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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
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
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
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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