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July 9, 2014

NJN/am for Wednesday, July 9

Good Wednesday morning to you...

Weather: Rain on the way. A line of showers and storms is moving into the metro area this morning, and more are likely later today. Highs will be in the middle 80s and nighttime lows near 70, with a 70 percent chance of rain. Showers will lessen somewhat on Thursday.

One dead in shooting near Warrior. Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene on Nail Road at about 8 last night, and arrived to find one man killed in a back yard. Deputies suspect the victim's father-in-law, who is in custody. The identities of the victim and the suspect have not been released yet.

Former assistant pastor charged with sex crimes. Jay Strickland, who served as an assistant pastor for administration at Sharon Heights Baptist Church in Brookside, was arrested June 5 on two counts of sexual abuse and one count of sodomy. The charges stem from accusations by a male victim, who was a juvenile at the time of the crimes but is now an adult living out of state; the investigation into that led to another female victim. Strickland was also formerly on the Warrior Fire Department roster as an EMS officer. Strickland is 50 and lives in Morris, where he ran unsuccessfully for mayor against then-incumbent Craig Drummonds; he also was previously a Kimberly City Council member some years ago. A preliminary hearing is set for July 17.

Fatal crash near County Line. The driver of a Ford pickup truck was killed when the truck swerved off of Smith Mill Road and struck a tree Tuesday afternoon. The driver's name has still not been officially released pending notification of the next of kin.

Sports: Germany wins in historic fashion. The Germans put on a massive scoring display and stunned the host team, as they demolished Brazil 7-1 in the World Cup semifinals Tuesday in Belo Horozonte. It was the worst defeat for the Brazilian national side since 1920. Germany will now move on to the finals on Sunday, where they will meet the winner of the other semifinal between Argentina and the Netherlands, to be played today at 3 p.m. (ESPN).

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