North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

February 15, 2013

NJN/am for Friday, February 15

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

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There’s hope, folks — it’s Friday…

Weather: Flaking out. There’s a slight chance that you might see a snowflake or two Saturday morning, but it won’t amount to anything. As for today, this morning’s patchy fog will burn off by about 9 a.m., and temperatures will reach the lower 60s. Lows tonight will dip down to about 30. Saturday’s high will struggle to reach the middle 40s. Sunny skies will return on Sunday with highs near 50.

Robbery suspect arrested. A 37-year-old man was arrested early Thursday morning on charges of robbery, after police say he held up a gas station at the corner of Fieldstown Road and Mt. Olive Road. The suspect’s SUV was spotted near the station, and the driver fled on foot with police in pursuit. He slipped away, but police identified the suspect and staked out his home, arresting him when he stepped out. He was taken into custody on outstanding warrants. The suspect’s name will not be released until a robbery warrant is served.

Triumph-ant return. The saga of the Carnival Triumph cruise ship is finally over, as the crippled ship limped into the port of Mobile. The ship was disabled after a fire in the engine room knocked out propulsion and on-board power. Passengers reported raw sewage backing up out of showers and toilets, and food ran low for a time. The ship lost power and was adrift off the coast of Mexico on Sunday, and was towed to Mobile.

A step toward ending bankruptcy. The Jefferson County Commission has approved an agreement with a bank based in Dublin, Ireland to reduce interest rates on outstanding debt, the first step on hammering out similar agreements with Wall Street investment bankers. The agreement with Depfa Bank PLC will only save $1 million a year, according to the Reuters news service, but sets a template for settlements with other creditors.

Sports: That’s all. All seven local girls basketball teams saw their seasons come to an end Thursday night, as they lost their respective sub-regional playoff games. Class 5A No. 4 Wenonah took out Hayden 61-31, No. 7 Fairfield routed Mortimer Jordan 52-31, Class 6A No. 8 Mountain Brook outran Gardendale 54-37, and Cold Springs steamrolled Fultondale 82-25. Calera defeated Corner, Ramsay took out Pinson Valley, and J.O. Johnson won by four points over Locust Fork, who was missing top rebounder Kasi McMillan. Two local boys teams go to battle in sub-regional action tonight: Mortimer Jordan hosts Parker and Pinson Valley hosts Ramsay. Both games start at 7 p.m…. Prep wrestling: Gardendale had a rough first day at the AHSAA State Championships, with all but one Rocket wrestler being knocked out in the first round. Only heavyweight Daniel Adkins remains, and he is assured of finishing no lower than fourth, but it wasn’t easy — he squeaked through the quarterfinal round with an overtime win. Class 5A and 1A-4A action begins today in Huntsville, with finals on Saturday for all classes.