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BREAKING: Teen Charged In Serial Arsons

A Madison County teen is facing more than a dozen felony charges in connection with a series of recent arson fires in northern Madison County.
Sheriff Blake Dorning announced Monday afternoon that Sean David Vinson, 18, of 479 Stephens Road, Hazel Green, has been charged with 11 counts of first-degree criminal mischief and 3 counts of first-degree arson.
All the charges are felonies.
More information will follow shortly.

Statement of Rep. Griffith on Planned Defense Cuts

(From release) Congressman Parker Griffith released the following statement Monday regarding announced cuts to the defense budget:
“I was very troubled to learn of the planned cuts to the defense budget,” said Griffith. “With news breaking every day about new missile launches and research into weapons development by rogue nations, it is paramount to both national and international security that we keep our defense systems fully funded.

Area ROTC Squads To Compete At A&M Saturday

(From release) Some 13 area high school ROTC programs are expected to participate in a drill competition at the Louis Crews stadium at Alabama A&M University, including a few squads from Birmingham on Saturday. The programs have committed to bringing 300 students to the event that starts at 9 a.m. on the AAMU Track with the athletic events.
The event will move to the tail-gate parking area at 10:45 a.m. for drill events, and it will end at 4 p.m. with an award ceremony behind the visitors’ side of Louis Crews stadium.

Board: HPD Officers 'Within Policy' When Man Died After Arrest

A board convened to review events surrounding the death of a man who died after being arrested by Huntsville police in March has decided the officers involved acted appropriately during the incident.
According to a release from HPD spokesman Sgt. Mark Roberts:
On Thursday, April 2, 2009, an Incident Review Board convened to examine evidence and hear testimony related to the death of Gartrayl Baker on March 18, 2009, where officers arrested Mr. Baker who later died at Huntsville Hospital.

Huntsville Police Charge Teen With April 1 Murder

By William T. Martin
HuntsvilleNewswire

A Huntsville teen is in custody and has been charged with killing another man on April 1.
According to HPD Spokesman Sgt. Mark Roberts, Jeremy Lamanza Rice has been charged with shooting Thadeus Townsend, 45, at a home at 2901 Alaska Avenue.
Roberts said Rice may have been in some type of argument with Townsend’s daughter prior to the shooting and had later gone to the Alaska Avenue home where he shot Townsend.

Boeing Donates $15,000 To Law Enforcement Memorial Fund

An area defense contractor brought Huntsville a big step closer to constructing a monument to its fallen heroes Friday.
Boeing-Huntsville presented a check for $15,000 to the Huntsville Police Citizens Foundation, which is raising funds to build the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
Boeing Vice-President Tony Jones said the idea for the donation came from his employees.
“It’s a way to say thank you to the police officers in our community,” said Jones. “We should not take our safety and security for granted. I would encourage all the people in Huntsville (to) support this noble cause.”

Redstone Dedicates Garriott School Age Services Center

By William T. Martin
HuntsvilleNewswire

Redstone Arsenal dedicated its new after-school children’s center to a beloved member of its child care team Friday morning.
Family members and Army officials joined together for ceremonies at the Myra M. Garriott School Age Services Center.
Garriott’s son James said it was a great honor to have the center posthumously named for his mother.
“It means a lot. It is an outstanding facility,” said Garriott. “That was her big thing. She really believed in the kids (and) really lived for the kids. She’s smiling down now.”
Garriott passed away in 2006 after serving at Redstone since 1999.
According to a release, the Army and Redstone Arsenal are expanding family assistance efforts under the Army Family Covenant while continuing improvements to many existing services. The Army Family Covenant is the Army’s commitment to taking care of Army families.
The grand opening of the new Redstone School Age Services building is one example of that commitment.

City Cleaning Up After Storm Late Thursday

Cleanup continues into Friday morning after several storms caused damage in Huntsville Thursday evening.
Several trees were downed and power lines along with them. Some poles were down and Huntsville Utilities says some may not be replaced until after daylight Friday.
Here are additional details from HU:

HPD: Turn Down The Volume Or Face A Ticket

(From release) On March 26, 2009, the Huntsville City Council passed an Amendment to the Sound Ordinance.
This amendment is an enhancement to the
current ordinance that allows police to issue citations or private citizens the ability to obtain a warrant for individuals that violate the Noise Ordinance.

City Reports Only Small Power Outages After Storm; Warnings Canceled

By William T. Martin
HuntsvilleNewswire

As of 6:20 p.m. Huntsville Utilities was only reporting five small storm-related outages. Crews are working to repair these.
Also, tornado warnings posted earlier have expired.
Light damage has been reported in areas of northwest Madison County.
Heavy damage was reported south of Huntsville in north Morgan County. A trailer park in the Lacey Spring area was hit earlier and several trailers were reported destroyed. Crews have reported no serious injuries or entrapment.

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