A single train locomotive derailed on East Meighan Boulevard early Thursday about 2:55am near the north end of the Goodyear plant. The locomotive blocked two lanes of southbound East Meighan traffic. Gadsden police directed traffic while a crane cleared the road. The crane was able to lift the locomotive and put it back on the tracks by 8:55am. Then, it was able to back up under its own power and clear East Meighan.
Brandon Roach, 20, of Boaz, is now being charged with murder after a passenger in a vehicle he was driving, while allegedly intoxicated, was killed a single-vehicle crash at 6pm on Sand Valley Road about 10 miles west of Attalla. Roach is currently being held in the Etowah County jail on a $50,000 bond. State Troopers say Roach was driving a car that left the road and hit an embankment Monday night. The passenger, Joanie Amanda Patterson, 24, also of Boaz, died in the wreck.
Regional Medical Center is cutting back. Intensive care at RMC Jacksonville, and the obstetrics services will be merged with the main hospital in Anniston. RMC officials did not say how many employees the move will affect. The news release stated that federal spending cuts and reductions in the reimbursement rates for Medicare and Medicaid, has forced the nonprofit hospital to seek ways to increase efficiency.
Senator Scott Beason (R-Gardendale) is taking his fight against Common Core to the state school superintendent's office. Beason has introduced a bill to make Alabama's School Superintendent an elected position. Beason said Superintendent Tommy Bice's support for Common Core is a part of his push for an elected superintendent. Bice, meanwhile, told opponents of Common Core that the Alabama State Department of Education controls their standards. Beason believes Common Core could lower standards in Alabama.
An unidentified woman, leaving a business Wednesday night in Gadsden, had her 2011 Toyota Camry stolen at gunpoint. According to Gadsden police, the car-jacking occurred about 7 p.m. in the 400 block of Ewing Avenue. A woman had closed up for the night and was walking to her car. She was approached by a man who pointed a handgun at her and demanded her keys and purse, which contained credit cards, cash, a checkbook and cellphone. The cellphone was later later found by the road. The investigation continues.
Michael Adam Maddox, 31, Cedar Bluff, is missing and was last seen around 10pm on Sunday, February 16th at the Riverside Campground on County Road 131 in Cedar Bluff. The Cedar Bluff Police Department is asking for your help in finding Maddox. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Michael Adam Maddox, call Cedar Bluff Police Department at 256-779-6835.
Alabama landed its eighth commitment for the 2015 recruiting class when Dadeville High School defensive end Anfernee Jennings announced his commitment to the Crimson Tide on Twitter on Thursday.
The JSU football team began its spring practice Thursday with a new head coach and a new staff of assistants. Head coach John Grass said despite the weather, the first day of his first spring practice as JSU’s head coach “could not have been much better.”
There were 27 fans in the gallery when Tiger Woods teed off on the eighth hole Thursday, most other fans having long left Doral because of an afternoon downpour. The world’s #1 player is struggling - again - and is five back at suspended Doral.