Former Birmingham City Councilman and Jefferson County Commissioner John Katopodis heads to court today. He filed suit in 2005 against HealthSouth saying HealthSouth went back on a promise to give him a Southside building in exchange for services he provided. HealthSouth has countered with questions about how Katopodis spent money it donated to computer help for kids, as well as, one million dollars pledged from taxpayer money.
Walker County Bingo Ready for Vote
The Walker County bingo battle is set to go up for a vote this morning. The county commission will meet to adopt the final draft of bingo rules that will double the license fee for machines to one thousand dollars each. It could bring in up to two million dollars for roads, bridges, schools and industrial development.
Supreme Court Case to Directly Impact District One Seat Battle
The US Supreme Court hears arguments at this hour in Washington about Governor Bob Riley and his power to fill vacancies on county commissions. The case deals with his 2005 appointment of a commissioner in Mobile, but will have a direct impact on the controversy surrounding Jefferson County’s District One seat. Riley contends the state constitution gives him the power to appoint. Democrats sued, claiming it violates the voting rights act.
Hoover Man to Receive Sentencing for Murder
A judge sentences a Hoover man today for capital murder. Justin Matthew White is scheduled to appear before Circuit Judge Mac Parsons. A jury found White guilty of murdering UAB nursing student Sierra Black. The jury recommended a sentence of life in prison without the chance of parole. The judge could choose the death penalty.
Funeral Arrangement for Two Accident Victims
Funeral arrangements have been made for two of the four teenagers killed in a car accident on I-459 Friday morning. Family members say the viewing for Stephanie and Lindsey Baker, who are sisters, will be today from five to 8 PM at the Valhalla Funeral Home in Bessemer. The funeral will be Tuesday at 2 o'clock at the same location.
Victim from Sunday Wreck Succumbs to Injuries
One of the four victims of a two car accident earlier Sunday, has died. Officials say a 36-year-old woman died of injuries she suffered in the crash. It happened at the intersection of Oporto Madrid Boulevard and 74th Street. Three other victims were taken to area hospitals including a child. No word on any of their conditions.
Overnight Murder Under Investigation
Birmingham police are investigating an overnight murder. Investigators say someone fatally shot 41-year-old Travis Thompson last night. The shooting happened in the 2300 block of Avenue G in Ensley around midnight. One victim was found dead on the scene. One additional victim was taken to UAB Hospital.
Man Shoots Attacker in Stomach During Home Invasion
A home invasion leads to a shooting in Birmingham. It happened Sunday morning around nine o'clock in the 1900 block of 29th Avenue North. Police say the victim was being hit in the head with a hammer or pipe by the suspects when he shot one of his attackers in the abdomen. The suspects took off and crashed their car into a utility pole three blocks away. The victim and suspect were taken to UAB Hospital. A second suspect was arrested. Police are looking for the third person involved.
Church Finds Murdered Man in Parking Lot
People who live near the Avondale Church of Christ are still surprised a man was found dead in the church parking lot Saturday morning. Police say 51-year-old Craig Broadnax was found sitting in an SUV suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Neighbors said it is normally a quiet area. The senior minster at the church says the incident should serve as a friendly reminder to be aware of your surroundings, even in your own neighborhood. There have been no arrests or charges in the case. This is Birmingham’s 19th homicide of the year.
Stan Mims Termination Hearing Delayed Until April
A termination hearing for fired Birmingham School Superintendent Stan Mims is reset for April 2nd. It was supposed to take place today, but his lawyer John Saxon will be in court on another case and would not be able to attend. When they meet, Dr. Mims plans to ask for at least six months pay. Saxon says that will give him time to find a new job somewhere else He says the case is looking promising. Saxon says the situation has been trying on Mims, but that he is getting by with the support of family and friends.