Some major breaking local news for you this Thursday…
Weather: Hot, humid, scattered storm, repeat. We’re back into that early August pattern of hot and humid days with a chance of isolated thunderstorms each afternoon and evening. The rain chance is a little higher than normal today and Friday, around 40 percent each afternoon. Highs are in the mid 90s, lows in the mid 70s. No changes forecast for the next five days.
BREAKING: Gardendale man wanted for online-sex charges. The sheriff’s office in Effingham County, Georgia has issued a warrant for Mark Butler, 28, of Gardendale. They charge him with exposing himself online to an undercover investigator posing as a 13-year-old girl. Butler is the husband of Mortimer Jordan volleyball/girls basketball coach Megan Butler; neighbors told authorities that the family left their home over the weekend and haven’t been seen since. Mark Butler is white, 7 feet tall and weighs about 250 pounds. We’ll have continuing updates on this story all day on our website, Facebook and Twitter.
Ate mor chikin. A nationwide “appreciation day” Wednesday for fast-food chain Chick-Fil-A resulted in traffic problems in Gardendale and, to a lesser extent, Fultondale. Both stores, and hundreds of others throughout the country, were jammed from opening to closing with customers standing behind Dan Cathy, the company’s chief operating officer, and his support for opponents of same-sex marriage. Lines outside their Gardendale store stretched for a block at times, with customers forced to park on a neighboring street and at a vacant gas station next door.
Sports: Aussie “Missle” shot down. The Olympic 100-meter freestyle swim gold medal had all but been handed to James “The Missle” Magnussen of Australia in the run-up to the race itself. But Nathan Adrian of the United States had a different idea. Adrian, swimming in the shadow of stars Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte, prevailed by the smallest margin possible: a hundredth of a second. On the women’s side, the U.S. 4x200-meter freestyle relay team also won gold. And in women’s basketball, Angel McCoughtry came off the bench to score 18 points, leading the Americans to a 89-58 win over Turkey.