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Griffith Announces Grant For Violence Education, Law Enforcement

(From release) Congressman Parker Griffith announced a grant today for the City of Huntsville to provide support for both law enforcement officers and school children. The funding, awarded in the amount of $238,394 by the Department of Justice, will expand the Gang Intervention and Violence Education (GIVE) program for Madison County youth and streamline data processing for the Madison County Sheriff’s office.
“Today, more than ever, our kids need all the support they can get,” Griffith said. “Tennessee Valley parents can rest assured that, in addition to their core curriculum, our children are receiving world-class character education.”

Huntsville Attorney Announces Candidacy For Madison County Judgeship

(From release) A recently added Circuit Judgeship in Madison County has its first candidate. Today Alan Mann announced he will run as a Republican for this new position, which was approved by the legislature and will be on the ballot for the first time in 2010. The new judgeship was created to help alleviate the backlog of cases in Madison County.
Mann is a lifelong resident of Madison County and is a highly respected member of the Huntsville legal community with more than fifteen years of experience in all areas of the law.

Griffith Presses for Faster Response to Swine Flu

(From release) Congressman Parker Griffith today called on a renewed effort to combat the H1N1 virus. In the wake of news that Alabama doctors are overwhelmed with patients reporting flu-like symptoms, Griffith urges for the training of first responders and a stronger commitment to the initial diagnosis of swine flu.

Police Release Name Of Man Killed By Train Near Alabama A&M

By William T. Martin

Police have released the name of a man killed when he was struck by a train while sitting on or near railroad tracks Wednesday in east Huntsville.
HPD Sgt. Mark Roberts identified the victim as Walter Philip Holman, 46. Roberts told HNW Holman was a transient with no known address.
Holman was struck around 12:15 p.m. as the westbound Norfolk Southern train, carrying empty coal hoppers from Chattanooga to Memphis, was entering Huntsville.

UPDATE: Police Recover Body Of Man Hit By Train

By William T. Martin

A man who was probably homeless was killed when he was struck by a train while sitting on the tracks in east Huntsville Wednesday, police said.
According to HPD Sgt. Micky Allen and reports from the scene, the crew of the westbound Norfolk Southern coal train saw the man apparently sitting on or near the tracks near the Highway 72 overpass south of the Alabama A&M campus shortly after noon.
The crew tried to stop the train but could not avoid hitting the man, whom Allen described as a white male.

Person Hit, Killed by Train In East Huntsville

By William T. Martin

A person has apparently been struck and killed by a train in east Huntsville.
According to reports from the scene, the incident occurred around noon Wednesday in a wooded area east of Meridian Street near the Highway 72 overpass.
A Norfolk Southern coal train was headed west into town when it struck a person lying on or near the tracks, according to radio reports.
No other information was immediately available.

VIDEO REPORT: Boeing 10th Anniversary Of Patriot Missile Component Production

By William T. Martin

Video highlights from Tuesday’s event at the Boeing/Huntsville facility near Huntsville International Airport.

Postal Worker Injured When Truck Flips Near Harvest

By William T. Martin

A postal carrier was injured after his delivery vehicle flipped between Madison and Harvest Monday morning.
According to radio reports and reports from the scene, the carrier’s vehicle flipped onto its right side along Wall Triana Highway between Yarbrough Road and Stovall Road around 10:30 a.m.
The driver was briefly entrapped as his leg was pinned under the overturned mail truck.
Emergency personnel were able to free the driver within a few minutes and he was taken to Huntsville Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
No other details were immediately available.

Morning Wreck On South Parkway Slows Traffic; Sends 2 To Hospital

By William T. Martin

Two people were taken to Huntsville Hospital after their vehicle crashed on South Memorial Parkway early Monday.
Radio reports and reports from the scene indicated a Suzuki Grand Vitara was southbound on the Parkway when it left the road and flipped over south of Hobbs Road.
Both the driver and passenger were entrapped for several minutes before being extricated by rescue crews.
Both were thought to have suffered non-life threatening injuries.
Southbound traffic was backed up for a short time as emergency vehicles blocked two of the three lanes.
Northbound traffic was not affected.
No further details were available.

UPDATE: Canoe Found Tied To Island, Abandoned

By William T. Martin

5 p.m. Update:
Crews searching an area of the Tennessee River near Hobbs Island found a canoe tied to the shore but it appeared to be abandoned. Fire and HEMSI units had left the scene just before 5 p.m. but Alabama Marine Police and a Madison Rescue Squad boat were still in the area.
The canoe was found across from the dock at the Madison County Boat Harbor off Hobbs Island Road.
First reports indicated a search was planned for any occupants of the canoe who may have drowned.

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