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burglary charges in Coldwater
referendum in Cleburne and Randolph
More drama in
in Calhoun County
Drug bust in
Four people are facing burglary
charges after being captured within an hour of burglarizing a
coldwater home Wednesday morning. According to the sheriffs
department reports, The burglary victim was at home when she heard a
truck pull up to the front of her house and several people get out.
They knocked at her door, paused and kicked the door in. One of
them grabbed her purse from a table in the living room before
getting in the truck and driving off. The victim carefully called
the Sheriff's Office giving a complete detailed description of the
truck. Deputy Don Hamilton spotted the suspect at the intersection
of Highway 431 and Lenlock Lane and pulled the vehicle
over. Three women and a man were charged with varying degrees of
burglary. The thieves had taken an ATM card out of the victim's
purse before setting it on fire on the side of the road. Officials
said some cash was also withdrawn at an ATM in front of the
Winn-Dixie on Highway 431 after the purse was stolen. Officials said
that The home was apparently targeted because two of the women had
visited the house to pick up some cast-off furniture and other items
being given away during the remodeling of the victim's home. 31 year
old Phillip Stevens, 24 year old Crystal Gentry, and 23 year old
Sheila Bernice Keener, all of Anniston, were arrested and charged
with second-degree burglary. 26 year old Jenny Denice Turner, of
Anniston, was charged with third-degree burglary.
in Cleburne and Randolph Counties
While an effort for an alcohol
referendum in Clay County has failed, Cleburne and
Randolph counties will be given a chance to vote on legal alcohol
sales in the Nov. 4 General election. Petitioners in both counties
collected the signatures of 25% of the registered voters who voted
in the last general election to get the issues on the ballot. Clay
County Probate Judge George Ingram said petitioners seeking to place
the issue on the ballot in clay county called to inform him they had
not collected enough names. Cleburne County Since 1971 has allowed
the sale of certain types of alcohol in the county, as long as beer
is "nonrefrigerated" and all liquor and wine is sold at Alcoholic
Beverage Control Board stores. An organization called Citizens for a
Better Randolph County organized the petition movement there.
Currently, The sale of any kind of alcoholic beverage in Randolph
County is illegal.
County bingo saga continues
The Etowah County Commission issued a
press release Wednesday afternoon accusing State Attorney General
Troy King of violating his departments own policy. Etowah County
CEO Patrick Simms said the criticism involves Kings recent opinion
on electronic bingo in Etowah County. King issued an
opinion Friday following a request by Representative Craig Ford.
Commission members say they have learned that King is about to
release a second opinion as requested by Senator Larry Means. Simms
said he has been told that this second AG’s opinion was drafted on
behalf of a Birmingham-based political action group.
Fuel shortage in
Fuel availability has become a problem
with Calhoun County. Commissioners were told Thursday
that the lack of gasoline has caused problems in both the county
road department as well as the sheriffs department. A local
gasoline distributor told commissioners Thursday that the majority
of gasoline delivered thru the pipeline at the Murphy oil terminal
in oxford is being trucked out of the area and in many cases out of
the state while local supplies remain scarce. County commissioner
Robert Downey said the fuel problems raises concerns. Downing said
it not only causes problems because of the lack of gas, but it also
is having an impact on the local economy as the stations without gas
are suffering from retail sales as well.
commissioners are still waiting on Army approval of documents that
would give the commission access to more than $200 million in
unexploded ordnance cleanup funds at the former fort McClellan. The
commission needs the money so that it can pay contractors doing
cleanup work at McClellan. Meanwhile the commission is continuing
to discuss creation of a new land use authority to oversee McClellan
development. As the city of Anniston is considering taking action
for the city to control the development effort, County commission
chairman Eli Henderson is hoping the city will join the county in
the development effort.
Some city officials may agree, it does not sit well with
Anniston councilman Ben Little. The McClellan development offices at
McClellan will be relocating because of environmental problems in
their current location at the headquarters building. They will be
relocating to another building on the McClellan campus.
City drug bust
Authorities have arrested 18 people in
an undercover drug roundup. Most of the individuals arrested lived
in or around Pell City. Three arrests were made in the
Lincoln area. Suspects arrested Wednesday night were indicted by a
St. Clair County grand jury two weeks ago.
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