Michael Barnes

Michael Barnes

Detectives with the Albertville Police Department have charged a young man with murder following a shooting death about 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning on Taylor Street in that city. 

Albertville Police Chief Jamie Smith said the shooting stemmed from an altercation between two men that were at the residence. As a result of the shooting, Clint Oneal Bailey, 22, of McVille Road, Albertville died of a gunshot wound.

A "person of interest" was taking into custody nearly immediately. Smith later announced that Michael Boraski Barnes, 22, of Temple Crossing, Arab, had been charged with murder. He was to be transferred from the Albertville City Jail to the Marshall County Jail. His bond was to be set at $100,000. 

"At this time the motive for the shooting is still not clear as detectives are still investigating and attempting to locate and interview potential witnesses to the incident," the chief said. 

The body has been turned over to the Marshall County Coroner’s Office and an autopsy will be performed by the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences. 

More information will be released as the investigation unfolds, Smith said. 

Electrical Short

A fire in some apartments in downtown Arab a week or so back was due to an electrical short, according to investigators.

The Arab Fire Department said the Main Street fire was accidental and started with an electrical short in the HVAC system for the businesses below the apartments, according to WAFF 48. 

The same area had a natural gas pipe inside the wall, which added fuel to the fire. The gas pipe failure was a result of electrical arcing from the energized electrical wire coming in contact with the metal pipe.

No one was hurt in the fire.

The call to Marshall County 911 was made by a resident who went door to door to alert other residents. Firefighters say that helped allow everyone to escape unharmed.

Boaz Backpack Blessings 

Clear Creek Golf Course in Boaz will host a golf tournament to help raise money for Boaz Backpack Blessings.

The tournament will be Saturday, Sept 14, beginning at 9 a.m.

It is a four man scramble tournament — $160 per team. Mulligans and red tee starts will be available for purchase.

A portion of the proceeds will go to Boaz Backpack Blessings.

Participants can sign up the morning of the tournament. The course is located at 1715 Alabama Highway 205 in Boaz.

More than 12 million children across the U.S. live in “food insecure” homes, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which means children within some families get smaller portions than they need, or parents aren’t able to afford nutritious foods. It doesn’t always mean there is nothing to eat.

Boaz Backpack Blessings is a non-profit organization that aims to provide weekend meals for the children who don’t always have enough to eat.

Boaz Church of God recently adopted Boaz Backpack Blessings as one of the church’s ministries. Boaz Backpack Blessings co-coordinator Jamie Bliss said it would be a tremendous help for the organization.

“This is an answered prayer for the program,” Bliss said. “This will allow better control on how the money is spent — we can keep everything local, and we know that every penny donated is spent on what is needed. We can also now accept food donations, where we couldn’t in the past. Pastor Chris Bartlett and the rest of Boaz Church of God have been amazing to work with so far.”

Contact Bliss for more information at jamiekbliss@yahoo.com.

Chamber Tourney

The Albertville Chamber of Commerce will host its 7th annual golf on Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Big Spring Lake Golf Club in Albertville. The four-person team tournament will begin with registration at 10 a.m., lunch at 11 a.m. and a shotgun start at 11:30 a.m.

  • Entry fee is $400 per team.
  • Tee blasters are $10, limit one per player.
  • Mulligans are $10, limit two per player.
  • Hole sponsorships are $100 each.
  • First place gets $400.
  • Best of the Bottom (the top team in the bottom half of the results) gets $200.

There will be a hole-in-one grand prize, and other prizes for the longest drive, closest to the pin and the last place team. There will also be prize drawings for all players.

“Our golf tournament is our largest fundraiser for the year and supports so many of our programs,” Albertville Chamber of Commerce President Stan Witherow said. “As a non-profit organization, we depend on fundraising to help us operate. We look forward to having 24 teams again this year and have a great time at Big Spring Lake Golf Club. We are taking team registrations now, so don’t wait, sign up today! We will have lunch provided, goody bags for each player and wonderful door prizes to be awarded.”

For more information or to register, visit the Chamber’s office at 316 Sand Mountain Dr., log onto albertvillechamberofcommerce.com or call 256-878-3821.

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