HIV/AIDS Rate Decline
Demographers at Auburn University Montgomery say Alabama's HIV/AIDS rate has dropped sharply. But other sexually-transmitted diseases, including chlamydia and gonorrhea are up. AUM researchers said despite the decline in HIV/AIDS, 25 Alabama counties registered an increase. Pickens County recorded the highest jump between 2011 and 2012. 32 counties, including Montgomery, observed a decline in the number of people infected by HIV-AIDS.
Dog Fighting Arrests
Thirteen people arrested in a multi-state dog fighting investigation have been rescheduled for a federal trial in May in Montgomery. The defendants from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Texas had originally been scheduled for trial in February. In a separate case, authorities in Autauga County took possession of ten dogs Sunday in a wooded area in Autaugaville. Investigators said it appeared the canines were used for fighting. No arrests have been made.
Thanksgiving Day Robbery
A Montgomery man charged with robbing a convenience store on Thanksgiving day remains incarcerated. Montgomery Police said 35-year-old Lawrence Turner faces a first degree robbery charge in connection with a Thanksgiving day holdup of a Stop N' Go store on Wares Ferry Road. Police said a store clerk was grazed by a bullet but the injury was not serious. Turner is being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $75,000 bond.
Alabama-Auburn Football Arrest
A Birmingham woman says her sister was shot to death over the annual Alabama-Auburn football game. Hoover Police say 28-year-old Adrian Briskey was charged yesterday with murder in the killing of fellow Crimson Tide fan, 36-year-old Michelle Shepherd Saturday night. A witness said Briskey flew into a rage when she saw the sisters and others joking that the Crimson Tide's loss wasn't as bad as if the NBA's Miami Heat had lost.
ASU NCAA Tournament
The Alabama State University Volleyball team has earned its first NCAA invitation. The Hornets are among 32 teams that were selected for post season play on Sunday. ASU travels to Seattle to take on the University of Washington, a top seed, on Friday. ASU Head Coach Penny Lucas-White said she has no doubt that her squad can compete with Division One schools. ASU was among four teams to make their first appearance in the NCAA Volleyball Tournament.