April , 2014

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Shooting At Gulf Shores

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


    A late night shooting sent one teen to the hospital Wednesday evening in Gulf Shores. The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries. The shooter, believed to be a male between the ages of 16 and 18, is still on the loose.

    The incident occurred late Wednesday night. An argument broke out between a group of teenagers, and one of them pulled a gun and fired five shots. Another teen was hit in the arm by one of the bullets.

    The shooting happened on the main public beach near the hangout. Police setup a perimeter around the Hangout and on Beach Boulevard while searching for the suspect and investigating the case. With many schools around the country celebrating spring break, Gulf Shores is currently flooded with vacationers, a fact that could make the case more difficult.

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Accident Briefly Closes Wallace Tunnel

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

    A multi-vehicle accident brought traffic to a standstill outside the Wallace Tunnel this morning. The accident occurred in the Eastbound lane, but thankfully no injuries were reported. The accident has since been cleared, and traffic is once again flowing through the tunnel.

    Heavy rains drenched the area last night, leaving many roadways flooded. Commuters are advised to drive with caution today, as the roads will be wet and dangerous.


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Bay Minette Man Arrested For Child Porn

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


    A 43 year old Bay Minette resident has been arrested for possession of child pornography. Charles James Biddie Jr turned himself in after his wife alerted police of the crime. She turned over a laptop computer which had 87 pictures and 10 videos on it which police believe to be child pornography.

    Biddie faces six charges of child pornography and is being held on a $60,000 bond.

    Biddie and his wife are currently going through a divorce and living apart. The computer on which the illegal content was found belonged to the wife, but was in Biddie’s possession. She was visiting her three children, who were with Biddie at the time, and saw he laptop. She retrieved it, and that is when she found the banned material.

    Police have investigated the case thoroughly to make sure it is not a setup. As the couple are going through a custody battle, the option had to be explored, especially since the wife was the one who turned in the computer. However, police determined Biddie was the one who downloaded the illegal content, and he later confessed under interrogation.

    Forensics teams are still investigating the laptop. More charges are expected, not just against Biddie, but against others as well. Police will be targeting the source of the illegal content, plus anyone Biddie shared it with.

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Car Burglars Caught In Saraland

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


    Two men have been arrested in Saraland for breaking into vehicles. Police arrested 23 year old Michael Sanders Jr and a 16 year old accomplice on Tuesday evening after a neighborhood resident tipped off police. The break ins were occurring near Kali Oka Road.

    Both suspects are Eight Mile residents. They will be charged with breaking and entering a vehicle, as well as receiving stolen property. Both offenses are Class C felonies and can carry a sentence between 1 and 10 years in prison.

    Breaking and entering a vehicle is a common and easy way for criminals to make money. Outside of keeping your vehicle in a garage, there is little one can do to prevent this crime. While car alarms will notify you that your car is being broken into, they still leave criminals enough time to rob your vehicle.

    As a precaution, one shouldn’t leave valuable possessions in a car, even if the car is at your house. It is especially dangerous to leave the keys to the car in the car. Car alarms can prevent the theft of car stereo systems, as this takes a criminal some time to pull off.

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Body Of Missing Girl Found

Posted by David Merrell On April - 8 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

    The body of a 9 year old girl from Mississippi who went missing Sunday evening has been recovered. The child was playing outside her home when she was swept away by flood waters. The child’s mother has positively identified the body, bringing to an end this tragic situation.

    The incident occurred in Yazoo City, Mississippi around 7:00 PM Sunday. The body was found around 7:00 PM the next day, not far from the girl’s house. Authorities say the cause of death was drowning.


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Mississippi Child Goes Missing In Flood Waters

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


    Severe weather has brought tragedy to a small town in Mississippi. A 9 year old girl went missing last night after playing in flood waters outside her home. The child was last seen at about 7:00 PM. A search and rescue effort was quickly launched, but had to be called off by midnight. Search efforts began again this morning.

    Severe weather struck the area early this morning. Flash Flood Watches, and even a Tornado Warning had to be issued as the weather deteriorated. Over 11,000 people were without power across Alabama this morning.

    Water is always one of the most dangerous elements of a storm. According to the National Weather Service, more storm deaths are caused by flooding than any other source. In a hurricane, it is the storm surge. In a thunderstorm, it is flood waters.

    It takes only 6 inches of moving water to knock over an adult. Two feet of moving water can sweep away a vehicle. According to the CDC, half of all flood deaths come from vehicles driving into flood water. This has led the National Weather Service to launch a preventative campaign called “Turn Around Don’t Drown” or TADD.

    We are now in the heart of tornado season. Tornadoes themselves are actually rare, but the storms that create them will be arriving on a weekly basis. That means there will be plenty of rain, and the possibility for flash floods. Underestimating this powerful force of nature can be deadly.

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Satsuma Woman Killed In House Fire

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

    A house fire late last night claimed the life of an elderly Satsuma woman. Multiple sources confirm the victim to be June Criswell. She was a devoted member of the Satsuma First Baptist church described by most as a sweet, wonderful lady. No word yet on what caused the fire. We’ll have further updates as they become available.


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Mississippi Passes Religious Freedom Bill

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


    Earlier this week, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed SB 2681 into law. The bill has been tabbed as a “religious freedom” bill, but critics argue it will lead to discrimination. A similar bill was vetoed in Arizona by Republican Governor Jan Brewer.

    The Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act would allow Mississippi businesses to deny service to someone if they feel it violates their religious rights. Many interpret this as allowing businesses to deny service to the LGBT community. Despite getting overwhelming support in the state legislature, the law is expected to face a fierce challenge in the courts.

    The passage of this law, as well as similar attempts in Arizona, raises interesting questions. Where do we draw the line on religious liberty? Is religious based discrimination fair or legal? These are all questions that the US court system will be forced to answer once this law is challenged.

    The implications of this law has many hearkening back to the days of the Jim Crow South. Back then, African Americans were discriminated against and denied service at many establishments. The Civil Rights Act ended such practices, making it illegal for facilities that serve the general public to discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, or national origin.

    The Civil Rights Act notably does not mention sexual orientation. As such, the courts could find Mississippi’s law constitutional. As of now, the rights of the LGBT community are not protected by federal law.     Mississippi is not likely to be the last state to pass such a law. A quick glance through local coverage and comments on the law show at least some support among residents of Alabama. Like Mississippi, Alabama’s legislature is dominated by Republicans. In the future, we could see a similar measure come up in Alabama.

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Another Pedestrian Killed At Beach

Posted by David Merrell On March - 30 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS


    For the second time this month, a pedestrian has been hit and killed by a drunk driver at one of Alabama’s beaches. The identity of the victim has not been revealed at this time, but police have said the victim is from Tennessee. The accident occurred near the Caribe Resort on Perdido Beach Blvd in Orange Beach.

    Police arrested the man driving the truck involved in the accident. Danny Pylant was charged with driving under the influence. The investigation is ongoing, and more charges could be on the way.

    This is the second fatal accident involving a pedestrian and a drunk driver this month. On March 21st, 19 year old Kasey Waychoff was killed in Gulf Shores. The driver in that accident, 29 year old Justin Lott, faces charges of manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident.

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Substitute Teacher Charged With Having Sex With Student

Posted by David Merrell On March - 29 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS


    A substitute teacher from Denton Middle School is facing charges for allegedly having sex with multiple students at the school. 41 year old Kristina Kelly of Mobile was taken to Mobile Metro jail, where she was later released on bond. According to Fox 10 News, there may be as many as 4 or 5 victims.

    Kelly faces multiple charges, including 2 counts of 2nd degree sodomy, 2 counts of 2nd degree rape, 1 count of 2nd degree sexual abuse, and 3 counts of a school employee having sex with a student under the age of 19.

    Mobile County School spokesperson Nancy Pierce said the school system is investigating the incident. She confirmed that Kelly was a substitute at Denton Middle School, but the incident did not happen on school grounds.

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