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- Helicopter accident in Talladega County
- TSA official visits McClellan
- Jacksonville woman charged in ID theft
- Water Wars
Helicopter accident in Talladega County
Investigators from the National Transportation
Safety Board will be in Talladega County today to investigate an
incident involving the forced landing of A Lifesaver helicopter
Saturday afternoon after it’s tail rotor became entangled in power
Officials said nobody was injured in the
accident, which happened shortly after 1 Saturday afternoon near the
end of Ironaton Road, close to the Ironaton Baptist Church. The
Lifesaver helicopter was responding to an emergency call after a man
was seriously injured in a four-wheel accident along Union T Church
Road in Ironaton. The helicopter safely landed, and the victim was
loaded into the helicopter.
When the pilot was taking off to transport the
patient to a hospital the tail rotor of the helicopter hit the lower
power line, snapping the power line as it became entangled in the
back rotor. The pilot managed to control the helicopter and safely
lowered it back onto the ground. The tail of the helicopter was
damaged, and part of the power line still dangled from the rear of
the helicopter. Another Lifesaver helicopter was called in, and the
four-wheel accident victim was transported to a hospital.
TSA official visits McClellan
The nation's transportation security chief is
looking to Alabama for lessons as the agency plans to beef up K-9
teams that detect explosives and sniff out odors that can be danger
signs. Kip Hawley, executive administrator of the Transportation
Security Administration, took advantage of a trip to Alabama last
week to visit the Auburn University Canine Detection Training Center
Kennel & Breeding Facility at Fort McClellan. Hawley Said that
since TSA is expanding its K-9 teams, he wanted to see whether there
are ways that they can better utilize the facility and the
capability that exist here in Alabama. Friday's visit to the Fort
McClellan facility answered an invitation from U.S. Rep. Mike
Rogers, R-Anniston, who wants the nation to end its reliance on dogs
trained in Europe that are bought by private vendors for resale to
the armed services and Homeland Security. K-9 teams produced at
McClellan are used by the Coast Guard and Secret Service. To get
more money for domestic canine procurement, Rogers joined other
House Homeland Security Committee members in filing the Canine
Detection Improvement Act of 2007. The bill would help increase the
use of domestically-bred dogs and support the work of canine
breeding programs. To meet the demand for dogs to detect explosives
by government agencies and private companies, Auburn opened its
center to train dogs, handlers, trainers and program managers in
canine detection work. It has built a state-of-the-art kennel and
breeding complex on the former Army base, where it has a 99-year
lease of several buildings and more than 250 acres. Thomas E.
Hawkinson, who managed the Secret Service canine program from 1991
to 1999, is the director.
Jacksonville woman charged in ID theft
Months of investigation by Southside police
into a case of stolen personal information that has plagued a
Southside woman for years has resulted in the arrest of a
Jacksonville woman. 62 year old Randi Formby, also known as Janice
Pike, of James Hopkins Road SW, Jacksonville, was arrested at the
Anniston business she manages Friday. Officers had been
investigating incidents of fraudulent use of a Southside woman's
identity that began in 1999 and have continued over the years.
Etowah County District Attorney Jimmie Harp said Formby is being
held on a $50,000 cash bond. He said investigators believe there
could have been other incidents of identity theft involving the
suspect, and possibly other victims. He urged anyone with knowledge
of other incidents to contact the Southside Police Department at
442-2255, or the Etowah County Sheriff's Department at 546-2825.
Georgia could be in danger of losing one of its
most promising gains during a federally negotiated meeting next week
aimed at stopping the three-state water fight. Georgia secured an
agreement in 2003 for rights to about a quarter of the water in Lake
Lanier, the federal reservoir that supplies Atlanta with most of its
water. But the agreement with the U-S Army Corps of Engineers --
which Alabama and Florida claim is illegal -- could soon be
dissolved. A federal appeals court is expected to issue a decision
that could invalidate the agreement -- and change the dynamic of the
decades-old legal fight. Even Georgia supporters acknowledge that
the state's case to get nearly one-fourth of the lake's capacity did
not fare well during oral arguments last month before the federal
Washington circuit. Georgia uses about 10 percent to 15 percent of
the capacity in
Lake Lanier for drinking water. As Atlanta continues to grow,
Georgia and the Corps say it makes sense to shift the lake's use
toward drinking water and away from its original purpose of
producing hydropower. But Alabama and Florida counter that
Georgia has NO legal right to the Lanier water it is already using,
much less to take almost a quarter of the lake over the coming
decades. They say Atlanta's withdrawals would dry up river flows
into their states that support smaller cities, power plants,
commercial fisheries and industrial users like paper mills.
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