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Alabama News June 3: Bar Shooting Kills 1; Law Targets Metal Thefts; Policeman Charged with Arson

By: AP
By: AP

SELMA, Ala. (AP) -- Authorities say one person is dead and five others are injured following an early morning shooting at a nightclub in Selma.
Police Chief William Riley says gunfire broke out about 1:30 a.m. Friday at the Club Entourage after a security guard ejected two men from the bar.
Riley says the two men forced their way back inside the nightclub and began shooting indiscriminately. He says the security worker returned fire, killing one of the men and seriously injuring the other.
Four other patrons were injured.
Riley says police have issued a warrant for 21-year-old Rodney Aaron, the man who was seriously injured. Authorities haven't released the name of the dead man.
The police chief says the actions by the nightclub security guard probably saved other people from being hurt.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Police across Alabama say a new state law making it tougher to sell stolen scrap metal is sorely needed.
Gov. Robert Bentley signed the new law last week. It requires sellers of scrap metal to be photographed, provide a copy of their ID and identifying information for their vehicles. That information goes into a statewide database for at least a year.
Sgt. Johnathan Clifton of the Opelika police says his city has had a similar local ordinance since 2007 and it's proven valuable to catching copper thieves.
The Birmingham News reports Dothan police receive up to 75 cases of metal theft per month. Sgt. Rachel David says solving them relies solely on what records scrap yards buying the metal keep from sellers.

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) -- Officials say a former Alabama judge who retired under an ethics cloud and surrendered his law license remains eligible for his state pension of more than $111,000 annually.
The state retirement system says that's because former Houston County District Judge John Steensland Jr. was only found guilty of violating judicial ethics rules, not a felony crime.
A state retirement official on Friday said Steensland would have lost the money had he been tried and convicted in a regular criminal court.
The Alabama Court of the Judiciary found Steensland guilty of violating three judicial ethics rules a year ago for the way he conducted court. He retired in May 2010 and was never charged with a crime.
An attorney for Steensland didn't immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

ALBERTA, Ala. (AP) -- Volunteers in an Alabama city are building a new amphitheater from scraps salvaged among the debris left by devastating tornado last year.
The Tuscaloosa News reports volunteers in hardhats started construction Friday at the Jaycee Park fairground. Plans call for a stage surrounded by seating for 75 people. Multi-colored shade cells supported by carved columns will cover the amphitheater. Covered picnic tables and benches will also be included.
The nonprofit Pomegranate Center is responsible for the project. It says 75 percent of the materials being used in the amphitheater came from buildings damaged by the tornado that leveled much of the Alberta area.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- A Birmingham police officer has been charged with setting fire to a house that burned during a rash of more than a dozen arsons in the city. Authorities say 27-year-old Curtis Thornton of Warrior was charged today.


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