Monday, August 8, 2011

UNA's Ben Seabrook Injured/Five Locals Arrested for Cockfighting

Friends of University of North Alabama's Ben Seabrook have been understandably worried about him since yesterday. In Ben's own words:

For everyone who wanted to hear what happened yesterday, me and drew were cooking bacon when the pan flipped over, covering my face and part of my chest in burning grease...

Ben, a former Madison Academy standout, is currently being treated at UAB's burn center, but according to sources should be able to return for fall classes.


Alice Diane Riddle of Muscle Shoals has an interesting hobby--cockfighting. The 39 year-old Colbert County woman was charged with cruelty to animals, gambling, and cockfighting in Lawrence County.

We have never understood how anyone can delight in the suffering of animals. Most who do so graduate to inflicting harm on children or the handicapped--anyone who cannot defend themselves.

Also charged in the Sunday raid were Riddle's husband Jason Dale Riddle of Tuscumbia, Tony Joseph Parker, Caleb Chester Chaney, and Samuel Jacob Parker, all of Russellville. Sources state that the five may also face possible drug charges. Let's hope it's enough to ensure they remain isolated from society until they can behave with a modicum of feeling and decency.