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Today’s News Headlines from Alabama 810 News 

  • Lake being searched for suspected drowning victim
  • Jacksonville enacts water restrictions
  • Anniston rejects second ambulance service
  • Naked cowboy arrested


Lake being searched for suspected drowning victim 

Rescue workers from several counties were searching Tuesday in Leesburg for a 59 year old Cherokee County man who disappeared when his fishing boat overturned in Weiss Lake Monday evening.  Five boats were searching at noon for Jimmy Todd. Two other people in the boat, who were from Etowah County, were rescued Monday evening 53 year old Mike Washburn was treated and released at Cherokee County Medical Center. 61 year old Mike Harrison was airlifted to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, Tenn., With broken ribs and a punctured lung.  He has since been released.  The boat apparently hit the bank and overturned in the canal near the Weiss Lake powerhouse.  Officials said the powerhouse turbines would be turned on from 2:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. today and then they would be turned off so rescue workers can continue their search. Rescue squads from Etowah County, Henager, DeKalb County and Geraldine are assisting with the search.


Jacksonville enacts water restrictions 

The City of Jacksonville has asked city water customers to conserve water usage for several weeks as demand on the system reached peaks.  Now Mayor Johnny Smith says the city is now issuing mandatory restrictions on all non-essential water uses, such as watering of lawns and washing cars between 6am and 6pm.   The Mayor said that the voluntary conservation efforts of residents have helped, but that the continuing hot and dry conditions have created a dramatic demand on the cities water system.  Thus far Jacksonville is the only city in Calhoun County to institute mandatory restrictions on water use.



Anniston rejects second ambulance service 

The city of Anniston will continue to be served by only one ambulance service.  The Anniston City Council denied an appeal by NorthStar Emergency Medical Services Tuesday to be allowed to operate a second ambulance service in the city. The cities Continuous Quality Improvement Committee against granting NorthStar’s certificate of need application.   Mayor Chip Howell and Councilman Stan Bennett voted against the application. Councilmen Ben Little and Herbert Palmore voted for it.   Councilman Jeff Fink was absent from the meeting. Councilman Ben Little said he thought he was voting to table the issue until the next regular council meeting on Aug. 8 and will bring the matter up before the council.   Anniston Emergency Medical Services is the only licensed ambulance operator in the city.


Naked cowboy arrested 

Motorists traveling along U.S. highway 11 in Dekalb County Sunday afternoon got more than they expected.  52 year old Gerald Lynn Kelley was arrested by DeKalb county deputies on public lewdness charges.  According to deputies, Kelley, who was allegedly drunk, was walking down the highway wearing only a cowboy hat and boots.  Another naked man carrying an American flag was reported by motorists as walking with Kelly could not be found when deputies arrived.  The incident occurred on U.S.  highway 11 near Hammondville.  Police said that the two men had been at a party that had gotten out of hand.  Kelly has been freed on a $1,500 bond.

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