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Thu April 3, 2014
WVAS Local

Possible Severe Weather

Stay informed about possible severe weather over the next few days, forecasters say storms with potentially damaging winds are expected to move into parts of Alabama.  The National Weather Service the high winds will be the main threat from a line of storms expected to move into Alabama from the west, mainly during the morning on Friday.  The line of storms is expected to enter west Alabama by around 3 a.m. Friday, with other parts of the state seeing stormy weather later in the day.  The weather service said in its hazardous weather outlook that a small chance for a brief tornado cannot be ruled out. 

Latest Homicide

Montgomery Police are investigating the city's third homicide of the year.  Officers say 19-year-old Ezra Thomas of Elmore was found shot to death late Tuesday night in the 4600 block of Delray Road.  No arrests have been made.  Montgomery Police and CrimeStoppers say anyone with information pertaining to the homicide is asked to call 215-STOP or the Secret Witness line at 262-4000. 

Child Abuse

Police in Selma are investigating a disturbing child abuse case.  A young mother and her live-in boyfriend were arrested Wednesday and charged with using a clothes iron to severely burn 21-month old twin girls.  According to Selma Police, 23-year-old Shanetta Tyus and 22-year-old Gabriel Fikes are each charged with aggravated child abuse, first-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child.  Authorities launched the investigation last month after doctors at a Selma Hospital told police they treated two toddlers with severe burns.  The infants have since been transferred to UAB Hospital for additional treatments.  Tyus and Fikes are scheduled to go before a judge for a bond hearing today. 

Pink Bicycle Robbery

Authorities in Dadeville have been looking for a robbery suspect who fled the scene on a pink bicycle.  According to Central Alabama CrimeStoppers, the male suspect robbed a Chevon gas station on East South Street in Dadeville Tuesday night, the holdup occurred around 9:46 p.m.  Dadeville Police said the gun-toting male took an undisclosed amount of money and left the scene on a pink bicycle.  The incident was captured by a surveillance camera.  CrimeStoppers said if you can identify or know the whereabouts of the individual responsible, please call Dadeville Police at 256-825-6212 or CrimeStoppers at 215-STOP. 

Campaign Donations

A wealthy Alabama businessman is celebrating a court victory.  The U.S. Supreme Court handed down a ruling Wednesday that frees wealthy donors to give to as many political candidates and campaigns as they want.  In a 5-4 ruling, the Justices called limits on so-called aggregate donations a violation of free speech rights.  Birmingham businessman Shaun McCutcheon, the owner of an electrical engineering firm, had challenged the limits for donors to give to candidates and party committee.