North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

February 14, 2013

NJN/am for Thursday, February 14

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

— Happy Valentine's Day to you…

Weather: Sunny skies. Sunshine will prevail today, with highs in the upper 50s and nighttime lows around freezing. It will be pretty much the same for Friday.

Gardendale High student arrested. A 15-year-old student has had the juvenile equivalent of an arrest warrant sworn, after fellow students said he told them they were on his “shoot them” list. The boy was sent to a local hospital for mental evaluation by his parents, after Jefferson County Sheriff’s personnel investigated the allegations and took the boy’s computer. Principal Jeff Caufield said that students were never in any actual harm, and that the boy did not have access to firearms. The boy reportedly told investigators that he was joking. The boy’s name has not been released, per normal procedure for juvenile offenders.

The manhunt ends. Authorities have yet to make a positive identification, but they believe the charred body found in a burned-out cabin in Big Bear, California is that of Christopher Dorner, the fired Los Angeles policeman who went to a rampage, killing four people. The latest to die was a sheriff’s deputy shot in a firefight with Dorner, who was pinned down in the empty cabin. The cabin then burned down, apparently after Dorner’s ammunition stockpile was ignited by pyrotechnic charges were put into the cabin to drive Dorner out.

Sports: Sub-regionals begin. AHSAA girls basketball playoffs continue tonight, as all seven local schools advance to the sub-regional round. Gardendale hosts their game tonight with Mountain Brook, and Hayden hosts Wenonah. Mortimer Jordan travels to Fairfield, Pinson Valley goes to Ramsay, Corner is at Calera, Locust Fork goes to J.O. Johnson in Huntsville, and Fultondale heads to Cold Springs in Bremen. All games start at 7 p.m…. Prep wrestling: The AHSAA state championships get underway this afternoon in Huntsville, as Class 6A preliminary rounds begin. All other classes start competition on Friday. Fianl matches for all classes will be held Saturday, and we’ll have full coverage at