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Attempt to mail 37 pounds of meth to Fairhope ends with prison time | AL.com

July 01, 2017

An attempt to mail more than 35 pounds of methamphetamine from California to Fairhope didn’t pan out for a Pensacola woman.

According to information released Friday by the U.S. attorney’s office for the southern district of Alabama, Jenna Kathleen-Fitzhugh has been sentenced to 12-1/2 years in prison for her participation and leadership role in a multi-state meth conspiracy. Assistant U.S. Attorney George May prosecuted the case.

via Attempt to mail 37 pounds of meth to Fairhope ends with prison time | AL.com.

BREAKING: Baldwin County Officials Investigate Overnight Homicide in Elberta | WKRG

July 01, 2017

Authorities in Elberta are investigating an overnight homicide in Elberta.  One person was killed on Shane Road.  It happened shortly before midnight Friday night.  That’s all we know at this time.

The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Task Force is also investigating.  It’s not clear what circumstances led to the homicide or how the victim was killed.

via BREAKING: Baldwin County Officials Investigate Overnight Homicide in Elberta | WKRG.

BREAKING: Daphne Pain Doctor Arrested for Theft and Fraud, Now in Federal Custody | WKRG

June 30, 2017

Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the arrest today of a neurologist who operates a pain management center in Daphne, on state charges of Medicaid fraud and first-degree theft of property.

Dr. Rassan M. Tarabein, 58, was arrested this morning and is in federal custody. He is additionally charged in a federal indictment with numerous related crimes, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Steve Butler for the Southern District of Alabama.

via BREAKING: Daphne Pain Doctor Arrested for Theft and Fraud, Now in Federal Custody | WKRG.

Rolling Thunder: OWA Amusement Park Shows off New Roller Coaster | WKRG

June 30, 2017

The OWA theme park in Baldwin County is showing off one of its biggest attractions and it’s getting noticed. The park rolled out the Rolling Thunder Roller Coaster and posted the video to their Facebook Page. Nearly 100,000 people have watched the video so far. With an 800 foot-long track, the roller coaster is the signature ride at the park.

via Rolling Thunder: OWA Amusement Park Shows off New Roller Coaster | WKRG.

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Well-fed, 8-foot alligator relocated at Gulf State Park after becoming ‘nuisance’ | AL.com

June 30, 2017

An 8-1/2 foot alligator doesn’t look particularly happy to leave its home, in a video shared by Gulf State Park, but a park official says the forced relocation was necessary for the gator’s good as well as for patrons’.

In the video, shot earlier this week by Park Ranger Landon Coker, a team of men carefully snare the gator and draw the thrashing reptile out of park waters. Later it’s seen with its mouth securely wrapped, being hoisted by a team of men into the back of a pickup truck.

via Well-fed, 8-foot alligator relocated at Gulf State Park after becoming ‘nuisance’ | AL.com.

Fairhope Brewing: Have a beer, save a baby pelican | AL.com

June 30, 2017

When they heard that Tropical Storm Cindy had orphaned a bunch of baby pelicans, the folks at Fairhope Brewing Co. looked at their tap handles and decided to take action.

The brewing company, which uses a pelican in its logos, launched a series of promotions this week to help Mobile’s Environmental Studies Center. The center, part of the Mobile County Public School System, announced recently that it had taken in eight baby pelicans washed off Mississippi’s barrier islands during the storm. According to the center, the birds are expected to need about a month of care, including a diet of fresh fish, before they’re ready for release.

via Fairhope Brewing: Have a beer, save a baby pelican | AL.com.

Convicted rapist from Tennessee found with missing Arkansas woman in south Alabama | AL.com

June 30, 2017

A man who previously admitted to rape charges in the Memphis, Tennessee area was arrested by the Orange Beach Police Department.

OBPD spokesman Steve Brown said that 38-year-old Kelvin Montgomery was picked upon warrants out of Tennessee on Wednesday (June 28) morning.

Brown said OBPD officers took Montgomery into custody at approximately 10 a.m. on Wednesday morning at the Barbers Marina located at 26986 Fish Trap Road.

via Convicted rapist from Tennessee found with missing Arkansas woman in south Alabama | AL.com.

Fairhope councilman lays out issues between council, mayor in letter | GulfCoastNewsToday.com

June 30, 2017

On June 27, Fairhope City Councilman Robert Brown issued his own letter to Fairhope Mayor Karin Wilson, the other members of the council and attorney Harry Satterwhite, whom Wilson had hoped to hire as her attorney through the council’s vote June 26.

During the June 26 meeting, Brown told Satterwhite he would be sending a letter to explain why he didn’t feel the need to meet with the mayor or Satterwhite regarding the issue of Wilson being allowed to hire her own attorney.

via Fairhope councilman lays out issues between council, mayor in letter | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.

Proposed regulation changes for cobia and sheepshead

June 30, 2017

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission FWC will meet July 10-11 in Orlando and there will be two important regulation proposals on the agenda for anglers in the Florida Panhandle, cobia and sheepshead.The proposed draft rule on sheepshead would reduce the daily recreational bag limit for sheepshead from 15 to 5. In addition, it would create a vessel limit of 50 sheepshead for recreational and commercial harvesters during the peak spawning months of March and April.

via Proposed regulation changes for cobia and sheepshead.

Gulf Shores breaking ground on new Auburn University complex | WEAR

June 29, 2017

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WEAR) — Auburn University is one step closer to being a part of Gulf Shores.

On Friday, officials from the university and the city of Gulf Shores will break ground on the Auburn University Educational Complex.

The complex will be used by the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Auburn Aviation Center, the Office of Research and Economic Development and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

via Gulf Shores breaking ground on new Auburn University complex | WEAR.

U.S. Commerce Department announces appointments to regional fishery management councils for 2017 | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

June 29, 2017

The U.S. Commerce Department today announced the appointment of 22 new and returning members to the eight regional fishery management councils that partner with NOAA Fisheries to manage ocean fish stocks. The new and reappointed council members begin their three-year terms on August 12.

The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act established the councils to prepare fishery management plans for their regions. NOAA Fisheries works closely with the councils through this process and then reviews, approves and implements the plans. Council members represent diverse groups, including commercial and recreational fishing industries, environmental organizations and academia. They are vital to fulfilling the act’s requirements to end overfishing, rebuild fish stocks and manage them sustainably.

via U.S. Commerce Department announces appointments to regional fishery management councils for 2017 | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Beyond the Beach Shack – Garden & Gun

June 29, 2017

And if it’s an oyster you’re after, the closeness of the relationship between Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina (27075 Marina Rd., Orange Beach, Alabama) and nearby Bon Secour Fisheries is apparent from the justly popular Oysters Earle, a fetching plate of roasted oysters served with garlic leek butter, and oysters paired with Wagyu beef, a surf-and-turf as stylish as its surroundings.

via Beyond the Beach Shack – Garden & Gun.

Spotlight Shines on Orange Beach Firefighter for Random Act of Kindness | WKRG

June 29, 2017

Orange Beach firefighter Robert Simpson is one of those guys, when he sees a way to help somebody else, he just does it. That’s what happened earlier this month when a family from Tennessee was vacationing in Orange Beach and needed help with their autistic son. “They wanted a lifeguard to take him out and I just happened to be in the right place at the right time and I volunteered to take him out.”

via Spotlight Shines on Orange Beach Firefighter for Random Act of Kindness | WKRG.

Beach Express Toll Bridge Reduces Rates for Summertime Drivers | WKRG

June 29, 2017

The company that owns the toll bridge in Orange Beach has announced reduced rates for the summer season.

Rates for drivers will now be $2.75 for a one-way trip for any two axle vehicle that travels over the toll bridge at the Intracoastal Waterway.  Locals will also a reduction in the toll prices. Previously, the rate was $3.50 and it will return to this rate after Labor Day.

via Beach Express Toll Bridge Reduces Rates for Summertime Drivers | WKRG.

Alligator Removed from Gulf State Park Camground | WKRG

June 29, 2017

Gulf Shores, AL- Conservation officers removed an alligator from the Gulf State Park Campgrounds in Gulf Shores Wednesday.

They said the eight and a half foot gator had become a nuisance for campers there.

People had been feeding the alligator which caused it to stay near the campground.

Feeding alligators is illegal. Officers say the gator was not harmed in the removal and was simply moved to another area.

via Alligator Removed from Gulf State Park Camground | WKRG.

Tolls slashed on bridge to Alabama beaches through Labor Day | AL.com

June 28, 2017

From now through Labor Day weekend, summer travelers who take the Foley Beach Express Bridge to Orange Beach will be paying a lower toll fare.

The one-way toll was lowered Wednesday to $2.75 from the long-time $3.50. Also, the summer rate for Orange Beach residents with an electronic account will be set at $1, or $1.25 if residents pay with cash.

via Tolls slashed on bridge to Alabama beaches through Labor Day | AL.com.

‘The sound of freedom’? | GulfCoastNewsToday.com

June 28, 2017

Late last week, Fairhope Mayor Karin Wilson posted on her official Facebook page a letter sent to the commanding officer at NAS Whiting Field about noise at the Fairhope Airport from military aircraft.

In the letter dated June 15, Wilson informs Captain Todd Bahlau of numerous complaints from residents nearby to the airport

“I wanted to write and formal request a public meeting between the Navy and the Fairhope citizens that are impacted by the military aircrafts (sic) in our community,” Wilson wrote. “I have received an excessive amount of complaints from area residents. The items of concern are aircrafts (sic) flying too low, continuous touch and go training, time of aircraft activity (as late as midnight) and overall frequency of aircrafts (sic) since last spring.”

via ‘The sound of freedom’? | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.

Gulf Shores’ Good Tourists—Even The Louisianans (Usually)

June 28, 2017

On Saturdays, it often occurs to me that carloads of people are driving south along the many highways that lead to Gulf Shores so bursting with excitement that every cow pasture and roadside restaurant become a landmark heralding another step toward the final destination. Conversely, there are just as many cars heading north filled with people in the early throes of post-vacation depression, wondering why they can’t live where they’ve just spent the past week.

via Gulf Shores’ Good Tourists—Even The Louisianans (Usually).

Drowning prompts safety concerns | WPMI

June 28, 2017

FORT MORGAN, Ala. (WPMI) — With this weekend being Fourth of July, people will be flocking to the beaches, but they need to be reminded to pay attention to the beach conditions.

Fort Morgan officials say that, despite the public beach access, most of the beaches are on private property where there are no beach flags or life guards, which leaves the volunteer fire department solely responsible for educating beachgoers of any dangers.

via Drowning prompts safety concerns | WPMI.

12 Mobile bya/Gulf Coast sites test safe for swimming! | WPMI

June 28, 2017

After over 10 million gallons of sewage spilled into Mobile and Baldwin waterways during Tropical Storm Cindy, bacterial results are showing that some sites are improving. These results are not indicative that all sites are safe but are considered good news nonetheless.

Testing conducted by ADEM/ADPH on June 27th showed safe levels of bacteria at the following locations:

via 12 Mobile bya/Gulf Coast sites test safe for swimming! | WPMI.

Jeff Boyd announces run for state senate | GulfCoastNewsToday.com

June 28, 2017

Stormy weather didn’t put a damper on the kickoff for Orange Beach Councilman Jeff Boyd’s campaign for the District 32 Alabama Senate Seat on Sunday, as hundreds of supporters showed up to support his candidacy.

Orange Beach Councilwoman Annette Mitchell introduced Boyd at the event, saying he would be a definite asset for the area.“I know Jeff as a loving husband and father, a faith-filled and fun loving loyal friend, a passionate, dedicated knowledgeable city council member,” Mitchell said. “As our state senator, Jeff will bring his considerable talents, his work ethic and his passion for coastal Alabama all the way to Montgomery.”

via Jeff Boyd announces run for state senate | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.

Baldwin County farmers still recovering from Tropical Storm Cind – FOX10 News | WALA

June 28, 2017

It’s almost been a week since Tropical Storm Cindy left her mark on the Gulf Coast, but local farmers say they’re still feeling the pain.

“Tomatoes, bell peppers, havana peppers, banana peppers, zucchini, squash…” Thomas Lyrene called out, checking on his crops.

What may look like a plentiful harvest to most, is barely anything to local farmers like Lyrene. He says the tropical storm didn’t leave him much.

via Baldwin County farmers still recovering from Tropical Storm Cind – FOX10 News | WALA.

State to turn animal shelter over to Baldwin County – FOX10 News | WALA

June 28, 2017

The Baldwin County Commission will take over operations of the county animal shelter from the state in October.  One local animal rescue group wants to run it for the county.  Either way, tax payer dollars will be spent and commissioners have little time to decide which route to take.

According to members of Third Coast Animal Rescue, 2,500 dogs and cats ended up in the Baldwin County Animal Shelter last year.  The state will turn the shelter back over to the county on October 1st, leaving the Commission with a decision.  Third Coast wants to take over the operation.

via State to turn animal shelter over to Baldwin County – FOX10 News | WALA.

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