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Local News - Wal-Win Area

Quotes: Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future. John F. Kennedy

2 dead in murder-suicide in county

Two people are dead in the McCollum community following what officials from the Walker County Sheriff’s Office believe was a murder-suicide. Interim Sheriff James Painter said the department received a phone call that there was an issue at a residence on Rufus Tubbs Road, just outside Jasper. The report said shots had been fired and reported that the male resident was holding his wife hostage at gunpoint and threatening to kill her and himself. Painter said his office attempted to contact the man to begin negotiations, but were unable to make contact. He said they later learned the phones inside the home had been shot. At approximately 11 p.m. Sunday, Painter said the county’s SWAT team assembled at the residence. “We devised a plan to surround the house and find out what was going on,” Painter said. When the SWAT team was unable to detect any movement or make any contact, they entered the residence and found the bodies of the husband and wife.

More - Daily Mountain Eagle - 2 dead in murder-suicide in county

2-year-old suffers gunshot wound in ‘horrible’ accident

A 2-year-old Jasper boy was listed in stable condition at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham Monday after suffering a gunshot wound to his foot late Sunday night. According to reports from Jasper police, the child grabbed a Glock .40-caliber handgun off a counter just minutes after his dad placed the gun there after returning home. “The parents thought it was unloaded, obviously,” interim Police Chief Larry Cantrell said Monday. The weight of the gun caused it to be pointing downward when the child grabbed it, and when it fired it hit the child in the foot. “It was a horrible accident,” Cantrell said. The child was taken by ambulance to Children’s Hospital and was listed in stable condition after surgery, Cantrell said. Initial reports said the child could possibly lose his foot, but Cantrell said doctors were able to prevent that. Cantrell said charges could be filed against the parents.

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JPD: 3 teens arrested in faked kidnapping charged as adults: UPDATE

Three teens arrested in a faked kidnapping over the weekend will be charged as adults, officials with the Jasper Police Department said Monday. Warrants have been issued charging the teens and two adults with attempted murder,  first-degree burglary, unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle and second-degree theft of property. Donald John Scott, 17, of Empire; Jordon Blayke Goodwin, 16, of Jasper; and Nicole Kaitlyn Fox, 17, of Jasper, are being charged as adults because of the severity of the crimes, interim Police Chief Larry Cantrell said.Also being charged are Christopher Michael Smith, 19, of Jasper, and Alyssa Marie Bentley, 24, of Citrus Heights, California.All five are being held in the Walker County Jail on $200,000 cash bonds. Scott, Goodwin, Smith and Bentley allegedly broke into the home where Fox lived on 19th Street SE just off Jones Dairy Road around 3 a.m. Saturday.Once inside, the suspects reportedly fired two gunshots at the homeowners who were lying in bed and left with Fox, the couple’s 17-year-old daughter.

More - Daily Mountain Eagle - JPD: 3 teens arrested in faked kidnapping charged as adults