Category Archives: Crime

Friday, it’s the women’s turn

10 in 30 women only logoThe mayor’s office has already announced the next 10/30 Summit dealing with crime in the city of Birmingham. This time it will be a women’s only crowd at Fair Park Arena on Leap Year Day, February 29, beginning at 6 p.m.

Mayor Langford has issued his call to African-American women in the City of Birmingham on the city’s website (it’s currently item #3 in the newsroom loop on the front of the site), saying that “the women of this city have a fearless determination and we need their help and support to change our community.”

The First 100: Mayor Langford hosts crime summit tomorrow

10/30 logoMayor Langford is inviting all African American males in Birmingham, Alabama to attend a crime summit tomorrow evening beginning at 6 p.m. at Fair Park Arena. Two inmates from the St. Clair Correctional Facility will be on hand as well as a presentation of Plan 10/30 Why Am I Dying?/Do You Care?, an effort to reach out to this particular group and “change their mindset.”

There will also be a gun buy-back conducted by the SCLC tomorrow afternoon from 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. This flier has been received by The Terminal for purposes of distribution to anyone interested in attending tomorrow evening.

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Hall of Fame Triple H fitted cap

Image of Hall of Fame Triple H fitted cap. © Hall of Fame Hats. 

If you didn’t already know, Joe Namath was one of 900 others that participated in graduation ceremony at University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa this morning. Yes, that Joe Namath… BTW, his bachelor of arts is in interdisciplinary studies.

The names of the three men being held in connection with Kayla Fanaei’s homicide were released last night.

In hoops, UAB’s men’s squad pulled off an upset as they beat Kentucky 79-76; Birmingham Southern’s women’s basketball team fell to Southern Miss, 78-50 while the men won convincing over Southeastern Bible College, 93-76.

Masada Resource Group recently signed an agreement with another company to work together to build and operate waste-to-ethanol and electricity production facilities in the Dominican Republic.

But you may want to head on over to Hall of Fame Hats in Los Angeles and pick up one of their new Triple H fitted caps, inspired by the Birmingham Black Barons‘ uniforms. (Thanks ctothejl, and The Hundreds) You can only get them from the store.

Birmingham sixth “most dangerous” city, again

It’s the second year in a row that the city has received this dubious distinction from CQ Press, a private publishing company. The results and methodology has already been questioned by the FBI and the American Society of Criminology. Here’s how it’s being reported in the city unfortunately listed as #1 – Detroit, Michigan – complete with the concerns of the folks mentioned in that last sentence.

While the organization informed media outlets that the information would be formally released on Monday morning, there are already several reports online about rankings, including one from the Birmingham News, reporting the results, causing the blogosphere and the web to be abuzz, getting traffic equal to that of the folks doing follow-ups about this year’s American Music Awards winners.

Considering it’s after midnight (on the East coast), we figured that they wouldn’t mind if we provided a link to the report for you to look over prior to The News’ report on the findings in today’s paper.

Roper appointed police chief

Mayor-elect Larry Langford gave Hoover Asst. Police Chief A.C. Roper a special birthday present Tuesday: he announced Roper as Birmingham’s new police chief at yesterday’s Jefferson County Commission meeting.

“He had his birthday today, but the real gift is to the City of Birmingham,” Langford said of Roper’s appointment.

Roper, who turned 44, is likely one of the youngest police chiefs in the city’s history. He said Langford chose him because of his youth, his energy and the military background he will bring to the police department.

Hoover Police Chief Nick Derzis – whom Langford said was never a candidate for the job – approached Roper at Langford’s request to help recruit his second in command. “I hate to lose him,” Derzis said of Roper “but I think it’s a win-win for everyone.”

Both Derzis and Langford said Roper’s appointment will mean more cooperation with Hoover and other police departments and law enforcement in the county.

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Learn to protect yourself from identity theft this week

There are two opportunities this week to take part in a course that will help protect yourself from identity theft. The Birmingham Police Department announced the courses yesterday, with both opportunities, this evening (November 6) and Thursday, November 8, taking place at the department’s police academy (401 6th Avenue South) beginning at 6:30 p.m.

“It is a goal of the department to educate the public about financial fraud so they will know how to protect themselves, particularly as the holiday season approaches,” said Chief Nunn.

Identity theft is considered the fastest growing type of crime in the nation, so those interested in attending either session should call 205.254.6356 to register. Each class will accommodate 100 people .

City’s 64th homicide in Glen Iris

Birmingham’s 64th homicide of the year has been confirmed. The story has been developing since early this morning, with most of the major news outlets following it. All of the mainstream media outlets are reporting that the 20-year old UAB student was found this morning in the parking lot adjacent to Glen Iris Elementary School shot to death. Here is the account on the Birmingham News breaking news blog.

The recent surge of crime was the focus of the current issue of Black & White (available on newsstands through the 17th). Claims that our crime numbers are down are true, but the difference between the old numbers and the current numbers can be considered disturbing. It’s also been disturbing to read what some people are saying as a result of this most recent tragedy. (UPDATE: 1:57 a.m.; comments have been removed from the post.) What are your thoughts?