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Headlines from Alabama 810 News
- Murder suspect surrenders
- Etowah legislators disagree on lodging
- Cherokee drug bust
Murder suspect surrenders
Anniston police say that a A 19-year-old man
sought since Friday in last Thursdays shooting on another Anniston
teen surrendered Tuesday afternoon. Courtney Elston of Anniston has
been charged with capital murder in the shooting death of 19 year
old Andre Patterson, of Anniston. Investigators say that they
believe Elston shot and killed Patterson as he rode on Gurnee Avenue
between 28th and 30th streets following an altercation between some
time earlier, near where the shooting occurred.
Etowah legislators disagree on lodging tax
Two Etowah county legislators are at odds over
legislation to increase the counties lodging tax. Rep. Craig Ford,
introduced legislation last week that would change the current
$1.50-per-night room surcharge for motels and campgrounds in the
county to a 3 percent lodging tax to fund the operation and
construction of a sports megacomplex. Senator Larry Means, of
Attalla, said he has questions about Ford’s bill and will not allow
it to become law. Means has drafted legislation this week that
makes substantial changes in Ford’s bill. He said he hopes the other
members of the delegation will be willing to support his changes.
Both bills would put promoting tourism in the county in the hands of
a new Etowah County Tourism Board, with tourism funding now going to
the Etowah County Commission being redirected to the new board. The
new board also would receive funding that goes to the existing
board. The tourism board received about $120,000 last year from a
county lodging tax, and the County Commission received about $68,000
in lodging tax funds. Adding another 3 percent county lodging tax
would bring in a projected $360,000.
The primary difference in the two bills is Ford’s bill requires the
board to build and operate a sports complex while Means’ bill
authorizes studying the issue before making a decision. Means said
Ford’s bill is “too open-ended” and he could not support it. Rep.
Jack Page, D-Gadsden, said he supports Means’ proposed bill because
it centralizes tourism functions in one agency and because it sets
up a study group for the best use of tourist dollars and doesn’t
require a sports megacomplex.
Cherokee drug bust
Cherokee county authorities say they discovered
At least two methamphetamine labs Tuesday when officers from the
Cherokee County Narcotics Unit, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office
and Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board raided different
locations in the New Moon community. Agents with the Alabama Bureau
of Investigation were called to respond with a hazardous materials
trailer to remove chemicals found at both locations. A large
quantity of methamphetamine along with marijuana was also recovered
from each location. Arrests included 52 year old Danny Ray Cavin,
23 year old Dusty Ray Cavin, 28 year old Lewis Arthur Grace Jr.,
all of Gaylesville, and 44 year old Sidney Northrup, of Fort
Payne. The charges ranged from distribution of a controlled
substance, manufacture of a controlled substance and distribution of
marijuana to possession of a controlled substance.
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