All emergency personnel in Montgomery are at a heightened state of readiness in light of the frigid conditions. City/County EMA Director Calvin Brown says the police and fire departments are prepared for any hard freeze emergency scenarios. He says residents should take precautions as well, like remaining indoors and staying off the highways. But if travel is unavoidable, Brown says to use extreme caution. He also advises heating your home sensibly, using only authorized heating devices and conforming to all safety guidelines.
As cold temperatures continue throughout the River Region, the Elmore and Montgomery County Emergency Management Agencies are setting up area warming stations to protect residents from the frigid weather. Public Information Officer with the Elmore County EMA, Kim Trost, says several faith-based organizations are helping with the effort. All public libraries and community centers in Montgomery County will serve as warming stations through Tuesday.
Montgomery Police have nabbed a suspect wanted in connection with the city's 49th homicide from 2013. Authorities said 22-year-old Christopher Williams of Montgomery faces a single count of murder following his arrest on Friday. Williams is charged in the December 11th shooting of 22-year-old Charles Holley of Montgomery. Police said the victim died from his injuries on December 30th at Baptist Medical Center South. Williams was placed in the Montgomery County Jail on a $75,000 dollar bond.
Time is running out for area nonprofit agencies to apply for an anti-violence grant. The Central Alabama Community Foundation will be awarding up to $100,000 in unrestricted funds to reduce crime in the River Region. Letters of intent can be posted online cacfinfo.org. The deadline is January 10th.
Authorities in Selma say three teenagers are in a juvenile detention facility Monday following their arrest for beating and robbing a 10-year-old boy of his moped vehicle. The search continues for a fourth juvenile. Al.com reports that the victim was assaulted Saturday afternoon on Etheridge Avenue. Selma Police said the stolen moped was found in an abandoned residence on Eugene Avenue. The victim suffered minor injuries.