Montgomery, Alabama – It's costing more to fill up gas tanks in Alabama. AAA Alabama's recent survey finds the state wide average for regular gasoline is five cents higher than it was a month ago. AAA Alabama shows the average statewide price for regular gasoline is $1.79 per gallon while the national average is $1.91.
AAA's daily fuel gauge report finds mid-grade averages $1.91 while premium costs $1.97 a gallon.
Decatur, Alabama – DECATUR, Ala. (AP) - State Rep. Sue Schmitz told jurors in her fraud trial Thursday that she took a job in the two-year college system to stay in the teachers' retirement system. A Democrat from Toney, Schmitz is accused of using her influence as a legislator to get the job in a program that mentors troubled teenagers and then rarely showing up for work as she collected $177,000 over three years. She told the federal court jury in Decatur that she mentioned
Andalusia, Alabama – ANDALUSIA, Ala. (AP) - A Georgia man escaped injury when he was forced to land his single-engine plane in a cotton field in southeast Alabama. Covington County, Ala., authorities said a plane piloted by 26-year-old Jonathan Lord of Columbus lost power and went down in the Babbie community. It happened Thursday afternoon. Lord suffered minor injuries. The plane's landing gear was sheared off, but was otherwise intact.
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Birmingham, Alabama – BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Survey crews from the National Weather Service have confirmed tornado damage in Randolph County near the Georgia line. The twister touched down Wednesday night. It was classified as an E-F-1 with estimated peak winds of 90 miles-per-hour. Forecasters said the tornado's path was concentrated along Randolph County Road 296. Meteorologists also determined it was straight line winds that left scattered damage in Dallas, Perry, Sumter, Greene and Hale counties.
Birmingham, Alabama – BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A fired Birmingham police officer is facing sex-related charges. 44-year-old Steve Drummer, a 9-year police veteran, was arrested Thursday night and charged with sodomy and sexual abuse. Police the charges stem from a complaint filed by a 20-year-old woman who said she was sexually assaulted Sunday night. No other details regarding the case was made public. Drummer was placed in the Jefferson County Jail on $70,000 bond. Its unclear if he has retained an attorney.
Montgomery, Alabama – Alabama Congressman Artur Davis, speaking with WVAS news during his visit to Montgomery,says that he voted in favor of the plan because it will do such things as help extend benefits to those who are unemployed, generate new jobs, and help Alabama's ailing general fund and education fund budget.
Montgomery, Alabama – Former Prattville Police officer Christopher Duane Eldridge is out on bond after being arrested on drug charges.
Montgomery Police say they chased Eldridge along Interstate 85, with Eldridge driving the wrong way, before police officers captured him Wednesday evening. Montgomery Police allege Eldredge possessed crack cocaine at the time of his arrest, and officers had to use a Taser on Eldridge during the arrest.
Eldridge is charged with criminal mischief and reckless endangerment.
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