10:09am

Tue July 15, 2014
WVAS Local

Reward Money Being Offered

There is a $1,000 reward being offered by CrimeStoppers for information leading to the arrests of three males being sought for a violent armed robbery.  The heist occurred early Monday morning at a gas station/convenience store on U.S. 31 North and Interstate 65.  Surveillance video showed two armed males entering the business around 1 a.m.  and threatening a store clerk and two customers.  A third male waited in a getaway vehicle described as a gold colored Crown Victoria or Mercury Marquis.  CrimeStoppers says if your can identify or know the whereabouts of the suspects, your tip could lead to a cash reward.  The CrimeStopper's number is 215-STOP. 

Family Mourns

A local family is mourning the loss of a loved one.  26-year-old Rahulkmar Patel was shot to death at a privately-owned liquor store on Troy Highway.  The shooting occurred Sunday night just after 9 p.m. at the Troy Highway Package Store.  According to Montgomery Police spokeswoman, Sgt. Denise Barnes, Detectives have not determined the circumstances that led to Patel's murder.  But the victim's family has said Patel was shot by a man who attempted to rob the store.  No arrests have been made, it is the city's 15th homicide this year.  Anyone with information about the murder is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 215-STOP or the Secret Witness line at 262-4000. 

Health Concerns

Several employees at a Selma-based auto supplier say they have suffered from health problems they believe are connected to work at the plant.  Al.com reports that nine current and three former workers at the Renosol seating factory in Selma have filed complaints with a federal agency and the United Auto Workers Union claiming chemicals used to manufacture foam cushions for car seats caused them to develop various respiratory-related illnesses, including asthma.  Renosol officials said in a statement that all health-related complaints are being investigated.  The Renosol plant in Selma makes car seats for Hyundai vehicles. 

Manufacturing Upgrades

Governor Robert Bentley says GE Aviation plans to upgrade its manufacturing capabilities in Auburn.  The governor said it will make the Auburn plant the first of its kind to mass produce additive components for the jet propulsion industry.  The governor said GE will invest $50 million dollars in the existing 300,000 square foot facility to prepare for the additional work.  The governor said the plan will also continue to manufacture precision, super alloy-machined parts for jet engines.  GE opened the plant in April of last year. 

ASU Fine Arts Award

The Best in Fine Arts Program belongs to Alabama State University.  The recognition and award was presented at the Annual HBCU  Awards Ceremony recently held at Dillard University in New Orleans.  ASU's College of Visual and Performing Arts is headed by actress and Dean Dr. Tommie Stewart.