North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

October 3, 2012

NJN/am for Wednesday, October 3

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News


Wednesday, and the midway point of the week…

Weather: In a fog. After a gray, chilly day Tuesday, and a foggy start this morning, temperatures will warm up to around 80. There’s a 20 percent chance of rain tonight, with a low in the middle 50s. Skies will clear tomorrow with a high of 83.

Suspects captured in deadly chase. A small army of U.S. Marshals, Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies and Birmingham Police personnel finally rammed their way into a vacant house in the Central Park neighborhood, capturing one of two men involved in a high-speed chase that began with a robbery in Cordova and ended with three people dead in a crash in Sherman Heights. LaJuan Dontell McNeal and Jeffrey Howe were arrested in the raid; police believe Howe was one of the two men in the SUV. Earlier, Dominique Rashad Smith surrendered to police and was taken to Cooper Green Mercy Hospital for treatment. Meanwhile, the victims of the Monday crash were identified as Amber Nicole Verus, 23, Ryan Max Culwell, 20, and their 10-month-old daughter, Rogue Marie Culwell, all of Hanceville.

Tonight: The first debate. President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney will take the stage in Denver tonight in the first of three presidential debates. The series kicks off as opinion polls continues to show voters closely divided in their preference, with Obama holding a very slight lead in most — the Rasmussen daily tracking poll has Obama ahead by a 46-47 margin, while a new poll from National Journal has him tied with Romney.

Sports: All set. The Atlanta Braves now know who their opponent will be in Friday’s National League wild card game. It’s the Cardinals, who got in when the Giants beat the Dodgers late Tuesday night. Meanwhile, Braves pitcher Ben Sheets announced that this afternoon’s game with the Pirates will be his last. Sheets has struggled ever since Atlanta pulled him out of retirement in July… An emotional moment in Miami Tuesday night, as Adam Greenberg had his first plate appearance since his very first on in 2005 — in which he was beaned on the very first pitch, and struggled to play since. The Marlins signed him to a one-day contract, but unfortunately he struck out swinging on three pitches… Alabama: The Crimson Tide made ESPN Sportscenter’s Top 10 Plays on Tuesday night, but not for what you would expect — and Bama was just the opponent. Kennesaw State ice hockey forward Justin Day scored a goal from his knees in last week’s season opener for the two club teams.