6:11pm

Tue November 19, 2013
WVAS Local

SOS Movement

The Save Ourselves Movement for Democracy and Justice hosted a rally Tuesday asking Governor Robert Bentley to expand Medicaid in the state.  Johnny Ford, Mayor of Tuskegee says the fight for healthcare is a universal issue.  The S.O.S movement claims less-fortunate people of all races will suffer if Medicaid is not extended.  Governor Bentley has repeatedly contended that the state cannot afford to expand the program. 

Charges Dropped

Elmore County District Attorney Randall Houston says more than 100 criminal counts filed against an alleged child predator have been dropped.  Houston says that some of the original victim's statements against Stephen Conrad were forced, and only three of them would hold up in court.  Conrad is accused of child sexual abuse and rape.  The Former Tallassee assistant police chief who handled Conrad's case is under investigation for allegations of theft, ethics violations and civil rights violations.  Elmore County Assistant District Attorney C.J. Robinson says the Alabama Bureau of Investigation was able to confirm five charges and prosecutors hope to negotiate a plea deal Friday. 

Damaged Memorial

Battleship Memorial Park officials in Mobile have removed a 15-year-old Vietnam War memorial that was damaged over the weekend.  The oval- shaped steel memorial is meant to look like bracelets that were worn to honor missing prisoners of war.  Park officials say the memorial was bent and slanted toward the ground over the weekend.  The park's executive director said the damage to the memorial may have been accidental and no one has stepped forward to claim responsibility.