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Top Stories for July 23, 2014

Mosley wins by five

By Dee Ann Campbell
Sun-Advocate Publisher

BUTLER – Mack Mosley was officially declared the winner by only five votes in Choctaw County’s District 4 commissioner’s race after provisional ballots for the July 15th Democratic runoff election were opened on Monday afternoon.

Mosley had held a slim six-vote lead over Marlon Lucus when local boxes were counted last Tuesday evening, but with a total of 15 provisional ballots yet to be considered, the lead was tentative.

After all provisional ballots were opened, only three of those ballots were deemed allowable, including one from Butler, one from Chappell Hill, and one absentee ballot.

Mosley ended the race with a total of 605, topping Lucus at 600 votes.


Student charged with 3rd degree arson for CCHS fire

By Dee Ann Campbell
Sun-Advocate Publisher

BUTLER – A student at Choctaw County High School has reportedly been charged with 3rd degree arson as the result of investigations by the state fire marshal into the May 22nd locker room fire at Choctaw County High School.

Fire Marshal Roderick Reed told the Sun - Advocate last week that investigations into the cause of the fire had been
completed, leading to the arson charges. Reed said that another student, who had also been the subject of the investigation, will not be charged.

The student, who is being treated as a juvenile offender, allegedly set papers on fire in a boys’ locker room in the back of the gymnasium.

The fire caused no damage to the building.

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This white Chevy Impala was transported from Bellamy to Butler by authorities last Tuesday evening as part of the investigation into the shooting. INSET PHOTO pictures one of the bullet holes that were evident on the side of the car. (Photos by Dee Ann Campbell)

Two charged in shooting deaths

By Ashley B. Downing
Sun-Advocate Editor

BUTLER -- Two Bellamy men, Rickey James Woodard, age 35, and Gemayel Jocoby Culbert, age 31, have been arrested and charged with capital murder for the July 5th shooting of two Choctaw County men.

Sherman Gillum, Jr., age 22, of Silas and Roderius Williams, age 20, of Toxey, were allegedly shot by the men at a birthday celebration held at a recreation building in Ward, Alabama. Investigators with the Alabama
Bureau of Investigation said in altercation began inside the building then moved outside where two groups of men first shot in the air, before shooting at each other.

Twenty-five shell casings were recovered from the scene by ABI investigators.

The first call into 911 regarding the shoot-out was made at 2:05 a.m.

Witnesses at the birthday party said several people were shooting guns. In the chaos, Gillum, a bystander, was shot in the back fleeing and Williams was shot in the chest.

Gillum was transported to the hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival.

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