Wednesday, Jul 1, 2015

The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office is requesting your help identifying a suspect in a burglary of a residence north of Cedar Bluff last week. Pictures of the suspect can be seen on the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect in the pictures please contact the Sheriff’s Office through the website, Facebook, or by calling the tip line at 256-927-9999.
 
Governor Robert Bentley believes religious freedom is in danger in Alabama since the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide. The Governor has assembled a team of legal experts to assess the dangers to religious liberty by the High Court’s decision. Several Supreme Court justices warned of the ruling’s potential negative impact on religious liberty. Even Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr., who argued the case for the Obama administration, admitted, “It’s certainly going to be an issue. I don’t deny that.”
 
The Etowah County Sheriff's Department and the local EMA seized equipment Thursday from the Etowah County Rescue Squad. Citing federal regulations regarding use of the equipment the Squad lost spotlights, thermal imaging equipment and two trailers filled with various rescue equipment. It’s the latest misfortune for the rescue squad, which has been working in the county for more than 50 years.
 
According to Gadsden police, a man stopped an assault outside Johnson's Giant Foods in East Gadsden, Monday. The assailant held a woman at knifepoint in the parking lot about 8pm. The woman said he threatened to kill her and dump her body in Georgia. An unidentified man intervened and told the assailant to stop. While distracted, the woman was able to get away from the assailant, who then confronted the good Samaritan. He told the assailant to stop or he would "drop him." The assailant fled the scene. Police are investigating.
 
JSU President William “Bill” Meehan’s term ended Tuesday after nearly 16 years. Dr. Meehan has served Jacksonville State University for 40 years total. 59-year-old John Beehler, the former dean of business at Pittsburgh’s Robert Morris University, will succeed Meehan today as the 12th president of JSU since the school opened in 1883. The JSU board of trustees named Beehler in May.
 
Jupiter and Venus may have been getting all the attention for last night, but there's another celestial event that's creating its own buzz. Tuesday night's moon took on a reddish hue. Why? Well, just blame Canada. According to the National Weather Service in Huntsville, large wildfires in the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan have sent plumes of smoke to the U.S. While the smoke should remain in the higher atmosphere and not affect air quality, it is giving the moon a rosy glow.
 

 SPORTS!

 
White Sox pitcher Chris Sale has struck out at least 10 for the 8th straight game, matching the best run in major league history. Sale did it Tuesday in a 2-1, 11-inning win over the Cardinals. Boston’s Pedro Martinez struck out 10 in 8 straight starts in 1999.
 
Jordan Zimmermann took a shutout into the eighth inning and the Nationals beat Atlanta 6-1 on Tuesday night to continue their season-long dominance of the division rivalry. The NL East-leading Nationals have won nine straight games against the Braves.
 
The New Orleans Pelicans and Anthony Davis have agreed to terms on a mammoth 5 year contract extension estimated at nearly $145 million that should become the league's richest when it goes into effect starting with the 2016-17 season.