,000
Phase IV of the International Intermodal Center expansion completes the funding of the Master Plan providing an additional air cargo apron for the operation of the previously funded air cargo facility. This project will benefit residents in the region through job creation, commerce expansion, and it will serve as an incentive to prospective businesses considering relocation to the area.
“Madison County’s unemployment has consistently been the one of the lowest in the State due to Huntsville’s thriving business and research community,” said Shelby. “Allowing for further airport expansion incentivizes further growth in the region.”
Lanett Municipal Airport Runway Construction - $1.5 Million
This project is the second and final phase of the Lanett Municipal Airport runway expansion project. The existing runway length of 3,148 feet is inadequate to service the corporate air traffic needs of this area. A longer runway is necessary to support the growing aviation needs of the local area driven in part by the construction of the KIA Motors Corporation automobile manufacturing plant 4 miles away in West Point, Georgia.
“A longer runway is necessary for Lanett Municipal Airport to boost economic development in the area and attract tier one auto parts suppliers, who will need an adequate airport to support increased business,” said Shelby. “If this airport is able to support greater air traffic it will be an incredible economic development and job creation tool for a region in Alabama that has recently lost numerous jobs.”
Martin Road Expansion - $10 Million
Widening of Martin Road is required to relieve congested and unsafe traffic conditions and provide improved access to Redstone Arsenal. Major access roads on the Arsenal are already at or beyond maximum design capacity as a result of major construction since 1992 and personnel relocation of 7,500 workers to the Arsenal in the late 1990s.
“The 2005 Base Realignment and Closure decisions will relocate 4,500 employees onto Redstone Arsenal,” said Shelby. “Widening of Martin Road is necessary to ensure that access roads to and from Redstone Arsenal will continue to support the consolidation of personnel on the installation.”
WASHINGTON, D. C. Wednesday, July 21, 2010 ‑‑ U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), ranking member of the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee (CJS), today announced subcommittee approval of the fiscal year 2011 CJS Appropriations bill, which restores significant funding for NASA’s human space flight program. Following today’s action by the subcommittee, the bill will now go to the full Appropriations Committee for consideration.
“The Administration cancelled the only realistic approach for the United States to return to low earth orbit and beyond,” said Shelby. “The President’s budget proposal surrendered our nation’s leadership in space to the Russians, Chinese, and Indians and instead chose to set up an entitlement program for the so-called commercial space industry.
“This proposal was simply unacceptable. The overarching point is simple: No so-called commercial space company has ever carried anything successfully to the space station, much less safely launch and return a human being. We cannot risk human lives or the entire future of the space program by deploying an unproven commercial crew concept. The risk is too great.
“The Administration’s plan was not a responsible or realistic approach to human space flight and was not approved by the subcommittee. Instead, the bill restores NASA to its historical purpose, a preeminent leader in space flight.
“The CJS bill solidifies American’s human space flight program by funding a robust heavy lift vehicle based on demonstrated technological reality.”
The Administration’s Fiscal Year 2011 budget request terminated NASA’s Constellation program. This bill reaffirms our nation’s commitment to a robust human space exploration program by providing $1.9 billion to begin to build an integrated heavy lift launch vehicle system that will be designed, managed, and integrated by the Marshall Space Flight Center. This heavy lift rocket, when completed in 2016, will ensure that NASA begins to explore well beyond low earth orbit where we have been stuck for decades.
Senator Shelby was instrumental in increasing the $1.6 billion funding level recently proposed by the Senate Commerce Committee for a heavy lift rocket to $1.9 billion under this bill and specifying Marshall Space Flight Center as the lead NASA Center for the heavy lift vehicle.
Opp — An accident Tuesday night in Covington County claimed the life of a Newton man. Sky Lane Lawson, 33, of Newton was killed when he was struck by a 2006 Nissan driven by James Stokes, 46, of Andalusia. After crashing his 1999 Mazda on U.S. 84, Lane exited his vehicle and was in the roadway when Stokes’ vehicle struck him. Lane was pronounced dead at the scene by Covington County Coroner Norman Hobson. Stokes was transported to Andalusia Regional hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. The crash occurred at 9:00 p.m. on U.S. 84 four miles west of Opp. Troopers continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash.
The members of the Alabama District Attorneys Association (ADAA) have elected officers for the 2010 – 2011 term. Elections were held July 15, 2010, at the Association’s annual summer meeting.
Among those elected was Covington County District Attorney Greg Gambril, who was selected to serve his third term on the ADAA Executive Committee. This executive committee is the governing body of the ADAA and formulates policy and guidelines of the organization in accomplishing its mission: to provide quality training, programs, services and opportunities essential to the success of prosecution state-wide and nation-wide.
District Attorney Greg Gambril has been a member of ADAA for many years and has served on the ADAA executive committee for the last two years. He has worked tirelessly to promote the interest of prosecutors, victims and the citizens of the state of Alabama. He also serves on the ADAA’s Zerometh Committee. Last year, he was awarded the Brad Morris Memorial Award for District Attorney of the Year by the ADAA and Alabama District Attorneys Investigators Assocation. Gambril also co-authored the ethics lecture presented to this year’s summer conference attendees.
The following is a complete list of the ADAA’s elected officers:
Tommy Smith, District Attorney, Tuscaloosa County, president
Chris McCool, District Attorney, Fayette, Lamar and Pickens Counties, vice president
Jimmie Harp, District Attorney, Etowah County, secretary-treasurer
Kristi Valls, District Attorney, Limestone County, immediate past president
Tommy Chapman, District Attorney, Conecuh and Monroe Counties, NDAA (National District Attorneys Association) Board Representative
Greg Gambril, District Attorney, Covington County, member-at-large
Ken Davis, District Attorney, Russell County, member-at-large
Steve Marshall, District Attorney, Marshall County, member-at-large
Steve Giddens, District Attorney, Talladega County, member-at-large
Jim Osborn, District Attorney, Lawrence County, member-at-large
Michael Jackson, District Attorney, Dallas, Hale, Perry, Wilcox Counties, member-at-large
Gantt Rescue will be in the studio at 7am to talk about an up coming fund raiser. Also District Attorney Greg Gambrel will be live with us at 7:30 am right after the News update. So please join us with our New Studio and our first live guest in over 4 years.
WKIN TV 25 will be there.We will update the website as soon as we get the information. We will also have a video report later today.
Also an update on the Rifle that was used, it was not a 14.5 mm it was a .177 mm pellet gun. No explanation by the Opp Police Department as to how the error was released.
Photo released by OPD. WKNI will have video up on website shortly of Press Conference