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  • Supreme Court outlaws sweepstakes gaming
  • Teen charged with raping toddler
  • Ragland drivers complain about paving
  • Amber Alert Issued


Supreme Court outlaws sweepstakes gaming 

Law Enforcement officials began closing down internet sweepstakes businesses across the state Friday afternoon shortly after The Alabama Supreme Court ruled that  the video sweepstakes games are illegal gambling devices no different from Read 'em and weep...slot machines. The 8-0 decision reversed a ruling by Jefferson County Circuit Judge Scott Vowell, who said the operation known as “MegaSweeps” at the Birmingham Race Course was not a lottery and did not involve the use of slot machines or gambling devices.  Calhoun County officials wasted no time shutting the businesses down Friday afternoon.  District attorney Jo Hubbard issued a public notice near 4:30 Friday ordering that all of the operations be shut down immediately.  Hubbard said that failure to cease operations of the machines immediately will result in the arrest of those having responsibility for their use.  Calhoun County Sheriffs Deputies visited each of the gambling establishments Friday afternoon and immediately shut them down giving the owners one hour to remove their machines or face arrest.  In it’s ruling, Hubbard said the high court determined that the Sweepstakes readers, integrated as they are with the servers, central database and related computer equipment are slot machines as that term is defined by Alabama law.  Hubbard warned operators that anyone who continues to operate will face criminal prosecution. 

Teen charged with raping toddler 

A 15 year old weaver boy is in custody today for the rape of a 4 year old girl.  According to Calhoun County Sheriff Larry Amerson,  the teen was arrested after a witness caught the boy in the act.  According to Amerson, A man went to the home to visit his fiancé and thru an open window saw the boy raping the toddler.  According to the sheriff, the teen whose name cannot be released, will face charges of first degree rape.         

Ragland drivers complain about paving

Eight miles of bad road are causing trouble for drivers in Ragland.  State Transportation Officials hoped repaving Highway 114 would save money and extend the life of the road. Highway 114 is the main road connecting Ragland with Gadsden and Anniston.    Motorist in St. Clair County say the repaving didn’t help the ride. Residents say that, if anything, it probably hurt the ride.     Residents have also reported a tar-like substance sticking to cars and truck that use the road.     Ragland Mayor Gary Daffron took resident’s complaints to state transportation officials who said the road was paved an older way to save money and rain messed up the surface.     Adding to the anger of Ragland motorists, the road on the other side of the St. Clair/Calhoun County Line was paved with normal asphalt.    Department of Transportation officials called the project an “experiment” and said that the site was chosen because of the low amount of traffic in the area.    The Gadsden-based Construction Company who conducted the paving is offering to wash cars affected by the surface.  



Amber Alert Issued 

The state of Alabama has issued an Emergency Missing Child AMBER Alert. The Alabama Department of Public Safety and the Albertville Police Department ask for your assistance in locating 5 year old Geontae Glass, a black male, who was last seen Monday morning, December 4, 2006, at 601 Baltimore Avenue in Albertville, Alabama. Geontae is 3 feet tall, 65 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair, and is considered to be in extreme danger. He was taken when the vehicle he occupied was stolen by an unknown black male described as approximately 5'9" - 5'11", 200 - 220 pounds. The vehicle is a light blue, 1994 Nissan Altima, with no tag on the vehicle, last seen traveling south on Alabama Highway 206. If you have any information regarding this missing child, please contact the Albertville Police Department at 256-878-1212; Alabama Department of Public Safety at 334-242-4128; or your local police department.

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