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Fort Morgan firefighter dies in motorcycle accident – FOX10 News | WALA

July 17, 2016

Alabama State Troopers say 32-year-old John William Bryan was killed when he was thrown from his motorcycle Friday night.

Investigators say Bryan was killed when he lost control of his 2015 Yamaha motorcycle.

The accident happened on Alabama 181, three miles east of Fairhope, around 10:30 p.m. Friday.

via Fort Morgan firefighter dies in motorcycle accident – FOX10 News | WALA.

Gulf Shores man killed in crash on Alabama 181 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

July 16, 2016

A single-vehicle crash, Friday, July 15, claimed the life of a Gulf Shores man. John William Bryan, 32, was killed when he lost control and was thrown from the 2015 Yamaha motorcycle he was operating. Bryan was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash occurred at 10:20 p.m. on Alabama 181 near the five mile marker, three miles east of Fairhope.

via Gulf Shores man killed in crash on Alabama 181 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Flora-Bama owner loses leg in motorcycle accident – FOX10 News | WALA

July 12, 2016

Flora-Bama Marketing Director Jennifer Surface says John McInnis Jr., father of majority owner John McInnis III, is expected to make a full recovery after losing his leg in a motorcycle accident in Scotland. There are several co-owners of the Flora-Bama, a popular honky-tonk oyster and beach bar that hosts events throughout the year.

Surface says McInnis Jr. went into surgery and his leg was removed. She said he is in stable condition and will be flying back to the U.S. early this week.

via Flora-Bama owner loses leg in motorcycle accident – FOX10 News | WALA.

Investigation Underway into 14 Month Old’s Death in Baldwin County

July 09, 2016

On Pleasant Avenue in Bay Minette, children’s toys lay scattered in the yard of a home. But what happened here was anything but pleasant.

“The child was found unresponsive in her crib on Wednesday evening,” says sheriff Hoss Mack. The 14-month-old from Spanish Fort had been with her aunt and uncle for at least a day according to the sheriff.

via Investigation Underway into 14 Month Old’s Death in Baldwin County.

Have You Seen The Homeless Woman Living On The Side Of Highway 98 In Daphne?

July 08, 2016

If you frequent Highway 98 in Daphne you have probably seen Linda Selensky. She has set up camp on the side of the highway, under a large tree that is located in front of several businesses. Selensky and her dog, Sparky, have been living there for several months.

Local business owner Rhonda DelFavero said Selensky doesn’t ever ask for money, “She doesn’t ask or beg for money– she just sits there with her dog.”

via Have You Seen The Homeless Woman Living On The Side Of Highway 98 In Daphne?.

Cool Spaces: A two-fer in downtown Fairhope | AL.com

July 08, 2016

Karin Wolff Wilson and Kelley Wolff Lyons are identical twins whose lives parallel each other: Both sisters own popular businesses next door to each other in downtown Fairhope; both live in apartments above their businesses; and both work with their husbands. But while their living spaces are similar in many ways, they are also – like the sisters themselves – unique.

via Cool Spaces: A two-fer in downtown Fairhope | AL.com.

Bailey Kennon of Orange Beach talks about pageant experience – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

July 07, 2016

ORANGE BEACH, AL — It may appear when Miss Alabama is crowned there is only one winner at the annual pageant.

Bailey Kennon, competing in her first Miss Alabama pageant, says that wasn’t the case at all with her. Kennon qualified for the statewide contest by winning the Miss Coastal Alabama title in September.

via Bailey Kennon of Orange Beach talks about pageant experience – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Gulf Shores Police Chief invited to the White House – FOX10 News | WALA

July 05, 2016

GULF SHORES, AL (WALA) - Police Chief Edward Delmore of the Gulf Shores Police Department has been invited to the White House to participate in a briefing about 21st Century Policing.

In December 2015, President Barack Obama organized a Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Five months later, on May 15, the task force issued its final report.

via Gulf Shores Police Chief invited to the White House – FOX10 News | WALA.

The difficulties of of Search and Rescue | WPMI

July 05, 2016

We now know the name of the man who drowned near the east end of Ono Island. The Orange Beach Fire Department says it found Andy Blankenship’s body Saturday.

Changing tides and fast-moving currents make searching the coast treacherous. Search and Rescue team members say that while rescue and recovery can be a dangerous task, it is one they are well-trained for.

Beach Safety Division Chief Melvin Shepard says the side scan sonar helped find 39-year-old Andy Blankenship’s body off Ono island Friday night. Shepard had the grim task of diving in the dark water to recover him.

via The difficulties of of Search and Rescue | WPMI.

Phillip West keeps Alabama’s beaches beautiful – Alabama News Center

June 25, 2016

He left only footprints in the sugar-white sand.

I walked behind Coastal Resources Manager Phillip West as he hiked the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail in Orange Beach. After he made it down the pier at a scenic lake, he looked through his binoculars at what used to be an eagle’s nest.

“Eagles started building this nest six weeks ago, but all of a sudden they’re gone. I think it’s the ospreys. They fight over food,” West said.

via Phillip West keeps Alabama’s beaches beautiful – Alabama News Center.

Boating accident victim remembered as mentor, family man – FOX10 News | WALA

June 23, 2016

The investigation continues into the Fish River fatal boating accident that happened Tuesday night.

43-year-old Tom Hall was pulled from the water late Tuesday.

The State Trooper Patrol Division says investigators are looking into all possible causes including driver error, an obstruction in the water, or a mechanical problem. Though the exact cause has not yet been determined, officials believe it was a tragic accident.

via Boating accident victim remembered as mentor, family man – FOX10 News | WALA.

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11 vets graduate from Baldwin County Veterans Court – FOX10 News | WALA

June 22, 2016

They’ve fought for our freedom, and for the past 11 Baldwin County veterans have been fighting for their own.

“The veterans in our program are marred with some invisible wound from war… whether that’s post traumatic stress, traumatic brain injuries, substance abuse issues because of their service. And we take those veterans in put them in a treatment protocol designed to assist them and get them back on their feet,” said Judge Michelle Thomason, Baldwin County.

via 11 vets graduate from Baldwin County Veterans Court – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Gumbo Key music fest rocks, thousands take to water | AL.com

June 19, 2016

Gumbo Key may be a state of mind to Mac McAleer, but it was a reality for people today in the water near Robinson Island in Orange Beach, Ala.

There, thousands of people floated in the shallows, along with hundreds of boats for the music festival McAleer began three years ago.

The official mantra is “Be kind, be safe, don’t leave a trace.” ”It really has grown in three years,” McAleer said aboard the barge he calls the “rust bucket.”

via Gumbo Key music fest rocks, thousands take to water | AL.com.

Blue Angel Capt. Kuss Laid To Rest In Hometown Saturday

June 14, 2016

Fallen Blue Angle Pilot Captain Jeff Kuss was laid to rest Saturday.

The hearse that carried him drove through the streets of his hometown of Durango, Colorado. Folks came out and lined the streets waving American flags, placing hands over their hearts and shedding tears. A private funeral was held for family, friends, Blue Angels, and other military personnel. After which, a public memorial was held in town where folks gathered to remember Kuss. Pictures of Kuss with friends were placed at the public memorial and commemorative photos were also available.

via Blue Angel Capt. Kuss Laid To Rest In Hometown Saturday.

Captain Jeff Kuss: Thousands honor Pensacola’s fallen angel – FOX10 News | WALA

June 10, 2016

PENSACOLA, FL (WALA) -

Captain Jeff Kuss: Thousands honor Pensacola

It was an emotional night near downtown Pensacola as thousands of people paid tribute to fallen Marine and Blue Angels pilot, Captain Jeff Kuss.

City leaders and the Blue Angels Association hosted a candlelight vigil at Veterans Memorial Park Thursday night.

via Captain Jeff Kuss: Thousands honor Pensacola’s fallen angel – FOX10 News | WALA.

Blue Angels: Our First Flight Back From Tragedy Will Be Above Pensacola

June 10, 2016

In an emotional address, the right wing pilot for the Blue Angels tearfully thanked Pensacola for its support during the tragic loss of Captain Jeff Kuss.

He added that the Blue Angels first flight back from the loss of Kuss will be in the skies above Pensacola, though no date has been announced.

via Blue Angels: Our First Flight Back From Tragedy Will Be Above Pensacola.

Will Alabama house illegal immigrant children? 2 federal agencies visiting to decide | AL.com

June 08, 2016

Representatives from two federal agencies are set to visit Alabama “in the coming days” to determine if President Obama’s plan to house illegal immigrant children in the Yellowhammer State is feasible.

The Obama administration is looking into whether the unaccompanied minors, who entered the country illegally, could be temporarily resettled at Naval Outlying Fields, including two such airfields in Foley and Summerdale in Baldwin County.

via Will Alabama house illegal immigrant children? 2 federal agencies visiting to decide | AL.com.

Blue Angels Return Home

June 04, 2016

The Blue Angels landed at NAS Pensacola Friday afternoon, a day after losing one of their beloved pilots in a fiery crash in TN.

The Navy released a statement explaining that once the team landed, they would enter an immediate “stand down” period for an undetermined amount of time. This means the Blues won’t be flying at all during this period while investigation officials use the time to gather facts about the crash to prevent a future tragedy.

via Blue Angels Return Home.

Pensacola residents react to fatal Blue Angels crash – FOX10 News | WALA

June 03, 2016

PENSACOLA, FL (WALA) -

Naval Air Station Pensacola is the home of the Blue Angels. After hearing the news that one of the pilots died in a fiery crash — thoughts and prayers from locals in Pensacola were being sent to Tennessee.

“It’s devastating, especially being our home base. The Blue Angels are the pride of our town,” said Jennifer Peck.

via Pensacola residents react to fatal Blue Angels crash – FOX10 News | WALA.

Blue Angel pilot killed in Tennessee crash identified | AL.com

June 03, 2016

A U.S. Navy F-A 18 assigned to the Blue Angels crashed outside Nashville today, killing the pilot.

Navy officials said the crash occurred as the plane was in its beginning stages of afternoon practice at the Smyrna, Tennessee airport.

The pilot has been identified as Capt. Jeff Kuss of the U.S. Marine Corps., according to the Associated Press. Kuss was a native of Durango, Colorado. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps in 2006 and joined the Blue Angels in 2014.

via Blue Angel pilot killed in Tennessee crash identified | AL.com.

Orange Beach officer injured in accident on Perdido Pass Bridge – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

June 02, 2016

ORANGE BEACH, AL – Police officer Gavin Kostelecky, assigned to beach patrol in Orange Beach, was injured and transported to a Pensacola hospital after he was struck on Perdido Pass Bridge driving one of the city’s “beach buggy.”

City Administrator Ken Grimes said the officer was stable and talking with other officers before he was taken by ground to Sacred Heart Hospital.

via Orange Beach officer injured in accident on Perdido Pass Bridge – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

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