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Snake photo bombs Alabama seventh-grader’s picture

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A wayward snake photobombed a back-to-school picture of a seventh-grader in Alabama who was lining up for the perfect photo next to a tree in Auburn.

Brooke Mills, the girl, was posing for a “Summer’s Over” picture on Thursday, according to AL.com. The picture is traditional at the beginning of the school year, the report said.

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“Lord it was scary,” the girl’s mother told the paper.  She said she tried to keep her composure, but she told her daughter to get away from the tree.

“I said it calmly, but I’m sure my face said it all,” she said.

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The article did not identify the type of snake that appeared to blend in with the tree. Commenters on the article identified it as a rat snake.

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Alabama woman severely burned alleged burglar’s face by throwing pot of hot grease on him: report

An Alabama woman burned a man’s face with a pot of hot grease when he allegedly broke into her home last Thursday and pulled a gun on her, police said.

MISSING ALABAMA WOMAN FOUND MURDERED, BURIED IN WELL; 2 ARRESTED

Officers said they responded to a domestic violence call to find Larondrick Macklin, 31, suffering from burns across his face. An investigation determined Macklin was the “primary aggressor in the altercation” and the woman acted in self-defense, police said.

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Larondrick Macklin faces two felony counts of domestic violence and burglary after being doused in hot grease after allegedly breaking into a woman’s home.  (Decatur Police Department)

He allegedly entered the woman’s residence with a firearm before she threw a pot of hot grease at him, the Decatur Police Department said in a statement. Macklin was taken to a hospital to be treated for his injuries. He was later booked into two felony charges of burglary and domestic violence, court records said. He’s being held on a $300,000 bond.

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A police spokesperson told USA Today Thursday law enforcement is not at liberty to discuss the nature of the relationship between the victim and the suspect in an ongoing domestic violence investigation. Some outlets, including AL.com, reported Macklin was the woman’s ex-boyfriend.

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Suspect shot co-worker multiple times, killing her at auto-supplier’s plant: authorities

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A female employee of a supplier to Mercedes-Benz has been charged with murder after the death of a co-worker Sunday near Brookwood, Ala.

The suspect, identified as Angela Mayo, 28, shot Shanina Smith, 27, multiple times near the assembly line at the Lear Corp. plant, the Tuscaloosa County Violent Crimes Unit told Birmingham’s WVTM-TV.

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Mayo then left the plant but later turned herself in to authorities, the station reported.

Lt. Jack Kennedy of the crimes unit told the station that past animosity between the parties likely led to the shooting.

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Mayo was being held in the Tuscaloosa County Jail with bond set at $150,000, according to TuscaloosaNews.com.

Lear makes seating for Mercedes-Benz vehicles, the site reported.

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More than two dozen shelter cats mauled to death after pitbulls break out of cage

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Twenty-nine cats were mauled to death by two pit-bulls who broke out of their cages at an Alabama animal shelter overnight.

Employees found the dead felines at the Dothan Animal Shelter in Dothan, Ala., Thursday morning when they reported for work. Shelter Director Bill Banks said the two dogs forced their way out of their pens by knocking galvanized bars out of their clamps and pushing their way through chain-linked fencing, Dothan, Ala.’s WTVY reported.

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The pit-bulls responsible for the attack were dropped off at the shelter the day before.

“These dogs were able to eat their way out, for lack of a better term, and attack these cats. That is horrible,” Dothan City Commissioner Beth Kenward told the station. She blamed the cat-killings on the outdated shelter. Mayor Mark Saliba agreed with the commissioner, adding that a new shelter is long “overdue.”

Kenward and Saliba recently made a new animal shelter a capital improvement priority for the town. City government is working to partner with business owners, private entities, humane societies and animal rights groups in order to raise the money to fund a new multi-million dollar facility, Kenward said. Saliba added that he wants to reach out to Houston County to share in the cost of the project.

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A decision has not been made over what to do with the dogs after the incident, Banks said. Shelter staff and volunteers will be offered counseling. Kenward and Saliba want a board to be created to oversee the creation of a new animal shelter. The current animal shelter is operated by the Dothan Police Department.

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White professor sues historically black university for age, race discrimination after 40-year tenure

A white professor at a historically black university in Alabama has filed a federal lawsuit against the school Friday for age and racial discrimination after he claims they have denied him the salary he deserves, despite his tenure.

Marshall Burns, a 73-year-old physics professor at Tuskegee University, alleges the school pays younger employees at least $18,000 to $30,000 more than him, although his professorship spans over four decades.

Burns began his career at Tuskegee University in 1976 as an assistant professor, according to court documents—being promoted to a full-time position in 1980. The physics professor wrote a physics textbook—recognized by the Alabama state legislature, helped found the university’s first physics major, and lobbied for additional university funding.

Burns claims he earns $60,500 a year, despite requesting a raise at least 12 times.

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His alleged salary is at the same pay grade as associate professor salaries, while his 12-page lawsuit says teachers of African and Asian descent are earning more than Burns, who earned his PhD. in 1972.

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Marshall Burns, a 73-year-old physics professor at Tuskegee University. (Tuskegee University)

“I’m not a greedy person,” Burns told the Montgomery Advertiser at a press conference held Tuesday. “I applaud people who are successful. They’ve earned it. I think I’ve earned it, but I haven’t received it. I have tried and tried and tried everything I know.”

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The suit claims “Tuskegee has ungratefully kept [Burns] at an associate level of pay for his entire academic career,” adding that the university has discriminated against the professor because of his age.

Julian McPhillips, Burns’ attorney, believes this was the last resort to obtain the pay he deserves after talking with the university a year ago, according to the station.

Burns announced Tuesday he will not quit his job at Tuskegee University and continue to teach his “exceptional students” despite telling the Daily Beast he’s suffered “financially” and “emotionally”.

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The denial of full-time professor pay, which would have earned him over $400,000, will come second to his love for teaching, as he prepares to teach nine two-hour physics courses in the upcoming fall semester.

“At Tuskegee, I’ve had classes with students who are go-getters and very smart. That’s what gives me enthusiasm to teach.”

Fox News’ Kira Grant contributed to this report.

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Alabama man arrested after biting off woman’s finger, police allege

Police in Alabama said they arrested a man early Sunday morning after he bit off a woman’s finger during a fight.

Lt. Michael Johnson with the Huntsville Police Department told Fox News police got a call about a “physical altercation” between Shay Michael Thome, 48, and his wife, who was threatening to leave.

Johnson said the couple reported there’d been some “tension” in their relationship and Thome’s wife was in the process of gathering her stuff to leave when the incident happened. Police said the couple was arguing for a couple of days prior to the fight but she did not report any domestic violence to police in the days prior to that night.

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Johnson told Fox News that Thome came home while his wife’s friend was helping her gather her belongings. He said Thome grabbed her friend’s hand and bit off her pinky finger.

Police said Thome then started “assaulting” the friend “with his fists.” Johnson said Thome’s wife came running into the room and was trying to get him off her friend when he bit his wife’s hand as well. Johnson said Thome “did not cause a serious injury” to his wife.

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Shay Michael Thome was arrested Sunday.

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Thome’s wife and her friend eventually got away, Johnson said, adding that Thome then grabbed a gun and busted out a glass door using his “gun as a tool to show his anger” as his wife was trying to leave. Johnson said his wife was cut by the shattered glass.

Johnson said her friend then called 911.

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The friend was transported to the hospital. Johnson said Thome spit out the friend’s pinky after he bit it off and an officer later found it in the living room. He said officers brought her pinky to the hospital but “doctors were unable to reattach it” when the friend underwent surgery.

“This is probably one of the most unique assaults we have ever seen,” Johnson told Fox News, calling the incident “wild.”

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Thome faced felony assault charges and Johnson said he could face more domestic violence charges.

Thome remained in custody in the Madison County Jail, according to Johnson.

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15-year-old dies after falling on first day of work for Alabama roofer, cops say

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An underage Guatemalan boy died in Alabama Monday after falling nearly 40 feet off of a roof during his first day of on the job as a construction worker.

The 15-year-old boy, whose name was not released due to his age, fell through an unsupported section of the roof of a gray iron factory in Cullman, Ala., around 11 a.m. Monday. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

His brother was also working with him at the time of the incident. The boy was a Guatemalan national who was living at a Cullman address before his death, police said.

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Safety equipment was installed on the roof but was not being used by workers, police said. The equipment involved harnesses for workers to be attached to a steel cable to prevent them from falling.

He was hired by W&W Restoration– which was a subcontractor hired by Apex Roofing to complete a roofing project for Cullman Casting Corp. factory, according to police.

“The state of Alabama has regulations in relation to the employment of juveniles, however, Apex’s policy is to not hire anyone under the age of 19,” Edward Merrell, an attorney for Apex Roofing, told Birmingham’s WIAT in a statement. “Apex also requires their subcontractors to comply with all state regulations and we learn a subcontractor does not follow state and federal regulations, Apex does not continue doing work with those subcontractors.”

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Police do not suspect foul play and believe the incident was an accident, Cullman police Lt. Todd Chiaranda told AL.com. Authorities are working with the Department of Labor to conduct an investigation into the matter to determine if the company was at fault for hiring the underage boy.

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Fake Uber driver charged with kidnapping Alabama students

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An Alabama man who pretended to be an Uber driver to pick up intoxicated women was arrested and charged with new crimes on Friday.

He now faces charges of first-degree kidnapping, second-degree kidnapping and impersonating a transportation network service driver, after the Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit (TCVU) found evidence of two additional victims in his home and on his cellphone.

Tommy Wayne Beard, 62, was arrested last March, after a routine stop by police found an unconscious 22-year-old college student in the back of his vehicle, nearly seven miles in the wrong direction from her home, according to AL.com.

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During the March arrest, Beard told the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Officer he was an Uber driver and was taking the woman home, but when police awakened the woman, she couldn’t remember getting in the vehicle.

Beard was allowed to go home, but police obtained a warrant a few days later and charged him with first-degree kidnapping on March 8. He was released from jail after placing a $45,000 bond.

After the arrest, police seized a loaded firearm, his Uber vehicle sign and an artificial male genitalia device he had been wearing.

The new felony charges were prompted after police found photos on his phone of other young women who appeared to be unconscious in the back of his vehicle. TVCU investigators say Beard later admitted he wasn’t an actual Uber driver, and had been acting like one to pick people up.

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As it happens, police had spoken to one of the other two victims a year ago, according to TCVU assistant commander Capt. Kip Hart.

“One of the victims was discovered walking out of the woods in that part of the county and we didn’t know what happened to her,” said TCVU assistant commander Capt. Kip Hart. “She didn’t know what happened to her.”

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Beard could face additional charges and his bond is set at $30,000. Anyone with additional information should call the Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit.

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Alabama church gets the OK to use private police force

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has signed a bill that will allow a Presbyterian church to use its own private police force on its campus.

The law, approved two weeks ago, allows the Birmingham-based Briarwood Presbyterian Church to establish a private law enforcement department to make arrests when crimes are committed on its properties.

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A church in Alabama has been authorized to establish its own police force on campus.  (Google Maps)

The law will also apply to the church’s school campus and a private academy that is located in another county. Church officials said the measure was necessary to provide adequate security for the 2,000 students and faculty on its two private school campuses.

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Randall Marshall, the executive director of the ACLU of Alabama, said the law could allow the church to cover-up criminal activity that occurs on its campuses. He added that the law will likely be challenged in court for unconstitutionally granting government power to a religious institution.

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The new policy will go into effect in the fall.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Alabama woman accused of sexually torturing unconscious man: report

A Tuscaloosa County woman has been charged for sexually torturing a man who was unconscious from a date rape drug after police uncovered explicit videos on her phone, court documents filed Thursday alleged.

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Police arrested Jennifer Marie Johnson, 36, on suspicion of driving a stolen car last month. While searching her phone they said they found videos of her laughing while sodomizing the bound, unconscious victim with a sex toy, according to The Tuscaloosa News.

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Jennifer Marie Johnson (Tuscaloosa County Jail )

“The victim does not regain consciousness during or after the incident,” an investigator wrote of the alleged March incident, according to AL.com. Investigators were also able to identify and speak to the alleged victim who is in his mid-20s.

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Johnson was already in jail for allegedly buying a stolen car when she was charged.

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