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- Police seek hit and run driver
- Weaver man killed in three car accident
- New trial sought for Ashville teacher
- Goodyear talks continue
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Police seek hit and run driver
Anniston police are searching for a vehicle and
it’s driver responsible for the hit and run death of A 49-year-old
Blue Mountain man early Thursday morning. 49 year old Freddy Joe
Smith, was struck while walking in the 2500 block of Norwood Avenue
around 5:15 Thursday morning, Coroner Bill Partridge said that Smith
died of massive head trauma. Investigating officers said there
appeared to be no indication that the vehicle that struck Smith
attempted to stop and that it appeared that the victim was struck and
rolled up onto the vehicles hood, windshield and roof.
Police are continuing to search for a suspect in
Weaver man killed in three car accident
One person was killed and two others injured in a
three vehicle accident Thursday afternoon four miles north of Anniston
on Highway 431. According to state troopers, 83 year old Edward Maier
of Weaver was killed in the accident, he was driving a 2003
Chevrolet. 38 year old James Shell and a passenger in his 1996 ford
two year old Nicholas Shell were both injured and taken to Regional
Medical Center. The driver of the third vehicle, a 2001 Toyota was
identified as Herbert Stevens of Alexandria, he was not injured.
New trial sought for Ashville teacher
Attorneys for a former Ashville High School
teacher and coach convicted and sentenced for the second-degree rape
and sodomy of one of his students is seeking a new trial. Pell City
attorney Don Hamlin asked St. Clair County Circuit Court Judge Charles
Robinson this week to grant a new trial or order an acquittal in the
state’s case against Donnie McKay. Two months ago, Robinson
sentenced McKay to serve 15 years for the rape of a 15-year-old
student and another 10 years for the second-degree sodomy of the
student. The teacher and student had consensual sex, according to
testimony during McKay’s trial in August. Hamlin told the judge the
court erred in allowing the victim’s diary into evidence, and the
judge visited jurors while they were in the jury room deliberating the
case. Hamlin told Robinson he entered the jury room and stayed a few
minutes when the jury became hung in the case. He said that action
warranted a new trial. Judge Robinson told defense and prosecution
attorneys he would take the request for acquittal or new trial under
advisement. A jury convicted McKay of the rape and sodomy of his
former student on Aug. 31, 2006, and Robinson sentenced him to 25
years in prison in early October.
Goodyear talks continue
Union members walking picket lines say they hope
no news coming out of renewed contract talks with Goodyear Tire &
Rubber Co. means progress is being made. The United Steelworkers
union representing some 15,000 striking Goodyear workers in the United
States and Canada and the Akron-based company have not talked about
their negotiations that resumed Monday in Pittsburgh. Both sides
confirmed Thursday that the talks were ongoing. The strike began Oct.
5. The current talks are the first meetings since negotiations in
Cincinnati broke off Nov. 17 after four days. The union and Goodyear
have disagreed over health care proposals for retirees and plans to
close a Tyler, Texas, tire factory.
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