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Daily Home: Lincoln woman indicted for embezzlement
by AnnistonStar
Dec 30, 2011 | 13942 views |  0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
A federal grand jury indicted a Lincoln woman Thursday for embezzling almost $129,000 from two customers at Regions Bank, where she worked as a branch manager.

U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and U.S. Secret Service Special Agent in Charge Roy Sexton announced the 11-count indictment filed in U.S. District Court charging Brenda K. Smith, 36.

Gadsden Times: Sex offender from Florida found hiding in Crossville attic
by AnnistonStar
Dec 30, 2011 | 1674 views |  0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
A registered sex offender from Florida was arrested Wednesday after he was found hiding in the attic of a Crossville residence.

Christopher Rodgers, 27, of St. Cloud, Fla., was arrested after DeKalb County Sheriff's deputies and investigators, along with Crossville Police officers and Drug Task Force agents, searched a College Street home, according to a news release from DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris.

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Tuscaloosa News: Challenges confront new AEA leaders
by AnnistonStar
Dec 30, 2011 | 1428 views |  0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
The Alabama Education Association’s future in the short term is in the hands of a new generation of leaders who will need to take a long-term outlook to keep the organization viable.

Beginning Sunday, new AEA executive secretary Henry C. Mabry, 44, and associate executive secretary Gregory T. Graves, 37, take over from retiring executive secretary Paul Hubbert and associate executive secretary Joe Reed.

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Decatur Daily: Number of Alabama residents receiving jobless benefits falls
by AnnistonStar
Dec 30, 2011 | 2016 views |  0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

The number of people receiving unemployment benefits continues to fall both nationwide and in Alabama, although Morgan and Lawrence counties have seen an increase in the past year.

The Labor Department reports that the national figure has dropped from 4.18 million in mid-December 2010 to 3.61 million for the same period this year.

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Birmingham News: Alabama tornado victims might face $1.2 billion in unmet needs
by AnnistonStar
Dec 30, 2011 | 1553 views |  0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
After FEMA grants are paid out, after insurance checks are cashed and the immediate aid is gone, people hit by Alabama's devastating April tornadoes are facing about $1.2 billion worth of unmet long-term needs, a disaster expert predicts.

So far, three of the biggest private groups collecting money for long-term recovery have raised about $12 million -- only about 1 percent of what would be needed to cover those individuals' unmet recovery needs.

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Birmingham News: U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus may face challenge from state Sen. Scott Beason
by AnnistonStar
Dec 22, 2011 | 4016 views |  0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
There are signs that state Sen. Scott Beason of Gardendale is considering a run for Congress against U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus, but Beason is not talking about it.

Residents in the 6th Congressional District received automated phone calls Tuesday night asking whether they would vote for Beason or Bachus in a Republican primary. There is a "Draft Scott Beason for Congress" page on Facebook touting his "ironclad conservative principles."

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Daily Home: Lincoln police recover stolen ATM
by AnnistonStar
Dec 22, 2011 | 1425 views |  0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
The Police Department has recovered the ATM machine stolen early Sunday morning.

“We recovered the stolen ATM and the vehicle used in the theft about 2 p.m. Tuesday,” Lincoln Police Chief Travis McGrady said. “Both were recovered about 2-3 miles away from the bank.”

McGrady said the ATM was stolen from the First National Bank of Talladega Lincoln branch on U.S. 78 at about 4:40 a.m. Sunday. Thieves used a forklift stolen from the construction site of the new municipal complex located behind the bank to spear the ATM and load it into the back of a pickup truck. The forklift was sitting at the bank with its engine on when responding officers arrived.

Daily Home: Deputies arrest man for alleged rape of 13-year-old
by AnnistonStar
Dec 14, 2011 | 2158 views |  0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
A 51-year-old man has been arrested and charged with the rape, sodomy and sexual torture of a 13-year-old girl.

“It was reported Dec. 6 and it took all night for us to find him,” Talladega County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Bill Kennedy said.

The alleged assault happened in the Sycamore area, and the suspect was found hiding in the Nottingham area where he was arrested around 7:30 a.m. Dec. 7.

Gadsden Times: AEA votes on successors to Hubbert, Reed
by AnnistonStar
Dec 02, 2011 | 1498 views |  0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
The Alabama Education Association on Thursday got new top leadership for the first time in 42 years with the selection of former state Finance Director Henry Mabry III to succeed retiring AEA Executive Secretary-Treasurer Paul Hubbert.

The AEA board of directors also selected AEA attorney Gregory T. Graves to succeed retiring Associate Executive Secretary Joe Reed.

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Daily Home: Heflin man goes on trial for capital murder
by AnnistonStar
Nov 29, 2011 | 1460 views |  0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
A Talladega County jury of nine women and five men was selected Monday to try a Heflin man charged with two counts of capital murder.

Kenneth Leon Morrow, 61, pleaded guilty to the charges earlier this month, but as Circuit Judge Bo Hollingsworth explained to potential jurors, under Alabama law, the state must still prove it’s case to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt. His guilty plea is admissible as evidence.

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