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Headlines from Alabama 810 News
Fire rescue in
Cedar Bluff elections
police officer injured after traffic stop
Fire rescue in
rescued an elderly woman and her grandchild Tuesday from their
Golden Springs home. When firefighters arrived at the home on Old
Mill Road in Golden Springs they found smoke billowing out a
bedroom and all of the doors dead-bolted. Firefighters broke
through the back door glass to gain entry into the home. The woman
and child were treated on scene and were not injured. The fire was
contained to a single bedroom, which sustained moderate fire damage.
Light smoke damaged the rest of the home. Investigators believe a
malfunction in a box fan may have been the cause.
Cedar Bluff elections
The Alabama Supreme Court has ordered
that state Circuit Judge William H. Rhea III of Etowah
County hear the lawsuit filed against the town of Cedar Bluff
contesting the municipal election held Aug. 26. Circuit judges in
Cherokee County recused themselves from the case because lawyer Evan
Smith, a candidate for Town Council, represents clients who appear
them in Circuit Court. Candidates Tim Miller, Donald Sanders, Steve
Lay and Ethel Sprouse, who were running for mayor or council seats,
also are named as defendants. The lawsuit, which was filed by Jimmy
Wallace, Billie Burkhalter and Lenora McWhorter, asks that a new
election be held or alleged illegal votes be tossed out. Questions
have arisen about how absentee ballots were handled. Those votes
would change who is in the runoff for mayor with Sprouse. She now
faces Lay, in the runoff scheduled for Oct. 7. Burkhalter, who is in
a runoff with Smith, would win her council race outright, if
absentee ballots are not counted. McWhorter would win instead of
Sanders in her race for council if absentee votes are disqualified.
Sprouse and Smith have filed motions asking that the lawsuit be
dismissed. A hearing date on the case has not been set.
A Childersburg police officer was
injured in a drive-away incident at a safety checkpoint near Eighth
and Sixth avenues Southwest in Childersburg in the early morning
hours on Saturday. Sgt. Jamie Hammond suffered road rash injuries to
his arms and knees after being dragged alongside a red Chevy Beretta
for 20 to 30 yards at about 1:50 a.m. Saturday, said
Police Chief Charles Brown. Hammond was running a regular safety
checkpoint when he approached Childersburg resident Jeffrey Morris,
who was driving the Beretta. Hammond saw a weapon lying in the back
seat of the vehicle when he reached for Morris’ identification, and
Morris allegedly grabbed the officer and hit the accelerator,
releasing him about 30 yards down the road. A high-speed chase
followed, in which Morris led police all the way through Sylacauga
and almost to the county line before they were able to pull him over
and arrest him. Morris is being charged with assault in the second
degree and driving under the influence of alcohol, Brown said.
Second-degree assault is a Class C felony, punishable upon
conviction with imprisonment for one year and one day up to 10 years
and a fine not exceeding $5,000. Morris had his first hearing Monday
morning and bond was set at $50,000. Hammond was treated at Coosa
Valley Medical Center and has been released.
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