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Headlines from Alabama 810 News
- Inmates escape from county jail
- Anniston discussing challenging AG opinion
- Accused former camp director commits
- New Habitat director named
Inmates escape from county jail
Two minimum security inmates escaped from a work
center at the Calhoun County Jail early Wednesday morning. The work
center is a butler building located behind the regular jail that is
used to house inmates that are approved to work around
the facility, go to jobs and community service activities and to drug
treatment activities. The building is a regular office building
without the normal jail security features.
42 male inmates are housed in the facility with one officer.
22 year old James Daniel Couch→
was re-captured near 9 Wednesday morning in the west end of the county.
Authorities are still searching for 31 year old
←Jesse Lee Webb. Both men
will be charged with escape and both were being held on burglary
charges. Sheriff Larry Amerson said one of the men was just weeks
away from completing his sentence.
Anniston discussing challenging AG opinion
Upset over their inability to fund scholarships
for Anniston High School students, Anniston city councilman Ben Little
told the city council Tuesday night that he feels the courts should
decide. During the councils pre meeting Tuesday, Little suggested that
a judge may have a different opinion than the Attorney General. Mayor
Chip Howell said the council wants to look at possible alternative.
The council was warned by the city attorney, Polly Russell, that they
should not violate the attorney generals opinion that they could not
directly or indirectly fund the scholarships with tax money. The
attorney general said that a statewide constitutional amendment would
be needed to make the action legal by setting up a special tax to be
used for the scholarships.
Accused former camp director commits suicide
A former St. Clair county youth camp director,
who was scheduled to make his initial court appearance today to face
charges of enticing a child for immoral purposes, was found dead of an
apparent suicide Tuesday. St. Clair County Sheriff Terry Surles said
the body of 59 year old Larry Ray Palmer, of Ashville was discovered
Tuesday at his home. Officials declined to comment on how he died.
Palmer was arrested April 12 after he allegedly enticed a child for
immoral purposes. He was released shortly after his arrest, posting a
$50,000 bond. Palmer had remained out of jail on bond. It was the St.
Clair County Baptist Association that reported to the St. Clair County
Sheriff’s Department allegations made against Palmer involving a
juvenile boy. The report led to Palmer’s arrest in April. Palmer was
hired by the Baptist Association as its interim camp director for Camp
SonShine only months before his arrest. Shortly before his arrest, the
association voted to relieve Palmer of all his duties as interim
director. After Palmer’s arrest, the association also voted to cancel
summer camp at Camp SonShine, which is located just north of Pell
New Habitat director named
Ron Hindman of Jacksonville was tapped Tuesday as
the new executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Calhoun County.
The Habitat board of directors voted unanimously to name Hindman to
assume the post held by Anniston Banker Jim Robbins who left the
Habitat post for new business opportunities in north Alabama. Hindman
has been on the Habitat board five years helping build local Habitat
houses for several years before that.
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