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Saturday, October 25, 2014

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Child Molester Back Behind Bars

Sam Poe

Photo Courtesy of Alabama Department of Corrections

Clyde James Patterson was convicted of three counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree in March 2007 for the sexual abuse of an eight year old female minor. He was sentenced to three ten year terms to be served consecutively. 


In September 2014, Judge Lee Carter was contacted by Patterson’s family members who stated he was in bad condition and would be dead within a week’s time. After conferring with medical experts at the prison, Judge Carter agreed to release Patterson from the correctional facility due to his terminal status. Upon Patterson’s return to the home, sources close to the family were relaying his status to Deputy District Attorney Neal Cook and indicated Patterson was not as sick as Judge Carter was led to believe. During the week following his release, the family also took Patterson to his family physician. In subpoenaed medical records, the physician stated Patterson’s life expectancy was three to six months. By the time the records were received, Patterson had already been back home for more than the one week indicated for his release.  


Due to these facts, Judge Carter issued an arrest order, and Patterson was picked up by the Winston County Sheriff’s Department and transported to the Limestone Correctional Facility in Harvest, Alabama. Cook stated it is highly unlikely Patterson will ever be released from the facility due to illness because of the deceiving information received in this event. Patterson will have a parole hearing in January 2017, and his minimum release date is currently set for May 15, 2024. 


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No News In Webb Murder

Sam Poe

Last weekend, the Marion County Sheriff’s Department received an emergency call asking for assistance to County Highway 141 in Haleyville for an unconscious male. When first responders arrived on the scene, they discovered Anthony Scott Webb had been fatally shot in his bed inside his home. 


According to Marion County Sheriff Kevin Williams, initial autopsy results have been received from the Forensic Science Lab in Huntsville. These results showed Webb did not die from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, officially starting the homicide investigation. Officials have not been able to pinpoint an exact time for the murder at this time, but they do know it was between the hours of 10 p.m. Saturday night and 9 a.m. Sunday morning when the call was made to the Sheriff’s Department. Webb had stayed alone at the residence the night the incident occurred. Webb’s wife stayed at her mother’s house which is located behind the Webb residence. She was unable to contact Webb and went home around 9 a.m. Sunday when she found him unconscious. 


Officials discovered a few missing personal items from the home including some loose change and Webb’s wallet. However, there was no sign of forced entry into the home.


Sheriff Williams stated they have formed a task force for this investigation. It is comprised of members from the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, the Marion/Winston District Attorney’s Office, the Bear Creek Police Department, and the Haleyville Police Department. Williams stated they have worked endlessly on this case this week, but at this time the team still has a lot of unanswered questions. Additional results from the autopsy and toxicology tests are expected, and Williams and his team hope those results provide additional details into what occurred in Webb’s residence during the homicide. 

Infant Uninjured in Crash

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There was a one vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon on State Highway 195, near the intersection of State Highway 243. Crystal Satcher, 28 of Double Springs, lost control of the Mitsubishi Eclipse, left the roadway, and came to a stop in the middle of a patch of trees. She sustained minor injuries in the crash but refused transportation to the hospital. Her infant child was also in the back seat and was not injured in the accident. The Pebble Fire Department responded to provide assistance at the scene, and it is under investigation by the Alabama Department of Public Safety. 


Seniors Host Chili Supper


The Haleyville High School Senior Class is having a chili supper Friday, October 24 from 4:30 until 6:30 in the lunchroom at HHS. You can purchase tickets in advance from any senior or by calling the HHS Office. You can also stop by on your way to the game that night to pick up your plate. Tickets are $8 each. 

Local Football- Week 10


Danville at Haleyville

Decatur Heritage at Phillips

Berry at Lynn

Meek at Marion County

Vinemont at Winston County

Addison at Southeastern

South Lamar at Brilliant

R.A. Hubbard at Hackleburg

Carbon Hill at Hamilton

Winfield at Holly Pond

Phil Campbell- Off

HHS Receives Safe School Initiative Award of Excellence

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HHS Assistant Principal Al Temple, HHS Principal Dr. Holly Sutherland, and Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange presented Haleyville High School with the Alabama Safe Schools Initiative Award of Excellence Tuesday morning. This award is only given to one school in each district each year, making HHS one of only eight schools to receive the honor for 2014. Haleyville High School Principal Dr. Holly Sutherland stated this award is a portfolio award and required hours of preparation and documentation for submission for consideration. She commended Assistant Principal Al Temple for his time and effort that made the receipt of the award possible for Haleyville High School. She stated this initiative represents the great things that have been done to prepare for an emergency the school might face in the future. 


During the award presentation, Attorney General Strange commended the students, teachers, and staff of Haleyville High School for being a leader in providing safety and for representing the future of Alabama schools. He stated school safety is critical, as students cannot study and learn unless they feel safe inside the classroom. Attorney General then commended the Haleyville Community as a whole for the cooperation among agencies and stated the relationship exhibited between the school system and the law enforcement community was one of the determining factors in awarding this honor to Haleyville High School. Other items that stood out in the application for Haleyville High School were the color-coded emergency flipbook provided to teachers to better prepare them for dealing with emergency situations in the classroom. Strange also commended the school for being proactive in teaching students how to stay safe while using social media sites and the Internet. He stated this is essential for the future for all students. 


Because of the outstanding preparation and planning by Haleyville High School, the ideas and practices found in the plans will be incorporated into the state plan that will be sent to schools statewide as recommendations for their own emergency planning. 



Shown in the photo above are community leaders who were present at the award ceremony. Left to Right: Haleyville Acting City Clerk Debra Hood; Winston County Commissioner Bobby Everette; Haleyville City Councilman Richard Bittinger; Winston County Commissioner David Cummings; Haleyville Mayor Ken Sunseri; Haleyville Police Chief Kyle Reogas; HHS Assistant Principal Al Temple; Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange; HHS Principal Dr. Holly Sutherland; Haleyville City Schools Board Members- Barry Burleson, Steve Stott, Sandra Manasco, Kris Burleson, and Beth McAlpine; and Haleyville City Schools Superintendent Dr. Alan Miller

Intersection Changes at Newburg and CR 11

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Winston County Commissiones David Cummings and Bobby Everett discuss changes at the intersection.


As a part of recent projects on Newburg Road, the intersection of County Road 11 and Newburg Road has been changed. Before the project began, if you were traveling north on Newburg Road, you were able to continue straight without stopping. However, you must now make a slight right hand turn and stop before making either a right turn onto County Road 11 or left to continue on Newburg Road. If you are traveling south on Newburg Road (from the area of the airport), you now have a yield sign when approaching the intersection. There is not a change while traveling on County Road 11. 


Winston County Commissioners David Cummings and Bobby Everett stated this decision was not made locally. All funding for this project had been appropriated by ALDOT through various programs. In order to receive this funding, the changes had to be made to the intersection as required by ALDOT. This is one of several changes across the state to make the road safer for Alabama drivers. 

Haleyville City Council

Sam Poe

The Haleyville City Council met for the regularly scheduled council meeting Monday evening, and Councilman Royce Benefield was absent. The following items were approved.

  • Council minutes from 10/06/2014
  • September general operation bills in the amount of $462,301.44
  • Bid for Senior Center car to Earlene Bradford in the amount of $650
  • Lease on a packer for use at the Haleyville Sportsplex in the amount of $3,250 per month from Winfield Tool and Equipment Rental in Jasper, Alabama
  • Retirement/resignation of Michelle Foster effective January 1, 2015
  • Advertising for a bookkeeper/ accountant/ magistrate
  • Tree removal on 10th Avenue on the city’s right of way in the amount of $1,200 by Trees R Us
  • Bid on concrete ramp at the old armory leading up to the new roll up door- lowest bid was Robinson and Sons/ Billy Hood in the amount of $4,500
  • Additional work at 6th Avenue and 5th Street near the MarJac Feed Mill in the amount of $2,547- must have additional culverts and concrete headers
  • Special called Haleyville City Council Meeting for 10/27/2014 at 11:00 a.m. to discuss/approve bids for the new Haleyville Fire Department- Bids will be opened this Friday 10/24/2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Haleyville City Hall.
  • $1,700 to go to the Haleyville White Toybowl Football teams for use in placing a bid to host the second round of playoffs IF any Haleyville White team advances in the playoffs from the first round

Additional Notes:

  • Mayor Sunseri hired Adam Flake as a part-time employee for Haleyville Park and Recreation at $7.50 per hour effective 10/24/2014 pending a pre-employment physical and background check.
  • Attorney General Luther Strange will be at the HHS Gym Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 9:20 a.m. for a presentation of the Safe School Award. 

New AT&T Tower for Haleyville

Sam Poe

American Tower Corporation has begun construction on a new cell phone tower on Ellenburg Road. According to engineers with the company, AT&T is expected to provide service for the tower upon completion of the structure.

Currently, there is a delay in completing the building because crews can only build 180 feet up on the tower before power is provided. Alabama Power will soon be clearing several hundred feet of trees around the tower to run electricity to the structure. Once that phase of the project is completed, workers will resume with building the tower up. The engineer stated once the power project is completed, crews will set up a crane to work on the remaining portions of the tower. It should be completely finished in about 8 hours after the crane arrives.

After the structure is completed, West Tower Corporation from Jackson, Mississippi will take over the next phase. They will add a fence to secure the tower and the compound to house all of the technical equipment. AT&T will then add its equipment to the structure to set up cellular service for the area. AT&T is expected to take over and begin operating the tower no later than the end of 2015.

Dryer Causes Fire in Family Home

Sam Poe


There was a residential fire at the Hutcheson residence at 4895 County Road 48 Sunday night just after 9:00. The fire started behind the dryer causing major damage to that room and smoke damage throughout the home. The fire was extinguished when the water lines running to the washing machine burned into and from quick action from family members who used the outdoor water hoses to finish fighting the fire. Haleyville Firemen responded to the scene to ensure all fire had been completely extinguished. No one was injured in this accident. 

Sitel Adds 300 Jobs

Sam Poe

Sitel, a Canadian-based company with a call center in Hamilton, announced last week it will be adding 300 additional jobs. This expansion will impact our area greatly by almost doubling the current number of employees for the organization. Obviously this company growth will this positively impact Hamilton, but individuals from across Marion, Winston, Franklin, and Lamar Counties will likely be hired as well. Sitel currently has 110 locations in 23 countries according to the company’s website, and it originally opened in Hamilton following a $1 million grant and incentives package. Sitel will be looking for candidates for the new positions soon and prefer individuals with customer service experience and strong computer skills.

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