Author: Gabriel Tynes

Baldwin man in custody after deadly shooting

According to the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, 26-year-old Donald Nicholson was arrested for the death of his aunt, 59-year-old Maria Nicholson, at 9023 County Road 64 in Daphne today, after shooting her with a gun. In a news release, BCSO said the early investigation indicates Maria Nicholson left her residence before 8 a.m. to go to work. Maria was identified as a “longtime” employee of the city of Daphne who had worked supporting the police department for more than a decade. At work, she received a call from a family member stating Donald was shooting a gun at her...

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Widow of Dauphin Island Race victim sues Fairhope Yacht Club

Nearly three years after a powerful thunderstorm struck sailboats participating in the annual Dauphin Island Race — capsizing 10 boats and killing six sailors — the widow of 71-year-old victim J.C. Brown is suing Fairhope Yacht Club, the race’s 2015 organizer. In a complaint filed in federal court today, Jane Brown argues FYC ignored repeated weather warnings and caved to sponsorships rather than cancel the race. Furthermore, it claims race organizers failed to provide immediate aid to distressed sailors. Brown is seeking in excess of $1.5 million in damages for wrongful death, gross negligence and failure to provide assistance...

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Five candidates qualify for Baldwin County probate judge

The 2018 election cycle features statewide campaigns for governor, the Legislature, attorney general and other positions. Locally, county commissions, sheriffs, judges and coroners will be elected. The primary election is June 5, with runoffs July 17. The general election is Nov. 6. Qualifying for the election closes at 5 p.m. on Feb. 9. Thus far, five candidates have announced their intent to succeed Baldwin County Probate Judge Tim Russell, who will have “aged out” of his position this year. To serve on a court, state law requires judges be under age 70 at the time of election. Last week,...

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FINALS: Name the white squirrel of Spanish Plaza

More than 200 suggestions were submitted by readers and Lagniappe staff have narrowed the finalists down to the following six names for the white squirrel of Spanish Plaza. The person who submitted the winning nomination will receive a free one-year subscription to Lagniappe and a $50 gift card to Callaghan’s Irish Social Club in Mobile. Thank you for participating! [yop_poll...

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Senate bill seeks reduction in unemployment benefits

The Alabama House Democratic Caucus, which includes State Reps. James Buskey, Adline Clarke, Napoleon Bracy and Barbara Drummond of Mobile, are circulating a petition against Senate Bill 92, a proposed amendment to the state Constitution that “would dramatically reduce the number of weeks unemployed workers could receive assistance.” Currently, beneficiaries may receive as many as six months’ benefits, or 26 weeks. The bill proposed by a coalition of Republican senators calls for a range of 14 to 20 weeks, depending on the unemployment rate of the county or city in which the beneficiary resides. Specifically, “(a) Any otherwise eligible...

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ADEM cites AM/NS Calvert over air and water violations

The Alabama Department of Environmental Management is proposing to issue $250,000 in administrative fines against AM/NS Calvert for air and water quality violations, according to consent orders released last week. According to ADEM, the $200,000 fine for air violations consisted of a failure to meet chlorine emission limits, and a failure to perform required monitoring and record keeping, while the $50,000 fine for water violations consisted of effluent violations, an unpermitted discharge, and failure to provide training for Best Management Practices (BMP), failure to conduct BMP inspections, failure to maintain a BMP plan on site, and a failure to...

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Mobile Baykeeper campaign encourages a ‘Litter-Free Mardi Gras’

Mobile Baykeeper is working with a number of partners to install custom-built screens in rainwater gutters around downtown today, part of its “Litter-Free Mardi Gras” initiative. Using a federal grant courtesy of the NOAA Marine Debris Removal Program, Baykeeper hopes to reduce the amount of Mardi Gras-generated litter, including throws, that reaches local drainage basins like One Mile Creek. Baykeeper sought the grant after hosting cleanups and noticing a pattern of debris. “We often see a lot of the same materials like shopping carts, car tires, toy cars, styrofoam containers, TVs, mops, buckets … but we’ve actually seen a...

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Supreme Court stays execution of Mobile cop killer Vernon Madison

The U.S. Supreme Court intervened in an execution Jan. 25, roughly 30 minutes before the state was scheduled to carry out the death sentence of 67-year-old Vernon Madison, convicted of the 1985 capital murder of Mobile Police Officer Julius Schulte. The temporary stay was ordered at around 5:30 p.m. to allow the court to review Madison’s claims of mental incompetency and question the legality of “judicial override;” the jury in Madison’s third trial recommended life in prison, but former Mobile County Judge Ferrell McRae imposed the death penalty. While Madison’s execution was briefly in limbo, Alabama Department of Corrections...

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