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Headlines from Alabama 810 News
- Minister sues Jacksonville over speech
- Authorities search for suspects in
- Site change for new Social Security office
- Culverhouse resigns at interim chancellor
- Jacksonville School locked down
- Body found under Talladega home
- Oxford woman killed in weekend accident
- Postal rates to change based on size, not
Minister sues Jacksonville over speech
A Hawkinsville, Georgia evangelist has filed suit
in Federal Court accusing the city of Jacksonville of violating his
right to freedom of speech, Violation of the due process clause of the
14th amendment, violation of the equal protection clause of the U.S.
Constitution, violation of the right to free exercise of religion, and
violation of the Alabama Religious freedom amendment. Reverend Wesley
Sewell alleges in the suit filed today in U.S. District Court in
Birmingham that the cities speech code which prohibits any amplified
speech that can be heard from beyond 10 feet away, is specifically
enforced against religious speech. Sewell claims in the suit that he
was approached by the city police in March 2006 near the Jacksonville
post office and was told he could not use the amplifier which police
told him was in violation of the cities noise ordinance. Sewell
obeyed and shut down the amplifier. This year he returned to the same
spot and was told he had to shut his amplifier down and had to obtain
a permit to share his faith on the public sidewalk. The suit was
filed on Sewells’ behalf by the Alliance Defense Fund.
Authorities search for suspects in attempted
Calhoun county authorities are seeking the
publics help in searching for two suspects who attempted to kidnap a
12 year old girl as she waited for a school bus Friday morning.
According to reports, the girl and her 10 year old brother were
standing alongside Airport road waiting for the school bus when two
Hispanic males pulled up in a four door volkswagon and ordered the
girl to get into the care and told the boy to get back. Authorities
said the incident occurred just outside the Oxford city limits and
that Calhoun County deputies responded. The two suspects are
described as Hispanic men in their twenties with severe acne on their
faces. Calhoun County Chief Deputy Matthew Wade said that officers
want to find the suspects and their car before the succeed in
abducting a young female. When apprehended, the men will face one
count each of felony enticing a child to enter a vehicle for immoral
Site change for new Social Security office
A move is being proposed for construction of the
new Social Security office to be located at McClellan. Developer
James Lloyd told the JPA marketing committee this morning that the
Government wants to relocate the proposed construction to a different
site at McClellan. According to JPA Executive Director Dan Cleckler,
the new site will be a smaller piece of property at McClellan. Lloyd
told the marketing committee this morning that he wanted to keep the
option on the original site as he has two prospects interested in the
site. Cleckler said that locating the social security office at
McClellan will be a benefit in bringing increased traffic to the
former fort. The purchase is expected to be decided by the full JPA
board when they meet next Tuesday.
Culverhouse resigns at interim chancellor
Renee Culverhouse cited health reasons for
resigning as interim chancellor of the state's troubled two-year
college system Tuesday after just two months in the position and less
than two weeks after school board members voted 5-4 to approve her
Culverhouse said in a statement that a "chronic,
serious, degenerative disease" that she was diagnosed with about two
years ago is no longer in remission and she is "experiencing a renewal
of symptoms accompanied by extreme pain."
Culverhouse's resignation letter did not name the
"According to my physician, in order to get the
disease back under control and back in remission, I must make
modifications in my treatment, including immediate time off work," she
wrote. "It would not be fair to the Board or to the System for the
Chancellor to be on sick leave with so many pressing issues facing us
at this critical time."
Culverhouse said her resignation is effective
immediately and she will return to her post as president of Gadsden
State Community College once she has had some time off.
She was chosen as the replacement for Thomas
Corts, who resigned as interim chancellor Feb. 28 after members of the
Alabama Board of Education expressed concerns about his job
Culverhouse's departure comes amid questions
about her willingness to clean up the embattled system, which is under
an investigation by state and federal authorities. Gov. Bob Riley
voted against her contract last month, saying he was concerned she
would not recommend that the board approve his proposed policies
against double dipping and "no work" jobs in the system.
This had been Culverhouse's second stint as
interim chancellor after being tapped to lead the system last summer
when the board terminated former Chancellor Roy Johnson's contract
amid corruption and nepotism allegations.
The $248,000 contract approved April 26 for
Culverhouse was retroactive to her March 2 hiring date. It said
Culverhouse would serve as interim chancellor until October 31 unless
a permanent chancellor was hired before then.
Jacksonville School locked down
Students at Jacksonville high school were locked
down Monday afternoon after a 45 minute high speed chase ended in
front of the school just before 2pm, and one of the suspects ran onto
school property. According to Glencoe Police Chief Robert Griffith,
the chase began when the suspects were spotted shoplifting at a
Glencoe package store Jacksonville police officer Joe Ferguson said
that the school was immediately locked down as a precaution as the
incident occurred directly in front of the school. Chief Griffith
said that a number of items were found in the car.. including
electronic items and a quantity of drugs. Both suspects were taken to
the Jacksonville hospital and Griffith said they will face multiple
charges. The white ford fusion bore a Douglas county Georgia tag,
however Chief Griffith said that the vehicle was not reported stolen
and that it was not registered in either of the suspects names.
Jacksonville police said the lockdown of the school lasted less than
half an hour until it was determined the situation was under control.
Body found under Talladega home
Talladega police are hoping to confirm the
identity of a body found Saturday afternoon under a house on West
Battle Street in Talladega. Officials speculate that it could be the
body of a missing 66-year-old man with Alzheimer’s disease. Police
said the body was discovered following a call from a person who
smelled a foul odor at the home. The house is located across the
street from the home where James Lee Buchanan went missing on April 1.
Buchanan was last seen at his home between 8 and 8:30 p.m April 1. The
missing mans brother, Joseph Buchanan, reported him missing on the
morning of April 2nd when came by the house to pick him up
for a doctor’s appointment, he found Buchanan’s car parked outside.
The house was open and several lights and the
television were on, but there was no sign of Buchanan. Officials said
that the body has been sent to forensics for an autopsy and
identification. There appeared to be no evidence on the surface of any
Oxford woman killed in weekend accident
A Friday night accident claimed the life of An
Oxford woman left a Bowdon, Ga. woman injured . According to State
Troopers, the one car accident occurred near 7:30 Friday night in
Randolph County. 72 year old Faye White Long, of Oxford, was killed
in the accident. 59 year old Sandra Traylor, of Bowdon, Georgia was
driving a 2003 Buick Century in the Gold Ridge area on Randolph County
Road 37, and Long was a passenger in the car. Traylor was treated
for injuries and released from Tanner Medical Center in Carrollton,
Postal rates to change based on size, not
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