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Littleville police officer arrested after 9 hour standoff


LITTLEVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A standoff in Colbert County ended with a Littleville police officer in custody. Officers arrested David Saccoccio, Jr. at his Littleville apartment around 10 a.m. Saturday. Several law enforcement agencies responded to the ...

Darlene Meade


She is also survived by her father Vernon Willard of Sheffield, Alabama, and by her mother, Joyce Gonzales of Littleville, Alabama, by 3 brothers and 3 sisters. There will be no calling hours. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, March 7 ...

Sandra Lee Whitlock


Sandra Lee Whitlock, 62, Littleville, Alabama, passed away Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, at her residence. She lived her entire life in Franklin County. The family will receive friends on Thursday, February 12, 2015, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.at Pinkard ...

Russellville man dies in crash


LITTLEVILLE – A three-vehicle crash Wednesday ...
Nothing further is available as Alabama State Troopers continue to investigate. — Shoals Insider-Keeping You Informed

Billy Cox


Billy was born August 29, 1942 in Littleville AL to Hanie and Elizabeth (Baty) Cox. They moved to Adrian where he graduated from Madison High in 1960. Billy served his country in the U.S. Air force stationed in England as a flight line fire fighter.

Storms Tonight & Sunday


A line of strong thunderstorms is moving across Northwest Alabama this afternoon, and it will continue right on across the Tennessee Valley through the evening hours. Some nickel-sized hail was reported near Littleville in Colbert Co. around 4 pm ...

Tuscumbia utility rates may go up if Littleville ends deal


Copeland said the water line will cost Littleville about $1.6 million. He said the town would tap an Alabama League of Municipalities fund that provides loans at low interest rates. The mayor said the town would be able to pay the debt service on a 20-year ...

Littleville resident dies in home fire


LITTLEVILLE, Alabama -- A resident died in a house fire on Lynwood Avenue Thursday night, WAFF Channel 48 reported. The home caught fire around 11 p.m. and the body has not been identified according to state fire marshals, WAFF reported. The case is under ...

Former Littleville police officer terminated after standoff


LITTLEVILLE, AL (WAFF) - After the incident over the weekend, the Littleville Police Department, along with city leaders, had to make a decision whether to keep an officer on staff or let him go. The Littleville Police Department is down an officer after ...

Dry counties: moral necessity or infringement on liberty and happiness?


Residents of Marion County, for example, are quite willing to drive as far as Littleville, AL or Tupelo, MS in order to buy alcohol, though displeasure at the waste of time and money can be heard from many hardworking and honest residents. Factor in the ...

A Different Little Story About Jack and Diane


Jack lived a simple life. Up at 5 o'clock to feed the chickens, milk the cows, unpack the alpacas and jump on the tractor and head for the fields. Jack lived the single life tending his farm. In his m…

Acceptance


I have to say that I truly believe that Charlotte is and will always be the most amazing friend ever to cross my path. Whether in fantasy or the reality she inspires me and yet we have never met. That…

Sales and use tax changes for March 2015


Sales and/or use tax rates have changed for Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, New York and South Carolina in Zip2Tax products since February 2015. In Alabama, tax rates changed for Level Plains, Priceville, …




SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR LITTLEVILLE

Responding To and Protecting Students from Sexual Assault in LITTLEVILLE ALABAMA

January 26, 2015

Courtesy of Eve Hill and Mark Kappelhoff, Deputy Assistant Attorneys General for the Civil Rights pision

Note: The sample MOU can be found at here.

President Obama established the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault one year ago. On this anniversary, the task force has released a sample memorandum of understanding (MOU) to assist campuses and law enforcement agencies to work together in their efforts to protect students, address the needs of sexual assault survivors, and ensure a prompt, thorough, and fair response to allegations of sexual misconduct. This is yet another important step in the task force’s effort to help colleges and universities, as well as their partners in the community, address the problem of campus sexual violence.

While colleges and universities can do much on their own, communication and collaboration between campus administrators, campus police and local law enforcement is critically important to address the problem of sexual assault on campus.

The sample MOU reflects input from task force members and agencies, outside experts on sexual assault, police associations, state attorneys general, and campus administrators and counsels.

Many colleges and universities already have MOUs in place with local law enforcement authorities covering a variety of areas. Our conversations with campus administrators, campus police, and law enforcement have underscored the need for additional tools and strategies that are specifically tailored to the dynamics of sexual assault on campus, as well as the needs of sexual assault survivors. The task force is providing this sample MOU with that in mind.

We recognize that every campus and community is unique and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. The sample MOU is, therefore, intended to be a starting point for a conversation between campus administrators, campus police and local law enforcement on how to improve collaborations between critical first responders. We fully expect that, in partnering to address the issue of sexual violence on campus, campus administrators and law enforcement will adapt the provisions of the sample MOU to meet their particular needs and circumstances. For example, some campus and law enforcement authorities may wish to incorporate some or all of the provisions into an existing general campus safety MOU, while others may prefer a standalone agreement specifically addressing campus sexual violence. Still others may decide that some different method of collaboration better meets their needs. We hope that this sample MOU will be an important resource in collaborative efforts between campus administrators, campus police and law enforcement to eradicate sexual assault from college communities nationwide.

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Civil Rights pision

Office on Violence Against Women

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The Guardian and a warning to LITTLEVILLE ALABAMA: Jehovah´s Witnesses´ silencing techniques, as terrifying as child abuse

Growing up in a Jehovah’s Witness family is different. As a child, I didn’t celebrate birthdays, Christmas or July 4. Nor did I, or anyone I knew, mix with non-Witness families in Little League or Girl Scouts. Instead, I spent much of my time sharing the “good news.” I used to go door-to-door on my own with a big, strong, well liked man in my congregation, named Jonathan. I was just 9 and 10 when he repeatedly sexually abused me.

It is really hard for kids to speak up when they’re abused. But the Jehovah’s Witnesses make it a lot harder.

They have a “2 Witness” rule, which says that anyone who accuses an adult of abuse must have a second witness. If there is no second witness, the accuser is punished for a false accusation - usually by ordering that no Witness may talk with or associate with the “false” accuser. This is called dis-fellowshipping. For a kid raised only with other Witnesses, it was horrifying. Even your parents would have to ignore you. It was more terrifying than Jonathan.

It was the elders of my congregation who had assigned Jonathan to team up with me. When we separated from the others, he forced me into his pick-up truck and drove us to his house. Then he would say “Let’s play”. It happened too many times. Like everyone else in the congregation, my parents liked “Brother” Jonathan and trusted him in our family.

My parents were consumed with some really huge problems in those years, and later divorced. I was emotionally alone - and wanted to be the best Jehovah’s Witness I could be. That’s why I went out to field service - the door to door ministry that Witnesses are known for.

What my parents didn’t know, was that Jonathan had sexually molested another girl in our congregation. The elders knew this and had kept it a secret. They were following orders from Watchtower leaders, based in the world headquarters in New York, who in 1989 had issued a top-secret instruction to keep known child sex abusers in the congregations a secret. This instruction became Exhibit 1 at my civil trial.

The elders and the Governing Body all knew that child molesters hide in religious groups and often are people who are likeable and friendly - like Jonathan. They knew molesters would likely do it again. But they chose to ignore the safety of the kids, in favor of protecting their image - and their bank account - from lawsuits. It was all in that 1989 letter.

A recent report by the Center for Investigative Reporting revealed that they have continued to issues directives urging silence around child abuse. Last November, elders were instructed to avoid taking criminal matters like child abuse to the authorities. Instead, they were told to handle them internally in confidential committees. The report also showed that Jehovah’s Witnesses evoke the First Amendment to hide sex abuse claims.

It took me learning about Jonathan’s other victims for me to speak up. In 2009, I looked on California’s Megan’s Law website, the state’s official list of registered sex offenders. There, I found he had been convicted a few years before for sexually abusing another 8-year-old girl. I felt horribly guilty that I hadn’t spoken up about him earlier. Now, I need to stop predators from doing this again.

The only way to end this abuse is by lifting this veil of secrecy once and for all.

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People help people. Gods do not help people

HealthDay news image Organ transplants have saved more than two million years of life in the United States over a period of 25 years, new research shows.But fewer than half the people who needed a transplant in this period they received, according to a report in the online edition of the January 28 issue of the journalSurgery JAMA ."The critical shortage of donors continues to affect this field. Just 47.9 percent of patients on the waiting list during the 25 years of the study underwent a transplant. The need is increasing, and therefore the Organ donation should increase, "wrote Dr. Abbas Rana, Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, and colleagues. The researchers analyzed the medical records of more than 530,000 people receiving organ transplants between 1987 and 2012, and nearly 580,000 people who signed up for the waiting list but never received a transplant. In that period, transplants saved 2.2 million life years, with an average of just over four years saved for each person who received a transplant from a living body, the study authors noted in a news release from the journal . The number of years saved by type of organ transplant life were: kidney, 1.3 million years; liver, more than 460,000; heart, almost 270,000; lung, about 65,000: pancreas and kidney, nearly 80,000; pancreas, just under 15,000, and intestines, around 4,500. One expert noted the relevance of the findings. "This study highlights the importance of organ donation, and shows that solid organ transplants save lives. One organ donor can have an impact on up to 50 lives," said Dr. Kareem Abu-Elmagd, director of the Center for transplant at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. "The field of transplantation continues to seek ways to save more lives," said Abu-Elmagd. "For example, the program of ex vivo perfusion of organs of the Cleveland Clinic has been studying perfusion technology to better preserve organs donated." Powered by infusion, a machine pumps oxygen and nutrients to the donated enriched to prevent damage or deterioration of the body prior to transplant into a patient waiting, according to the Cleveland Clinic organ solution. Baylor researchers suggested a direct solution. "We call for greater support of transplantation and solid organ donation, valuable efforts have an impressive record of achievements and tremendous potential to do even more good for humanity in the future," concluded the authors. HealthDay, translated by HispaniCare

SOURCES: Kareem Abu-Elmagd, MD, Ph.D., director, Cleveland Clinic´s Transplant Center, Ohio; JAMA Surgery , news release, Jan. 28, 2015

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