Tuesday, Apr 28, 2015

Vicky Ryan, 46, of Gadsden, an Etowah County Rescue Squad member, drown in Big Wills Creek during a deployment while searching for a missing kayaker Saturday. Three other rescue squad members, were injured when two boats capsized during the search after getting too close to the old pump station dam and was swept over the side. Nine Rescue Squad members were thrown into the creek. Gadsden Fire Department and the Etowah County Sheriff's Office assisted in rescue efforts.

 

Terry Anthony Proctor, 29, of Piedmont, was arrested Friday after a truck was stolen in Cherokee County. The victim, traveling to work, saw his stolen truck following him on Highway 9 in Piedmont. He called law enforcement and a Calhoun County Deputy responded. The deputy attempted a traffic stop that led to a pursuit. Proctor crashed the vehicle; he then ran. The deputy arrested him but he is being charged in Cherokee County for the theft, and he had warrants in Calhoun, Cherokee, and Piedmont.

 

Dakota Brett Crandall, 25, was recovered from Big Wills Creek Sunday. He was pronounced dead at 11:12am after being lost the day before while kayaking with relatives. Rescue crews remained at the creek overnight after rescue efforts Saturday resulted in three injuries and a fatality among members of the Etowah County Rescue Squad. Crews walked the creek bank Sunday and Crandall's body was spotted near the bank in about five feet of water. Crandall went missing near an old low head dam that was once used to pump water into the Gulf States steel.

 

Adron Zachary Logan, 20, of Lineville, was killed in a two-vehicle wreck on I-20 westbound near Lincoln. Logan lost his life when the 2008 Volkswagen Jetta he was driving collided with a 2006 Volvo tractor-trailer. Logan was pronounced dead at the scene. State Troopers say Logan was not wearing his seatbelt. The driver of the truck was identified as Peter Nguyen, 37, of California.

 

The federal government's courthouse in downtown Anniston will not be auctioned off after all. The federal courthouse on Noble Street was one of a number of buildings under threat of being auctioned on May 5th. Calhoun County officials say the Feds didn't realize the money was due but have now paid the stormwater fee.

 

A fire has destroyed a Gadsden home where a woman was robbed and raped earlier this month. Firefighters were called to the home around midnight Friday. The blaze destroyed the building. Three assailants broke into the home April 13th and robbed the homeowner. Police said one of the suspects also raped the victim. The teenage assailant was subsequently shot and killed. Authorities said the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

 

SPORTS!

 

The Dallas Mavericks avoided elimination with a 121-109 victory over the Houston Rockets on Sunday night. Dallas cut Houston's lead to 3-1 in the first-round series. Game 5 is Tuesday night in Houston.

 

Ryan Howard hit his second homer in two games, leading the Philadelphia Phillies past the Atlanta Braves 5-4 on Sunday. The Braves open a three-game series today against Washington.

 

The past six months of Kurt Busch's life have been tumultuous as he faced a domestic violence charge. With that now behind him, his dominant victory Sunday was one of his proudest moments. Busch lead 291 laps in the Richmond victory.