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Houston County judge abruptly retires

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - Longtime Houston County District Judge John Steensland has abruptly retired.

The Dothan Eagle reports Sunday that Steensland declined comment to the paper, but presiding Circuit Judge Brad Mendheim confirmed Steensland informed him of his retirement.

Mendheim said Steensland told him he was retiring Friday. He said Steensland has a court schedule for the upcoming week and that staff will try to get everything covered.

Steensland is the third judge to leave the bench recently. Circuit judges Lawson Little and Ed Jackson have retired.

Alabama Supreme Court Justice Sue Bell Cobb recently asked Gov. Bob Riley to hold off on filling Houston County's vacancies to save money.

Steensland assumed the office of Houston County District Judge in 1989.

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