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Tue August 19, 2014
WVAS Local

Alabama Police Chief's Open Letter

The LawOfficer.com website currently features an open letter from an Alabama police chief questioning the handling of security in Ferguson, Missouri.  In his letter, Gulf Shores Police Chief Ed Delmore said, among other things, that Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson should not have questioned the release of a video that purports to show Michael Brown carrying our a robbery moments before he was shot by a local police officer.  In fact, Chief Delmore contends the video should have been released sooner.  While the Gulf Shores Chief would not be interviewed for this story a frequent writer for the same website, Lt. Jim Glennon says the events in Ferguson have disturbed many in the law enforcement community.  Chief Delmore's letter goes on to say that Captain Johnson's comments helped to, quote,"fuel the anger that was still churning just below the surface."  The continue unrest in Ferguson has prompted Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to deploy the National Guard. 

Golden Dragon Update

The Golden Dragon Copper Plant has been in operation in Wilcox County for nearly three months.  About one-third of the more than 200 employees at the plant live in the local community.  George Alford, Director of the Wilcox County Industrial Development Authority, says because more people are landing jobs there, morale in the rural town has gone through the roof.  The plant is expected to employ around 500 people once it reaches full production within the next two years.

Teens Honored

Montgomery City officials recognized three teens who found an abandoned baby in front of a church and called for help.  Police have said an unattended baby was discovered sitting in a car seat on Aug. 7th and charges were later filed against the parents.  The baby wasn't injured.  Kenterious Singleton, Deonta Martin and Darious Johnson were on their way to a gymnasium but stopped when they heard the baby crying.  The three were recognized during Tuesday's City Council meeting.