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  • Have you ever watched an episode of “America’s Dumbest Criminals” and wondered, “Where do they find these people?” Well, apparently, we are not too far removed. Tuesday night, the West Alabama Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant on a drug house at Mill Creek Lane. That’s right, directly across the street from the Tuscaloosa Police Department. 24-year-old Bridgette Ann Barnette was charged with distribution and possession of marijuana as well as one count of drug paraphernalia. She was placed in the Tuscaloosa County Jail on an $81,000 bond.


  • How well do you know your property manager? If something seems a bit sketchy, you might want to have them checked out. According to Tuscaloosa police, 33-year-old Jodi Lynn Parden has been arrested and charged with 19 counts of Burglary 3rd Degree following an investigation of multiple burglary cases at condominiums in the 2300 Block of Veteran’s Memorial Pkwy where there were no signs of forced entry. After interviewing Parden, a property manager, probable cause was found to arrest her. She was placed in the Tuscaloosa County Jail on a $19,000 bond, and additional charges are pending.


  • Unfortunately, there’s similar corruption in law enforcement. Former Fort Deposit police officer Carlos Tyson Bennet has been sentenced to more than three years in prison upon conviction of stealing from motorists on Interstate 65 in south Alabama.


  • In state news, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, some Walgreens pharmacists refused to sell men emergency contraception last year, and according to advocacy groups, the company won’t allow individual pharmacists’ personal religious beliefs to prevent customers from filling birth control prescriptions.


  • In other news, Senator John Kerry will appear before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today and isn’t expected to encounter any problems on his way to becoming secretary of state.


  • Some Northeast residents affected by Superstorm Sandy still haven’t had their utilities restored and are now dealing with freezing temperatures.

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