Candidate meet and greet tonight Gardendale

October 13, 2010

Candidates meet, greet Thursday

By Melanie Patterson The North Jefferson News The North Jefferson News Wed Oct 13, 2010, 08:00 AM CDT

GARDENDALE — A group in Gardendale wants to give voters every possible chance to meet those who will be on the ballots on Nov. 2.

The North Jefferson County Republican Club is hosting an open house and reception Thursday at the Gardendale Civic Center.

“We’d like to get as many of the candidates in front of the public as we can to give people a chance to know them,” said Joel Kimbrough, president of the club. “They are our servants and it’s important we get to know them.”

Several candidates have confirmed they will be at the meeting, including Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Hale, Jefferson County District Attorney Brandon Falls, Jefferson County Commission candidate Jimmy Stephens and judicial candidates Virginia Meigs, Chuck Hunter and Eddie Vines.

“It is so important that people know who they’re voting for and where candidates stand,” Kimbrough said. “The only way to make candidates accountable to us is to know them and have personal contact with them. There’s nothing like a face-to-face meeting to find out who they are.”

The event is scheduled for Thursday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Gardendale Civic Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. There is no charge for admission.

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JCVAP endorsed County Commission candidate Jimmie Stephens is scheduled to participate in this meeting.


‘Dangerous Dog Law’ to be considered in Madison County

Amendment on November’s ballot could create tougher laws dealing with “dangerous dogs”

Published: Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 7:50 AM      8:02 AM

Victoria Cumbow, The Huntsville Times

HUNTSVILLE, AL — State Rep. Randy Hinshaw, D-Meridianville, is asking for a “yes” vote on an amendment to the state constitution that would affect dog owners in Madison County.

The proposed amendment would give the Madison County Commission the authority to determine what dogs are labeled dangerous and require owners outside city limits to keep them fenced in.

The amendment would also allow the County Commission to set civil penalties against the owner of the dog if it attacks someone.

Hinshaw decided to seek stronger rules on dogs in the county after an attack in Toney on 2-year-old Jace Rhinehart by a family member’s pit bull.

The boy’s mother, Donna Roberts, left her son unattended in the car when she ran into the house for something, she said Monday at a news conference in the Madison County Legislative Delegation Office. Rhinehart and his 4-year-old sister got out of the car and Rhinehart wandered into a pen where the dog was chained up, Roberts said. She and her daughter pulled the dog off Rhinehart, but only after he had suffered serious injuries.

Terra Cotromano criminal case hearing rescheduled again


Interested parties on both sides of this case gathered this morning in Judge Fancher’s court, hoping for some forward movement. Once again, there was no forward movement forthcoming.

Today’s case hearing has been rescheduled to Tuesday, November 23, 2010.

No lawyer shenanigans caused today’s reset of the hearing. Instead, a personal tragedy for the Bessemer Assistant  DA, who represents the state of Alabama, warranted the rescheduling.

Approximately two weeks ago, the Bessemer Assistant DA’s daughter was killed in an accident. A time for mourning is understandable.

This animal-cruelty criminal case is highly complex. It is intertwined with a parallel civil case being sought in the court of Judge Helen Shores Lee in a Jefferson County court in downtown Birmingham.

The Bessemer DA’s office provided representatives at today’s scheduled hearing. A request for delay had been submitted to the court on Friday, October 8, 2010.

Judge Fancher approved the request, set the new date, and the day’s business with regard to this case ended.


What do you think about this development?

Current county commissioners miffed by candidates meeting

Private meeting between candidates upsets some current Jefferson County commissioners

Published: Monday, October 11, 2010, 5:30 AM

Barnett Wright — The Birmingham News

A private meeting at a Birmingham law firm last week involving five Jefferson County Commission candidates — including two with no opposition — and lawyers for the county has angered some current commissioners, who say they are still in office and being left out of vital county business.

Also not invited were three candidates for the commission in the Nov. 2 election. They say county officials snubbed them because they are hopefuls who are viewed as longshots.

The meeting was not illegal because it didn’t involve a quorum of elected commissioners. But sitting commissioners say officials should be updating them — and not a group of people yet to be elected for the 2010 term.

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Terra Cotromano criminal case hearing Tuesday


Hearing scheduled for Tuesday, October 12 2010, 9:00 AM

Judge Eric M. Fancher

Bessemer Courthouse Annex

1801 3rd Avenue North

Room 505

Bessemer, Alabama

NOTE: Judge Fancher’s offices have been moved across the street. At the time of this writing, it is not confirmed that the hearing chamber remains the same as the previous hearings location.  It is recommended that you arrive early and confirm the hearing location with a police officer at the annex.

Driving directions to the Bessemer Courthouse may be found here.

Kitten injured by arrow

Kitten survives arrow through belly in Wetumpka

Published: Thursday, October 07, 2010, 11:48 AM

Ben Flanagan,

An Elmore County kitten is alive and well after being shot through the abdomen with an arrow.

Residents found the kitten with the arrow lodged through the middle of its abdomen just under the chest and brought it to the Humane Society of Elmore County. Veterinarians took X-rays, which showed the arrow going straight through the body without damaging any internal organs, though it did break some ribs.

A Humane Society representative said the kitten, whom they are now calling “Cupid,” is sitting up, eating, drinking and doing quite well. They also said they do not know who shot the animal.

Jefferson County Commission extends BJCAC month-to-month contract

From the Jefferson County Commission meeting minutes of September 21, 2010

WHEREAS, The Jefferson County Commission and the City of Birmingham entered into a month-to-month contract for animal control
services with BJC Animal Control Services, Inc., beginning October 1, 2007; and
WHEREAS, said month-to-month contract requires the parties to give thirty (30) days notice prior to termination of said contract.
aforementioned contract for an additional thirty (30) days.
Motion was made by Commissioner Humphryes seconded by Commissioner Carns that the above resolution be adopted. Voting “Aye”
Humphryes, Carns, Bowman, Collins and Smoot.

ALDCNR sues Birmingham over watercress darters

Birmingham Sued Over Beaver Dam Removal


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (CN) – The removal of a beaver dam from the Roebuck Springs Basin killed “thousands of endangered watercress darters and around two million snails,” and destroyed half their habitat, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources claims in Shelby County Court. The agency says Birmingham employees did not consult state or federal authorities about the “consequences or wisdom of removal of the dam.”
The city “knew or should have known that removing a beaver dam and surrounding natural structures would potentially disrupt the water level of the Basin and its inhabitants,” the agency claims.
It says the destruction of the dam caused a “serious dewatering event” that not only killed fish and snails, but also drained 80 to 90 percent of their habitat.
Watercress darters are protected fish that live in only four springs, all in Jefferson County, Ala. About 11,760 darters were killed when workers for the Birmingham Parks and Recreation Department removed the beaver dam on Sept. 19. 2008, according to the lawsuit.
The state wants Birmingham to pay actual and punitive damages for negligence, nuisance and trespass. It claims the city is also liable for property damage, because the dam removal “diverted a stream from its natural channel.”
The agency is represented by its general counsel, William A. Gunter.

Reward for torturer of ‘Major’ grows to $2,800

Reward up to $2,800 in case of tortured dog

Published:  Monday, September 13, 2010, 4:20 PM

Veronica Kennedy — The Birmingham News

The Alabama chapter of the Humane Society of the United States has issued a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of a person or persons who tortured and mutilated a dog in St. Clair County.

The total reward is $2,800 in the case of Major, a Rottweiler-mix, and donations are mounting to help defray the costs of caring for the dog.

About $1,000 has been accepted by Main Street Animal Clinic in Trussville to finish paying the initial bill for treating the abused animal. Any remaining funds, as well as any other contributions, will be used for future treatment once Major recovers from his recent surgeries.

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Greyhound Advocate Calls-out Jefferson County Commission

YOUR VIEW: Racing Commission props up abusive greyhound racing

Published: Sunday, September 12, 2010, 5:32 AM

Letters from our readers Letters from our readers

As an advocate for racing greyhounds, I’ve watched the battle over electronic bingo with concern. Alabama’s three dog tracks are all losing money on live racing. Milton McGregor’s losses on dog racing at VictoryLand have been subsidized by the casino there, until its recent closure. The other two tracks, however, have been barely hanging on, hoping for expanded gambling to prop up dog racing at their facilities.

But when VictoryLand’s casino stopped lining McGregor’s pockets, he turned to the Birmingham Racing Commission for a handout to keep the Birmingham Race Course open (“Commission OKs city race course funds,” The News, Thursday). He is worth millions of dollars, yet the county will spend $400,000 in public funds to make “improvements” to one of his two dog tracks, which is losing money hand over fist.

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