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Fraternal Order of Police To Recognize Fallen Officers

(From release) On Monday, May 11, 2009 at 10:00 a.m., the Fraternal Order of Police, T.L. Blakemore Lodge #6, and Madison County law enforcement agencies will present a special “Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony”. The event will be held at the south side of the
Madison County Court House.

Homeless Man Rescued From Rooftop Near Tennessee River

By William T. Martin

A self-described homeless man is safe and dry after being rescued from the roof of a Huntsville Utilities pump station building in a flooded area west of the Whitesburg Bridge near the Tennessee River.
Raymond E. Lemieux, 55, was brought to Ditto Marina Landing around 12:30 p.m. Thursday after spending a day and a half atop the building.
According to Huntsville Fire Department District Chief Jamie Jones, a person called 911 by cellphone around 10:30 a.m. to report a man stranded atop a small building in a swampy, flooded area around 1/4 mile west of the Whitesburg Bridge.
Emergency crews responding to the scene were hampered by the fact that Ditto Marina Landing was largely inaccessible due to high waters on the Tennessee River.
Crews had to borrow a flat-bottom boat to get from the entrance road to the marina area itself. There they switched to a larger pontoon boat and a smaller Zodiac boat to reach the man.
“He wasn’t injured,” said Jones, “He was just trapped in that water. I guess it came up…and he couldn’t get out.”
Lemieux spoke to reporters following his ordeal.

City Of Madison Releases Tornado Damage, Recovery Report

(From release) The City of Madison is rapidly cleaning up in the aftermath of the EF-2 tornado that struck the City yesterday morning leaving an 11 mile by 75 yard path of damage. Based on damage assessments, there were over 45 separate reports of damage. Of those 45 reports, 6 buildings sustained damage that made the buildings uninhabitable. All 6 buildings are located within the Madison Haven Apartment Complex.

Madison Police Investigating Armed Robbery

(From release)At approximately 9:48 AM, Madison Police Officers responded to the report of an armed robbery at Title Cash located at 3705 Sullivan St.
The black male offender was reportedly carrying a semi-automatic handgun when he entered the business demanding money.

Stranded Man Rescued From Rooftop Near River

A man has been rescued from atop a small building near the Whitesburg Bridge after he was stranded there for nearly two days by rising waters on the Tennessee River.
Full story follows shortly.

Winds Damage Homes, Apartments In Madison

By William T. Martin

A fast-moving storm system blew through western Madison County Wednesday, spawning a possible tornado that damaged an apartment complex and nearby homes.
The storm, which is already being called an F-0 tornado, hit around 9 a.m.
Hardest hit was the Madison Haven apartment complex.
Numerous large trees were felled, several of which were snapped off about 20 feet off the ground.
Other were simply blown over or pulled up by their roots.
Two buildings in the complex had trees lying against them while debris, including limbs, lawn furniture, trash cans, and other items, was scattered through the area.
No injuries were immediately reported.
Police quickly blocked off the area as sightseers jammed Wal Triana Highway, the main road through the affected area.
Power was knocked out in a large area of the city and Madison County.
In the nearby Liberty Manor neighborhood some homes had roof damage while many others had trees knocked down.
West Madison Elementary School, which sits between the neighborhood and the apartment complex, apparently suffered no damage although some trees on the property were downed.
To west, in an area off Browns Ferry Road near Balch Road, several homes were damaged by falling trees.
Traffic in the area was blocked for a time as crews worked to clear several trees that had fallen on the road.

BREAKING: All Remaining Closed Schools To Re-Open Wednesday

(From relase) After a change in school closing guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Superintendents of both Madison City and Madison County Schools have decided to re-open all impacted schools on WEDNESDAY, MAY 6th.
Dr. Terry Davis of the Madison County School system and Dr. Dee Fowler of the Madison City School system made the formal decision after a conference call with area leaders and Alabama Department of Public Health Officials just after 2:00pm today.

Latest ADPH Flu Statement; 3 Confirmed H1N1 Cases In Madison County

Here is Monday’s release concerning the outbreak of H1N1 flu in Alabama:
The Alabama Department of Public Health announces there currently 13 probable or confirmed H1N1 (swine) flu cases in Alabama which include four H1N1 flu cases which were confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
There are eight probable or confirmed cases in Madison City Schools, one in a Madison County school, one in the University of Alabama at Huntsville Pre-School Learning Center and one in St. John the Baptist Catholic School (K-8).

Madison County Man Pleads Guilty In Financial Transaction Scheme

(From release) Charles Gregory Cardwell, 54, of Hazel Green pleaded guilty Monday to 15 counts of structuring financial transactions in U.S. District Court in Birmingham. Cardwell was scheduled to begin trial today before Chief Judge Blackburn. He also agreed to forfeit $500,000.00.

Police Searching For Missing Woman

(Corrected release) Huntsville Police Department is asking the public for help in obtaining information into the whereabouts of Jane Stevenson Hill, white female, 77 years of age.
She was last seen Monday evening at her address, 12024
Chickamauga Trail and was driving a 1995 Buick LeSabre, greenish blue in color. The vehicle bears Alabama tag 47D237Y.
If located please contact the Huntsville Police Department at 722-7100.

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