WVAS Local http://wvasfm.org en Crimes of Opportunity http://wvasfm.org/post/crimes-opportunity-0 <p>Officials with the Montgomery Police Department say crimes of opportunity are more prevalent during the summer months than any other time of the year.&nbsp; MPD is urging residents who are traveling this summer to consider the safety of their home as they're booking that next cruise or flight.&nbsp; MPD Corporal David Hicks says Montgomery residents can relax during their summer getaway with the help of the Montgomery Police Department.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>VA Emails</strong></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:52:27 +0000 MelanieHogan 51204 at http://wvasfm.org Fatal Shooting in Montgomery http://wvasfm.org/post/fatal-shooting-montgomery-0 <p>A man was shot to death Tuesday afternoon in Montgomery.&nbsp; It happened at the corner of South Jackson and Tuscaloosa Streets in the Patterson Court neighborhood.&nbsp; Police on the scene had few details, but are asking for the public's help.&nbsp; If you have any information on the shooting, you are asked to call the police department at 625-2831, the Secret Witness line at 262-4000 or CrimeStoppers, which is 215-STOP.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>MPS Board</strong></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:03:53 +0000 MelanieHogan 51104 at http://wvasfm.org Selma City School System Improving http://wvasfm.org/post/selma-city-school-system-improving-0 <p>State School Superintendent Tommy Bice said the Selma City School System is showing signs of improvement.&nbsp; The state board voted unanimously back in February of this year to intervene within the school system amid alarming reports of academic problems, guidelines not being followed and allegations of sexual misconduct between a teacher and a student.&nbsp; Dr. Bice said February the school system has undergone some major changes for the better.&nbsp; Dr. Bice believes a new Selma City Schools superintendent could be named in early 2015.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Bell Nomination</strong></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:48:07 +0000 MelanieHogan 51083 at http://wvasfm.org Gunman Committed to Mental Institution http://wvasfm.org/post/gunman-committed-mental-institution-0 <p>An Alabama man accused of holding five girls at gunpoint in a school locker room last year has been committed to a state mental institution by a judge.&nbsp; Al.com reports a court order issued Monday places 22-year-old Ryan Matthews Sims in the custody of the Alabama Department of Mental Health until a judge approves his release.&nbsp; Prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed to the deal after an assessment found Sims suffers from paranoid schizophrenia.&nbsp; Sims had been charged with kidnapping after the February 2013 incident at Chelsea Middle School in Shelby County.&nbsp; The girls w Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:26:37 +0000 MelanieHogan 51037 at http://wvasfm.org Holiday Traffic Fatalities http://wvasfm.org/post/holiday-traffic-fatalities-0 <p>Alabama state troopers have reported 10 traffic fatalities during the Fourth of July weekend.&nbsp; Troopers also say they investigated 237 accidents and 123 injuries on the road from the long holiday weekend that began late Thursday and ended Sunday night.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Honor Guard Ribbon</strong></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 21:46:39 +0000 MelanieHogan 51008 at http://wvasfm.org Fatal Crash in Lowndes County http://wvasfm.org/post/fatal-crash-lowndes-county-0 <p>Alabama state Troopers say a man and a teenager were killed in a motorcycle crash in Lowndes County during the long Independence Day holiday weekend.&nbsp; A statement from the State Department of Public Safety reports that 21-year-old Jeffrey Sawyer and 13-year-old Zachary Smith, both of Greenville, died Saturday night when the motorcycles they were riding collided on Goldsmith Road near Whitehall.&nbsp; The two weren't wearing helmets.&nbsp; Troopers say the crash remains under investigation.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Prattville Death</strong></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 14:16:01 +0000 MelanieHogan 50976 at http://wvasfm.org Tax Refunds http://wvasfm.org/post/tax-refunds-0 <p>The Alabama Department of Revenue is steadily working to expedite as many tax refunds as possible before the July 15th deadline.&nbsp; At that point, the state has to pay interest on any timely-filed refund claims not already issued.&nbsp; Public Information Specialist for the Department Carolyn Blackstock says they are closing in on handling a million returns.&nbsp; Blackstock says there may be a delay in some refunds being issued due to errors on the return or information on the return that has raised questions.&nbsp; Taxpayers can check the progress of their refund by going to the state Thu, 03 Jul 2014 19:31:46 +0000 MelanieHogan 50833 at http://wvasfm.org Four Possible Cases of Chikungunya http://wvasfm.org/post/four-possible-cases-chikungunya-0 <p>Alabama may have four more cases of the mosquito-borne virus Chikungunya.&nbsp; Dr. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 23:26:24 +0000 MelanieHogan 50791 at http://wvasfm.org 13 year-old faces Murder Charges http://wvasfm.org/post/13-year-old-faces-murder-charges-0 <p>Montgomery Police say a second male is facing criminal charges in connection with a homicide that occurred last week on Highland Avenue.&nbsp; Sgt. Denise Barnes, a police spokeswoman, said Detectives are withholding the 13-year-old suspect's name for the time being.&nbsp; Police have already charged Frederick Simmons with capital murder for the fatal shooting of 27-year-old Nathan Dasher.&nbsp; The victim was slain in the 2500 block of Highland Avenue.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>City Council</strong></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:12:01 +0000 MelanieHogan 50752 at http://wvasfm.org Senator Beford's Push for New Law http://wvasfm.org/post/senator-befords-push-new-law-0 <p>State Senator Roger Bedford says he pushed for passage of the state's new expungement law because&nbsp;of all the stories he was told about people with criminal charges that were eventually dismissed.&nbsp; Individuals were unable to find jobs or get scholarships because of the arrest, even though they were ultimately not convicted.&nbsp; The Democrat from Russellville says eligible residents will have to follow a legal process.&nbsp; The law does not cover felonies in which violence was involved.&nbsp; It goes into effect July 7th.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Crash Details</strong></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 22:09:28 +0000 MelanieHogan 50718 at http://wvasfm.org