Decatur – Chris Sanders, the former Somerville Police Chief has pleaded guilty to sodomy and sexual abuse that involves three minor children. Sanders who was the police chief from Oct. 2004 to Jan. 2006 was ordered by Judge Steve Haddock to serve 18 years for two counts of sodomy and 10 years each for sexual abuse. Sentences will run concurrently. At this time the thirty-eight year-old is awaiting transfer to state prison, reports the Associated Press.
Leroy – Charlene Schmitz, 54, a teacher at Leroy High School has been charged with having sex with a 14 year-old student. Other charges of rape and sodomy were filed as well. The alleged incident was brought to the authorities attention after the boys mother gave police dozens of sexually explicit e-mails she claimed were sent to her son from Schmitz. Police who interviewed the boy stated that he had admitted to having a relationship with Schmitz since April. Pending further investigation more details will be released. At this time Schmitz is scheduled for court on July 24th. She has been released on $40,000 bond, reports the Associated Press.
Birmingham – Michael Sherrod Hall has been charged by the FBI with a federal bank robbery that happened on Friday in Hoover. According to the FBI, $18,000 was recovered in the car that Hall had been driving. Hall was apprehended on I-20 East in Douglas County, Georgia a short time after the bank robbery. Hall who was a transfer from University of Arkansas was the starting defensive end for the Bulldogs last season. His scheduled bond hearing was set for this past Tuesday in the Birmingham Federal Court, reports the Associated Press.
Montgomery – Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman and former Health South CEO, Richard Scrushy who were convicted of bribery and related crimes in a government corruption case. Siegelman was also convicted of obstruction of justice in trying to cover up nearly $9000.00 that was given to him by a lobbyist to purchase a motorcycle. U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller will be the sentencing judge in the case. Prosecutors have asked that the two be severely punished to send the message that corruption will not be tolerated. The outcome of the trial will determine whether or not Siegelman and Scrushy will remain free or spend the rest of their lives in prison, reports Associated Press.
Montgomery – Rev. Gary Aldridge, the pastor of the Thorington Road Baptist Church was found in his home this week dead of asphyxiation. Aldridge who was the pastor at the church for over 16 years. His wife at the time was out of town tending to a sick relative, according to the Associated Press. Police have not yet ruled that his death is a homicide, however foul play has not been ruled out either. More details of the reverends death will be given after further investigation.
Birmingham – Bonnell Hughes has plead guilty to federal explosives and conspiracy. Hughes has been accused of being part of an anti-Mexican militia that is in Alabama. Hughes pleaded guilty in the conspiring to make grenades and a silencer, making grenades and possessing grenades as well as other illegal weapons. The penalty he faces is up to a $2 million dollar fine, and 70 years in prison. There are four other defendants who are scheduled to plead guilty as well. A sentencing date has yet to be set, reported the Associated Press.
Tuscaloosa – Roderick Davis, 36, Brian Hood, 34, and Laron Smith 22, have been arrested and charged with cashing counterfeit checks and forging that Tuscaloosa’s Mayor’s signature on them. The three men have been accused of cashing 19 checks that were cleared through the city’s water and sewer department. Each of the men were charged with forgery second-degree. Jail time ranges from one to 10 years in prison. Investigators are investigating seven others who might be involved as well, reports the Associated Press.
Ex police chief given prison time for sex crimes – Associated Press
Washington Co. teacher charged with having sex with 14 year-old boy – Associated Press
FBI charges Samford football player in bank heist – Associated Press
Sentencing hearing begins for Siegelman, Scrushy – Associated Press
Foul play not totally ruled out in Montgomery minister’s death – Associated Press
Alabama militia suspect pleads guilty to federal weapons charges – Associated Press
Three charged in forgery case – Associated Press