The Perry County Commission made a $58,988 payment to the Perry County Association of Volunteer Fire Departments, an "old" debt some time in the making, said a post from Commissioner Albert Turner Jr.
Turner stated that the payment was owed to the association because of revenues built up from the fire tax. He said that the underpayment of the revenues happened under a previous administration in the fiscal years 2015 to 2020.
"I desire to get this county back with a credit rating and (in) good financial shape," Turner said in his post and added that he was notified of the underpayments by state auditors that saw that the association had not been paid during those fiscal years.
Turner's post said that once the association is paid, the state law requires that they "divide the funds equally among all eligible volunteer fire departments and the Alabama Forestry Commission at the quarterly meetings of the county association."
Jeffrey Watford who faces charges that he intentionally set two downtown Dothan fires has been indicted.
In March, those fires were ignited about 15 minutes apart in a three-block area of Oates Street.
They caused significant damage to the vacant buildings, one a hotel that is to be transformed into apartments.
“When (officers) arrived at the second fire, they saw this individual who appeared to be suspicious to them,” Dothan Police Lieutenant Ronald Hall told News 4 of Watford’s arrest.
He confessed, per Hall.
Court records indicate that Watford was ordered to undergo psychiatric treatment following his 2020 arrest on Houston County drug charges.
His current charges are two counts of second-degree arson.
Second degree arson is charged when fires are intentionally set in unoccupied structures.
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Authorities say a woman died Wednesday, August 10 in a multi-vehicle accident in Calera.
The crash happened on Highway 31 just north of Highway 70. That area was closed while first responders treated the injured and took them to a hospital.
The Shelby County Coroner identified the victim as 24-year-old Jacqueline Grace Beverley.
Calera Fire Chief Sean Kendrick says they got the call around 9:45 a.m. about a wreck involving an 18-wheeler and two vehicles.
A person in one of the vehicles died. The others involved in the crash, including children, were taken to the hospital to be treated for their injuries.
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