Mayor replaces six Planning Commission members

For six members of the Mobile Planning Commission, July 17 was their last meeting on the board, as the chairman, vice chairman, secretary and three board members will be replaced. Chairman Terry Plauche, Secretary Victoria Rivizziagno, Roosevelt Turner, Tracie Lee-Roberson and Scott Webster were told they’d be replaced. Vice-Chairman Bill DeMouy Jr., will also be replaced, but he is retiring from the city. The new members to the board include Shayla Beaco, Nick Amberger, Jennifer Denson, Elizabeth Latham and Allan Cameron. This leaves one vacancy on the board, which Stimpson said he would announce at a later date. Continue Reading →

Sources say License Commission subject of FBI subpoenas

Three separate sources familiar with the Mobile County License Commission have corroborated reports of the FBI attempting to gather information from the office on Michael Boulevard yesterday. It is not yet known what is being sought, but sources close to the situation have reported that subpoenas have been issued both to the office and to Mobile County. Someone present said computer hard drives were rumored by employees to have been taken, although that could not be verified. (more…) Continue Reading →

Business owner indicted for 2008 arson

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A local business owner is facing an arson charge after allegedly setting a building on fire in 2008. According to an indictment filed in U.S. District Court June 26, Jeanne Sanborn set fire to her business, The Complete Skin Care Center, causing damage to the building and personal property inside. (more…) Continue Reading →

Groundbreaking scheduled for McGowin Park, anchored by Costco

The developer of a major retail development near Hank Aaron Stadium has announced a groundbreaking date and tenants for the future shopping center. Chattanooga, Tenn.-based real estate and development firm Hutton will hold the groundbreaking for McGowin Park at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 25 to move the first dirt on the 600,000-square-foot complex. Hutton and JLL, out of Chicago, also announced tenants for some of the stores in the center, including a Costco, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Field and Stream, Petco, Hobby Lobby, Ashley Furniture and HomeGoods. The center is expected to open in 2015, according to a statement from Hutton and JLL. McGowin Park, which will be considered an “improvement district” will allow developers to issue bonds to finance public infrastructure. Continue Reading →

Effectiveness of litter solutions in ADEM agreement unknown

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As Mayor Sandy Simpson wages his “war on litter,” some of the early victories have been the strengthening of the city’s existing litter and stormwater ordinances, and a settlement agreement with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management over ongoing violations of the Alabama Water Pollution Control Act. (more…) Continue Reading →

367 dogs rescued after dogfighting ring takedown

An Alabama man recently pleaded guilty to organizing a dogfighting ring and charging spectators admission to attend the gruesome matches, where illegal gambling also took place. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in a July 11 press release, Donnie Anderson, of Auburn, Ala., admitted in his plea agreement to organizing and holding dogfights, mostly in the Auburn area, from 2009-2013. Anderson also admitted to charging entrance fees between $100 and $150. He said dog owners and spectators would bet on the outcome of fights, where wagers on each fight could range from $20,000 to $200,000. (more…) Continue Reading →