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Headlines from Alabama 810 News
- Jacksonville Bank robbery suspect pleads
- Legislators override veto and approve pay
- Gadsden council approves smoking ordinance
- Alabama 810 mourns loss of staff member
Jacksonville Bank robbery suspect pleads
A 28 year old Jacksonville man, charged with last
Octobers robbery of the Wachovia bank in Jacksonville has entered a
guilty plea in federal court in Birmingham. According to a press
release from U.S. Attorney Alice Martin, Tyrone Leon Porter plead
guilty to bank robbery, use of a firearm during a bank robbery and
being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Authorities say
that Porter was one of two men who robbed the Jacksonville bank last
October 24th. Porter was arrested the day of the robbery
when he was stopped by police who had staked out a residence that he
visited. Authorities continue their search for the second suspect in
what Martin said may be the largest bank robbery in the history of the
northern district of Alabama. Authorities recovered most of the over
287 thousand dollars taken in the robbery. Porter is facing up to 25
years in prison for the bank robbery as well as 7 years for the
firearms charge and 15 years for possession of the firearm by a
felon. Porter is scheduled to be sentenced on June 14th in
Legislators override veto and approve pay
State lawmakers overrode Gov. Bob Riley's veto
Tuesday and approved giving each of the 140 legislators an
$18,840-a-year raise. The raise, which gives each lawmaker a 62
percent increase in compensation, was the first for Alabama's
legislators since 1991. It took effect Tuesday afternoon. Lawmakers
by voice votes on March 8 approved the pay raise resolution sponsored
by Rep. Demetrius Newton of Birmingham. The Governor tried to kill the
resolution with a veto Tuesday. But the House of Representatives, with
no debate, voted 57-41 to override Riley's veto. Only 53 votes were
needed in the 105-member House. Soon after the House vote, the Senate
debated the move for about 12 minutes and then voted 20-15 to override
Riley's veto. Only 18 votes in the 35-member Senate were needed.
Recorded votes were required to override the veto. The local
delegation split along party lines. State Sen. Del Marsh, R-Anniston,
and State Rep. Randy Wood, R-Anniston, voted against the raise. State
Reps. Barbara Boyd, D-Anniston, Lea Fite, D-Jacksonville, Steve Hurst,
D-Munford, Richard Lindsey, D-Centre and State Sens. Kim Benefield,
D-Woodland and Sen. Jim Preuitt D-Talladega voted for the raise.
Gadsden council approves smoking ordinance
City Council voted Tuesday to give restaurants the option of being
smoke free or allowing smoking in all areas with signs prominently
displaying their choice. The ordinance will go into effect May 1. The
ordinance does not affect bars or private clubs. City Council
President Ben Reed said his concerns was to protect the citizens of
Gadsden. The ordinance says restaurants shall post at every
entrance a sign that identifies the establishment as a smoking
establishment or non-smoking. If it is a smoking facility, smoking is
allowed throughout the facility and there is no non-smoking section.
The ordinance says a owner or operator may declare the entire
establishment smoke free with a no-smoking sign posted. Someone who
smokes in an area where smoking is not allowed is subject to a fine of
not more than $50 and the owner or manager who fails to comply with
the ordinance is subject to a $100 fine for the first violation,
increasing by $100 the next two violations. Violation by the owner or
a manager of an establishment may result in the suspension or
revocation of the restaurant’s permit or license.
Alabama 810 mourns loss of Staff Member
Last Friday was a
day of sadness for the Alabama 810 Family. We lost one of our own,
Sales Manager Larry Farrell who passed away suddenly. Larry will
leave a huge void in our Radio family, and was highly respected by all
of us who worked with him.
Our thoughts and prayers go to his wife of 32 years
Debbie and his four children. Funeral Services for Larry Farrell
will be held Wednesday from the Jeff Eberhart funeral home in Dallas,
Georgia. Please keep Larry’s family in you thoughts and prayers.
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