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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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Reebok Bringing Spartan Race To Saraland

Posted by David Merrell On May - 17 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS


    Local athletes will have a chance to test their limits this fall, as Reebok is bringing the Spartan Race to Saraland. The event, called the Alabama Super, will occur on October 17th, featuring over 20 obstacles and 30 elevation changes. The course is over 8 miles long.

    Registration pricing starts at $95 for an afternoon slot. A morning slot costs $130, and an Elite package comes in at $125. There is a $20 fee for spectators.

    According to the Spartan Race website, participants can expect to face numerous topographical features, from sandy highlands to swampy bogs. Racers should bring a headlamp and appropriate fuel. Only water will be provided by the event’s organizers. Participants are encouraged to organize teams to race with them and help each other along the way.

    A kids race will also be available. Registering online for the kids race will cost $25, while paying onsite will be $30. Kids will only race against other kids on a smaller course.

    For more details on the Spartan Race, visit http://www.spartan.com/

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Tim Cook To Donate Fortune To Charity

Posted by David Merrell On March - 27 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS


    Apple CEO and Baldwin County native Tim Cook has announced that he will be donating his fortune to charity. According to Fortune, Cook will be donating approximately $785 million, after he pays for his 10 year old nephew’s college education. He joins tech titans Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Larry Ellison in pledging to donate massive funds for charity.

    Cook took over as CEO of Apple after his predecessor, Steve Jobs, fell ill with pancreatic cancer. The company has continued to thrive under Cook, keeping pace as one of the most profitable corporations the world has ever seen.

    Known as an intensely private individual, Cook has begun to show up in the spotlight more over the past few years. In October of last year, Cook confirmed long held rumors that he was gay. He has publicly supported the rights of the LGBT community, including a speech on the matter during his induction into the Alabama Academy of Honor.

    Cook told Fortune that he wants to develop a more systematic approach to philanthropy. He has already begun donating to certain causes, but wants his contributions to go beyond simply writing checks.

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Legal Controversy Brews Over Same-Sex Marriage

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


    The battle over same-sex marriage in Alabama is not over. Last night, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore ordered all probate judges to not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. A federal court had previously thrown out Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage, with Monday being the first day couples could apply for licenses.

    Moore’s decision sets up a huge showdown between federal courts and state courts. In the confusion, many probate judges are not issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples across the state.

    The case is turning into a Constitutional battle between state and federal courts. In the US, state law can not supersede federal law. However, there are currently no laws guaranteeing marriage rights to same-sex couples. The federal law prohibiting such marriages, the Defense of Marriage Act, was ruled unconstitutional in 2013. The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the legality of bans at the state level later this year.

    Lower level courts have tossed out state bans in 37 states, including Alabama. Most have either given up the fight or appealed to a higher court, but few have caused the stir Alabama has. Chief Justice Roy Moore is at the heart of the controversy, something he has not shied away from in the past. Moore is of course most famous for his refusal to remove a 10 commandments statue from the state courthouse. That incident led to him being removed from office.

    Most legal experts believe the Supreme Court will rule in favor of same-sex marriage later this year. It would be difficult to find legal justification of a ban at the state level if the court could not find justification for a ban at the federal level. Moore’s defiance appears frivolous. What remains unanswered is the level of fallout from the Chief Justice’s latest incident.

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