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Headlines from Alabama 810 News
- Family and friends mourn loss of 17
year old Ben Stanford
- Hokes Bluff man jailed on child sex
- JPA increases pay for new executive
- Cleburne officials investigating fire
Family and friends mourn loss of 17 year old
Members of a ground search effort organized by
the family of missing Talladega Teenager Ben Stanford discovered his
body Tuesday afternoon. Authorities searching for Stanford made the
announcement of the discovery at around 2 p.m. Tuesday. They said
the body was found behind a Home Depot in Villa Rica, Ga., about 3/4
mile from where Stanford's car was found over a week earlier.
Carroll County Coroner Sammy Eady said that when he arrived at the
scene there were “no visible signs of trauma” on the body. He said
the body was pronounced dead at 2:39 p.m. Central time Tuesday, but
the time of death likely would be sometime on Nov. 5. He said the
victim was found lying on his back near the edge of the woods.
Eady would not discuss any probable cause of
death. The body was taken to the Georgia State Crime Lab for an
autopsy. Benjamin Stanford was last seen alive Nov. 5 in Anniston.
His vehicle, a 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee, was later found that same
day along the interstate near Villa Rica. Over 150 volunteers had
assisted authorities in the search for Stanford, including
Equusearch founder Tim Miller, who flew to Alabama Monday to assist
the family. Stanford is a senior at Donoho School in Anniston and
is the grandson of state Sen. Jim Preuitt, D-Talladega.
Hokes Bluff man jailed on child sex charges
A Hokes Bluff man is being held without bond
after he was charged Tuesday with sex crimes involving a child and
making a video recording of those acts according to Etowah County
Sheriff Todd Entrekin. 46 year old Martin Tracy McBurnette, was
charged with first-degree rape, two counts of first-degree sodomy,
sexual abuse of a child under 12 years of age, production of child
pornography and first-degree possession of marijuana. Circuit judge
Allen Millican has ordered that McBurnette be held without bond.
The Sheriff said that The charges stem from McBurnette allegedly
engaging in sexual activity with a child who was 7 years old at the
time and making video recordings of those acts. Entrekin said there
could be other victims and anyone who might have come in contact
with McBurnette is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Department.
District Attorney Jimmie Harp said the charges could result in a
life sentence in prison.
JPA increases pay for new executive director
The Joint Powers Authority’s job-search
committee took the first step Tuesday in what they hope will lead to
the selection of a new executive director for the JPA. The
committee Tuesday recommended a salary of $125,000 per year as the
base pay. The price combines the salaries and responsibilities of
the executive director and the JPA’s vacant marketing position.
Chairman of the personell committee, Anniston Mayor Chip Howell,
estimated the total package with benefits would be worth around
$140,000. The next step will be the selection of a head hunter to
provide qualified applicants for the position. JPA Executive
director Dan Cleckler announced his resignation almost a year ago
and has agreed to stay on until the JPA finds a replacement.
Cleburne officials investigating fire death
Cleburne County officials are awaiting the
results of forensic tests the death of a badly burned body of an man
found in a burned out car five miles outside of Ranburne Monday.
According to Cleburne County Coroner Rudy Rooks Ranburne volunteers
firefighters responded to a car fire in front of a house at 460
County Road 691 around 7:30 p.m. Monday. Rooks said the two door
Chevrolet was parked against a tree, which kept the man trapped
inside. The body has been sent for an autopsy at the Alabama
Department of Forensics Laboratory in Huntsville to rule out the
possibility of foul play. Because of the body’s condition,
investigators have been unable to make a positive identification.
Rooks said he believes the body is that of a 73-year-old man who
lived alone at that address. He said the man was a heavy smoker and
suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. Results of the autopsy are due
back later in the week.
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