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Headlines from Alabama 810 News
- Change of command at Anniston Army Depot
- Victim almost shot in home burglary
- UAW meets with Honda employees
- Cooling stations set up in the area
Change of command at Anniston Army Depot
Anniston Army Depot held a Change of Command
ceremony today. Depot commander Col. Alexander Raulerson
relinquished command to Col. Sherry Keller, the depot’s first female
commander. Col. Keller becomes the depot’s 31st
Victim almost shot in home burglary
Officials say that an Ohatchee man was nearly
shot this week when he awoke to come face to face with a burglary.
The man awoke in his Rock Springs Road home Monday morning while a
man and a woman were looting his house. Investigators said that the
burglars had grabbed some tools, a satellite dish and the male
suspect had just picked up one of the owner’s shotguns when the
33-year-old homeowner woke up. The owner rounded the corner coming
out of his bedroom and came face to face with the burglar and the
barrel of his own shotgun. The suspect reportedly pointed it at the
owner’s stomach and pulled the trigger. The shotgun had an empty
chamber and clicked without discharging a shell. Unbeknownst to the
suspect, the owner purposely kept the chamber empty but left shells
in the shotgun’s tube. The owner rushed the man but both suspects
turned and ran. They fled in a blue and white sport utility vehicle.
In their hurry, the female suspect failed to completely get inside
of the vehicle and was dragged down the road for a few blocks. It is
suspected that the burglars thought the man was going to be at work.
The male suspect is now wanted for attempted murder.
UAW meets with Honda employees
The union estimated about 300 Honda employees
attended organizing meetings with the United Auto Workers union at
the Comfort Inn in Lincoln Wednesday. UAW's effort to represent
workers at Honda's Lincoln plant signals the union is attempting to
offset membership losses at auto plants in the North by focusing on
plants in the South, where union presence is minimal. It marks the
second push in Alabama by the UAW, which failed in a campaign at the
Mercedes plant in Vance five years ago. Wednesdays meetings, took
place simultaneously in the hotel lobby and in a third-floor
executive suite, with both so packed that workers - some still in
Honda uniforms - spilled out into the halls. Dozens voiced their
concerns about issues such as injury on the job and favoritism when
it comes to promotions. Union officials said they have been quietly
gathering with a group of about 50 employees for months. Honda
spokesman Mark Morrison said the company was not present at the UAW
meeting and is "focused on their daily tasks at the plant."
Cooling stations opened in the area
As we continue to see triple digit temperatures
for a record-breaking nine days now. Alabama Governor Bob Riley has
called on churches and community facilities across the state to open
their doors to allow residents a place to cool off during the day.
And one location has opened in Gadsden at The Salvation Army located
on North 11th Street where Major Carl Tilley says they are glad to
help the community. Maj Tilley says his facility is there
specifically for the community, but he says so far, they’ve had
little response. The Salvation Army cooling station in Gadsden will
be open daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. as long as it is needed. In
Anniston, Interfaith Ministries is offering free transportation to
the Glen Addy and Wiggins cooling stations in the Anniston area.
Mayor Chip Howell said the stations will be open from 9am till 10
pm. The phone number to call for more information on these services
is 237-1742. Residents in Talladega County can find plenty of
cooling stations. For more information on those locations, contact
the EMA at 761-2125. The Extreme heat has left an east Alabama park
high and dry for a second time.
Lack of rain is to blame for low water levels at Cheaha State
Park. Right now, officials say the park has 50,000 gallons of
water in its wells. It needs a total of 300,000 gallons. Officials
have limited the use of some of the park's rooms and cabins in an
effort to conserve the amount of water they have left.
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