Entries from December 2008 ↓
December 24th, 2008 — County Government
Commissioners got a pre-Christmas glimpse of the county’s potential financial future and it wasn’t too frightening thanks to falling gas prices and an economic stimulus plan by President-elect Barack Obama.
Similarly, mortgage tax revenue projections show it on pace to be $200,000 less than budgeted. But he added, fuel estimated to be about $3.30 a gallon is instead costing about $1.50 average right now.
County Commissioners review budget
December 24th, 2008 — Rosinton
Baldwin County Sheriff’s Department officials say no charges are likely to be brought against a Rosinton woman whom they say shot her husband in the early morning hours Tuesday following a domestic dispute. The man would later die as a result of his injuries.
Police say James Cowan and Pamela Cowan shot each other in the early morning hours Tuesday at their home, 21480 County Road 62 in Rosinton.
Rosinton man dies after early morning shooting
Authorities: Wounded wife kills husband in Baldwin County, Ala.
December 23rd, 2008 — Crime, Fairhope
The Fairhope Police Department has been investigating numerous home and business burglaries that have been occurring in the Fairhope / Point Clear area. The burglaries have been sporadic and have targeted homes and businesses.
The Fairhope Police Department has increased the patrols and foot beats in the area. They are utilizing various types of techniques to apprehend the suspect(s). They are also processing the evidence that has been left at the crime scenes. The items stolen range from televisions to money.
December 23rd, 2008 — Crime, Rosinton
The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a double shooting on County Road 62 and Ard Road. That’s near Rosinton.
Spokesperson Anthony Lowery says one person was flown by helicopter to the hospital. The other was waiting on a flight for treatment.
Invesitgators say the shootings appear to be from a domestic dispute.
James Cowan was pronounced dead at the hospital, Baldwin County investigators said. An update on Pamela Cowan’s condition was not available this afternoon.
2 Shot In Rosinton
Police identify Rosinton shooting victims
December 23rd, 2008 — Magnolia Springs
A property owner checking on a tenant found the man dead around noon Monday in what authorities said appears to be a homicide in the victim’s mobile home off Baldwin County 49.
Officials have not confirmed how Edward Wayne McCrory, 52, died, Baldwin County Sheriff Huey “Hoss” Mack Jr. said at the scene.
“There was obviously trauma to Mr. McCrory’s body,” Mack said. “We won’t know the full extent of his injuries until an autopsy. Right now, we are treating this as a possible homicide.”
Magnolia Springs death suspected homicide
December 23rd, 2008 — Crime, Gulf Shores
Federal authorities filed fraud charges Friday against Benton Gray Harvey, saying he took money from customers and the owner of Starfish Insurance Agency in Gulf Shores.
The U.S. Secret Service accused Harvey, a former bookkeeper at the agency, of bank fraud and wire fraud, citing instances in which authorities say he sold bogus insurance policies to an individual and a condo association. The charges say Harvey wrote himself at least $120,000 in unauthorized checks from the agency.
The complaint also lays out grounds for mail fraud charges, but does not include such a charge. Mail fraud consists of using the mail to commit a crime, while wire fraud covers crimes via electronic communication.
Feds file insurance fraud charges
December 23rd, 2008 — Orange Beach
Federal prosecutors have announced their intention to appeal the revised sentence handed down to former Orange Beach Mayor Steve Russo, who got a year knocked off his original prison term.
Prosecutors today also filed noticed to appeal the sentence of Ken Wall, a real estate investor who was convicted along with Russo, 47, and then-City Attorney Larry Sutley. U.S. District Judge Kristi DuBose left Wall’s sentence alone despite the fact that an appeals court reinstated his conviction on a conspiracy charge.
Federal prosecutors appeal prison sentences of Russo, Wall in Orange Beach corruption case
December 23rd, 2008 — Gulf Shores
Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft is home resting following hospital tests in Birmingham over the weekend, city officials said Monday.
Craft went to the University of Alabama-Birmingham Medical Center for checks after suffering several incidents of dizziness, said Steve Garman, city administrator.
Garman said the mayor decided to have to elective surgery while activity at City Hall was at a low level. The surgery allowed doctors to take tissue samples to check a possible growth in Craft’s head, according to officials.
Gulf Shores mayor home after hospital tests
December 23rd, 2008 — Daphne, Spanish Fort
The construction of a new $23 million Interstate 10 interchange, to be located between the Eastern Shore Centre and the recently opened Bass Pro Shops in Spanish Fort, is scheduled to begin as soon as summer 2009, state transportation officials said.
The interchange at Baldwin County 13 would serve both Spanish Fort shopping centers as well as a proposed hospital in Daphne. The project would finish a years-long process of extending Baldwin County 13 from U.S. 98 in the south part of the county to I-10. South of the planned interchange, construction of a 3-mile, $8.6 million extension of Baldwin County 13 began in September and is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2010.
“Our funding for the interchange is secure, and the project is on our program to start this year,” said Vince Calametti, head of the Alabama Department of Transportation’s Mobile division. The project should be complete in early 2011, he said
Interchange on schedule
December 23rd, 2008 — Robertsdale
The old First Baptist Church on Racine Street in Robertsdale has been turned into an attractive thrift store which officially opened for business Friday morning.
The store’s main shop is in the “student room” of the old church, and is full of adult and children’s clothes, school uniforms, glassware, small appliances, and just about everything you’d need to outfit your home and family.
The store, Copeland, says, will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and will be open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays
Robertsdale) Baptist Church opens thrift store
December 23rd, 2008 — Summerdale
Summerdale Municipal Judge Daniel Robert Stankoski Jr. and prosecutor Mitzi Johnson-Theodoro said they will recuse themselves from the driving while intoxicated case against former Baldwin County District Attorney David Whetstone due to personal and professional relationships with the accused.
Whetstone, who served as the county’s top prosecutor for more than 2 decades before retiring in 2006, was charged with DUI on Friday night after failing a Breathalyzer test, according to law enforcement officers.
Judge, prosecutor recuse themselves from Whetstone DUI
He should get the Snake’s attorney, judge and prosecutor to handle this case.
December 23rd, 2008 — Daphne
The man Daphne Police have arrested for the murder of 21 year old Brianna Parish is being held in the Baldwin County Jail.
Police announced Monday afternoon they arrested 43 year old Troy MacDonald on capital murder charges.
Bond Hearing Set For Brianna Parish Murder Suspect
December 22nd, 2008 — Crime, Daphne
The Daphne Police Department says an arrest in the murder of 21 year old Brianna Parish has been made. News 5 is in Daphne following this big development. The police department has not released a name of the suspect. Parish was found dead November 14 at a sewer plant in Daphne.
Daphne Police Captain tells News 5 that the suspect arrested is Troy McDonald. He was named a person of interest early in the case.
Police said that McDonald was the last person to see Brianna Parish on November 11.
Arrest Made In The Murder Of Brianna Parish
December 22nd, 2008 — Crime, Summerdale
A former Baldwin County district attorney arrested for driving under the influence said he used “terrible judgment” when he got behind the wheel after drinking for three hours.
David Whetstone said he was “extremely embarrassed” about his arrest Friday.
Whetstone believed the test measured his blood alcohol level between .10 and .13. It’s illegal for drivers to have a level of 0.08 or higher in Alabama.
Former Baldwin County DA talks about DUI arrest
December 22nd, 2008 — Crime, Magnolia Springs
News 5 has learned that the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office is working a possible homicide in Bon Secour, about 5 miles from Magnolia Springs. Sheriff Huey “Hoss” Mack was at the scene Monday afternoon. The sheriff’s office says the victim is 52 year old Edward Wayne McCrory. He was found dead inside his mobile home on County Road 49. The sheriff’s office says he had ” an injury to his body.” An autopsy will be performed on Tuesday.
McCrory was last seen on Saturday. The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone will information to give investigators a call at 937.0202.
News 5 will have more on this story on our 5:00 and 6:00 newscasts.
Man Found Dead In His Bon Secour Mobile Home