North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

June 21, 2013

NJN/am for Friday, June 21

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

— It's Friday, and not a moment too soon...

Weather: More of the same. The typical summertime pattern continues, with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Today’s high will be in the upper 80s, with tonight’s low in the middle 60s. The chance of rain this afternoon and tonight is 20 percent. The pattern continues all the way through the weekend, with a slightly greater chance of rain on Sunday.

Search for missing teen continues. Teams resumed the search this morning for Allysa Huffstutler, the 19-year-old girl from Blountsville who went missing Wednesday afternoon in an incident in the Locust Fork of the Warrior River. Huffstutler, a student at the University of Alabama, was riding inner tubes on the Locust Fork near its namesake town when they encountered rapids that caused them to capsize. The rest of the group made to the shoreline safely. Search crews combed through the area from Blountsville to Cleveland until yesterday afternoon, but were hampered by muddy waters.

Another sentence handed down. John Lynwood Taylor was the fourth of six defendants in the Kimberly gambling and public corruption probe to cut a plea deal with federal prosecutors. On Wednesday in a sealed proceeding in U.S. District Court, Taylor was sentenced to seven months in prison plus seven more in home confinement. He’ll also pay a $4,000 fine, serve three years’ probation plus 50 hours of community service. Two more sentences will come down in July or afterward.

The lowdown for Fultondale sixth grade students. Parents of children going into the sixth grade this coming year are asked to attend a meeting Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in the Fultondale High School cafeteria. Principal Dr. Stephanie Robinson will give them the details of this week’s decision by the Jefferson County Board of Education to move the children from the elementary school to the high school.

Sports: Re-Heat. The Miami Heat won their second straight NBA championship Thursday night, coming from behind in Game 7 of the Finals series to defeat the San Antonio Spurs 95-88. LeBron James scored 37 points and hauled in 12 rebounds; he was named the playoff MVP for the second year in a row. Tim Duncan, who was seeking his fifth NBA title, led the Spurs with 24 points and 12 boards… Soccer: So who’s the all-time leading goal scorer in international soccer? Not someone from England, Italy, Spain or Germany as you might think, and not even a guy — but a woman from the United States. Abby Wambach set the record when she scored four goals as the Americans beat South Korea 5-0 Thursday in an international friendly. Wambach’s 160 goals beats the old mark, which was set by another American woman — Alabama native Mia Hamm.