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.
State Senator Roger Bedford says he pushed for passage of the state's new expungement law because of all the stories he was told about people with criminal charges that were eventually dismissed. Individuals were unable to find jobs or get scholarships because of the arrest, even though they were ultimately not convicted. The Democrat from Russellville says eligible residents will have to follow a legal process. The law does not cover felonies in which violence was involved. It goes into effect July 7th.
Alabama's highest ranking state trooper is calling it quits. Colonel Hugh McCall has announced that he will retire as director of the Department of Public Safety. McCall is the first African-American to head the law enforcement agency where he has served for 34 years. No reason was given and Colonel McCall said his resignation will be effective immediately.
Very few details are available on the city's latest homicide. Montgomery Police are investigating after the body of a male teenager was found Sunday morning in the 4400 block of Brewbaker Drive. The victim had been fatally shot. The circumstances surrounding the incident have not been released. No arrests have been made. Police ask individuals with knowledge of this homicide to call CrimeStoppers at 215-STOP, Secret Witness at 262-4000 or the Montgomery Police Department at 625-2831.
Former Congressman and Montgomery native Artur Davis is considering a move back to the Capital city and possibly running for mayor next year. Davis has told Al.com that he has been talking to old friends about Montgomery's future and will have something specific to say in the coming weeks. Davis said local government is the one place where elected officials have a chance to get something done. Davis served eight years in Congress representing Alabama's 7th District. He lost the 2010 Democratic Primary for governor.
Emergency responders are investigating a partial building collapse in downtown Montgomery. City of Montgomery spokesman Griffith Walker says a partial collapse of the historic Webber Department Store building Thursday afternoon prompted street closures in the nearby area. Montgomery Fire Department Chief Ronnie H. Bozeman Jr. says no injuries have been reported. The building was a theater before it was repurposed into a department, it is being renovated into a mix-use retail, residential and office complex.
The movie "Selma" will be filming in Montgomery at the state Capitol today and Friday. The Alabama Film Office says some streets will be closed as filming takes place at the front of the Capitol and at the King Memorial Dexter Avenue Baptist Church near the Capitol. Wednesday, film makers re-enacted the bloody confrontation on the Edmund Pettus Bridge between civil rights marchers and state troopers in 1965.
The state Department of Public Health has confirmed the first case of a mosquito-borne virus in Alabama. Dr. Thomas Miller, Deputy Director for Medical Affairs says a Huntsville woman got chikungunya while traveling it Haiti. He says she was beyond the transmission stage when she returned to Alabama. Dr.
Montgomery Police say it was a 27-year-old man who was slain early Tuesday morning in the mid-town district. MPD said Nathan Dasher was fatally shot in the 25oo block of Highland Avenue. Officers responded to the shooting scene at about 1:15 a.m. where Dasher was pronounced dead. No arrests have been made and authorities have not disclosed the circumstances surrounding the fatal shooting. It was the 12th homicide in Montgomery this year.