MPD investigating possible downtown shooting

Mobile police are investigating a possible shooting that occurred downtown early this morning. According to MPD, at approximately 4:10 a.m., officers responded to the area of Dauphin and Franklin streets for a report of one assaulted. The victim said an unknown male assaulted him behind Club Jagger’s, according to MPD Public Information Officer Terence Perkins. Perkins said the man suffered injuries to his head and told police he heard a shot fired. However, it is unknown what exactly caused the injuries at this time, Perkins said. Continue Reading →

Body of 8-year-old Hiawayi Robinson found

Hiawayi Robinson

Authorities have confirmed that the body of a young girl found today has been identified as 8-year-old Hiawayi Robinson. At approximately 12 p.m., the search for Hiawayi ended when “regrettably” her body was recovered near Turner and Rebel roads, Prichard Mayor Troy Ephriam said at a news conference this afternoon. (more…) Continue Reading →

Search continues for missing girl in Prichard

Hiawayi Robinson

As the search continues for 8-year-old Hiawayi Robinson, FBI officials said today they believe she may have been taken across state lines, given the amount of time that has passed since she was reported missing on Tuesday. FBI officials said they are currently searching for a person of interest but indicated that it does not mean the person has been named responsible for the girl’s disappearance at this time. (more…) Continue Reading →

Mobile Housing Authority lays off 16 employees

After 27 years with the Mobile Housing Authority Board and almost one year away from full retirement benefits, Samuel McCord will be searching for a new job. “I feel like I’m being forced to retire,” McCord, 60, said. He said he started at the housing authority as a garbage collector, but worked his way up to a building maintenance supervisor who, during his time in that position, oversaw a maintenance crew, oversaw maintenance crews at Roger Williams and Gulf Village. “I had cancer four years ago,” McCord said. “I’m cancer free now, but I still have to visit the doctor regularly. Continue Reading →

MCPSS revenues almost $90 million short of projected expenditures

Despite an increase in state and local revenues, a $719 million budget approved last week has the Mobile County Public School System scheduled to spend more money than it expects to receive in fiscal year 2015. Approved by the Mobile County school board last week, the FY 2015 budget shows a beginning fund balance of $165 million, but even after an additional $630 million in revenue, the system in on track to end the year with only $75 million in all five of its designated funds. (more…) Continue Reading →

Orange Beach weighing pros, cons of independent school system

Next Tuesday Orange Beach will hold a referendum vote aimed at creating a city-run school system, but some residents still aren’t sold on the idea or the increased taxes separating from Baldwin County Schools would require. Rumors and what some have called “deliberate misinformation from Baldwin County Schools” have become an issue in the waning days of the campaign launched by city leaders in January. The committee for Orange Beach Educational Excellence (OBEE) was created earlier in the year and has been at the forefront of the push for a “yes” vote in the coming referendum. Still, some residents feel the idea has been pushed on them by a “well organized and well-funded” effort from the city’s leadership only seven years after residents voted down a split from the county school system with the City of Gulf Shores. “This was attempted in 2007, and there was something of a landslide vote against it,” resident, and city school system opponent John Stever said. Continue Reading →