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May 8, 2013

NJN/am for Wednesday, May 8

We hope your Wednesday isn’t as busy as our Tuesday was…

Weather: That’s more like it. A little patchy fog here and there this morning, then a beautiful day awaits us with sunny skies and a high around 80. Nighttime lows will fall to the middle 50s. Scattered showers and storms start to appear Thursday afternoon; they’ll become more numerous as the week comes to an end.

It started with a bounced check. Blount County Sheriff’s deputies were headed to neighboring Marshall County to serve a simple warrant for a bad check charge — but that led to finding some marijuana, which led to a search, which led to finding child pornography on a mobile phone and laptop computer. All of that led to a Hayden woman being arrested for two counts of producing child porn and two more counts of possessing it. Rebecca D. Ilarraza is lodged in the county jail on $1 million bond, and will face arraignment sometime in the next few days.

Teacher busted for weed. Gardendale Police arrested Kendrick D. Tolbert late last week, after they say they found him smoking marijuana in a car outside his apartment. He is charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Tolbert is a teacher at Erwin Elementary School in Center Point; a spokeswoman for the Jefferson County Schools said they would not comment until the case is completed.

Self-defense? Perhaps not. A Corner woman, who was let go by the Blount County Sheriff after she shot and killed her ex-husband in January 2011, has now been indicted for murder by a grand jury. Elsie Thomas was originally cleared for reasons of self-defense by Sheriff Loyd Arrington after she shot Matt Allen at a home in Hayden. But District Attorney Pamela Casey said that evidence in later investigations showed otherwise. Thomas is jailed in lieu of $60,000 and faces arraignment in the next few days.

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