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Headlines from Alabama 810 News
- JPA wants to go to Federal Court
- Authorities recover Ragland murder weapon
- Anniston attempted robbery
- Gadsden “Riverfest” to be NON SMOKING
JPA wants to go to Federal Court
Attorneys for The Joint Powers Authority at
McClellan are asking a federal judge in Birmingham to take over a
lawsuit involving a failed land deal between the JPA and an Anniston
City Councilman. Anniston attorney Donald Stewart and developer Jim
Coxwell who filed the suit over an attempt to sell property to City
Councilman Jeff Fink, saying they made a better offer. They have asked
Circuit Judge Joel Laird to declare that the JPA does not legally
exist and to appoint a receiver over McClellan property citing the
lack of local legislation giving the JPA the authority to sell
property. The JPA says the question of whether it legally exists
should be answered by a federal judge, since it was recognized by the
federal government as an authority over McClellan in 1998. In
response, Coxwell and Stewart asked U.S. District Judge Karon Bowdre,
who is handling the JPA’s request, to send the case back to Circuit
Court. They contend the JPA filed the motion because Laird refused
to step down from the case. Tuesday, Bowdre ordered the JPA to show
in writing by May 15 why the case should not be sent back to Circuit
Court. A 2001 consent order resolving a lawsuit against the JPA said
the board has the authority to redevelop McClellan. The order
anticipated passage of legislation to uphold the order, but the local
legislative delegation has not pushed for passage of such legislation.
Authorities recover Ragland murder weapon
Divers recovered the gun allegedly used in the
murder of a Talladega man from the waters at the foot of Neely Henry
Dam in Ragland Wednesday afternoon.
Divers from the Calera Police Department searched
an area at the foot of the dam until they found the gun.
Investigators called in the divers to conduct the underwater search
after learning where the suspected murder weapon might be.
Investigators said that one of the people
questioned in the course of the investigation told us the gun had been
thrown off the dam.
Investigators said that Anthony James Crowe, the
suspect charged with capital murder in the case, was not the one who
threw the gun into the water. Investigators were told (Crowe) sold
the gun to a friend after the shooting and the person who bought the
gun is the one who threw it off the dam and has cooperated completely
with authorities to locate the gun.
The gun, a .380 automatic handgun still in its
holster will be taken to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences
for further examination.
Anniston attempted robbery
Anniston police arrested two men Wednesday
afternoon, just hours after they attempted to rob a woman in the
parking lot of the Jack’s restaurant on McClellan Boulevard. The
41-year-old victim was headed to her car around 1:50 p.m. Wednesday
afternoon when she was approached by two men in a Chrysler PT Cruiser,
one of the men pulled out a handgun and demanded money. She told the
men she didn’t have any money and they drove off. A witness jotted
down the Cruiser’s license plate number and police arrested two
suspects about three hours later. 18-year-old Gregory Markelle Hubbard
of Anniston was charged with felony robbery in the first degree. A
17-year-old also was arrested and charged with the same offense but
his name was not released.
Gadsden “Riverfest” to be NON SMOKING
ordinance passed by the Gadsden City Council in March and amended in
April prohibits smoking on and within 20 feet of property owned,
leased or controlled by the city. The ordinance, which went into
effect May 1, gave restaurants the option of being smoke free or
allowing smoking, but does not allow smoking or non-smoking sections
in restaurants. The City council Tuesday approved leasing for $1 the
property where Riverfest will take place, to the Chamber of commerce
for Etowah County, which sponsors Riverfest. Therefore making the
event a non smoking event under the cities smoking ordinance.
Riverfest organizers said that no smoking signs will be posted at all
entrances to inform patrons that the event will be a NON SMOKING
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