10:14am

Wed August 20, 2014
WVAS Local

Six Tuskegee University Students Return

The six Tuskegee University students are back on U.S. soil after being stranded in Liberia for weeks because of the Ebola outbreak.  The university issued a statement last night saying the students arrived at the Atlanta airport.  They are all healthy with no quarantine restrictions.  The school said the students will be monitored for three weeks when they return to the Tuskegee campus to make sure they're not showing signs of illness.  The six students were in West Africa as part of a summer program to study abroad. 

Dash Cam Shooting

Opelika Police say they won't release a state report and dash cam footage of an officer-involved shooting that left an Air Force airman injured.  Chief John McEachern said the city's attorneys told him an Alabama Bureau of Investigation report and video of the March 6th shooting of Michael Davidson are privileged under state law and could have an impact on litigation.  Office Phillip Hancock shot 20-year-old Michael Davidson while responding to a call about an erratic driver on Interstate 85.  A grand jury reviewed the shooting and determined the officer's use of deadly force was justified.  Davidson has sued the city and the officer who shot him.

New Dog Ordinance

The Montgomery City Council approved a new dog ordinance at its Tuesday meeting.  The ordinance would reduce the number of vicious dogs running free, address illegal breeding and other issues linked to pet ownership.  The ordinance would not require residents to pay a $20 dollar fee if they own more than five pets.  In other matters, three Lanier High School students who rescued a baby boy on August 7th were honored by the Montgomery City Council.  The infant was found on August 7th in a car seat near a church on South Court Street. 

Deadly Helicopter Crash

Authorities in Tuscaloosa County have identified the two people killed when a helicopter crashed in west Alabama as 63-year-old David Carson of Tuscaloosa; and 51-year-old Matthew Wallace of Hiram, Georgia.  Tuscaloosa County officials said the men were conducting maintenance on a high-voltage power line when the crash happened just after 10 a.m. Tuesday.  The FAA said the chopper went down in a heavily wooded area about 20 miles northeast of Tuscaloosa. 

Cramton Bowl Security

Screening procedures will again be in place this fall at all high school football games played at Cramton Bowl.  Spectators also can expect to see an increase in security personnel from the Montgomery Police Department and the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.  MPS Superintendent Margaret Allen said everyone entering Cramton Bowl will be checked by a metal detector and screened for weapons.  Oversized clothing and insignia that promote illegal activity or violence will also be banned.  There are 20 high school football games at Cramton Bowl this year.  The 2014 season kicks off Thursday with a game between Lee and Lanier High Schools.