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Today’s News Headlines from Alabama 810 News 

  • Election Results
  • Piedmont man killed in motorcycle accident
  • Gadsden Mayor wants to get tough on illegal Immigrants
  • Talladega shooting leaves 1 dead and 4 wounded


Election Results 

Calhoun County 

Voter turnout in Tuesday’s runoff elections brought out just 4,000 voters in Calhoun County.  George Salmon won the Republican nomination for Calhoun County Probate Judge 57 percent to 43 percent for Joe Dobbins.   George Salmon will now face Democrat Alice Martin in the November general election. The winner will succeed Arthur Murray, who is retiring after 31 years as probate judge.   In the only other local race on the runoff ballot, Sarah Semmes narrowly defeated Sonny Coker with 52.7 percent of the vote for a place on the State Republican Executive Committee.  

Cherokee County 

Cherokee County voters chose Kimball Parker and Carlton “Bubba” Teague as their Democratic candidates for county commissioner in the Tuesday runoff election. In the District Two Commission race. Parker will face Incumbent Republican Mark Green in the General Election.  Teague will face Incumbent Republican Kay Chumbler in the General Election.  

Etowah County 

In Etowah County Tuesday,   Judge Will Clay defeated Christopher Griffith, a Gadsden attorney, receiving 57 percent of the votes in the race for Place 2 Circuit Court judge.  Clay was appointed to the post this year by Gov. Bob Riley after the retirement of Judge William Cardwell.  Clay will now face Democratic nominee Clark Hall in the November general election. Hall received 56 percent of the vote in his party's June 6 primary and won without a runoff.  The voter turnout Tuesday was even lower than Probate Judge Bobby Junkins expected.  A total of 4,473 votes were cast in both the Democratic and Republican runoffs.  Jimmy McKee  won the Democratic runoff for the Etowah County Commission District 1 seat by a landslide, defeating Butch White, who has served two terms.  McKee, received 407 votes to White's 165. White and McKee are both retired from the Gadsden Fire Department.  McKee will new face Terry Dunn, who qualified as a Republican and had no opposition in the primary, in the November general election. 

St. Clair County 

With a margin of less than 600 votes, Jenny Seals, principal at Moody Elementary School, has been elected to lead the St. Clair County School System as its new superintendent of education.  Seals, who won with 55 percent of the vote, has been an administrator at Moody Elementary for 13 years. Seals will take office Jan. 1, 2007. In another school-related runoff, Angie Cobb defeated incumbent Drew Goolsby for the Republican nomination for the Board of Education’s at-large seat.   Cobb, garnered 61.78 percent of the vote, while Goolsby earned 38.22 percent of the vote.  


Piedmont man killed in motorcycle accident 

Alabama State Troopers report that A Piedmont man died Monday night from injuries in a motorcycle wreck.  33 year old Christopher Battles, was driving a 2001 Harley-Davidson when he wrecked on Alabama 9, seven miles south of Centre.  Troopers said that the wreck happened about 10 p.m. Monday night when Battles apparently ran off the road, overturned and was thrown from the motorcycle.


Gadsden Mayor wants to get tough on illegal Immigrants 

Illegal immigrants in Gadsden would be prohibited from renting or leasing property, and businesses providing goods or services to illegal immigrants could face fines and not be allowed to purchase business licenses under a "model" ordinance that Mayor Steve Means says he wants the City Council to consider.  Means told council members Tuesday that he has gotten complaints from residents who are concerned about rental property that is designed to hold four people holding 14 people in them.  Means said the matter needs to be handled in a very kind, gentle, compassionate way, but he thinks the city needs to approach the issue.  Means said the "model ordinances" concerning illegal immigrants started in San Bernardino, Calif., and has spread throughout the country.  The proposed ordinance also prohibits illegal immigrants from leasing or renting property and says any property owner or renter/tenant/lessee that "knowingly allows" an illegal immigrant to rent property shall be subject to a fine of $1,000.  An attorney for the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, a civil rights organization for Latinos, said the organization plans to challenge the ordinance already in affect in other cities in court and expects it to be ruled unconstitutional. They claim it is a "cookie cutter" ordinance that has been considered by other cities as well.  Means said anyone wanting to do business with the city of Gadsden and has to seek permits or other documents should do it in English.   Councilman Ben Reed said he was in total agreement with what Means said and wants to see the proposed ordinance. Following Tuesday’s meeting, Means said, "I want to lay down some ground rules. Everyone regardless of race, color, creed and national origin, everyone is welcome and will be treated fairly in Gadsden, Alabama. If you are an illegal alien in this country, we want you to know we're paying attention to that, we want you to know that English is the official language of Gadsden, Alabama, we want you to know that we will be checking housing arrangements."


Talladega shooting leaves 1 dead and 4 wounded 

A shooting in the Westgate community in Talladega early Tuesday morning left one woman dead, four wounded and a 15-year-old boy facing a murder charge.

21 year old Chelsea Embry of Talladega was pronounced dead in the emergency room of Citizens Baptist Medical Center after being transported in a private vehicle. Also shot were 17 year old Jalysa Embry of Lincoln; 25 year old Latoya Monique Embry of Talladega; 23 year old Cassandra Larnette White, of Talladega; and 23 year old Kaylon Embry of Lincoln. Officers responded to a fight call. Monday night, but everyone appeared to have left by the time officers arrived. The situation reignited about 12:15 a.m. Tuesday morning in an open field near 131 Westgate. The 15-year-old appears to have intervened in the situation by opening fire on the five women.  Investigators with the Talladega Police Department arrested the juvenile at his home in Westgate about three and a half hours later on one count of murder and four counts of aggravated assault in the first degree. He is being held at the Coosa Valley Youth Detention Center in Anniston. According to Talladega County District Attorney Steve Giddens, since he is only 15, he will have to be certified as an adult during a hearing in juvenile court, probably Thursday. 

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