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Headlines from Alabama 810 News
- Wildfire at Cheaha
- Kidnapping arrest
- Former Supt. arrested
- Gadsden victim identified
Wildfire at Cheaha
30 firefighters from three states worked Tuesday attempting to
contain a wildfire near Cheaha State Park that had engulfed more
than 250 acres and was growing. Forrest service officials said the
fire, which is still under investigation, is believed to have
started during the weekend following a lightning strike. As of
Tuesday night, the fire was about four miles west of Lineville. Fed
by high temperatures and drought conditions, the fire moved into the
south end of the federal Cheaha Wilderness, threatening some private
property off Alabama 12. Officials said firefighters from the
Alabama, Georgia and Florida forestry commissions were working with
U.S. Forest Service workers to maintain containment lines,
stretching around 75 percent of the fire. Twenty firefighters from
Texas are expected to join the contingent today.
A 37-year-old Anniston is in custody today,
charged in the November 2006 kidnapping and sexual abuse of a
64-year-old Anniston woman. Police said the man shoved the elderly
woman into a car in the parking lot of the Dollar General on Alabama
202 and drove away. At some point the man stopped at a discount
store and the woman told the clerk that she was being kidnapped and
waited until police arrived. The man, whose name was not available
from police, was arrested Tuesday and was charged with kidnapping
in the first degree and sodomy in the first degree.
Former Supt. arrested
Former St. Clair County Schools Superintendent
Tom Sanders was arrested Tuesday for allegedly using campaign
contributions for personal use. Sanders turned himself in to the St.
Clair County Sheriff’s Department Tuesday morning after he was
indicted by a grand jury, which convened last week. The grand jury
found there was enough evidence to warrant a criminal trial in the
case involving the former superintendent. District Attorney Richard
Minor said Sanders was indicted on two felony charges and one
misdemeanor charge involving a campaign contribution. According to
the indictment, a campaign contribution check was given to Sanders
by Trussville businessman and developer Jack Harris. Minor said
Tuesday Sanders was indicted on one ethics violation, involving the
conversion of those contributions to personal use, a Class B felony.
In the second count of the three-count indictment, Sanders was
indicted for the improper use of campaign money received. Minor
said each felony count carries a sentence of two to 20 years in
prison, if Sanders is convicted. Minor said Sanders was also
indicted for failing to report a campaign contribution, a Class A
misdemeanor. Minor said if Sanders was convicted on all three
counts, he would serve a minimum of two years in prison. Minor said
that the charges are the result of an Alabama Bureau of
Investigation case based on alleged criminal activities that were
presented during another court hearing. The court hearing involved
former Ashville High School bookkeeper Amy Murphree, who was
convicted and sentenced for embezzling $140,749 from Ashville High
School during a five-year period. In May, Murphree’s defense
attorney Lance Bell presented documents to the court, which were put
on record, indicating Murphree and Sanders were having an affair
during the time she was stealing money from the School System.
Gadsden victim identified
Gadsden police say that a man
who died Saturday soon after he was dropped off at a Gadsden
hospital emergency room has been identified as a Fort Payne man who
had been staying in Gadsden. Investigators say they are awaiting
autopsy results to determine what caused the death of 44 year old
Ostell Looney. Looney was dropped off at the hospital by a man who
told authorities he did not know the man’s name but told them the
man had been assaulted. However police say that a preliminary
autopsy report did not confirm that the man was assaulted.
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