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- Officials to track convicted drug users
- Councilman wants trees on Quintard gone
- Etowah County couple recuperating from
Officials to track convicted drug users
Authorities in Calhoun County will now be able to
keep close tabs on convicted drug users. A federal grant, distributed
by the Alabama Sheriff’s Association, is funding the program to put
global positioning beacons on methamphetamine users.
The system will allow law enforcement officials
to use a computer to monitor the exact whereabouts of each offender,
which will be strapped to the ankles of the offenders as part of
probation. It can also be set to notify law enforcement officials via
email or cell phone when an offender crosses into an area restricted
by his or her probation. Michael Robert Tiller was the first to
receive the beacon after he, pleaded guilty to possession of
methamphetamine, he is among the first Alabama probationers to be
monitored around the clock by a computer. Anyone wearing one of the
beacons could have his or her probation revoked if the boundaries are
breached. The system keeps a record of where the beacon has been,
which could be used as evidence in court. The beacon also notifies law
enforcement officials if the anklet strap is cut or if the device is
tampered with. The grant, which permits the beacons to be used only on
offenders who use, deal or produce methamphetamines, will help the
county obtain about 30 of the devices, but officials are working on a
fee system in which probationers would pay part of the cost of the
Councilman wants trees on Quintard gone
Some of the century old trees in the median of
Quintard Avenue in Anniston could be cut down if an Anniston City
Councilman has his way. City Councilman Ben Little told city leaders
this week that some of the trees are dangerous in that they obstruct
the drivers view and that he wants those trees cut down. Little
instructed City Manager George Monk to follow up on his request.
Little told the mayor and council that a life is far more important
than any tree.
Etowah couple recuperating from weekend
An Etowah County couple injured in a Sunday car crash that killed
another couple remain in University Hospital in Birmingham. Mike and
Gail Huie of Southside were passengers in a car involved in a
single-vehicle accident Sunday afternoon at the 110 Alabama Adventure
Parkway Exit of Interstate 59 in Bessemer. The other couple in the
car, Ronald Kitchens, and his wife, Charmain "Cheri" Kitchens, both
of Southside, died at the scene. A spokesman for University Hospital
said Gail Huie was in good condition Wednesday and her husband Mike
Huie, was in critical condition.
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