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Headlines from Alabama 810 News
- Suspect leads police on chase
- Arrests made at flea market for selling
- Goodyear seeks court costs from retired
- Woman burns house trying to kill mosquitoes
Suspect leads police on chase
Gadsden police say that a man suspected of
shooting into his ex-girlfriend's car at a restaurant on Rainbow
Drive and ramming her car while she sat inside in a different
incident led officers on a chase Tuesday while driving the car he
had allegedly stolen from her a short time before. 20 year old
Vantenza Larod Coats, of Gadsden, was charged Tuesday with at least
11 misdemeanors, several of which stemmed from Tuesday's chase.
During the chase police said, he caused another vehicle to wreck and
then was stopped after he turned down a dead-end street in South
Gadsden. Other misdemeanor charges stem from an incident Thursday
originally investigated as a hit-and-run accident but which later
was determined to be an intentional act. Coats drove his car and hit
the 17-year-old girlfriend's parked car while she was sitting in it
on Third Avenue. He allegedly went to the Rainbow Drive Subway,
where she works, about noon Friday. After approaching her inside the
restaurant, he went outside and fired a shot into her car.
Misdemeanor warrants for criminal mischief and reckless endangerment
were obtained and police officers in Gadsden had been looking for
Coats since Friday.
Arrests made at flea market for selling
The Etowah County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested
three vendors at the Mountain Top Flea market north of Attalla
Sunday after deputies went to the flea market with representatives
from the Recording Industry Association of America. In addition to
the three arrests, officers confiscated seven hundred bootlegged
Goodyear seeks court costs from retired employee
A retired employee from Goodyears Gadsden plant who won nearly $4
million in her pay discrimination lawsuit against tire Company
before the decision was reversed on appeal is now being billed for
legal expenses by the tire maker. Goodyear's attorneys have sent 69
year old Lilly Ledbetter a bill for almost $3,200 for logistical
expenses related to the lawsuit. Ledbetter said she doesn't have
the money to pay it and is astonished that Goodyear would ask.
Ledbetter's attorney, Jon Goldfarb, said such court costs are common
in civil cases, where the losing side is typically responsible for
some expenses. but, he said, she thought that after all she has gone
through Goodyear might let it go. Ledbetter's husband has cancer
and is undergoing surgery this week. She said she didn't know how
she would come up with the money. She said an advocacy group has
contacted her about helping pay the fees, but she said she might go
back to work if necessary.
Woman burns house trying to kill mosquitoes
A Gadsden woman said she was trying to rid a
mosquito problem when she set fire to the house next door to her
home on South Eighth Street. 59 year old Sherry Simmons, has been
charged with second-degree arson. Simmons, an administrative
assistant at Gadsden State Community College, allegedly used an
accelerant at the back of the house and set the fire. She claimed
mosquitoes were bad at the house and complaints to owners and
authorities were not addressed. Nobody was living in the house at
the time of the fire.
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