- - Thursday, February 3, 2011

ALABAMA

Defendant shot in court after attacking judge

GOODWATER | Police in central Alabama say an officer shot and wounded a man who attacked a judge and tried to grab a gun from a spectator in a municipal courtroom.

State Police Trooper Chad Joiner said the wounded man was in court in Goodwater on a domestic violence charge. He was taken by helicopter to a Birmingham hospital, but there was no immediate word on his condition. The officer who shot him was providing security in the courtroom.

Frank Teel, a lawyer in nearby Rockford, said the shooting happened during court at Goodwater City Hall. His brother, Carlton Teel, is a county district judge and was in the building at the time. The judge’s aide suffered powder burns.

ARIZONA

PGA waits for greens to thaw in Phoenix

SCOTTSDALE | The Phoenix Open finally began at an unseasonably chilly TPC Scottsdale on Thursday after a four-hour delay because of heavy morning frost.

Although the temperature was 39 degrees Fahrenheit when the field set off for the opening round from the first and 10th tees, the greens had thawed out and officials were satisfied with conditions.

Temperatures were not expected to rise above 50 degrees for the rest of the day with winds gusting up to 20 mph.

Slugger White, the rules official for the PGA Tour, said a similar weather delay was likely Friday.

“It might be even colder,” Mr. White told reporters. “So we’ll just see. We’ve stopped here before for a frozen green on the first hole, but for this weather …

“I’ve talked to people who grew up here and they’ve never seen it like this.”

Australian Geoff Ogilvy, who lives in Scottsdale, agreed.

“You get cold mornings and you get some frost, but this is a legitimate winter day,” the 2006 U.S. Open champion said after Wednesday’s pro-am competition was canceled because of the freezing conditions.

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