WVAS Local News
Severe storms blew across north Alabama overnight, leaving a path of destruction in their wake. National Weather Service officials in Huntsville say they plan a review today to determine causes. There were no reports of death by the severe weather. The National Weather Service in Birmingham says isolated severe thunderstorms will be possible today for all of central Alabama from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Tax Free Shopping
Alabamians can do some tax free shopping this weekend for various types of storm supplies to prepare for the state's next round of severe weather. The state's tax free holiday started at one minute past midnight and runs through Sunday. More than 200 cities and counties are participating and many will waive their local sales taxes on severe weather gear.
New details are emerging about Wednesday's tragic shooting death of a 12-year-old boy Montgomery boy. Montgomery Police Chief Kevin Murphy said as the case develops it could change from a death into a criminal investigation. Police said the incident that involved four juveniles occurred early Wednesday afternoon at the boy's residence on the corner of Carter Hill Road and Commodore Street.
Millbrook Police have turned to the public for help in finding a Millbrook man who has been missing since June 29th. 47-year-old George Michael Cutcher was last seen on Alabama 14 in Millbrook. Cutcher is a white male, approximately six feet two inches tall, he weighs about 160 pounds. He has brown eyes and shoulder-length hair. Cutcher was last seen wearing a white tee shirt and khaki shorts. Anyone with information regarding Cutcher's whereabout is asked to call Millbrook Police at 285-6832.
An accidental shooting in Georgiana has left a man dead. Butler County Sheriff Kenny Hardin said 53-year old Terry Lee Odom was accidentally shot by his father. The shooting happened about 5 p.m. Wednesday when his 85-year-old father mistook his son for a red bird. Odom died of his wound after being transported to Baptist Medical Center South in Montgomery.
A religious group in Shelby County is wrapping up a holiday-week event that's drawn thousands of people who want to be near a woman who claims to have visions of the Virgin Mary. Believers from across the nation gathered this week at a Roman Catholic compound called Caritas of Birmingham to see Marija Pavlovic Lunetti.
Law enforcement authorities believe that a woman wanted in connection with a Sacramento, California, homicide case may be in or near Eufaula in southeast Alabama. Investigators believe they are close to finding 32-year-old Angela Marie Law, but would not say what led them to search in the east Alabama city. Law is being sought for helping a murder suspect and is wanted in California on a charge of being an accessory to a felony.