Pike County Suspect

Nov 25, 2013

Sheriff's Department officials in Pike County have been searching for the suspect who fatally shot a gas station clerk during an armed robbery in the town of Spring Hill.  According to Pike County Sheriff Russell Thomas, Deputies responded to the Hill Mart Gas Station on Highway 167 Saturday night just after 8 p.m. after a customer noticed that merchandise was scattered on the ground.  The sheriff said a 50-year-old clerk was found dead behind a counter, the victim's name was withheld.  Anyone with information about the robbery-murder is urges to call the Pike County Sheriff's Office at (334) 466-4347. 

Bentley's Priorities

Pay raises for teachers and additional funding for Pre-kindergarten programs are among Governor Robert Bentley's priorities when legislators return to the Montgomery in January.  Bentley said teacher pay hikes in the 2015 budget would help them replace some of what he's "asked them to sacrifice." 

Investigator Indicted

A federal grand jury has indicted a criminal investigator with the Macon County Sheriff's Office.  U.S. Attorney George Beck said 41-year-old J.Keith McCray is charged with unlawfully detaining and assaulting a handcuffed man at the Macon County Jail.  Federal authorities said McCray allegedly attacked the victim, a salesman, on July 4th while he was going door to door in McCray's neighborhood attempting to sell alarm systems.  The federal indictment also alleges that McCray engaged in witness tampering when he tried to force the victim not to file a complaint for the assault. 

Postal Worker Sentenced

A former part-time post officer employee will serve ten years and one day in federal prison for shooting incident at the main post office in east Montgomery almost two years ago.  The prison term was given to 31-year-old Arthur Darby of Montgomery.  He pleaded guilty to firing gunshots at two postal workers at the main post officer on Winton Blount Boulevard on December 1, 2011.  No one was injured. 

Substance Abuse

The Council of Substance Abuse and Alabama State University teamed up Monday to announce the "Protecting Our Streets: Speaking Out Against Underage Drinking" campaign.  The initiative is designed to shed light on the risk factors associated with consuming alcohol before the age of 21.  Nick Rankins, Behavior Health Prevention Specialist, says he hopes the program will reduce the problem in Alabama.  For more information about the campaign, the number is 262-1629.  

ASU Volleyball

Congratulations are in order for the Alabama State University Volleyball Team.  The squad won the SWAC Conference Tournament Sunday at Jackson State University.  The victory propels the ASU Volleyball team into its first ever NCAA Tournament.