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Inmate Killed in Assault at Fountain Prison

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An inmate died Tuesday after an apparent assault at Fountain Correctional Facility in Atmore, the Alabama Department of Corrections confirmed. Tyrone Billups, 39, died from injuries sustained in an apparent inmate-on-inmate assault, a prison spokeswoman wrote in an email. The prison system said the death is under investigation. The prison system did not release a cause…

Former ADOC Officer Trainee Sentenced to Over 11 Years for Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine

United States Attorney Sean P. Costello of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Terrence Dramon Tolbert, 40, of Brewton, was sentenced on June 29, to 135 months’ imprisonment for his possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine on February 24, 2020. In January of 2021, Tolbert pled guilty to the charge in federal court in Mobile.

New Peanut Shelling Facility Coming to Atmore Expected to Bring 100-plus Jobs to Alabama

Coastal Alabama Growers LLC is planning to build a peanut shelling facility in Atmore. The new facility will bring 100 or more jobs to the area. The new $87 million facility will be built on 60 acres of land. The average pay for workers is expected to be more than $17/hour. The company is also offering temporary jobs during high…

Alabama Girl Honored For Role in Saving Grandmother

ATMORE, Ala. (AP) – An 8-year-old south Alabama girl is being honored for her role in helping save the life of her grandmother. Sheriff’s officials in Escambia County say second-grader Kenleigh Madison was with her grandmother in Atmore when the woman’s breathing machine stopped working. She has emphysema. WPMI-TV reports the girl called 911 to get emergency crews to the…

Alabama Senate Narrowly Approves Lottery Bill

Win numbers and lottery ballsThe Alabama Senate has narrowly approved a lottery bill. Senators on Thursday voted 21-12 for the bill. It now moves to the Alabama House of Representatives. The bill passed with the minimum 21 votes required to pass a constitutional amendment. The bill by Republican Sen. Greg Albritton of Atmore would limit a lottery to paper tickets…

Employee Complaint at Arby’s in Atmore

No immediate comment from company.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Fast food chain Arby’s and its franchisee Beavers’ Inc. are facing a federal lawsuit after several teenaged female employees were allegedly sexually harassed at an Arby’s in Atmore, Alabama. The Equal Opportunity Employment Commission sued the companies Friday. According to the lawsuit, Arby’s hired a team leader trainee in May 2016 who repeatedly pressured young female…

Alabama Shifting Officers To Understaffed Prison

The Alabama Department of Corrections says it is closing a work center in Escambia County to shift officers to a badly understaffed prison. The agency said Tuesday that closing the Atmore Community Work Center will let it transfer additional workers to the troubled Holman prison nearby. The center has 27 workers and houses 240 inmates. The nearby prison has been…

Corrections Officer Assaulted by Inmate at Holman Prison

Corrections officials say another officer has been assaulted at a troubled prison in south Alabama. A statement from the department says a lieutenant at Holman prison in Atmore was trying to control an inmate when the man assaulted the officer with a makeshift weapon on Thursday. The officer was treated for a minor cut above one of his eyes, and…

ALEA Make Arrest in Prison Contraband Smuggling Attempt, One Suspect Dead

Clint Travis Hunley At 12:05 p.m. on Wednesday, correctional officials at the G.K. Fountain Correctional Facility in Atmore reported a suspicious vehicle just south of the facility’s barrier fence with two unknown occupants inside. Officials said the vehicle fled the facility property after a male suspect tossed a package over the fence. Investigators from the Department of Corrections pursued the…

Memorial Service Held for Slain Holman Prison Corrections Officer

A memorial service is being held for an Alabama corrections officer who died after being stabbed by an inmate. Gov. Robert Bentley will speak at the Wednesday memorial service in Anniston honoring corrections officer Kenneth Bettis. Bettis’ name is being added to the Alabama Law Enforcement Memorial wall in Anniston. Bettis died Sept. 16 after succumbing to injuries from a…