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Headlines from Alabama 810 News
- JPA seeking headhunter
- Hokes Bluff seeks improvement in ambulance
- Birmingham man pleads guilty in Pell City
- Investigator in militia case honored
JPA seeking headhunter
For the past 10 months, the Joint Powers
Authority at McClellan has been searching for a new executive
director. Mayor Chip Howell, who serves as chairman of the
authorities personell committee told the authority board Tuesday
night that the personell committee needed some direction in where to
go next, saying that he feels they have come up short on seeking a
pool of the best candidates for the job.
Pete Conroy is also a member of the personell
committee and said they will search for a qualified head hunter to
help identify qualified candidates. Howell told the board Tuesday
night that once they have narrowed down the candidates to two or
three, he proposes that the JPA would introduce the top candidates
to the public and let the public ask questions. Current Executive
Director Dan Cleckler has agreed to stay on until a new director is
appointed. The JPA announced Tuesday that they will begin cleanup
of the area between summerall gate road going behind the Museaum
near the first of the year. It was also disclosed that the area
near Riley field is having to be looked at more closely after crews
removing soil from the area to cap a landfill on the former base
discovered practice ordinance in the soil, something that Mayor Chip
Howell said was not supposed to be or expected in the area.
Hokes Bluff seeks improvement in ambulance
Hokes Bluff Mayor Tim Langdale Tuesday asked
the Etowah County Commission to improve ambulance response time in
his community. Langdale said the average response time for either
of the two ambulance services in Etowah County is about 24 minutes.
However, he said the services have had response times upward of 45
minutes. Langdale said the problem arose when the city of Gadsden
began requiring that the two ambulance services that serve Etowah
County have more ambulances available for the Gadsden area.
Birmingham man pleads in Pell City Scam
A Birmingham man who was facing 17 counts of
theft involving a Greater Pell City Chamber of Commerce magazine he
promised to publish has plead guilty to three counts of
misapplication of property. Under a plea agreement reached with the
St. Clair County District Attorney’s Office, 44 year old David
Smith, pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor counts of
misapplication of property. Smith was indicted in March by a St.
Clair County grand jury on 13 counts of second-degree theft of
property, which are felonies, and four counts of third-degree theft
of property, which are misdemeanors. District Attorney Richard Minor
said the representative for victims involved in the case agreed to
the plea agreement reached between the District Attorney’s Office
and defense attorneys late Monday. Minor said Smith sold
advertisement to a magazine he was supposed to produce for the
chamber, called “Pell City Today,” but Smith never published the
magazine after collecting more than $18,000 from the victims, local
businesses that purchased advertisement in the proposed magazine.
Under the plea agreement, Smith was sentenced to serve 12 months in
jail, but his jail sentence was suspended. He is expected to remain
on unsupervised probation for the next 24 months, officials said.
Under the plea agreement, Smith paid $7,500 in restitution Monday
and is expected to pay an additional $5,500 in restitution within
the next 24 months, totaling about $13,000. Victims are expected to
recover about 70 percent of their money.
Investigator in militia case honored
Sheriff's Office investigator Jimmy Jones was honored Tuesday for
his role in busting a potential domestic terrorist network known as
the Alabama Free Militia. Attorney General Troy King cited Jones as
the north Alabama division's Officer of the Year during the law
enforcement summit at Frazer United Methodist Church.
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