Last month, a 17-year-old girl and her boyfriend put a tape in a VCR preparing to watch a movie. When they pressed the power-on button, they discovered a live feed to the 17-year-old’s bedroom, according to court testimony last week.
One of them went into the bedroom and found the camera, which was behind a mirror, said Robertsdale Police Investigator Anthony Dobson. They reported the camera to Robertsdale police and brought a couple of tapes that they had found. One of the scenes on the tapes included the 17-year-old and a friend putting on dresses before a homecoming dance, Dobson said.
Robertsdale police arrested the 17-year-old’s relative, Jerry Eugene Bates, 43, on Jan. 11 at the East Silverhill Avenue home on a charge of production of obscene matter containing a visual depiction of a person under 17 years of age, officials have said.
For a girl newly confined to a wheelchair, Megan’s in pretty good spirits. She was at home today playing with her dog and hanging out with family. Megan’s spent the last few weeks recovering at UAB Medical Center in Birmingham. She returned home yesterday to find decorations and welcome home banners covering the front of her house. Megan says she just wants things back to normal. Megan, her sister Jessica and another friend were hit by a car along Pope Street New Year’s eve. Everybody’s happy to have her back.
The two defendants charged with starving 11 dogs last year were sentenced to five days in jail and a year of probation in court hearings last month and Wednesday.
James T. Parker, 36, and Kristen N. Keith, 26, both of Robertsdale, faced up to a year in jail on a misdemeanor charge of cruelty to animals.
Police found the 11 emaciated and lethargic dogs in mid-October while investigating a cruelty complaint. The dogs were chained to stakes and trees without access to food and water, according to Patrol Sgt. Howard King
Adams, 33, a Robertsdale electrician, was killed July 23 when he was electrocuted while working in a classroom of the new Robertsdale Elementary School building.
He left his mother, Peggy Phillips, a fiancee, Cindy Hicks, an infant son, Joshua Brayden Adams and a host of friends and relations.
According to an OSHA collection notice, C & R Electrical Services Inc. of Stapleton faces penalties of $14,700 in the case. One of the charges is that the breaker controlling the lights to the room where Adams was working was not tagged properly. Other violations charge that circuits were not “deenergized,” and that circuit breakers were not rendered inoperative. All the violations are described as “serious” in the Jan. 14 report
A family members says a 9-year-old girl is paralyzed after she was hit by a car in Robertsdale.
Megan Busch is paralyzed below the waist. Busch and two other girls – Jessica Busch, 15, and Taylor Hathcock, 13 – were hit by a car while walking on the side of County Road 65 on New Year’s Eve. The driver was not charged.
A family member says Megan Busch is going through rehabilitation at the UAB hospital in Birmingham
On January 14th, Apple Computer co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs took a temporary medical leave of absence. In an email to Apple employees, Jobs says that his health problems are “more complex than he originally believed”. Jobs has suffered from pancreatic cancer, which was diagnosed four years ago.
Tim Cook, a Robertsdale, AL native, was hired by Jobs in 1988 to overhaul Apple Computer’s manufacturing and distribution networks which were in a shambles.
Cook graduated from Robertsdale High School in 1978. (Cook’s parents still reside in Robertsdale.)
A Robertsdale man has arrested after police say he placed hidden cameras inside his home to spy on a juvenile family member. Jerry Bates was charged with production of obscene material, a class “A” felony Sunday. Investigators say Bates hid high-tech and sophisticated cameras inside a family member’s bedroom and bathroom. The victim, police say, is a 17-year old girl.
If you have garbage or trash stored in public view in Robertsdale, you had better clean it up. The Robertsdale City Council voted Monday night to adopt amended regulations dealing with litter.
Amending the ordinance allowed Raines to tackle something new — the garbage cans now provided by the city to residents. Chapter nine, sections 1-7 now make it clear that the garbage can provided by the city is the city’s property and gives regulations as to where those cans may be placed and what may be put into waste receptacles. The ordinance also mandates that “garbage and/or trash cans must be removed from steetside after pickup by city within 24 hours.”
Two Baldwin County teachers have come under fire recently for unrelated incidents involving inappropriate material or misconduct.
A male Central Baldwin Middle School teacher is under investigation for allegedly harassing a female student and has been put on administrative leave without pay, and a Daphne High teacher resigned in December after admitting that he tried to view inappropriate Web sites on a school computer, officials said.
Another incident involving misconduct recently caused a Daphne teacher to resign. Lance Harbison, an agri-science teacher at Daphne High since 2003, was put on administrative leave without pay after computer records showed that he attempted to access inappropriate Web sites from a school computer, according to Baldwin County school officials.
Three girls, ages 9, 13, and 15 walking along County Road 65 near Pope Street, never got home to enjoy the fun and hoopla of a New Year’s party.
Instead, the three were struck by a vehicle Dec. 31 around 5:30 p.m.
Two of the girls remain at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital in Pensacola. The 15-year-old was released earlier. One of the girls is listed in “good” condition, while the other is said to be in “fair” condition.
The driver of the vehicle, who police have not identified, was not injured, and police say that alcohol does not seem to be a factor.
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
While there are no layoffs in the immediate future, Robertsdale mayor Charles H. Murphy says there will be some belt-tightening ahead for the city.
“There will be no gifts to employees this year,” said Murphy, adding that normally the employees receive a chair or umbrella at the annual Christmas party. While other communities have canceled their holiday meals for employees, the Robertsdale employees’ Christmas lunch will be prepared by the Robertsdale Volunteer Fire Department. The proceeds from the $16 a plate lunch will go to a project for the community, according to the minutes of the Dec. 1 meeting.
One man was shot and taken to South Baldwin Regional Medical Center while another was arrested and charged with first-degree assault and will be held in the Baldwin County Corrections Center according to Sgt. Rex. Bishop, chief Investigator and spokesperson for the Robertsdale Police Department.
According to Bishop, officers found Raymond R. Murphy III, 25, with a gunshot wound. Murphy was found at 22192 College Ave., the home police say, of Nicholas Stanley Ott, 23.
“Mr. Ott fled the scene on foot,” Bishop said. Ott was apprehended, Bishop said, at 2:02 a.m. Tuesday on Wilters Street, near the elementary school.
A Robertsdale man remained hospitalized Tuesday after being shot with a handgun during a fight with an acquaintance Monday night, according to the Robertsdale Police Department.
Raymond Robert Murphy III, 25, was taken to South Baldwin Regional Medical Center in Foley after Robertsdale police responded to a 911 call and found him shot in the midsection just after 11 p.m., said Sgt. Rex Bishop, the city’s chief investigator.
Murphy remained in guarded condition Tuesday, a hospital official said.
While money is tighter than at the end of last year, city officials are going ahead with year-end activities and don’t plan to lay off any workers as in some municipalities, Mayor Charles Murphy said Monday.
During the last City Council meeting of 2008, Murphy said officials planned to continue the Christmas luncheon for employees Friday. After Monday’s meeting, he said council members had discussed canceling the annual event, but members of the Volunteer Fire Department agreed to help with the activity.