Body Found in Woods in McCalla

A man and his dog made a grisly discovery on an afternoon walk in McCalla - they found a decomposing body. The discovery was made in some woods near the "Flying J" travel plaza on Mcashan Drive in McCalla. The man said he believed the body had been there for a while.

Police Investigating 56th Homicide of 2008

Birmingham Police said a confrontation may have led to the city's latest homicide. Police say that 31-year-old Jerry Marcrum was shot on Friday at 82nd Street South and Rugby Avenue. Police said Marcrum was checking on some rental property when he found some copper had been stolen from the building. He confronted some men at the scene. There was an argument, but nothing happened. A short time later, police say someone fired shots into Marcrum's car. Marcrum is the son of a Jefferson County Sheriff's deputy. Police do have one person in custody.

Prison Ministry in Birmingham

A prison ministry is preparing to spread the word to inmates in Birmingham. The Great Adventure Weekend is a nationally known prison ministry outreach based in Huntsville, Texas. They are in town training volunteers. Those people plan to visit several local jails and prisons to share the gospel. Some will minister to kids housed in juvenile facilities. There will be a rally September 11 at the Guiding Light Church at 7:00 p.m.

Update on Sue Schmitz Trial

The jury deciding the fate of Alabama state representative Sue Schmitz will try to reach a verdict next week. Schmitz is charged with using her political influence to obtain a job with a program that helps troubled teenagers. She is accused of rarely showing up for work. The jurors sent a note to the judge on Friday saying that they were deadlocked. He ordered them to return Monday to keep working on the case.

County Hopes to Reach Deal in Bond Crisis

Jefferson County commissioners are hopeful a deal can be reached in the bond crisis. The county had hoped to reach a deal with Wall Street financial creditors over a new plan to resolve the county's sewer debt crisis. The county's latest proposal calls for sewer rate increases and for creditors to assume hundreds of millions of dollars of the county's sewer debt. The commissioners will vote on Monday to extend talks until the end of the month. Commissioner Jim Carns said he believes the county could know as soon as next week if it will reach a deal, or if the county will have to declare bankruptcy.

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