Monday, Dec 22, 2014
The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals refused to dismiss a capital murder charge filed by Joyce Hardin Garrard’s defense lawyers because she allegedly has been denied a speedy trial. Garrard faces the capital murder charge in the death of her 9-year-old granddaughter, Savannah Hardin in 2012. Garrard is accused of making Hardin run for hours because she had lied about eating candy. Savannah died in Birmingham three days later. Garrard has been jailed since her arrest in March 2012. Her trial originally was set for June, but was continued to September.

Thomas Owen Cline, 57, of Gadsden was killed in a collision Tuesday at 11:40pm at the 221-mile marker on I-59, according to Fort Payne police. Cline was driving a Freightliner owned by Tyson Foods that collided with a Ford van driven by Enrique Petino, 45, of Dalton, Georgia. Cline was pronounced dead at the scene. ALDOT closed the interstate at the wreck site from 2am till 6am. The Fort Payne police are investigating; the cause has not been determined.

The Etowah County Rescue Squad has discovered dive equipment missing from the squad building on Black Creek Road. The Gadsden police reported, a 7mm wet suit, diving mask, diving gloves, regulator,  breathing device, a 400 lumen light, diving accessories, an air tank, depth and pressure gauge, 8- and 5-pound weight bags, and a compensator have been stolen. The equipment was last accounted for on June 1st. The listed items may be marked with the initials ECRS.

Ashley Michelle Reeves, 21, of Childersburg and Nancy Nichols, 35, of Sylacauga were killed in a single-vehicle crash in Talladega County. Alabama State Troopers said the crash happened at 1:45pm Wednesday. The women were traveling on Santa Rosa Lane, two miles south of Sylacauga. The 1995 Toyota Camry, driven by Reeves, left the road, overturned and hit a tree. Nichols, the front seat passenger, wasn't wearing her seatbelt, authorities said. A third person in the vehicle was airlifted to UAB Hospital. No other information was available on that victim.

A Christmas tradition continued in Anniston this week. Christmas Cheer, an annual program in which Depot workers buy toys for children in foster homes, culminated with the traditional delivery at the Calhoun County Department of Human Resources. The toys were loaded up on trucks and bicycles were lined up on one trailer before being brought to DHR. Depot workers - many of them in costume helped DHR workers unload the toys so they can be kept in the DHR building until they're delivered to the families.

Don Siegelman's request to get out of prison was denied while he continues to appeal his 2006 bribery conviction. U.S. District Judge Clay Land of Georgia said while Siegelman raised "significant issues that deserve serious consideration," he believes the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is unlikely to grant the former governor a new trial or a significantly reduced sentence. Siegelman, 68, has been serving a six and one-half-year sentence at a Louisiana prison camp.

JSU's Devaunte Sigler and Max Holcombe were named to the AP Football Championship Subdivision All-America team Wednesday. Sigler was named to the second-team defense, while Holcombe was named to the second-team offense.

Carolina coach Ron Rivera said Cam Newton is "on target" to play Sunday. Newton said he's pain-free and ready to play. But that doesn't mean Newton will play Sunday when the Panthers host the Cleveland Browns in game crucial to Carolina's playoff chances.

Blake Bortles revived a stagnant offense. Jordan Todman provided some cushion with a big run. And Sen'Derrick Marks sealed the victory with the most rewarding sack of his career. The trio highlighted the Jacksonville Jaguars' 21-13 victory over the Tennessee Titans on TNF.