Tuesday, July 29, 2014

18 year old rescued from Blount county cave overnight



An 18-year-old man is recovering after falling 50 feet inside a cave in western Blount County Monday night.  Authorities report that the young man fell in a ravine inside of that cave at about 8 p.m. Monday.
Authorities say the 18-year-old was concious when he was taken to a medical helicopter which landed near I-65 and Alabama 160 in Smoke Rise. The chopper took him to UAB Hospital. Authorities say it took about three hours to rescue the boy. It took about a dozen people to get the man out. Several had to repell into the cave and hike along narrow passages to get him out.

Cases against two Jacksonville Teens charged with rape to be presented to Grand Jury



Two Jacksonville teens, accused in the june rape of an Anniston woman will have their cases presented to a Calhoun county   grand jury next month.
Calhoun County District Judge Chris McIntyre ordered both cases to a grand jury Monday.,  One of the two 17-year-olds, charged with raping an Anniston woman June 17, was arrested July 15. He was brought back from Oklahoma the day of his arrest to face the first-degree rape charge
The other minor was arrested June 25. He also is listed in court records as being one of three suspects alleged to have robbed three women at gunpoint in Weaver on June 1, though it was not clear Monday if he is charged with a crime in that incident. In the Weaver incident, two men, a 20-year-old and a 22-year-old, both of Anniston, were arrested by Weaver police July 9, charged with first-degree robbery. A different 17-year-old also was arrested and charged with robbery. Those arrests are in connection with the incident in Weaver, which happened at around 3 a.m. June 1, according to Weaver police.
There are connections between the Weaver and Anniston incidents, police have said, but investigators in both cities and state prosecutors have released little information on the matter, saying that there will likely be additional arrests.

Anniston extends moratorium on short term loan businesses



The Anniston City Council voted Monday to  extend its ban on the opening of new short-term loan businesses in the city by three months. City officials say they want more time to finalize proposed restrictions on such businesses, which they say hurt low-income residents and the economy.
The moratorium continues a six-month ban that began in February and prohibits any new payday lenders, check cashing, title loan, car title loan or any similar type of short-term loan business from opening during that period.
There are about 15 such businesses currently in the city limits, most of which are clustered along Quintard Avenue.
City Manager Brian Johnson said he believes he can have an ordinance with new regulations ready for the council to approve in two weeks at the earliest.
Anniston's proposed regulations include limiting how many new short-term loan businesses can open in the city based on population and location. The regulations are expected to curb the growth of such businesses and, in the long term, shrink the number of them in the city overall.
In Alabama, payday lenders are allowed to charge 400 percent annual interest rates on their loans, which equates to about $17.50 per $100 loaned.

Rainbird bringing new jobs to Steele with announcement of new distribution center



The St. Clair County Economic Development Council has announced that Rain Bird Corporation in Steele, which manufactures irrigation equipment, is moving its distribution operations there and adding 43 new jobs.
The company will be investing $11.8 million in the facility at Steele as part of the expansion.
The company has been located in the former Saks Inc. warehouse since 2009, and Steele has primarily been a production site for the company with some warehousing operations.
Rain Bird offers a broad selection of irrigation products for farms, golf courses, sports arenas, commercial developments and homes in more than 130 countries around the world.

Gold City's Tim Riley suffers mild stroke while on tour


Tim Riley

Tim Riley of Gadsden, legendary Hall of Fame bass vocalist of Gold City Quartet, suffered a mild stroke while on tour Saturday, according to a news release.
The release said Riley began experiencing some abnormal symptoms while on tour and was taken to the hospital.
A test confirmed he had a mild stroke. However, there is no paralysis, and Riley is alert and able to communicate.
Riley is the founding member of Gold City, an award-winning Southern Gospel male quartet from Gadsden.
The group is a multiple winner of Singing News Fan awards, Dove Awards and has numerous No. 1 songs.

Talladega Banking Scam



Investigators in Talladega have alerted customers of a Talladega bank about a potential phone scam.
It's a robo-call claiming a bank account has been frozen because someone is trying to use a customer's credit or debit card.
The call then asks the victim to press 1 to speak with the security department or enter their credit card number.
First National Bank in Talladega says this same scam happens across the country but it's the first time this area has been targeted with a large number of calls.
Officials want to remind residents that since banks have your personal information they won't call to ask for your account number, card number or passwords.
When a bank wants to verify your identity it will only ask for partial information, like the last four digits of your Social Security number.
And if you're unsure about the call just hang up and call your bank directly.