Correction Services had a contract with Clanton for the past six years that allowed the firm to collect a $10 set-up fee and a $40 monthly fee from every debtor the Clanton Municipal Court steered to the firm, according to the lawsuit the SPLC filed against the city in March.
The SPLC sent out letters on Wednesday to nearly 100 municipalities that use JCS, warning that the contracts are illegal and the tactics used by the firms can amount to extortion.
Audio cords and acoustic guitars are now back in the church where they belong. Last Wednesday, Bay Minette Police said two 18-year-olds stole these and many more items from the church.
When the suspects were confronted by a police sergeant in an alley behind the church, Tyler Haigler and his alleged accomplice Johnathan Boutwell said they had just run out of gas.
“Their story was they were out of gas and were heading to the Piggly Wiggly. And Piggly Wiggly was closed, so she had them go to the gas station where they purchased $7 worth of gas and left,” Sgt. Ray Dixon said.
But they weren’t done for the night. Police said they then went to Dixon Road near Highway 225 and started burglarizing houses before a homeowner caught them and called sheriff’s deputies.
Two weeks ago, the future of Bay Minette Elementary School was the focus of what’s been called one of the most productive Baldwin County school board work sessions in recent memory.
And a lot of the credit was given to Superintendent Robbie Owen, who facilitated the much-needed discussion about the school, which has emerged as a top priority with many needs and dwindling funds to address them.
In the days since, many board members said they left the May 21 meeting with a positive feeling, not only about Bay Minette Elementary’s options, but Owen’s leadership as superintendent.
The future of Bay Minette Elementary School was a key topic of discussion during the Baldwin County Board of Education’s work session and regular meeting on Thursday night.
The school – one of the system’s oldest – was scheduled to be replaced had a March 31 property tax referendum been successful. However, voters turned the measure down, leaving the school board dealing with how to move forward at the school.
For the first time since the referendum, they discussed options in-depth, debating the merits of three choices presented by Superintendent Robbie Owen.
Standard Furniture has reached a long-term licensing agreement with Joanna Gaines to market her new product line, “Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines,” as a fully independent division of the Bay Minette-based company.
Gaines, the co-host of HGTV show “Fixer Upper,” owns and operates Waco, Texas-based Magnolia Homes and Magnolia Market with her husband Chip. Per the arrangement, the new product line will share limited operations such as warehousing and distribution with Standard Furniture Corp., Furniture Today reports.
Bay Minette police said they want to question Steven Brown in connection with an incident during the May Day celebration in the Douglasville community there.
Thursday, Bay Minette Police Department issued felony warrants for another man, Steven Barnes, in connection with the incident, but they determined he wasn’t involved after questioning.
Bay Minette Police Chief Clarence Crook said hundreds of people participated in the annual May Day celebration and many were drinking.
He said crowds of people were in the streets and officers were in the area when various complaints started coming in. Footage released Monday, May 4, 2015 showed the loud, crowded scene early in the evening when officers tried to calm the crowd down. As night fell, he said things escalated and more complaints came in about the same individual.
Heather Karras isn’t sure what will happen next month if the Baldwin County School System doesn’t have a plan moving forward to address the poor conditions of Bay Minette Elementary School.
She said at least 25 parents are ready to form some sort of coop and begin home schooling their children if the school building that has been replete with moldy classrooms and restrooms, isn’t replaced with portables or an addition.
Saturday night when Bay Minette police attempted to arrest a man for public intoxication and disorderly conduct at the community May Day event, three officers were physically struck by civilians. The man being arrested received medical attention after complaining of chest pain during the arrest.
The video above is footage taken from the body camera worn by a police officer who assisted Bay Minette Police Department Chief Clarence Crook in making an arrest Saturday night.
Saturday night, while Bay Minette police attempted to arrest a man for public intoxication and disorderly conduct at the community’s May Day event, three officers were physically struck by civilians. An ambulance responded to the area after the man being arrested complained of chest pain.
The May Day event in the Douglasville community involves family activities, cookouts and various events, according to Bay Minette Police Department Chief Clarence Crook who estimated there were about 500 or more people gathered Saturday night.
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.
When Heather Karras learned the Alabama elementary school her children attend contains asbestos, she pulled them out — and asked for answers.
Delayed responses from Bay Minette Elementary School officials raised fears the deteriorating 1920s-era school possibly was placing children, teachers and anyone else who visits the building at risk of asbestos exposure.
A Baldwin County family said they have a big cat problem. In the last week they said a large cat they believe to be a panther has killed 74 chickens and has them pretty shaken up.
It is a controversial topic though. On one hand there’s a family that’s convinced a panther or cougar has been killing their chickens, but state biologists said there is no documented evidence of a breeding population anywhere in Alabama.
One thing is certain. Whatever has been breaking into the hen house, has killed dozens of chickens since last Thursday and just leaves them for dead.
Testing for asbestos exposure at Bay Minette Elementary School uncovered no imminent threat of danger, but the school’s library has been closed to encapsulate an area of concern, school system officials said Thursday.
The testing was in response to concerns from parents who turned out en masse at the school board’s regular meeting on April 16 and threatened to keep their children out of school until it was declared safe from asbestos. Several parents made good on that promise, although they allowed many of their kids to go on Thursday after nearly a week out of school.
However, the EPA’s observation report did uncover two specific failures by the Baldwin County school system. According to the report, the district “failed to provide annual notifications to parent/teacher/employee organizations” and it “failed to develop and/or implement” an operations and maintenance plan.
Some parents of students at Bay Minette Elementary School are making good on promises they would keep their children home until the school is certified safe from asbestos.
According to Michael Ivey, who has a child in first grade at the school, there are as many as six students who have been kept at home amid concerns for their health. At the Baldwin County school board meeting on April 16, Ivey and others voiced serious concerns about inspection reports they said showed the school was at risk for asbestos exposure.