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Today’s News Headlines from Alabama 810 News 

  • Shooting suspect surrenders
  • Rainbow City man charged in assault
  • Etowah accident involving deputy investigated
  • New law benefits pick-up owners


Shooting suspect surrenders 

35 year old Johnny Scott Cochran turned himself in at the Calhoun County Sheriffs Department Thursday afternoon.  Cochran, from the Saks community, was the subject of a seven hour manhunt Thursday morning following a shooting in Southeast Calhoun County.  Cochran has been charged with attempted murder in the shooting of William Brian Wilson.  Authorities say the shooting occurred at Wilson’s home on Sugar Falls Lane near the intersection of U.S. 78 and Alabama Highway 9.  The shooting happened after Wilson’s sister saw Cochran, her estranged boyfriend, looking in through the window of the home near 1:30 Thursday morning,  her brother went outside to confront Cochran and the two men fought and William Wilson was shot in the throat.  A 15 man emergency response team searched for Cochran, the search was called off near 8 Thursday morning.  Cochran turned himself in near noon and is held on a thirty thousand dollar bond. 


Rainbow City man charged in assault 

A Rainbow City man has been charged with assault after allegedly shooting a teenager with a BB gun while the teen was mowing grass.  42 year old Charles Randall Gilliland,   has been charged with second-degree assault according to Rainbow City police Sgt. Greg Carroll.  The teenager, who works for a lawn company, was mowing grass at Meadow Oak Apartments when he felt something hit his hand and he began bleeding.  It was later discovered the BB was lodged in the teen's hand and surgery was required.



Etowah accident involving deputy investigated 

An investigation is continuing into the weekend wreck that seriously injured an Attalla woman and involved an off-duty Etowah County deputy who was allegedly drinking while driving a county vehicle.  36 year old Scarlett Bellamy,  remains in guarded condition at Gadsden Regional Medical Center after she was injured in the wreck on Alabama 77 near Gallant Road late Sunday afternoon in which Both of her legs were broken.  The 1995 Ford Mustang she was driving was struck head on by a 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe, driven by Jonathan Horton, an Etowah County deputy assigned to the Drug Enforcement Unit.  Horton was not on duty at the time of the crash, nor was he on call. Horton was driving the county vehicle assigned to him and it has been determined that alcohol was a factor in the wreck. Horton resigned Monday.  State troopers investigating the crash have up to 45 days to complete the report according to  trooper spokesman Paul Mashburn.  Mashburn said that once the investigation is complete, results will be presented to the district attorney to determine what charges are appropriate.  Horton was treated for minor injuries. Bellamy had to be cut from her car and rushed to the hospital where she underwent emergency surgery. As Scarlett Bellamy, recovers at Gadsden Regional Medical Center's intensive care unit, her employer and local residents are raising money to help her get through the hard times ahead.  Big Chief restaurant owner Shelly Zahorscak said she immediately set up a donation bin once she realized Bellamy had been seriously hurt in the accident.  Bellamy has worked at the family-owned Big Chief in Glencoe for more than 15 years and is well known among customers.  So far, she said, about $650 has been raised.  The Bellamy family is in the process of opening a bank account for Bellamy, so people won't have to drive to Glencoe to donate money.


New law benefits pick-up owners 

A new state law which went  into effect July 1 may mean lower motor vehicle registration fees for some pickup truck owners, according to the Alabama Department of Revenue.   Under the new law, pickup truck owners who use their vehicles for personal or agricultural use will register their vehicles and pay registration fees based on the actual weight of the pickup truck, excluding any carried or towed weight loads. Permanently-attached equipment and accessories such as tool boxes or winches, however, are included in determining the actual weight of the vehicle.   Prior to July 1, registration fees for pickups or trucks used for personal or agricultural use were based on the “gross weight” of the vehicle, which included the actual weight of the pickup truck, as well as the heaviest load that would be carried or towed by the truck, as well as the weight of any towed equipment or trailer.   For example, before July 1, a truck with a weight of 5,000 lbs., used for personal use to tow a travel trailer weighing 12,000 lbs. required the owner to purchase an X1 license plate and pay registration fees totaling $170 annually, based on the combined gross weight of the truck and the travel trailer. Under the new law, the owner will simply purchase a license plate based on the weight of the pickup truck only—in this example, 5,000 lbs.—resulting in a reduced registration fee of $23.   Annual registration fees for pickup trucks range from $23 to $105. Alabama law defines a pickup truck as a truck with not more than two axles and a gross weight not exceeding 12,000 pounds. Trucks weighing less than 8,000 lbs. are subject to a $23 annual registration fee; those between 8,001 lbs. and 10,000 lbs., $35 annually; and those between 10,001 lbs. and 12,000 lbs., $105 annually.  The new law does not affect how registration fees are calculated for commercial vehicles. The Alabama Department of Revenue reminds owners that the “gross weight” definition still applies to commercial vehicles, including pickup trucks used for commercial purposes.

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