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Bridge Street/Westin Hotel Project Manager Pleads Guilty To Fraud, Money Laundering

(From release) United States Attorney Joyce White Vance and FBI Special Agent in Charge Patrick J. Maley announced today that Scott M. Hippard has pleaded guilty to mail/wire fraud and money laundering.
Hippard, 51, of Gulf Breeze, Fla., was charged in a 14-count indictment filed in May 2009 at U.S. District Court in Birmingham.
Hippard was responsible for managing and ultimately deciding which general contractor would be awarded the contract for construction of the condominiums at the Westin Hotel located at the Bridge Street Town Centre in Huntsville.

Power Outage Reported In Moore's Mill Area

(From release) A power outage is in effect in the Moore’s Mill Road area after a county gas cutting crew severed a guy wire causing it to contact live wires.
The outage, reported around 12:30 p.m., is centered in the Winchester Road area of Moores Mill.

Downtown Power Outage Corrected

By William T. Martin

A power outage that left the courthouse area of downtown in the dark for nearly an hour Wednesday has been resolved.
According to a release from Huntsville Utilities, the outage was caused when a contractor working in the courthouse area dug into a cable.
The outage lasted 47 minutes and power was restored around noon.

Madison County Receives Grant For Improved Jail Tech

(From release) Congressman Parker Griffith announced today funding for the Madison County Commission to be used for jail management, data collection and information systems. The grant will be awarded in the amount of $1.5 million and is funded through the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009.

Space & Rocket Center Gets Tramway Funding

(From release) Congressman Parker Griffith announced funding today for the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville. The grant will provide funding for the fourth phase of the tramway from the Center’s intermodal transportation facility to the City of Huntsville’s Botanical Garden. The Department of Transportation awarded the grant in the amount of $274,000 through the Federal Transit Administration.

Second Man No Longer Suspect In Ardmore Home Invasion, Homicide

By William T. Martin

Madison County sheriff’s investigators announced Tuesday they no longer consider an area man a suspect in a home invasion and shooting that left another man dead earlier this month.
According to a release from the MCSO, Joe Harris, Jr., 27, has been dropped as a “person of interest” in the August 17 shooting of Erik Spencer Hawkins.
Hawkins was shot during a home invasion and robbery at 158 Coggins Road in the Ardmore area.
Last week both Harris and another man, Sanchez Edward Rice, 25, were named as possible suspects in the incident.
Rice was removed as a suspect a day later.
Information about why both men are no longer suspects has not been released.
Hawkins had been tied up during the robbery but freed himself and began fighting with the suspects, one of whom shot him.
Anyone having any information about the crime is urged to contact the MCSO at 256-722-7181 or call 911.

Officials: TVA Equipment Failure Caused Blackout

By William T. Martin

Power has been restored to the city following a large blackout apparently caused by a TVA equipment problem, Huntsville Utilities said Tuesday afternoon.
The outage only lasted 7 minutes but affected areas over a large part of the city.

Here are the details from an HU release:

UPDATE: All Power Restored

A blackout that affected large portions of the city has been resolved.
According to a release from Huntsville Utilities spokesman Bill Yell, all power has been restored.
A cause for the brief but widespread outage has not been given.

BREAKING: Power Failure Leaves Large Part Of Huntsville In The Dark

By William T. Martin

A large portion of the city is apparently been affected by a power failure.
Although the power in the southern end of the city is on many other areas are in the dark.
Radio reports indicate problems from the Monte Sano area through to Madison. This includes the entire downtown area.
The problem was first reported around 10:30 a.m. however some power began to be restored within a few minutes.
More details as they become available.

Griffith Statement Concerning Lightfoot Becoming Marshall Director

U.S. Rep. Parker Griffith (D-Huntsville) released the following statement Monday concerning the naming of Dr. Robert Lightfoot as director of Marshall Space Flight Center:

“Dr. Lightfoot is the right man for the job to continue the tradition of responsible, yet ambitious leadership for which Marshall Space Flight Center is known. I look forward to working with Robert as we take the next step into the next era of human spaceflight.”

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