Entries from April 2015 ↓
April 30th, 2015 — Crime, Daphne
A driver who was shown on video ramming his truck into a vehicle in the Daphne WalMart parking lot. was arrested
Investigators said 55-year-old Donald Young was driving 40-50 miles per hour when he rammed his truck into a white SUV.
Young told investigators that he was being followed by black and white SUVs and wanted to put a stop to it.
via Police: driver rammed vehicle in parking lot, walked into store – FOX10 News | WALA.
April 30th, 2015 — Business, County Government, Fairhope
Knowing that growth to the east is inevitable, Fairhope city leaders are looking to gain more oversight of the municipality’s outlying areas, specifically the Alabama 181 corridor.
To that end, the council is ready to vote on a measure on May 11 that will give the city authority to enforce its sign ordinance in its police jurisdiction, which generally extends three miles to the south and east of the corporate limits and north to Daphne’s jurisdictional line.
via ‘181 looks terrible’: Fairhope wants to expand sign restrictions to guide appearance of outlying areas | AL.com.
April 30th, 2015 — Business, Foley
Lambert’s Cafe – Foley
Headed to the beach? Stop on the way and catch a roll. Lambert’s Cafe is the “Home of Throwed Rolls” located in Foley, just before you get to the beach in Mobile. The waiters might play a few tricks on you – pretending to squirt you with ketchup and mustard or dump macaroni in your lap – but it’s all fun and games and food at Lambert’s.
via 8 eats in Alabama that are more than food – WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL.
April 30th, 2015 — County Government, Schools
Baldwin County and school board officials say they are planning to simply “listen” during a two-hour public hearing tonight in Robertsdale.
School Board President Norm Moore said Wednesday that there will be other opportunities to answer questions surfacing during the meeting, but that Thursday night is about “listening.”
via Baldwin County school board president on tonight’s meeting: We want to listen to ideas | AL.com.
April 30th, 2015 — Crime, Foley
Foley police continue to investigate Tuesday’s hit-and-run incident that left a pedestrian in critical condition.
Police have recovered a piece of a motorcyclist’s helmet and began circulating a photo Thursday with hopes that the public could help identify the driver they believe hit the 66-year-old man. The piece of helmet has camouflage colors and what appears to be half of a drawing of an AK-47 rifle.
via Foley police seek motorcyclist in vehicle vs. pedestrian crash; piece of helmet recovered | AL.com.
April 30th, 2015 — Bay Minette, Crime
Under the cover of darkness, two men broke into a gas station in Bay Minette, causing $500 worth of damage while grabbing a small amount of cash before fleeing. On Thursday, investigators released four images of the suspects in hopes the public can help identify them.
The images show two men dressed from head to toe in black. One suspect appears to have something covering his face. Both have hoods pulled tight over their heads.
via Burglars sought by authorities after causing $500 worth of damage at Bay Minette gas station | AL.com.
April 30th, 2015 — Other News
Imagine an Alabama where Madison and Mobile counties have swapped places in population rank, where surging Baldwin is the fourth-largest county in the state and where stagnant Montgomery County has fallen from No. 4 to No. 6.
Those are the latest population projections by the University of Alabama’s Center for Business and Economic Research. The model, updated last month, forecasts population changes in five-year increments through 2040.
via Alabama in 2040: Check out population forecasts for all 67 counties | AL.com.
April 30th, 2015 — Other News
Landowner Neil McMillan needed to clear some timber from his Baldwin County property and John Hastie, his second cousin, was just the man to do it, McMillan testified Wednesday in federal court.
John Hastie, the husband of Mobile County License Commissioner Kim Hastie, hammered out a deal with him in December 2014, McMillan said. John Hastie’s employer would buy the wood and McMillan would tell the forestry firm to cut a $5,232 check to John and Kim’s daughter, Jordan Hastie, according to McMillan.
via Feds focus on forestry deal in day 2 of trial for Mobile County License Commissioner Kim Hastie and husband | AL.com.
April 29th, 2015 — County Government, Real estate
Five Alabama counties are trending upward in property tax revenues, while Baldwin County has yet to see an uptick from the same revenue stream since the Recession, according to statistics provided by Interim County Administrator Ron Cink.
Revenue Commissioner Teddy Faust Jr., however, said the county’s revenue figures should show at least a 6 percent increase in the coming year.
Cink’s analysis was presented during a Baldwin County Commission workshop Tuesday, with Commissioner Tucker Dorsey questioning why the county – the fastest growing county in Alabama – was not generating an increase in property tax revenue.
via Questions raised about Baldwin County’s property tax revenue | AL.com.
April 29th, 2015 — County Government, Daphne, Fairhope, Spanish Fort
In a 2012 vote, the newly-formed Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) selected the Baldwin County Commission to provide planning staff, support services and required cash, in-kind or soft-match funds to assist with transportation planning in Spanish Fort, Daphne, Fairhope and Loxley. But the MPO’s relationship with the county could change soon if a handful of policy board members get their way.
At the April 22 policy board meeting, SARPC Executive Director Chris Miller said he has been in talks with the county commission about possibly taking over the county’s transportation funding organization.
At the meeting, the policy board adopted its Draft 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan, which outlines $560 million in projects over the next 25 years. MPO Coordinator Matthew Brown said $537 million of the total is labeled as ALDOT projects and also includes funding for the proposed Interstate 10 bridge project over the Mobile River.
via Eastern Shore MPO passes long-range plan, but future in question – LagniappeLagniappe.
April 29th, 2015 — Robertsdale
Federal and state law enforcement are enlisting schools, public health agencies and others in a battle against a deadly surge in heroin, prescription painkillers and synthetic drugs called spice.
U.S. Attorney George Beck of the Middle District of Alabama hosted a meeting to launch a plan that will include spreading the word about the dangers.
via Federal, state law enforcement seek public’s help against ‘silent killers,’ heroin, spice | AL.com.
April 29th, 2015 — Daphne
Daphne Police say a man intentionally rammed his vehicle into another vehicle in the Daphne Walmart parking lot Wednesday afternoon, causing a fire. It happened around 2 p.m.
Police say the vehicle that was rammed was empty. They say the man may have psychological issues because he told police he believed he was being followed by certain types of vehicles and decided to ram a vehicle that fit the description.
via Daphne PD: Man Intentionally Rams Into Vehicle, Causes Fire – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.
April 29th, 2015 — Daphne
With complaints about speeding in the Lake Forest subdivision increasing, Daphne officials decided it was finally time for a change.
Throughout the month of July, the city will begin phasing in a reduced speed limit, dropping it from 30 mph to 25 mph on all boulevards within the subdivision.
via Slow down: Daphne to reduce speed limit on Lake Forest’s main boulevards | AL.com.
April 29th, 2015 — Foley
Authorities are investigating the origins of a runaway utility spool that struck and damaged three vehicles on the Foley Beach Express Saturday.
Foley Police Capt. David White said the spool, which was rolling out-of-control amid 50 mph or more winds during a strong storm, struck three occupied vehicles stopped at the expressway’s intersection at County Road 20. No one was injured.
via Authorities investigating runaway utility spool in Foley | AL.com.
April 29th, 2015 — Schools, Spanish Fort
Spanish Fort Police Chief David Edgar has confirmed a bomb threat has been called into Spanish Fort Elementary School.
Chief Edgar said the school is being evacuated and students are being moved across the street. He said police have not gone into the school at this time.
via SFPD: Bomb threat called into Spanish Fort Elementary School – FOX10 News | WALA.