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12/28/2011 – Marion County Sheriff’s Department Weekly News Report

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Marion County Sheriff’s Department Weekly News Report

1 – DC-ALIAS
2 – TR-ALIAS
1 – DUI
1 – PROBATION VIOLATION
2 – DOMESTIC VIOLENCE 3rd – HARASSMENT
1 – HARASSING COMMUNICATION
1 – BOND FORFEITURE
1 – RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY 3rd

News Report On Felonies

Name – Heath Hamby
Age – 39
Address / City – Haleyville, AL
Charges – Grand Jury Indictment / Possession Controlled Substance
Date of Arrest – 12/21/2011
Amount of Bond – $5000.00
Date of Release – 12/21/2011

Name – Xavier Chacon
Age – 20
Address / City – Chicago, IL
Charges – Fugitive From Justice
Date of Arrest – 12/21/2011
Amount of Bond – $2,500.00
Date of Release – In Jail

(All persons charged with a crime are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. The charges are merely an accusation unless otherwise stated.)

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12/28/2011 – Winfield, AL Weekly Police Department News Report

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Winfield Alabama Weekly Police Department News Report
December 21 – 27, 2011
Prepared by: Sandy Scott

  5 – Accidents
12 – Speeding
3 – No Insurance
1 – Driving While Revoked
21 – TOTAL

 I & O REPORT
2 – Theft of Property 3rd
1 – Receiving Stolen Property 1st
1 – Harassing Communication
1 – Harassment
3 – Officer Report
8 – TOTAL

ARREST
3 – Alias Warrant
1 – Public Intox
4 – TOTAL

(All persons charged with a crime are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. The charges are merely an accusation unless otherwise stated.)

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12/28/2011 New Year’s Superstitions from Snopes.Com

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12/28/2011 Reins of Life Youth Ranch

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12/28/2011 LIVE Cam from New York City 2012 Ball Drop

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12/25/2011 Reins For Life

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12/22/2011 – Capitol Report – Roger H. Bedford, Jr., December 22, 2011 8:51

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Capitol Report – Roger H. Bedford, Jr.
December 22, 2011 8:51
Capitol report for December 22nd

I certainly hope this capitol report finds you enjoying a very Merry Christmas with your family and friends and that 2012 will be one of the most prosperous and happy years for you. We ended the year with an opportunity to give out several grants in the City of Red Bay. It was my pleasure to present a $1000 grant to the Town of Hodges for their Equestrian Trail. This will be a wonderful tourist attraction as well as something we can use here at home on a daily basis with friends and family. I commend Mayor Ed Crouch and the Hodges City Council for going forward on this important project.

It was also a pleasure for me to award $400 to the Red Bay Kindergarten classes to help with projects that they needed. I was able to present $1000 to the Red Bay Big Brothers and Big Sisters Program as well as $1000 to the Red Bay Lions Club Christmas Clothing and Food Project. I want to thank the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Program as well as the Lions Club and other civic organizations that have reached out and helped so many unfortunate Alabamians during this Holiday season. We should always remember the real reason for the season is the birth of or Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
It was a pleasure to recently travel to Gadsden for a seven county Democratic dinner to honor Dr. Paul Hubbert. Dr. Paul Hubbert is retiring after decades of service to the State of Alabama , teachers and support personnel. He is originally from our Senate District in Hubbertville and his wonderful wife Ann is from Walker County. I hope that you will keep Dr. Hubbert and his family in your prayers over the holiday season as he is having to take dialysis three days a week now. The meeting was held at the Civic Center in Gadsden where he said in his remarks that he held his first big teachers meeting in 1969. So it was appropriate that what he deemed as his last speech was made there in the same building. It was a great turn out of local elected officials. I want to commend Representative Craig Ford on putting together such a wonderful fine event.

It was certainly a treat to have the whooping cranes fly through Franklin County again this year. The Russellville Airport played temporary home to people and cranes making their way from Wisconsin to Florida. This is an operation ensuring the continuation of the rare whooping crane species, this is headed up by a non-profit organization Operation Migration that was started in 1994.

I enjoyed visiting with some of the teachers and students at the Belgreen High School cafeteria recently. They have a great group of support personnel and teachers in Belgreen. The lunch room was very clean and the students very friendly.

I also had the pleasure of visiting with Mayor Doug Gunnin and Commissioner Don Barnwell in Hackleburg last week. We are working on getting some new industry into Hackleburg. We must work everyday to keep the jobs we have here and to bring in new jobs with better paying benefits for our workforce.

 Words can not express how much we appreciate the not for profit organization Kaboom and the Disney Magic of Healthy Living Program helping the Phil Campbell Elementary School receive a brand new play ground. This play ground, as you know, was destroyed in the tornadoes of April 27th that took the lives of 26 people in Franklin County including my good friend and second grade teacher Patricia Gentry, fourth grader Ethan Knox and third grader Edgar Mojica. Therefore it’s appropriate that the new playground dedication which took place Saturday, December 17th, be known as the Gentry-Knox-Mojica Playground. I think this is a wonderful and positive sign of the rebuilding in our Senate District and the progress we are making after the terrible tornadoes that ripped through our five counties.

I had a great time celebrating Christmas with all the good people of Marion County and Guin at the Christmas gathering at the National Guard Armory. It was a wonderful time to shop and fellowship as well as see so many friends from around the area. I bought two homemade Christmas ornaments for our Christmas tree. I also had the privilege of seeing Coach Funk again and congratulating the Marion County Red Raiders on their State Championship. The band was outstanding and it really set a positive tone for the Holiday Season.

I hope you will also use this opportunity as we’ve talked about before to shop at home so that your tax dollars will turn over in the local community, helping our schools and businesses.

We received good news in Hackleburg recently when it was announced that there will be 20 new public housing units built-in Hackleburg to replace a portion of those lost in the April tornadoes. The Marion County Housing Authority officials approved an agreement with a company submitting the lowest of eleven bids in the process. Congratulations goes out to H and N Construction, based in Florence, on the low bid to build the new units at the cost of 1.66 million dollars. We can use the jobs during the construction stage and can certainly appreciate the new housing units for it’s tenets. I’m pleased to see our Senate District and our State as a whole rebuilding so well after the destruction it suffered. We all know that this is a marathon and not a sprint but everyday we continue to get stronger and better.

From my family to yours I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.

Roger H. Bedford, Jr.
Alabama State House
11 S. Union Street, Suite 738
Montgomery, Alabama 36130
Phone 334-242-7862
Fax 334-242-9202

Russellville Office
P.O. Box 370
Russellville, Alabama 35653
Phone 256-332-6966
Fax 256-332-6967
Email:  senbedford@aol.com
Website:  www.RogerBedford.com

Amanda Hovater
Assistant
Roger H. Bedford, Jr.
Senate Minority Leader
Roger Bedford & Assoc., P.C.
Attorney at Law
P.O. Box 370
Russellville, Alabama  35653
(256) 332-6966 – Direct Line Russellville Office
(256) 332-2880 – Law Firm
(256) 332-6967 – Facsimile
(334) 242-7862 – Montgomery Office
AHovater.RBA@gmail.com

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12/22/2011 Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival Announces Call for Entries for 2012 Alabama Farmers Co-op Photo Contest

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Moulton, Alabama – Amateur photographers are invited to submit photographs of agricultural interest for the Alabama Farmers Co-op 2012 Photo Contest. Sponsored by Alabama Farmers Co-op (AFC), the contest is held in conjunction with the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival set for April 13-15, 2012 at the Lions Club Fairgrounds in Moulton.

Photos must be related to agriculture from any location within the state of Alabama. The competition is divided into four themed categories:  Life on the Farm, Livestock, Crops and Agriculture Families. Only 8”x10” color photos will be accepted and entries using a portrait format will be considered for use on the cover of Farming News, a publication of the AFC.

Prizes are awarded for each category with $125 for first place, $75 for second place, and $50 for third place. In addition, each participant receives 2 free tickets to the 2012 Alabama Chicken & Egg Festival and all entries will be on display during the three day event.  

“The Alabama Farmers Co-op is excited to partner with the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival to offer people of all ages a chance to show what they love most about farming in Alabama,” said Jim Allen, AFC’s director of advertising and public relations. “Previous contests have attracted a variety of wholesome images, each one telling a different story while reflecting the Co-op’s core beliefs of hard work, honesty, and family, and with this year’s contest, we are searching for that one entry that truly captures the essence of farm life in Alabama for the cover of Farming News.”   

The state of Alabama is filled with opportunities to capture special moments on the farm 

For complete contest rules and entry form, visit www.alabamachickenandeggfestival.com and click on “Contests” or call Event Coordinator Vicki Morese at 256.905.0700.  There is no entry fee and the deadline for entries is March 20, 2012.

About the Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival

The Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival is an interactive agricultural experience offering old-fashioned fun, food vendors featuring chicken entrees prepared in a variety of ways, and live entertainment by popular regional bands and local favorites. The eighth annual Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival is scheduled for April 13-15, 2012 at the Lions Club Fairgrounds in Moulton, Alabama. Admission to the festival is $3 for adults and children 5 and under are admitted free.

Highlights include a chicken clucking contest, where the audience selects the winner; egg toss competition, a favorite among children; eating contests where contestants stuff their faces with chicken wings and hard boiled eggs; and the “Down on the Farm” area featuring agriculture exhibits, antique tractors, and southern folk life artists such as quilters, saddle makers, farriers, potters, blacksmith and basket and broom makers. Other activities include a juried art show Rooster Call and Rooster Hall of Fame, an egg roulette competition, live chickens in a variety of sizes and colors, Motorcycle Chicken Run, and Little Chick Pageant.

For the latest updates, visit the Festival’s website at www.alabamachickenandeggfestival.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter.com/alabamacef, and www.MySpace.com/alabamachickenandegg. To request a media kit or poultry-related photography, call 256.905.0700.

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December 22, 2011 at 2:54 PM

12/22/2011 – Fugitive Captured In Hamilton, AL

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NOTE TO OUR READERS:  We at 49 County News.Net want to thank Chief Ralph Conner for keeping the public informed of Current Events in Hamilton, Alabama!  We appreciate the job that he and his officers are doing to keep our streets and neighborhoods safe.  Below is a press release exhibiting their due diligence! 
Judy Webb Mays, jmays@49countynews.net

December 22, 2011

11:31 a.m.

Memo To:  News Media

From:  Hamilton Police Department

Subject:  Press Release – Fugitive Captured in Hamilton

On Wednesday evening (12/21/2011), Hamilton Police Officers Ary and Hanford located and captured a dangerous fugitive wanted for felony parole violation by the State of Illinois.  At 7:38 PM police stopped a vehicle on Bexar Avenue West, near County Hwy 25, after observing it driving erratically.

The driver stated that he had no identification, however; the officers saw that he was being evasive and conducted an investigation that led to his identity.  A check of the driver through the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database led to an alert that he was a wanted felon that could be armed and dangerous. 

The driver, identified as 20-year-old Xavier Chacon, was immediately taken into custody without incident.  Chacon was not armed but did posses some pistol ammunition.  Chacon has a lengthy and violent criminal history and claims to belong to a criminal gang based in Chicago, Illinois.  Chacon states he was in the area visiting friends and is not currently suspected of any local criminal activity.  A passenger in Chacon’s vehicle was detained during the traffic stop but was released without any charges. 

Chacon has waived extradition to Illinois and will be returned to that state. The Hamilton Police Department has been targeting training and operations that increase effectiveness in public safety and criminal patrol.  Officers Ary and Hanford recently completed such training at Bevill State Community College and are credited with applying this training to remove a dangerous criminal from the city’s streets.

Ralph Conner, Chief
Hamilton Police Department
P.O. Box 188
Hamilton, AL  35570-0188
(205) 921-7424 office
(205) 921-2211 fax

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December 22, 2011 at 2:51 PM

12/21/2011 – Marion County Sheriff’s Weekly News Report

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Marion County Sheriff’s Weekly News Report
December 21, 2011

2 – TR-Alias
2 – CC-Alias
1 – DUI
1 – Drug Paraphernalia
1 – Probation Violation
1 – Non-Support
1 – DV 3rd – Assault
1 – DV 3rd Harassment
1 – Disorderly Conduct
1 – Drug Ct Violation
1 – Bench Warrant
1 – Obstruct Gover Operation

Name:  Ronald Andrew Kivette
Age:  24
Address-City:  Hamilton, AL
Charges:  Electronic Solicitation of a Child
Date of Arrest:  12/14/2011
Amount of Bond:  $5,000.00
Date of Release:  In Jail

Name:  Zach Emerson
Age:  19
Address-City:  Hamilton, AL
Charges:  Assault 2nd, Criminal Mischief 2nd
Date of Arrest:  12/14/2011
Amount of Bond:  $12,500.oo
Date of Release:  12/15/2011

Name: Age:  Brett Aldridge
Age:  25
Address-City:  Winfield, AL
Charges:  Unlawful Distribution of Controlled Substance
Date of Arrest:  12/14/2011
Amount of Bond:  $10,000.00
Date of Release:  12/15/2011

Name: Age:   Pamela Mitchell
Address-City:  40
Charges:  Winfield, AL
Date of Arrest:  Unlawful Distribution Controlled Substance x2
Amount of Bond:  $20,000.00
Date of Release:  In Jail

Name:  Larry Bailey
Age:  49
Address-City:  Hackleburg, AL
Charges:  Attempt to Elude, Possession Controlled Substance, Resist Arrest, DUI, Violation Release Order
Date of Arrest:  12/16/2011
Amount of Bond:  $9,000.00
Date of Release: In Jail

Name:   Jeff Wilburn
Age:  41
Address-City:  Hackleburg, AL
Charges:  Unlawful distribution of a Controlled Substance
Date of Arrest:  12/16/2011
Amount of Bond:  $10,000.00
Date of Release:   12/17/2011

Name:  Gary Bowling
Age:   48
Address-City:  Hamilton, AL
Charges:  Assault 2nd
Date of Arrest:  12/20/2011
Amount of Bond:  $5,000.00
Date of Release:  12/20/2011

Name:  Evan Norris
Age:   34
Address-City:  Haleyville, AL
Charges:  Receiving Stolen Property 1st, Parole
Date of Arrest:  12/20/2011
Amount of Bond:  $15,000.00
Date of Release:  In Jail

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December 22, 2011 at 2:30 AM

12/21/2011 Hamilton City Council Meeting 12/19/2011

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12/21/2011 Hamilton City Council Work Session

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12/21/2011 – Hamilton, AL Weekly Police Report

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Hamilton, Alabama Police Report
Weekly News Report

December 14 – 20, 2011

1 – Wrecks

Incident / Offense

1 – Domestic Violence 3rd
1 – Domestic Incident
1 – Harassing Communication
1 – Fraudulent use of a Credit/Debit Card
1 – Motor Vehicle Theft
2 – Theft of Property 2nd
4 – Theft of Property 3rd
1 – Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
2 – Possession of Marijuana 2nd

Arrest / Citation

2 – Speeding
1 – Driver License Not in Possession
1 – No Drivers License
4 – License Suspended/Revoked
1 – Fail to Stop at Stop Sign
1 – Expired Tag
1 – Electronic Solicitation of a Child
1 – Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
2 – Possession of Marijuana 2nd
10 – Alias Warrant

Felony

Date of Arrest:  December 14, 2011
Name:  Kivette, Ronald Andrew
Age:  24
City:  Hamilton, AL
Charges:  Electronic Solicitation of a Child
Status:  Jail

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12/21/2011 – Winfield, AL Weekly Police Department News Report

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Winfield, AL Weekly Police News Report
December 14 – 20, 2011
Prepared By:  Sandy Scott

3 – Accidents
15 – Speeding
1 – Tag Violation
1 – Other Violation
1 – No Insurance
1 – Driving While Suspended

22 – TOTAL

I & O Report

1 – Theft of Property 2nd
1 – Theft of Property 3rd
1 – Burglary
1 – Harassing Communication
1 – Harassment
2 – Officer Report

7 – TOTAL

ARREST

1 – Alias Warrant
1 – Public Intoxication

2 – TOTAL

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12/21/2011 – Weekly Marion County, AL Drug Task Force News Report

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Weekly Marion County, AL Drug Task Force News Report
December 21, 2011

News Report on Felonies

Name:  Jeffrey Ray Wilburn
Age:  41
Address – City:  Hackleburg, Alabama
Charges:  Distributing Controlled Substance
Date of Arrest:  12/16/2011
Amount of Bond:  $11,000.00
Date of  Release:  12/17/2011

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12/16/2011 Capitol Report – Sen. Roger Bedford, December 16, 2011

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Senator Roger Bedford

Capitol Report 12-16-2011
It was certainly a pleasure to have our Alabama Development Office Director, Greg Canfield visit Franklin and Marion County recently. I appreciate him taking time out of his busy schedule to be with us.

With the upcoming completion of Corridor X into Birmingham which will become Interstate 22 and the soon to be completed four-lane project of Highway 24 we are moving rapidly forward with our development. There are other highway projects that need to be completed such as the Bear Creek, Phil Campbell, Haleyville Interstate 22 bypass connector route and other projects but I wanted our A.D.O Director to see first hand the progress we were making. It was a pleasure to travel with David Thornell from the CS Industrial Recruitment group and Sherry Price, standing in for Mitch Mays from the Franklin County Community Development Authority.

We had a wonderful day starting out by meeting Rebel Silas at the Brilliant \ Winfield Interstate 22 exit. From there we traveled to Phil Campbell to look at the new industrial site. It is the only site that has North Fork Southern Railroad frontage on it. It also adjoins the four-lane side of Highway 43\13. From there we were able to travel to Russellville and meet at the Franklin County Development Office. We toured the Mike Green Industrial Park, the City of Russellville Spec. Building , traveled to Vina where we toured their Industrial Park and the Spec. Building there as well.

We enjoyed a great lunch at the Grill Restaurant where Representative Johnny Mack Morrow and Representative Dan Boman join us along with Probate Judge Barry Moore, Mayor D.W Franklin, Mayor Bobby Forsythe , City Councilman Brad Bolton, Marion County Commissioners Michael Davis, Don Barnwell and Bobby Burleson, Mayor Rebel Silas , Mayor Phil Segraves. This enabled many of the key elected official of Franklin and Marion County to visit with Greg Canfield and talk about the industrial needs and opportunities that are in Northwest Alabama. We then took Corridor X to Hamilton and toured the Spec. Building and Industrial Park off of Interstate 22 , we also saw the Guin Industrial Park site off Interstate 22 and continued down to the Brilliant \ Winfield exit , here Greg was able to see the Brilliant and Winfield Industrial Parks.

We are very fortunate to have so many well prepared industrial parks which have been done over the years by a combined effort at the State and local level. The old days of showing an industry a cotton field and telling them what you are going to do for them are over with. They want to see progress in motion and we are fortunate to have that here in Northwest Alabama.

I also want to congratulate the fine Marion County High School Red Raiders football team as well as Coach Funk and his find staff, the Band, Cheerleaders and all the tremendous supporters of the Red Raiders. They distinguished themselves on the football field at Bryant Denny Stadium beating Linden in the Super 6 to win the 1A State Championship. As many of you may know, Marion County High School was State Champions in 1972, 72 and 73 so this is their fourth State Championship in modern times. Getting a Mohawk haircut became part of the Red Raiders tradition and I enjoyed watching several of the City Councilmen including Mayor Phil Segraves sporting their new Mohawks as part of their agreement, should the team win. There is nothing like High School Football to bring a city and community together. It was good to see so many folks who’s kids play on different teams there cheering for the Red Raiders. That’s how we should be, bringing our town, county, state and country together in a positive manner. Congratulations goes out to all the football teams that competed and I am hopeful that Alabama will be prepared to take on and beat LSU , bringing home a National Championship to the State of Alabama for 3 years in a row.

I am thrilled to announce that the Alabama Department of Economic Affairs (ADECA) has granted funding for a few of additional entities.   The Town of Hackleburg, which is governed by Mayor Douglas Gunnin, received a $750,000.00 CDBG Economic Development Infrastructure Grant. This grant will be used to assist V.F. Jeanswear rebuild in Hackleburg by providing funds for water, drainage, and other improvements. This project will result in the retention of 150 jobs and the creation of 50 new jobs. We are so thankful to be able to rebuild V.F. Jeanswear after the treacherous tornadoes of April 27, and we welcome the new jobs and opportunities it will bring.

The City of Hamilton received a $117,956.00 CDBG Economic Development Infrastructure Grant to assist the Country Place Assisted Living with water and sewer service. The City of Hamilton made this a reality by committing $23,694.00 in matching funds for this critical project, and I am proud of the hard work and dedication of all our local and state officials in securing this grant. Thanks to the hard work of Mayor Holliday and local officials we were able to obtain these funds that will improve the quality of life of everyone in Hamilton.

The City of Winfield received a $191,240.00 CDBG Economic Development Infrastructure Grant to assist the Country Place Assisted Living by improving Tahoe Road, which will create 27 jobs. The City of Winfield made this a reality by committing $47,810.00 in matching funds for this project. Big thanks to Mayor Rebel Silas and all of the local officials for helping secure these much-needed funds for the community.

The Lawrence County Commission received two grants. The first is an Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant for $95,000.00 to continue the operation of the Lawrence County Drug/Violent Crime Task Force. The second is a Violence Against Women Formula Grant for $92,650.00. This grant will provide a five-person domestic task force in Lawrence County to break the cycle of violence and provide assistance for victims by patrolling in areas with high domestic violence crime rates and are trained in areas of domestic violence investigation to ensure thorough and complete prosecution.

The Pickens County Commission, which is chaired by Commissioner Tim Browning, received a $32,700.00 Violence Against Women Formula Grant to continue the 24th Judicial Circuit Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Unit. This unit prosecutes abuse cases and assists victims in Fayette, Lamar, and Pickens counties. The unit also conducts educational programs to increase public awareness of domestic violence and trains law enforcement on how to recognize the signs of domestic abuse.

As always, thanks to the Mayors, Commissioners, and local officials, as well as the Governor, ADECA Director Jim Byard, and members of the Legislature, who helped obtain these funds that will improve the quality of life for the citizens of Northwest Alabama. I am proud of the hard work and dedication of all our local and state officials in securing these grants.

I want to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy and Prosperous New Year.

As always if I can be of any assistance to you please contact me at the following.

Alabama State House

11 S. Union Street, Suite 738

Montgomery, Alabama 36130

Phone 334-242-7862

Fax 334-424-9202

Russellville Office

P.O. Box 370

Russellville, Alabama 35653

Phone 256-332-6966

Fax 256-332-6967

Email: senbedford@aol.com

Website: www.RogerBedford.com

Amanda Hovater   Assistant   Roger H. Bedford, Jr.

Senate Minority Leader

Roger Bedford & Assoc., P.C.

Attorney at Law

P.O. Box 370

Russellville, Alabama  35653

(256) 332-6966 – Direct Line Russellville Office

(256) 332-2880 – Law Firm

(256) 332-6967 – Facsimile

(334) 242-7862 – Montgomery Office

AHovater.RBA@gmail.com

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December 16, 2011 at 11:32 PM

12/16/2011 Decatur/Morgan County Releases New Civil War Geocaching Challenge

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 Decatur, Ala.Civil War enthusiasts can participate in a 21st century treasure hunt and learn about Civil War-related attractions and their unique stories behind each destination while visiting the state of Alabama. Developed and coordinated by the Decatur-Morgan County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Appalachia Civil War – The Home Front in Alabama Passport takes visitors on a journey to some of the state’s most prominent Civil War attractions by way of a high-tech, modern day treasure hunt.  

 Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunt played throughout the world utilizing a Global Positioning System (GPS) device. The purpose is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, with map coordinates. According to geocaching.com, the official global GPS cache hunt site, there are approximately 1.5 million active geocaches and over 5 million geocachers worldwide. 

 To take the challenge, participants must first pick up the free Appalachia Civil War Passport either by downloading a copy from www.decaturcvb.org or by visiting theDecatur-Morgan County Convention and Visitors Bureau located at 719 6th Avenue SE in Decatur. Next, visit www.geocaching.com and create a free account to get the coordinates for the twenty geocaching sites included in the Passport. Coordinates may be obtained by clicking on Play and selecting Hide & Seek a Cache from the drop down menu from which participants may enter the Cache Name or the GC code as provided in the passport. After finding the caches and self-stamping your passport from the stamp located within the cache, bring the completed passport to the Decatur-Morgan County Convention and Visitors Bureau to receive a commemorative coin of the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Civil War.

 “The Appalachia Civil War Passport is the second phase of a project implemented by the Appalachian Regional Commission in early 2011 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Civil War,” said Tami Reist, president of the Decatur-Morgan County Convention and Visitors Bureau. The first phase consisted of the Appalachian Regional Commission selecting 19 signature Civil War sites in Alabama to be featured in its new “Civil War: The Home Front” map-guide to Appalachia which was published as a free insert in the Spring 2011 American Heritage magazine. The map-guide continues to be featured on www.visitappalachia.com. “The Appalachia Civil War Passport is a fun approach for individuals and families to explore our great state while learning more about the Civil War and its impact on Alabama,” added Reist.

 For more information on the Appalachia Civil War Passport, call the DMCCVB at 800.524.6181 or 256.350.2028.

 About The Decatur-Morgan County Convention & Visitors Bureau (DMCCVB)

The Decatur-Morgan County Convention & Visitors Bureau is a not-for-profit organization promoting tourism and economic growth in Morgan County .  For information on special events and attractions in Decatur , contact the DMCCVB at 800.524.6181 or 256.350.2028; or visit its website at www.decaturcvb.org and click on the “Things to Do” link.

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December 16, 2011 at 3:14 PM

12/15/2011 Marion County Drug Task Force Weekly News Report

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Marion County Drug Task Force Weekly News Report – December 15, 2011

3 – Drug Paraphernalia
1 – Meth Labs/Dump Sites Cleaned & Disposed Of

Marion County Drug Task Force News Report on Felonies

Name:  Brandi Nichole Gough
Age:  24
Address – City:  Guin, AL
Charges:  Manufacturing 2nd, Possession Paraphernalia
Date of Arrest:  12/12/2011
Amount of Bond:  $10,500.00
Date of Release:  12/14/2011

Name:  Joshua Allen Hawkins
Age:  30
Address – City:  Guin, AL
Charges:  Manufacturing 2nd, Felony Possession Paraphernalia, Possession Marijuana 1st
Date of Arrest:  12/13/2011
Amount of Bond:  $19,000.00
Date of Release:  12/14/2011

Name:  Christopher Anderson Flippo
Age:  25
Address – City:  Winfield, AL
Charges:  Attempt to Manufacture, Probation Violation
Date of Arrest:  12/13/2011
Amount of Bond:  $7,500.00
Date of Release:  In Jail

(All persons charged with a crime are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. The charges are merely an accusation unless otherwise stated.)

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December 15, 2011 at 1:32 PM

12/14/2011 Weekly Hamilton, AL Police Report 12/07 – 12/13/2011

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“TO PROTECT AND SERVE”

Hamilton Police Report – Dec. 07 – 13, 2011

Wrecks – 2

Incident / Offense

1 – Enticing Child
4 – Domestic Violence 3rd
1 – Assault 3rd
1 – Harassing Communication
1 – Theft of Property 2nd
2 – Theft of Property 3rd
1 – Criminal Mischief

Arrest / Citation

6 – Speeding
3 – No Drivers License
6 – License Suspended
8 – No Insurance
8 – Improper Tag
1 – Improper Lights
1 – Improper Lane Usage
1 – Criminal Mischief 3rd
1 – Theft of Property 3rd
1 – Domestic Violence 3rd
5 – Alias Warrant

Warning

3 – Spending
2 – Improper Lane Usage

Felony – Weekly News Report
Dec. 07 – 13, 2011

None Reported

(All persons charged with a crime are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. The charges are merely an accusation unless otherwise stated.)

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December 14, 2011 at 8:49 PM

12/14/2011 Marion County Sheriff’s Weekly News Report

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Marion County Sheriff’s Weekly News Report

1 – TR-Alias
3 – DUI
2 – Probation Violation
1 – Domestic Violence 3rd – Assault
1 – Domestic Violence 3rd – Harassment
2 – Bench Warrant
1 – Harassing Communication

News Report on Felonies

Name:  Christopher Russell
Age:  40
Address-City:  Hamilton, AL
Charges:  DUI, Possession Controlled Substance x 2
Date of Arrest:  12/09/2011
Amount of Bond:  $6,000.00
Date of Release:  12/10/2011

Name:  Amy Davis
Age:  41
Address-City:  Hamilton, AL
Charges:  Forgery 2nd
Date of Arrest:  12/13/2011
Amount of Bond:  $5,000.00
Date of Release:  12/13/2011

(All persons charged with a crime are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. The charges are merely an accusation unless otherwise stated.)

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December 14, 2011 at 11:37 AM

12/13/2011 Winfield, AL Weekly Police News Report

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“TO PROTECT AND SERVE”

Winfield, AL Weekly Police News Report December 7 – 13, 2011
Prepared By: Sandy Scott

3 – Accidents
12 – Speeding
1 – Tag Violation
2 – Other Violation
1 – No Insurance

19 – TOTAL

I & O REPORT

2 – Theft of Property 3rd
1 – Harassing Communication
1 – Identity Theft
2 – Criminal Mischief
2 – Harassment
2 – Officer Report
1 – Assault 3rd
1 – Domestic Violence 3rd

12 – TOTAL

ARREST

2 – Alias Warrant
1 – Bench Warrant
1 – Capias Warrant

4 – TOTAL

(All persons charged with a crime are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. The charges are merely an accusation unless otherwise stated.)

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December 13, 2011 at 5:14 PM

12/11/2011 Hamilton / Hackleburg Christmas Parade 12/10/2011

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December 11, 2011 at 8:05 PM

12/11/2011 Hamilton City Council Meeting 12/05/2011

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December 11, 2011 at 5:29 PM

12/11/2011 – Press Release – Hamilton, AL Police Department – Subject: Injury to Prisoner

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     December 11, 2011

Memo To :  News Media

From  :  Hamilton Police Department

Subject  :  Press Release – Injury to Prisoner

On Friday afternoon, December 9, 2011, at about 2:00PM, a 30 year old male was arrested for an outstanding Winston County Warrant, by Hamilton Police, at the City Library, located at 350 Bexar Avenue West, in Hamilton.  As the arrestee was taken into custody, he was placed in the prisoner area of a Hamilton Police vehicle for transportation to the Marion County Jail.  Shortly after leaving the library area, the arrestee produced a knife that he had concealed and stabbed himself in the arm.  Upon seeing what had happened, the Hamilton Police Officer, was able to take the knife from the prisoner and immediately transport him to the North Mississippi Medical Center in Hamilton where he (prisoner) was treated for multiple stab wounds to his left arm.  None of the wounds were determined to be serious.  After being medically released, the prisoner transport to the Marion County Jail was completed without further incident.  The officer was not injured in the incident.

While the Hamilton Police Department is investigating this incident, we have also requested the Marion County Sheriff’s Office to conduct an independent investigation in order to ensure the integrity of any findings.

At this time the names of the prisoner and the officer involved are not being released due to the involvement of medical and/or personnel information.  The Hamilton Police investigation will include a review of department policy regarding the handling of prisoners, and whether policy was adhered to.  The officer involved has been restricted to administrative duties while this matter is being reviewed.

12/10/2011 Hamilton Christmas Parade LIVE

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December 10, 2011 at 11:54 AM

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