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GREENVILLE, Mississippi — A longtime high school football coach from Mississippi and Alabama has pleaded guilty to federal charges in a molestation case involving teenage boys.
Dwight Bowling appeared Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Greenville.
Court records show the 56-year-old pleaded guilty to two counts of taking a minor across state lines, from Mississippi to Alabama, for sex. He pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction for trying to get someone else to lie to investigators.
A sentencing date was not immediately set.
LANTON, Alabama -- The Alabama Emergency Management Agency has confirmed four fatalities as a result of the severe weather that moved through the state overnight.
The fatalities are in Cullman, Jackson and St. Clair counties.
Gov. Robert Bentley has activated the State Emergency Operations Center at Level 1, which makes all state resources available to assist local officials in providing life safety measures and other ways, including law enforcement and ensuring roads and highways are cleared.
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) is seeking the public’s assistance in locating missing 16-year-old Jeston Foley, of Laurel Hill, Fla. WCSO deputies received a call from Jeston’s father regarding his son’s disappearance and immediately responded to their residence April 11 at approximately 5:35 p.m. Jeston was last seen by his father at approximately 6 a.m. the morning before he reported his son missing. There is no indication or evidence of foul play, and his father indicated that Jeston previously ran away November 2010. WCSO deputies made contact with Jeston’s former girlfriend April 11 and received information that he had been planning to run away to Georgia to stay with friends.
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) is seeking the public’s assistance in locating missing 16-year-old Jeston Foley, of Laurel Hill, Fla.
WCSO deputies received a call from Jeston’s father regarding his son’s disappearance and immediately responded to their residence April 11 at approximately 5:35 p.m. Jeston was last seen by his father at approximately 6 a.m. the morning before he reported his son missing. There is no indication or evidence of foul play, and his father indicated that Jeston previously ran away November 2010.
WCSO deputies made contact with Jeston’s former girlfriend April 11 and received information that he had been planning to run away to Georgia to stay with friends.
On 3-22-2011 the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a theft at Ham Peanut Company in Bascom, Florida. Numerous items were reported missing that included a fuel tank and approximately $20,000.00 worth of farm equipment parts.
A lengthy investigation resulted in the development of a suspect identified as Edwin Olinsey Pride.
Evidence gathered through witness statements and video surveillance was presented to the Office of the State’s Attorney and it was determined that there was probable cause to charge Pride with the offense.
On 4-26-2011 Pride was charged with Grand Theft (greater than $20,000.00 and less than $100,000.00).
This investigation is ongoing. Any person with information on this incident is urged to contact the Criminal Investigations Division of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 482-9664.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama announced Tuesday that it was switching out a key drug used in lethal injections earlier than expected, a move that will be challenged by a condemned inmate scheduled to die in less than a month.
Like several other states, Alabama has turned over its supply of sodium thiopental to the Drug Enforcement Administration after questions were raised about how and where the states received the drug. The drug pentobarbital will now be used as part of the state's three-drug execution cocktail instead of sodium thiopental, Alabama prisons spokesman Brian Corbett said.
The change comes after attorneys for death row inmate Jason Oric Williams wrote U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, asking the federal government to investigate whether Alabama's supply of sodium thiopental was illegally obtained from Tennessee. That states supply of the drug has also been seized by the DEA.
At least 10 states have switched to pentobarbital or are considering a switch as part of their three-drug methods because of a nationwide shortage of sodium thiopental, a sedative that states used for more than three decades until its only U.S. manufacturer stopped making it in 2009 and then dropped plans to resume production earlier this year.
Violent weather ripped through the South for a second straight night, killing at least seven people from Arkansas to Alabama, damaging homes in a rural Texas community and spreading destruction into Georgia and Tennessee.
The latest round of severe weather Tuesday night and early Wednesday came after a series of powerful storms killed 10 people in Arkansas and one in Mississippi.
A police officer on a camping trip was killed while shielding his daughter when the storm ripped through a state park in northern Mississippi. The victim, from Covington, La., was not immediately identified.
“He covered his daughter with his body when the storm came through to protect her. A tree limb fell and hit him in the head, killing him. The daughter was not hurt. She was still at the campground waiting for family to arrive,” Choctaw County, Miss., Coroner Keith Coleman said.
Also in Mississippi, a man was crushed in his mobile home when a tree fell during the storm and a truck driver died after hitting a downed tree on a state highway. None of the victims have been identified.
On 4-26-2011, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a theft in the Malone, Florida area. The suspect was identified as Mary Ann Pinkard. Deputies made contact with Pinkard at her residence and discovered several metal items in her vehicle. The items included PTO shafts and other items removed from farm implements. Pinkard was arrested, charged with Grand Theft and transported to the Jackson County Correctional Facility. This incident remains under investigation. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office requests any person with additional information regarding this incident, or any other theft, to contact the Criminal Investigations Division of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 482-9664.
DECATUR, Alabama -- Two adults were arrested for the Friday theft of a bathtub, Morgan County sheriff's officials said.
Dorothy Garrison Adrian, 39, and Henry Otis Jones Jr., 34, were charged with third-degree burglary after authorities said they stole a cast iron bathtub from a vacant house.
KEY WEST, Florida -- Authorities in Florida have concluded that an Auburn University senior who died during a spring break trip to Key West asphyxiated after accidentally falling down a flight of stairs.
Autopsy results released Tuesday show that 22-year-old Mary Beth Goodner of Opelika was found unconscious on stairs outside a rental condominium on March 17. The report says she wasn’t able to breathe because of the way she landed and never regained consciousness after a resident found her.
A medical examiner found that the student had been out with friends and apparently went back to the condo alone. His report says Goodner was intoxicated and either couldn’t get up after the fall or lost consciousness.
COFFEE COUNTY, Ala. --
Coffee County Sheriff Dave Sutton is asking the public to be on the lookout for two suspects in home invasion robbery attempts.
On Friday, the two suspects drove into the driveway of a house on Highway 134 around noon and honked the horn. When a mother and her two children did not respond, one of the males tried to break into the house.
The mother blockaded the door, and the two males fled the scene in a blue mid-1990s Chevrolet or GMC single-cab pickup truck, Sutton said.
Chief deputy Ronnie Whitworth said one of the suspects is a black male with a stocky build while the other is a black male with a slim build. Whitworth said another man spotted a truck and two males matching the same descriptions in his driveway. When the homeowner approached his house, they fled the scene.