Storm Systems

Apr 2, 2014

Forecasters say a pair of storm systems will bring the threat of isolated tornadoes to parts of Alabama.  The National Weather Service expects severe weather to move into the state late Thursday into early Friday, with isolated tornadoes possible.  However, forecasters say the larger threat will be straight-line winds.  A second storm system is expected to develop late Sunday afternoon, again bringing the threat of isolated tornadoes and damaging straight-ling winds through Monday morning. 

Two Appointees Rejected

A state Senate committee has rejected two of Governor Bentley's four appointees to the Board of Trustees of Alabama State University.  The Senate panel voted Tuesday to block the selection of Macon County School Superintendent Jacqueline Brooks and Tuscaloosa businessman Fitzgerald Washington.  The Senate committee approved two other names, Montgomery attorney Robert Gilpin and Birmingham businessman Larry Thornton.  Earlier this week, Governor Bentley made it clear that he will have the final say about who sits on the ASU Trustee board.  Senate Confirmation Committee Chairman Jabo Waggoner said the nomination of Brooks and Fitzgerald was opposed by state Senator Quinton Ross of Montgomery. 

Overnight Shooting

A late night homicide in west Montgomery is under investigation.  Montgomery police said 19-year-old Ezra Thomas of Elmore was mortally wounded in the 2600 block of Delray Road.  Officer and Fire Medics responded to the shooting call at about 10:30 p.m. Police said Thomas died shortly after he was transported to Baptist South Hospital.  Detectives are trying to determine the circumstances surrounding the fatal shooting.  No arrests were made.  Anyone with information about the murder is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 215-STOP or call the Secret Witness line at 262-4000. 

Fatal Accident

A two vehicle crash on Hunter Loop Road Tuesday afternoon has claimed the life of a 20-year-old Montgomery man.  Police said a car and pickup truck collided Tuesday afternoon just before 1 p.m. between Fannin Road and Grovewood Drive.  A passenger in the car, 20-year-old Randall Bradley Junior of Montgomery was killed.  Montgomery police said the driver of the car was seriously injured.  The individual's name and medical condition were unavailable.  Two people riding in the pickup truck were not hurt. 

Warrants Controversy

A district judge in west Alabama said she was forced by the Alabama Supreme Court to sign warrants for the state's raids on four electronic bingo operations in Greene County.  Green County District Judge Lillie Jones-Osborne said she lives in Greene County and is sad that people are unemployed.  Greene County Commissioner said more than 1,100 people lost their jobs.  Members of the Greene County Commission and other leaders have said they will find a way to reopen the bingo operations.