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Thursday Aug 21

Etowah County News

Community Shredding Day Set for October 23

Thursday, 21 August 2014 02:21

(Gadsden, AL - October 14, 2010) The Gadsden-Etowah County RSVP is making plans to hold a community-wide shredding day as part of its annual "Make a Difference" day. October 23.

RSVP of Etowah County is sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Etowah County Commission.

The mission of the organization is to assist citizens age 55 or older in finding volunteer service opportunities in their communities. RSVP matches their personal interests, skills and lifelong interests with opportunities to serve throughout Etowah County.

Make a Difference Day is a joint effort sponsored by USA WEEKEND and HandsOn Network and Newman's Own to inspire, equip and mobilize individuals, businesses and organizations such as RSVP to improve their communities and hopefully engage them in year-round activities.

RSVP director Traci Pondick says her organization will be holding a community shredding day on October 23 from 9 am until 1 pm in the back parking lot of the Etowah County Courthouse. The event is sponsored by the Etowah County Commission, B & B Pawn, Gold's Gym and Sutton Bridge Exxon. "All of the materials we shred will be recycled," Pondick explained, "keeping more garbage from being placed in landfills and giving them another purpose other than cluttering up a home, office, or a landfill."

Shredding services will be provided by corporate shredding services provider Shred-It. The service is provided as a way to help reduce consumer fraud and identity theft, which are becoming epidemic in communities throughout the nation.

In order to raise awareness, and to promote prevention, Shred-It holds Community Shred Events in areas where they have a presence. The events offer paper shredding services to residents, giving individuals the opportunity to have their confidential documents destroyed on site, free of charge. The company will then carry all of the shredded material to their recycling plant in Tennessee when the event is complete.

For more information, call Traci or Donna at the RSVP Office in the Etowah County Courthouse at (256) 549-8147

 

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COMMUNITY SHRED EVENT

October 23, 2010

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Back parking lot of the Etowah County Courthouse

800 Forrest Avenue, Gadsden, AL 35901

 

This is the Make A Difference Day event for RSVP of Etowah County, sponsored by the Etowah County Commission,

B & B Pawn, Gold’s Gym & Sutton Bridge Exxon.

 

All shredded material is recycled also!

 

RSVP of Etowah County is sponsored federally by the Corporation for National & Community Service, locally by the Etowah County Commission. We help people 55 and older find volunteer service opportunities in their home communities; we involve seniors in service that matches their personal interests & makes use of their skills & lifelong experiences.

 

Make A Difference Day

For two decades, USA WEEKEND and HandsOn Network, have joined together to sponsor Make A Difference Day, the largest national day of helping others. Make A Difference Day takes place on the 4th Saturday in October each year. On Saturday, October 23, 2010, HandsOn Network, together with USA WEEKEND and Newman’sOwn will not only seize the moment to inspire, equip and mobilize corporations,

nonprofit organizations, families and individuals to improve their communities, but also engage them to Get HandsOn! throughout the year.

 

Community Shred Events by Shred-It

Consumer fraud and identity theft are becoming an epidemic in our communities. To raise awareness and to promote prevention, Shred-It organizes Community Shred Events in cities where they have a presence, to offer paper shredding services to residents. These events give individuals the opportunity to have their confidential documents destroyed on site, free of charge. Not only does this cut down on identity theft, but the shredded paper is also recycled at a plant in Tennessee.

State Agrees to Pay Yates' Demands

Thursday, 21 August 2014 02:21

(Gadsden, AL - October 12, 2010) The Etowah County Commission says they are pleased with the recent decision by the State of Alabama to pay money being demanded of them by Etowah County Circuit Clerk Billy Yates. The extra $25 per day is paid for his work as Absentee Election Manager in all county elections.

Yates filed suit in August, asking a court to order the commission to pay him more than $2,100 for his extra pay as Absentee Election Manager. Etowah County Commission CEO Patrick Simms had said publicly that if Yates insisted on getting the $25 per day, he should seek it from the ultimate source... the State of Alabama.

In a press release today, the Commission acknowledges a recent change of heart by the State of Alabama, who has informed the Commission of their desire to "reimburse Etwoah County... all of the expenditures sought by Mr. Billy Yates...."

Yates had filed suit over the $2,100, when he was already making $8,800 for his work as Absentee Election Manager each year he worked as Absentee Election Manager. On those years he is not working elections, he still makes almost $130,000 per year from the state including an almost $25,000 supplemental from Etowah County

In the released statement, The Etowah County Commission says the following:

"The Etowah County Commission is pleased to receive word from the Alabama Department of Finance that they will reimburse the Etowah County Commission 100% of all expenditures sought by Mr. Billy Yates in the lawsuit against the Commission. The Commission has always contended that the additional expense demanded by Mr. Yates was a liability of the State and not the hard working taxpayers of Etowah County. We are pleased that this additional expense will not add to the burden of Etowah County Taxpayers who are already supplementing the Circuit Clerk with $25,000 of local monies, thus making him the highest paid Circuit Clerk in Alabama. As always, the Commission will remain diligent in its efforts to guard the taxpayer's money."

Local Church Worker Accused of Sexual Abuse, More Cases Feared

Thursday, 21 August 2014 02:21

Timothy Derwood Williams, 50
Gadsden, AL
Accused of sexual abuse of a 12 year old female in 2008. ECSO Investigators fear there may be several other victims.

(Gadsden, AL - October8, 2010) Fifty year old Timothy Derwood Williams is currently being held in the James Hayes Etowah County Detention Center on sexual abuse charges, according to Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin.

In a statement released today, ECSO Investigator Carla Carroll says Williams is being "charged with one count of first degree sexual abuse, which is a felony."

In the statement, Williams is alleged to have sexually abused a female victim who was 12 years of age at the time of the incident in 2008. The incident was brought to the attention of Entrekin's office in September by a family member.

Carroll says the ECSO believes "there may be more victims," since Williams is affiliated with two local churches in Etowah County.

"If you or your children have had any contact with Williams, please contact Investigator Carroll at 256-549-8132," says Entrekin.

Williams is being held on a $10,000 bond in the County Detention Center.

Gadsden City Department Head Arrested in Major Drug Sting

Thursday, 21 August 2014 02:21

(Gadsden, AL - October 6, 2010) A 73-year old Department Head in the Gadsden City Government is under arrest, along with his son and three other individuals on major drug trafficking charges. The arrests are the result of a 14-month long investigation by what Etowah County District Attorney Jimmie Harp calls "a myriad of local, state and federal agencies."

Sheriff Todd Entrekin explained during a press conference this morning that five search warrants were executed Tuesday morning at 6 a.m. in Etowah, Jefferson and Madison counties to bring down an organized drug trafficking scheme designed to separate finances from operations in an effort to thwart law enforcement officials.

The five individuals were identified as:

Eugene Harrell, 73, Gadsden, AL
Gadsden City Superintendent of City Services
Vincent Harrell, 38, Madison, AL
Son of Eugene Harrell
Eroma McGurdy, 48, Gadsden, AL Antwan Lashon Harvey, 31, Birmingham, AL Anthony Harvey, 56, Gadsden, AL
  • Gadsden City Superintendent of City Services, Eugene Harrell, age 73, was arrested at 711 Henry Street. He is charged with one count of trafficking cocaine
  • Vincent "Vinnie" Harrell, age 38, arrested at 100 Horse Tree Place, Madison, AL. Charged with one count trafficking cocaine, one count trafficking crack cocain, one count felon in possession of firearm, one count felony probation violation
  • Eroma McCurdy, age 48, arrested at 116 Park Street. Charged with one count trafficking crack cocaine
  • Antwain Lashon Harvey, age 31, arrested at 417 Old Farm Drive, Birmingham, AL. Charged with one count trafficking marijuana
  • Anthony Harvey, age 56, arrested at 114 Park Street. Charged with one count trafficking marijuana, one count trafficking crack cocaine

According to Etowah County Drug Task Force Commander Rob Savage, the case is unique in that drug operations were handled in Etowah county, while the financial operations were handled outside of the area. The investigation resulted in five warrants being served across 120 miles in less than three minutes, Savage described.

Harp says the defendants in the case will face potentially lengthy prison sentences, which should send a message to drug dealers in Etowah County "that you will be caught, prosecuted and sent to prison."

Sixteen firearms were seized, including assault weapons, handguns, and one short barreled ("sawed off") shotgun, along with approximately one pound of crack and powdered cocaine, during the operation dubbed "Operation Nite Sting."

Gadsden Police Chief Richard Crouch says this major sting reinforces statements made almost two years ago at the press conference following the most recent major sting that the Safe Streets Task Force would be back, with other major busts to stop the flow of illegal drugs in Etowah County.

"Since that time, we've had many smaller arrests leading up to this announcement," Crouch says. He complimented the County's Drug Task Force, saying, "its not just the big fish that are being taken off the street. It doesn't matter if they're a little fish or a big fish. We've got the net to catch them, and we're gonna be fishing."

The Safe Streets Task Force, a partnership between the several law enforcement agencies in Etowah County and the FBI and IRS has been responsible for several major illegal operations in Etowah County in the recent past.

Seizure operations are under way to confiscate six vehicles and four residences, one of which, according to Savage was "owned by a man who never had a job in his life and is valued in excess of $720,000." The value of that property, says Savage, should indicate the amount of drugs being sold in Etowah County by this group of five.

He described the drug operations, saying the two individuals living in Birmingham and Madison would carry drugs into Gadsden "almost on a daily basis." The drugs would then be sold and profits would be split between the group. Savage says the group sold more than 50 kilos of marijuana in a one year period.

The case is being referred to the US Attorney's Office in Birmingham for review and a possible addition of federal charges being added to the case as a result of the investigation. Agencies involved in the investigation and arrests include the Etowah County Drug Enforcement Unit, Etowah County Joint Special Operations Group, Etowah County and Birmingham Safe Streets Task Force, FBI, IRS, Madison STAC Unit, Huntsville SWAT, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Etowah County Sheriff's Office and the Etowah County District Attorney's Office.

URGENT WEATHER: RED FLAG WARNING

Thursday, 21 August 2014 02:21

(Gadsden, AL - October 6, 2010) Etowah County remains under a multi-county "Red Flag Warning" that prohibits the burning of trash, debris and other materials outside. The National Weather Service issues Red Flag Warnings when weather conditions warrant extra precaution for outdoor fires.

The warning, issued early this morning indicates that breezy and dry conditions today, combined with the dry conditions of the unusually dry recent past could contribute to dangerous fire conditions in Etowah and the following counties:
Marion, Lamar, Fayette, Winston, Walker, Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, Cleburne, Pickens, Tuscaloosa, Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, Talladega, Clay, Randolph, Sumter, Greene, Hale, Perry, Bibb, Chilton, Coosa, Tallapoosa, Chambers, Marengo, Dallas, Autauga, Lowndes, Elmore, Montgomery, Macon, Bullock, Lee, Russell, Pike, and Barbour.

Residents and business owners are urged not to burn items outdoors until the Red Flag Warning is lifted.

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
419 AM CDT WED OCT 6 2010

...BREEZY AND DRY CONDITIONS EXPECTED TODAY...

ALZ011>015-017>050-062300-
/O.NEW.KBMX.FW.W.0029.101006T1700Z-101006T2300Z/
MARION-LAMAR-FAYETTE-WINSTON-WALKER-BLOUNT-ETOWAH-CALHOUN-
CHEROKEE-CLEBURNE-PICKENS-TUSCALOOSA-JEFFERSON-SHELBY-ST. CLAIR-
TALLADEGA-CLAY-RANDOLPH-SUMTER-GREENE-HALE-PERRY-BIBB-CHILTON-
COOSA-TALLAPOOSA-CHAMBERS-MARENGO-DALLAS-AUTAUGA-LOWNDES-ELMORE-
MONTGOMERY-MACON-BULLOCK-LEE-RUSSELL-PIKE-BARBOUR-
419 AM CDT WED OCT 6 2010

...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 6 PM CDT THIS
EVENING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG
WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 6 PM CDT THIS
EVENING.

MINIMUM RELATIVE HUMIDITY VALUES WILL DROP TO AROUND 20 PERCENT
THIS AFTERNOON. ADDITIONALLY...THERE WILL BE A BRIEF PERIOD WHERE
20 FOOT WINDS WILL BE NEAR 10 MPH. THESE CONDITIONS COMBINED WITH
A VERY DRY SOIL WILL RESULT IN THE ISSUANCE OF A WARNING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW...OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF
STRONG WINDS...LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AND WARM TEMPERATURES WILL
CREATE EXPLOSIVE FIRE GROWTH POTENTIAL.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE FIRE CONDITIONS...PLEASE
CONTACT THE ALABAMA FORESTRY COMMISSION AT
WWW.FORESTRY.ALABAMA.GOV.

For full details, go to https://local.nixle.com/alert/3679435/?sub_id=234792.