Quotes: Transparency is not about restoring trust in institutions. Transparency is the politics of managing mistrust. - Ivan Krastev
2 Mulga men plead guilty to felony murder in a crime spree that started in Cordova
Two Mulga men have pleaded guilty to felony murder charges for a 2012 crash that killed a Hanceville couple and their 10-month-old daughter. The two men had been fleeing police after they robbed and pistol-whipped a Walker County man. Dominique Rashad Smith, 22, the driver of the SUV that crashed into the couple, recently pleaded guilty to three counts of felony murder. He is to get 20 years in prison under a plea deal with the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office. Under the plea, Smith also was to have testified against Jeffrey Bernard Howe, 20, whose trial was to have begun Monday. Howe was a passenger in the SUV and involved in the robbery that led to the chase.
Nauvoo man dies in mining accident
Walker County Coroner J.C. Poe confirmed the strip mining death of Barry Neil Duncan, 53, of Nauvoo, Monday at Black Warrior Minerals off Highway 195. Duncan was reportedly operating a piece of surface mining equipment it went over a highwall at approximately 1 p.m. The Thach Volunteer Fire Department responded to the mine but Duncan was pronounced dead on the scene, according to Poe.
Commission adopts new guidelines for accepting roads
Members of the Walker County Commission adopted a formal policy for accepting roads into the county system Monday. Commissioner Steven Aderholt first broached the subject at the Aug. 6 meeting when he expressed an interest in taking responsibility for a stretch of private roadway in Empire that separates two county roads. County engineer Mike Short described the proposed resolution as a follow-up to one passed in 1989 that did not spell out the criteria for bringing roads into the system. “My understanding is that there was never a legal way outlined in writing for any of this to happen. What you’re trying to do here is ensure that any roads that are in question are brought up to specifications prior to being put on a map to be county maintained,” Short said.