Officials with the Alabama Department of Corrections are searching for an escaped inmate.  Officials say the inmate, 46-year-old Edward Paul Powell, fled from the Red Eagle Work Center around 2:20 a.m.  Powell is described as 5'11'' weighing around 249 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.  Authorities say Powell is serving a 22-year sentence for theft of property.  The public is asked to call local law enforcement, the Red Eagle Work Center or the ADOC with the whereabouts of Powell.  

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office and The U.S. Army's Partnership for Youth Success or PAYs' program signed an agreement Friday to help provide job interviews for veterans and soldiers preparing to exit the military.  WVAS News spoke with local U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Keyes Metcalf who says the program began in 2000.  Montgomery County Sheriff Derrick Cunningham says he is excited about the opportunity to interview and possibly hire veterans.  During the ceremony, twelve high school and college students took the Oath of Enlistment and were introduced as future U.S. soldiers.  

A local media news outlet is reporting a fatal shooting that occurred late Thursday night in Montgomery.  Montgomery Police say officers responded to the 3400 block of Gilmer Court of a subject shot, there they found an adult male suffering from a life-threatening injury. The man was later pronounced dead at the scene.  Police are continuing to investigate the incident, no arrests have been made.  

Officials with the Montgomery Fire Department are investigating an early morning house fire.  Local news outlets report the house in the 1200 block of Highland Avenue sustained heavy damage.  Authorities say the fire happened around 1 a.m.  and no one was inside the home at the time of the fire.  Officials are working to determine what caused the fire.  

Police in Alabama say an 85-year-old man is dead after being doused with gasoline and set on fire. Birmingham police say the suspect and the victim had some type of encounter early Wednesday morning, when witnesses reported a fire in a back yard and saw the suspect running down an alley with a red gas jug. Arriving officers found the victim lying on the ground in the back yard, his body severely burned. The elderly man was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said the suspect was found a short distance away and taken into custody. Police Chief A.C.

 Alabama authorities are searching for an escaped inmate who was recently convicted of shooting at a sheriff's deputy. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency told media outlets Tuesday night state and local authorities are looking for 23-year-old Eric Washington of Eutaw. A spokesman says Washington overpowered the staff at Greene County jail and took their keys before fleeing on foot around 9 p.m. He was last seen wearing black shorts and no shirt. Officials say Washington is considered armed and dangerous. 

Lottery bills are getting their first test with Alabama lawmakers.  The Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee is meeting Tuesday for public hearings on five different lottery bills.  The committee could vote on the bills this week.  

Montgomery Police are continuing to investigate a deadly accident that occurred early Sunday morning.  MPD and medics responded to the two-vehicle crash on I-85 North near South Perry Street.  The driver of an SUV, 31-year-old Pedro Vazquez of Montgomery was pronounced dead at the scene.  The driver of the other vehicle suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital.  An initial investigation indicates the driver of the SUV was traveling southbound on I-85 North and collided with the other driver traveling northbound on I-85 North.  

The "blue flu" as its called involves several members of the Selma Police Department calling out of work "sick" in an effort to demand better pay and working conditions.  WVAS News spoke with Selma Police Chief John Brock who says he understands the frustration.  Selma's Mayor George Evans says he does not know if the end of the "sick out" is near but says Thursday's meeting provided an opportunity for officers to voice their concerns about a number of issues including more pay.  Mayor Evans says during the meeting, officers were told to put their grievances in writing.  

Selma Police Protest Low Wages

Aug 12, 2016

   Disgruntled Selma Police have been participating in a sick-out this week. The group wants better pay, safer working conditions and newer equipment. Representatives of the group met with city leaders yesterday.  No resolution was reached at the meeting. While the officers have been out with the so-called “blue flu,” personnel normally tasked with administrative work have been filling in.