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Man Killed In Construction Accident

(From release) The Madison Police Department regrettably reports that Daniel Duplechain, a 31 year old Madison resident was killed early this morning when the bed on the dump truck he was working under collapsed.
Duplechain and another employee of L&L Fleet Services were attempting to make repairs to the lift mechanism of the dump truck when the bracing supporting the raised dump bed failed, causing the bed to fall.

26th Annual 'National Night Out' Tuesday In Huntsville

(From release) The National Association of Town Watch (NATW) has announced that the
“26th Annual National Night Out (NNO) program will culminate on Tuesday, August 4, 2009.
The Huntsville Police Department, Huntsville Community Watch Association, Target, and Carrabba’s are hosting a National Night Out Party at the Jaycees Building from 5 p.m. till 7 p. m. located at John Hunt Park, 2151 Airport Road.
We would like to extend an invitation to anyone interested in helping to make Huntsville a safer place to live.

HPD Finds Woman's Body Monday Morning; Investigating As Homicide

By William T. Martin

Huntsville police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in an apartment in west Huntsville Monday morning.
HPD spokesman Sgt. Mark Roberts told HNW the woman, who was identified as Jamica Renee Jones, 21, was found around 7 a.m. at 2407 11th Street.
Roberts could not say how the victim died, only that investigators were treating the case as a homicide.

Police Ask For Public's Help In Finding Accused Killer, Release Description

By William T. Martin

Madison County investigators are looking for an area man in connection with the killing of another man last week.
According to a release from the MCSO, a capital murder warrant has been obtained for Jermeille Rishord Townsend, 22, of 1539 Beard Street, Apt. C, Huntsville.
Authorities believe Townsend shot and killed Michael Dewayne Washington, 27.
Washington was shot and killed at 187 Ford Circle, a location described as an illegal “shothouse,” early on July 26.
Investigators said Washington was shot several times and that Townsend should be considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone knowing anything about Townsend’s whereabouts should contact police at 256-532-3413 or 911.

Griffith Announces Flood Protection Funding For Madison, Jackson Counties

(From release) Congressman Parker Griffith announced Saturday that the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has received funding for three flood plain easement projects in Jackson and Madison Counties. A total of $2,285,340 will be provided for both counties.

Two Teens Charged In Madison Auto Thefts

By William T. Martin

Two teens are facing felony charges after they stole three cars Thursday, Madison police said Friday.
According to a release, two 15-year-olds have been charged with multiple counts of first degree theft of property and and second degree criminal mischief.
Police said the pair stole a Acura sedan and a Toyota truck from a home on Doan Drive in Huntsville.
The teens abandoned the vehicles in Madison, but not before destroying 40 feet of fencing near Old Madison Pike.
After abandoning the two vehicles, police say they stole a Lincoln Town Car.
Both were taken to the Neaves Davis Center for Children after being charged.
The investigation is continuing and further charges are possible.

Storm Causes Power Outages Overnight

By William T. Martin

A brief but powerful line of storms passed through the Huntsville area Thursday evening, leaving up to 6,000 without power.

Madison Man Dies In Traffic Crash In West Huntsville Thursday

By William T. Martin

Police have identified a man who was killed in a single-vehicle crash Thursday morning in west Huntsville.
HPD spokesman Sgt. Mark Roberts said Wayne Sampieri, 56, of Madison died at the scene of the crash on the on-ramp between I-565 and Research Park Boulevard.
According to Roberts and reports from the scene, Sampieri was driving a vehicle on the ramp going from Research Park southbound onto I-565 east when the vehicle flipped and wound up on its side around 10 a.m.
Sampieri was thought to have been ejected.
Roberts did not say what type of vehicle Sampieri was driving.

A&M Food Scientists Assist Senior Citizens with Food Preservation

(From release) Alabama A&M University food scientists, in conjunction with staff, seniors and volunteers from the office of Madison County Commissioner Bob Harrison, are using state-of-the-art laboratory equipment to help senior citizens preserve nutritious food and weather tough economic times.

Preliminary Hearing Date Set For Man Accused In Two-State Killing Spree

By William T. Martin

FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn–A preliminary hearing date has been set for a man accused of killing six people, including five in Tennessee and one in Alabama.
During a hearing in Lincoln County General Sessions Court Thursday morning, Judge Andy Myrick set November 11 as the date for Jacob Levi Shaffer to appear.
Shaffer is charged with five counts of murder in connection with the deaths of his wife, father-in-law, brother-in-law, step son, and a neighbor.
Shaffer is also accused of killing a man in Huntsville.
All six victims were discovered on Saturday, July 18.
The five Tennessee victims were found in two homes on South Lincoln Road near the Alabama state line.
Autopsy results indicated the five had been stabbed to death.
Investigators say Shaffer called 911 to report the crime and was waiting on the front porch of one of the homes when sheriff’s deputies arrived.
Shaffer is currently being held in a state prison in Nashville and did not appear in court.
17th Judicial Circuit Assistant Public Defender Jack Dearing represented Shaffer during the hearing.
Afterward he told reporters his office was “no stranger” to such cases, including those involving multiple murders. “We know what’s expected,” he said. “We do a lot of homicide cases.”
Dearing said when his office was given the case “we knew we had work to do.”
Dearing said after the preliminary hearing the case would likely go to a county grand jury. Following that, an arraignment date would be set before a Lincoln County circuit judge.
Prosecutors have not said whether they intend to seek the death penalty.
The Alabama victim, Sidney Wade Dempsey, was found at the Hall Marble Company on Orchard Street in north Huntsville.
Huntsville investigators think Shaffer killed Dempsey first, then got a ride to Lincoln County where he killed the others.
Police have not yet filed charges against Shaffer for the Huntsville killing.

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