By Trooper Johnathan Appling
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA)’s State Bureau of Investigation (SBI), today, Feb. 10, responded to the scene of an active shooter and subsequent double homicide in Marion County. The homicides occurred in separate locations in downtown Hamilton.
The initial investigation reveals Marion County Sheriff Deputies and a Hamilton Police Officer engaged the active shooter at a third location, the First State Bank. Additionally, a private citizen reacted and assisted law enforcement in the exchange of gunfire with the suspect. Whereupon, the suspect Jimmy Cooper, 57, of Hamilton, was struck by gunfire and was taken into custody. SBI will investigate the officer involved shooting involving Cooper.
The Hamilton Police Department will lead the double homicide investigation where Donny Miller, 67, and Linda Cole, 61, both of Hamilton, were killed.
“Although, we will conduct a thorough investigation of the officer involved shooting, the initial indication is that the deputies, officer and private citizen acted without hesitation and probably prevented the further loss of life,” said Secretary of Law Enforcement Spencer Collier.
Cooper is recovering, suffering from non-life threatening wounds at UAB under guard by ALEA.
No additional information is available as the investigation is ongoing.
Feb 10 2016
The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)Post 4543 held a special program for the district winners of the Voice of Democracy (VOD) and Patriot Pen awards on Monday night, February 8. The winners of the VFW District 1 VOD, 2nd place, Amelia Townsend, Patriot Pen Winner, 2nd place, Reagan Kutis and the Patriot Pen District first place and state winner (sponsored by the Falkville VFW Post), Maggie Robertson from Haleyville were presented by the VFW District Commander, Jerry Willibey,
Guests for the event included Haleyville Schools Superintendent of Education, Dr. Alan Miller, Middle school Principal Bo Wilcoxson, and Beth Townsend, school sponsor of the VOD program.
(Pictured left to right: VFW District Commander, Jerry Willibey, Maggie Robertson, Reagan Kutis, Amelia Townsend, and VFW Post 4543 Commander, Dwight Thomas)
The Haleyville Police Department has moved into the new city hall. The move has been made, however, there is still some moving in pains. The dispatcher is temporarily working from the Storm Shelter underneath the new City Hall until all the communication equipment is fully working in the new police office. The phone numbers remain the same, but the city administrators and police department can now be found at the new Haleyville City Hall.
Feb 09 2016
The Haleyville High School Senior Play is this Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the HES Cafetorium. The play is a exciting comedy drama about a man and and his college friends who find out that he has inherited an abandoned disco. Little do they know that the disco has been used for stashing money from a recent bank robbery. Chaos begins when the robbers and the brains behind the robbery try to get the money out of the disco while those pesky college students try to restore the building to it’s former glory and the Golden Age of Disco. Lots of laughs and plenty of disco music prove to make this play a hit.
Tickets will be available at the door for $8.
Feb 08 2016
The Haleyville Lady Lions met the Hamilton Lady Aggies in Danville Monday night for the first round of the area basketball tournament. Through a hard fought battle by two well-matched teams, the Haleyville Lady Lions came away victorious with a final score of 50-48. The Lady Lions will face the Danville Lady Hawks Wednesday at 4:00 in the area championship at Danville.
In boys basketball, the Haleyville Lions will play the winner of the Hamilton-Danville game on Thursday night at 6:00 P.M. in the Haleyville High gym for the area championship.
Hats off to the coaches, staff, school and parents for the efforts in getting both the boys and the girls teams in the area championships. We are especially proud of all the Lions players for pushing through to prove that you are all winners.
Listen to live coverage of the games on Wednesday at 4:00 PM and Thursday at 6:00 PM on Paradise 92.7 with Craig Wakefield and David Albright and “Roar Lions!”
Feb 08 2016
Feb 05 2016
Two local men were arrested in January in an undercover sting to catch predators hoping to meet an underage girl for sex. The investigation began when an underage person complained about an older person making contact on social media. The Cordova Police set up two fake accounts on social media in which bot accounts appeared to be female teens under 16 years old.
Within an hour, up to 50 people had contacted the fake sites. Police Chief Nick Smith said he was overwhelmed by the response. While the specific social media sites were not released, Smith said they were the typical sites that anyone around or under age 16 may be using. He said the people who contacted the fake accounts would begin with private conversation and some were very blunt and expressed their desire to have sex with the person they thought was an underage teen.
Investigators, using the fake profiles, set up meetings in various locations around Cordova. The suspects thought they were meeting an underage female for sex but instead were arrested. Ten people were arrested in this sting, all from north Alabama.
Two of the ten arrested were Kevin Freeman, 38, of Bear Creek. Freeman was charged with transmitting obscene material to a child and traveling to meet a child for an unlawful sex act. Terry Lane, 39, of Nauvoo, was charged with transmitting obscene material to a child.
Chief Smith stated, “If you have a child on social media you need to monitor their activity or not let them have it at all.”
If you have any information related to this operation, please contact the Cordova Police Department investigators at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Story originally appeared on WBRC-6 Birmingham.
Feb 04 2016
Congratulations to Oakley Ward from Brilliant High School who was 1 of only 16 students chosen statewide to participate in the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Student Leadership Conference. She is the daughter of Dennis and Lana Ward of Brilliant, and is currently a junior at Brilliant High School. Oakley was chosen as the female representative from the entire district 7. Oakley will participate in the two-day leadership conference in Montgomery on April 4-5. During the conference, students will learn more about the AHSAA, speak with executive director Steve Savarese, have group sessions with leadership clinician Jack Williams, CEO of the IDEALS leadership program, and visit educational venues in Montgomery.
Feb 03 2016
After the storm passed Tuesday night, only two incidents were reported caused by the high winds and rain. A power transformer on the east side of Haleyville caught fire and had to be replaced, knocking out neighborhood power for a short while. Haleyville firemen responded. With the installation of a new transformer, Alabama Power workers had power restored.
Just after 11 p.m., traveling down 30th Street in my Prius, a large dead tree, weakened by the storm decided gravity was just too much and fell on my car. The tree caused extensive damage, including breaking out the rear window. It even broke out the front grill as it enveloped the Prius. The unexpected event certainly got my attention.
The good news, no one was injured or killed in the passing of this storm.
Snow next week?
Feb 02 2016
A history making city council meeting took place Monday evening. It was the first ever council meeting in the new Haleyville City Hall. With Bud Wilson absent, Mayor Ken Sunseri and the remaining four councilmen conducted the shortest meeting in recent history. After approving the minutes of the last meeting on 19 January, the council approved hiring The Cassady Company to engineer the Cripple Creek Subdivision sewer project.
Mayor Sunseri announced the Storm Shelters will be opened Tuesday afternoon if a tornado watch is issued for this area and residents should keep a watch on the weather Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday night.
Mayor Sunseri stated the police department plans to move to the new city hall on Thursday.
The next city council meeting will be Tuesday, February 16, 5:30 at the new Haleyville City Hall. There will be a public hearing preceding the council meeting at 5:15 on the 16th concerning a new business to locate in Haleyville.