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HEMSI Breaks Ground on New Madison Station

(From release) Huntsville Emergency Medical Services, Inc. employees and board members welcomed elected leaders and special guests at the groundbreaking ceremonies for the new HEMSI Madison Station.
The new 5000 square-foot emergency response facility will house up to 6 vehicles/equipment trailers and have capacity for two full crews — 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The new station will replace rental facilities currently located at Capshaw and Wall Triana will continue servicing the current call volume of 250+ calls per month in the northern Madison area.

MCSO Arrests 'Major' Drug Trafficker

By William T. Martin

An Athens man is behind bars facing a possible life sentence after what area investigators called a “major narcotics arrest” Tuesday.
Madison County Sheriff’s Sgt. Sal Salomonsky said Bill Oscar Lee, 36, of 17312 Ferry Road, was arrested by narcotics officers during a traffic stop around noon.
Following the arrest agents searched an apartment rented by Lee on University Drive and two storage units.
Seized in the searches were 47 lbs. of marijuana, 4 kilos of cocaine, a .45-caliber pistol, and $60,000 in cash.
Salomonsky, briefing reporters on the arrest Wednesday, said Lee was a “major offender to say the least.”
According to Salomonsky, investigators first targeted Lee about six months ago.

BREAKING: MSCO Announces 'Large Narcotics Arrest'

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office has called a news conference for 3 p.m. Wednesday at which time they plan to release details of what Investigator Chad Brooks called a “large narcotics arrest.”
Brooks told HNW one person was in custody and a large quantity of drugs and cash were seized on Tuesday night.
HNW will be at the conference. Check back later this afternoon for more details.

Redstone Breaks Ground On Photo, Travel Offices

By William T. Martin

Photographers, those needing photographs, and people with travel needs will soon have a new place to call home as Redstone officials broke ground Wednesday for the post’s new photo lab and travel office facilities.
Garrison Commander Col. Robert Pastorelli said the new Visual Information Center will handle official Army photographic needs as well as being where post photographers process their images.

Local EMA Volunteer Wins State Award

(From release) Tom Cash, a local disaster preparedness and response volunteer, recently won the Alabama Association of Emergency Managers (AAEM) 2009 Volunteer of the Year award. The Huntsville-Madison County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is very proud of their nominee for this annual, state-wide competition.

Speeders Beware: State Troopers Invade Huntsville–On Motorcycles

By William T. Martin

Area drivers with a thirst for speed had better control their impulses for the next few days as a new nemesis has come to Huntsville.
A group of state troopers, numbering around twenty, arrived in the area recently however they are not using traditional patrol cars.
Instead, they are using motorcycles to hunt down and ticket speeders as the 4th of July holiday approaches.
At least one motorist told HNW she spotted four of the “motor officers” on South Memorial Parkway early Wednesday morning.

Rocket City United Raises $2,000 For Kitty’s Miracle Fund

(From release) Rocket City United was at it again last Saturday night; scoring goals and raising money for a local charity.
This past Saturday night, over 700 fans were treated to an exciting RCU performance in their 2-1 win over NPSL South region foe Atlanta FC. The win moved RCU firmly into first place in the closely contested NPSL South region.
With the 2-1 scoreline, RCU donated $50 for each goal plus 10% of the ticket revenue to Kitty’s Miracle Fund, a 501c3 organization formed to help
families with children suffering from Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

North Alabama Among Areas Awarded Grants for Weatherization

(From release) Governor Bob Riley has awarded $9.26 million, including $4.86 million in federal stimulus funding, to help Alabama’s low-income residents cut their utility bills by making their homes more energy efficient.
The Alabama Weatherization Assistance Program gives priority consideration to the elderly, those with disabilities and to low-income residents with children. Houses that qualify are modified to improve both energy efficiency and safety.

Central North Alabama Health Services To Get HHS Grant

(From release) Congressman Parker Griffith announced a grant today to fund the continuation of operations for Central North Alabama Health Services, Inc. in Huntsville. The grant for $879,510 was provided by the Health Resources and Services Administration through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

One Injured After Mail Truck, Sedan Collide In South Huntsville

By William T. Martin

A postal carrier was injured after her delivery vehicle and a sedan collided on South Memorial Parkway Monday.
According to reports from the scene, a late model Chevy Impala was northbound on the parkway when it collided with a postal delivery vehicle at the Meadowbrook intersection shortly before noon.
A witness told HNW the delivery vehicle was crossing the parkway under a green light when the Impala ran the red signal and struck the postal vehicle on the right side.
The carrier received what were thought to be minor injuries while two children in the Impala were being checked by HEMSI medics.
Traffic backed up in the area briefly as bystanders, police, and firefighters assisted postal service employees in retrieving dozens of pieces of mail that scattered across the intersection.
One of the postal service employees said the mail would be resorted at a Huntsville facility and delivered on schedule.

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