The Trussville Tribune All your news, now for Trussville, Clay and Pinson Wed, 10 Feb 2016 00:24:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Letter to the Editor: Joe Cochran Wed, 10 Feb 2016 00:21:38 +0000 As an elected local official, I would respectfully request our state house not waste time on local issues, I have read this week the state house intends to take up a measure that would force local governments and school boards to seek approval from them if consideration of a name change to a school or if a monument were to be removed.

This is another waste of time and a continuation of Montgomery attempting to control the entire state from a high perched observatory.

I feel their energy would be better served attempting to figure out funding for education that would allow us to gain ground nationally and internationally. Home rule is a difficult subject in our state and this one should be a no brainier.

We continually seem to cast ourselves into a negative light around the country with these types of illogical banners we wave, seriously, this seems nothing more than a knee jerk reaction to confederate monuments and symbols being taken down around the country and in our own state.

The representatives in Montgomery would have us believe this is about states rights and standing firm against Washington elites, and the irony is, they are taking up a measure to do the same thing to local office holders and citizens that they claim is being done to them as our representatives.

We all know that perception can become reality in the public eye, when will we stop giving off the wrong perception to America and the world in Alabama.


 Joe Cochran

 Pinson, Alabama

Letter to the Editor
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Jett Pep gets raided by masked villains Wed, 10 Feb 2016 00:09:14 +0000 From staff reports

According to Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama, a Jett Pep gas station on Old Springville Road was raided over the weekend.

Image via Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama

Image via Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama

On Saturday, video surveillance at the Jett Pep store showed unknown suspects making forced entry into the business by busting out a portion of the block wall.

One of the suspects was wearing a black jacket, black pants, and a red, white and blue hat. This suspect also had on a pair of black gloves and wore a cartoon-type mask.

The suspect inside the store took a significant quantity of tobacco products that he stuffed into two red duffle bags and several black crates. He also took a significant amount of cash along with watches and assorted jewelry. Also taken were ball caps and assorted candy.

Anyone with information pertaining to the crime or the suspects is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama at 254-7777. Callers remain anonymous, and should the information provided to Crime Stoppers lead to the charge and arrest of an identified suspect, the caller could receive a cash reward.

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Elisha Lewis Tue, 09 Feb 2016 23:22:34 +0000 Elisha Lewis, age 101 of Springville, Al. passed away on Sunday, February 7, 2016.

Elisha was WWII U.S. Army veteran. He was a hardworking man who loved his family. He retired from Auto Radiator after serving for over 45 years as a radiator repairman.

He was preceded in death by his son, James Lewis and his parents, Dixon and Mattie Lewis.

Elisha is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Fannie Mae Lewis; his sons, Mason Lewis (Linda), Dick Lewis (Charlotte), Charlie Lewis (Debbie), Mike Lewis (Cheryl) and Bobby Lewis (Donna); his twin brother, Elijah Lewis (Lizzie); thirteen grandchildren and thirty one great grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews.

His funeral service will be held at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, February 10th at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Trussville with visitation held one hour prior. Burial will take place at Jefferson Memorial’s adjoining cemetery following the service. Reverend Ron Cox will officiate.



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Birmingham police officer charged with domestic violence in Trussville Tue, 09 Feb 2016 18:53:42 +0000 From Staff Reports

TRUSSVILLE – Over the weekend, a Birmingham police officer, who resides in Trussville, was charged with third-degree domestic violence at a residence on the 400 block of Linden Street.

Adam Voss photo via Trussville Police

Adam Voss photo via Trussville Police

Trussville Police Captain Jeff Bridges said Officer Adam Voss, 36, was arrested around 2 a.m. Saturday.

Bridges confirmed that a protection from abuse order was issued against Voss.

According to the protection request that was filed by the victim, the girlfriend said Voss, “Slammed my face on the floor, handcuffed me, refused to let me leave my house or call 911, threw me into multiple walls, threw me down the stairs, and dragged me by my hair all over the house.”

Voss’ accuser also said that on New Year’s Day, “He punched my face, threw me into the Christmas tree, slammed my face into the floor, busted my nose and blackened my eye.”

A March 28 hearing date has been set on the protection from abuse order.

Voss has been ordered to move out of the home that he shares with the victim, who has two children under the ages of 10.  In addition, he was ordered to surrender all of his guns to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.


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Go Fund Me account set up for 9-year-old victim’s family Mon, 08 Feb 2016 23:47:01 +0000 From Staff Reports

Family members and friends are mourning the loss of 9-year-old Kimberly “Kimi” Reylander of Irondale who was shot Saturday afternoon.

Kimberly "Kimi" Reylander

Kimberly “Kimi” Reylander

According to Irondale police, Kimberly was accidentally shot in the head by her 3-year-old brother inside their home on Monroe Drive. She was transported to Children’s of Alabama by helicopter where she later died. The shooting is still under investigation.

Kimi was in the third grade at Irondale Community School. On Monday, grief counselors were on hand for students and staff, and attendees wore baby blue in honor of it being Kimi’s favorite color.

Irondale Police Chief Ken Atkinson said a pistol was left on a nightstand in a bedroom. The 3-year-old picked it up and shot his sister.

A Go Fund Me page has been set up for Kimi’s family

Arrangements for Kimi are as follows: Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 5 until 7 p.m. at Ridouts Funeral Home in Trussville. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday at that same location.

For students who are checked out for the service, an excused absence will be granted.

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Knox, Igbinoghene lead Huskies to No. 3 finish Mon, 08 Feb 2016 21:45:51 +0000 By Erik Harris

BIRMINGHAM – Head coach David Dobbs and the Hewitt-Trussville track and field team put an end to the indoor season with a strong performance at the AHSAA Indoor State Championships on Saturday.

His boys finished the meet at No. 3 behind No. 2 Hoover and No. 1 Auburn. In girls competition, the Huskies came through at No. 11 with Hoover claiming the top prize.

Ben Knox at the State Championship Meet on Saturday. Photo via Hewitt-Trussville athletics

Ben Knox at the State Championships on Saturday. Photo via Hewitt-Trussville athletics

The boys got a major bump from junior Noah Igbinoghene, who brought home a pair of first-place finishes along with a bronze. Igbinoghene, a multi-sport standout, shined in the triple jump event with a leap of 14.65 meters, .37 meters farther than the second-place finisher.

He also took gold with a trip of 7.16 meters in the long jump, claiming Hewitt-Trussville’s second state record of the day. He later finished third in the 60-meter dash.

Senior Ben Knox also grabbed ten points for the good guys with a first-place finish in the 3,200-meter run. He stopped the clock at 9:27.12, more than eight seconds before Hoover’s Tommy McDonough crossed the line. That effort set a new school and state record.

Knox later placed sixth in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:26.14, less than a second behind teammate John Ngaruiya who finished the run at No. 5 in the state.

Hewitt-Trussville also got a gold finish from paraplegic athlete Collin LaFon. The senior took the state’s top prize in the wheelchair shot put with a toss of 3.75 meters over the weekend. Fellow thrower Jaison Williams also did the Huskies proud.

Williams, who recently signed a football scholarship with Austin Peay University, earned his team five points with a fifth-place finish in the shot put event.

Hewitt-Trussville continued to make noise in the relay events with a fourth-place finish in the 4×800 and fifth in the 4×200.

In girls competition, the Huskies brought home a sixth-place finish in the 4×200-meter relay with a time of 1:47.64.

Hope Igbinoghene led the girls with a No. 4 finish in the 60-meter dash, stopping the time at 7.85.

Erik Harris is the Sports Editor for the Trussville Tribune. Follow him on Twitter @jeharris2 or email him at

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Jane M. Wheat Mon, 08 Feb 2016 21:09:37 +0000 Jane M. Wheat, age 92 passed away on February 6, 2016.

Jane grew up in Leeds, AL and graduated from Leeds High School. She later became a resident of Pell City where she resided for over 30 years. After the death of her beloved husband of 65 years she moved to Birmingham.

She was a long-time member of Victory Christian Church and former member of Woodlawn Baptist. She enjoyed teaching Sunday school and being a part of the church. She attended Howard College after graduating high school.  Jane retired from Avon after 35 years of service as a district manager.

Jane was preceded in death by her parents, Earl E. and Icia McDonald; her loving husband, J. G. Wheat; daughter-in-law, Carol Wheat.

She is survived by her sons, Bill Wheat (Ava), Jim Wheat (Lynda) and Bob Wheat; six grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held at 12 p.m. at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Trussville on Thursday, February 11. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow the service at Jefferson Memorial’s adjoining cemetery. Reverend Greg Key will officiate.



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School board requests money from Education Trust Fund for construction project Mon, 08 Feb 2016 18:22:14 +0000 by Dale Jones


Trussville City Schools

Trussville City Schools

The Trussville City Schools Board of Education held a called meeting on Monday to request $695,000 from the Education Trust Fund. The funds will be used for a portion of Magnolia Elementary School construction project not covered in the base bid.

According to the agreement between the school board and the City of Trussville, there is a specific process for withdrawing money from the trust fund.

“What we are doing this morning is changing the letter to the city, which we approved in our Jan. 25 board meeting, to a resolution,” said Superintendent Dr. Pattie Neill. “The official way to withdraw money from the trust fund is a resolution by both parties, so our letter needed to be turned into a resolution.”

Now, the city council will also submit a resolution for the withdrawal of the funds.

Items that will be paid from these funds include $560,000 for a storm shelter, $87,000 for gas and sewer lines, $15,000 for sidewalks and $33,000 for thrmo striping.


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Summer looking brighter and safer in Pinson Mon, 08 Feb 2016 15:35:46 +0000 By Lee Weyhrich

Staff Writer

Summer concert series will brighten the days of residents in 2016

Summer concert series will brighten the days of Pinson residents in 2016

Pinson City Council unanimously accepted a proposal to offer free summer concerts this season.

Councilwoman Joy McCain made the motion to schedule two or three bands to play at the new park this coming summer. The total cost to the city would be no more than $5,000 and there would be no cost to those attending.

Council members have also been working to expand public safety programs. They have established a pilot program regarding public safety on county-owned roads within the city.

City leaders voted to enter into a contract with Jefferson County to install street signs and traffic control devices in Innsbrooke subdivision. The county still owns the roads, but the city will own and maintain the traffic control items. At any time, the city can propose installing additional items, and the county can ask for the removal of items. The agreement can be terminated by either the city or the county with a 60-day notice.

If the program proves successful in controlling traffic in the neighborhood, it may be expanded to other areas where speeding has become a problem.

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Pinson man wanted by law enforcement Sun, 07 Feb 2016 22:42:28 +0000 From Trussville Tribune staff reports

PINSON –Christopher Randall White, 28, is wanted for allegedly receiving stolen property in Jefferson County.

Christopher Randall White Photo via Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama

Christopher Randall White
Photo via Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama

White is described as a white male, 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighing 250 lbs. with brown hair and brown eyes. His last known address is the 3200 block of Comer Trail in Pinson.

If you know where this suspect might be, please call Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.

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