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8 arrested, charged in drug raid
Eight people, including a 17-year-old juvenile, were taken into custody late Thursday night at a home on Butler Road in Jasper and charged with several drug-related crimes. Deputies with the Walker County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from Jasper police, executed a search warrant at the home at 3284 Butler Road around 9:30 p.m. after an investigation into illegal drug activity netted enough information for a warrant. Deputies were forced to enter the home using a battering ram because the front door of the home was barricaded, Walker County Sheriff Jim Underwood said Friday. Once inside the home, deputies found an active meth lab containing methamphetamine, as well as morphine, hydrocodone and Viagra. They also found syringes and digital scales, a shotgun and $250 in counterfeit $50 bills.
Alabama Supreme Court: Jefferson County Judge will hear Birmingham appeal of Shepherd Bend mine permit
The Birmingham Water Works' legal fight to stop a surface mine from operating near its water filtration plant along the Mulberry Fork of the Black Warrior River will continue before a Jefferson County judge, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled Friday. The owners of the proposed Shepherd Bend - a subsidiary of Drummond Coal Co. - and the Alabama Surface Mining Commission had asked that the water board's appeal be handled by a judge in Walker County where the mine and the commission are located. Alabama Supreme Court justices in a 8 to 1 decision issued Friday, ruled that the Birmingham Water Works Board appeal should continue to be handled by the Jefferson County judge. Chief Justice Roy Moore was the lone dissenting vote.
Arrest made in incident involving Cordova students
An arrest was made Wednesday in the case of a Cordova High School student who was injured last week in an incident that occurred in one of the school’s restrooms. Cordova Police Chief Nick Smith confirmed that a juvenile has been charged with second degree assault.Because of the defendant’s age, no name is being released.“It is a felony charge because the boy had a serious physical injury,” Smith said.Smith said that in his official statement to the police, the defendant said that he had been bullied by the victim, which led to the incident. Although authorities have not released the name of the student who was injured in Thursday’s incident, he identified himself as Matthew Cooper in interviews conducted with multiple TV stations this week. Cooper underwent surgery earlier in the week at UAB Hospital to repair the broken jaw that he suffered in the attack, according to news reports.
J. C. Poe sworn as Jasper's New Chief of Police
Former Coroner and Retired Chief Deputy of the Walker County Sheriff's Department, J. C. Poe, was sworn in at 3:15 PM Tuesday before a standing room only crowd of friends, relatives and City employees. Mayor Posey officially recognized Poe on behalf of the City and it's Council. Presiding Circuit Judge Jerry Selman swore Poe in as his wife, Pattie held the Bible. Walkerweb was there to record the occasion: