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- Deputies raid Piedmont fraternal
- Charge dropped in Glass murder
- Fire guts Gadsden lounge
- New drug treatment center slated for
Deputies raid Piedmont fraternal organization
Armed in information from informants, Calhoun
County Sheriffs Deputies this week raided a fraternal organization in
the Piedmont area. According to Sheriff Larry Amerson, they seized a
number of illegal gambling machines. Amerson said that
deputies have stepped up their efforts to rid the county of illegal
gambling following the state supreme courts decision that sweepstakes
gaming operations in the state were illegal. The sheriff also warned
that deputies will continue to seek out illegal machines in Calhoun
Charge dropped in Glass murder
One of the charges against a mother accused in
the recent death of a slain five-year-old has been dropped. Shalinda
Glass appeared before Etowah County District Judge Wayne Owen Monday.
He dropped the initial charge of hindering prosecution, but she still
faces capital murder charges for her part in the case. According to
reports, Geontae Glass was beaten to death the weekend of Dec. 2.
Early Monday morning, Dec. 4, Glass said that her son was kidnapped
while asleep in her vehicle which she reported stolen from an
Albertville convenience store and service station. An Amber alert was
issued which was later determined to be a hoax. Glass and her
boyfriend, Kevin Andre Towles are facing capital murder charges in the
case. The investigation, to date, indicates that Towles beat the child
as a form of punishment and that Glass attempted to cover up the death
by reporting the hoax kidnapping. Both Glass and Towles remain lodged
in the Etowah County Detention Center without bond. Preliminary
hearings on this case could begin in February, according to reports.
Fire guts Gadsden lounge
Gadsden Firefighters spent several hours Tuesday
night fighting a blaze that gutted the Sports Page Lounge on South
Fourth Street and damaged two adjacent buildings in downtown
Gadsden. About 40 on duty and off duty firefighters, were called in
to battle the flames that swept through the Sports Page, which rests
between Southern Care Hospice and Fourth Street Jewelers.
Southern Care Hospice was heavily damaged in the fire. Fourth Street
Jewelers had some damage, but not as heavy as the other two buildings,
according to fire officials.
Officials said the fire appeared to have started in the kitchen area
of the Sports Page, then spread to the adjacent building.
The cause of the two-alarm fire, which started around 4:20 Tuesday
afternoon was not known. Firefighters brought the blaze under control
about 6:25 p.m. but were still putting out some "hot spots" into the
New drug treatment center slated for Anniston
Calhoun county officials announced Tuesday that
they will be taking a new unified approach to battling drug
addiction. The Calhoun County Commission, the county court system as
well as the Sheriff and other officials have joined together in a
unified effort to establish a county drug treatment center. Calhoun
County Commissioner Rudy Abbott spearheaded the effort to create the
center. The county purchased the old Anniston Star Building on West
10th street for $350,000 to house the new program. The
Health Services Center will operate the treatment program and
according to the Substance Abuse Program Coordinator Scott Baty, they
have received a five year, 2 million dollar grant to provide substance
abuse treatment for the homeless or at risk of homelessness with
substance abuse disorders. Baty said the program being used has a
proven success rate. Staff training for the new center has already
begun and operation is expected to begin in early February. The new
center will also house the community corrections department and other
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