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Alabama Man Accused of Training Meth-Fueled ‘attack squirrel’ Posts Facebook Video – Featuring a Squirrel

LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – The Limestone County Sheriffs Office is still looking for a man after a drug bust involving a squirrel.

Mickey Paulk, 35, is wanted for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. Deputies also believe he is illegally in possession of a firearm.

When authorities executed a search warrant at an apartment, they say they found meth, drug paraphernalia, body armor, and a caged squirrel. Ronnie Reynolds, 37, was arrested during the search.

Sources told the sheriff’s office that Paulk fed the squirrel meth to help keep it aggressive and trained it to attack people.

Animal control officials were called to retrieve the squirrel but since there wasn’t a safe way to test it for meth they released the squirrel into the wild, according to WHNT.

On Tuesday, Paulk posted a video on Facebook to dispute the claims from the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office.

Paulk claims he doesn’t live in the home deputies searched, and also addresses the idea of his apparent pet squirrel being on meth.

“He’s not a trained attack squirrel…” Paul says in the video. “And he’s not on meth I’m pretty sure. Better not find out he’s on meth, anyway.”

He is with a squirrel in the video, and claims that it was the squirrel released by officials.

In the video, Paulk also tries to dispute the warrant charges against him. But police say this isn’t the first time they’ve dealt with Paulk, and they’re not concerned about his public comments.

“While this is a different case because of the other ones we’ve dealt with, because of the publicity, you’ve got to go back to what is our role,” said Stephen Young with the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office.

He says that role is getting the facts right, being thorough in their investigation, and keeping the public safe.

“While we keep the public informed about a lot of things that we do and what’s going on, but our job as law enforcement officers is not to engage in a public forum or debate about things that may or may not have happened or may or may not happen in the future,” Young said.

Anyone with information on Paulk’s whereabouts should contact the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office.

WARNING: The Facebook video contains graphic language:

Alabama woman caught on camera stealing from wedding; gifts were meant for charity

FLORENCE, Ala. – Police are still looking for a woman wanted for a series of wedding thefts in north Alabama.

Married for less than a week, Anna Perez Todd and her new husband Lee left for their honeymoon, not worrying about what happened to their gifts.

“We just were thinking, ‘Oh they’ll turn up, it’ll be fine,'” Anna said.

As far as they were concerned, things were under control.

“We actually had friends going through the garbage,” Lee said.

After a friend checked the security footage from First Christian Church in Florence, the happy couple got a sickening text.

“They sent me a screenshot and said, ‘Who is this? we just need to see where she put them’,” Anna said.

It was then the couple realized their gifts were not misplaced.

“That pretty much turned into anger. Because all the money was donations. We didn’t ask for stuff. We have stuff,” Lee said.

Every dime was meant to help research FOXG1 Syndrome, which Anna and Lee’s daughter Aria has.

“She walked by us, she walked by my child in a wheelchair. She walked through my family to steal from us,” Anna said.

The woman shows up several times on the church’s camera system, trying to hide her face as she wanders the building.

“They watched her go in there, close the door and stay in there for a few minutes. Then they see her go through the sanctuary, down to the room where the bride and all of our stuff was,” Anna said.

Anna said she’s talked with more brides from last Saturday who were stolen from. She said after the woman left her wedding a little after 4:00 p.m., she was seen at a wedding at Sweetwater Depot, then at Montgomery Place in Sheffield. Later, she went back to Florence to steal from a wedding at First Baptist Church.

“She was definitely on a mission. And she wanted to go through as many places as she could. And there’s no telling how far or how wide this goes,” Anna said.

So far, Florence police say they don’t know the woman’s name. She’s already wanted for a wedding theft in Limestone County and may have been stealing from weddings in Alabama for the last three years.

“They’ll get her, I’m sure they will,” Lee said.

If you recognize the woman in the video, you’re asked to contact Detective Hine with the Florence Police Department at 256-760-6610 or text a tip to 274637 using keyword “FPDTIP” plus your message.

You can learn more about FOXG1 Syndrome at their website.

Alabama infant recovering after being forgotten in car for 12 hours

MOBILE, Ala. – A 4-month-old boy is recovering after being forgotten in a car for 12 hours over the weekend, WPMI reported.

A man reportedly spotted the baby as he went out to his own car Sunday morning before church.

He told WPMI seeing the baby almost made him cry; he broke a car window with his elbow to rescue the boy.

Another man said the baby was “turning purple,” sweating through his clothes and unable to cry.

Police told WPMI the boy’s father was supposed to be watching him but had forgotten him in the car at about 10 p.m. the night before.

Alabama governor signs nation’s most restrictive anti-abortion bill into law

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Wednesday signed into law a controversial abortion bill that could punish doctors who perform abortions with life in prison.

“Today, I signed into law the Alabama Human Life Protection Act, a bill that was approved by overwhelming majorities in both chambers of the Legislature,” said Ivey, a Republican, in a statement. “To the bill’s many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God.”

The Alabama Senate passed the bill 25-6 late Tuesday night. The law only allows exceptions “to avoid a serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother,” for ectopic pregnancy and if the “unborn child has a lethal anomaly.” Democrats re-introduced an amendment to exempt rape and incest victims, but the motion failed on an 11-21 vote.

Ivey noted in her statement that the new law may be unenforceable due to the Supreme Court’s Roe V. Wade decision that legalized abortion in all 50 states. But, the new law was passed with the aim of challenging that decision, Ivey said.

“No matter one’s personal view on abortion, we can all recognize that, at least for the short term, this bill may similarly be unenforceable,” Ivey wrote. “As citizens of this great country, we must always respect the authority of the U.S. Supreme Court even when we disagree with their decisions. Many Americans, myself included, disagreed when Roe v. Wade was handed down in 1973. The sponsors of this bill believe that it is time, once again, for the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit this important matter, and they believe this act may bring about the best opportunity for this to occur.”

This is a breaking story and will be updated.

Alabama Senate Passes Near-Total Abortion Ban

Alabama sent the most restrictive abortion bill in the country to the governor’s desk Tuesday night, with the state’s Senate passing legislation that could punish doctors who perform abortions with life in prison.

The state’s Republican backers have pushed the legislation, which amounts to a near-total ban on abortion in the state, forward with the express goal of overturning Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court case legalizing abortion. Alabama lawmakers join legislators in several other states in putting forth legislation to restrict abortion, such as Georgia’s recent fetal heartbeat bill.

After more than four hours of debate, the Republican-led Senate voted 25-6 to pass HB 314, which would slap doctors with up to 99 years in prison for performing an abortion. The Alabama House passed the bill earlier this month.

The law only allows exceptions “to avoid a serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother,” for ectopic pregnancy and if the “unborn child has a lethal anomaly.” Democrats re-introduced an amendment to exempt rape and incest victims, but the motion failed on an 11-21 vote.

Republican Gov. Kay Ivey will have six days to sign the legislation, though the bill would not take effect until six months after becoming law. Ivey has not publicly taken a stance on the bill but has previously aligned herself as anti-abortion, lamenting the courts striking down another Alabama abortion law last year.

“As this legislation is still making its way through the legislative process, the governor intends to withhold comment until it makes its way to her desk for signature,” Ivey spokeswoman Lori Jhons said in a statement.

American Civil Rights Union of Alabama Executive Director Randall Marshall said that his organization would join with the national ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and Planned Parenthood of Southeast to challenge the bill in court within “a few weeks” should it become law.

The bill’s consideration Tuesday made frequent reference to the chamber’s dramatic vote last week to drop an amendment that would have made exemptions to abortions performed for instances of rape or incest.

Republican State Sen. Clyde Chambliss, who ushered the bill through the chamber, emphasized in his introduction that the bill impacts women who are “known to be pregnant” and would provide “every female that’s pregnant or thinks they’re pregnant, and the male who was involved, it gives them that window of time — this bill does not change that window of time.”

In a news release, Chambliss touted that his bill outlaws surgical abortions as soon as a pregnancy can be medically determined. Speaking on the Senate floor, Chambliss repeatedly referred to a “window” of time between conception and when a woman knows for certain that she’s pregnant. The state senator said he believed that time was between about seven and 10 days.

“She has to take a pregnancy test, she has to do something to know whether she’s pregnant or not,” he said.

“You can’t know that immediately, it takes some time for all those chromosomes and all that.”

Many women don’t yet know for certain that they’re pregnant even at six weeks into a pregnancy — the earliest a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

When Democratic state Sen. Rodger Smitherman asked what would happen under the bill to a young girl who was a victim of incest and found out she was pregnant, Chambliss said that he hoped that the bill would result in young women learning to seek physical and mental help quickly if they are abused.

“What I hope is, if we pass this bill, that all young ladies would be educated by their parents, their guardians that should a situation like this occur, you need to go get help — you need to do it immediately,” Chambliss said.

“Then also they can get justice in the situation,” he added. “If they wait, justice delayed is justice denied.”

Democratic state Sen. Vivian Figures told Chambliss that a rape victim’s trauma “is not your business.”

“You don’t have to raise that child, you don’t have to carry that child, you don’t have to provide for that child, you don’t have to do anything for that child,” she told Chambliss. “But yet you want to make that decision for that woman, that that’s what she has to do.”

Figures proposed amendments to have legislators who backed the bill pay for the anticipated legal fees accrued by subsequent legal challenges, to expand Medicaid in anticipation of the bill’s impact on low-income women, and to make having a vasectomy a class A felony, as the bill would designate performing an abortion. All three motions failed.

Eric Johnston, head of the Alabama Pro-life Coalition and the drafter of the initial legislation, told CNN that while the amendment to exempt rape and incest victims is “sympathetic” and “deals with very difficult issues,” it would upend the law’s legal standing.

“Regardless of how the conception takes place, the product is a child, and so we’re saying that that unborn child is a person entitled to protection of law,” he added. “So if, be it a rape or incest conception, then it would be impossible to ask a judge which of these is protected by law and which is not.”

Staci Fox, president of Planned Parenthood Southeast, told CNN before the chamber’s vote that “even the authors of this bill know that it is blatantly unconstitutional and wouldn’t stand up in court.”

“We’ve seen the continual chipping away year after year in Alabama and efforts get bolder and bolder each year,” Fox said. “I think with the President and now Kavanaugh on the court, the politics in Alabama just feel emboldened to take this egregious swipe at women’s health care.”

But in the larger legal landscape, Marshall cast doubt on whether this bill would ever take on Roe, citing how the case would take several years to get to the Supreme Court while several other states have already passed so-called heartbeat bills effectively banning abortion.

“There are already 14 cases nationwide in the pipeline, two of which are currently at the Supreme Court of the United States,” he said. “The notion that somehow this is going to be the vehicle for the Supreme Court to reconsider Roe v. Wade is really misplaced.”

 

Educators donate over 100 sick days to teacher after his baby’s cancer diagnosis

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Teachers in Huntsville, Alabama are pooling their sick days to help another educator and his wife after their baby daughter was diagnosed with cancer.

Megan Green, whose husband David teaches social studies and coaches football at Mae Jemison High School, made a plea on Facebook for sick day donations so they could be with their baby Kinsley while she is treated in Birmingham, about 100 miles away.

Kinsley Green was diagnosed with cancer when she was 10 months old. She has been undergoing chemo since October and still has many months of treatment to go. This means mom and baby spend many nights away from dad.

Word of the sick day drive spread to other schools after local TV news station WHNT did a story about the Greens.

“One of our teachers took the news story and emailed it out to the entire faculty,” said Goldsmith Schiffman Elementary Principal Jennifer Douthit.

Teachers at the school banded together to donate a month’s worth of days to the family.

“You know, you want to send words of encouragement, you want to do something to help, but this was a real physical way that we could help him and his family,” said Anna Kachelman, a first grade teacher at the school.

Lakewood Assistant Principal Wilma DeYampert told WHNT she knows what the family is going through on a very personal level.

“I was diagnosed with breast cancer February 21st. It’s invasive ductal carcinoma,” she said. “My momma always told us, you don’t have to be right to bless someone. So, I felt like that was a blessing to him.”

She too is currently undergoing chemo. She ended up donating two days to the family. “If I had more to give I would give him more,” she said.

Keith Ward, communications director for Huntsville City Schools, said there is a sick leave bank for Huntsville teachers just for times like this.

“It’s critical to be able to help them when they need help,” Ward told WHNT in March. “It allows individuals who are members of the sick leave bank to borrow from that bank should they be in a situation where they’ve used all of their available sick and personal leave time.”

The Greens only needed about 40 days. Teachers and administrators donated more than 100 so David can take time off to be with his baby whenever his family needs him to.