April , 2014

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    Initial unemployment claims feel last week, nearing a five year low set in ...
    The Apple rumor mill is hard at work again, as talk of an ...
    A tropical depression has formed in the Atlantic Ocean, east of the Windward ...
    Fox 10 News anchor Bob Grip interviewed Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on ...
    Creola Police received a call around 1:00 PM today that a man had ...
    In an interview with Charlie Rose that aired Monday on PBS, President Obama ...
    While searching for Derek Wood, police discovered a meth lab at his Tillmans ...
    The launch of Windows 8 has not gone as good as Microsoft would ...
    A fire claimed a church in Saraland this past Sunday afternoon. Smoke ...

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Austal Hiring 300 New Workers

Posted by David Merrell On April - 23 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

    Austal is already one of the biggest employers in Mobile, but the shipbuilder will be looking to increase that employment this year. Austal plans to hire an additional 300 workers, with positions ranging from electrician, fabricator, and pipe fitter. The company currently employs over 4,000 workers.

    Most of the positions Austal is trying to fill are pipe fitters. The company is currently building 9 ships, and both pipe fitters and pipe welders are in high demand. High turnover in the position is also a problem.


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Heavy Equipment Thief Caught In Saraland

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

    Saraland Police have arrested a man accused to stealing heavy equipment from several local business. Fox 10 News reports that Marc McHenry has been charged with two counts of 1st degree theft. The thefts occurred on two separate occasions at two different businesses. McHenry was taken in on April 18th.


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Police Identify Gulf Shores Shooter

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


**Update 4-20-2014** The suspect turned himself in yesterday at around 12:30 PM. Jermain Cungious will be charged with 2nd degree assault and reckless endangerment.

    Detectives in Gulf Shores have identified the person behind a shooting that occurred on the public beach Wednesday night. They are now on the lookout for 18 year old Jermaine Trevel Cungious of Bay Minette. Cungious should be considered armed and dangerous.

    The incident occurred at around 10:00 PM Wednesday night near the Hangout. Cungious shot 18 year old Tommie Cortez Jackson of Spanish Fort. Jackson was taken to South Baldwin Regional Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries and quickly released.

    When caught, Cungious will face 2nd degree assault charges. This is a Class C felony in Alabama, and carries a sentence between 1 and 10 years in prison.

    Jermaine Cungious is believed to be about 5’9″ tall and weigh around 140 pounds. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Gulf Shores Police Department. The number for their communications center is 1-251-968-2431.

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Freeman Jockisch Found Guilty Of Soliciting Sex From Saraland Cop

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


    Freeman Jockisch has been found guilty of attempting to solicit sex from an underage girl on the internet. The former Mobile County Commissioner was actually communicating with an undercover Saraland Police Officer. The 70 year old is now looking at roughly 10 years in prison.

    Jockisch first responded to an ad on Craigslist last July. He did not fully incriminate himself until replying to another ad in November. Through emails, he indicated what he wanted from what he thought was a 15 year old girl.

    Defense attorneys claims Jockisch wasn’t looking for sex, but instead wanted to mentor young girls. They blame police officers for enticing him.

    Saraland has taken a very strong stance against internet child predators. Working with the ICAC, they have nabbed several perpetrators over the last few years. The internet has always been a place that is potentially dangerous to children, but with the rise of social media, that danger has grown.

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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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