Montgomery Police say a dozen juveniles were charged with disorderly conduct early Thursday morning after they were involved in a fight near Lee High School. Authorities said ten of the juveniles are students at the school. Martha Earnhardt, a Montgomery Department of Public Safety woman, said officers responded to reports of a disturbance near Panama Street about 7:30 Thursday morning. Earnhardt said MPD will monitor activities on and off the Lee High School campus. No one was injured.
The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is conducting an inquiry in connection with the shooting death of a man in Tallassee. Elmore County District Attorney Randall Houston said no officers fired during the encounter at a gas station in Tallassee. The deceased man was identified as 38-year-old Bobby Jay Coates of the Eclectic/Tallassee area. Authorities said officers were attempting to serve a warrant to Coates when he shot himself in his vehicle. The ABI's findings will be turned over too the Elmore County D.A.'s Office.
The Alabama Policy Institute, a Birmingham based think tank, has named Millbrook and Prattville as the Most Business Friendly cities in the state. The study, released this week, looked at several factors, including a municipality's tax burden, transportation infrastructure and economic vitality. The institute ranked Montgomery number 8 on the list of most business friendly cities in Alabama.
Officials say a 15 percent drop in suicides across the military services last year gives some hope that prevention programs and increased efforts to identify troops at risk may be taking hold. But concern still remains because new detailed data reveals an increase in the number of Army National Guard and Reserve soldiers who took their own lives.