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Headlines from Alabama 810 News
- Commissioners sue former judge
- Man sentenced in attack on news carrier
- Leesburg man sentenced
- Governor gets support for Pre K
Commissioners sue former judge
The Calhoun County Commission has filed a suit
against former Probate Judge Arthur Murray involving over $19,496
state auditors said the former judge should not have received. The
commission asked a judge to rule whether Murray could legally bill
the county for preparing countywide voter lists from 2003 to 2006.
Murray charged the county 5 cents per name for
each list produced, one each for seven different elections during
that time. The Alabama Department of Examiners of Public Accounts
said he should not have collected the money. The agency has said the
County Commissioners and Murray should pay back the $19,496 that
Judge Murray collected during that time. The audit report cites a
1985 local law which they say prevents Murray from taking the money.
The law says probate judges can only receive money for the "actual
expenses" of preparing the list. According to the suit, filed
Wednesday, The examiners, named as a defendant in the lawsuit,
threatened to make the district attorney collect the money. The
County Commission is asking a judge to put a hold on that request
until there's a ruling on whether Murray was legally entitled to the
Man sentenced in attack on news carrier
A Childersburg man is facing concurrent 35-year
prison sentences after pleading guilty to one count each of robbery
in the first degree and attempted murder. Circuit Judge Bo
Hollingsworth handed down the sentence for 18 year old Alexander
Lamon Ricks. Ricks’ older brother and co-defendant, 20 year old
Willie Lee Ricks Jr., also of Childersburg, was scheduled to be
sentenced for his part in the same crime across the hall before
Circuit Judge Julian King Wednesday. For some reason, however, the
older Ricks was not transported to Talladega from Kilby Correctional
Facility, where he is serving time on a burglary charge. Robbery and
attempted murder charges are still pending against the third
co-defendant, 18 year old Roderick Bolton. All three defendants are
accused of assaulting Christy Haywood, a subcontract carrier for The
Daily Home and The Birmingham News.
Leesburg man sentenced
A Leesburg man was sentenced today in federal
court to 325 years in prison on production of child pornography
charges, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Alice
Martin. 51 year old Gary Steven Vasiloff, was sentenced in U.S.
District Court in Birmingham after being indicted in April 2007 on
21 counts of production of child pornography and one count of
possession of child pornography.
Vasiloff pleaded guilty to the child pornography charges, which
stemmed from 21 photographs taken by him of a minor child posed in
lewd and lascivious positions at a home located in Cherokee County.
In some of the photographs the 14-year-old girl can be seen
consuming alcoholic beverages given to her by Vasiloff. The
incident occurred in Cherokee County between June 23, 2006, and Aug.
The case was investigated by the FBI with assistance from the
Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and the Alabama Department of Human
Resources. This case was brought as part of Project Safe
Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from
online exploitation and abuse.
Governor gets support for Pre K
Riley's plan to expand Alabama's small pre-kindergarten program
picked up endorsements yesterday from two groups that teach
4-year-olds. Leaders of the Alabama Head Start Association and the
Alabama Association of Licensed Early Care and Education joined
Riley at the Capitol to praise the governor's plan. Riley wants to
expand funding from $10 million to $30 million and triple enrollment
from the current 2,400.
At the same time Riley was promoting his plan, Alabama
legislators were hearing fiscal experts say the state will likely
have less money to appropriate for the next school year than it does
The chairman of the House education budget committee, Rep.
Richard Lindsey of centre, says expanding pre-K is a worthy goal,
but it may have to wait because of budget problems.
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