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- Fire destroys Anniston night club
- Murder trial of Piedmont man to begin this
- Package of traffic related bills planned
Fire destroys Anniston night club
Investigators with the State fire marshals office
and the federal bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms are
investigating a fire which destroyed the Back Roads night club on
Wilmer Avenue, early Saturday morning. The building formerly was
operated as Dee Fords, and is owned Dewey Lankford. 13 firefighters
from the Anniston Fire Department responded to a call at 5:46 a.m.
Saturday morning and had the fire out within 30 to 45 minutes.
Officials say that the fire was concentrated in the center of the
Murder trial of Piedmont man to begin this week
Trial is scheduled to begin this week for A
Piedmont man accused in the October 2003 murder of his stepfather and
the attempted murder of his mother. 33 year old Paul Kenneth Naugher,
is charged with one count of murder and one count of attempted murder
for allegedly shooting Frances Fagan Parris and killing her husband,
Eddie Parris. Police allege that Naugher, shot the couple as they
slept in their Arrowhead Road home. Eddie Parris died of his wounds,
but Frances Parris survived, spending about three weeks in the
hospital. Prosecutors said delays with forensic and ballistic evidence
have held up the proceedings over the past two years.
Package of traffic related bills planned
A package of ten bills will be presented to the
Alabama House of Representatives March 6th. They would limit teen
drivers to one passenger per vehicle, ease restrictions on city police
officers patrolling the interstate, and eliminate loopholes in
prosecuting DUI cases. The bills are endorsed by the State Safety
Coordination Committee, a body of lawmakers and officials from the
Alabama Departments of Public Safety and Transportation. Springville
Republican Jim McClendon heads the committee and said he hopes the new
traffic laws will be adopted. He believes they can bring down what he
describes as a disproportionately high number of accident related
injury and death in the state, particularly among Alabama's youngest
drivers. Under the proposed changes drivers under the age of eighteen
would be limited to one passenger per car and prohibited from using
cell phones while operating a motor vehicle.There are also bills to
make seatbelts mandatory for all passengers regardless of their age or
position in a vehicle and a proposal to increase fines for
non-compliance to fifty dollars. Lawmakers also want to toughen
penalties for driving without a license or while extremely
intoxicated. Right now the blood alcohol limit is .08, the planned
legislation would raise it .15 to have much more severe penalties.
McClendon says the legislative package will also eliminate a gray area
in Alabama law by making prior alcohol offenses admissible in DUI
cases. For the first time it would also allow police officers from
smaller cities to patrol the area of interstate in their jurisdiction
and no longer require law enforcement officers to witness a traffic
infraction before making an arrest.
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