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Headlines from Alabama 810 News
- Gadsden woman charged with ID theft
- West End student charged with assault
- Help coming for Alabama farmers
- Alabama House approves teacher raises
Gadsden woman charged with ID theft
A 21 year old Gadsden woman is facing identity
theft charges that netted her more than $40,000. Police said that
Romona Lisa Staggs made up driver’s license numbers and wrote bad
checks that to obtain the money. Staggs was arrested in Cherokee
County on Wednesday and has been charged with first-degree felony
Police are also searching for a man who they
believe may have also been involved in the scam. Oxford police say
that a man and a woman wrote more than 20 bad checks at nine Wal-Marts
including Jacksonville, Anniston, Oxford and Talladega. The checks
total up to about $43,000. Detectives say the checks were all
“starter” checks, the blank checks where the check writer handwrites
their name, address and other information on to the check. If a
cashier asked for a driver’s license number, the pair apparently wrote
fictitious numbers on the checks. Investigators said many of the
people whose license numbers were used will have trouble using a check
at Wal-Mart because their numbers will be linked to bad checks.
Officials said the Secret Service may take over the case.
West End student charged with assault
An 18 year old West End High School senior is
facing assault charges today after striking a student in the school
parking lot Wednesday. Shayla Diane Brothers, who has a Boaz address
but lives in the Walnut Grove community, has been charged with
second-degree assault. Investigators said that a 16-year-old and his
sister had just gotten to school and were walking to the building when
he was struck by Brothers vehicle. The teen escaped with a concussion
and nine staples. Investigators said that Brothers got to school,
picked up a 17-year-old student and asked him if he wanted to "huff."She
left the school property, and the two allegedly inhaled canned
electronics cleaner, commonly called canned air. She drove back into
the parking lot, and that is when the 16-year-old was hit.
Help coming for Alabama farmers
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns says he
will expedite Alabama's request for a crop disaster declaration in up
to 41 counties after last month's late freeze and an ongoing drought
have wiped out much of the state's peach, wheat, corn and other
crops. Gov. Bob Riley formally requested the disaster aid in a letter
dated Wednesday. After meeting with several members of Alabama's
Congressional delegation yesterday afternoon, Johanns said he hoped to
make a decision within one week. The declaration would allow farmers
to get low-interest loans to replant. Johanns also said he would
consider allowing livestock grazing and letting farmers cut hay on
land that the government pays farmers to set aside for
conservation.State agriculture officials say Alabama farmers sustained
at least 75 million dollars in losses over Easter weekend as
temperatures across the Southeast plunged below freezing. Particularly
hard-hit were peaches and wheat that were soon to be harvested and in
which farmers had heavy investments.
Alabama House approves teacher raises
The Alabama House has approved a record six point
eight billion dollar education budget that gives teachers and other
education employees a seven percent pay raise and retirees a one-time
bonus. The House voted 101 to nothing to give education employees the
pay hike and then later approved the education budget on a 99 to
four vote. The budget is about 450 million dollars more than what was
spent on education last year. House Speaker Seth Hammett of Andalusia
says the budget fully funds the requests of the Alabama Board of
Education for elementary and secondary grads. He says the budget will
improve Alabama's historically low ranking nationally for how much the
state spends per pupil on education. The budget also increases funding
for school buses, school nurses and programs to work with at-risk and
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