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- Anniston shooting update
- Counterfeit bills
- Gadsden council rejects appointment to
- Officers honored
Anniston Shooting update
Anniston police have released More details in
the Jan. 1 shooting death of a 22-year-old man at an Anniston night
spot. in Anniston. According to Anniston Police investigators, a
large fight involving several people broke out at Dee Ford's
Underground in the 1100 block of Wilmer Avenue around 1:30 a.m.
Tuesday morning. Police said that security personnel at the club
reportedly began ushering everyone out of the underground bar. As
patrons were directed up the stairs, several people started to push
their way back down. In the turmoil, police said club security guard
20 year old Joseph Thomas Pannell, of Birmingham, shot 22 year old
Dwayne "Richard" Duncan, of Ashland multiple times. Investigators
said Pannell was not in a police or security uniform but was wearing
military style pants with a brown shirt. Police say they recovered
a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun, believed to be the weapon
fired at Duncan, from Pannell. Duncan died later at Regional
Medical Center. The shooting was the cities first homicide of the
Cherokee County authorities report the recovery
of a large number of counterfeit $100 bills. Investigators in Centre
say that 48 of the counterfeit bills were used in an area business
which offers customers the means to wire money. Records indicate
that the money in this case was being wired to Nigeria. Officials
said the counterfeit bills feature the correct likeness in the
hologram, and the ID strip, making them very difficult to detect as
counterfeit. Of the 48 counterfeit bills collected by local
authorities, several had the exact same serial numbers; Many of the
bills appeared to have an almost glittery appearance to them where
the ink may have been very lightly flaking off; There was also a
light brushing effect to be seen around the number 100 on the bottom
right hand side of the bills; At least one of the $100 bills
appeared to have been subjected to a counterfeit marker and showed
to be genuine. Officials say the bills will be much more difficult
to recognize than any of those seen previously around the area.
Gadsden council rejects appointment to school board
The Gadsden City Council failed Wednesday to
make an appointment to the Gadsden City Board of Education for
district 3 - this time deadlocking on the appointment of Gesna
Littlefield. The vote to appoint Littlefield, a retired educator,
failed on a 3-3 vote. District 3 councilman Robert Avery opposed
the vote. Councilman Robert Echols did not attend wednesdays
meeting, as he is hospitalized with pneumonia.
The board of education appointment is to replace Juanita Wilson, who
resigned from the board in November and has lived in District 3.
The council has turned down District 3 Councilman Robert Avery's
choice for the position, Roberta Watts three times. Voting for
Littlefield were Reed and council members J.R. Countryman and Bill
Stewart. Voting against the appointment were Avery and council
members Walt Higgins and Johnny Cannon.
with the Rainbow City police department have received military
awards after training U.S. Army reservists at Fort McClellan.
Detective Chase Jenkins and officer John Bryant received U.S. Army
Patriotic Civilian Service awards from the 310th Chemical Company.
For two days in November, Jenkins and Bryant taught 64 soldiers SWAT
team tactics at a mock city building site. Operations Sgt. Chad Hand
at the 310th Chemical Company said some of the soldiers who
participated are from South Carolina and Georgia in addition to
those from Anniston.
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