Guilty verdict and Gulf State Fair: In a significant development, a St. Clair County jury has delivered a guilty verdict and recommended the death penalty for the individual responsible for the ambush that claimed the life of Moody Police Sgt. Stephen Williams on June 2, 2020. The assailant, Tapero Carleone Johnson, used four guns to unleash 43 rounds through a wall and door, targeting Sgt. Williams, who was later posthumously promoted to lieutenant.
The sentencing for Johnson is set for November 15, marking a pivotal moment in the pursuit of justice for the fallen officer. A second suspect, Marquisha Tyson, is scheduled for a trial in March.
Fall Cool Down and Halloween Weather Update
As Alabamians prepare for Halloween, a refreshing fall cooldown is on the horizon. Tuesday and Wednesday evenings are expected to be the coolest, with temperatures dropping to the high 20s/low 30s in the northern part of the state and high 30s/low 40s in Lower Alabama.
While a slight chance of showers lingers in the northern half of the state today, the real cooldown is anticipated to reach Coastal Alabama in the evening or overnight. Residents are reminded to take responsible measures, including bringing in plants, pets, and ensuring the safety of children during these cooler nights.
Greater Gulf State Fair Highlights
The Greater Gulf State Fair has opened its doors, promising entertainment for over 100,000 visitors at The Grounds in west Mobile. Here are key details for fairgoers, as shared by AL.com’s Lawrence Specker:
– Operating hours vary, with 4-10 p.m. on today, Wednesday, and Thursday; 4-midnight on Tuesday and Friday; 11 a.m.-midnight on Saturday; and noon-10 p.m. on Sunday.
– Strict policies are in place, prohibiting weapons and implementing a clear-bag policy. Pets are not allowed, except for service animals as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
– Designated areas for smoking and vaping are established, and fairgoers are urged to dispose of spit cups properly.
– After 7 p.m., individuals under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for entry.
– Live-music enthusiasts can enjoy performances on the iHeart Media stage.
– A highlight not to be missed is the corn-dog-eating contest at 5 p.m. on Friday, easily located by following someone in an LSU shirt.
As the fair captivates the community, it’s a time to embrace the festive spirit and make the most of the diverse attractions.