Teenage Shooter Charged with Attempted Murder

Aug 15, 2014

The driver who attempted to elude state troopers Thursday on I-65 has been charged with attempted murder.  Authorities say 19-year-old Nelson Bell on West Palm Beach, Florida was also charged with shooting into an occupied vehicle, burglary, receiving stolen property and several traffic offenses.  He led police on a chase and allegedly fired shots at the trooper in pursuit before spike strips deployed by another trooper ended the incident.  There were not injuries.  Bell is being in the Elmore County jail. 

Decision Stands

The Alabama Supreme Court is standing by a decision that business sees as a defeat.  The court issued an opinion that mostly parallels its ruling last year in a generic drug case.  A divided court says the original decision isn't as broad as some are claiming.  But a majority stuck by a 2013 decision saying a brand-name drugmaker can held responsible by someone who took a generic medication made by a different company.  The Business Council of Alabama says it's disappointed.  So is Wyeth, the drug manufacturer sued by Danny and Vicki Weeks over the man's use of a generic form of the brand-name medicine Reglan.  The Weeks filed suit in federal court, and a judge asked the Supreme Court to clarify state law. 

ADEM Complaint

Owners of a west Alabama landfill say EPA officials investigating a complaint against the Alabama Department of Environmental management have not contacted them but they would cooperate fully if requested.  The Tuscaloosa News reported this week the complaint alleges the state violated the civil rights of black property owners near the Arrowhead landfill when it reissued its permit in 2011 and later allowed to expand.  Records show the Perry County landfill accepts more than 15,000 tons of waste per day, accepting garbage from 33 states across the U.S.  The landfill owner's CEO Ernest Kaufmann says the landfill has had "zero notices of violation since opening in 2007" and features multiple layers of groundwater protection.