The Birmingham City Council has decided to delay a vote on Mayor Langford’s computer plan after a lawsuit is filed against the man who in charge of the plan. Seven years ago, John Katopodis was in charge of the computers for kids plan in Fairfield while Larry Langford was the mayor of the city. The Fairfield Plan called for one million dollars to give computers to the children in Fairfield. HealthSouth Inc. donated money to the program and is now claiming that Katopodis used the money for trips to casinos and even gave some of the computers away to friends instead of the children. The Birmingham City Council was set to vote on the Birmingham computer plan today, but decided to delay to vote to further investigate the matter.
Mother and Daughter Survive Bullet-Spray
A mother and her teenage daughter are recovering this morning from gunshot wounds. They awoke to a spray of bullets at their home. LaTonya Taylor was asleep with her 14-year-old daughter when the shooting happened. The girl was hit in the arm, her mother in the leg. While the girl and her mother are staying elsewhere, the girl's father says he is not afraid to remain in the house. Ardofus Jackson says he does not know who shot at the home. Birmingham police are investigating.
Jefferson County Man Sentenced to Life for Murdering Toddler
A Jefferson County man who pleaded guilty to murdering a toddler will go to prison for life. A judge sentenced Dexter Arrington Tuesday morning. Arrington plead guilty in November to Samuel Perryman’s murder just as his case was about to go to trial. Perryman was found dead in his home on Western Valley Road in East Thomas in 2006. Arrington will not get a chance for parole with this sentence.
Charges Filed Against Reckless Driver
Criminal charges have been filed in a car crash that killed two teenagers. Jefferson County prosecutors say John Hamilton Perkins faces charges of reckless manslaughter. It is for the December 7th crash in Irondale that killed Leah Marks and Josh Hadraba. Perkins is scheduled for a preliminary hearing next month.
Lawmaker Introduce Electronic Gambling Bill
Alabama lawmakers are focusing on another gambling bill. Democratic Representative Marcel Black, of Tuscumbia, wants to legalize electronic bingo games at dog tracks in Birmingham and Mobile. Black says revenue would go toward Alabama’s Medicaid program, which is in need of an extra 150 million dollars to fund the next fiscal year.
Shelby County Expands Siren System
Shelby County authorities have good news after last weekend's storms. They are planning to expand the county's network of storm sirens. County emergency management officials are about to install 26 new storm warning sirens. That will expand their network to more than 100 sirens countywide. Most of the funds for these new sirens will come from the Hurricane Katrina fund. EMA officials say even though something bad happened to fund the effort, they are hoping the investment will pay in off in saved lives.