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Fairfield city officials have so far refused to release the date of former Birmingham Mayor Bernard Kincaid's scheduled appearance in municipal court.


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Former Birmingham Mayor Bernard Kincaid.


Fairfield city officials have so far refused to release the date
of Bernard Kincaid’s upcoming appearance in municipal court.

The former Birmingham mayor is charged with harassment stemming from an incident
at a football game at Miles College stadium Nov. 3. A Birmingham woman says he
grabbed her wrist and refused to let go during an altercation over an
admissions ticket before the game.

In December, municipal court officials told the News that
Kincaid’s court date was set for January but have since provided little
information.

Fairfield Magistrate Velma Pickett today referred any
questions regarding Kincaid to Judge Lonnie A. Washington
Sr., who is to hear the case, or Fairfield Mayor Kenneth Coachman.

Pickett also cited “privacy concerns” in refusing to release information about the hearing. “There’s a right for the victim to be protected,” she said. “She might not want people to know she was involved in this.”

Pickett would only say that Kincaid was not scheduled to
appear at municipal court when it met today at 4 p.m.

“(Kincaid’s) not scheduled for today,” she said. “I can’t
confirm a date, but he’s not on the docket.”

Pickett also declined to state whether Kincaid has filed a plea in the case.

Washington, when asked if he could provide the hearing date,
refused to comment. “I don’t think it’s appropriate for me to comment on a
pending case,” he said today.

A phone message left for Mayor Coachman at his office was
not immediately returned.

Coachman has not responded to earlier phone messages or
emails asking for information regarding Kincaid’s hearing date.

Washington, who normally serves the communities of Brighton
and Lipscomb, confirmed last week that he was chosen recently by Coachman’s office to hear Kincaid’s case.

Washington replaces Fairfield Municipal Court Judge Debra
Winston, who recused herself from the case due to a previous professional
relationship with Kincaid.

Winston said that she worked with the former mayor at UAB
from 1975 to 1980.  ”I didn’t want
to impose on any impartiality,” Winston said Jan. 8.

Fairfield city and police officials have also refused to
release the police report regarding the incident with Kincaid in November, in
spite of legal precedent that such documents are public record.

The News obtained a copy of the police report in December. Both Kincaid and the woman have declined further comment on
the incident at Miles.

Kincaid served as Birmingham mayor for two terms from 1999
to 2007. He remains a member of Birmingham’s Park and Recreation Board.

The Birmingham City Council appointed Kincaid to the board
in June 2011 for a term running through October 2014.   

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Hoover Parent Teacher Council honors art, poetry, essay contest winners (updated w/ video)

The winners were recognized at the 2013 Hoover City Leaders Breakfast at Discovery United Methodist Church.

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Corinne Crawford, a fourth-grader at Gwin Elementary School in Hoover, Ala., won the Hoover Fire Department’s 2013 fire prevention poster contest. (Jon Anderson/ [email protected])



 

HOOVER, Alabama – The Hoover Parent Teacher Council and city police and fire departments this morning honored winners of recent art, essay and poetry contests at the Hoover City Leaders Breakfast.

Corinne Crawford, a fourth-grader at Gwin Elementary School, was named the winner of the Hoover Fire Department’s annual fire prevention poster contest. Corrine’s artwork was chosen from among 281 posters from students in seven of Hoover’s 10 public elementary schools, said fire Lt. Ricky Linn. The competition was open to students in grades 3-5.

Corinne’s poster encouraged people to plan two ways out of buildings in case of a fire. The Hoover chapter of the International Association of Firefighters presented her with a $100 savings bond, and the Fire Department gave her a large trophy at this morning’s breakfast, which was held at Discovery United Methodist Church.

Makenna Kuhn of Riverchase Elementary won the essay contest. Fifth-graders in Hoover schools were asked to write essays about police officers. Makenna’s essay described three qualities that police officers must have (bravery, honesty and patience) and talked about how police officers not only keep people safe, but also serve as counselors and teachers.

 

Second place went to Abigail Ford of Gwin Elementary, while third place went to Caroline Locker of Bluff Park Elementary.

Hoover third-graders were invited to write poems about firefighters. Ruben Morris of Shades Mountain Elementary won the poetry contest, while Catherine Stark of Riverchase Elementary won second place, and Abby Pate of Gwin Elementary came in third.

The Hoover City Leaders Breakfast was attended by Mayor Gary Ivey, members of the Hoover City Council and Board of Education, schools Superintendent Andy Craig, numerous members of the Hoover police and fire departments, other city department heads, a few state legislators, school principals and other city leaders.

Hoover police Chief Nick Derzis was the keynote speaker and talked about how, despite recent high-profile acts of violence in schools, school violence actually has been on the decline.

Entertainment for the breakfast was provided by the Hoover and Spain Park high school choirs.

To see more photos from the breakfast, go to the Hoover City Schools website.

To see more news from Hoover, go to www.al.com/hoover

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