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- Drill today at Anniston Army Depot
- County defends decision on animal
- Suicide victim murder suspect
Suspect arrested in Anniston shooting
Local emergency agencies will have a chance to
hone their response skills today as they react to a simulated
accident at the Anniston Army Depot today. During the Drill,
Residents will hear the Westminster chimes on the siren system and
see emergency vehicles heading toward Jacksonville. Officials say
that in the event of an actual chemical weapons incident, residents
would hear a whoop tone. Observers from other chemical weapons
storage facilities and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the
U.S. Army and the Center for Domestic Preparedness will be on hand
to grade the annual Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness
Program drill. The drills began as a response to possible chemical
weapons storage accidents or leaks and later encompassed potential
accidents at the chemical weapons incinerator when destruction
operations began in 2003.
County defends decision on animal control
The Etowah County Commission defended its
decision to cancel its contract with the Etowah County Humane
In a press release Tuesday afternoon, the County Commission
expressed its commitment to the decision it made last month, saying
it took all necessary steps to legally terminate the contract and
that the Humane Society was fully aware of the county’s plan to
build its own shelter. Humane Society officials issued their own
press release, saying that after careful review of the contract and
correspondence from the Etowah County Commission, no breach of
contract has been committed. Simms said that the main focus of the
animal control program is to serve taxpayers and the welfare of the
The Humane Society said it adheres to the codes of the state of
Alabama. It maintains contracts with the cities of Gadsden and
Attalla. Etowah County commissioners have signed a contract with
Calhoun county to utilize the Calhoun county animal control center
while they construct their own shelter.
Suicide victim murder suspect
A Pelham man who shot himself to death Monday
in a Columbiana parking lot was wanted in the slaying of a Vestavia
Hills man. Talladega County Sheriff Jerry Studdard said the body of
32 year old William Michael Johnson, was found about 6:15 a.m. in a
Jeep Cherokee that belonged to his mother. Studdard said Johnson was
being sought in connection with a Feb. 8 shooting death in Talladega
County. He said Johnson had phoned his mother earlier Monday to say
he was going to surrender. He said a warrant was to have been issued
Monday charging Johnson with murder in connection with the fatal
shooting of 72 year old Billy Cate, of Vestavia Hills. Cate was
found dead in a tractor shed near a farm home he owned on McGowans
Ferry Road out from Talladega. Studdard said Johnson had performed
plumbing work for Cate. A fugitive task force from the U.S.
Marshal's Office had been seeking Johnson.
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