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Tag: JEFFERSON COUNTY

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Jefferson County averaging one suspected drug overdose a day in 2024

Just two and a half weeks into 2024, Jefferson County is already seeing more suspected drug overdose deaths than days of the year.

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Judges decline to stop ballot disqualifications Democrat Jefferson County Treasurer candidates

Two Montgomery County Circuit Court Judges rejected restraining order requests on Monday filed by two disqualified Jefferson County Democrat candidates against Jefferson County Probate Judge James Naftel and Alabama Ethics Commission Director Tom Albritton.

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Jefferson County Commission president Stephens: ‘We are completely against’ housing Birmingham Police misdemeanor inmates in county jail

Jefferson County Commission President Jimmie Stephens told 1819 News on Friday that the commission is “completely against” the Birmingham Police Department housing those they arrest on misdemeanor charges in the county jail.

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Two Jefferson County Democrats sue to get back on ballot for 2024 primaries

Incumbent Jefferson County Treasurer Eyrika Parker and Mara Ruffin Allen, Parker’s challenger in the Democratic primary, filed lawsuits last week after being kicked off the 2024 ballot recently.

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Jefferson County Sheriff: Birmingham in 'desperate situation,' must house Birmingham Police inmates at Jefferson County Jail

Per Jefferson County Sheriff Mark Pettway, the City of Birmingham will now house those arrested on misdemeanor charges in the county jail.

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Investigators: Man arrested trying to meet 14-year-old girl at Fultondale hotel

The FBI and the Secret Service were involved in a “To Catch a Predator” type sting in Jefferson County that led to one arrest.

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Jefferson County drug fatalities on track to exceed 2022 numbers but no new drugs in play

It appears the number of drug fatalities in 2023 will exceed the 2022 number in Jefferson County, but the coroner says the increase won’t be significant.

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Democrat Jefferson County judge convicted of ethics violations resigns after receiving two suspensions since 2021

A Jefferson County Circuit judge who was convicted of violating ethics rules last year submitted her resignation on Tuesday.

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'Rampant' illegal gambling in Jefferson County shows need for enforcement arm, House Speaker Ledbetter says

Alabama House Speaker Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville) has been working on legislation to combat illegal gambling across the state and he said the issue is a priority due to growing organized crime.

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City of Irondale has big plans after opening first grocery store in 16 years

For the last 16 years, the City of Irondale in Jefferson County has not had a single grocery store, but on Wednesday, Irondale Mayor James D. Stewart cut the ribbon for a brand-new Publix. Stewart’s vision for Irondale doesn’t end there, however. 

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Mayors pose questions about potential regional jail facilities in Jefferson County

TRUSSVILLE — Several East Jefferson County mayors met on Tuesday morning and discussed possibilities and concerns about a potential new jail that could house inmates for municipalities in the Birmingham area. 

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Jefferson County Commission president says regional jail must be approved by county as Sheriff Pettway negotiates with municipalities

After Jefferson County Sheriff Mark Pettway told a local news station about ongoing negotiations with Birmingham-area municipalities to open a regional jail, Jefferson County Commission president Jimmie Stephens said that the Commission, not the sheriff, must seal the deal.

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AG Marshall working to familiarize law enforcement with new anti-gang law

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall is working with local law enforcement to familiarize them with the state’s new anti-gang law, which enhances penalties for those involved in a criminal enterprise.

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Utility costs for Jefferson County residents may increase in 2024

Jefferson County residents may have higher utility bills in 2024 as the county increases sewer rates, and those within the jurisdiction of Birmingham Water Works face a potential rate hike for the third year in a row.

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Deadly weekend: Jefferson County Coroner suspects five drug overdose deaths

Jefferson County Coroner Bill Yates, who has been concerned with drug overdoses for years, confirmed there were five suspected overdose deaths over the weekend.

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Jefferson County Sheriff Pettway backtracks on illegal bingo halls — Claims he'll shut them down for operating with no business license

After years of allowing illegal gaming in Jefferson County, Sheriff Mark Pettway now says he is willing to shut them down.

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Jefferson County DA Danny Carr to help put on ‘Second Chance Hiring Fair’ in mid-October

The office of Jefferson County District Attorney Danny Carr is working with several local nonprofits, businesses and government agencies to help formerly incarcerated individuals get to work.

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Birmingham butts heads with Jefferson County on jailing misdemeanor inmates: ‘This would strain our facilities, our deputies and our prosecutors’

Negotiations between the City of Birmingham and Jefferson County over who will take in jail inmates with misdemeanor charges have been a source of tension between the two government entities.

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Jefferson County Commission ‘very smoothly’ passes record $1 billion operating and capital budget for 2023-2024

The Jefferson County Commission unanimously passed a record $1 billion balanced operating and capital budget for fiscal year 2023-2024 during Thursday morning’s commission meeting.

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AG Marshall confirms conviction of road rage shooter upheld in Court of Criminal Appeals

The guilty verdict in a deadly road rage case in Jefferson County was upheld by the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals earlier this month.

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Judge sets new vote date for Helena annexation of Fire District during court battle with Hoover

A Jefferson County Circuit Court judge set a new date for an annexation vote in the Indian Ford Fire District, which was the source of a court battle between the cities of Hoover and Helena.

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Jefferson County Schools still recovering from spring break ransomware attack as students return for new school year Tuesday

Though the network has been rebuilt, and children will be able to use classroom technology upon returning to school, the school system is still testing cybersecurity protocols to fend off a potential attack in the future.

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Homewood considers remodeling city government, looks to nearby municipality as an example

The Homewood City Council is considering calling for a referendum so residents can consider remodeling their city government. 

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Jefferson County on track to exceed 2022 drug overdose deaths

Jefferson County Coroner Bill Yates said drug deaths continue to climb year over year despite numerous efforts to curb the opioid crisis.

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Hoover officials silent about annexation conflict against Helena over unincorporated community

After repeated attempts to reach Hoover officials for comment about an annexation legal battle with the City of Helena that resulted in a temporary restraining order last week, 1819 News has yet to receive a response. 

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Helena mayor accuses Hoover of cherry-picking properties in annexation legal battle

On Monday, a Jefferson County judge ruled to amend a temporary restraining order against the City of Hoover to restrict city officials from soliciting properties in a nearby unincorporated community for annexation. 

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Guilty plea accepted, sentencing date set for former Dem State Rep. Plump for corruption charges pertaining to kickback scheme

Former State Rep. Fred Plump, Jr. (D-Fairfield) pleaded guilty in May to conspiracy and obstruction of justice after the U.S. Department of Justice accused him of conspiring with others to siphon money from a public works fund in Jefferson County, which it said involved the submission of false and fraudulent information to county officials.

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