Mosley wins by five
By Dee Ann Campbell
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
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.
In this weeks issue...
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
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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