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Montgomery Man Indicted
A man accused of shooting his wife on the campus of Faulkner University on Aug. 27th has been indicted by a Montgomery County grand jury on a charge of attempted murder. Reginald Brown has been held in the Montgomery County Detention Facility on $500,000 bond since his arrest the day of the shooting, according to jail records. Brown was indicted on Friday, and it was unsealed on Wednesday, according to court records. Brown's arraignment is scheduled for Dec. 19th. Faulkner University's campus went on lockdown shortly after Brown began firing shots at his wife in a parking lot near the maintenance building. Brown's wife is a contract employee for the university's maintenance department. She suffered life-threatening gunshot wounds.
A Montgomery judge has scheduled a trial June 3rd over whether the state government can keep the cash and destroy the gambling machines confiscated in a raid of VictoryLand casino in Macon County. Court records show Circuit Judge William Shashy set the dates after being assigned the case by Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore. The chief justice had to find a judge because all judges in Macon County stepped aside from hearing the case. State Attorney General Luther Strange raided VictoryLand in February and seized 1,165 gambling machines and more than $223,000 in cash. VictoryLand is trying to keep the state from keeping the money and destroying the machines. The casino has been closed since the raid.
Authorities are still searching for a missing Autaugaville fisherman and county sheriff's officials say they don't suspect foul play in the man's disappearance. A local reports county sheriff's officials and emergency responders from other areas are now using a helicopter and search dogs from Limestone County to try finding 43-year David Taylor, who was reported missing Sunday. Investigators have said Taylor went on a last-minute fishing trip to a gravel pit lake and hasn't been seen or heard from since then.
Tuskegee Airmen Dies
One of the first black military aviators known as the Tuskegee Airmen, William L. Booker, has died at the age of 90. Booker's family says he died Nov. 30th at a Kirkland, Wash., nursing home after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. Booker served as a navigator and flight engineer on B-25 bombers with the 477th Bombardment Group based at Godman Field, Ky. He flew with all-black crews with pilots trained in Alabama at Tuskegee Institute. After World War II he worked for Boeing for 34 years. He served 10 years as president of the local Tuskegee Airmen's chapter.