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Headlines from Alabama 810 News
- Judge issues ruling in Ray Bryan case
- Anniston man held in weekend shooting
- Etowah Bingo
Judge issues ruling in Ray Bryan case
Jefferson County Superior Court Judge J. Scott
Vowell issued his ruling today in a lawsuit filed by Ray Bryan to
keep the State Republic Party from decertifying him as the winner in
the June primary for Family Court Judge for the Calhoun-Cleburne
Circuit. The judge upheld the action of the State Republican Party
that Bryan be decertified for failure to file his disclosure reports
before the deadline.
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Anniston man held in weekend shooting
A 23 year old Anniston Man is being held in
connection with the Saturday morning shooting death of a north
Carolina man. Police say that 31 year old Richard Elliot Maffey,
was in the bedroom of a residence in the 1800 block of Moore Avenue
around 6:45 a.m. Saturday morning when he was shot in the head.
Anniston police interviewed witnesses, none of which directly
witnessed the shooting. Police arrested a 23-year-old Anniston man
in connection with the shooting, but have not released his name.
Authorities said Maffey was shot at least once and was pronounced
dead at 7:20 a.m. Saturday morning. Maffey's body will be sent to
the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences Laboratory in Huntsville
for an autopsy. The shooting remains under investigation by Anniston
The Etowah County Commission in a special
Saturday meeting, approved changes to a resolution about video bingo
that returns authority to issue permits to the sheriff and sets a
date for a public hearing for proposals of a bingo. The County
Commission approved rules and regulations back in July for
operation of charitable machine bingo in Etowah County. In that
resolution, the County Commission was named to authorize permits.
The recent action gives that authority back to the sheriff, who was
originally named in the law as the person who should authorize
permits. Two developers, CBS Supply of Mount Pleasant, S.C., and
Coosa Entertainment Group of Gadsden have presented proposals for
video bingo developments to the County Commission and are expected
to make those proposals public on Aug. 25. There will be a public
comment period at the August 25th meeting, but there will
not be a question and answer period. District Attorney Jimmie Harp
said the issue of bingo was voted on in 1989 and late Rep. Joe Ford,
the father of Rep. Craig Ford, D-Gadsden, asked for an amendment in
1994 that established more specific guidelines of how to play the
game. In the 1989 constitutional amendment voted on by Etowah County
residents, it was worded to say that charity bingo is allowed and
does not refer specifically to bingo cards. Attorney General Troy
King has compared bingo cards and video bingo to traditional mail
through the postal service and e-mail. He said the comparison
represents the “technological evolution.” But Harp said he wants
the matter cleared through a court and if a permit is granted, he or
Sheriff Todd Entrekin would file suit, asking for a judge to make
that determination.Etowah County is one of 19 counties throughout
the state that has an Alabama constitutional amendment that allows
bingo within the county.
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