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Today’s News Headlines from Alabama 810 News 

  • Cleburne authorities still trying to identify murder victim
  • Boyfriend charged in child’s death
  • Officials break ground for new Depot Plant
  • Wreck victim in critical condition
  • Teen arrested in two day crime spree
  • Severe weather expected for area

 

Cleburne authorities still trying to identify murder victim 

Authorities in Cleburne County are continuing their efforts to identify the body of a Hispanic man found in a well near Heflin late last week.  According to Cleburne County Sheriff Joe Jacks,  they have arrested two people in connection with the death.  25-year-old Daffney Chambers of an Ohatchee address and 33 –year-oldl Phillip Anthony Smith of Fruithurst have both been charged with capitol murder and are being held in the Cleburne County Jail.  Sheriff Jacks said that robbery was the motive for the murder and that their investigation revealed that the killing took place at what the Sheriff called an old home place where the well was located off of County Road 77 south of Heflin..  Officials believe that the victim may have been a resident of Calhoun County and that he was last seen alive on the night of Janurary 28th at AJ’s bar in Anniston.

 

 

Boyfriend charged in child’s death 

A 30 year old Gadsden man has been charged with capital murder in the weekend death of his girlfriend’s son.  Ronnie Lynn Kirksey was charged Tuesday in the death of 23 month old Cornell Norwood.  According to officials Kirksey is from Wilsonville but had been living with the child’s mother and her three children for about three months in the Colley Homes Public Housing Complex on north sixth place.  Gadsden fire department medics called police late Saturday after they responded to the home and found the child not breathing.  Medics were suspicious of the injuries and contacted police.  According to District Attorney Jimmie Harp, Preliminary autopsy reports indicate that the child died from massive trauma to the head and body.  Harp says he will meet with the investigative team to review the case and decide whether to seek the death penalty against Kirksey.  The child’s mother and her other two children had walked to the store leaving Kirksey alone with the child when the injuries occurred.

 

Officials break ground for new Depot Plant 

Governor Bob Riley along with Congressman Mike Rogers of Saks were on hand Tuesday to break ground for a new 75 million dollar engine plant at the Anniston Army Depot.  The Plant will begin operations in about two years.  Rogers said that the Powertrain Flexible Maintenance Center was a key selling point that helped the 66 year old Depot avoid job cuts during last years round of base cuts and consolidations.  Congress committed 24 million dollars for the facility in the 2005 budget.  The new plant will rebuild diesel engines for combat vehicles and will be equipped to remanufacture at least 1,875 diesel engines a year.  The Anniston Depot already does the same engine work in a converted warehouse, but officials said the new facility will increase efficiency and quality.  Workers will be able to disassemble, clean, repair and reassemble the engines for less than the cost of buying new engines.  The engines, ranging from 400 to 1,000 horsepower, are used in M-88, M-113 and M9 vehicles, all tanks like armored vehicles that run on tracks.  About 6,850 employees at the depot provide a wide range of work involving military vehicles, weapons and ammunition.  Most are civilian employees of the army.  About a thousand workers work for private companies that have contracts with the army.

 

Wreck Victim in critical condition 

Four people were taken to the hospital following an early morning accident Tuesday on U.S. 431 tying up traffic for most of the early morning hours.  Officials said the accident occurred near 7 Tuesday morning when a silver Volvo driven by 35 year old Dionne Merriweather traveling north on 431, attempted to change lanes at a high rate of speed and clipped a pickup which forced her vehicle over the median into the path of a Honda accord driven by 21 year old Amber Ervin of Jacksonville forcing it into a Honda motorcycle.  The driver of the motorcycle along with Merriweather and a child in her car were taken to Regional medical center.  Amber Ervin was trapped in her vehicle for over an hour and was airlifted to University hospital in Birmingham where she is listed in critical but stable condition with extensive head and leg injuries..  Troopers say they are searching for a pick-up which fled the scene of the accident.

 

Teen arrested in two day crime spree 

A Cleburne county juvenile has been arrested after a two day crime spree in the Heflin area.  According to Cleburne County Sheriff Joe Jacks, The arrest made last week,  cleared several crimes including a business burglary in Heflin and a home invasion robbery.  The juvenile remains in custody, his name cannot be released by authorities

 

Severe Weather expected for area 

The local picture at 4:40pm Wednesday April 19, 2006 from the NWS .

The National Weather Service is predicting that east central Alabama will be hit with some heavy storms Wednesday afternoon and evening.  The weather service says that the storms could be severe with heavy rain, possible hail and damaging winds.  Stay tuned to Alabama 810 (WCKS-AM) for immediate up to date weather and emergency warning information.

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