North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

May 1, 2013

NJN/am for Wednesday, May 1

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

— It’s Wednesday, let’s all push over the big hump…

Weather: Wet spell begins. We’ll have a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms today, mainly in the afternoon, with highs in the upper 70s. Skies clear tonight with lows near 60, then scattered showers return for Thursday.

On second thought, no. Alabama Supreme Court Justice Mike Bolin has changed his mind and decided to stay on the state’s highest court, instead of leaving to become the new attorney for Jefferson County. The county commission selected Bolin last week to replace Jeff Sewell, who was sacked by the commission in early April. Bolin changed his after what he called “much prayer and discussions with his wife.”

Railroad Park shooting suspect in custody. Police have arrested a Birmingham teenager in the killing of Jarmaine Walton. Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper said that Justin Jones, 17, is charged with murder in the shooting that took place on March 17, in a park space adjacent to the new Regions Field baseball park just prior to its opening. Jones was arrested at his workplace, a fast-food restaurant in Homewood, on Tuesday evening. He is booked into the city jail on $200,000 bond.

Sports: Just for kicks. Pinson Valley was having lots of fun as it rolled over Paul Bryant Tuesday night, winning its Class 5A first round soccer playoff match 8-0 in easy fashion. Sam Shaw had two goals and an assist, and Hunter Middleton scored twice, both off well-placed crossing passes from Josh Almandarez, who also scored a goal. The Indians advance to the quarterfinals, which they will host Saturday evening against Moody — a team they’ve beaten twice in the regular season… Softball: Corner opened up its Class 4A area tournament with two wins Tuesday, easily handling Dora 15-4 in five innings and shutting out Carbon Hill 4-0. The two wins push the Yellow Jackets into next week’s regionals at Troy, no matter what the outcome of today’s area championship game at 6 p.m. on their home field. Meanwhile, Mortimer Jordan finished off regular season play with a 4-1 win over Hoover. Pitcher Bailey Murphy held the Bucs to four hits, and drove in a run of her own on a sacrifice fly. Jordan hosts its own area tournament starting Thursday evening, though Hayden is the official “host” and the top seed. The Wildcats take on Walker at 4:30 p.m. and the Blue Devils play Curry after that.