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- False alarm stops workers at ANCDF
- Calhoun commission supports ban on sale of
drug related items
- Former Glencoe officer arrested
- Funding lost for Hokes Bluff Bridge
False alarm stops workers at ANCDF
Chemical agent monitor readings at the Anniston Chemical Agent
Disposal Facility (ANCDF) Wednesday night were later confirmed to be
false alarms. Though the false readings were extremely low, and if
positive would have had no impact to the immediate surrounding area or
neighboring civilian communities, State of Alabama and nearby County
Emergency Management Agency (EMA) officials were notified. Because
there was no threat to the area, there was no need for officials to
call for any off-depot precautionary actions. ANCDF personnel
immediately responded as trained upon notification of the readings.
Disposal operations were temporarily suspended and ANCDF personnel
were ordered to don protective masks. As is standard policy,
technicians from the on-site, 24-hour chemical laboratory promptly
used additional chemical agent monitoring equipment designed to verify
the readings were false or real. Analysis of all samples following the
readings verified that they were definitely not caused by nerve
agent. Timothy K. Garrett, the ANCDF government site project manager,
said, “The ANCDF team on duty Wednesday night at the time of the
monitor reading did exactly what they have been trained to do.”
Garrett also said, “We must and do treat all readings as if they are
real until we can verify and prove otherwise. We know the community
trusts us to protect them while we safely destroy the chemical
munitions stored at Anniston Army Depot.” Safe operations at the
ANCDF have made a significant impact in the reduction of the size of
the chemical munition stockpile here. Chemical demilitarization
operations began in August 2003. All GB-filled munitions have been
demilitarized to include 142,428 munitions and 96,246 gallons of
liquid GB. In addition, 22,879 VX-filled rockets and 25,954 gallons of
liquid VX have been demilitarized since March 2006. The Anniston
munitions stockpile has been reduced by 25 percent during 41 months of
safe chemical agent disposal operations.
Calhoun commission supports ban on sale of drug related items
Calhoun County commissioners Thursday supported a
move to ban the sale of drug paraphernalia disguised at novelty
items. Jeff Nelson, representing the Substance Abuse prevention
advisory coalition, brought the matter to the commissions attention,
presenting items he purchased in local convenience stores. State Rep.
Barbara Boyd told Nelson that she will introduce a bill to ban the
sale of the items in the House of Representatives. Nelson was
surprised and pleased. County commissioners agreed to write a letter
to the legislative delegation supporting a move to ban the sale of the
Former Glencoe officer arrested
A former Glencoe police officer has been arrested
for allegedly using a city credit card for his own use. 30 year old
Dustin Moles, of Southside, turned himself in and was booked at the
Etowah County Detention Center. Moles faces charges of fraudulent use
of a credit card from an incident in October when he allegedly used a
city of Glencoe gas card to make a purchase for his own use. Moles had
served as a Glencoe police officer for two years when he resigned in
October to take a job with a railroad.
Funding lost for Hokes Bluff Bridge
Caddell Circle bridge in Hokes Bluff has been a project of the
Gadsden-Etowah Metropolitan Planning Organization.
The organization learned Thursday that the project did not qualify for
MPO funding, which is federal money for transportation projects
matched on an 80-20 basis with the sponsoring city or county
commission. City and state officials are now going to look for
alternate funding for the project. The project was ready to be bid
when ALDOT decided the project was not eligible for funds.
The bridge is just off U.S. 278 in Hokes Bluff.
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