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Benefit For Luke Courtney Next Weekend

Posted by David Merrell On July - 26 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

    Gulf Coast Opry in Satsuma will be hosting a benefit for Luke Courtney next weekend. The benefit will include live music, raffles, crafts, and plate lunches. Food will be served starting at 11:30, and will cost $5 a plate. Hot dogs, baked beans, chips, and a drink will be served.

    Luke Courtney is a 4 year old child who has been battling cancer since 2010. The benefit is to help pay for new treatment in Maryland.

    The benefit will begin at 10:00 AM and last until 3:00 PM. Gulf Coast Opry is located at 5104 Highway 43 at the Saraland-Satsuma border. You can find out more about the Opry at their website or Facebook page.


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Baldwin County Schools Loosen Dress Code

Posted by David Merrell On July - 24 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

    Baldwin County has decided to loosen the dress code it imposes on its students. High schoolers will now be allowed to wear blue jeans and open toe shoes. Baldwin County’s previous uniform policy required students to wear khaki or navy blue pants or shorts. Shoes had to be closed toe. The decision came on a 6-1 vote.

    School dress codes are often controversial, especially when uniforms are involved. This is not entirely surprising considering how big fashion is in this country. Children are delving into the fashion world at a younger and younger age.

    The school board also decided to allow high school students to keep their cell phones on them at all times. The board was unanimous on this vote.

    The cell phone change was inevitable. Virtually everyone has one, and it is not uncommon to see even elementary school children with them. Schools were fighting a losing battle by trying to prevent high school students from carrying them. The more obvious policy is to just prevent students from taking them out or using them in class.


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Satsuma Plans New Football Stadium

Posted by David Merrell On July - 19 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

    The Satsuma school system is looking to improve its athletic facilities. The school board has plans to build a new football stadium and renovate the field house, track, and tennis courts. The plans will be revealed at a public meeting on Sunday, July 20th at 2:30 PM at the Satsuma Community Center.

    The Satsuma athletic program has changed dramatically since Saraland broke away from the Mobile County school system. Satsuma quickly followed suit and formed their own school system. These decisions greatly reduced the population of Satsuma High School, including the pool of student athletes the school enjoyed.

    According to Al.com, the school board plans to move the field house as part of its renovations. The parking area will also be rearranged, and more spaces will be added.

    Members of the Satsuma school board will be speaking at the meeting. School superintendent Dr. Joe Walters will also be speaking, as well as head football coach Scott Rials. The meeting will feature a question and answer session.

    Sunday’s meeting will show the benefits Satsuma has in running its own school system. Thanks to local control, improvements to things like the athletic program can happen much more quickly. Satsuma High School is no longer just one of many in the much larger Mobile County school system.

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Mobile Sets Record Low Temperature

Posted by David Merrell On July - 17 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

    Mobile had record low temperatures this morning, hitting a cool 64 degrees. The low temp broke a 128 year old record for the city. The previous record low was 65 degrees, set all the way back in 1886.

    Cooler, dryer air has set in across Alabama. Highs are not expected to reach 90 today, and the humidity will be much lower. Enjoy this break from the dog days of summer while you can!


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Freeman Jockisch Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison

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


    Former Mobile County Commissioner Freeman Jockisch has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Jockisch was arrested back in November by Saraland Police for soliciting a child for sex over the internet. He was found guilty in April.

    The arrest of Jockisch was a result of an Internet Crimes Against Children investigation carried out by the Saraland Police Department. Saraland has teamed up with ICAC to help stop child predators in our area. They do so by posing as children online. Jockisch was snared with an ad on Craigslist.

    Jockisch claimed innocence, saying he wasn’t looking for sex, but to mentor young girls. However, this is not Jockisch’s first brush with the law. He was previously sentenced to 33 months in prison on tax and ethics charges.

    The ten year prison sentence could keep the 70 year old in jail for the rest of his life. Several times during his trial, Jockisch blurted out that it would be better to “blow his brains out.” He maintained that he was just trying to minister to the girl in the ad, and that when he tried to do what’s right, he was put in prison.

    The sentencing is a big win for Saraland’s ICAC team. Numerous individuals have been caught in their investigations thus far. Catching child predators is only half the battle, with actual prison sentences being the other half. Parents in the area can rest a little easier knowing that police are hard at work trying to keep the internet safer for children.

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19 Year Old Girl Shot And Killed In Mobile

Posted by David Merrell On July - 15 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS


    Mobile Police are investigating the death of a 19 year old girl at the 1400 block of Cloverleaf Circle South. Around 10:30 PM last night, police were called to the scene of a shooting. There they found Selena Edwards, who had suffered a gunshot wound. She was pronounced dead on the scene.

    Police have arrested one suspect who they believe shot the teenage girl. Raphiel Quinnie was taken into custody and charged with manslaughter, as well as receiving stolen property. Police say the suspect and the victim knew each other.

    There is no word yet on why the suspect faces manslaughter charges instead of murder charges. Manslaughter is generally considered the killing of someone without willful intent or malice. The investigation is ongoing.

    According to Al.com, this is the Mobile Police Department’s 21st homicide investigation this year.

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Bayfest Announces 2014 Acts

Posted by David Merrell On July - 11 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

    The Bayfest Music Festival has announced their 2014 lineup. Numerous big name entertainers have been snagged by the festival, including Kid Rock, Ludacris, Brantley Gilbert, and Ceelo Green. Bayfest will be held October 3-5 on the streets of downtown Mobile this fall.

    Bayfest itself is a nonprofit organization, but it has generated over $300 million economically for the city of Mobile. The festival started in 1995, and drew over 50,000 fans that year. Over 200,000 are expected to attend this year’s event.

    Other notable acts in the 2014 lineup include Alabama, the Stone Temple Pilots (featuring Chester Bennington of Linkin Park fame), Earth Wind and Fire, and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.

    Tickets for a weekend pass to Bayfest will be $60 from July 11th through September 19th. After that the price increases to $80. Children under 12 get in for free if accompanied by an adult with a ticket. Day passes at the gate will go for $40. See bayfest.com for more details.


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Mobile Police Looking For Rape Suspect

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


    A man accused of kidnapping and raping a woman is on the loose in Mobile County. Mobile Police are looking for 30 year old Jeffrey Sewell, who has been accused of holding and sexually assaulting a woman for several hours on Tuesday. Sewell was already out on bond for other crimes.

    Sewell is wanted on first degree rape, first degree sodomy, burglary, and domestic violence charges. The burglary and domestic violence charges stem from earlier incidents.

    The accused is listed as 6’3″ tall, weighing around 185 pounds. His last known address was Cherokee Street in Mobile. Sewell has an arrest record that goes back at least 12 years.

    Anyone who has information on Sewell’s whereabouts should contact the Mobile Police Department.

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Pedestrian Killed South Of Mobile

Posted by David Merrell On July - 7 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

    Alabama State Troopers are investigating an accident that led to the death of a pedestrian. Authorities have identified the victim as 33 year old Pedro Montes Oterro of Theodore. State troopers are continuing to investigate the crash.

    Thus far, state troopers know that the vehicle that hit Oterro was a 2011 GMC pickup truck. The accident occurred around 8:45 PM last night, approximately 1.5 miles south of Mobile on Old Pascagoula Road. Oterro was pronounced dead at the scene.

    There is no word yet on whether or not the vehicle was still present on the scene when authorities arrived. At this time, no charges have been brought against the driver of the vehicle, but the investigation is ongoing.

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Mobile County July 4th Celebrations

Posted by David Merrell On July - 4 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

    Our nation’s birthday is typically celebrated in two specific ways: with fireworks and BBQ. Many families head their own celebrations, but for those that don’t, there are plenty of options across Mobile County.

    The city of Mobile will have their annual celebration at Battleship Park. The Pops will begin playing at 7:oo PM, and the fireworks display commences at 9:00 PM. You can begin parking at 4:00 PM, and parking is free. Grills and alcohol are not allowed at this event.

    If celebrating on the beach is more your style, you can head to Dauphin Island. There will be a fireworks display on the public beach starting at 9:00 PM tonight.

    Prichard will also be hosting a celebration. The event begins at 3:00 PM at the Cain Kennedy Memorial Complex at Highpoint Park. You will be allowed to bring grills and coolers to this event. There will be a BBQ cook off between Vigor and Blount High School as well. The fireworks begin at 7:45 PM.

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