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Lawmakers in Alabama have passed a bill that would require the chemical castration of people convicted of a sex crime against a child under the age of 13, according to WIAT.

If Gov. Kay Ivey signs the bill, it would require offenders aged 21 and older to be chemically castrated before leaving prison.

The bill, known as HB 379, was introduced by Republican State Rep Steve Hurst of Calhoun County, which is in the northeast part of the state.

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Toney Ray Johnson is accused of trying to eat a bag of meth before being tased during a police chase in Marshall County this week, authorities said.

Johnson is currently jailed on charges of methamphetamine possession, tampering with evidence, resisting arrest, attempting to elude and possession of drug paraphernalia, records show. The 48-year-old is from Hazel Green in Madison County.

The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office said a deputy saw Johnson standing in the middle of White Elephant Road Monday afternoon and approached him, because he appeared to be having trouble starting the motorcycle. As the deputy approached, authorities said Johnson jumped on the motorcycle and sped away.

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A former Madison County teacher was arrested this afternoon on charges of having sex with a student.

Lyndsey Sherrod Bates is charged with a felony count of engaging in a sex act with a student younger than 19, records show. Bates is also charged with the following misdemeanors: three counts of distributing obscene material to a student and one count of having sexual contact with a student, according to Madison County jail records. Bail is set at $32,000.

A fight for crab legs at an Alabama buffet turned into a wild brawl where hungry diners jousted with tongs and smashed plates — and ended with two of the crabby customers in cuffs. Tensions at the Meteor Buffet restaurant in Huntsville boiled over Friday when the customers waited in line for at least 10 minutes for the crab legs to hit the smorgasbord — then all scuttled to serve themselves.