Summerdale Peanut Co. in coastal Alabama is recalling about 150 bags of Baldwin County Fried Peanuts supplied by a Georgia firm at the center of a salmonella investigation.
Company spokesman Joseph A. Parker said in a statement Wednesday the peanuts, packaged in 10-ounce cellophane bags, were supplied by the Peanut Corp. of America in Blakely, Ga., where products have tested positive for salmonella.
The Baldwin County Fried Peanuts packages were distributed to retailers in south Alabama between June 30 and Dec. 22, 2008.
Former Baldwin County District Attorney David Whetstone pleaded guilty Monday in Municipal Court to a drunken driving charge, receiving what a prosecutor said is a normal punishment for first offenders.
Whetstone, who served as the county’s top prosecutor for more than 20 years before retiring in 2006, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol on
Dec. 19. Buddy Brackin, a Foley attorney appointed to hear Whetstone’s case after the city judge recused himself, ordered Whetstone to serve a one-year probation and pay a $500 fine.
A concerned but appreciative crowd of about 200 people gathered Thursday night to find out how the Navy’s new training airplane will impact their property and quality of life.
At a public meeting at the Summerdale Community Center, Naval Air Station Whiting Field’s commanding officer, Capt. Rick Sadsad, explained the reason for expanding some of Baldwin County’s training airfields — an upgrade to the more powerful T-6B training airplane.
“We want to have an open conversation; we’re not hiding anything from anyone. We want to do the right thing,” Sadsad said
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.
Former Baldwin County District Attorney David Whetstone was booked into Foley Police Departments jail Friday night.
According to Foley Police Chief David Wilson the former D.A. was arrested for driving under the influence in Summerdale.
Wilson says Whetstone is being booked in Foley on the misdemeanor charge because Summerdale Police, which doesn’t have it’s own jail, has a contract with the Foley Police Department to use theirs.
A source tells News 5 Whetstone was swerving all over the road before being pulled over and arrested around 6:30 p.m.
But a new program in Summerdale called Youth-Reach Gulf Coast is housing troubled boys with a criminal past and teaching them a better way of life.
After a thorough screening process, boys ranging in age from 12 to 20 live in brand-new homes situated on 81-acres of woodland and pasture. Through hard work and good behavior, they earn freedoms like watching television, sitting by the fireplace, and unrestricted access to the refrigerator.
Youth-Reach Gulf Coast does not receive any state or federal funding. They operate on public donations.
A judge sentenced a Summerdale man convicted of attempting to entice a child by a computer to one year in prison and three years of probation.
In October, a jury found Charles Dustin Cooper, 26, guilty of the Class C felony, which is punishable by up to 10 years under state law. Cooper was arrested in April 2006 as part of Operation Child Safe, an investigation that involved Gulf Shores police officers posing as 13- and 14-year-old girls and boys in chat rooms and other Web sites.
Events are scheduled throughout the county in honor of Veterans Day. Veterans Day will be officially observed Tuesday.
The Foley Veterans Day parade will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday.
The city of Fairhope will honor military veterans with a Veterans Day Parade at 10 a.m. Saturday in downtown Fairhope, ending at the Civic Center
The students, faculty and staff of Perdido Elementary/Middle School will hold a Veterans Day celebration at 8:30 a.m. Monday
Elberta Elementary will be holding a special Veterans Day assembly for area veterans at 7:30 a.m. Monday.
The mayor and City Council of the town of Summerdale will honor area veterans at their council meeting Monday.
The city of Bay Minette will hold several Veterans’ Day activities, beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday with a free continental breakfast at the Bay Minette Civic Center. The parade line-up begins at 9:30 a.m. at Bay Minette Intermediate School. The parade will start at 10:30 a.m. and travel downtown.
The city of Daphne will hold a celebratory program honoring area veterans on Veterans Day at 10 a.m. at City Hall.
Summerdale Police Officer T.J. Palkovic says all he wanted to do was let the driver know his license plate was about to fall off…but the driver had no intention of stopping! Palkovic and his partner attempted to stop the driver using a technique called a rolling road block, but the suspect nearly ran one of the officers off the highway.
Moments later, the chase goes “off-road” and the driver nearly wipes out. But the Halloween desperado still has a few tricks up his sleeve…the driver backtracks and heads towards the county landfill. His SUV plows through a gate and crashes in a swamp. The driver is critically injured.
The suspect, identified as John Ard, now faces multiple charges, including reckless endangerment, eluding police and criminal mischief for the damage he caused when he crashed at the landfill.
One person died and one person was injured in a traffic crash Wednesday evening in Summerdale. It happened just before 7:30pm on County Road 36 about one mile east of Summerdale. 16 year old Cody Ryan Kennedy of Summerdale, the driver of a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica, was injured while his passenger, 32 year old Alan Eugene Randall of Summerdale, was killed in the accident. Alabama State Troopers say that neither person was wearing their seat belt. No other vehicles were involved.
A referendum has been scheduled Oct. 28 for voters in a district surrounding Foley and Summerdale to decide again whether they want to come under county planning and zoning regulations.
That is just a week before the general election and Probate Judge Adrian Johns said he considered setting the Planning District 18 vote on Nov. 4, but decided against it for logistical reasons.
“We explored that possibility, but what we’d wind up with is, if we tried to have it the same day, some voters would go to their normal polling place and then would have to go to another location to vote in the zoning referendum,” Johns said. “We decided it would be simpler and neater to put in on a separate day.”
A Baldwin County jury today found James Harris Patterson guilty of murdering 25-year-old Rene Ann Perez.
Patterson, 26, of Summerdale, was charged with beating Perez on the head with a hammer and then strangling her to death on Aug. 15, 2006, at her Orange Beach home. Patterson is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 20. He faces up to 99 years in prison for the Class A felony.