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- Talladega Body identified as that of
missing Anniston man
- CDP may cancel county contract
- Voters approve amendments
- Calhoun County corrections officer charged
Talladega Body identified as that of missing
Officials have identified a body found in the
Talladega National Forest May 29 as that of an Anniston man who had
been reported missing a month earlier. Lt. Mike Hubbard with the
Talladega County Sheriffs department said that the body was identified
as 27 year old Gary Dale Schlichter, of Old Coldwater Road in
Anniston. Hubbard said Schlichter had been reported missing April 29,
after the spring race at the Talladega Superspeedway, which family
members said he planned to attend. As far as investigators know, he
was last seen alive in Anniston the Wednesday before the race.
Hubbard said Schlichter had died of multiple gunshot wounds to the
face and chest. He does not appear to have been shot in the Talladega
National Forest where the body was found. Hubbard said Tuesday the
forensic examination was still incomplete, so it was too early to tell
how long Schlichter had been dead before his body was found.
CDP may cancel county contract
Some workers at McClellan’s Center for Domestic
Preparedness may have to re-apply for their jobs as the center is
considering ending an agreement with the Calhoun County Commission.
The center, a unit of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the
Department of Homeland Security, trains emergency workers from around
the country. When the Department of Justice opened the center in 1998,
more than 20 management and support jobs were effectively outsourced
to the County Commission. The county was able to hire the workers more
quickly than the federal government. Control of the center eventually
was shifted to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the
Department of Homeland Security.
The workers fill a variety of jobs at the
center, including secretarial, logistics, and management work. Beyond
the convenience for the federal agencies, the county benefits by
earning 10 percent of the total payroll of the employees, between
$130,000 to $150,000 annually, Joiner said. According to a
spokesperson in the office of Senator Richard Shelby who is on the
Senate Homeland Security Committee, whether to continue the
interagency agreement is at the discretion of the local agency. If
the agreement is cancelled it would force the workers hired under the
agreement to re-apply for their jobs thru the federal government,
placing them in the pool of thousands of people seeking federal jobs.
Voters approve amendments
Governor Bob Riley Called it a Great Victory for
Alabama after Alabama voters by wide margins Tuesday decided to let
the state borrow an extra $400 million for industry recruitment and to
ban spending from two trusts on anything but health care for retired
teachers and other retired public employees. Voters agreed to add
Amendment 1, on industry incentives, and Amendment 2, on the
health-care trusts, to the state constitution. State lawmakers in
March unanimously proposed both changes. While Voter turnout
statewide was about 9.6 percent of active registered voters. Calhoun
County Probate Judge Alice Martin said Tuesdays turnout in Calhoun
county surpasses expectations. Approval of Amendment 1 means a
commission chaired by Riley can borrow $750 million for industry
recruitment, up from the old limit of $350 million. Money borrowed by
the commission is repaid from a fund that gets some of the royalties
the state collects on natural gas pumped offshore.
Calhoun County corrections officer arrested
A corrections officer at the Calhoun County Jail
finds himself on the other side of the bars today. Corrections
officer James Rutledge was arrested last week after being caught
smuggling tobacco and other contraband into the jail. Sheriff Larry
Amerson said that while investigating that incident, other charges
came to light involving the theft of a car stereo from a vehicle in
the departments impound yard. Rutledge is charged with promoting
prison contraband and breaking and entering an automobile. both of
which are felonies.
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