Thursday, August 21, 2014

Attalla man in stable condition after stabbing

An Attalla man is listed in stable condition in a local hospital after being stabbed Tuesday night during an altercation at a residence on Comnock Avenue  in Gadsden.  The Comnock Avenue resident and witnesses said the 31-year-old man walked to the residence and began to curse the 35-year-old resident, then hit him in the head, causing a cut above the resident’s left eye. The resident then stabbed the Attalla man in the abdominal area.
The Attalla man returned to a neighboring residence, where he’s been staying with a friend. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment, and was listed in stable condition

Gadsden Police investigating separate shooting incidents

Police say A Gadsden man was shot several times early Wednesday morning, after what he told police might have been an attempted robbery.  Police say The 20-year-old victim was inside a vehicle with a man and woman about 1:25 a.m., when the man pulled out a gun and shot him once while the vehicle was stopped on McGuire Street. The shooting victim got out of the car and ran, turning right on Barnes Avenue, where the man fired at him again. A witness said the injured man turned left onto Pettit Street and the suspect fired several more shots at him there, hitting him several times until he fell in the middle of the street. The victim, who was airlifted to UAB Hospital by LifeFlight, told police the gun used to shoot him might have been his gun, which was stolen.

Gadsden police are investigating  a report from A 27-year-old man who said he was shot in the back during a confrontation with an unknown man outside his residence on Litchfield Avenue, but he refused to go to the hospital for treatment.
The man said he was behind his house when a white male and white female walked up the alley to his driveway. He said he didn’t know the man, but recognized the woman from her place of employment. The man said, “I heard you were trying to mess with my girl,” and pulled out a handgun and fired one shot at the victim, striking him in the back.
The couple got into a silver car, and drove away.
When police and fire medics arrived, the victim refused treatment and refused to press charges. According to the police report, medics tried to talk him into going to the hospital and ended up covering his wounds and getting him to sign a videotaped release regarding his refusal.
Police recovered a shell casing and a live round at the end of his driveway and logged it into evidence.

Talladega man convicted of murder

Christopher Issac Surles

It took A Talladega County jury of seven men and five women only 35 minutes Wednesday morning to find 24 year old Christopher Isaac “El Safari” Surles, guilty of murder ending a two-day trial.  Surles now faces 20 to 99 years or life in prison. He will be sentenced Sept. 9 at 1 p.m. by Circuit Judge Bo Hollingsworth.  Surles was convicted of killing 19 year old Matthew Howie, on July 13, 2012, on Kentuck Mountain in Munford. Howie had been involved in a robbery with Surles and another person the day before, and Surles allegedly killed him to keep him from snitching.  Surles was found asleep in Howie’s car in the parking lot of a Walmart in Tennessee two days after the murder. The murder weapon, with two live rounds still in it, was in Surles’ lap, and his shoes still had Howie’s blood on them.  Surles is apparently a follower of the Sovereign Citizen belief system, represented himself at trial. He asked no questions of potential jurors at the beginning of the trial -- although he did ask Hollingsworth to dismiss the entire panel -- and his opening statement was a seemingly incoherent reading of various federal statutes that did not appear to bear directly on his case. He was the only witness testifying on his behalf, telling the jury that he understood there was a circumstantial case against him but that he was innocent.   During his closing argument, Surles said the evidence against him was “by constitutional law, inadmissible. The amendments were not brought up in cross examination. … It was not shown that state or constitutional law were followed in the complaint for his arrest warrant."

Company abandons wind farm projects in Etowah and Cherokee counties

A Texas-based company that wanted to put wind turbines along Shinbone Ridge in Etowah and Cherokee County, has abandoned the project because the restrictions imposed by Alabama legislation passed in the last session were “just too restrictive.”  Attorney Charles Stewart, representing Pioneer Green, said the project has been canceled in both Etowah and Cherokee counties because of legislation  passed establishing parameters for any wind turbine project, including setback lines and permitting through the Public Service Commission, Pioneer Green had to reevaluate the project.

Talladega County crash claims life of Talladega man

Alabama state troopers report that A Talladega man
was killed Tuesday evening in a two-vehicle crash on Alabama 77.
44 year old Douglas Dewayne Chandler,  was killed when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a passenger vehicle while traveling near mile marker 59 on Alabama 77 in Waldo.
The cause of the accident remained under investigation by Alabama State Troopers