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The Southern Democrat, January 1, 1986


Fast response brings arrests in incident

Quick response by local lawmen and the actions of alert citizens are responsible for the speedy arrests of three Birmingham men accused of burglarizing a local business.

According to owner Houston Phillips, someone kicked in the door of the Video Palace shortly before 10 p.m. on Dec. 23, setting off the burglar alarm at Oneonta Police Station and in his and owner Danny Phillips’s homes. Officers James Chapman and Bruce Dickie were at the store within one minute.

A passerby provided police with a description of the car, which was broadcast throughout the county. Deputies Vernon Bradley and Ronnie Trammell were on Boat Landing Road and hurried to Ala 75 when they heard the report and followed the car to Remlap. The driver fled but Bradley and Trammell chased the suspect down.

Oneonta officers Randy Underwood and Dave Odom, as well as state troopers, joined the Bradley and Trammell in the search for more than an hour. The other two suspects were arrested the next morning at 7:45 after citizens reported them walking on Red Valley Road.

Redskins ranked third in latest basketball poll

Mario Warren had 18 points while Chris Jennings had 14 points and 14 rebounds but it wasn’t enough as Oneonta (5-1) fell to Gardendale and 7’1 center Alan Ogg, 45-44.

For the night, Oneonta connected on just eight of 23 free throw attempts, and most of them were the front end of one-and-one trips.

The Rockets big Ogg led them with 18 points. Kevin Creel was the next highest scorer with eight.

Panthers beat West End by 15

The Cleveland Panthers, ranked sixth in Class 2A according to the Associated Press poll, hosted the West End Patriots Dec. 20 and, getting revenge for two of their losses, beat the ninthranked Patriots 85-70.

Chris Royal led the Panthers with 22 points and was followed by Tim Downs with 19, Gavin Gilliland, 18, and Kevin Teal, 17.

The Panthers upped their overall record to 10- 3 and took the lead in their area with a 3-1 mark.