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Monday AM Report I

Former first lady Laura Bush spoke out Sunday about what she called the “cruel” and “immoral” separation of families on the US border, writing a harsh criticism of President Trump’s zero-tolerance immigration policy in a Washington Post opinion piece. In a rare statement on a policy issue, first lady Melania Trump also weighed in on the matter. Her spokesman said [quote] “Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families… She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart.” [end quote]

Alabama became part of an intensely partisan confrontation when it filed a lawsuit opposing the counting of undocumented immigrants for congressional reapportionment in the 2020 U.S. Census. Critics suggest that Alabama– much like the Trump Administration and the federal government through its decision to back a citizenship question on the 2020 Census form– is aiming to “weaponize” the tabulation process for conservative’s political gain.

From the Sand Mountain Reporter; the Whole Backstage Community Theatre in Guntersville recently held a dedication ceremony for a very special United States flag and vintage flagpole, at the “Old Rock School.” Congressman Robert Aderholt presented an American flag that was flown over the nation’s capitol in Washington, D.C. Johnny Brewer, Whole Backstage director Johnny Brewer has been pursuing the replacement since 2003.


Entrekin Taking More Heat For Jail Food

More controversy involving Sheriff Todd Entrekin and the way he feeds prisoner at the Etowah County jail. Entrekin has taken heat for pocketing thousands of dollars from the jail food program– which is legal under Alabama law. The sheriff gets to keep surplus food money. But now, AL.com quotes former inmates who say the jail served spoiled or expired food to prisoners — even foods that were labeled “not fit for human consumption.” Entrekin denies the story.


Boaz Officer Injured While Making An Arrest

A police chase started in Boaz — ended in DeKalb county — and in the process a Boaz officer ended-up with a broken rib. It all started just before midnight Monday . 24 year old Sterling Morgan would not stop for a bluelight, he was being pulled for an expired tag. After a chase, he wrecked and took off running along with two others in the car. Morgan was quickly caught — and in the process of the arrest, a Boaz officer fell, breaking a rib. Another suspect got away– but they know his name and have a warrant for him.


Man Who Killed Alabama Judge Set To Die

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the U.S. will give up custody of a man who killed an Alabama judge. Walter Moody will be taken from a federal prison and handed over to the state of Alabama so he can be put to death Thursday. Moody killed federal judge Robert Vance back in 1989 by sending a bomb to the judge’s home. Moody is the oldest inmate on death row in the state — he’s 83.


Local Evangelist Arrested

A well-known Alabama evangelist was arrested in Hoover Tuesday on child sex charges. 37 year old Paul Acton Bown accused of abusing a boy under the age of 16 — a family acquaintence. The founder of Acton Bowen Outreach Ministries is charged with second-degree sodomy, enticing a child to enter a vehicle or house for immoral purposes, and second-degree sex abuse. Bowen issued a statement saying “”I have not done what I am accused of and have not acted inappropriately in any way.”


Deputies Says They Broke-Up A Marshall County Child Sex Ring

Sex crimes against kids. 11 people busted Thursday morning in Marshall county, accused of serious sex crimes from having child porn to the rape and sexual abuse of children. The 11 people are from Guntersville, Arab, Albertville, and Huntsville. The round up began Thursday morning — deputies and federal officers with Homeland security involved in the case. The victims were children in Marshall county.


Gov Ivey Raising Alot Of Money; Not Participating In Debates

Gov. Kay Ivey will not attend two upcoming debates as she tries to keep the governor’s office. Her Campaign said Ivey has official engagements and will not attend. Her campaign did not respond when asked if Ivey would be willing to attend any debate. Meantime Ivey raising alot of money. Ivey has raised nearly $3.2 million. That’s over a million dollars more than any other candidate in the June Republican primary.Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle raised a total of $1.8 million.


Picking School Leaders in Gadsden And Boaz

And the Gadsden City schools have finalists for the job of superintendant. The five are: Dr. Garrett L. Brundage, currently Assistant Superintendent at Rockdale County Board of Education, Georgia.
Dr. Gary S. Gibson, currently Special Aide to Superintendent of Schools, Talbot County School District, Georgia.
Dr. J. Bart Reeves, currently high school principal in Alabama with the Jasper City Schools
Dr. Geneva A. Stark, currently District Administrator in Human Resources, Jefferson County Public Schools, Kentucky.
And Dr. Regina D. Thompson, currently Executive Director an education company.
In Boaz…new principal at the middle school. Kyle Pinckard gets the job — he has been curriculum director in Opelika City schools


Bribery Charges Against State Lawmaker

A state lawmaker and a lobbyist are charged by the Feds with turning a blind eye to bribery. Republican Rep. Jack D. Williams of Vestavia Hills and lobbyist Marty Connors were arrested Monday. The FBI contends the two men knew about a bribe paid to another lawmaker — to push health insurance legislation — but they did not report what they knew. Now, they’re charged with conspiracy.


Plane Crash Victim ID'd

A plane crash in St. Clair County has killed a pilot from Los Angeles. 52-year-old Brett James Leistyna, the victim. The Cessna reported missing Wednedsay after taking off from Gadsden. Wreckage found Friday evening near Ashville. The plane was headed to New Orleans.


Arrests In Area Break-Ins

A Gadsden man charged with burglary and criminal mischief. 27 year old Barry Payne accused of breaking into Gaston School and damaging property — he told officers he did it after taking meth. And two people arrested in another burglary. 41 year old Christopher Joe Teet of Gadsden and 35 year old Sarah Mae Burttram of Collinsville accused of breaking into a couple of homes last year taking several items including guns. Investigators say they sold the stuff at a couple of pawn shops and that’s what got them arrested.


Senator Jones Wants Tighter Gun Laws

Alabama Senator Doug Jones says Congress must address gun violence. In his first speech to the Senate, he the U.S. has reached a tipping point on gun violence after the mass shooting at a Florida high school and he cited the activism led by surviving students as a reason to take some action. He urged congress to pass expanded background checks for gun buyers.


Cops Called For False Alarm About Man With Gun

False alarm. Boaz Police called to a lawyer’s office Tuesday — the Alan Jackson law firm — reportedly because a guy had a gun and was holding a child. Not true. The guy was with the child meeting with a lawyer in a divorce case. Not clear if the call came from the man’s wife. But police said everything at the office was safe and sound.


State Lawmaker Wants Etowah Sheriff To Stop Pocketing Jail Food Money

A bill tp stop the Etowah County sheriff from putting money in his pocket from feeding prisoners, will be introduced by Republican Mack Butler. The bill would require the sheriff to use any left over food money at the jail, to either keep being used for food or for other law enforcement purposes. Etowah’s sheriff got national attention by pocketing more than $700-thousand from the jail food service. It’s legal — because Alabama law says the sheriff has a personal responsibility to feed inmates — and if state money isn’t enought, the sheriff makes it up out of his pocket. If there’s surplus cash, he keeps it — and Sheriff Todd Entrekin bought a fancy beach house with the money he made.


Rough Weather Worries Cause Some Schools To Close Early Monday

Looking for nasty weather Monday — so some school systems have decided to dismiss early as a precuation.
Cullman County Schools will dismiss at noon. Huntsville City Schools will udismiss students starting as early as 11 for pre-K — others at 11:30 and noon with the high schools getting out at 12:30. Could be in for Large hail , damaging winds, and a few tornadoes in some areas. Keep it here, we’ll keep you posted on the weather.


Disgruntled Worker Blamed For Birmingham Hospital Shooting

That shooting Wednesday night at UAB Highlands was the work of a disgruntled worker. Police say the gunman, whose name was not given, shot and killed 63 year Nancy Swift a nursing manager. Another man — who works for a contractor at the hospital – was wounded. The gunman killed himself.


Gunman Shoots Two, Then Himself At UAB Hospital

A gunman walked into UAB Hospital Highlands in Birmingham Wednesday night and shot two people — then killed himself. One of the wounded is critical. Police trying to sort out if the shooter knew the victims — so not many details immediately given. All surgeries that were scheduled for Thursday at UAB Highlands Hospital are cancelled. All other UAB campuses will operate normally.


More Sex Charges Against Cullman Lawyer

A Cullman lawyer facing more charges of human trafficking. 75 year old Randy Hames had additional charges filed after his first arrest last month. Hames is accused of asking two women for sex instead of making rent payments to him. Not clear if the additional charges are connected to the same women.


School Threat Fort Payne High

An 18 year old who went to Fort Payne High School arrested — accused of posting a threat on Snapchat. Other kids saw it, and turned him in. Tomas Jacinto Tomas arrested, locked-up on $10,000 bond. No word on why he posted the threat and if he had intentions to do anything.


School Shooting No Longer Called An Accident

Police in Birmingham changed their mind about a deadly school shooting — at first calling it an accident — now calling it murder. A 17 year old girl at Huffman High was shot to death. The accused shooter apparently wounded himself. Still not much detail given and the name of the shooter not yet given. The shooting was captured on video, so after looking at the evidence, police knew it was no accident.