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- Three arrested in death of elderly Pinedale
- Southside re-captures escapee
- Gregory re-hired at Anniston High
- Pow Wow in Clay County
Three arrested in death of elderly Pinedale
St. Clair County authorities have arrested
three people charging them with murder in the death of a man whose
body was found Tuesday morning atop Chandler Mountain in Steele. The
victim, was identified Thursday as 50 year old Alfred Watson III, of
the Pinedale area near Ashville, officials say he died from blunt
force trauma to the head and torso and that his body was set afire
after his death. 50 year old Donna Garrison Jones, and her
husband,63 year old Jerry Eugene Jones, were both charged with
murder and abuse of a corpse. A third suspect, 37 year old James
Allen Samples, was also charged with murder and abuse of a corpse.
St. Clair County Sheriff Terry Surles said the three suspects knew
the victim well and lived with him at his Pinedale Road home.
Watson, who needed a walker to get around, was in poor health, and
Donna Jones worked as the victim’s caretaker for 16 months. The
Sheriff said all three of the suspects confessed to the crime and
provided details of Watson’s death and their attempt to conceal the
body. Watson was reported missing from the Attalla Wal-Mart Friday
night. Surles said surveillance video from the store’s parking lot
cameras show Donna Jones getting out of a vehicle and entering the
store. She returns later to the vehicle and leaves. The Sheriff said
the investigation, autopsy and confessions from the suspects
indicate that Watson was being abused by the suspects last Thursday
evening, Sept. 13, and died during the night as a result of the
Southside re-captures escapee
A man who escaped from Southside police
officers Wednesday evening was recaptured Friday remained in the
Etowah County jail this, facing extradition to Georgia on a
kidnapping charge and several charges in Etowah County. 38 year old
Michael Shane Brown, was found hiding in a closet where police
officers first arrested him at a residence on Green Hills Road.
Brown already was handcuffed and had been placed in the backseat of
a patrol car when he somehow managed to open the door, get out and
run into the woods. Brown was charged with obstruction of justice
and is expected face escape charges.
Gregory re-hired at Anniston High
The Anniston Board of Education officially
re-hired Anniston High School former assistant principal, Charles
Gregory, Thursday night. The action ends a controversy which began
in may when the board approved a list of personnel actions that
included non-renewal of Gregory’s contract among of dozens of other
items. Three board members later objected to the termination saying
that they had not realized his name was on the list. Throughout the
summer the board battled with former Superintendent Sammy Lee
Felton, who three times recommended someone else for the position
instead of re-hiring. Last month, the boards frustration over the
superintendents refusal to rehire Gregory led to a vote to remove
Felton as superintendent, buying out his contract. Gregory returns
as Assistant Principal at Anniston High School today.
Pow Wow in Clay County
First Nations Outreach in Clay County will be
holding their second annual Harvest Moon Benefit Pow Wow this
weekend. The activities kick off with a parade Friday morning at 11
in downtown Ashland. The gates for the pow wow will open at three
this afternoon on Bluff Valley Road south of Ashland. Pow Wow
organizer Jim Windwalker said the pow wow will be Oklahoma style .
The Pow Wow is presented to share the heritage and culture of native
people with the public. And according to Windwalker, the event is
attracting native American groups from across the country. Proceeds
from the pow wow will benefit the Wolf Gardens Wild Life Center. The
Pow Wow site is located on Bluff Valley Road. Take hwy 77 south in
Ashland to Hwy 49 south and follow the signs. For more information
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