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Headlines from Alabama 810 News
- Murder trial moved to Anniston
- Jacksonville council takes flak over
possible JSU donation
- 2 arrested after bogus drug raid
- Jacksonville elderly housing
Murder trial moved to Anniston
The capital murder trial for the man accused of
killing Huntsville police officer Daniel Golden in 2005, has been
set for April 14 in Anniston at the Calhoun County Courthouse.
Benito Ocampo Albarran's lawyers claimed in a Jan. 14 hearing that
their client couldn't receive a fair and impartial trial in Madison
County because of the nature of the charge, pretrial publicity and
subsequent developments, including last month's shooting death of
Huntsville police officer William Eric Freeman. Circuit Judge Karen
Hall agreed and granted the change of venue. Gardner said he
expects the trial to last about three weeks. Albarran is accused of
fatally shooting Golden on Aug. 29, 2005, in the parking lot of a
Mexican restaurant/store in Huntsville. Golden was answering a
domestic violence call at the business. The prosecution is seeking
the death penalty. If Albarran is convicted, he could be sentenced
to execution by lethal injection or life in prison without a
possibility of parole.
Jacksonville council takes flak over
possible JSU donation
As members of the Jacksonville City Council
continue to mull over a request from Jacksonville State University
for a 100 thousand dollar donation to their capitol improvements
fund, the council was faced Monday night with concerns from several
citizens who voiced concerns that the money could be better used to
improve other important areas in the city. Mayor Johnny Smith said
Monday night that the residents expressed some good points. Smith
said he personally opposes the donation, however he said it appears
that a majority of the council feels differently. The council will
meet with JSU officials on February 14th at the
Jacksonville community center to further discuss the donation. Two
of the five council members are employees of the university.
2 Arrested after bogus drug raid
Etowah county officials say they have arrested
two men who posed as narcotics officers and raided a house last
week. 46 year old Billy Estes, and 25 year old Jeremy Holderfield,
were both charged with impersonating a police officer after they
identified themselves as narcotics officers and searched a house on
Forrest Avenue in Gadsden Thursday night. In the search, the men
allegedly took two weapons and about 40 oxycodone pills. The two
men also face first-degree theft of property and unlawful possession
of a controlled substance. Investigators said the impersonation was
discovered when the people who lived at the house went to the drug
enforcement unit office Friday with questions about the items that
were taken in the bogus raid.
Jacksonville Elderly Housing
Jacksonville City Council members heard the
first reading Monday night for a proposed rezoning of property
along Gardner Drive and Lynn Drive to allow construction of housing
for the elderly. Tommy Ward, director of development for
Florence-based Gateway Construction told the council in a public
hearing on the request that his company recently received $200,000
in grants for construction of the project. Gateway is proposing to
build some 46 apartment units on 10 acres for residents 55 and
older. Mayor Johnny Smith said there is a need in Jacksonville.
Ward said that the housing is aimed at residents who receive 50 to
60 percent of the median income in Calhoun County.
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