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Alabama's coldest temperatures of the week are expected early Friday morning, with lows dropping into the single-digits in northern parts of the state. The National Weather Service will issue a wind chill advisory in effect from 9 p.m. tonight to 6 a.m. for several counties in north Alabama counties. In those areas, forecasters say the wind chill value could be as low as 8 degrees below zero in higher elevations. Wind chill advisories will also be issued for parts of central and southern Alabama.
Five people escaped injury overnight when a fire erupted at a residence on East Fifth Street. Around 10 Montgomery Fire units responded to the blaze. Fire Dept. spokesman, Lt. K.O. Jones said the house was heavily damaged. How it started has not been determined.
A 43-year-old Montgomery man is behind bars today charged in connection with a bank robbery in west Montgomery. Detectives and a U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force apprehended Christopher Tabb Wednesday. Tabb is charged with first degree robbery for the January 15th holdup of BBVA Compass Bank on East Patton Avenue. Christopher Tabb was placed in the Montgomery County Jail under a $60,000 bond.
Authorities have identified the Montgomery man who was shot to death last Sunday. Police said 29-year-old Cedric Jones was fatally shot around 8 p.m. Sunday in the 100 block West Vandiver Boulevard. Jones' death is not considered a homicide. The case remains under investigation and no charges were filed. It will also be presented to a Montgomery County Grand Jury for review.
The State Board of Education is expected to vote on whether to intervene in the Selma City School System. Alabama School Superintendent Tommy Bice met with Selma school officials, including Superintendent Gerald Shirley to discuss the matter. In a letter to Shirley, Bice said the purpose of Wednesday's hour-long meeting was to share his reasons for the notice of proposed intervention and what he expects moving forward. The state school board is set to meet on February 12th.