Kenny Wayne Holdbrooks, 42, and Michael Shane Mims, 44, both of Boaz, have been arrested and charged with burglary, according to Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin. Holdbrooks and Mims are each charged with one count of third degree burglary, a felony. The duo allegedly broke into a home on Robinson Road in Gallant, on November 28th. Holdbrooks was booked into the Etowah County Jail and later released on $2,500 bond. Mims is being held in jail on for a probation violation and $2,500 bond.
Alabama State troopers responded to a tractor trailer fire on I-20 westbound in St. Clair County early Tuesday morning. All lanes of I-20 were initially closed down but, after several hours, reopened to traffic. The tractor trailer burned at the 152 mile marker past the Brompton exit and before the Leeds exit. There is no word on any injuries. The incident is under investigation by Alabama State Troopers.
Alabama State Troopers report that 11 people died in traffic accidents over the Thanksgiving holiday. Troopers investigated eight fatal crashes between November 27th and midnight December 1st. The crashes occurred in Russell, Madison, Crenshaw, Walker, Autauga, Barbour, Pickens and Talladega counties. In three of the incidents alcohol was a factor and seven of the 11 were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crashes. In 2012, 5 deaths occurred during the same holiday travel period.
Crews are continuing to search for a Guntersville boater, who is believed to have fallen out of his boat in Marshall County. 57-year-old Jackie Neil Rowell is believed to have left a marina November 15th in his boat. He was reported missing November 25th. A day later, his boat was found floating and unattended just south of the Guntersville Lock and Dam. Marshall County Sheriff's officials say there's evidence to suggest Rowell fell out of the boat, but exactly where is unknown.
Etowah County CEO Patrick Simms could soon become the county’s personnel director. The Etowah County Commission is considering the move to save costs. Simms estimates the County could save around $50,000 by moving the job into his on an interim basis. Former Etowah County Personnel Director Jennifer Taylor was arrested in October on charges of computer tampering and resigned. The Commission could vote in January on the idea.
The EPA tweeted a success story in the renovation of an old industrial site. EPA tweeted: “EPA in Anniston, AL leading efforts to transform post-industrial site to mixed-use develop/green space.” Chalk Line Mill property is the subject of the Tweet. After the mills demolition, arsenic, asbestos, lead-based paint and PCB’s were found. Anniston received a $200,000 Brownfields grant, and $150,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission to assist in the clean up. The property is now home to the Calhoun County Department of Human Resources facility.
Nick Saban stopped by Alabama recruit Cameron Robinson who greeted the coach with a box of Little Debbie pies. Robinson said he was doing his best to cheer up Saban following Saturday's 34-28 loss to Auburn.
Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs will discuss a new contract for coach Gus Malzahn after the season. The third-ranked Tigers (11-1) will face #5 Missouri Saturday in the SEC championship game and still has a shot at playing for the national title.
Quarterback Marcus Mariota said Tuesday he will bypass the 2014 NFL draft and return for his junior season at Oregon. Mariota accounted for 77 touchdowns in two seasons as Oregon's quarterback.