Storm Tax Relief

May 12, 2014

The Internal Revenue Service says nine Alabama counties now qualify for tax relief due to the storms, tornadoes and floods that occurred in late April.  Baldwin, Blount, DeKalb, Etowah, Jefferson, Lee, Limestone, Mobile and Tuscaloosa are among the counties after the president declared them disaster areas.  The IRS says some tax deadlines between April 28th and October 15th have been postponed to October 15th.  A variety of business tax deadlines also are affected. 

Toddler Killed

Millbrook Police say a 2-year-old was killed after he was struck by a car late Saturday night.  According to Millbrook Police Chief P.K. Johnson, the toddler was standing in the roadway in the 6000 block of Deatsville Highway when he was hit.  The little boy was struck at about 10:35 p.m.  The toddler was taken to a Birmingham hospital where he died late Sunday morning.  Millbrook Police said the driver was not charged, but the case will be presented to an Elmore County grand jury. 

Officer Shot

Birmingham Police have identified the officer who was fatally shot in the parking lot of a convenience store in the city's Ensley neighborhood.  It happened Saturday night.  Birmingham Police Lt. Sean Edwards identified the slain officer as Keary Hollis, a five years veteran who worked in the West Birmingham Precinct.  City officials said Hollis was off-duty when he got into an argument with another man that escalated into gunfire.  A male suspect was arrested and its unclear if formal charges have been filed. 

Child Stabbed

A mother remains in a north Alabama jail today after authorities said she stabbed her 3 month-old daughter with a butcher knife.  The stabbing occurred late Saturday night at a residence in Huntsville.  Huntsville Police said the toddler was listed in critical condition at Children's Hospital in Birmingham.  The infant's mother, 31-year-old Natasha Townsend, was charged with attempted murder.  Huntsville authorities said Townsend intended to kill the baby and then commit suicide.