Author: Jason Johnson

Out here: A new kind of conservationist

Some of Mobile’s most ecologically diverse areas are tucked away beyond the buffers of some of its most urban communities — hidden marshlands, rich with plant and animal life, in areas throughout the Three Mile Creek watershed. In a restoration economy like the one developing locally from a steady trickle of BP oil spill money, wetland areas like these can have a financial value as well. Yet many believe there is a disconnect between that ecosystem and the residents who live only a few feet away. Now, a multifaceted grant program is working to connect young adults from predominantly African-American neighborhoods...

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Baby found in home used for drug storage

Two people are behind bars following a drug raid Tuesday evening where authorities found infant being kept in a home where several ounces of various narcotics were stored. The house, located on Celeste Road in Saraland, was targeted by the Mobile County Street Enforcement Narcotics Team in a joint investigation with the Alabama National Guard’s Counterdrug Program. At the residence, officers seized five ounces of crystal meth, an ounce of powder cocaine, several ounces of marijuana, several dozen prescription pills, $18,000 in cash and made two arrests. Jamiqua Trashelle Glass, 40, and Reginal Carlos Pettway, 39, were taken into...

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Feds selling luxury cars from ‘pill mill’ case

Even after securing a landmark conviction in the case against John Patrick Couch and Xiulu Ruan, prosecutors are having to deal with rafts of paperwork just to manage the millions of dollars in assets seized from the former local pain doctors. Ever since their business, Physicians Pain Specialists of Alabama was raided in 2015, some of the high-value assets the government seized from Ruan and Couch have drawn as much attention as the criminal charges against them and their co-conspirators. Notable was Ruan’s fleet of 17 luxury automobiles, which included Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Bentleys, an Aston Martin and more. However,...

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Collier named ‘Alabama Teacher of the Year’

Chasity Collier, a science teacher at Dawes Intermediate School in Mobile County, was named Alabama’s Teacher of the Year Wednesday evening after rising through the ranks of a statewide contest. Collier will serve as the state’s ambassador for public education and the teaching profession throughout the upcoming school year, and automatically becomes Alabama’s nominee for National Teacher of the Year. “This job comes with many responsibilities and opportunities to influence others positively. Teachers are special people who have a calling in their lives to make all things possible for those with whom they have the opportunity to work,” Collier...

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Feds set three-day snapper season

Despite calls for more state control of Gulf Coast fisheries, federal regulators have set a three-day season for recreational red snapper fishing in federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico — marking a six-day reduction from 2016 and the shortest snapper season in history. In federal waters, which start nine miles from the coastline, the length of red snapper season is set annually by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) through the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council based on assessments of the population. In 2015 and 2016, the federal government initially set nine-day seasons, though last year’s was...

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