Entries from April 2008 ↓

Mugshots of the Month – April 2008

With spring break upon us, there were lots of out of town guests enjoying brief stays at the Baldwin County Corrections Center this month. 

Show some love for the April MSOTM!

(All inmates are innocent until proven guilty, even if the men who look like women.)

Happiest April Fools

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Hot Girls Gone Wild – Behind Bars

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Summerdale man arrested in drug bust

A Summerdale man released three years ago from a life sentence has been arrested on drug charges, after authorities allegedly found him with more than $100,000 worth of cocaine.

James Edward Foster, 35, was charged today with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine after Baldwin County deputies and U.S. marshals found 2.5 pounds of cocaine and a half-pound of crack cocaine in his trailer. Investigators also seized $10,000 in cash, according to Baldwin County Sheriff Huey “Hoss” Mack Jr.

Summerdale man arrested in drug bust

Robertsdale drug bust trial underway

A Robertsdale woman could face a prison sentence of life in prison after being arrested during a drug bust last year.

Gloria Sanchez was arrested in June of 2007, after investigators found more than 50-pounds of pot worth more than $140-thousand at a home in Baldwin County. Another illegal drug, Methamphetamine with a street value of more than $10-thousand was also discovered in the house.

Robertsdale drug bust trial underway

Gulf Shores Council OKs $17M bond issue

Aiming to pay for a list of projects that includes the city’s new tennis center at Johnnie Sims park, a new fire station and storm shelter near Jack Edwards Airport and the renovation of three public buildings, the City Council on Monday voted to issue $17 million in bonds.

Of that total, about $7 million was raised to refinance existing debt from 1996 and 1998 bond issues, city officials said.

In doing so, taxpayers will save about $436,000 over the life of the old debt, said Ken Funderburk, an executive vice president of Merchant Capital, the Montgomery-based investment bank that handled the bond sale.

Gulf Shores Council OKs $17M bond issue

Group looks to make impact on county

Darrelyn Bender said helping meet that challenge was the primary reason she wanted to join Impact 100 Baldwin County, a new nonprofit women’s group with the goal of awarding at least one $100,000 grant per year to a Baldwin County charity, starting in 2008.

“About a year ago, Irene (Meehan) approached me, when she had first started hearing about (other Impact 100 groups),” said Bender, who is now vice president of Impact 100 Baldwin County. “She got me and about seven other women together, and we had a meeting with women from Pensacola’s Impact 100 group.”

But first Impact 100 Baldwin County has to find 100 women to join by May 15.

Group looks to make impact on county

Senators Go Round And Round Over Insurance Reform

A disappointment for people in Mobile County and Baldwin County hoping to get insurance reform bills passed in the Alabama Legislature.
Mobile Republican Senator Ben Brooks began a filibuster hoping to convince the Democratic leadership to hear the bills, but he was cut short.

Back in February, Senator Brooks bills were approved by a Senate Committee.

Since then, the bill has not gone anywhere. Supporters of a video gambling bill have been using stalling tactics to delay other Alabama Senate bills.

Senators Go Round And Round Over Insurance Reform

Fairhope to provide packets to media

The City Council agreed Monday to make available to the media the same information that council members themselves get before every meeting.

Council President Bob Gentle said that before the council’s May 12 meeting the city clerk will for the first time ever provide copies of council packets to media outlets. They usually contain 50 or more pages, and include minutes of past meetings as well as more detailed reports of issues on which the council plans to vote.

The council didn’t discuss how the city would respond if many members of the general public requested the packets.

Mayor Tim Kant also announced that all city ordinances became available online this week.

The ordinances are accessible in a searchable format and can be reached by going to www.cofairhope.com/pm)ordinances.html, then clicking on the “City of Fairhope Code of Ordinances” hyperlink.

Fairhope to provide packets to media

Fairhope advocate pushes for tough penalties

With the latest statistics showing a national uptick in on-the-job deaths, Fairhope safety activist Ron Hayes again urged lawmakers Tuesday to stiffen penalties for businesses that flout safety rules.

“There is no justice for us when we have a company that is blatant,” Hayes, whose late teenage son was buried alive under tons of corn in a 1993 silo accident, told the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

In particular, Hayes and other witnesses said, Congress should make employers subject to felony charges if their willful violation of a safety regulation leads to a worker’s death. Such negligence is now a misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in prison.

Fairhope advocate pushes for tough penalties

Baldwin road closed for drainage work

A portion of Baldwin County 20 will be closed west of Alabama 59 in Foley on Wednesday and Thursday while city crews install drainage culverts.

Traffic will be diverted to Pine Street and Pride Drive, according to a statement released by city officials today.

Baldwin road closed for drainage work

Shark Fishing Banned in Orange Beach

The Orange Beach City Council voted at their worksession Monday to adopt an emergency resolution banning shark fishing along the immediate coastline. Council members have been discussing the issue for the past few months, after shark fishermen were spotted “chumming” near a public pier.

“We’re also concerned about this following the shark attacks in Florida over the weekend and in California last week,” says Orange Beach Mayor Pete Blalock. “Sharks draw sharks and if you’re chumming, you’re drawing in more sharks. It just doesn’t need to happen right near the coastline. What we’re saying is to get a boat and go do it out in the Gulf.”

The city council will formally vote on the shark fishing ban at next week’s council meeting. If approved, shark fishing, baiting and chumming will be illegal within 300 feet of the coastline. City leaders will work with state officials in enforcing the ban.

Shark Fishing Banned

WTF, Chuck: Pay as You Go?

Note:  WTF, Chuck? is an ongoing series of articles in which staff writer, Chuck, replies to questions submitted by our readers.

A reader writes:

Dear Chuck,

WTF is this Pay as You Go program? Why do they want to raise my taxes so even more? Shouldn’t they use the high taxes I already pay to maintain the roads?

A Baldwin County Taxpayer

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Area led state in 2006 personal income growth

Southwest Alabama led the state in per-capita personal income gains in 2006, according to federal figures released last week, with five counties among the state’s top 10 in growth. However, the data collected by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Affairs suggest that some of the gains may have been a rebound after 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, an effect that was much more pronounced along the Mississippi Gulf Coast and in Louisiana.

Mobile, Baldwin and Clarke counties were not far behind, weighing in at fourth, seventh and 10th, respectively, among Alabama’s 67 counties.

Area led state in 2006 personal income growth

Man gets 50 years for meth trafficking

A Silverhill man who directed authorities to his own drug stash in an effort to divert attention from his girlfriend was sentenced to 50 years in prison Thursday for trafficking meth.

Three years ago, Steven Huffman asked his girlfriend, Shannon Marie Jackson, to deliver the drug for him in central Baldwin County, prosecutors said.

But Baldwin investigators had set up surveillance on Huffman’s home. A sheriff’s deputy followed her as she left the house and soon stopped her for a seat belt violation near Alabama 59 and Baldwin County 55, prosecutors said.

Man gets 50 years for meth trafficking

Berger to run for Daphne mayor

Ernie Berger, the white-bearded founder of the nonprofit Santa America, has announced he will run for mayor of Daphne.

“Good work has been done by the current and past administrations. In my view, I’m not running against anyone’s record,” Berger said. “I’m just giving back to the community I chose.”

Berger to run for Daphne mayor

Eastern Shore getting Publix, triangle getting nothing

Publix is coming to Fairhope, but not to the Triangle.

After months of competition between two local property owners seeking to secure the “big box” grocer, development company Regency Centers announced Thursday that a 54,340-square-foot Publix Super Market will be built on the east side of U.S. 98, across the highway from the “Welcome to Fairhope” sign.

The Publix would anchor the 84,740-square-foot Shoppes at Fairhope Village slated to open in early summer of 2009. Jacksonville, Fla.-based Regency Centers stated that it recently acquired 11.04 acres at the development, which is owned by Fairhope businessman and cattle rancher Arthur Corte.

Eastern Shore getting Publix