Tuesday, Sep 2, 2014

Everett Leon Stout, 72, of Scottsboro, and Miriam Claire Shultz, 67, of Rainsville, have been charged with first degree attempted theft of property, first degree extortion, and 13 counts of first degree attempted extortion, all felonies. The couple, who were charged last year in connection with a sovereign citizens' campaign, face additional charges in what police say was an extortion scheme that tried to bilk money from several businesses. Oxford Police said Stout is in the Oxford City Jail on $510,000 bond. Shultz is at large.
 
Funeral arrangements have been announced for 13-year-old Jalin Puckett of Pell City who died Thursday after collapsing at school. Friends and family will gather for a memorial today, at 5 p.m. at the Pell City Center for Education and Performing Arts, located at 120 Williamson Drive in Pell City. His funeral will follow the memorial service.
 
According to Alabama Community College System Chancellor Mark Heinrich, Gadsden State Community College vice president Dr. Valerie Richardson, has been appointed to serve as the interim president of Chattahoochee Valley Community College in Phenix City. The announcement follows the resignation of CVCC President, Dr. D. Glen Cannon. Chattahoochee Valley Community College serves students in Barbour, Bullock, Chambers, Lee, and Russell counties as well as Muscogee County, Georgia.
 
Following moves in at least two other states, a proposed amendment to the Alabama Constitution would make owning firearms a fundamental right, and measures to control weapons would have to pass the toughest review by state courts. Residents will vote in November on the proposal, sponsored by Rep. Mike Jones (R-Andalusia). He called the amendment a dose of caution should federal gun protections erode or should Alabama politicians try to enact overreaching gun control measures.
 
Weaver police are warning of scammers posing as police officers to steal from you.
The scammer calls and says they are with the "Financial Crimes Unit” and claims to be calling about a bad check, an old fine, child support payments or maybe a loan that was never paid. They then say the only way to stop an officer from coming to arrest you and take you to jail is to pay $400 immediately. Some police departments do have "financial crimes units,” but they don't call citizens and threaten to arrest them unless they send money. If you get a similar call, the best thing to do is to hang up.
 
That large alligator caught by an Alabama family near Montgomery has broken a world record. Members of the Safari Club International examined the alligator and say it weighed 1,000 pounds and was 15 feet, 9 inches long. The alligator was 13 inches longer than the organization’s previous record. It was caught and killed by the Stokes family, who battled it for more than five hours.
 

SPORTS

 
Coach Nick Saban said Monday that Alabama lost a pair of veteran starters in its season-opening win over West Virginia Saturday. Jarrick Williams, a senior defensive back will miss four weeks with a fractured foot, and DeAndrew White, another senior wide receiver, will miss two weeks with a shoulder injury.
 
Auburn got a little bit of everything in its 45-21 victory against Arkansas on Saturday. The Tigers' offense looked strong and more versatile, but the defense, especially in the first half, was lacking before adjustments on the field led to a great second-half performance.
 
Jacksonville State is no stranger to stepping out of the Football Championship Subdivision to take on a FBS foe. But the Gamecocks must to have had higher hopes for their season opener. JSU fell to #8 Michigan State 48-7 on Friday in East Lansing, Michigan.