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Acquittals, Endorcements, Strikes: September 2007

Last updated on Tuesday, January 1, 2008

(UNDATED) - September 2007 would be a month of big news in and around Bedford.

Hembree Found Not Guilty

September started off with a not-guilty verdict in the trial of James "Jay" Hembree. Hembree was on trial for the death of his 6-month-old daughter Lexi.

Two Bodies Found In Barrels

In the middle of September, 2 bodies would be found in barrels in Monroe County.

51-year-old Jerry Pelfree stands charged with murder in the deaths of Everett Shaw and Douglas Brown Jr. Shaw and Brown's bodies were found in an advanced state of decay, sealed in a pair of steel drums on Pelfree's property.

Pelfree will stand trial for murder in 2008.

Skillman Endorses Williams

Feeling the pressure from the campaign of independent mayoral candidate Shawna Girgis, Republican Jean Williams would start calling in the big guns for endorsements, including the biggest Bedfordite in politics today, Lieutenant Governor Beck Skillman.

Bedford General Motors Workers On Strike

The story that would have people in Bedford on edge for the rest of the month of September would be the nationwide General Motors strike which included in the Powertrain plant in Bedford.

More than 500 workers at GM Powertrain would join 73,000 GM workers nationwide and take to the picket lines September 24th in the first major national strike of a U.S. automaker in decades.

UAW Local 440 President Darrell Thimling would be on call 24/7 while the strike was on, waiting for word from Detroit that everyone could go back to work.

On the morning of September 26th, Thimling would be told a tentative agreement had been reached, but union members would be told to remain on the picket lines until the agreement solidified.

Later that day, that call would come, and GM workers in Bedford would get back to work starting with 2nd shift.

Stay tuned to for more of "2007, Everything You Needed To Know," and for the most local, up to date and relevant news in Bedford. The staff at 1340 AM WBIW wishes you and yours a fantastic new year.

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