Friday, Oct 31, 2014
In Calhoun County Court Wednesday jurors in the trail of 38 year old Patrick Jason Norris of Anniston saw a videotaped interview of Norris after he had been stopped at a road police road block following what prosecutors say was Norris kidnapping two women and robbing one of them 2012. Norris is also charged with the rape and attempted murder of one of the women who was an ex girlfriend. A trial for those charges is set for November 16th in Clay County where those crimes allegedly took place. Both women testified Tuesday that Norris took them from the ex girlfriend’s home and forced them at gun point to go with him. One of the women then escaped by jumping out of a moving car but Norris then continued to a location in Clay County where the rest of the crimes are to have occurred. In Norris’s taped interview he says he suggested he and the two women go for a drive but did not force them to go. After being shot the ex girlfriend talked Norris into taking her to the hospital and that is when the two were stopped at a police road block and Norris was taken into custody.
The Oxford School Board heard a report Tuesday on the cause of the fire that destroyed a school bus on its route taking students home September 17th. That bus had just entered an Oxford neighborhood when the driver removed the students from the bus and it went up in flames. The School Systems Transportation Supervisor Wayne Caldwell along with the city’s Fire Chief Gary Sparks told School Board Members the fire was caused by a fault in the engines electrical wiring. Caldwell added the bus had passed inspection the morning before the fire. That fire was investigated by the Oxford Fire Department, the State Fire Marshal’s office and the private insurance agency that insured the bus. The investigation showed no negligence on the part of the bus driver or the school system. No one was injured in that bus fire.
The Gadsden City Council this week approved non education tax abatement for a 6 million dollar expansion at Koch Foods that is expected to add 80 jobs to the plant in early 2015. Koch officials say the expansion should be completed by January. The new jobs will add 2.16 million to the Koch Food’s payroll with each of the jobs paying around 27 thousand dollars a year plus benefits. The company currently has 505 employees and processes 2 million chickens every 5 days
The smoke in the air in Choccolocco is from a controlled burn the state forestry service is doing on state forest land preparing to re plant pines on that land. Crews began burning land along highway 9 Monday morning and moved to land along Choccolocco Road Tuesday. Forestry officials say as long as weather remains favorable the burning will probably continue through the weekend. The burns are aimed at getting rid of debris and underbrush so more longleaf pines and loblolly pines can be planted on the land.
Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver says deputies were called to the scene of a shooting early Monday morning in the Farill community where they discovered the body of Billy Ingram. The Cherokee County Major Crimes Unit then began an investigation that lead them to two suspects in Rossville, Georgia. Authorities arrested 21 year old Jeremiah Jackson and 36 year old Darrell Burgess. The men were being held in the Walker County Georgia Detention Center awaiting extradition to Cherokee County to face murder charges. No other details about the shooting have been released at this time.
The Kansas City Royals evened up the World Series with the San Francisco Giants last night with a 5 run sixth inning that lead to the 7 to 2 win. Game 3 is set for Friday night in San Francisco.
In the final week of regional play of high school football the biggest area games have Jacksonville playing Saks, Fort Payne playing Southside, Oxford taking on Chelsea, Pell City verses Valley, and Alexandria playing Anniston all with playoff positioning on the line.
The preseason media poll is out for SEC basketball and Kentucky is picked to finish atop the SEC in the coming season followed by Florida and Arkansas. Anthony Grant’s Alabama team is picked to finish 10th while Bruce Pearl’s Auburn team is picked to finish 8th.