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Headlines from Alabama 810 News
- Former candidate for Governor to stand
- Anniston stabbing
- Etowah deputies injured in chase
- Jacksonville/JSU Spring Fling a success
Former Candidate for Governor to stand trial
former independent candidate for Alabama Governor is scheduled to
stand trial later this month. James Ray Phipps was arrested by
federal authorities a year ago at an Anniston post office and returned
to Texas where he is facing Mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering
and income tax offenses. Prosecutors say that if he is convicted,
Phipps is facing a maximum statutory sentence of hundreds of years in
prison, millions of dollars in fines and restitution to the victims of
his crimes. Prosecutors say that Phipps ran a pyramid scheme known as
“Life without Debt, from June 1996 until June 2006. Federal
prosecutors claim that Phipps defrauded investors out of 21 million
dollars. At the time of his arrest Phipps claimed that powerful
forces in Alabama had caused his indictment and incarceration to keep
his name off the ballot. Phipps trial is set to begin April 16th
at the U.S. District Court in Dallas Texas.
Anniston police say they have a suspect in
custody in the Saturday morning stabbing death of A Blue Mountain
man. Authorities say that 46 year old Terry Lee Hamilton was fatally
stabbed around 1 a.m. Saturday near his home on Leyden Street.
According to Anniston Police , Hamilton had been involved in a fight.
The man suspected of stabbing him is in police custody, however
authorities have not released his name.
Etowah deputies injured in chase
Two Etowah County Sheriffs deputies were injured
during a high speed chase late Friday night which ended when the
suspect wrecked on interstate 59. 39 year old Gerald Dewarren Stovers,
of Centre was on probation in Cherokee County on drug charges. He now
faces driving under the influence and several traffic violations
related to the chase.The chase began in the Keener community on U.S.
11 North where deputies had set up a road block. Stovers apparently
was driving at a high rate of speed and didn't stop at the road
block. Deputies began chasing him south on U.S. 11 toward Reece City,
Stovers forced Deputy Ben Greene off the road, causing him to wreck.
Deputy Josh Morgan was in front of Stover's car in an attempt to get
him to stop, and the man kept ramming the patrol car in the rear.
Stover then drove his car off the side of the road and passed the
patrol car. The man then turned at the four-way stop in Reece City and
got on the interstate, headed south toward Attalla. Several deputies
and Attalla police officers were involved in the pursuit when deputies
used three patrol cars to box in the man's car on the left side of the
The man then lost control of the car and wrecked in the median, just
north of the Attalla exit. Greene, Morgan and Stovers all were taken
to Gadsden Regional Medical Center. The deputies were released and
Stovers was taken to the Etowah County Detention Center.
Jacksonville/JSU Spring Fling a success
Officials with the City of Jacksonville and
Jacksonville state university said Saturday that they were very
pleased with the attendance of their first annual spring fling. The
full week of events which culminated this weekend was designed as an
event to bring JSU alumni into the city for a spring event much like
the fall homecoming event for football. Highlighted by the JSU J day
football game, alumni as well as locals and other visitors to the city
enjoyed events on the square which included a bar b que rib cookoff.
Trophys were awarded in two divisions, professional and backyard. In
the professional category, courthouse café took first place followed
by the ABC 33/40 cooking team in second and Golden Rule Bar B Cue
finished third. In the backyard division, Chris Patterson, the
manager of the Jacksonville wastewater plant took first place while
Calhoun county commissioner J.D. Hess took second and the team from
Clearbranch united Methodist church in Argo finished third.
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