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Federal Judge Charged with Battery
Police in Atlanta say a Montgomery-based federal judge accused of assaulting his wife at an upscale hotel has been charged with battery. An Atlanta Police spokeswoman said 55-year-old U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller was arrested early Sunday morning after a reported altercation at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Atlanta. Police said the woman, whose name was withheld, was treated but refused to be taken to a hospital.
Gun violence marred an otherwise quiet weekend in the Montgomery. 41-year-old Lamont Williams of Montgomery has been charged with capital murder in connection with the fatal shooting of 41-year-old Willie Tubner. Authorities said Tubner was gunned down late Saturday afternoon in the 3800 block of Governor's Drive. Montgomery Police Detectives said the murder occurred late Saturday afternoon and involved a dispute over money. Lamont Williams was arrested Sunday and is being held in the Montgomery County Jail without bond. Montgomery has recorded 19 homicides this year.
Alabama State University President Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd will join Reverend Jesse Jackson, Dick Gregory, Reverend Bernice King and actress Robin Givens today at the Southern Christian Leadership's 56th Annual National Convention in Birmingham. Dr. Boyd will be the keynote speaker at a women's empowerment luncheon today at the Sheraton Hotel. SCLC President Charles Steele of Tuscaloosa said the four day event will feature perspectives on current civil rights challenges, including the Voting Rights Act and the state of the black church. The SCLC Convention concludes on Wednesday.
Records from the Alabama state comptroller and the budget office show that the payroll for House Speaker Mike Hubbard's office increased significantly while wages for state employees were essentially frozen. The Montgomery Advertiser reported Sunday that payroll for Hubbard staffers increased by 41 percent between 2011 and 2013. The newspaper reports that staffers in legislative offices aren't generally included in the state worker classification system.