The National Weather Service is urging residents to stay informed about a large storm system blamed for spawning deadly tornadoes that cut a path of destruction in Arkansas and Oklahoma on Sunday that left 17 people dead. The National Weather Service said much of northwest Alabama faces a significant threat of severe weather today. The storm system is expected to target much of central Alabama starting tonight and lasting through Wednesday morning. Meteorologist Matt Anderson said now is the time to make sure electronic devices are working properly. Besides the potential for tornadoes, forecasters say the storm system contains damaging winds, very large hail and flash flooding will be possible if the severe weather materializes.
Traffic fatalities over the weekend in Dallas and Elmore counties are under investigation by Alabama State Troopers. Trooper say 34-year-old Candis Vice died Friday evening when the SUV she was riding in was struck by a train on Dallas County Road 939 four miles east of Selma. Authorities said it's unclear how Vice's vehicle ended up on the train tracks.
In Elmore County, a pedestrian was killed on Alabama 14 early Friday morning. Troopers said 21-year-old Mirranda Jean McGlamery of Eclectic died when she was struck by a vehicle. The crash occurred around 3:25 a.m. Friday.
A Montgomery woman remains behind bars charged in connection with the city's fifth homicide of the year. Montgomery Police say a man who was shot Friday morning died Saturday at a local hospital. The deceased victim, 21-year-old Jamie Cook, was shot in a neighborhood off Troy Highway. Police initially charged Lashonda Preston with attempted murder, but the charges against her were upgraded to murder following Cook's death. Detectives have said the shooting was the result of a domestic dispute.
A Montgomery man was sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison for a tax refund scheme that involved more than 100 false tax returns. Nakia Jackson was sentenced Friday in federal court and ordered to pay nearly $213,000 in restitution. Jackson was sentenced for conspiring to defraud the federal government and aggravated identity theft. Court records say he obtained stolen identities from a state employee and used those IDs to file false tax returns. Federal court records say Jackson requested more than $400,000 dollars in tax refunds.