Alabama State University President Gwendolyn E. Boyd is calling on all ASU alumni and supporters to join in the University's new giving campaign "30 Days of ASU." Donations of $100 or more are being accepted now by ASU's office of development. Each contributor will be acknowledged and listed on the ASU website as a donor to the campaign. If interested in making a contribution, click here and you'll be redirected to the secure page or contact the office of development at 334-229-4431.
Officials with the Montgomery Police Department say crimes of opportunity are more prevalent during the summer months than any other time of the year. 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. MPD Corporal David Hicks says Montgomery residents can relax during their summer getaway with the help of the Montgomery Police Department.
A man was shot to death Tuesday afternoon in Montgomery. It happened at the corner of South Jackson and Tuscaloosa Streets in the Patterson Court neighborhood. Police on the scene had few details, but are asking for the public's help. 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.
State School Superintendent Tommy Bice said the Selma City School System is showing signs of improvement. 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. Dr. Bice said February the school system has undergone some major changes for the better. Dr. Bice believes a new Selma City Schools superintendent could be named in early 2015.
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. 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. Prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed to the deal after an assessment found Sims suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. Sims had been charged with kidnapping after the February 2013 incident at Chelsea Middle School in Shelby County. The girls were held in a locker
Alabama state troopers have reported 10 traffic fatalities during the Fourth of July weekend. 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.
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. 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. The two weren't wearing helmets. Troopers say the crash remains under investigation.
The Alabama Department of Revenue is steadily working to expedite as many tax refunds as possible before the July 15th deadline. At that point, the state has to pay interest on any timely-filed refund claims not already issued. Public Information Specialist for the Department Carolyn Blackstock says they are closing in on handling a million returns. 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. Taxpayers can check the progress of their refund by going to the state revenue department w
Montgomery Police say a second male is facing criminal charges in connection with a homicide that occurred last week on Highland Avenue. Sgt. Denise Barnes, a police spokeswoman, said Detectives are withholding the 13-year-old suspect's name for the time being. Police have already charged Frederick Simmons with capital murder for the fatal shooting of 27-year-old Nathan Dasher. The victim was slain in the 2500 block of Highland Avenue.