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Daily News Digest- July 4, 2019

1. Fourth of July Trump Style

  • President Trump is promising the “show of a lifetime” for the hundreds of thousands of spectators expected who will see an notable show of military force.
  • The tanks that Trump specifically requested are now in place and there is expected to be an impressive show from different military aircrafts as well.
  • He’s calling his event a “Salute to America,” and is scheduled to begin at 5:30 Central Time from the Lincoln Memorial.
  • Trump has been criticized for the cost and pomposity of the event. He defended himself Wednesday, tweeting that cost “will be very little compared to what it is worth.”
  • Under White House direction, the Pentagon was arranging for an Air Force B-2 stealth bomber and other warplanes to conduct flyovers. There will be Navy F-35 and F-18 fighter jets, the Navy Blue Angels aerobatics team, Army and Coast Guard helicopters and Marine V-22 Ospreys.
  • The White House referred questions about the cost of the military participation to the Pentagon, which said it did not have the answer.
  • Read more about the parade measures HERE.

2. No Prosecution for Jones

  • An Alabama district attorney said Wednesday she is dropping the manslaughter charge against Marshae Jones who lost her pregnancy when she was shot during a fight.
  • Jones was arrested last week after a grand jury concluded she intentionally caused the death of her fetus by initiating a fight, knowing she was pregnant.
  • But Jefferson County Bessemer Cutoff District Attorney Lynneice O. Washington said Wednesday that she would not pursue the case.
  • “After reviewing the facts of this case and the applicable state law, I have determined that it is not in the best interest of justice to pursue prosecution of Ms. Jones,” Washington said, flanked by her chief assistant and local church leaders. “There are no winners, only losers, in this sad ordeal.”
  • The prosecutor did not take questions or explain the process that led to grand jurors returning the indictment to begin with.
  • Lawyers representing Jones said they were pleased with Washington’s decision and urged Jones’ supporters to direct their energy to “ensuring that what happened to Marshae won’t ever happen again.”
  • You can read more about it HERE.

3. Fourth of July sees largest car fatalities

  • The days surrounding Independence Day see more fatal car crashes than any other day during the year, according to an analysis of state traffic records by researchers at the University of Alabama.
  • During the past five years, the days around the Fourth of July averaged three fatal crashes a day, 29% higher than the average of fatal crashes per day the rest of the year, the study by UA’s Center for Advanced Public Safety showed.
  • I spoke with Corporal Jess Thornton of the Alabama Highway Patrol who told me that there will be an increased presence of state troopers on the highways this holiday weekend in order to ensure everyone’s safety.
  • The major causes of crashes around the holiday are impaired driving from alcohol or other drugs, as well as speeding.
  • Researchers with the CAPS study say that just before and after the Fourth of July is one of the deadliest holiday periods of the year across the country when it comes to drunk-driving crashes.
  • Read more about road fatalities and road safety HERE.

4. Skip Tucker: Take the Day to Sparkle, Sparkle, Sparkle

  • Skip Tucker is in Washington, D.C. this Fourth of July and he’s sharing some of the sites and sounds from the nation’s capital in his column this week.
  • Here is a snippet of how Skip describes D.C.:
“The Fourth of July in DC sparkles with more than fireworks. There is history at every hand. The Smithsonian Institute is America’s memory bank. Its seven massive buildings contain actual artifacts – the real things – like moon rocks and the Wright Brothers flyer and Ghost Shirts from the Indian Wars and paintings and documents that will live forever and statuary of every shape and kind. It would take a lifetime to spend 30 seconds looking at each item owned by the Institute.”
  • Now that makes me want to go to D.C. for my next vacation.
  • Read the rest of Skip’s column HERE.

5. AP News Briefs

3 Officers hurt in police chase
  • Three Alabama police officers were injured during a chase that ended with the arrest of a man suspected of stealing a car.
  • Police in the south Alabama town of Samson located a car that had been reported stolen following a tip from a motorist on Tuesday afternoon.
  • Officers gave chase, and authorities say the pursuit didn’t end until the driver slammed into at least one police vehicle and two other police cars also were wrecked.
  • The Samson Police Department posted on its Facebook page that three officers were hurt and went to a hospital, but none of the injuries was life-threatening.
  • The driver of the suspected stolen vehicle was arrested, but police haven’t released that person’s name or any charges.
  • Samson police says the state is investigating.
Alabama man charged with possession of ‘attack squirrel’
  • An Alabama man accused of feeding methamphetamine to what authorities called an “attack squirrel” is being charged with a state wildlife offense.
  • Court records show 35-year-old Mickey Joel Paulk is now charged with illegal possession of wildlife.
  • Paulk hasn’t denied having a pet squirrel, which is illegal under state law. But he has denied police allegations that he fed meth to the squirrel to make it aggressive.
  • Officers encountered the animal during a raid at an apartment. Paulk later told The Associated Press he had the squirrel since it was a baby and would never give it drugs.
Sheriff: Skull found atop ledge likely belonged to man
  • Authorities say a skull found atop a ledge in northwest Alabama likely belonged to a man who had been dead for years.
  • Franklin County Sheriff Shannon Oliver says the skull discovered last month by hikers was likely that of a male between the ages of 18 and 49. He says the person had been dead between two and seven years.
  • Officials haven’t determined the identity of the dead person, nor do they know how the skull came to rest atop a rock ledge near Bear Creek.
  • The sheriff told a news conference Tuesday the bone could have been deposited atop the ledge by high water.
  • Hikers found the skull on June 9. Oliver says investigators don’t know whether the person died of some sort of trauma.
Alabama sheriff says murder suspect purposely got pregnant
  • An Alabama sheriff says a female inmate had sex with a male inmate who was working in the jail and deliberately got pregnant in an effort to get released.
  • Coosa County Sheriff Michael Howell told reporters Wednesday that investigators determined 27-year-old Latoni Daniel hoped getting pregnant and claiming she was raped would help her get leniency in her capital murder case.
  • reports Daniel was charged in December 2017 in the death of Thomas Virgil Chandler. He was attacked, robbed, and slain on his way home from buying groceries.
  • Daniel has been jailed without bail for 18 months while awaiting trial, and gave birth to a boy in May.
  • One of her attorneys initially said she was raped and had no memory of a sexual encounter.


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – No prosecution for Alabama woman who was shot, lost fetus

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Washington’s Fourth of July to come with a twist of Trump
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – More Car Fatalities on Independence Day than any other Holiday
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Skip Tucker: Take the Day to Sparkle, Sparkle, Sparkle
Montgomery Advertiser – Alabama DA to drop fetal manslaughter charge against Marshae Jones
Montgomery Advertiser – Montgomery teen second charged in fatal Gibbs Village shooting
Montgomery Advertiser – ATF offers $10,000 reward in Montgomery gun store burglary
YellowHammer News – Doug Jones: D.C.’s planned July 4 parade ‘very, very unfortunate’
YellowHammer News – Alabama constitutions on display in Huntsville for Independence Day
YellowHammer News – A republic, if we can keep it: The cost of counting illegal aliens in the U.S. Census
Dothan Eagle – With uncle’s Medal of Honor refurbished, Enterprise woman’s patriotism swells
Dothan Eagle – ‘Impaired’ Alabamians will have access to free towing July 4
Dothan Eagle – Chief Financial Officer: Dothan school system in best financial shape in several years
Tuscaloosa News – Northport considers business spruce-up program
Tuscaloosa News – Celebrating the voice of freedom with a holiday tradition
Tuscaloosa News – No prosecution for Alabama woman who was shot, lost fetus
Decatur Daily – Decatur’s Hatfield graduates from Mercer University
Decatur Daily – Alleged cat killer released from custody
Decatur Daily – Morgan 911 board approves 9.3% increase in call fee
Times Daily – Colbert Animal Control Board discusses funding issues
Times Daily – Lauderdale schools enjoy new fundraising, Wi-Fi programs
Times Daily – Florence shooting leaves man in critical condition
Gadsden Times – DA drops charges against mother who lost fetus
Gadsden Times – Some big farms collect big checks from Trump aid package
Gadsden Times – Anniston man faces drug charge
Anniston Star – Authorities issue amber alert for Anniston girl believed abducted by father, Freddy Rimpsey
Anniston Star – Jacksonville celebrates city, country at Jax Fest
Anniston Star – Oxford O’Charley’s closed after nearly three decades in business
Troy Messenger – Mobile man indicted on charge of strangling Troy man
Troy Messenger – Felony indictments served
Troy Messenger – Undefeated: Troy looks to stay unbeaten when they begin play in State Tournament
Andalusia Star News – County ranks 26th in real estate closing costs
Andalusia Star News – Waldhour utilizes local shadowing program.
Andalusia Star News – E.coli found in Lake Jackson
Opelika-Auburn News – Police charge Lanett man with armed robbery of Valley insurance office
Opelika-Auburn News – Opelika community comes together for annual Freedom Celebration
Opelika-Auburn News – Convicted murderer loses appeal in gruesome Chambers County case
Daily Mountain Eagle – Vietnam vet writes of PTSD experiences
Daily Mountain Eagle – Just trying to stay alive: Harold McMurran recalls D-Day
Daily Mountain Eagle – Sipsey Mayor Jerry Sadler dead at 82
Trussville Tribune – Body found in Springville identified as missing Odenville man
Trussville Tribune – Pinson Council renews principal supplement for PVHS with JCBOE
Trussville Tribune – Family of deadly Vegas shooting victim sues gun makers
Athens News Courier – Athens-Limestone Tourism Association hosting storytime events
Athens News Courier – Alabama DA won’t prosecute woman who was shot, lost fetus
Athens News Courier – Safeguard your pets during the summer season
Sand Mountain Reporter – Sand Mountain Park and Amphitheater anticipates spring opening
Sand Mountain Reporter – AFD says be smart with fireworks
Sand Mountain Reporter – Reporter earns five Alabama Press Association awards
WSFA Montgomery – Bacteria advisory issued for part of Panama City Beach
WSFA Montgomery – 2-year-old girl from Calhoun Co. found safe, AMBER Alert canceled
WSFA Montgomery – Community steps up to help MACOA repair freezer, frozen meals for seniors
Fox 6 Birmingham – 2-year-old girl from Calhoun Co. found safe, AMBER Alert canceled
Fox 6 Birmingham – Sherman plant plans blocked by city council
Fox 6 Birmingham – Threatening note left for salon owner after flying gay pride flag
WAFF Huntsville – Madison County family searching for lost cat contacted by scammers, warns others
WAFF Huntsville – More pre-K classrooms added to Marshall County schools starting next year
WAFF Huntsville – Kayaker missing at Elk River in Limestone County
WKRG Mobile – Cottage Hill Road reopens in West Mobile

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