North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

August 26, 2013

NJN/am for Monday, August 26

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

— Monday rears its ugly head once again…

Weather: Drying out, at last. A front that moved in from the east has taken the humidity down quite a bit, and for the first time in a long time we don’t have a chance for scattered showers or storms in the forecast. It will be warm, though, with highs in the upper 80s, but nighttime lows will be fall-like, into the upper 50s. It will be more of the same tomorrow and Wednesday.

Fultondale shooting suspect still at large. Police are still looking for a suspect in the shooting of a man in the Glendale neighborhood at midday Saturday. The victim was a white male whose name has not been officially released; police on the scene originally said his age was 36, but neighbors have disputed that number. The shooter has been described as a black male in his mid-20s, who was seen by residents on Spring Street walking away from the scene; he started to run away into an overgrown lot when he was spotted by the driver of a pickup truck who gave chase. Police blocked off a six-block area and sent in three search-dog units, but lost the trail in the lots that have become overgrown since the April 2011 tornado. The victim was taken to UAB Hospital; no official word on his condition. We’ll update this story throughout the day at njeffersonnews.com.

Sports: Now the real fun begins. AHSAA high school football teams played their jamboree warm=up games Friday night, and it was a mixed bag of results locally. In varsity play, Mortimer Jordan and Gardendale played to a 10-10 tie in two quarters; Pinson Valley was outscored 10-2 ay Hewitt-Trussville, also in two quarters; Fultondale took down Tarrant 35-13 in four 8-minute periods; Corner swept both Haleyville and Brookwood in a pair of two-period scrimmages; and Locust Fork shut out Hayden 14-0 in a single 12-minute period. In eight-man football, Tabernacle Christian suffered a fate they may have never suffered before — they were shut out in a 61-0 rout by Evangel Christian-Alabaster.… Golf: Tiger Woods, suffering from back spasms that caused him to collapse after an errant drive, still had a chance to force a playoff with Adam Scott to win the first tournament in the PGA Tour’s end-of-year playoffs. But his putt from just off the green at the 18th was inches short, giving Adam Scott the victory… Baseball: Japan defeated Chula Vista, Calif. 6-4 in the title game of the Little League World Series. In the major leagues, the Braves avoided a series sweep by beating St. Louis 5-2, thanks in part to a solo homer by Andrelton Simmons. And in the minors, Chris Beck struck out eight as the Birmingham Barons shut out Pensacola 2-0.