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- JPA board makeup to change
- Charges against Talladega man upgraded to
- Airport opening delayed
- Search continues for missing Ga. man
Local Lawmakers drawn into election challenge
Although this years election officially ended
Wednesday when state officials certified the vote, litigation over it
is expected go on for months and ultimately affect the ability of
one-fourth of the Legislature and two appellate court judges to hold
office. Several of those named represent voters locally. Two
lawsuits, naming five Democrats and 27 Republicans, have been
consolidated into a single case to be heard in Montgomery. Former
Republican attorney general candidate Mark Montiel, who filed the
initial suit against four Democratic senators, said he won't drop his
case, even though others have expanded it to cover far more
Republicans than Democrats. The litigation involves candidates in the
general election Nov. 7. On Wednesday, Secretary of State Nancy Worley
and representatives of the governor and attorney general certified the
vote totals from the election. Worley said she will issue
certificates of election later to individual winners in legislative
races, but she is unsure if she will issue certificates to legislators
who are being challenged in court. She said she will follow any
guidance given by the Montgomery judge handling the litigation.
Lawyers representing the Democratic Party have intervened in Montiel's
litigation, saying that if action is taken against the four Democratic
senators, then similar action must be taken against a large group of
Republicans - four senators, 21 representatives and two appellate
court judges - who had no opposition in the Republican primary and
didn't file campaign finance reports. Included in that group was Rep.
Blaine Galliher of Rainbow City along with Senator Del Marsh of
Anniston.On Tuesday, Circuit Judge Charles Price decided to
consolidate Montiel's suit with a newer lawsuit over state Sen. Larry
Means, D-Gadsden. No hearing dates have been set.
Charges against Talladega man upgraded to murder
DUI charges against A Talladega man were upgraded
to murder Wednesday as 40 year old Fletcher Embry was arraigned
before Circuit Judge Julian King in connection with a DUI accident
which occurred on Alabama 34 in August. Embry, was initially
arrested for manslaughter and misdemeanor driving under the influence
Aug. 5. the charge was upped to murder by the grand jury that indicted
Embry. Embry allegedly struck and killed 44 year old Danny Levelle
Horne, in front of Stemley Auto Sales and Service on Alabama 34 at
about 2:15 p.m. Aug. 5. Horne was an employee at Stemley Auto Sales
and was apparently either getting into or getting out of a pickup
truck on the lot when he was hit.
Several beer cans were recovered from inside
Embry’s 1992 Honda Accord after the accident.
Airport opening delayed
Officials had hoped to open the new
Centre-Piedmont-Cherokee County Regional Airport this fall, but now
contractors say the opening has been delayed until spring due to
safety concerns. Project engineers had expressed concerns about
operating the airport with ongoing construction. The runway at the
new airport has been extended 1,300 feet, with a turn-around area for
aircraft to exit the runway, but paving remains to be completed. The
4,200-foot runway, along with a parking area was paved in September.
A grant has been approved to extend the runway to 5,500 feet and
extend runway lighting. Federal money covers 95 percent of the airport
construction costs, with the remainder split between state and local
In 2003, the airport board received a $2 million
Federal Aviation Administration grant and paid $975,000 for 308 acres
of a 2,900-acre cotton field between the region's main cities,
Piedmont and Centre.
Search continues for missing Ga. man
Georgia authorities say the search for a missing
Cedartown man is continuing. According to Polk County Detective Kiki
Campbell, detectives and landfill employees were still searching
through trash Wednesday at the landfill looking for 40-year-old
landfill employee Jeff Liley. Liley was reported missing around 8 a.m.
last Saturday. The search has been ongoing there ever since. Police
have finished the primary search for Liley at the landfill, draining
sediment ponds and searching through the surrounding woods. Polk
County Police Chief Billy Wills said standard operating procedures
call for a waiting period of 72 hours after a missing persons report
is filed. However, officers felt the search needed to begin earlier,
due to reports of concern by Liley’s co-workers. Liley had reportedly
last been seen at the landfill around 4:45 p.m. last Friday. His truck
was found at the landfill the next morning, but Liley could not be
located. Police said that he hadn’t clocked out of work.
Liley is described as a 5’ 9,” 295-pound white
male with blonde hair.
volunteers, are continuing their search.
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