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05/29/2014 – Capitol Report For May 29th, 2014 – AL Senator Roger Bedford

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It was certainly an honor to speak at the Hackleburg High School Baccalaureate Ceremony this past week. I am very proud of the Hackleburg Senior Class because of their perseverance and determination. Like the Senior Class of Phil Campbell, they have not only had to live through the destruction of the horrible tornado that ripped through both of the communities, but also they have had to continue their education in temporary classrooms. Several of the Seniors shared with me stories of difficult times within the temporary structures but all of them looked on with joy at their future graduating class mates graduating from brand new high schools at Hackleburg and Phil Campbell. I want to be sure to thank all the ministers in attendance that evening at the Baccalaureate ceremony but especially Pastor Sam Morgan at the Hackleburg First Baptist Church which opened their beautiful sanctuary for this important and meaningful occasion.

This past week I also met with Gunter Guy, Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources in Waterloo Alabama. We met with County Commissioner Fay Parker, Mayor Mary Jennelee Higgins as well as City Council Members, Mel Grimes, Jack Harris, Neil Scott, Joan Farneman and Jeanie Green to discuss the very important issue of where to locate the future expansion of a new building and storage yard in the Waterloo area. I agree with the Mayor and other concerned citizens that we do not need to put the expansion on the proposed location which is the lot on the right as you enter the town. There are other lands, already owed by the Department of Conservation and\or the State of Alabama, which would be just as suitable. I was pleased that we were able to secure the State’s commitment to not take any actions until after the Trail of Tears event so as to not disrupt that important tourism as well as historical event.

It was an honor for me to join Representative Johnny Mack Morrow to announce Governor Bentley’s appointment of Patricia Montgomery to the Bear Creek Development Authority. Mrs. Montgomery will represent the state well and help us bring in tourism dollars to boost our local economy. Governor Bentley said in part in his appointment letter of Mrs. Montgomery as follows “Appointing you to this position comes with great responsibility because you will be making important decisions that affect the citizens of Alabama. Honesty and integrity are two virtues that I prioritize for my administration to exemplify, and I know that you will do the same while in service to our great state.” I could not agree with the Governor more.

As always it was a pleasure to see the fine men and women of American Legion Post 11 in Colbert County during their fine Memorial Day service. I also enjoyed, as I did last year, having the opportunity to have lunch with them at their upstairs office in downtown Tuscumbia. I was moved by the stirring remarks by the young marine who was the keynote speaker.

I am very saddened to see the sad state of healthcare for our fine veterans that I am seeing on the national news. Our veterans deserve good and effective healthcare. I hope that the President and Congress will thoroughly investigate this matter and will appropriately fire the people who have misused their positions as well as work to improve the overall healthcare delivery system to our fine veterans. They deserve no less.

It was an honor to be able to speak at the Morgan County ADC banquet in Decatur this past week. I appreciated my good friend George Herring, whom I’ve known for 25 years, invited me over to be the keynote speaker. Some of the topics I discussed were the need for programs that help retain existing jobs and attract new better paying jobs to our area. It is important to remember that our existing businesses provide approximately 78% of all new jobs year in and year out. When we attract big plants and new jobs to our area it is a wonderful thing, however we must never forget our existing businesses and make sure that they are supported and that government does not unduly burden them with red tape.

I am pleased to announce that the Alabama Department of Transportation will accept bids on May 30th for the following important highway projects in our Senate District. In Winston County the highway work will be on the resurfacing and traffic striping on County Road 69, also known as Newburg Road from 11th Avenue to the Franklin County Line.

In Colbert County the project is the resurfacing and traffic striping on State Road 2, also known as US 72, from .26 miles east of County Road 1, MP 2.434 to County Road 5 MP 5.300.

In Marion County there will be a resurfacing and traffic striping project on State Road 17 in Hackleburg from Old Hackleburg Road MP 291.400 to 70 feet east of North Street MP 291.800. All of these projects are much needed in our district and I was pleased to work with the State and County officials to secure these projects which will lead to greater safety on our roads and bridges.

It is a pleasure to see so many of our fine seniors graduating from high schools across our Senate District and the great state of Alabama. Our seniors have worked hard to achieve this important milestone in their life. It is important for us to recognize their work and congratulate them on this achievement while also encouraging them to further their academic and vocational education. A special congratulation also goes out to the family members of our graduates, whose support, love and backing helped enable these fine young men and women meet this important milestone in their lives. As such graduates, I hope you will take the time to say thanks to the parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles and other family support members.

I recently attended a jobs fair program in the Shoals area where high school students were shown the great career opportunities that are available through vocational tech and career tech programs. Skill traits such as robotic repair, iron working, carpentry and computer programming are just a few examples of areas where there is a growing shortage of trained labor. This is also true in the health care industry, and that is one of the reasons we see so many of our fine students going into the field of nursing and physical therapy. As our population continues to age in America as well as Alabama the need for more healthcare workers continues to grow. All of these are examples of good jobs which pay good wages that will allow you to raise your family well.

Thank you all for contacting me and please continue to do so at the following address(s)

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: http://www.RogerBedford.com

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May 30, 2014 at 3:11 PM

05/28/2014 – Dr.Maya Angelou – Dead At 86

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014
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Dr. Maya Angelou – 1928 – 2014

Statement from Dr. Maya Angelou’s Family:

Dr. Maya Angelou passed quietly in her home before 8:00 a.m. EST. Her family is extremely grateful that her ascension was not belabored by a loss of acuity or comprehension. She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace. The family is extremely appreciative of the time we had with her and we know that she is looking down upon us with love.

Guy B. Johnson*

Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 4, 1928. She grew up in St. Louis and Stamps, Arkansas. She was an author, poet, historian, songwriter, playwright, dancer, stage and screen producer, director, performer, singer, and civil rights activist.

Angelou died on May 28, 2014 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina where she had served as Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University since 1982. She was 86.** To read more click here

*Source: http://mayaangelou.com

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05/27/2012 – Hamilton, AL Police Department Weekly News Report – Chief Ronnie Vickery

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Date: May 20-26, 2014

Wrecks – 2

Incident / Offense –

2 – Burglary 3rd

2 – Theft of Property 2nd

1 – Criminal Mischief

1 – Possession of Marijuana 2nd

1 – Possession of Controlled Substance

1 – Leaving Scene of Accident

2 – Harassing Communication

Arrest / Citation –

4 – Speeding

1 – DUI

4 – License Suspended/Revoked

1 – No Drivers License

4 – No Insurance

1 – Improper Equipment

1 – No Tag

1 – Improper Tag

1 – Running Stop Sign

2 – Theft of Property 3rd

1 – Possession of Marijuana 2nd

1 – Possession of Controlled Substance

3 – Harassing Communication

1 – Hindering Prosecution

5 – Alias Warrant

Hamilton Police Department
Felony – Weekly News Report
Dates: May 20-26, 2014

Date of Arrest: May 21, 2014
Name: Green, Tyler Shane
Age: 18
City: Hamilton, AL
Charges:
Possession of a Controlled Substance x 2
Status: Bonded

Date of Arrest: May 23, 2014
Name: Wallace, Leondra April
Age: 18
City: Hamilton, AL
Charges:
Theft of Property 3rd
Forgery 2nd
Status: Jail

Date of Arrest: May 23, 2014
Name: Edwards, Judy
Age: 56
City: Hamilton, AL
Charges:
Resisting Arrest
Hindering Prosecution 1st
Status: Jail

The defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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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May 27, 2014 at 7:22 PM

05/25/2014 – SCAM ALERT!

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Scam Alert! – There have been numerous reports of calls to cell phones and home phones lately in our area.

If you receive a phone call that says one of your credit cards has been blocked or cancelled and they immediately ask that you push the number 1 on your telephone, hang up immediately.

If you are worried about any of your credit or debit cards, hang up and dial your bank or credit card using a telephone number familiar to you or one you get off your card or your bill. Tell them you just received what you think was a fraudulent call. They need to know!

Report this to your Sheriff’s or District Attorney’s office or ask them to whom should you report the incident.

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Warning signs of fraudulent calls or emails.

You receive an email or a phone call from somebody saying they are from your bank, asking you about recent activity on your credit card or account.
You are asked to confirm your credit card and bank account details by return email, visiting a website or over the phone.

The caller or the email claims that there has been fraudulent activity found on your bank account, or that your card has been cancelled.
You may be advised to contact a fake fraud investigations body, and discouraged from contacting your bank or credit union.

Protect yourself from phoney fraud alerts

NEVER send money, or give credit card or online account details to anyone you do not know and trust.

Do not give out your personal, credit card or online account details over the phone unless you made the call and the phone number came from a trusted source.

Do not open suspicious or unsolicited emails (spam): delete them.

Do not click on any links in a spam email, or open any files attached to them.

Never call a telephone number that you see in a spam email.

NEVER reply to a spam email (even to unsubscribe).

If you want to access an internet account website, use a bookmarked link or type the address in yourself: NEVER follow a link in an email.

Never enter your personal, credit card or online account information on a website that you are not certain is genuine.

Never send your personal, credit card or online account details through an email.

Order a your credit report every year to make sure no one is using your name to borrow money or run up debts.

As well as following these specific tips, find out how to protect yourself from all sorts of other scams.

Source: http://www.scamwatch.gov.au/content/index.phtml/tag/PhoneyFraudAlerts

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05/25/2014 – VIDEO – Memorial Day Salute from 49 County News

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05/24/2014 – Local Man Charged in Knife Attack on Hamilton Officer

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HAMILTON – A Hamilton, Alabama man is in custody following a knife attack on an on-duty Hamilton Police officer Friday night.

Police Chief Ronnie Vickery stated, Officer Eric Zills was on patrol near the intersection of National Guard Road and Aggie Avenue around 9:00 pm when someone came towards his patrol car. Officer Zills got out of his patrol car and was jumped by 30 year old Terrence Edwards of Hamilton, Alabama.

Chief Vickery stated that it is unclear what the motivation for the attack was but that Officer Zills is expected to recover from his injuries. Also injured during the incident was a volunteer firefighter, Devon Hall, who witnessed the attack and stepped in to assist the officer.

Police said Officer Zills was stabbed in the back of the head and upper left arm during the incident and underwent surgery Saturday at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. During the incident Hall suffered cuts but was treated and released from North Mississippi Medical Center in Hamilton.

Numerous agencies responded to assist the Hamilton Police Department in locating suspect, Terrence Edwards, after the incident. Edwards was located about an hour later off of Riverside Drive and taken into custody after being found hiding behind a relative’s residence.

Edwards has been charged with two counts of attempted murder and is currently being held in the Marion County Jail on bonds totaling $120,000.

The defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

(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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05/20/2014 – City of Hamilton, AL Police Department Weekly News Report

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Wrecks – 4

Incident / Offense –

1 – Theft of Property 3rd

2 – Forgery 2nd

1 – Menacing

1 – Unlawful Possession of a Concealed Weapon

2 – Assault 3rd

1 – Leaving the Scene of an Accident

Arrest / Citation –

7 – Speeding

1 – DUI

3 – License Suspended/Revoked

4 – No Insurance

2 – No Seatbelt

1 – No Tag

2 – Improper Tag

2 – Open Container

2 – Public Intoxication

1 – Reckless Driving

1 – Harassing Communication

2 – Disorderly Conduct

1 – Resisting Arrest

1 – Unlawful Possession of a Concealed Weapon

1 – Leaving the Scene of an Accident

4 – Alias Warrant

Hamilton Police Department
Felony – Weekly News Report
Dates: May 13-19, 2014

Date of Arrest: ****************None********************
Name:
Age:
Status:

The defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

(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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