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Falkville employee Sawyer resigns

FALKVILLE — Falkville Mayor Jimmie Walker said Thursday that on Jan. 22 he suspended Utility Field Manager Eric Sawyer without pay. Sawyer said he will resign the position effective March 1.

Walker said the suspension had nothing to do with an incident at a Halloween haunted house the Falkville Volunteer Fire Department sponsored during the last two weeks of for. He said he could not comment further. He said the town doesn’t release employee work records.

The haunted house incident in the early morning hours of Oct. 30 led to a woman accusing Sawyer, who is fire chief, with choking her. He is to appear in Falkville Municipal Court on Monday at 5 p.m.

- Ronnie Thomas

Sen. Jeff Sessions backs Senate bill

Saying the wages of lower- and middle-class Americans have fallen behind, Sen. Jeff Sessions praised the Senate’s passage Thursday of the minimum wage bill.

The bill increases the minimum wage by $2.10 to $7.25 an hour.

“While this is one step that will help, it alone is not enough to close the gap,” said Sessions, R-Mobile.

He said illegal immigrants have a negative impact on American workers’ salaries.

“I was pleased the Senate unanimously adopted my amendment that would prevent companies caught hiring illegal aliens from receiving future contracts,” Sessions said.

- Holly Hollman

Man pleads guilty to sex abuse

A Danville man will spend six months in the Morgan County Jail after pleading guilty to sexually abusing an 8-year-old.

Robin Floyd Bell, 52, of 56 Bullard Road pleaded guilty to first-degree sex abuse Monday in Circuit Court.

Circuit Judge Steve Haddock gave him a 10-year split sentence, but suspended all but six months of it. Bell will be on probation for five years, according to court records. He will have to register as a sex offender. He is in the Morgan County Jail.

- Sheryl Marsh

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