Despite the increase in crime on the national level, Montgomery's crime rate continues to decrease.
Mayor Todd Strange said this year's report through mid-October shows a 10 percent drop in criminal activity overall. Strange said in 2011, the city's violent crime and non-violent crime was at it lowest level in 25 years. According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics the nation's crime rate is up 18 percent, due largely to an uptick in simple assaults.
Montgomery Development Director Chad Emerson said the Atlanta Highway Charrette was extremely successful, calling it the most attended out of all previous planning meetings. Emerson said the plan has been officially adopted and the Planning Commission will begin to focus on the Ann Street, Perry Hill Road and Faulkner areas.
Albertville police said a woman has been charged in connection with the death of her 2-year-old grandson after driving while under the influence when she ran over the child. Investigators says 52-year-old Rebecca Jane Elrod was driving a sports utility vehicle when she ran over Brayden Lucas Daniel around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. The toddler died later that day at Marshall Medical Center South. Authorities are still investigating the incident.