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Madison Discusses Plan To Revitalize Paradise Apartments

(From release) City Leaders, members of the community, and officials from HUD met on Wednesday to discuss possible solutions to revitalizing Paradise Apartments and making it a model for affordable housing in the region. During a two hour meeting held at City Hall, it was determined that the City has a vested interest in creating a positive, vibrant environment in and around Paradise Apartments and will guide a plan to improve the quality of life for the current as well as future residents to the property.

Huntsville Hospital Names 2009 Community Health Initiative Grant Recipients

(From release) Community Health Initiative, a Huntsville Hospital outreach program that helps local non-profit organizations by awarding grants for healthcare programs, today presented 12 grants totaling $404,000. Over the past 13 years, Community Health Initiative has awarded more than $5.5 million to 35 local agencies.
Of the 12 non-profits awarded grants, two organizations are new recipients, The Autism Resource Foundation and Huntsville-Madison County Public Library.

Gillespie Road Extension To Open Friday

(From release) The new Gillespie Road Extension will open at noon on Friday, July 24th. This portion of Gillespie Road will connect Balch Road and County Line Road as well as provide intersection improvements on County Line Road and with Browns Ferry Road.

Madison D.A.’s Office: “No Sense Of Urgency” In Prosecuting Shaffer

By William T. Martin

Local prosecutors are taking a wait-and-see attitude toward a man charged with committing five murders in Tennessee and who has reportedly confessed to killing another man in Huntsville.
Jacob Levi Shaffer, 30, is being held without bond in the Lincoln County Jail in Fayetteville after allegedly killing his wife, father-in-law, brother-in-law, step-son, and a neighbor on Saturday.
Shaffer also told police where to find the body of Sidney Wade Dempsey. Investigators in Huntsville found Dempsey at the Hall Marble Company Saturday morning.
Investigators have said they think he was the first victim in Shaffer’s two-state killing spree.
“Our attitude now is that Tennessee has first dibs on this guy,” Madison County Chief Deputy District Attorney Marc Sandlin told HNW Wednesday.
“We’re going to let them do what they need to do with full cooperation from us.”

Ex-State Representative Sue Schmitz Of Toney Gets 2 1/2 Years For Fraud

(From release) Suzanne L. Schmitz, 64, of Toney, was sentenced to 30 months imprisonment based on her February 2009 convictions for mail fraud and federal program fraud. Schmitz was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $177,251, and ordered to forfeit that amount as well. The sentencing is announced today by United States Attorney Joyce White Vance, Acting Alabama Attorney General Richard J. Minor, and Special Agent in Charge Patrick J. Maley, Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Police Charge Pair In Series Of Burglaries

(From release) On Tuesday investigators with the Huntsville Police Department’s West Precinct charged two individuals as a result of an investigation into a string of residential burglaries in Huntsville.
Charged were:
-Devon Marlon Davis, 21 of 3203 Overhill Street, with three counts of Receiving Stolen Property in the 1st Degree, and two counts of Burglary 3rd degree.
-David Lynn Swanson, 26, of 1924 Vanderbilt Circle, with two counts of Burglary 3rd Degree and one count
Receiving Stolen Property 1st Degree
Both subjects were located by patrol officers at the dead end of McVay Street, acting suspiciously outside an occupied vehicle.
They are believed responsible for burglaries in the Saddletree, Jones Valley, Big Cove, Blossomwood and Governors Bend neighborhoods in the last few months.

Huntsville City Council Releases Agenda For Next Meeting

The Huntsville City Council has released the agenda for its next regularly scheduled meeting on July 23.
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This Week's Events At The Von Braun Center

Here is a list of events scheduled for this week at the VBC:

VIDEO REPORT: Redstone Dedicates New AMRDEC Facility

By William T. Martin

Redstone Arsenal dedicated its new Aviation & Missile RD&E Center Monday morning.
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Suspect In Two-State Killing Spree Appears In Court, Assigned Counsel

By William T. Martin

The man charged with killing six people in Huntsville and Lincoln County, Tenn., had his first appearance in court Monday morning in Fayetteville.
A representative from the Lincoln County Circuit Clerk’s Office said Jacob Levi Shaffer made his appearance by video link in General Sessions Court before Judge Andy Myrick.
During the proceedings Shaffer’s case was assigned to the office of District Public Defender Donna Hargrove.
Shaffer’s next court appearance is set for July 30.
Shaffer, 30, remains in the Lincoln County Jail without bond on five counts of criminal homicide.
Shaffer is accused of killing five people in Lincoln County Saturday.
He is also facing charges in Madison County, where police say he killed Sidney Wade Dempsey.
Investigators believe Shaffer killed Dempsey sometime late Friday or early Saturday, then went to southern Lincoln County and killed his wife, father-in-law, brother-in-law, stepson, and a neighbor.
The victims have been identified as Traci Shaffer, 38; Devin Brooks, 16; Chris Hall, 34; Traci’s Billy Hall, 57; and Robert Berber, 16.

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