Purple Paint


Posted: 09 Aug 2017 11:27 AM PDT

DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE COLOR PURPLE? Most of us are familiar with the “POSTED: NO TRESPASSING” signs that appear throughout the county. Under the former Alabama trespass law, an intruder upon rural, unfenced property was not necessarily a trespasser unless “notice against trespass is personally communicated to him by the owner of such land or another authorized person, or unless such notice is given by posting in a conspicuous manner.” BUT NOW, landowners have another option: PURPLE PAINT. The definition of “posting in a conspicuous manner” now includes painting vertical stripes of purple paint upon trees or posts along the property line. The full definition of the new posting rule is listed below:


A sign or signs posted on the property, reasonably likely to come to the attention of intruders, indicating that entry is forbidden or the placement of identifying purple paint marks on trees or posts on the property, provided that the marks satisfy all of the following:

* Are vertical lines of not less than eight inches in length and not less than one inch in width.

Our Complacency Is Killing Us

Motor Vehicle Deaths in 2016 Estimated to be Highest in Nine Years; Sharpest Two-Year Climb in 53 Years
National Safety Council offers insight into what drivers are doing and calls for immediate implementation of proven, life-saving measures

ITASCA, Ill., Feb. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — For the first time in nearly a decade, preliminary 2016 data from the National Safety Councilestimates that as many as 40,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes last year. That marks a 6 percent increase over 2015, and a 14 percent increase over 2014 – the most dramatic two-year escalation since 1964 – 53 years. The preliminary estimate means 2016 may have been the deadliest year on the nation’s roads since 2007. An estimated 4.6 million additional roadway users were seriously injuredi in 2016, and estimated cost to society was $432 billion.

Joseph Carter

MCSO is looking for a murder suspect, JOSEPH CARTER

MCSO is looking for a murder suspect, JOSEPH CARTER
Posted: 10 Nov 2016 11:00 AM PST


Today, November 10, 2016 Mobile County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by Creola Police Department to assist in the investigation of a murder.  MCSO was contacted approximately 2:19 am and responded to I-65 North just south of the General W.K. Wilson Jr. Bridge.  When MCSO Deputies arrived they found Joe Nathan Thomas with gunshot wound to the back of his head.  A female witness on the scene stated that she had been in the vehicle with Thomas and Carter earlier that evening.  She also stated that she and Thomas were outside the vehicle when she heard a gun shot and saw Thomas fall to the ground.


      After consulting with firemen, concerned citizens, and attorneys, Mayor-Elect David Baker today announced his plans and proposals for a much-improved Fire and Rescue Service to serve all of the residents now being served, but with faster response times, a more stable workforce, and newer equipment. The long-serving, much-appreciated, Semmes Volunteer Fire Department of the past exists today in name only. Only three volunteers remain. Now, professional City-paid crews man the three Semmes stations around the clock. Our Public Safety Committee will work closely with the Fire Chief and other members of the Fire Department to develop a list of urgent priorities, starting with personal safety equipment for all firemen.  I would like to bring those needs to the Council for action as soon as possible.

Coffee With A Cop

Dear Colleagues,

The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) has partnered with the Hawthorne Police Department to conduct the first national Coffee with a Cop day to be held on October 7, 2016. As many of you know, Coffee with a Cop is an innovative program started by the Hawthorne (California) Police Department (HPD) in 2011 in response to tensions between the police and the community. The HPD wanted to help break down barriers, so they came up with a simple plan: Officers invited their residents to join them for a cup of coffee and a conversation. They called it Coffee with a Cop, and it has been spreading like wildfire ever since the first cup was poured. Today more than 2,000 law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve have participated in this program.