MONTGOMERY - Parole will be considered Wednesday for a man serving four life sentences on Lauderdale County convictions including the 1985 stabbing death of an infant, authorities said.
The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles will consider parole for Otto Gardner Jr., officials said.
Gardner was convicted of murder in the infant's death and two counts of attempted murder in the stabbings of the infant's mother and another man, according to court records. He also was convicted of first-degree burglary in the case because he snuck into the home through the attic.
Gardner received a life sentence for each of the four convictions, to be served consecutively.
He is in the Hamilton Aged and Infirmed correctional facility, according to the Alabama Department of Corrections.
According to court records, he fatally stabbed 18-month-old Yanorse Jackson, and stabbed the infant's mother, Mary Jackson, and Jerry McCord. The 18-month-old was stabbed twice in the chest and once in teh abdomen.
Gardner used a steak knife in the attacks, according to records.
Jackson was Gardner's ex-girlfriend, according to court records.
FLORENCE - Authorities say a homeless man attacked and robbed another homeless man who was in a wheelchair.
Maroland Haskins is charged with first-degree robbery and second-degree assault in the incident, Florence police Sgt. Cliff Billingsley said.
Haskins was arrested Monday and remains in the Lauderdale County Detention Center with bond set at $62,500, Billingsley said. He said the arrest stems from a Jan. 10 incident on North Court Street that started with Haskins striking up a conversation with the victim.
"Haskins then walked behind the male, acting as if he was throwing something in the garbage can. Once behind him, Haskins struck him in the head with an unknown object, causing him to fall out of his wheelchair," Billingsley said. "Haskins then jumped on top of him and told him to give him everything or he was going to shoot him. Haskins acted as if he had a firearm. Haskins then pulled the male’s shoe off and pants off which contained his money and fled with them. The victim then went to the North Alabama Medical Center for medical treatment which required several staples in his head to close the wound caused by Haskins."
Unemployment in the Shoals was down to 2.4% in December, according to the latest figures from the Alabama Department of Labor.
The number represents 1,622 unemployed members of the Shoals Civilian Labor Force, which includes Lauderdale and Colbert Counties, according to data from the department.
December was the fourth straight month the Shoals has had unemployment below 3%, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
The labor department breaks down unemployment rates by counties. Colbert's rate was 2.7% in December, while Lauderdale's was 2.3%. Franklin County's rate was 2.3%.
The department also lists rates for selected cities, including Florence, which was at 2.5%.
FLORENCE - Authorities have arrested a Center Star woman who is accused of firing shots at her brother.
Lauderdale County Sheriff Joe Hamilton said Tamra Lechele Allen, 38, is charged with attempted murder and shooting into an occupied dwelling.
Hamilton said Allen is in the Lauderdale County Detention Center under a $90,000 bond.
"On Monday, January 23 at around 10:30 a.m. deputies responded to McConnell Road in Big Oak Subdivision in the Center Star community on a report of a domestic dispute with shots fired," Hamilton stated in a release today.
Deputies said nobody was struck by the gunfire but Allen fled in a gray Nissan Maxima, Hamilton said.
"During the course of the investigation, it was discovered that Tamra Allen fired a handgun multiple times at a relative while the relative was standing in the doorway of the home," he said. "Sheriff investigators along with Rogersville police were able to locate Allen at a residence around Rogersville at around 7 p.m. Monday evening."
FLORENCE - Police say a man exposed himself to a woman at McFarland Park on Wednesday.
James L. McGuire, 49, Muscle Shoals, is charged with indecent exposure, Florence police Sgt. Ryan Kelly said.
McGuire was booked into the Lauderdale County Detention Center and released on a $500 bond, Kelly said.
"The victim, a 20-year-old female, stated a male had asked her for directions and then exposed his genitals," Kelly said. "The victim described the offender and his vehicle. Officers with Florence Park Police located a vehicle matching the victim's description and conducted a traffic stop on the car."
He said the victim identified McGuire.
Kelly said additional charges are possible, relating to an incident at a business on Cox Creek Parkway.
TUSCUMBIA - Police have identified the victim in Tuesday morning's fatal crash.
Kendrick Newsome, 26, of Tuscumbia, died in the crash on East Sixth Street, Police Chief Tony Logan said. He was driving a Chevrolet Corsica that witnesses told authorities ran a stop sing at the Sixth Street-King Street intersection, colliding with two pickups.
"We are still trying to get updates on the passenger's condition in the Corsica," Logan said.
Authorities said the drivers and passengers in the trucks were not seriously injured.
TUSCUMBIA - A man died and woman was injured Tuesday in a crash on East Sixth Street after the man reportedly ran a stop sign at the intersection of Sixth and King streets, authorities said.
The identities of the victims were unavailable Tuesday, but Tuscumbia Police Chief Tony Logan said the driver was pronounced dead at the scene and the female passenger was was taken to Helen Keller Hospital with critical injuries.
Logan said the 911 call of a three-vehicle crash came in to his department at 8:24 a.m.
"According to witnesses at the scene observed a Chevrolet Corsica traveling south on King Street and failed to stop for the traffic control device at that intersection," Logan said. "A Ford F-250 traveling west on Sixth Street struck the Corsica on the driver’s side of the vehicle. The impact of the crash led those two vehicles into the eastbound lane of Sixth Street where they collided with a Dodge Ram 1500 that was eastbound on Sixth Street," Logan said. "The driver and passengers of the two trucks received minor injuries. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is assisting in the investigation."
FLORENCE - A man faces a murder charge in the Thursday night stabbing death of his father, authorities said.
Matthew Oneal Goode, 41, is charged in the death of Donald Edward Goode, 66, Lauderdale County Chief Deputy Joe Hamilton said. He remains in the Lauderdale County Detention Center.
"On Thursday, January 12th, at around 8:20 p.m., deputies responded to a call of a domestic dispute in the 3000 block of county road 5," Hamilton said. "Information was given that the dispute involved a father and son and that the son was armed with a knife. When the first deputy arrived on the scene he encountered the son, 41-year-old Matthew Oneal Goode, in the yard and immediately detained him. When deputies entered the residence they discovered the father, 66-year-old Donald Edward Goode, laying on the living room floor suffering from an apparent knife wound to the neck area. Donald Goode was deceased."
His bond was set at $153,697, but on Friday, Lauderdale County Circuit Court Judge Will Powell revoked that bond and set a March 13 hearing in his case.
FLORENCE - Two male juveniles are in custody after two chases in stolen vehicles today, authorities said.
The identities of the accused pair are not available since they are juveniles, but Florence police Sgt. Cliff Billingsley said one is 16 and the other is 17.
The vehicles, a Hyundai Elantra and Ford Fusion, were reported stolen from University of North Alabama students, police said.
"Officers located two stolen vehicles together at the Cloverdale Walmart at around 11:30 a.m.," Billingsley said. "Both vehicles then fled the area and officers pursued them. The gray Hyundai Elantra headed toward Chisholm Road. The gray Ford Fusion headed toward Florence Boulevard. The gray Hyundai Elantra stopped in the area of Earl Street and Marion Avenue. The driver then fled on foot. After circling around Hickory Hills Subdivision, the Ford Fusion headed west on Florence Boulevard, crashing in the area of Glendale Avenue. The driver then fled on foot. Both drivers were caught a short time later."
Northwest Alabama has been placed under a tornado watch until 5 p.m. today.
Strong storms and heavy rainfall are expected today, according to the National Weather Service.
There is a 90% chance of rain today and 80% chance tonight.