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- Chemicals found in abandoned school
- Man charged with rape released on bond
- State School Board adopts nepotism policy
Chemicals found in abandoned school
The Gadsden Fire Department and the Gadsden
Police Department's bomb squad were called Thursday to the old Gadsden
High School building, where a chemical was found. Officials say that
Picric acid was found in the abandoned school. The chemical is often
found in high school chemistry labs. The chemical is in liquid form,
but officials said if it dries out and becomes crystallized, it
becomes an explosive.
A local chemical company was notified and there are plans for a
chemist from Atlanta to come to Gadsden and deactivate the chemical.
The chemical then will be stored at the chemical company.
Man charged with rape released on bond
A man accused of raping an autistic teenage girl
at a group home was again released from the St. Clair County Jail on
bond. 52 year old Dan Charley, of Pell City was released from jail
after posting a $30,000 property bond. Charley is accused of the
first-degree rape of a 17-year-old autistic female living at the
Charlie Angels Ministry Group Home, a home the defendant founded and
was director of at the time of the alleged rape. Charley was released
shortly after his arrest on June 7, 2006, on a $30,000 property bond,
but St. Clair County Circuit Court Judge Charles Robinson revoked his
bond Monday. Robinson said in court Thursday that the property used
for Charley’s bond is involved in bankruptcy. He told Charley on
Monday if he could put up other property to support another bond he
could make bond again. However, Charley was required to see Robinson
prior to his release from jail.
Robinson told Charley he wanted to make sure he
understood the conditions of his bond. He told Charley he could not
go to any schools and must remain in the jurisdiction of the court.
If convicted of first-degree rape, Charley could face a sentence of 10
years to life in prison.
State School Board adopts nepotism policy
The Alabama Board of Education has adopted a
policy that severely restricts the hiring of relatives of board
members and of top officials in the state's two-year college system.
Acting chancellor Thomas Corts says the anti-nepotism policy
adopted yesterday is the strongest of any state agency. Several board
members complained that the policy was not strong enough. But all but
one of the provisions of the policy passed on unanimous votes. The
board voted five to two to turn down an amendment by board member
Stephanie Bell of Montgomery that would have prohibited all hiring of
relatives of board members, the chancellor, vice chancellors and
college presidents. The board began working on the new policy after
it fired former chancellor Roy Johnson last year amid allegations of
corruption and reports that a number of Johnson's relatives worked in
the system. The new policy states that no relative of the chancellor,
vice chancellors or board members may be hired or appointed president
or to other equivalent top management positions in the system.
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