- - Thursday, October 27, 2011


County to round up sex offenders on Halloween

PHENIX CITY | A southeast Alabama county is trying to round up all its convicted sex offenders on Halloween night to make sure they can’t come in contact with children who are out trick-or-treating.

The Russell County Sheriff’s Department is requiring about 35 sex offenders who are on probation or parole to come to the county courthouse in Phenix City on Monday night for a mandatory meeting.

The county’s 115 other registered sex offenders are being asked to come to the meeting voluntarily.

An aide to Sheriff Heath Thomas said offenders will get an update on the latest registration requirements.


Medical pot backers sue feds over crackdown

SAN FRANCISCO | Medical marijuana advocates in California sued the federal government Thursday in an effort to halt a recent crackdown on the state’s storefront pot dispensaries, claiming government officials have overstepped their constitutional authority by not respecting how local officials have chosen to regulate pot stores and growers.

The lawsuit filed in San Francisco by the advocacy group Americans for Safe Access states that recent raids on licensed dispensaries and letters warning city officials they could be prosecuted for trying to regulate medical marijuana cultivation and sales constitute an illegal power grab under the 10th Amendment. The amendment awards to states legislative authority not explicitly reserved for the federal government.

The suit names Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and Melinda Haag, the U.S. attorney for Northern California, as defendants.


Student doing pull-ups dies in wall collapse

WILLIAMSTON | An 8-foot wall collapsed in a Michigan high school locker room, killing a 14-year-old student who had jumped and grabbed for the top to do a pull-up, police said Thursday.

Williamston High School freshman Gabriel Corbett was buried under cement blocks Wednesday and later pronounced dead at a hospital, Police Chief Bob Young said. It was not known why the interior wall came down.

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