August , 2014

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Police Investigating Murder-Suicide Attempt In Gulf Shores

Posted by David Merrell On August - 21 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

    A domestic dispute led to the shooting of a woman in Gulf Shores yesterday. The incident occurred at about 2:30 PM around the 600 block of Canal Road. The victim, who has not been identified by authorities, received non-life threatening injuries from the gunshot.

    The shooter fled the scene as authorities were on the way. He wound up at Lester’s, a closed restaurant in Orange Beach. It was there that the shooter committed suicide. His identity has not been revealed.

    The victim was taken to South Baldwin Regional Medical Center to be treated for her injuries. The identity of the shooter is expected to be released sometime this morning.

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Mayor Stimpson Releases Budget Proposal

Posted by David Merrell On August - 20 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

    Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson has released his budget proposal for 2015. The proposal includes a pay increase for public employees, and a 400% increase in spending on capital projects. In a move that is sure to stir controversy, the budget cuts money to some non-profit organizations.

    City employees would get a 2.5% cost of living raise, and a 2.5% merit raise. City employees have not had a raise the past few years, and have also faced growing insurance costs.

    Non-profits that could be affected include Bayfest, the Exploreum, the Boys and Girls Club, the Penelope House, and the Child Advocacy Center. Stimpson suggest the groups seek funding from the likes of United Way and The Community Foundation of South Alabama, which will receive $1.2 million from the city.

    Reaction from city council has been mixed. Councilman Fred Richardson applauded the raise for city employees that was supposed to go in last year. Council members are still reviewing the cuts to the non-profits.

    Cities across the nation have faced dire budget situations since the financial crisis hit back in 2008. Mobile has been no different, having to pass a penny sales tax the past few years to balance the budget. While budget cuts are popular in theory in the conservative South, they are almost always less popular once the cuts are announced. People are generally in favor of cuts until something they like or use gets cut.

    While cuts are designed to balance budgets, they can have negative side effects. Most economists believe that budget cuts at the federal level the past few years have weakened economic growth. The same could happen in Mobile. Bayfest could see have its funding from the city cut, which would hurt its ability to put on a good show. The event is a big money maker for the city, drawing thousands of people to the streets of downtown Mobile each year.

    There will be a public hearing on the budget on September 2nd at 5:30 PM. Concerned citizens should attend and have their voices heard.

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Saraland Looking For Credit Card Thieves

Posted by David Merrell On August - 18 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

    The Saraland Police Department is looking for two subjects wanted in the theft of credit cards. As of now, the subjects are just wanted for questioning. The theft occurred during an car burglary.

    The subjects are pictured below. Anyone with information should contact the Saraland Police Department Criminal Investigative Division at (251) 459-TIPS (8477).


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Satsuma Holding Community Wide Pep Rally

Posted by David Merrell On August - 16 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

    The Satsuma school system will be holding a community wide pep rally this coming Tuesday. The event will begin at 6:30 PM. It will be held at Satsuma High School. You will have a chance to meet the players, the cheerleaders, the band, and the Azalea Trail Maids.


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Mount Vernon Police Officer Arrested For DUI

Posted by David Merrell On August - 13 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

    A Mount Vernon police officer was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of drunk driving. Officer Franky Buck was pulled over by a Saraland officer after a witness called police over a driver swerving on I-65. Officer Buck was not on duty at the time of the incident.

    The Saraland police officer detected the smell of alcohol upon pulling the suspect over. According to Fox 10 News, Officer Buck failed 3 field sobriety tests and refused a Drager test. He was subsequently locked up for 12 hours and released at 3:00 PM on Monday afternoon.

    Mount Vernon Police Chief Vince Nye said he was surprised by the arrest, as Officer Buck had never been known to be a big drinker. The chief described him as family oriented.

    Officer Buck has worked for the Mount Vernon Police Department for a year. However, he has recently taken a job with a new department, and Tuesday was his last day with Mount Vernon.

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Two Killed In I-65 Accident

Posted by David Merrell On August - 12 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

    An accident involving a motorcycle claimed two lives this afternoon on I-65 near Prichard. According to police, a man and woman slammed into a guardrail on the I-165 bridge and were tossed onto the I-65 southbound lane. Investigators believe speed and weather may have been factors.

    Both southbound lanes of I-65 had to be closed due to the accident. The northbound lane of I-165 also had to be closed. Both were still closed as of 7:40 PM.

    The identities of the victims have not been revealed at this time.

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Saraland Woman Arrested For Multiple Robberies

Posted by David Merrell On August - 10 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

    Saraland Police arrested a woman on Friday for robbing a home while the occupants were out of town. Police say 43 year old Linda K. Hamilton robbed a home and tool shed on two consecutive days, and charged her with 3rd degree burglary. Hamilton was still in Mobile County Metro Jail as of yesterday.

    The first robbery occurred on July 30th on the 200 block of Lillian Avenue. Hamilton allegedly stole tools from the tool shed in her first attempt. According to police, she returned the next day to rob the home, stealing antique coins, various electronic devices, and a pellet rifle.


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Saraland Hit With Strong Storms

Posted by David Merrell On August - 9 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

    Severe weather rolled through the area this afternoon, and some commercial buildings in Saraland were damaged as a result. According to Fox 10 News, both Marshall Biscuits and the Verizon Wireless store on Highway 43 sustained roof damage due to high winds. Thus far, no injuries have been reported.

    Videos could be found on Facebook of what looked like a tornado beginning to form over Saraland. Several witnesses commented that they too saw what looked like a tornado.

    Tornadoes are more common in the spring, but can happen at any time. Forecasting severe weather has improved tremendously over the years, but tornadoes can form very quickly, leaving weather experts little time to give warning.

    When a tornado hits, the safest place to be is in an interior room in your home away from windows. If possible, a bathtub is one of the best places to hide, with some kind of cover over your head. There are no guarantees when it comes to tornadoes, as they can pack winds up to 300 mph.

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SUV Falls Off Dolly Parton Bridge

Posted by David Merrell On August - 6 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS


    An SUV went over the incline just before the General WK Wilson Jr. Bridge and into the Mobile River Tuesday night. One person was killed, and five others rescued from the water. The single vehicle accident happened around 7:00 PM last night.

    The 1996 Ford Explorer was driven by 40 year old Arthur E. Lewis. The cause of the accident is still under investigation. Early reports indicated a blown tire caused the accident, but Alabama State Troopers have yet to confirm those reports.

    The victim killed in the crash was 42 year old Debra Diane Hartley of Mobile. She was one of two passengers ejected during the accident. The other was an unidentified 3 year old who survived. According to police, Hartley was not wearing her seat belt at the time of the accident.

    Cleanup crews were able to pull the car from the water by 12:00 AM. They were able to open one lane of I-65 Southbound by 11:30, and by 5:30 AM, both lanes were open.

    A second accident occurred about a mile away. This accident involved a tractor trailer and a passenger vehicle. No injuries were reported, but Alabama Department of Transportation officials were called to the scene to clean up a diesel fuel spill.

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Creola Man Arrested For Hit And Run

Posted by David Merrell On August - 5 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS


    A Creola resident has been arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident. According to the Prichard Police Department, 31 year old David Wesley Thornton was involved in an accident on Lott Road in Eight Mile. The accident resulted in the death of 69 year old Thomas Hutt of Semmes.

    The accident occurred back on July 18th. Hutt was in critical condition for days before succumbing to his injuries.

    The charges will likely be upgraded due to the victim’s death. On top of leaving the scene of an accident, Thornton has also been charged with attempting to elude police. The Mobile County District Attorney’s office will be reviewing the case.

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