Friday, Jul 31, 2015

Justin Blake Shirey, 25, and Dustin Ray Harris, 22, both of Talladega, were arrested Thursday and charged with second-degree robbery and first-degree kidnapping, both felonies. Matthew Fontanez, a 22-year-old man who is legally blind, was waiting on a bus early Tuesday morning to take him to his job at Alabama Industries for the Blind. Shirey and Harris allegedly kidnapped Fontanez, drove him to another location; beat him, robbed him of his wallet and cell phone and left him alone. A passerby saw Fontanez and stopped to help and call police. Bonds were set at $500,000 for both suspects.
Thursday, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) said new programs, including online driver license renewals, will reduce waiting and save money. System improvements were implemented about four months ago for a trial period to work out any kinks. So far, over 10,000 residents have renewed their license online at or one of 10 kiosks at driver license offices across the state. You can also schedule an appointment for services at one of ALEA's Driver License Examining Offices online to help ensure they don't have to wait in line very long.
James Michael Grissom, 40, of Birmingham, drown in the pool at Camp Sumatanga Wednesday. Saint Clair County authorities responded to a possible drowning at the camp in Gallant. Grissom was at the swimming pool were apparently two lifeguards were on duty. One of the lifeguards noticed Grissom face down in the pool. He was pulled from the water and CPR was begun. He was then transported to St. Vincent's East and pronounced dead. The Saint Clair County Sheriff's Office is investigating.
Joyce Hardin Garrard, 50, of Boaz, who was convicted earlier this year of capital murder in the running death of her 9 year old granddaughter, is challenging that conviction. Etowah County Circuit Judge Billy Ogletree has delayed a hearing for Garrard and says he will consider her request for a new trial on October 5th. A hearing in the case had been scheduled for today but is delayed on a joint request from prosecutors and Garrard's new defense lawyers.
Billy Douglas, the Ranburne man presumed drowned in Lake Wedowee, was stabbed the night before he disappeared. Cleburne County authorities reported Thursday that Douglas was stabbed at about 8:45pm on July 12th in a fight on the river as he was helping in the search for a missing girl. The incident is still under investigation but the girl’s drowning, the stabbing and his disappearance are not believed to be related. Douglas was with two others in a boat and both say that Douglas jumped into the water and did not re-surface. The search continues since last Monday.
Teresa Pruitt, 31, of Gadsden, died in a car wreck near Walnut Grove on Highway 278 West, Wednesday at 11:22pm. Pruitt was traveling west in a 1998 Ford Ranger when she veered into the oncoming lane of traffic and struck a chicken feed truck head on. The accident happened near mile marker 116. It took about 20 minutes to extricate Pruitt from the truck. She died Thursday at a Gadsden hospital.




Ohio State senior Braxton Miller has bowed out of the Buckeyes' three-man quarterback competition and plans to focus on playing wide receiver in his final season of eligibility, Miller told Sports Illustrated on Thursday.


Clayton Kershaw lost a perfect-game bid in the seventh inning but went on to record 11 K's in a three-hit shutout of the Mets and extend his scoreless streak to 29 innings. Kershaw led Los Angeles to a 3-0 victory against New York on Thursday night.


In an offseason during which Tom Brady was suspended for his alleged role in Deflategate, merchandise sales for the New England Patriots quarterback have been the highest in the NFL, according to a list released Thursday by NFL Players Inc.