Monday, Mar 30, 2015

Montarious Jarrod Hill, 18, and Darius Keiseankemp Carter, 18, both of Anniston, have been arrested in connection with a fatal March 14th shooting in downtown Gadsden, and police say another person involved may be arrested soon. The two were charged with capital murder Monday and are being held in the Etowah County Jail on $100,000 bond each. Four people were wounded around midnight Saturday, March 14th outside ClubStatus on Broad Street. Anthony Hale Jr., 17, died of a head wound. Three juveniles were also wounded.
 
Two house fires in Oxford Monday kept firefighters busy. The two fires were unrelated.
The first blaze occurred at a home on Pauline Street, at 4:44am and the second fire was also a residence on Hale Street near downtown Oxford, at 7:43am. Both homes were heavily damaged by the fires. Oxford fire officials said that the second fire was started by a space heater located too close to flammable material in a back bedroom of the house. Both fires are still under investigation, there were no injuries in either fire.
 
The city of Weaver, according to Mayor Wayne Willis, is planning to spend $200,000 to construct a new community center which will replace the city's current senior center. Weaver senior citizens use a small house at present that was moved from private property to the city park in the 1970’s. The director of the senior citizens center, Anna Warren, said the group is ready for the new facility. Weaver has just over $100,000 available and is looking to the Calhoun County Commission for the remainder of the money. The new building could be open by fall.
 
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is coming to Gadsden and is seeking construction bids for a less than 5000 square foot store at 504 East Meighan Boulevard. Krispy Kreme has 11 stores in Alabama but not one in northeast Alabama. The doughnut chain opened in 1937 and is headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It opened its 1,000th store in February.
 
At the meeting of the Gadsden City Council Tuesday, it was made public that Koch Foods in Gadsden will be expanding. The company, which added 80 jobs last October, will be adding 70 more to its chicken processing plant in East Gadsden. The council approved non-education tax incentives for Koch, which will invest $7.5 million more in the plant. The new jobs will add $1.89 million to Koch's payroll. Koch currently employs 585 and bought the plant from Tyson in 2007.
 
Monday, the Jacksonville city council postponed a vote on new regulations for payday loan businesses, pawn shops and title loan stores in Jacksonville. The council decided to seek a bill from the Alabama legislature to regulate predatory lending practices. The council wants legislators to require title loan and payday loan businesses to check borrowers' credit and avoid charging high interest rates.
 

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The Seattle Seahawks plan to re-sign defensive tackle Jesse Williams after waiving the former Alabama standout on March 6th. Seattle general manager John Schneider said the Seahawks needed to rework Williams' contract after he spent his first two NFL seasons on the injured-reserve list.
 
Tony Barbee, Auburn’s former basketball coach has removed his name from consideration at Nevada, where the school is looking for a new head coach. Barbee will remain on Kentucky's bench as mentor John Calipari's special assistant.
 
NFL owners have voted to give a third party power to stop a game if a player appears disoriented. The league announced Tuesday that the owners voted to allow a certified athletic trainer at each stadium to call a medical timeout if a player appears to be disoriented.