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- Bodies recovered in Coleman Lake in
- Jacksonville teen faces charges after chase
- St. Clair murder suicide
- Fireworks a go, everywhere but Anniston
Bodies recovered in Coleman Lake in Cleburne
A 4-year-old girl and two adults drowned in
Coleman Lake in the Talladega National forest in Cleburne County
Wednesday night. Forest Service spokesman, Joe Nicholson said that the
girl later identified by coroner Rudy Rooks as Electra Hembrick,
drowned around 8 p.m. Wednesday and her body was recovered later
Wednesday night. Crews began dragging the lake around 8 a.m. this
morning and this afternoon recovered the bodies of. 24 year old Marcus
Allan Smith, of Temple, Ga., and 27 year old Shannon Vanwinkle, of
Bremen, Ga. According to Smith’s family, another man and the
4-year-old’s mother were also at the lake with Smith and Vanwinkle
Wednesday. Forest Service officials said that
Coleman Lake is currently closed to the
public until further notice.
Jacksonville teen faces charges after chase
A 19 year old Jacksonville teen has been charged
with reckless endangerment by Jacksonville police and faces additional
charges in Weaver and Anniston after leading police on a high speed
chase Tuesday afternoon. Anniston, Weaver and Jacksonville police
departments pursued a two-tone Honda in a chase that began around 3
p.m. when an Anniston policeman attempted a traffic stop for suspicion
of narcotics possession in front of Anniston Middle School. Police
briefly lost sight of the Honda. A passenger who got out of the car
was picked up by Anniston Police and later was released without being
charged. The car’s driver ran after he abandoned the car on Lockette
Drive in Jacksonville. Two hours later, 19 year old Spencer
Nicholson, of Jacksonville, turned himself in at the Jacksonville
Police Department. Nicholson is expected to face additional charges
in both weaver and Anniston.
Sparks calls for Farm Disaster relief
Throughout Alabama, farmers remain concerned as
all 67 counties stay in severe or extreme drought conditions.
Although final financial damages due to the drought will not be
determined for some time, it is clear that many farmers will suffer
great losses. Alabama Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks said “The
drought of 2007 will probably go down in history as causing more
Alabama farmers to go out of business than any other disaster. Sparks
said that There is nowhere in the US that has this level of drought
that Alabama is experiencing. Sparks said the state needs a disaster
relief program for drought in Alabama. Cattle farmers have sold more
of their livestock in the month of June, 2007 than ever during that
month in previous years. Cotton crops that at one time had been
thought to be able to survive beyond the rough spring are not expected
to produce high quality bolls even with rain. Many farmers planted
corn this year hoping to reap the benefits from higher corn prices,
but now almost all of the state’s corn is considered to be in poor or
very poor condition. Not only does the drought have a direct negative
effect on farmers, but it affects the entire agribusiness industry as
well. Businesses such as cotton gins, storage warehouses, stockyards,
transport companies, and shipping point sites will all feel the
effects of the drought over time. The agriculture industry in Alabama
accounts for over $5.15 billion dollars in farm and forestry
Fireworks a go, everywhere but Anniston
Despite a temporary ban on personal and
commercial fireworks shows in 33 counties, issued June 9 by the state
fire marshal, only Anniston will not hold its annual fireworks show
this year. Jacksonville and Heflin have both received state permission
to go ahead with their displays. Jacksonville Fire Chief Mike
Daugherty said the city has received approval from the Alabama
Forestry Commission and the state fire marshal’s office.
Jacksonville’s show will begin close to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3,
just north of Pete Mathews Coliseum on the Jacksonville State
University campus. Heflin Fire Chief Rudy Rooks said he received a
permit from the fire marshal’s office after getting an exemption from
the Department of Forestry. The Heflin show will be Saturday at 9 p.m.
Anniston officials decided earlier this month to cancel the city’s
traditional show. City Manager George Monk said The traditional
location at the Woodland Park softball complex was considered
hazardous. Oxford will hold their fireworks show at 9 p.m. Wednesday,
July 4, at Oxford Lake Park.
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