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Headlines from Alabama 810 News
- Area preparing for winter storm
- Hokes Bluff chase
- High lead levels found at Lincoln site
- Gadsden man facing possible life
without parole on robbery conviction
Area preparing for winter storm
At Governor Bob Riley’s direction, state
agencies have made preparations for an expected winter storm.
“Preparation is really the key to dealing with severe weather and
our state agencies are ready to help if the need arises,” Governor
Riley said. “I encourage Alabamians, especially those in the
northern and central parts of our state, to stay alert to changing
weather conditions and take necessary precautions to keep themselves
and their families safe.” The Alabama Department of Transportation
has personnel on standby throughout the state. Ice sanding
equipment, dump trucks and spreaders are loaded with sand. Crews
are prepared to work through the night to put down sand in areas
likely to ice over and will continuously monitor roads and sand them
as needed. Any road closures will be posted online at
www.dot.state.al.us/ . The Alabama Emergency Management Agency (AEMA)
has staff and regional coordinators on alert status and they are
prepared to assist local communities with requests for assistance.
The National Weather Service is providing AEMA with constant updates
on conditions and how the weather is expected to impact Alabama
counties. Winter weather tips can be found at the AEMA website:
http://ema.alabama.gov/. The Alabama Department of Public
Safety has a comprehensive severe weather operations plan to direct
immediate response to weather-related emergencies, including winter
storms. State troopers are advising motorists to drive with
caution, be alert to changing weather conditions and avoid roadway
travel should conditions deteriorate. Stay tuned to Alabama 810 for
you latest weather updates.
Hokes Bluff chase
A Spring Garden man is facing charges in two
counties after leading police on a high-speed chase that began in
Cherokee County and ended in Hokes Bluff. Police have not released
the name of the 44-year-old man who was driving a red Ford Probe .
Officials said the driver spotted Cherokee County Sheriff's deputies
working a wreck on Cherokee County Road 59, near the county line and
turned around and sped off. Deputies pursued the man along Etowah
County Road 71 from Centre. Hokes Bluff police were called to assist
and deployed spikes at the intersection of Days Circle and 71. The
chase continued south on Alford Bend Road. Hokes Bluff officers
attempted to stop it with their vehicles using a pit maneuver when
the man reached U.S. Highway 278 East. The driver then sped west
bound on U.S. Highway 278, hitting a Cherokee County patrol vehicle
head-on. The man is being held in Cherokee County jail and
warrants were pending in Cherokee and Etowah County.
High lead levels found at Lincoln site
Officials with the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency say that High levels of lead have appeared in soil
samples collected from neighboring properties around an abandoned
brass foundry in Lincoln. Soil samples were collected last May from
17 properties near the abandoned Lincoln Metals/Heartland Faucet
Corporations brass foundry in Lincoln’s First Avenue Park community.
EPA officials said soil samples collected from three different
properties, which include the First Avenue Community Park, recorded
elevated levels of either lead or chromium, above the removal level.
Records indicate lead concentrations found in the First Avenue Park
soil were four times higher than the EPA’s lead screening level of
400 parts per million. Officials said the EPA is in the process of
evaluating the data and determining appropriate future actions.
Gadsden facing possible life without parole
on robbery conviction
A 33 year old
Gadsden man, accused in the 2007 robbery of two convenience stores,
was convicted by an Etowah County jury Thursday on charges of
first-degree robbery. Michael Peeks, was convicted on the charges
which stemmed from armed robberies of two local convenience stores
in April 2007. Because of prior felony convictions Peeks faces a
possible sentence of life in prison without the possibility of
parole which district attorney Jimmy Harp said is what his office
will ask the court to impose.
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