Federal prosecutors in Montgomery say a tenth person has been sentenced for her role in a massive identity theft and tax fraud case. At a hearing Ladonna Conley of Phenix City was sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison for participating in a scheme that tole the identities of more than 1,000 individuals, including 99 soldiers stationed at Fort Benning, some of whom were serving in Afghanistan. The U.S. Attorney's office said nine other defendants are already serving federal prison terms or were placed on probation.
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is giving an open-ended call for next week's special session, saying lawmakers can address any measure that would provide revenue to the General Fund budget. Bentley said lawmakers may also consider "any other measures" to provide money to the General Fund budget or boost state infrastructure. Lawmakers have so far been unable to agree on how to handle a $200 million budget shortfall. The special session begins Tuesday.
Governor Robert Bentley says his divorce is a private matter and thanked people for their prayers in what he described as a "difficult time." The governor made his first public appearance Wednesday since First Lady Dianne Bentley filed papers last week to end their 50-year marriage. Bentley declined to comment further about the couple's split after speaking to reporters following his speech to an economic development group. Bentley says it's a "private matter that we're working through." A judge on Monday sealed the divorce file from public view.
Governor Robert Bentley is calling a special session next week to try once again to pass a state budget. The governor announced he is bringing lawmakers back to Montgomery on September 8th. The regular session and a first special session ended in a deadlock over proposed solutions to a projected general fund budget shortfall. Bentley has proposed raising $300 million in new taxes to resolve the budget rather than make cuts to state agencies.
A Montgomery police officer and his wife were arrested Sunday morning and charged with domestic violence. Dan Barrett, 23-year-old and Trudy Barrett 30-year-old, were both charged with one count each of domestic violence third-degree, a misdemeanor, according to Montgomery police. They were both transported to Montgomery City Jail. Bail amounts weren't released. Dan Barrett joined the Montgomery police force in 2014. Montgomery police have started termination proceedings against the officer.
Kris Tamulis is the winner of the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic in Prattville, her first LPGA title after 11 years on the tour. Tamulis played 29 holes Sunday in the twice-delayed tournament. She closed with a 65 to beat Yani Tseng and Austin Ernst by a stroke. The 34-year-old former Florida State player finished at 17 under 271 on the Senator course. Tamulis pockets a $195,000 first prize.
Alabama's first lady has filed for divorce from Governor Robert Bentley, saying their 50-year marriage has suffered an "irretrievable breakdown." The complaint, filed Friday, says that attempts at reconciliation are futile and that the couple has been living apart since January. A lawyer for Alabama First Lady Dianne Bentley wrote that her client says " there is such a complete incompatibility of temperament that the parties can no longer live together." The Bentleys have been married since 1965 and have four adult sons. There's been no comment from the governor's office.
A Montgomery man will serve life in prison without parole following his conviction in a capital murder case. District Attorney Daryl Bailey said a circuit jury returned a guilty verdict Thursday against 28-year-old Enrico Cornley. The DA said Cronley was convicted of killing 19-year-old Roy Buskey in November 2013 at his Virginia Downs residence. Testimony showed the victim was shot in the chest in an argument over a cell phone. Jurors rejected Cornley's claim of self-defense and that he is mentally impaired.
Members of the newly appointed Alabama Public Charter Schools Commission gathered in Montgomery for an organizational meeting Thursday. Those present were given an overview on charter school legislation and what role the panel will play in the approval process. As its first act, the commission elected former Schools Superintendent Dr. Ed Richardson as its chairman. Applications for public charter school start-ups are due by February first of 2016. All approved applicants can begin their planning for opening in school year 2017-18.