January 8,2009 – A west Alabama family is morning the loss of a woman and her infant son. The two were killed Tuesday when flood waters swept away their vehicle in the town of Reform in Pickens County.
Investigators say -27- year old Chrystal Vaughn and her 18 month old son were traveling on a rural road when a culvert burst and swept her vehicle downstream.
Drenching rains on Monday and Tuesday prompted a series of flash flood warnings in several West Alabama counties.
Jan. 8,2009 – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - State officials say traffic fatalities on Alabama's rural roads dropped to their lowest level in 23 years in 2008 due to stricter enforcement, new safety features on roads and less driving by motorists due to soaring gas prices. Gov. Riley says state troopers recorded 633 fatal accidents on rural roads in 2008. That's down 17 percent from last year.
Decatur, AL – DECATUR, Ala. (AP) - An affidavit says Decatur police Sgt. Faron White is accused of taking about $70,000 from a safe containing confiscated drug money before he flew off to Las Vegas after trying to fake his own abduction. The affidavit was filed Tuesday by Morgan County authorities in support of the arrest warrant for Sarah Elizabeth Richardson. She is accused of helping White stage his disappearance. The affidavit given by Decatur Sgt. Richard Archer says Richardson was aware that White had stolen about $70,000 and on
Decatur, Alabama – In north Alabama, Morgan County Sheriff Greg Barlett is in the county lockup for failing to adequately feed inmates.
Federal Judge U.W. Clemon ordered Bartlett's arrest after the sheriff testified Wednesday that he legally kept about 212 thousand dollars over the past three years with surplus meal money for inmates, but the sheriff testified the inmates were properly fed.
January 8,2009 – BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A federal judge has ordered the release of an Alabama sheriff he locked up for purposely feeding inmates skimpy meals so he could make money off the jail kitchen. U.S. District Judge U.W. Clemon issued a brief order Thursday saying Morgan County Sheriff Greg Bartlett could be freed based on promises from his lawyer, who presented the court with a plan for improving the jailhouse meals. The sheriff's whereabouts weren't immediately clear. But Clemon
Jan.7,2009 – BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The new year has arrived and that signals the start of the tax-filing season. The Internal Revenue Service Tuesday announced new steps to help financially strapped taxpayers meet their tax obligations. The agency is offering to waive late penalties, negotiate new payment plans and postpone asset seizures for delinquent taxpayers. Taxpayers can begin filing tax returns electronically on Jan. 16. To help explain the leniency program, the IRS has posted answers
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Parts of Alabama are dealing with flood waters because of heavy rainfall overnight. Flood warnings have been posted for small streams in Lawrence, DeKalb, Jackson, Madison, Limestone, Marshall, Cullman and Morgan counties. Flooding is also a concern for the Black Warrior and Tombigee rivers. Several counties report storm damage from Tuesday's severe weather. They include Calhoun, Shelby and St. Clair counties where possible funnel clouds damaged structures and snapped trees.
Plans are underway for a town hall meeting this evening in Selma. Organizers hope to receive input from residents in the Dallas County town about the most pressing issues facing them. State Senator Hank Sanders says he hopes to hear ideas on how to best use resources during these tough economic times.
Selma's town hall meeting will be held at the Dallas County Courthouse annex in the commission chambers beginning at 6 o'clock.
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A survey of 109 businesses by the Alabama Retail Association finds that 57 percent saw a decrease in sales for November and December when compared to the same two months a year ago. Retail Association spokeswoman Nancy Dennis says 27 percent reported an increase and 16 percent reported sales stayed about the same. Dennis says increases were reported by most in the grocery, electronic and alcoholic beverages categories. Most of those in the clothing category reported a decline.