Thursday, Jul 24, 2014

Calhoun County Judge, Bud Turner, has sentenced 27 year-old Brandon Omar Williams, to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Williams was found guilty in May, for attempting to murder a Hobson City man, in 2013. The district attorney’s office pressed for the sentence, based on Williams’ numerous previous convictions, which include charges of drug possession and third-degree burglary.
 
The Etowah County Rescue Squad will hold an open house from 9am to 3pm this Saturday at the squad’s building on 911 Black Creek Parkway. Captain Mike Bettis invites visitors to enjoy free food and drink, see the squad’s equipment and talk to members about how it is used and maintained. Local band Mystic Window will provide entertainment, and there will be a K-9 team demonstration. Friday, Bettis said Fox 6 chief meteorologist J.P. Dice will be at the rescue squad building from 2pm to 6pm to program weather radios.
 
Jacksonville State University could be expanding. University leaders are discussing the possible purchase of neighboring land and extending the perimeter of the campus. The property is located just north of Alabama 204 and west of Alabama 21. On Monday, JSU trustees discussed making the purchase for $250 thousand dollars, though no vote was taken. Representatives say the land may be used to protect the university's borders or for future growth.
 
The Gadsden City Council race has lost another candidate. David Williams, who previously qualified for the District 5 council race, dropped out. The change leaves only 3 candidates in District 5. They include incumbent Bill Stewart, Gloria Allenstein and Billy Billingsley Sr.  Williams is the 2nd candidate to drop out, as Derrick Munson recently withdrew from the District 2 race. The city election will be held on August 26th.
 
A Gadsden man gave chase on Tuesday night, following a home invasion on Alabama Avenue. The man told police that he was watching TV, when two men came in his front door, demanding money and brandishing a firearm. The men took his cell phone and house keys and left. That’s when the man chased the suspects to a residence on Malone street. When police arrived, the men had fled the scene.
 
Two Pensacola residents have died following a plane crash in South Alabama. Authorities identified the victims as 67-year-old Dean Legidakes and 15-year-old Marli McManus. The Great Lakes 2T1 bi-plane crashed in a deeply wooded swamp in Lillian, located in Baldwin County. The FAA is expected to arrive in South Alabama for the investigation later today.
 
The McClellan Development Authority agreed to spend $100 thousand dollars on Wednesday, to cover demolition and road projects at McClellan. The Authority will spend about $58 thousand dollars on engineering services for upgrades to Eglin Avenue. The Authority also voted to spend another $50 thousand dollars to extend demolition work that began earlier this year.

SPORTS!

 
Freddie Freeman, who’s had trouble all year with Miami pitching broke loose last night. Freeman hit a three-run homer, Ervin Santana won his second straight start and the Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 6-1 on Wednesday night.
 
C.J. Mosley is eager to hit, and win with the Baltimore Ravens. The former Theodore High School standout played on Alabama's 2011 and 2012 BCS national championship teams. Baltimore hosts the San Francisco 49ers on August 7th.
 
Georgia has dismissed sophomore defensive lineman Johnathan Taylor following arrest on assault charges. Taylor is out of jail, but off the Georgia football team. Bulldogs coach Mark Richt dismissed him Wednesday, a day after his arrest for a dispute with his girlfriend.