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Angry Parrott assists in capture of home invader
Cherokee accident claims 3 lives
Gadsden attorney jailed for failure to appear
Waffle House Robber strikes again
State to widen rural roads
assists in capture of home invader
25 year old
Isiah Lee Russell was arrested Saturday and has been charged with
Burglary and Assault. According to Calhoun County Sheriff Larry
Amerson, The arrest stemmed from a home invasion Saturday morning.
When Jacksonville police arrived the victim had ran out the back door
of the home. Officers found Russell still in the home battling with a
large parrot who apparently was startled and attacked Russell.
Officers said that they found Russell battling with the Parrott and
arrested him. The sheriff credited the quick response by
Jacksonville Police as deputies were tied up in another area of the
county. According to the sheriff, Russell has had previous burglary
arrests, but this is the first involving an assault.
claims 3 lives
were killed and three others injured in an accident involving an
18-wheel truck and at two other vehicles early Monday evening in
Cherokee County.. The accident occurred shortly before 7 p.m. on
Alabama Highway 35 across from Gaylesville School. Reports indicated
that the 18-wheeler overturned and a vehicle was pinned under the
18-wheeler with passengers trapped inside. Gaylesville Fire
Department, Cherokee County Rescue Squad, Cherokee County EMS
Ambulance Service, Centre Police and Cherokee County Sheriff's
Deputies responded to the accident scene. Traffic on 35 was blocked as
workers sought to treat the injured and clear the roadway. State
Troopers say that names of the victims are being withheld pending
notification of next of kin.
Gadsden attorney jailed for failure to appear
attorney was arrested Monday after he did not report to serve a
sentence for not paying the city's occupational tax. 58 year Edward
Cunningham, was ordered to serve 60 days after he did not appear to
serve a two-day sentence in April, according to court documents.
According to court records, Cunningham did not pay occupational tax
last year from April through August. Gadsden municipal court Judge
Mary Simmons and the city prosecutor reused themselves from the case.
The case was prosecuted by Jacksonville attorney Grant Paris and
Jacksonville's municipal judge heard the case. Cunningham appeared in
Gadsden municipal court on April 18 and pleaded not guilty, according
to court documents. After hearing the evidence, the judge found him
guilty and ordered him to serve 60 days in jail and pay a $300 fine.
All but two days of the sentence were suspended and Cunningham was
ordered to serve 48 hours in jail, and he was placed on 24 months of
unsupervised probation, according to documents. When Cunningham did
not report to serve the 48 hours, from April 21 to April 23, his
probation was revoked and he was ordered to serve the original 60-day
Waffle House Robber
Police in Oxford
are searching for a suspect in a third waffle house robbery in the
last two weeks. The latest robbery occurred early Monday morning when
a man with a bandanna over half of his face entered the Waffle House
on Hinton Drive in Oxford and armed with a black revolver demanded
money. The man fled on foot with an undetermined amount of cash.
Police are searching for a black male about 5 feet 7 inches tall
weighing between 140 and 150 pounds. A robber fitting the same
description robbed Waffle houses in Oxford and Anniston during the
past two weeks and police say there is a strong possibility that the
robberies are related.
State to widen
Department of Transportation is pumping $78 million into making rural
highways safer. Two-lane rural state roads now 24 feet wide will be
widened to 28 feet to provide a narrow shoulder in hopes of preventing
run-off-the-road crashes. Of the 1,134 deaths last year on public
roads, 787 people were killed in rural crashes. Of the deaths, at
least 440 can be directly attributed to vehicles leaving the road,
said Bill Shanks, statistician for the Alabama Department of Public
Safety. Shanks said he feels the number is much higher because
multiple events determine how police code wreck reports. For instance,
overturning caused 97 deaths last year. Along with widening the roads,
DOT will add enhanced, clearer signs and road striping. Alabama
ranked higher than the Southeast average of 10 states for the number
of fatalities on rural roads per capita, according to a recent Public
Affairs Research Council of Alabama report. As of Monday, there had
been 353 highway fatalities this year. Last year at this time, there
were 336 fatalities. Traffic deaths increased 15 percent from 2003 to
2004, according to traffic statistics. ALDOT increased its resurfacing
budget by $78 million this year to do the resurfacing work. Work on
Alabama 75 from Oneonta to Snead is scheduled to begin next week,
according to Gary Smith, DOT district engineer for Blount and St.
Clair counties. In St. Clair County, Alabama 34 and Alabama 174 will
be resurfaced and widened. Transportation Director Joe McInnes said
there is not a set number of road miles to be widened. McInnes said
the shoulders will be added until the money runs out.
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