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- Body in Riverside ruled homicide
- Anniston man charged in ’06 home invasions
- Attorney seeks election for Means senate
- Woman arrested in attempted robbery after
returning to the scene
Body in Riverside ruled homicide
St Clair county Sheriff Terry Surles said late
Thursday that An autopsy performed on a man whose body was found
Wednesday by fishermen near Riverside concluded that his death was a
homicide. Investigators are hoping that fingerprints sent to the FBI
will identify the man today. The body was found late Wednesday
afternoon by the fishermen in a gas line clearing through a wooded
area across U.S. 78 from Riverside Mini Warehouses, just a few hundred
yards from Interstate 20. The victim was wearing a pair of light-blue
Lee jeans and a blue belt with green stripes, but no shoes, socks or
shirt. No identification was found on or near the body. Investigators
described the man as 6 feet 2 inches tall and 225 to 235 pounds, with
an untrimmed gray beard. His age is estimated as mid-50s to early 60s.
The autopsy, performed Thursday at the Alabama Department of Forensic
Sciences in Huntsville, concluded that the man died as a result of a
single, small-caliber gunshot wound to the head. The autopsy found no
injuries other than the gunshot wound. Investigator Billy Murray of
the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department said the man does not match
descriptions of any missing persons reported from St. Clair or
Forensics determined that the body had been at
the place where it was discovered for four or five days.
Moody woman killed in I-20 wreck
A three-vehicle accident early Thursday morning
on Interstate 20 claimed the life of a Moody woman. State troopers say
the accident occurred in the westbound lane of I-20 at the St.
Clair/Jefferson County line, one-half mile west of Moody near 6
Thursday morning. One of the vehicles involved in the crash was an
18-wheeler, and troopers said the driver kept going, leaving the
scene of an accident. 53 year old Elizabeth McAfee Motch, was killed
and pronounced dead at the scene after her vehicle struck the median
wall, overturned and she was ejected from her 2002 Mitsubishi
Montero. State troopers are still investigating the cause of the
Attorney seeks election for Means senate seat
The lawyer for a state Senate write-in candidate
filed a court motion on Thursday to force a new election for the seat
held by Sen. Larry Means of Attalla. Birmingham attorney Mark White
said he believes a vacancy exists for Means' seat, so he filed a
motion in Montgomery County Circuit Court to compel Gov. Bob Riley to
call an election. White contends Means isn't qualified to serve after
his Nov. 7 re-election because he didn't properly file election
White represents write-in candidate Jack Lowe Jr. and his wife, both
of Gadsden. Means said the secretary of state's office advised he
didn't have to file campaign finance reports because he was unopposed
in 2006. He did file waivers and after the Nov. 7 election filed a
report on finance activity because of a Sept. 7 attorney general's
opinion. Secretary of State Nancy Worley certified the elections of
34 of 35 elected senators but did not certify Means' election. White
said Riley has no choice. Riley spokesman Jeff Emerson said Riley's
legal counsel believes because Hunt didn't have to call a special
election, Riley doesn't have to now. Emerson said that The Senate
determines who's a senator, not the governor,. Means is one of seven
Democrats who aligned with the 12 Senate Republicans ostensibly in
Riley's favor. The Senate meets Tuesday to choose leaders and write
rules. Montgomery County Circuit Judge Charles Price is to hear
motions in the Means case and another lawsuit involving other state
senators on Jan. 12.
Woman arrested in attempted robbery after returning to scene
A Gadsden woman was arrested Wednesday night
after making a purchase at a Gadsden convenience store. The problem
is, it was not the first time that 35 year old Jennifer Paige White
had been in Kangaroo Convenience store on Rainbow drive. Back on
December 11th she entered the same store, claiming to have a gun and
demanding money. The clerk at the store recognized her when she
entered the store this week. White, was charged with first-degree
robbery after she was arrested Wednesday night by Gadsden police
officers during a traffic stop. White lists a Huntsville address. She
told police she has been staying at an area motel .
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