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  • Four facing burglary charges in Coldwater
  • Alcohol referendum in Cleburne and Randolph
  • More drama in Etowah County bingo
  • Fuel shortage in Calhoun County
  • McClellan development
  • Drug bust in Pell City


Arrests in Coldwater burglary 

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 Officials said some cash was also withdrawn at an ATM in front of the Winn-Dixie on Highway 431 after the purse was stolen.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.



Alcohol referendum 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.


Etowah 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 Calhoun County 

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.


McClellan development 

Calhoun County 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.


Pell 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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