Jasper, AL

Westfork Apartments listed in federal suit

October 01, 2015
On Sept. 30, the Justice Department filed a lawsuit against owners and developers of apartment complexes for failing to make facilities accessible to the disabled, with one of the complexes in question located in Jasper.
     The lawsuit filed against Alabama-based developers Allan Rappuhn, Gateway Construction Corporation, Gateway Development Corporation and affiliated companies states that 71 apartment complexes in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee fail to meet Fair Housing Act (FHA) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements for accessible housing for the disabled.
     “Those who design and build multifamily housing complexes are required by federal laws that have been on the books for over two decades to provide accessible features for persons with disabilities,” Vanita Gupta, the principal deputy assistant attorney general and head of the Civil Rights Division, said in a press release from the Department of Justice. “Unlawful barriers deny Americans with disabilities the basic right to equal housing opportunities.”

Couple: Race motivated arson that destroyed home

July 27, 1998
Larry Flemming just wanted what most other husbands and fathers want: a nice home in a nice neighborhood. A place his two sons can grow up calling home. Nothing more, nothing less.
     Flemming's dream was shattered early Thursday morning when his
home of just over a month went up in flames. It was completely destroyed, along with most of the family's furniture and clothing.
     Firefighters ruled the fire an arson. Flemming, who is black, believes it was racially motivated. 
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