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Three Killed At Louisiana Theater Shooting

Posted by David Merrell On July - 24 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS


    A lone gunman killed two people and injured nine before turning his gun on himself Thursday night at a Louisiana theater. The shooting occurred at the Grand 16 Theatre in Lafayette at around 7:30 PM. The shooting occurred almost three years to the day of the Aurora theater shooting that claimed 12 lives.

    Police have identified the shooter, but have yet to release his name. Thus far they have only revealed that he is a 59 year old white male. Police also revealed that he used a handgun to carry out the attack. At this time, there is no evidence that the shooter knew any of the victims. A motive is still being sought.

    Police found the gunman’s car in the parking lot. A suspicious package was detonated by the bomb squad, but no explosives were found.

    Though none of the victim’s have been identified, one of their tale’s has come to light. A teacher jumped in front of a colleague and took a bullet to the leg. Despite the injury, she managed to set off the fire alarm and help clear the theater before more could be shot. Her actions, and those of the first responders, were hailed by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.

**Update** The shooter has been identified as 59 year old John Russell Houser, whose last known address was in Phoenix City, Alabama.

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Sears Closing Mobile Store

Posted by David Merrell On July - 14 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS


    Sears has announced that they will be closing their Bel Air Mall location later this year. The store will begin a liquidation sale on July 17th. The Auto Center will also be closing. Sears is expected to remain open until August or September.

    The store and Auto Center have around 100 employees. Some will be given severance or offered positions at other Sears or K-Mart locations.

    Sears has been struggling for some time. The company was founded in 1886 as a mail order catalog. The first retail location opened in 1925. It was the largest retailer in the US until it was surpassed by Walmart in 1989. Sears was bought out by K-Mart in 2005.

    Sears, like its parent company K-Mart, has struggled with competition. Walmart led the first wave of fatal blows, followed quickly by online retailers.

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Mobile To Remove Confederate Flag From City Seal

Posted by David Merrell On July - 7 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS


    Mobile’s city council voted today to remove the Confederate flag from the city’s seal. Mobile’s seal currently contains six flags, including France, Great Britain, Spain, the Republic of Alabama, the Confederacy, and the US. The flags represent the nations that once held dominion over the area.

    The vote to remove the Confederate battle flag comes as states across the South are removing the flag from public view. The backlash against the Confederate flag began after a shooting at a historic African American church in South Carolina claimed 9 lives. The shooting was racially motivated.

    Debate has raged across the South since the flags started coming down. Proponents of the flag argue that it represents their heritage. Opponents say it is an ugly reminder of slavery and racism. In the political arena, the Confederate flag has few friends. Both Republicans and Democrats have largely been in favor of removing the symbol of the old South.

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Woman Shot In Face At Red Light

Posted by David Merrell On June - 30 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS


    A terrifying incident occurred this weekend when a woman was shot in the face while sitting at a red light in Mobile. The shooting occurred around 1:30 AM Sunday morning near Dauphin and Monterey Street. The victim, who has not been identified, was miraculously able to drive herself to the emergency room after the attack.

    Thankfully, the victim is in stable condition and was able to talk with police. However, the shooting did cause her to lose an eye.

    Police say the victim was sitting at a red light when four men approached on foot. One of them unveiled a weapon and proceeded to shoot the woman in the face. The four men are wanted on assault charges, though additional charges are likely.

    According to Fox 10 News, the attack was an attempted car jacking. As one of the attackers wielded the gun, another was attempting to enter the passenger door. Police believe all four were African American, and either teenagers or in their early 20s. The case is still under investigation.

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Bentley Orders Confederate Flag Removed

Posted by David Merrell On June - 24 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS


    Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has ordered the removal of the Confederate flag from the Alabama capitol. Bentley is the latest governor to take action against the flag following the tragic shooting at a historic African American church in South Carolina. The shooting reignited the debate over southern stages flying the flag in their capitols, with several making moves to remove them.

    The shooting in Charleston has turned the Republican Party against the Confederate flag. RNC Chair Reince Priebus himself has come out against flying the flag in state capitols.

    The reason Governor Bentley gave for removing the flag likely resonates strongly within the entire Republican Party. Bentley said he did not want the flag to become a distraction from other issues the state faces. Republicans as a whole do not want this issue to damage them as the 2016 presidential election is on the horizon.

    Four Confederate flags have flown outside the capitol in Montgomery for over two decades. The flags are not over the capitol building itself, but at a monument dedicated to Confederate soldiers.

    The Confederate flag has long been a contentious issue in the South. Proponents argue that it is a part of southern history and tradition, and thus should be acknowledged. Opponents say that it represents the South’s racist past and should not be displayed publicly. Complicating the issue is the fact that the rebel flag that is frequently displayed was never the official flag of the Confederacy.

    Popular opinion has clearly turned against the rebel flag. Numerous big businesses, such as Walmart and Amazon, have decided to remove rebel flag themed items from their stores. With Republicans now turning against it, the flag’s public life may be over.

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Bay Minette Resident Killed In Morning Wreck

Posted by David Merrell On June - 21 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

    An early morning accident has left one woman dead and one man injured. Alabama State Troopers say that Kimberly Ann Wilson of Bay Minette was killed when the truck she was a passenger in left the road and hit a tree. She was pronounced dead on the scene. The driver of the vehicle, Harry Leon Wilson Jr, was taken to USA for treatment.

    The accident occurred around 4:00 AM this morning. The pair were driving in a 2015 Dodge pickup truck on Highway 225 when the vehicle left the roadway around the 22 mile marker. This is approximately 10 miles northwest of Bay Minette. The single vehicle accident is still under investigation.


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Highway 158 Expansion Set For 2019

Posted by David Merrell On June - 18 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS


    After years of delays, further expansion of 158 finally has a starting date: 2019. The proposed roadway is designed to alleviate traffic on Highway 98, also known as Moffett Road. According to Alabama Department of Transportation officials, Highway 98 is the busiest two lane highway in the state.

    Highway 158 has already been extended once. The road previously ended at Highway 45, but was extended to connect to Schillinger Road. The route was supposed to continue past Newburn and head towards Highway 98, but construction was halted in 2008 due to environmental concerns. Construction was expected to pick back up last summer, but funding is now an issue as well.

    With budget problems a continuing problem in Montgomery, the 2019 start date could ultimately be put off as well.

    Highway 98 is known for traffic fatalities, leading some to call it Bloody 98. The hope is that the 158 extension can help drastically cut down on the number of wrecks on the highway by giving motorists an alternative route.

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18 Year Old Killed In Radcliff Road Crash

Posted by David Merrell On June - 13 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS


    An early morning crash ended in tragedy Friday, claiming the life of one of the victims. Police identified the young man as 18-year-old Caleb Lemuel Evans of Chunchula. They were called to the scene around 1:20 AM.

    The accident occurred on the 3000 block of Radcliff Road, which runs between Celeste and Highway 43. Police say it was a single vehicle accident, though Evans did have someone else in the car with him. The passenger was taken to Springhill Medical Center, where they are in stable condition.

    Evans was driving a 1999 Chevy Silverado. Something caused him to leave the roadway, where he crashed into a utility pole and a tree. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

    A memorial for Evans was held at Citronelle High School Friday evening. Evans graduation from Citronelle in 2014, having played football and baseball for the school.

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Vote On Soccer Complex Set For June 30th

Posted by David Merrell On June - 11 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS


    The fate of a new soccer complex in Mobile County will be decided in a Mobile city council vote on June 30th. The city council originally set aside money for the project last fall, but Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson has come out against the idea, instead pushing to use the funds on existing parks. The city is set to contribute $1.5 million to the soccer complex.

    Mobile’s $1.5 million contribution would aid the county in purchasing land for the project. The property off Halls Mill Road that has been targeted for the complex has a $3 million price tag.

    Mayor Stimpson told WKRG News 5 that he supports soccer, but the complex could take years to get started and eventually completed. The city would not see any investment on its return for some time. Funds spent on existing parks would ultimately see a quicker return. Councilman John Williams sides with Mayor Stimpson, arguing that the city needs to fix what it has before moving on to new projects.

    Councilman Fred Richardson supports the project, and believes he will have the same 5 votes he had last year when the issue comes up to vote again.

    According to a WKRG News 5 poll, 65% of registered voters in Mobile County support the project. A number of factors can be attributed to the strong support. New projects are almost always more popular than renovations and upkeep. The sport of soccer is also enjoying a surge in popularity in the US. This surge has been triggered by stronger showings from the US Men’s National Team on the international stage. The US picked up a big win in an international friendly on Wednesday against the world’s number 1 team, Germany.

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Sands Stimpson Pleads Not Guilty

Posted by David Merrell On June - 9 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS


    Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson’s son, Sands Stimpson, plead not guilty to charges of impersonating a peace officer yesterday. Stimpson was arrested last month after a State Trooper noticed Stimpson carrying a badge. According to Stimpson, the arrest is a big misunderstanding.

    Stimpson claims the badge is from his time as a game warden in Clarke County. The Stimpson family owns land in the area.

    Impersonating a peace officer is a Class C Felony in Alabama. Such a crime can be punished by no less than 1 year, and no more than 10 years in prison. A fine of up to $15,000 can also be given.

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