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Regional News: Dothan Porn Charges; Tow Cars of Unlicensed or Uninsured Drivers?; Atlanta Cannonball

By: AP
By: AP
Dothan residents face child porn charges... Montgomery mayor wants to tow unlicensed or uninsured drivers... Cannonball found in downtown Atlanta - was it fired by Union troops or left by Confederates?... Augusta a little

De-activated Civil War Cannonballs (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) -- Authorities have arrested two Dothan adults on multiple counts of child pornography charges.
One of the individuals, 30-year-old Samantha Bryant, had recently pleaded guilty to a sexual abuse charge and was out on bond as she waited for a probation hearing. The Dothan Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/1dMeXcW ) that Dothan police also arrested Ellison Ray Dooling. Bryant and the 51-year-old Dooling live in Dothan.
The arrests follow a joint investigation by the Dothan police and the Alabama Bureau of Investigation. Authorities said they found illegal images on a computer that the pair owned jointly. Police say the charges involve images of underage minors, some of them toddlers, engaged in sexual acts.
Bond has been set at $660,000 each.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange wants the city to be able to tow cars involved in accidents if driver has no license or liability insurance.
The Montgomery Advertiser reports that the mayor plans to introduce a city ordinance that would give the city new powers. It's the latest move in a year-long debate over how to encourage drivers to comply with state laws.
The law already allows for civil fines if a driver doesn't have a license or liability insurance. But officers release the driver after issuing the citation.
Discussion leading up to the mayor's proposal have divided advocates. On one side are those who say uninsured motorists penalize those with insurance. On the other are those who say additional fines and towing costs burden poor residents.

COLUMBIANA, Ala. (AP) -- A Shelby County church is dismissing its pastor following his arrest on heroin-related charges. Deacon J.W. Ross says the Columbiana Church of Christ is "devastated" following the arrest of its 42-year-old pastor, Paul Jeremy Martin.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The Defense Department has selected the Montgomery Defense Enterprise Computing Center (which is located at the old Gunter AFB) as one of eight Core Data Centers for the department. The department is consolidating its 200 digital information handling services into eight Core Data Centers.

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- A veteran Palm Beach Sheriff's sergeant is facing sex charges that allege he used his department-issued video camera to record a teenage girl. According to the arrest report, a teenage girl alleged that the 50-year-old police sergeant massaged her feet while touching himself.

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) -- A Scottish woman has won the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition, the literary highlight of Key West's annual salute to author Ernest Hemingway, who lived on the island in the 1930s. Carol Farrelly of Edinburgh earned $1,500 for "Telephone Man," announced Friday night as the best among 1,197 U.S. and international submissions.

Cannonball could have been shot into Atlanta
ATLANTA (AP) -- A day after workers unearthed a cannonball from a construction site in downtown Atlanta, an expert on the American Civil War said there are at least two possible scenarios for how it got there.
The cannonball was found Thursday near Centennial Olympic Park. Police removed it Thursday and said it would be detonated, but it was unclear late Friday if that had happened. Police were unsure of its history.
One theory: It was among an estimated 100,000 shells fired into Atlanta by the Union Army, as the city was under siege in 1864.
Gordon Jones, the Atlanta History Center's senior military historian and curator, said it could have been fired by federal soldiers from outside the city in an effort to strike the railroad roundhouse, a key military target.
Or, it could have been a Confederate cannonball that was simply left behind.

Augusta still struggling with trash collection
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- An overhaul of Augusta's trash collection operation continues to cause frustration across the city.
In June, the city transitioned to once-weekly collection of garbage, yard debris, bulk waste and recycling. The Augusta Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/13KXYSv ) that problems, including thousands of missed pickups, have occurred since.
In the latest mishap, many residents went days with no garbage receptacle. City officials told the newspaper that an Alabama-based subcontractor picked up old cans too soon, before the city's environmental department could deliver new ones.
Officials didn't name the company.
City workers spent much of Friday delivering the new cans.
Commissioner Donnie Smith told the Chronicle that the city hasn't handled the changes well. The commissioner said he met with one resident who said he hadn't had garbage service in six weeks.

Feds probing worker safety at Ga. auto parts maker
LAGRANGE, Ga. (AP) -- Federal authorities are questioning working conditions at a Georgia auto parts plant for the eighth time in four years.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched an inquiry of Sewon American in LaGrange after complaints of excessive heat and the death of an employee, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Teresa Pickard died May 29 after saying she was having breathing troubles at work. The state medical examiner has not released a cause of death.
The firm, which makes chassis and other parts for Kia and Hyundai, has said in a statement that Pickard's death was not work related.
Former employees told the newspaper of sweltering conditions, inadequate air conditioning and poor access to water.
Sewon has faced fines before for ignoring safety problems that threaten workers, the newspaper reports.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- A 13-year-old accused of molesting his 4-year-old neighbor will faces charges as an adult, authorities said. The Richmond County sheriff's office booked Jacob Staffey this week on charges of aggravated sexual battery. Staffey, whose mother had previously been arrested for allegedly having sex with juveniles in her home, is being held in the Regional Youth Detention Center.


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