10:04am

Thu March 27, 2014
WVAS Local

Alabama Population

New census information released at midnight shows that Alabama's population numbers increased a scant .3 from 2012 to 2013.  In fact, the Census Bureau reports that more than half of the state's 67 counties lost population.  The reports showed that a majority of Alabamians reside in large urban areas.  Macon County recorded the largest decline in population at 3.4 percent.  The census report showed that Russell County's population soared 3.2 percent and has one of the fastest growth rate in the state. 

Suspects Jailed

Three males are sitting in the Elmore County Jail today and a fourth suspect is being sought in connection with a pair of home invasion robberies that occurred recently in the Wallsboro Community.  Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin said first degree robbery and first degree burglary charges were filed against Ikevius Summerlin of Prattville; Debuoys Bozeman of Wetumpka, both 20; and 21-year-old Denzal Lewis of Titus.  The sheriff said a fourth male, 16-year-old Maurise Wilkes of Deatsville, remains at large.  Authorities said the four males allegedly committed the home invasions to raise bond money to get a female friend out of the Elmore County Jail.  Three females, including the mother of one suspect, were charged with hindering prosecution and obstructing government operations.  Summerlin, Bozeman and Lewis are being held on bonds totaling $200,000 each. 

Infection Rates

Alabama Public Health officials say the state was one of two where hospital patients' infection rates were lower than the national average.  Officials said that a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report mentioned that infection rates among Alabama hospitals were lower in three of four categories than the national rate.   

First Female Firefighter

The Montgomery Fire Department has it first female firefighter in more than two decades.  Shree Bostick joined 32 other firefighters who graduated Wednesday from the Montgomery Fire Academy.  Bostick, a college graduate and U.S. Army veteran, becomes the second female firefighter employed by Montgomery Fire Rescue, she will work at the newly built Fire Station 9 in the old Montgomery Mall building.