Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Top online reads on Tuesday

1. Former preacher from Ohatchee arrested for alleged sex abuse by Andy Johns
An 82-year-old former preacher was arrested last week on a charge he allegedly sexually abused a 10-year-old girl.
According to police reports, William Winford Kitchens, 82, of Ohatchee, was arrested around 10 a.m. June 6 on one charge of first-degree sexual abuse. He was arrested on West 8th Street in Anniston.
According to Chief Deputy Matthew Wade of the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, a joint investigation between the Sheriff’s Office and the Daybreak Rape Crisis Center revealed the alleged abuse, which Wade said occurred several times in three states.

2. Out of the ashes by Dan Whisenhunt
Three years after it was gutted by fire, the building on the southeast corner of 10th and Noble streets remains mostly dark and broken, but signs of life are beginning to show through the cracks.
The old AmSouth building, known to many as "the 10 story building," has been mostly vacant since a late-night blaze in 2003 damaged the upper floors. Smoke from the fire and water from firefighters’ hoses caused more damage throughout the structure.

3. Oxford schools welcome 2 new principals by Steve Ivey
OXFORD — The board of education offered a "welcome home" to two new Oxford principals at its meeting Monday night.
Amy Copeland will serve as principal at DeArmanville Elementary School beginning July 1. Copeland had been principal at Kitty Stone Elementary School in Jacksonville but let her contract there expire to return to Oxford’s schools.
"When I got the call about the job, I felt like I was home," she said.

4. Third local Waffle House robbed in 2 weeks by Andy Johns
Police are looking for leads after the third robbery in two weeks to strike local Waffle House diners.
According to police reports, a man with a bandanna over half his face and brandishing a black revolver entered the Waffle House on Hinton Drive in Oxford around 2:30 a.m. Monday.