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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:

Area To Get New Signal, Another To Get Additional Lane Wednesday

Traffic contractors are planning changes for two areas of the city, starting Wednesday.
Here are the details from the city:

1st Mayor's RIde Winds Through Downtown Huntsville

By William T. Martin

The first Mayor’s Ride was held Sunday afternoon as about 150 bicyclists of all ages turned out to peddle their way through downtown Huntsville.
The 4-mile ride, held under gray skies and the threat of rain, was led by Mayor Tommy Battle and Jamie Miernik of the Spring City Cycling Club.
“It’s just a great bike ride,” said Battle, “It’s something to promote bicycle awareness.”
Battle said the event was also about promoting safe cycling.
Sunday’s event was originally scheduled for May 2nd but was rained out.
Battle expressed satisfaction that so many had turned out for the “rain date.”
“It shows we’ve got a lot of interest in biking in the community.”
Battle said he hopes the ride will become an annual event.

Body of Missing Woman Found

(From release) The body of a woman missing from Chicamauga Trail was found in a field today in Southeast Huntsville. Police say Jane Stevenson Hill, 77, has been missing since May 2.
Anyone with information concerning her death should contact the Huntsville Police Department at 722-7100.
The release did not indicate how Ms. Stevenson died or how police were led to the area where she was found.

Griffith Statement on KEI Stop-Work Order

(From release) Congressman Griffith released the following statement regarding the recent Kinetic Energy Interceptor stop-work order:
“KEI is an integral part of a layered and successful missile defense system,” Griffith said. “The Tennessee Valley has always played a large role in the development of our national defense and cutting this program will only handicap our region and our ability to defend America and its international allies. KEI gives the war fighter the tools it needs to secure our borders.”

HPD To Begin Memorial Day Safety Blitz

(From release) Huntsville Police Chief Henry Reyes announced HPD will be participating in this year’s “Click it or Ticket” traffic safety campaign. This campaign is annually funded by the North Alabama Traffic Safety Office (NATSO). During 2007, 14,464
people died in passenger vehicle crashes while unbelted. Of these highway deaths, 65% occurred at night.
This year’s Memorial Day Blitz Campaign will begin on May 18th and go through May 31st.

Woods Sentenced To Life Without Parole; Shows No Remorse

By William T. Martin

Convicted double-murderer Jamal Roydrick Woods will spend the rest of his life behind bars for killing two men during a confrontation at a Huntsville restaurant in 2006.
Circuit Judge Laura Hamilton sentenced Woods, 24, to life with parole for the shooting deaths of Tanqueray Beavers and Thurston Turner plus an additional 119 years for wounding Tory Rogers and Tim Reliford during the same shooting spree.
For lead prosecutor Don Rizzardi, the sentence was not enough.
The “only appropriate sentence (for Woods) is death,” Rizzardi told the court before sentence was pronounced.

BULLETIN: Woods Sentenced To Life Without Parole

Jamal Roydrick Woods, convicted of capital murder in the deaths of two men during a shooting spree in 2006, has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Woods showed no emotion as the sentence was read.
Fully story to follow.

Jamal Woods To Be Sentenced Thursday

By William T. Martin

Jamal Woods, convicted of killing two and injuring two others during a restaurant shooting spree in 2006 will be sentenced Thursday afternoon to life in prison without parole.
The sentencing is set for 3 p.m. in Circuit Judge Laura Hamilton’s courtroom in the Madison County Courthouse.
The sentence is a forgone conclusion as it is the court’s only option following the district attorney’s decision not to seat a new jury to hear arguments for and against the death penalty.
Woods was convicted in February for killing Tank Beavers and Thurston Turner at TGI Fridays in December 2006.
A jury member then became ill and passed away before the sentencing phase could be carried out.
It would have been more difficult to find an impartial jury as the case has received wide media attention.
HNW will be in the courtroom when the sentence is handed down.
Check back later for a full story with reactions and a history of the case.

Huntsville Police Arrest School's PTA Treasurer

(From release) On Wednesday investigators from the HPD North Precinct arrested Laytonya Denisee Ray, 34, of Huntsville, and charged her with 5 counts of Criminal
Possession of a Forged Instrument Second Degree.
This incident was a result of an extensive
investigation into the theft of funds from the Rolling Hills School PTA Association in which Miss Ray was Treasurer.
HPD spokesman Sgt. Mark Roberts said Ray apparently forged five checks on the PTA bank account. He did not know the amounts of the checks or when exactly the crimes took place.
Ray has been released on bond.

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