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Rainfall totals up 2 inches with locally higher amounts can be expected. t Agents with the StateRobert Larry Davis, County Jail on a previ- the hospi,al, agents Bureau of Investigation 67, was charged with ous arrest on the same transported Davis to (SBI) Special VictimsPossession of Child Por- charges: had first aid the Covington County Unit (SVU)• arrested nography after agentsadministered by agents Jail where he is being an Andalusia man lastconducted a search war- after a self-inflicted held with aS100,000 Wedneday after receiv- rant at his residence on stab wound. Agents bond. ing an investigative Antioch Road. transported him to a Nothing further is lead from the,National Davis, who was cur- local hospital for treat- available as the investi- Center for Missing and rently out on bond ment of his injuries,gation is ongoing. Exploited Children. fro'm the Covington Uponhis release from Robert Ryan Rob- ment (FPD) for alleg-and transported to the der investigation by the erts, age 19, was ar-edly sexually abusing a Covington County Jail. Florala Police Depart- rested last week by the 4-year-old child. The case is still un-ment. Florala Police Depart- Robert was arrested Blue Cross and Blue throughout the country, ify the victim's personal remain vigilant, protect Shield of Alabama is These scammers repre-information, their personal informa- making their custom- sent themselves as Blue It is important to tion, and guard against era and Alabamians Cross and Blue Shieldknow that Blue Cross providing personal in- aware of a current tele- employees. The perpe-will not make outgoing formation during calls phone spoofing scam trator may use various Calls to verify or update that claim to be from targeting individualstactics to obtain or ver- your personal informa- Blue Cross. . I tion. Individuals should Blue Cross and Blue , The Florala News l[ll]! !!l![li[! [[IU ! ! I[.u not answer calls fromShield of Alabama has 1155 Fifth Street 1-518-381-2264. The insured Alabamians for Florala. AL 36442 . . public is encouraged to over 80 years. by Pamela Morton Since our• inception, Mothers Against Drunk Driving has had a special bond with law enforcement. For good reason: We both have as our core mission protecting the public and saving lives. As our name indicates, MADD's focus is prevent- ing drunk driving and saving families from the pain, heartache and grief from driving-under- the-influence crashes. We work directly with state troopers, sheriffs and police departments to assist victims and their families, to discour- age drinking and driving, and encourage re- sponsible public policies that reduce the occur- + rences of DUI crashes. MADD Alabama also has developed a ape- ;i cial bond with the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage ;J Control Board and its "Under Age, Under Ar- rest" initiative. For the past four years, MADD mothers and other volunteers who have lost loved ones to drunk driving have trave!,ed the ii state with the UnderAge, Under Arrest team to share with students the dangers of under- 1 age and binge drinking ancl the terrible toll ! they take on families. There is another partner we count as key !I in the fight against drunk driving. That is our i! court system, including the local prosecutors who work hard to bring justice to victims of i drunk driving. ',:', As you know, Alabama faces very serious , challenges with its General Fund. Across the state, district attorneys and their staffs - the i people whose job is to prosecute and hold ac- countable those who drink and drive - are find- ing it more difficult• to do their work because ! they simply do not have sufficient funding. That is why I, on behalf of Mothers Against +:! Drunk Driving Alabama, support badly:need- ed additional funding, particularly for our dis- trict attorneys and courts, to more adequately !i protect the public. Currently, the state is con- sidering a modest five-cent increase in alcohol revenues, all-of which would be earmarked to protect the public. A's victims services coordinator for MADD 7 Alabama, I work regularly with district attor- i: neys and judges. Our involvement in a drunk- i! driving case begins immediately after a crash. [i We meet with victims and their families - we call them "victim's survivors" - to comfort and i! support them as they go through what often is a difficult, emotionally draining legal process. We are with them at trial, at sentencing and at parole 4aearings. Perhaps one of the lesser-known roles MADD volunteers play is speaking directly to drunk-driving offenders, hopefully•before their actions claim lives. Working with judges and !! prosecutors, MADD victim survivors speak at victims impact panels for which DUI offenders :: are required by courts to attend. ! + They tell their stories: like that of a star col, i! lege basketball player whose life was cut short by an intoxicated driver traveling on the wrong ri side of the road; a wife who lost her husband and nearly her life and the life of her son when i a speeding drunk driver crashed into their ve- i: hicle; and a mother who wakes up every day i crying for, the son she see will never see again. These victim's survivors" live with pain ev- ery day. They volunteer to help prevent other il I parents, spouses, brothers and sisters, grand- ; parents, uncles and aunts from having to expe- rience the same pain. i Their work is difficult. So, too, is the work of our prosecutors. Many struggle to meet I: payroll. Others don't have the money needed • to pay for experts or for witnesses to travel to I ensure that justice is served.I Alcohol isn't just a problem on our roads. It [ plays a major role in many other crimes, t For example, alcohol is a factor in 40 percent of all violent crimes, according to the U.S. De- partment of Justice. In fact, 37 percent of.the nearly 2 million convicted offenders in prison today report they were drinking at the time of their arrest. The reality is alcohol is more associated with violent crimes - murder, rape assault, child and spousal abuse, etc. - than any illegal drug. That's why the measure to raise ad tional funds for our district attorneys and the court system through liquor revenue is so critical. Already, two counties benefit from similar see MADD page 5 ( I i