Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Body Found on Race Street

Emergency vehicles on the sceneA submerged body was pulled from standing water in the drainage ditch on the west side of Race Street today. According to local residents, utility workers were in the area before the body was found. Shortly after noon, emergency vehicles arrived at the ditch between Chappelle's Furniture and AL Highway 14.

Where the body was pulled from the ditchThe body was removed from the water around 4pm. Captain Duke of the Selma Fire Department was in charge of the unit that removed the body.

Those on the scene reported that the body had been submerged in the ditch for an indeterminate length of time. Cpt. Duke wouldn't comment on the timeframe or cause of the unknown person's death, though some at the scene said the body had most likely been there for quite some time.

UPDATE 11-14-08: The body has been identified as that of Orlando Woods, 29, of Marion, AL. Woods was released from the Dallas County Jail on October 6th. It was the last time he was seen alive.

According to police, Woods suffered blunt force trauma. His death has been classified as a suspected homicide by the Selma Police Department.

Upchurch Questionable for Mississippi St.

A mysterious neck spasm before the LSU game has standout Alabama running back, Roy Upchurch, sidelined. Upchurch complained of neck pain before the game, prompting Alabama trainers to advise that he sit the game out.

Another Alabama player, noseguard Terrence Cody, returned to action in the game Saturday. He reports that he is "85 to 90%" and believes he could have played against Arkansas St. the previous weekend.

FED Keeps Bailout Beneficiaries Secret

Bloomberg reports that the FED is refusing to identify the recipients of the $2 trillion bailout package. According to the report, FED Chair Ben Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson both swore to disclose with full transparency every transaction to occur with the money. Neither have complied.


Veteran's Day Celebration

A Veteran's Day service will be held at Memorial Stadium today at 11AM. The service is expected to be about 45 minutes. The Stadium will open at 10AM.