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Headlines from Alabama 810 News
- Black Friday shopping
- Torch travels thru Anniston
- Anniston Shooting
- Jacksonville man charged with arson
Black Friday shopping
Retailers in east central Alabama were prepared
for the onslaught of shoppers this black Friday, traditionally the
busiest shopping day of the year. Carol Cleghorn, General Manager
of Oxfords Quintard Mall said shoppers got an early start with some
stores at the mall opening as early as 2am Friday morning.
The holiday shopping season is also a prime time for criminals.
Shoppers are being warned to be careful this holiday season when
using credit or debit cards by making sure you protect the secrecy
of your pin numbers. In addition, police are also urging retailers
to be on the lookout for counterfeit bills which have increased in
the area over the past several weeks.
Torch travels thru Anniston
Motorists along hiway 78 were wondering what
was going on wednesday with a torch runner being escorted by
police. The torch run - Carrera Antorcha Guadalupana - is a
pilgrimage originating in Mexico and winding its way through 42 U.S.
cities. It ends in New York City on Dec. 12, the feast day of Our
Lady of Guadalupe.
In Catholic churches along the route, Mexicans
and other Hispanics have gathered for celebration and Mass before
going to the next community with the torch and with two images of
significance to many of them. The portrait the runners carry is a
replica of what is considered a miraculous image of the Virgin Mary
in the Basilica of Guadalupe, near Mexico City. The other image
traveling with the caravan is a painting of Juan Diego, an Aztec
convert to Catholicism who saw an apparition that told him to build
a shrine. The torch run traveled from Birmingham to Anniston
Wednesday. Those who have participated in the run through Alabama,
said Our Lady of Guadalupe symbolizes unity because she brings
together two identities - Spanish and indigenous culture - and she
symbolizes life and hope. The last time the torch came to Alabama
was in 2002.
Anniston police say that a 70-year-old man shot
his 23-year-old cousin Tuesday afternoon at a West 12th Street
residence. Police said that the victim was visiting his aunt at her
residence around Tuesday afternoon when someone accused him of
smoking crack. The man denied it and the accusation resulted in an
argument between the two men. Police said that the 70-year-old male
cousin became involved in the argument and shot the young man with a
.22 revolver striking him in the left hip . While treating the
wounded man emergency personell found a substance that appeared to
be crack cocaine in his pocket. The victim was transported to
Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
Investigators will evaluate pending unlawful possession charges when
the man is released from the hospital. The 70-year-old man left the
scene before police arrived. Police say they will likely issue a
warrant for his arrest.
Jacksonville man charged with arson
A 24-year-old Jacksonville man is facing arson
charges in connection with the April 7th fire at an
Anniston residence. Jimmy Mark McKinney, was charged while in
Calhoun County Jail awaiting court dates on a number of other
offenses. McKinney is being held on 22 counts of burglary third
degree, one count burglary second degree, one count robbery first
degree, one count theft of property third degree, one count failure
to appear in court on drug paraphernalia charges, and 16 counts
failure to pay for gas. McKinney was arrested after he burglarized a
house, and investigators said that the fire may have been a way to
cover the tracks of a robbery. McKinney is being held without bond,
pending charges from another state.
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