Regional News: Kitten Killer; Robbers' Disguises a little much; Drawbridge leaves Woman Dangling; Cell Phone Death; Gray Squirrel Season Opens (in Fla)

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By: ap
Alleged Ala Kitten Killer Charged... Selma store clerk wise to robbery suspects

Really! Gray squirrel season opens in Florida...but ONLY for gray squirrels, NOT for the cinnamon colored or other types of FOX squirrels. Check with Florida game officials for details. Sure looks like the pictured squirrel has put away quite a few nuts.

Remaining 2 Kittens up for Adoption
ATHENS, Ala. (AP) -- Two kittens will soon be offered for adoption after they were rescued from the home of an Alabama man charged with 22 counts of animal cruelty.
Police say 48-year-old Ronald Golden told officers he stomped and strangled kittens he bought using the website Craigslist. Police arrested Golden after finding five kitten carcasses at his home and blood spattering the walls of one room.
WAFF-TV reports (http://bit.ly/19GxULp) authorities also found two kittens that were alive. Now named Melvin and Mia, the kittens are being kept safely at the Athens Limestone Animal Shelter.
Shelter officials are having the kittens spayed and neutered by a local veterinarian. They should be up for adoption sometime in the next two weeks.

Selma police say men wore wigs in robbery attempt
SELMA, Ala. (AP) -- Police in Selma say two men arrested on attempted robbery charges made a store clerk suspicious with their disguises.
WSFA-TV reports a cashier at the Check `n Go store activated a silent alarm Friday when she saw two men come in wearing wigs and sunglasses along with bandanas and several layers of clothing.
Officers arrived at the store and arrested both suspects before they could flee. Police say one was armed with two handguns and they were driving a car stolen from a nearby Wal-Mart.
Now 21-year-old Melvin Jerome Marshall and 19-year-old Courtney Smith are charged with attempted robbery and breaking and entering of a vehicle.

Hurricane-Fortified Church
Hurricane-proof church unbowed on Gulf coast
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) -- God is a mighty fortress, the old hymn goes, and the same could be said for Romar Beach Baptist Church.
With concrete walls more than a foot thick and pilings driven deep into bedrock, the waterfront church just yards from the Gulf of Mexico is built to withstand a Category 5 hurricane with winds of 157 mph and higher.
Rev. Paul Smith didn't even consider canceling worship services last week when the remnants of Tropical Storm Karen were plowing through the Gulf of Mexico just off the horizon. Instead, he baptized a visitor in the Gulf after a 9 a.m. service, which was nearly full.

SILVERHILL, Ala. (AP) -- A coastal Alabama woman whose police officer son was killed in the line of duty is holding a yard sale to raise money so she can attend the trial of the slaying suspect. Cindy Warren hopes to raise $2,000 or more to cover expenses when she travels to Tampa, Fla., for the trial. Warren's son, police officer David Curtis, was gunned down along with his partner during a 2010 traffic stop in Tampa.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- The Alabama Fire College in Tuscaloosa is honoring a volunteer firefighter who died last year saving her own grandchild. The college was holding its annual Fallen Firefighter memorial ceremony today. This year's ceremony includes a tribute to the memory of Beth Childers. The Lauderdale County volunteer firefighter died last year when she rescued her 2-year-old grandson from a fire at her home.

Woman dangling from Fort Lauderdale bridge rescued
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- A woman seen dangling from a Fort Lauderdale bridge has been rescued by firefighters after she participated in a cancer walk earlier in the day.
City officials say the woman was walking across the New River railroad bridge Saturday morning when it began to open. Witnesses called 911 to report that the woman was dangling 22 feet above the tracks with the bridge in the upright position.
Firefighters responded and helped rescue the woman using a 24-foot ladder. She was not injured.
The 55-year-old woman was wearing a pink shirt. She told authorities she had taken part in the breast cancer awareness walk earlier Saturday morning. It was not clear why she was on the bridge since pedestrians are not allowed on it.
The woman was not immediately identified.

TRAIN FALL
Man dies after jumping from train for phone
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Hospital officials say a South Florida man injured after jumping from a moving commuter train to retrieve his cell phone has died.
A spokesman for St. Mary's Medical Center told The Palm Beach Post that 26-year-old Eddie Diaz of Miami was taken off life support on Friday. His family is donating his organs.
West Palm Beach police say the Tri-Rail train was leaving the station Monday night when Diaz realized he left his phone on a bench. Diaz then broke the glass of the emergency safety mechanism, pulled the emergency stop lever and exited through the front passenger door.
Witnesses say Diaz tried to leap from the train to the platform but slipped and fell. He was taken to the hospital with critical injuries.

Student walking home from game shot in leg
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Tampa police are looking for the person who shot a high school student in the leg as she walked home from a football game.
Police say two friends -- a 15-year-old and 16-year-old -- were walking home from the game Friday night when a car stopped next to them. The suspect rolled down his window, made a statement and pointed the gun at them.
Police say the girls ran as the suspect fired at them, striking the older girl on the lower left leg. She was taken to the hospital where she remained Saturday.
"Detectives are working very good leads in this case," a police statement says, as detectives work to get a detailed description of the suspect.

Gray squirrel hunting season opens in Fla.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida wildlife authorities have opened the state's gray squirrel hunting season.
The state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the season starts Saturday on private lands and runs through March 2, 2014.
The squirrels are members of the rodent family and can grow up to 20 inches long. They like wooded areas and spend most of their time on trees.
Hunters who want to look for gray squirrels on wildlife management areas should consult with the FWC, as open dates vary.
There is no open season in Florida for taking fox squirrels, which tend to be larger and have cinnamon colored bellies and tails.

Police: Shootout wounds restaurant worker, robber
FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- Police say a robbery attempt at a Chinese restaurant in metro Atlanta led to a shootout that wounded a worker and one of the robbers.
WSB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1axAd5K ) two masked men entered the back door of the China Cafe in Fayette County after closing late Friday and held three employees at gunpoint. Police say one of the workers also had a gun and shot one of the robbers in the head.
The second robber returned fire and injured another restaurant employee, who was hospitalized in serious condition.
Fayetteville police Lt. Mike Whitlow says both robbers got away and investigators are checking area hospitals for the one who got wounded. He says police suspect the same men robbed another Chinese restaurant in the area earlier last week.

Police say road rage sparked metro Atlanta slaying
KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) -- Police in metro Atlanta have arrested a suspect in the fatal shooting of a young woman that authorities say was motivated by road rage.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports21-year-old Kim Kilgore died Friday afternoon hours after she was shot inside the gates of the Shiloh Green Apartments near Kennesaw.
Police have charged 22-year-old Lindsey Sparkles Lashayla with murder. It was unknown Saturday if she had an attorney.
Cobb County police spokesman Mike Bowman says a "road rage incident" between people in two vehicles led to a fight at the apartment complex in which Kilgore was shot. Police have not said specifically what started the argument.
Friends say Kilgore was a student at Kennesaw State University and worked at a country store in Powder Springs.


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