Candidates for U-S Senate seat making final push

Dec 11, 2017

Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones are making their final push ahead of Tuesday's special Senate election in Alabama. Jones and Democrats are framing the election as a way for Alabama to reject its history of politicians with baggage that hampers the state. Republicans say it is about keeping a conservative hold on Alabama and not giving Democrats any opportunity to derail President Donald Trump's agenda before the 2018 midterms.

   The Montgomery Election Center staff is in overdrive getting ready for the upcoming special election. This election is distinct in that 33 of the County’s 49 precincts will have two ballots to fill out. Probate Judge Steven Reed says one election is for the U-S Senate Seat between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones, and the other is between five candidates running for a state senate seat. Reed also noted that voters will be greeted with new machines this year. Each precinct has two of the ExpressVote machines that are anticipated to read votes faster.

Police made an arrest in weekend homicide

Dec 7, 2017

   Montgomery police have made an arrest in a weekend murder. In a statement, police say 30 year old Cornelius Fain of Talladega has been charged in the shooting death of 32 year old Vantrell Flynn. The homicide took place Friday evening at the victim’s residence in the 7-thousand block of Taylor Crossing. Investigators have said the shooting stemmed from a domestic dispute. Fain has been placed in the Montgomery County Detention Facility under a 150-thousand dollar bond.

   A series of recent robberies has been solved with one arrest. Montgomery Police report that 17 year old Isaiah Byers has been charged with four counts of robbery and one count of assault. He was taken into custody November 28 for one of the incidents and was eventually linked to the other holdups. The robberies occurred on October 26, November 16 and November 22, all in the area of Moorcroft Drive. In one of the crimes, an adult male victim sustained a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

 It’s another first for the Alabama State University Mighty Marching Hornets band. The band has been invited to participate in the 2019 Tournament of Roses Parade. ASU announced the news yesterday. Band Director Dr. James Oliver says it’s another chance for the world to see the Hornets perform. In fact, more than 60 million people watch the Tournament of Roses Parade each year. The band has already begun fundraising efforts to finance the trip. It is the first time the ASU band has appeared in the parade.

Hyles Files: Two Feasts

Nov 28, 2017

Fugitive from Coosa County recaptured in Georgia

Nov 22, 2017

Authorities say a fugitive has been captured near Atlanta after escaping from the same county jail in Alabama twice within a three-week span. The Coosa County Sheriff's office says that 27-year-old Shane Anthony Vernon was taken into custody late Tuesday in DeKalb County, Georgia, just east of Atlanta. Vernon had been the focus of a nationwide manhunt. Coosa County Sheriff Terry Wilson said the inmate's most recent escape happened Sunday afternoon, when he "physically circumvented the security of the jail."

The holiday season is officially here and there's a push this year to shop locally. The Alabama Retail Association is encouraging local residents to spend their dollars here in Alabama on holiday-related items. The ARA is hosting its annual “Shop Alabama for the Holidays” tour, where representatives are traveling to Huntsville, Cullman, Dothan, Mobile, and Montgomery to encourage people to shop locally. Communication Manager for the Alabama Retail Association, Melissa Warnke, says retail is a key component of local economies.

Roy Moore's campaign goes after media and accusers

Nov 21, 2017

Alabama Republican Roy Moore's campaign is going on the offensive against the media and one of the women who accused him of sexual misconduct. Moore's campaign has issued a Monday night statement questioning the account of Beverly Nelson, who said Moore assaulted her when she was a 16-year-old waitress. The campaign is quoting two restaurant employees who did not remember Nelson or Moore eating there.

Bodies of two missing men found in Macon County

Nov 20, 2017

An Alabama sheriff says two bodies found over the weekend in a rural area are believed to be an Atlanta-based rapper and his cousin, a music promoter. Both had been missing for several days. Rapper Edward Reeves, known as Bambino Gold; and Kendrick Stokes were reported missing Nov. 7. Macon County Sheriff Andre Brunson says the bodies were found in separate locations in Macon County. Investigators say both men were homicide victims, and that the bodies were found not far off County Road 13 about three to four miles apart.