ASU Investigation

May 13, 2014

Alabama State University Police Chief Jim Grayboys says his officers are conducting an aggressive investigation after a student was sexually assaulted on campus late Saturday night.  Grayboys describes the suspect as a short and stocky African-American male who was wearing at the time of the assault, a black hoodie, gray sweat pants, a red and brown facial mask and wearing gloves.  ASU Police also said the suspect was possibly armed and is considered dangerous.  Anyone with information is urged to call ASU Police at 229-4400 or CrimeStoppers at 215-STOP. 

Gambling Expert Dies

The death of a gambling expert used by the Alabama attorney general's office for several years could delay a trial over last year's raid of the VictoryLand casino in Shorter.  A judge had scheduled a trial for June 23rd.  71-year-old Bob Sertell died last week from heart problems.  The AG's office is seeking more time to find a new expert to evaluate the more than 1,600 seized machines.  More than $200,000 dollars in cash also was confiscated at the VictoryLand complex. 

Kindergarten High Scores

Alabama's voluntary pre-kindergarten program for 4-year-olds gets high marks in a new national report.  The National Institute for Early Education Research says Alabama is one of only four states with pre-kindergarten programs that meet all the institute's quality standards.  But the report says access is very limited in Alabama, with only 6 percent of 4-year-olds being served during the 2012-2013 school year.