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By William T. Martin
A woman is in custody and facing charges in connection with the death of another woman whose body was found inside a burning home Sunday in Madison.
According to Madison City spokesman Taylor Edge, Kimberly McLaughlin, 49, was arrested Sunday following an air and ground search by several area agencies.
Edge said firefighters had been sent to 141 Steele Drive off Eastview Drive east of Bob Jones High School after a 911 caller reported a fire there.
(From release) Congressman Parker Griffith announced a grant today for UA-Huntsville to conduct end-to-end research on tornado and severe weather phenomena that are unique to the southeast United States. The grant, awarded in the amount of $779,200 by the U.S. Department of Commerce, will serve as a continuation of a three year program.
“North Alabamians are no strangers to severe weather,” Griffith said.
(From release) Congressman Parker Griffith praised today the successful test of the Ares I first stage motor. The Ares I is a crew launch vehicle in development for NASA’s Constellation Program, a project of Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville.
“As we await the full release of the Augustine Commission Report, we hope that these tests will further demonstrate how integral the Ares program is to the future of NASA and human spaceflight,” Griffith said.
(From release) Huntsville Police Officer Jimmy Shane Hitt has been arrested and charged with 3 Counts of Obtaining Drugs by Fraud and 1 Count of Attempted Possession of a Controlled Substance.
He was booked into the Madison County Metro Jail at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. Hitt, 35, has been with the Huntsville Police Department for 7 years.
The arrest was the result of an internal investigation conducted by the Huntsville-Madison County Strategic Drug Team (STAC) and the Huntsville Police Department Major Crimes Unit.
Hitt has been suspended from active duty and placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the criminal and administrative charges.
Hitt has been released on a $10,000 bond.
(From release) Huntsville’s first Krispy Kreme Challenge to Benefit UCP will take place Saturday, Nov. 21, at 8 a.m.
The Challenge: Run 2 miles from the start line in beautiful downtown Huntsville to Krispy Kreme on North Memorial Parkway; Eat 1 dozen doughnuts; Run 2 miles BACK to the finish line…ALL IN ONE HOUR!
Not up to the Challenge? Join us for the 1-mile Fun Run, sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton, where Casual participants are invited to run, jog, walk or stroll and enjoy a few doughnuts in support of UCP! The Fun Run area will also feature a moon bounce, face painting, a visit from Chaos of the Huntsville Havoc and much more.
(From release) Free flu shot clinics are scheduled for Madison County during the next two weeks.
Shots will be given free of charge to any citizen 6 months of age and older. Shots will be administered at this time for regular influenza.
H1N1 flu virus shot clinics will be available at a later date.
The clinic locations, date and time are as follows:
(From release) Uniform patrol officers from the three precincts and members of the DUI Task Force participated in the recent Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest Campaign.
The effort began on August 21 and concluded at the end of the Labor Day Weekend.
The Huntsville Police Department’s participation is part of a national law enforcement response to discourage and remove drunk drivers from our streets
The local campaign began with the HANDS ACROSS THE BORDER detail on August 21.
The HPD DUI Task Force participated in several saturation patrols and checkpoints at designated “Hot
Spot” locations across the city.
Labor Day Weekend Results:
(From release) U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), tonight made the following statement in response to President Obama’s address to a joint session of Congress regarding health care reform:
“The President tonight expressed his continued support for a public option, but still provided few specifics as to how it would be paid for. He also failed to explain how a public option would not lead to a government takeover and rationing of health care. There are sensible and positive reforms that we can pursue to build on the strengths of our current system, but as long as the President continues to pursue a government-run plan I remain in strong opposition.”
“My greatest hope is that tonight’s speech will report that the Waxman bill will be scrapped completely so that moderates in Congress can begin again to write a bill that will bring real health reform without expanding government or adding more debt to an already overburdened treasury. “
-Congressman Parker Griffith
By William T. Martin
The City of Madison opened a new highway with the intent of relieving traffic congestion in the southwest part of town.
The Balch Road Extension was officially opened Wednesday and runs between Balch Road and Mill Road.