Bessemer City Councilwoman Indicted

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A Bessemer City Councilwoman has been
arrested and indicted on charges of violating the state ethics law.

Attorney General Troy King said Wednesday that Louise Alexander
surrendered late Tuesday night at the Jefferson County Jail in
Bessemer and was released on $20,000 bond.

The attorney general's office presented evidence to a Jefferson
County grand jury in the Bessemer Division last month that resulted
in a five-count indictment of Alexander.

She is charged with three counts of violating the ethics law by
intentionally using her office for personal gain for herself or a
business with which she was associated.

She also faces two counts of soliciting a thing of value as a
public official from a person or business that she directly
inspected, regulated or supervised in her official capacity.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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