It’s Friday, and let’s hope your weekend doesn’t get “Updyked”…
Weather: Maybe, just maybe... you’ll see a shower this afternoon if you’re lucky. There’s a 20 percent chance of an isolated shower this afternoon, but otherwise it will be sunny and hot with a high around 95. It will clear up tonight with a low near 70. We go back to sunny and hot for the next few days, with daytime highs reaching 97 and nighttime lows around 70.
Traffic: Nothing out of the ordinary on your drive in or out today, according to ALDOT.
Policeman could face more arson charges. Curtis Thornton, the Birmingham Police office from Warrior, found out in his preliminary hearing Thursday morning that he may face more charges for arson in connection with more than a dozen suspicious fires in the Ensley area. Thornton sought and received a reduction in his bond on the single arson count in Ensley he currently faces. But shortly after granting the reduction, Judge Sheldon Watkins took the unusual step of advising Thornton’s grandmother, who helped secure bond on the four arson-related charges stemming from fires near Thornton’s Warrior home, to wait and see if prosecutors would file more charges. Thornton was released on $315,000 bond, but was then jailed again in Birmingham on the additional count with an additional $150,000 bond, reduced yesterday to $100,000.
Updyke trial stopped before it starts. In the wake of comments he made to a reporter for Auburn University’s student newspaper, jury selection in the trial of Harvey Updyke was stopped by an Opelika judge, who said that the local jury pool was tainted beyond use. Updyke, who is charged with poisoning the famous trees at Toomer’s Corner near the AU campus, was quoted by a reporter for The Auburn Plainsman as confessing to the crime during a break in the selection process. Judge Jacob Walker questioned prospective jurors as to whether they had heard about Updyke’s comments, and nearly all said they had. Walker then halted the process, and said he would consider a change of venue.
Sports: Heat rises to the top. The Miami Heat ran away with Game 5 of the NBA Finals, winning the championship with a 121-106 rout of Oklahoma City. LeBron James, who famously took his talents from Cleveland to South Beach, got what he came for with a triple-double in the final game — 26 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists — and won the Bill Russell Finals MVP award. His effort also silenced the critics who panned his efforts when the Heat lost to Dallas in last year’s Finals. Kevin Durant led OKS with 32 points and 11 boards…. Bass fishing: Warrior pro angler Gerald Swindle brought in a limit weighing 13 lbs., 9 oz. at the Bassmaster Elite Series Mississippi River Rumble in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The bag was good for 34th place after the first day of four, but he’s just three pounds behind leader Kyle Fox, with Leeds’ Aaron Martens just three ounces out of first.