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- Man who helped in kidnapper capture charged
- Merchants gear up for Black Friday
- Goodyear strikers get support
- Autumn Cove announces expansion
Man who helped in kidnapper capture charged
A Munford man who says he helped Talladega
County authorities track down a kidnapping suspect last weekend has
been arrested on a reckless endangerment charge stemming from his
pursuit of the suspect.
22 year old Travis Smith, said he got a call
Tuesday from the Talladega County Sheriff’s Office asking him to turn
himself in. He was booked in and then bonded out that night. Smith
said he observed a suspicious car on Oak Grove Road in Munford on
Saturday night. When he tried to ask the driver if he needed help, the
car sped away, striking a front fog light on Smith’s truck. Smith said
his passenger called police as Smith followed the man through Munford,
traveling about 15 car lengths behind him. Dispatchers asked Smith’s
passenger where the suspect was headed and told him to keep his
distance from the suspect’s car. Smith said the dispatcher never said
to stop the pursuit and even took a running account of where the
suspect was going. Smith’s passenger read the tag number to the
dispatcher and was informed that the car matched the description of
one police were looking for in connection with a kidnapping. At that
point, Smith said, he backed off because the car he was following was
turning down a dead-end road.
When Smith arrived at the dead-end, the car was
empty; the driver apparently had run into the woods. “There wasn’t a
cop that showed up for another 20 minutes,” he said. Deputies
eventually apprehended the suspect, but Smith said he was never told
anything about charges being filed against him.
Three days later, he was asked to turn himself
Merchants gear up for Black Friday
Merchants in Calhoun County have been gearing up
for black Friday, the day after thanksgiving which is the busiest
shopping day of the year. Carol Cleghorn, manager of the Quintard
Mall in Anniston, says shoppers will be able to get an early start, a
real early start with the mall doors opening at 4:30 Friday morning.
In addition to the special holiday hours, the mall also features
Santa. Other special events are scheduled at the mall during the
holidays. Cleghorn also said that the malls holiday security force
will be increasing patrols around the mall during the holidays.
Goodyear strikers get support
Mine, communication and electrical workers stood
beside United Steelworkers on the picket line Wednesday at the
Goodyear tire plant in Gadsden. Those on the picket line were vocal
when some temporary workers, who they call "scabs," left the plant
during the rally. Goodyear brought in temporary workers at the Gadsden
plant Nov. 1st. United Mine Workers of America organized the show of
solidarity that took place around lunch time wednesday.Along with
workers in other fields, Steelworkers from other Alabama tire plants,
including some from Tuscaloosa's BF Goodrich facility, participated in
the rally. Alabama AFL-CIO officers also were on hand.
Local 12 President Dennis Battles said the various union
representatives brought with them canned goods, checks and cash.
Battles said Wednesday's rally signified that support for the
Steelworkers was statewide and nationwide.
The out-of-town supporters gathered in Bessemer before traveling to
Gadsden by police escort. Battles, said he had received "no word" on
when USW negotiators would resume labor talks with the Goodyear Tire &
Rubber Co. The Steelworkers left negotiations in Cincinnati on
Friday. The union said Goodyear was unable to indicate when it would
have new proposals on health care for retirees and job security.
The USW bargaining team told the company it would return when Goodyear
had something new to present, Steelworkers spokesman Wayne Ranick
Goodyear's bargaining team was alone when it returned to Cincinnati on
Monday after a weekend break and later left for the Thanksgiving
No further talks are scheduled, Goodyear corporate spokesman Ed Markey
said Wednesday afternoon.
Autumn Cove announces expansion
The owners of Autumn Cove Retirement community in
Golden Springs announced Wednesday a Phase one expantion at the
facility. Autumn Ventures LLC, announced that after the first of the
year they will begin construction of the Cottages at the Cove, which
will consist of 14 one and two bedroom homes. Once competed, the
cottages at the cove will consist of 65 plus independent living units
interspersed over the 25 acre campus surrounding the current Autumn
Cove assisted living facility. Officials say the new cottages will
have a variety of features including garages, and full kitchens.
Michael Cassidy, local owner of the facility said that they are
currently taking reservations for Phase 1 of the cottage development
and that a few of the two bedroom units are still available. For more
information call 831-7474.
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