North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

November 21, 2013

NJN/am for Thursday, November 21

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

— Good Thursday morning to you, and The Most Epic Iron Bowl Ever is nine days away...

Weather: Warming up. Today will be partly sunny with highs in the middle 60s. Tonight we'll see lows in the lower 50s, with some patchy fog after midnight. A chance of rain moves in tomorrow afternoon.

Wild chase ends with arrest. A man from the Center Point area is in jail after leading Jefferson County sheriff's deputies on a chase through Pinson. The chase began when Jason Robert Crocker was pulled over on Alabama 79 near the Blount County line; he sped away and deputies lost him, then found him again and gave chase. In the process, investigators say he tried to run over a deputy who then shot at him, and a spike strip meant to deflate his tires was evaded; he was finally caught near Clay. Crocker is charged with attempted murder and other felony counts; he also had an outstanding drug-related warrant from Baldwin County. He's held without bond.

Blue Cross rebuffs Obama's move. Alabama's largest health insurance company says it will not reinstate its current plans for customers who received cancellation notices, despite a move lat week by President Obama to delay minimum requirements for policies under the Affordable Care Act, better known as ObamaCare. In a statement issued by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, the insurer said that “A one-year continuation of policies that violates the ACA's requirements could create significant legal and financial risks to our policyholders, the state and our company.” The president made the move under pressure caused by mass cancellations across the country, including 87,000 by BCBSA, and criticism that policyholders couldn't keep their old plans despite repeated promises by Obama himself.

Sports: More problems for Winston. ESPN is reporting that Jameis Winston, the Hueytown High star now making headlines as a redshirt freshman quarterback at second-ranked Florida State, had traces of his DNA found on the underwear of a woman who filed a complaint for sexual assault months ago. Tests were performed after word leaked that Winston was implicated in the case, which later became inactive because the accuser stopped cooperating with police. Meanwhile, the woman's attorney said that Tallahassee police told her client not to file charges against Winston because of the Seminole football program's local prominence, saying, “...she will be raked over the coals and her life will be made miserable."