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Parker trial delayed, Pilots N Paws program

Two south Alabama men have been given 10-year sentences for filing fraudulent liens against Coffee County public officials.

Aabama Attorney General Luther Strange said in a statement Thursday that 70-year-old William Peter Witwicki and 64-year-old Travis Lambert were sentenced for filing false documents and are scheduled to appear at a probation hearing July 30.

Strange says the two filed fraudulent liens against two circuit judges, a sheriff and a circuit clerk. Strange says the pair demanded that the county officials pay Witwicki $89.2 million in silver coins.

A former Madison police officer will wait a little while longer before standing trial for alleged civil rights violations. APR’s Alex AuBuchon has more on why Eric Parker’s trial date is being pushed back.

A federal judge recently postponed the trial of former Madison police officer Eric Parker from June 15 to September 1. The officer allegedly injured a grandfather from India in February, sparking international news coverage. Parker stands accused of civil rights violations.

His defense attorney requested the trial be pushed back because a crucial witness with the Madison Police Department would be out of state and unavailable until September.

Sureshbhai Patel had traveled from India to Alabama to visit family. While walking around a suburban neighborhood, he was stopped by two officers who had difficulty communicating with the man due to the language barrier. Police video clearly shows Parker slamming the man into the ground.

The Madison police department quickly fired Parker. He also faces a state charge of third degree assault.

Pets stranded in overcrowded shelters in Alabama could have new homes soon. 

The Pilots N Paws program will be in Greenville tomorrow to fly more than one hundred dogs, cats and other animals to new homes out of State. Volunteer pilots will transfer these animals to rescue groups in South Florida and help them find adoptive homes.

Debi Boies* is founder of Pilots ‘N’ Paws. She says anyone can help by just volunteering or making donations…  

“We’re trying to raise a generation of pet responsible owners; and the education process is very important, and also to let people know the public benefit of flying is out there. Some of these kids might want to be pilots and give back when they become adults.”

The American Humane Society helps out by donating vaccinations for these unwanted animal.

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