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Headlines from Alabama 810 News
- Wellborn man charged in rape of minor
- Employee injured in foundry fire
- Low turnout expected in Tuesday run-off
- JSU cuts jobs
- Command change at Anniston Chemical
- Cleburne may vote on Cold Beer
Wellborn man charged in rape of minor
Wellborn man has been charged in connection with a home invasion
and rape of a minor. 39-year-old David Lane Blackerby was charged
with first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy. According to
investigators, Blackerby who lived next-door to the victim, admitted
his involvement to after failing a polygraph test. He is accused of
forcibly entered the victim's home around 1 a.m. July 3 and
threatening to harm her if she did not remain quiet. After engaging
in sexual acts, investigators say that Blackerby threatened to harm
the victim if she called police. He later returned to ensure the
victim had not left the house. The next morning the victim reported
the crime to her mother, who had been staying with family down the
street, who contacted the sheriffs department. The crime was
committed in the Anniston Police Jurisdiction which was abandoned by
the city earlier this month.
Employee injured in foundry fire
An early morning Fire Monday at Union Foundry
has sent a employee to the hospital with burns. Fire officials say
the fire involved a small fire in a storage tank. A unit from the
Anniston Fire Department responded the around 4:50 a.m. this morning
after a fire started in or near a tank containing a flammable mix of
Xylene and an asphalt-based chemical used to apply finish to some of
the shop's pumps and pipes. Fire crews were on the scene for a
little more than two hours. No information is available on the name
of the employee or his condition.
Low turnout expected in Tuesday run-off
Election officials say that Tommorrows
statewide primary runoff could be remembered as possibly the
worst-attended election in recent history. Emily Thompson with the
secretary of states office said between 7 and 9 percent of Alabama’s
registered voters may show up to vote. That could be as few as
200,000 of the state’s 2.8 million active and inactive voters in a
runoff that will cost taxpayers about $3 million. Tuesday will be
the third election this year for Alabama. The first was the early
presidential primary and the second was the regular June primary.
On statewide Republican ballots there are two races, president of
the Public Service Commission between Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh and
Matt Chancey, and Court of Criminal Appeals Place 1 between Beth
Kellum and Lucie McLemore.
Democrats have several runoffs in Northeast Alabama. In Etowah
County, Democrats Linda Bagley Barrett and Tina Denson seek the
revenue commissioner’s nomination. In Cherokee County, in
commission District 1, Buddy Barkley and Wade Sprouse are in a
runoff, and in commission District 3, Lanny Starr and Elbert St.
Clair are in a runoff. In Clay County there will be two democratic
runoffs. Ben Griffin and Garey Reynolds face off for Clay County
School Supt. The winner will race republican Paul W. Thompson in
November. Richard East and Johnny McVey Will Square off for the
nomination for district 3 clay county commission. The winner will
face republican Terry Meek in November. Polls will be open Tuesday
from 7am till 7pm.
JSU cuts jobs
to a five million dollar cut in it’s budget, The Jacksonville State
University Board of Trustees Monday approved cutting at least 18
jobs on the university's payroll, including 12 faculty positions.
The job cuts are expected to save the university approximately $1
million, and save an additional $468,457 in fringe benefits.
According to JSU President Bill Meehan, most of the jobs cut are
vacancies the university has decided not to fill. The trustees also
cut $1.7 million from existing operating budgets and established a "proration
reserve" account of $1.4 million. While cutting the budget, the
trustees monday authorized Meehan to negotiate with a construction
management firm to oversee a $38 million project that would renovate
the University’s football stadium and add more dormitory space. The
project is slated for completion date in July 2010. The university
plans to pay for the dormitory project with student rentals. It will
add about 400 rooms under new premiere seating at the JSU stadium.
The university plans to cover the stadium additions through its
fundraising for the capital project.
Command change at Anniston Chemical Activity
There was a change of command today at the
Anniston Chemical Activity Facility at the Anniston Army Depot. Lt.
Col. Phillip Trued, Jr. relinquished command today to Lt. Col.
Andrew M. Herbst. Lt. Col. Trued said he felt the biggest
accomplishment during his 2 year command was the final destruction
of the chemical filled rocket stockpile at the depot. Col. Trued a
native of Missouri will be retiring from the army and will continue
to make their home in Anniston. Lt. Col. Andrew Herbst becomes the
8th commander of the Anniston chemical activity facility
said he faces a huge challenge as the work continues to complete
chemical weapons destruction in Anniston. Mr. Conrad Whyne,
Director of the army chemical materials command was on hand for the
change of command. Mr. Whyne, based a the Aberdeen Proving Ground
in Maryland, had high praise for the Anniston facilities record .
The Anniston facility is expected to conclude disposal
operations in 2013.
Cleburne may vote on Cold Beer
Beer was one topic discussed this week by Cleburne County
commissioners. Commissioners discussed a possible upcoming cold
beer referendum as a movement is underway to get the necessary
number of signatures on a petition to call for a referendum during
the November elections. The referendum would ask voters to either
vote yes or no on a proposal to allow for the sale of cold beer and
the brewing of wine. At the present time Cleburne is the only
county in the state that allows for the sale of hot beer and cold
wine but not cold beer and the brewing of wine.
Cleburne County officials said that should the referendum fail,
alcohol sales in the county would simply remain as it is now.
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