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October 31, 2014

Crime & Public Safety

Judge: Thompson competent to stand trial in 2011 killing of Wellborn teacher

A Calhoun County judge on Wednesday ruled that an expert is not needed to determine whether an Anniston man is mentally competent to stand trial in connection with the 2011 death of a Wellborn Elementary School teacher.

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Tuesday 10/28/2014
Oxford woman reports sexual assault at gunpoint in Anniston
Updated: October 28, 2014 - 5:55 pm

An Oxford woman told police a man forced her to drive around at gunpoint Wednesday and sexually assaulted her.

Sheriff's deputy recovering after being struck by vehicle
Updated: October 28, 2014 - 5:53 pm

A Calhoun County Sheriff’s Deputy was recovering Tuesday after being hit by a vehicle Monday while directing traffic at the scene of an accident at the intersection of U.S. 431 and Bynum-Leatherwood Road.

Friday 10/24/2014
Anniston man found guilty in 2012 kidnapping
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 4:19 pm

It took a jury three hours Friday to find Patrick Jason Norris guilty in connection with the 2012 kidnapping of two women, and the robbery and shooting of one of them.

Thursday 10/23/2014
Sheriff requests commission plan to replace jail
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 7:47 am

Sheriff Larry Amerson asked county leaders Thursday to starting planning to replace his jail, saying it's overcrowded, old and too costly to maintain.

Jurors in kidnap trial see medical evidence, hear recording
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 5:59 pm

A surgeon who treated a victim in a 2012 kidnapping, robbery and shooting told jurors Thursday that the woman could have died from her wound, had the bullet penetrated her skull. Jurors also heard recordings of man prosecutors said was the accused saying he wanted the victim dead.

Wednesday 10/22/2014
Jurors watch video interview of Anniston man charged in 2012 kidnapping
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 5:53 pm

Jurors on Wednesday watched a videotaped interview of the Anniston man prosecutors say kidnapped two women and then robbed, raped and shot one of them in 2012.

Monday 10/20/2014
Judge weighing arguments for competency expert in trial over teacher's killing
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 7:39 pm

A judge on Monday heard arguments over whether an expert is needed to determine whether an Anniston man is mentally competent to stand trial in connection with the death of Wellborn Elementary School teacher Kevin Thompson in April 2011.

Friday 10/17/2014
Trial for two charged in alleged extortion scheme moved to Friday
Updated: October 17, 2014 - 5:30 pm

A trial for two people charged with attempting to extort more than $1 million from Oxford businesses in August is set for Oct. 24.

Wednesday 10/15/2014
Electronic gaming machines seized from Alexandria shop
Updated: October 16, 2014 - 12:39 am

Calhoun County Sheriff Larry Amerson says 20 electronic gaming machines deputies seized from an Alexandria business Tuesday are illegal gambling devices.

Tuesday 10/14/2014
Anniston woman charged in connection with not reporting sexual abuse of her child
Updated: October 15, 2014 - 3:42 am

An Anniston mother faces a charge of sexual abuse in connection with an alleged failure to tell authorities that her 5-year-old daughter was being sexually abused by a man.

Sunday 10/12/2014
County prosecutors plan to charge pregnant women who test positive for illegal drug use
Updated: October 12, 2014 - 1:59 am

Calhoun and Cleburne counties now join Etowah County as the only ones in the state to prosecute pregnant women after their babies test positive for drugs.

Friday 10/10/2014
Anniston resident’s dog killed by gunshots
Updated: October 10, 2014 - 5:15 pm

An early morning shooting Friday resulted in the death of an Anniston resident’s dog.

Thursday 10/09/2014
Commission orders study of city police jurisdictions
Updated: October 09, 2014 - 6:09 pm

The Calhoun County Commission on Thursday approved a $10,000 contract with Jacksonville State University to study the police jurisdictions of the seven municipalities in the county.

Oxford insurance agent charged with theft from customer
Updated: October 09, 2014 - 2:48 pm

A woman reported to police that she discovered she had not had homeowners insurance since August 2013, but had been making her payments to her agent as usual, an investigator said.

Monday 10/06/2014
Anniston man charged with sexual abuse of 5-year-old girl
Updated: October 06, 2014 - 4:56 pm

An Anniston man was in jail Monday on charges that he raped and sodomized a 5-year-old girl in June.


Friday 10/03/2014
Lincoln man sentenced to 95 years in child sex abuse case
Updated: October 03, 2014 - 1:21 pm

A judge on Friday sentenced a Lincoln man to 95 years in prison after being convicted in September of sexually abusing a child related to him.

Wednesday 10/01/2014
Stolen items found in home of suspect who shot himself
Updated: October 01, 2014 - 2:55 pm

Law enforcement officials say stolen items found in the home of suspected burglars have solved eight burglaries, but those officials hope more items found may help solve additional crimes.

Tuesday 09/30/2014
Judge rules cold case shooting death trial to proceed
Updated: September 30, 2014 - 2:57 pm

A Calhoun County judge on Tuesday declined to postpone the cold case trial of a man charged in the shooting death of his wife in 1993.


Appeals court upholds convictions in 2012 shooting death
Updated: September 30, 2014 - 11:20 am

Attorney General Luther Strange announced Tuesday that an appeals court last week upheld the conviction on murder charges of Rapheal Lamar Simmons, 25, of Talladega. 

Monday 09/29/2014
Wellborn woman attacked by neighbor’s dog
Updated: September 29, 2014 - 7:55 pm

A Wellborn man may have saved the life of his neighbor, who was being attacked by another neighbor’s dog Saturday morning.

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