Top Local Stories: Officer's Condition Improving

Top Local Stories: Officer's Condition Improving, June 21, 2008.

Community Helping Injured Pell City Police Officer

A Pell City police officer critically injured when he was involved in a car accident while on the job continues to improve. To help with medical bills, the community has stepped up to help out the officer and his family. Officer Greg Surles was critically injured when investigators say an eighteen-wheeler slammed into the side of his patrol car. Stores in Pell City have been asking its customers to donate any money they could to help with Surles' medical bills. Also, other law enforcement agencies across the nation have been calling to see how they can help.

Trial Date Set in 2007 Fatal Bessemer Robbery

A trial date has been set for a man charged in a fatal robbery last year at a Bessemer bank. William Merriweather, Jr. will go to trial January 19. Merriweather is accused of entering the Wachovia Bank while armed with a gun in 2007, and shooting Eva Hudson and Sheila Prevo to death. Merriweather is also charged with capital murder, attempted murder, and first-degree kidnapping. The U.S. Attorney's officer in Birmingham has filed notice stating it intends to seek the death penalty.

Man in Jail Under Suicide Watch After Killing Eleven-Year-Old

Ryan Russell, 35, is under suicide watch since being placed in the Shelby County jail. Russell has been charged with the capital murder death of his eleven-year-old cousin Katherine Gillespie. Russell appeared by video conference on Friday before Judge Dan Reeves. On Monday night, lawmen were called to the house where Russell lived with Gillespie. Russell was her legal guardian. Police say Gillespie was shot in the back of the head, and was dead at the scene. Russell has been fitted with a so-called 'suicide smock' and has been given court appointed counsel.

Sheffield Woman Arrested, Charged with Killing Brother

A Sheffield woman has been arrested and charged in the fatal shooting of her older brother. Brandi Lee Johnson, 27, has been charged with manslaughter and is being held in the Colbert County jail. Johnson is accused of shooting Bryan Ray Campbell, 32. The shooting took place at Johnson's residence around 1:00 Thursday morning. If convicted, Johnson could face between ten and twenty years in prison.

One Person Sent to Hospital After Saturday House Fire

One person was sent to the hospital after a house fire early Saturday on Birmingham's north side. Firefighters responded to the call at a home in the 3300 block of 15th Court North around 4:00 Saturday morning. The victim was taken to UAB Hospital with minor injuries.

Families Sign-up for Free Life Insurance

Free life insurance for kids, with no catch, was offered to some Birmingham residents Saturday morning. The event at Boutwell Auditorium was hosted by Cornerstone Associates and Mass Mutual Life Insurance company. To take advantage of the fifty-thousand dollar police, pre-qualified parents simply had to fill out applications and take a simple blood test. Representatives from participating companies said it is a great thing for the city, and they were thrilled with the participation. Organizers hope to host more events like this one in the future.

Tuition Increase and Bond for Construction

The University of Alabama system voted for a tuition increase for all their universities on Friday, but they also approved a sixty-six million dollar bond for construction projects. Nine projects will be completed under the bond deal, but because of budget cuts, future projects will be placed on hold until more money is available. The nine projects include a new science and engineering complex, a parking deck to be built below new dorms, and renovations to fraternity houses. Tuition at UA, UAB, and UAH will go up nearly three hundred dollars a semester.

Youth Summit Held in Woodlawn

Birmingham's city leaders spent a day talking to teens about issues they need to know about. The First Baptist Church in Woodlawn hosted the second annual youth summit on Saturday. Birmingham's former police chief Annetta Nunn was one of the guests invited to speak at the event. Some of the topics included peer pressure, career planning, and domestic abuse. The conference will continue through Sunday.

Black Achievers Gala Held Saturday Night

The Oliver Robinson Foundation hosted the inaugural Black Achievers Gala on Saturday night. The gala honored African Americans throughout Alabama who have demonstrated excellence in community and professionalism. Steve Crocker and Sarah Verser of FOX6 News were among the presenters. Five individuals received the Civil Rights Legend Award, while four individuals received Lifetime Achievement Awards.   <a class=Digg" src="" /> Digg   Drudge Drudge   Fark Fark   My Yahoo My Yahoo

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