Let’s hope Friday is a lot better than Thursday…
Weather: Wet weekend. Scattered showers are the word all through the weekend, but temperatures will be warm for this time of year, and won’t vary much from day to night. Highs each day will be in the lower 70s, with lows in the lower to middle 60s.
Shooting, stabbing shakes church. Members of Gardendale-Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church are still trying to figure out what provoked a shooting and stabbing involving their senior pastor and his family. The Rev. Dr. Terry Greer, his wife Lisa and daughter Suzanna are in UAB Hospital after the women suffered gunshot wounds and Rev. Greer sustained stab wounds. As of last reports at 1 a.m., Terry and Lisa Greer were both still in critical condition. The incident occurred at the church parsonage on Country Meadow Drive in the northern part of the city, not far from the Mt. Olive Road exit on Interstate 65. Gardendale Police were called to the scene by neighbors at about 2:30 p.m. Both the church and police plan press statements this morning. We’ll update this story frequently throughout the day.
Federal sentences handed down. Two local men received sentences in U.S. District Court on Thursday. In the Kimberly bingo bribery trial involving the city’s former mayor, Kyle Sloan was given an unusual sentence in his plea deal — 14 weekends in jail, one for each bribe he paid to Mayor Craig Harris, who was working undercover for the FBI. Sloan also gets five years of probation. In another case, a judge gave Jason McCay of Blount County a year’s probation for firing a shotgun at an antique Stearman biplane flown out of Campbell’s Field airstrip, between Hayden and Corner.
Meth lab uncovered. Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies took three people into custody Thursday, after a hunt for a man wanted in Blount County also found a meth lab on Pebble Lane in Mt. Olive. James Edward Reid of Blount County had several outstanding warrants there, but now has charges of unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance and felony possession of drug paraphernalia added. Similar charges were leveled against Adam Ross Bailey of Albertville and Kristy Gambrel of Mt. Olive. All are lodged in the Jefferson County Jail on $60,000 bond each.
Sports: Blue Devils, Yellow Jackets split. Blake Byrd had 28 points and 10 rebounds, as Corner blasted Mortimer Jordan 57-38. It was just the third loss of the season for the Blue Devils, but the second in three nights. The Jordan girls downed the Jackets 44-30, with Megan Snow recording 10 points and six blocks for the Devils. Tonight, Jordan travels to Hayden, where the girls will battle for the regular-season area championship and the right to host the area tournament, while the Devils boys can lock up the area title with a win. Elsewhere, Pinson Valley travels to Center Point, where the boys’ area regular-season crown is also up for grabs… College football: Nick Saban thought he had made it clear that he isn’t bolting again for the NFL. But when the subject was broached again on ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike” show, he was more direct. As Mike Greenberg asked again if the door to the NFL was closed — after fielding the same question right after their BCS Championship win — Saban replied, "Now it's two days later and you're asking me to close the door again. The damn hinges are worn off!"