BP says it should not have to pay the top penalty of 13.7 billion for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico five years ago. It took the oil company almost 90 days to contain millions of barrels of spilling crude. A BP expert witness called the company’s response exemplary.
FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WPMI) It is tax season and that means a lot of people are making plans on what to do with their income tax return. The Fairhope Police Department said there are thieves looking to get your money before you can.
NEW ORLEANS — A government witness in a trial to determine civil penalties against BP for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill says the disaster hurt a wide array of industries over a broad geographic area. Charles Mason also testified Thursday that the harm was only modestly countered by BP’s spending and investment in the region.
Members of an incestuous family sex ring facing criminal charges against children will have their cases scheduled in Mobile County Court during a March 19 status hearing, Mobile County Assistant District Attorney Nicki Patterson said Wednesday. The scheduling session will take place after Randall Scott Wood, 45, 1656 Darwood Drive, Mobile, goes before Judge Roderick Stout for an 8:30 a.m. court appearance on charges of rape, sodomy and enticing a child for sex. Wood is scheduled for a plea hearing.
ORANGE BEACH, AL (WALA) - It was back to the courtroom for lawyers representing BP. It’s the third phase in determining the extent of the damage from the 2010 oil spill. Last October, a federal judge in New Orleans determined that BP, through “gross negligence” was responsible for spilling more than three million barrels of crude into the Gulf of Mexico. That same judge will determine, based on the Clean Water Act, how much that will cost them.
via “They ruined our beaches”: locals react to the start of the late – FOX10 News | WALA.
NEW ORLEANS — Images of oil-coated birds and testimony about “widespread sociocultural harm” opened the third phase of a trial to establish penalties BP must pay under the federal Clean Water Act for spilling millions of barrels of crude into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.
Lawyers for the government and oil giant BP head to federal court Tuesday for a trial in that could add more than $13 billion in penalties to the billions BP already has shelled out as a result of 2010 Gulf oil spill. Federal lawyers say BP should pay Clean Water Act penalties as high as $4,300 per barrel spilled after the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion at BP’s Macondo well. Based on a court finding that 3.19 barrels polluted the Gulf, the penalties could reach $13.7 billion.
This week starts the final phase of the civil trial, where at the end we’ll know the final bill the Government hands BP. While it is unclear how much money will ultimately end up in Alabama, ideas have already been floating on how to spend the money. One of those ideas involves the help of funding the new proposed I-10 Bridge.
DAPHNE, Ala. – Daphne Police have arrested 38-year-old Christopher Corey Cain for manslaughter after a fatal collision on US 90 on Thursday. The crash victim is identified as Frances McDowell Scott, 79, of Daphne.
Almost five years ago. A disaster unlike anything this part of the gulf coast had ever seen. ”It’s pretty easy for people to forget how bad it was over time,” says Gulf Shores mayor Robert Craft. “You lose that feeling of looking at oil on our beaches and oil in our waters and emotional aspect has faded away.”
via Possible Uses for Millions of BP Fine Dollars.
DAPHNE, Ala. (WPMI) Police say two groups of organized thieves are stealing credit cards and then posing as the victim to make purchases. ”They don’t go in all at the same time, and they have different people that will distract the victim and then a person that actually takes a wallet,” said Detective Jason Lazzari, with Daphne Police Department.
via Organized Thieves Scheme to Steal Credit Cards – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.
New Orleans, LA - A federal judge has determined that 3.19 million barrels of oil was discharged into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 as a result of a rig explosion at BP’s Macondo well. This is less than government estimates of about 4.2 million, but more than the 2.4 million barrel figure BP had argued for. Thursday’s finding by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier sets the stage for next week’s trial to determine BP’s Clean Water Act penalties.
via BP May Have To Pay More Money In Penalties.
DAPHNE, Ala. — All charges but one have been dropped against a Daphne High School teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a student. Isaac Evans now faces just a single count of harassment, after the more significant charges of school employee having sex with a student and deliquency of a minor were dropped in a Baldwin County courtroom Thursday morning.
BAY MINETTE, AL (AP) - 219 years. That was the maximum sentence Wendy Wood Holland faced this morning and that’s exactly what she got. Back in December, Holland was convicted on charges that include first degree sodomy and sexual torture. William Brownlee also received the maximum, which for him was 21 years. He was convicted of sodomy and sex abuse in October.
DAPHNE, AL (WALA) – Daphne police need your help identifying at least five people who are believed to be linked to a credit card scheme. Police are investigating at least three incidents where a woman’s wallet has been stolen from the owners purse. Lieutenant Judd Beedy is sending out a warning to shoppers in the area.
United States Attorney Kenyen R. Brown of the Southern District of Alabama announced Friday that Michael Dewayne Comalander, 54, of Fairhope was sentenced in federal district court to 5 years of probation on a federal firearms charge.
BAY MINETTE, Alabama – Stephanie Hanke has been at court hearings involving the 11 participants of the incestuous Wood family sex ring since they began. But the 9 a.m. Thursday hearing will be different: For the first time since arrests began more than two years ago, two of the adults involved will be sentenced.
FOLEY, Alabama – When Dorothy Spears decided to rent a house on Russet Court less than a football field-length from where one of Baldwin County’s most brutal killings took place two months ago, she was aware of what she was getting into.
The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office says a burglary took place at The Reef Bar and Restaurant in Perdido Key Sunday morning. Deputies say from about 3:00a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Sunday, is the window that a person or persons broke into the Reef and took an undisclosed amount of cash.
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) A former Daphne High School chemistry teacher will go on trial later this week. Isaac Evans is accused of harassment and two counts of misdemeanor school employee sexual contact.
No charges have been filed so far against a juvenile who confessed to shooting and killing a bottlenose dolphin with a deer-hunting bow and arrow in Florida waters in December. Allison Garrett, a spokeswoman with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said there are no new details about the status of the case since the Dec. 19 announcement that public tips led federal investigators to the juvenile.
January 8, 2015 – Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) – On Dec.. 6, 2014 at approximately 10:30 a.m., Gulf Shores Police responded to a report of a burglary at Papa’s Pizza, which is located in the 600 block of Gulf Shores Parkway. Once the officer arrived at Papa John’s Pizza he found evidence that a burglary occurred next door at Dippin Dot’s also.
SUMMERDALE, Ala. – Summerdale police have arrested a man for allegedly burning an 8-year-old girl with a lighter and a can of compressed gas. He’s now facing a charge of aggravated child abuse. As it turns out he’s already a convicted felon and was recently charged with domestic violence and a probation violation.
via Convicted felon jailed again on aggravated child abuse charges | FOX10 News | Fox10tv.com.
Surveillance camera’s capture a man casually walking the dock of Sportsman Marina New Year’s Eve. Moments later, there he is again with a couple of bottles of champagne just before authorities believe he stole a half million dollar charter boat.
via Authorities Searching for Charter Boat Thief.
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. — Mike Davis isn’t sure who commandeered his charter fishing boat – and his livelihood – for a damaging boat ride New Year’s Eve, but he’s sure of one thing. It had to be somebody who knows him and his boat, the Bloodsport.
BAY MINETTE, Alabama – Two Baldwin County men were sentenced Monday to prison for separate sex-related crimes to minors.
Roughly half of the Pensacola area businesses that are eligible to file claims for revenue lost because of the BP oil spill in 2010 haven’t done so, attorneys say. But the new deadline is June 8.
A man accused of killing a Pensacola woman and disposing of her body in a remote area of south Alabama committed suicide in a Florida prison last week, according to the Northwest Florida Daily News. Archie Hauck was serving a 20-year sentence for probation violation on a 2009 aggravated assault charge.
LOXLEY, Alabama – A leash and an empty dog collar sit on the ground after an attack that wounded this Golden Retriever named Nala and this Australian shepherd named Oz. Nala got the worst of it with this bloody gash near her stomach. Their owner Patrick McWilliams was taking his dogs for a walk around his neighborhood yesterday afternoon when he says two dogs–that looked to be pit bulls came out of nowhere and attacked.
via Vicious Dog Attack In Loxley.
FOLEY, Ala. — A couple is in jail following the violent robbery of a Foley residence which resulted in the beating and stabbing of the elderly occupant. According to Foley Police, at approximately 7:20 p.m. Monday, Dec. 29, officers responded to a residence in the 200 block of West Marigold for a delayed burglary.