Area News: Huntsville Standoff; Newton Chief; Little Richard's Old Home Spared

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) -- Huntsville police say two people are dead after a standoff that forced officers to evacuate and close off part of a subdivision reports a SWAT team found a suspect and a woman both shot to death Saturday in what appears to be a murder-suicide. A second woman was also shot and taken to a hospital with serious injuries.
Huntsville police spokesman Harry Hobbs says two young children inside the home were unharmed.
Police were called to the Knox Creek subdivision at about 7:40 a.m. Saturday to what they believed was a domestic dispute. When police arrived, the suspect and others were barricaded inside the house. The standoff lasted several hours as officers evacuated residents within a block of the house and blocked several roads.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- A fishing tournament in Tuscaloosa is reeling in donations to benefit special-needs children. The bass tournament Saturday at the Retreat at Lake Tamaha asked participants to make donations when they sign up. The money goes to the University of Alabama's Rise School.

NEWTON, Ala. (AP) -- A former military police officer has been hired as the new police chief for the southeast Alabama town of Newton. James Gresham has more than three decades of law enforcement experience. He began his career as an Army MP at Fort Hood, Texas, and recently retired after serving as interim police chief in Daleville.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- A mother and daughter who teamed up to go back to college in Jacksonville now have degrees of their own.
Karen Baker and daughter Latisha Robinson graduated from Edward Waters College on Saturday with a business administration degree.
The 58-year-old Baker and 38-year-old Robinson said going back to school was difficult. Baker told the Florida Times-Union ( ) she had some trouble getting used to "all that college stuff" after so many years.
She and Robinson not only encouraged each other to make sure their assignments were completed. They also competed for the best grade. Baker ended up finishing as the salutatorian of the college's entire 2013 class.

MIAMI (AP) -- Mothers who were homeless and are now living in an outreach center in South Florida will still be able to celebrate Mother's Day -- in style.
The three campuses of the Miami Rescue Mission and Broward Outreach Centers are hosting events this weekend for the mothers who currently live in one of the facilities.
On Tuesday, a group of mothers were treated to a hair day at a Miami salon. Others were given a spa day on Friday in Pompano Beach. And on Saturday, residents of the Miami Campus will be presented with poetry, food and flowers while those at the Broward Outreach Center in Hollywood will have snacks and drinks as well as presents such as cards, flowers, gift bags and makeovers with manicures and pedicures.

MARATHON, Fla. (AP) -- A tagged juvenile loggerhead sea turtle is expected to make a full recovery after it was rescued off the Florida Keys.
Officials at the Keys-based Turtle Hospital said Saturday that "Charley" was eating squid and his digestive system was active.
The 5.73-pound turtle was found by a fisherman floating in Sargasso weed Tuesday about 22 miles off the Middle Keys. Plastic was found in the reptile's stool.
It is believed that "Charley" traveled some 2,000 miles from its original release point off Santa Marta, Colombia last June. It was nurtured from a hatchling as part of a headstart program between Jorge Tadeo Lozano University and Mundo Marino Aquarium.
The turtle is likely to be returned to the Gulf Stream off the Keys by early June.

MACON, Ga. (AP) -- Officials in Georgia have decided to move the boyhood home of Little Richard to spare it from a highway construction project.
Macon Mayor Robert Reichert made the announcement Friday. WMAZ-TV reports that the 80-year-old singer is receiving an honorary degree on Saturday from Mercer University.
Born Richard Wayne Penniman, Little Richard grew up in Macon's Pleasant Hill community. That's a neighborhood that was later divided by the construction of Interstate 75.
The "Tutti Frutti" singer's boyhood home faced possible demolition to make room for a planned expansion of the interchange where I-75 meets Interstate 16 to Savannah.
City officials said the home will be relocated to a lot near the Pleasant Hill community garden. At its new location, the house will be used as a neighborhood resource center.

ATLANTA (AP) -- State officials and Gov. Nathan Deal are scheduled to tour Georgia next week to educate boaters on new laws scheduled to take effect May 15.
Officials from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Department of Public Safety and the Governor's Office of Highway Safety are scheduled to speak May 14 and 15 at several marinas to remind boaters that a law passed during the recent legislative session sets a .08 blood-alcohol limit for boat operators, hunters and other sportsmen.
Officials are slated to speak May 14 in Columbus, Fort Gaines, Cordele and Milledgeville. Officials will speak in Savannah and Augusta May 15, and Gov. Nathan Deal is also expected to speak in Gainesville.
Among other things, the legislation was drafted in response to several high-profile deaths on Lake Lanier.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal regulators closed banks yesterday in North Carolina and Georgia. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. seized Pisgah Community Bank, based in Asheville, N.C., and Sunrise Bank, based in Valdosta, Ga. It brings the number of U.S. bank failures to 12 this year. The FDIC arranged for other banks to take over the failed banks' deposits and purchase some of their assets.