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Headlines from Alabama 810 News
in Calhoun County
As workers move into the gulf coast
today to assess damage from Hurricane Gustav, residents who
evacuated from the storms path anxiously await news on
when they can return to their homes. Hundreds of evacuees landed in
Calhoun County to wait out the storm. Hotels reported they were
full by Monday evening and an oxford shelter had to make more room
as they exceed the 100 evacuees they were initially set up to
accommodate. Officials say the hardest hit area was south of new
Orleans, and it may be several days before power is restored and
debris removed so residents may return to their homes. There was
some good news, the category three hurricane skirted to the west of
New Orleans, leaving only minor flooding and some wind damage in the
city that had been devastated by hurricane Katrina just three years
ago. Officials expect residents of new Orleans to begin returning
to their homes as early as today or Wednesday.
Cherokee County shooting
Authorities in Cherokee
County say that a long and exhaustive 14 month multi-jurisdictional
investigation has led to the arrest of a suspect for the attempted
murder of a Cherokee county woman. 49 year old Danny Thomas
Chandler, of Collinsville has been charged with Attempted Murder.
The charges stem from a July 31, 2007 incident where it is alleged
that Chandler shot Loretta Gilbert while she was traveling South on
U.S. Hwy 411 in Leesburg on a 3 wheeled motorcycle. Shortly after
the shooting, Leesburg Police Chief Terrell Ransum and Cherokee
County Sheriff Jeff Shaver put together a task force of
investigators to work on this case. Chandler is currently being held
in the Cherokee County Detention Center on a $250,000 Cash Bond.
Drug bust in Oxford
A Tennessee man is
facing drug charges after police recovered 132 pounds of marijuana
during a routine traffic stop on interstate 20. The Oxford police
departments Criminal Interdiction Unit pulled over a 2008 Chrysler
Sebring Friday afternoon for a minor traffic violation. While
talking to the driver, the officer detected a strong smell of
marijuana. 41 year old Roy Hamilton, of Nashville, Tenn., was
taken into custody and charged with possession of cannabis. Hamilton
is being held on a three hundred thousand dollar bond.
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