WVAS Local News

Nov 27, 2012

Hundreds of Alabama State University students are letting it be known they are not happy with the decision to place Dr. Silver on administrative leave.  All of the students WVAS news spoke with said the university's 13th president always made them a priority.  They are also concerned with how ASU is managed.  Silver took the university's helm on September 17th. 

Illegal Immigration

A federals appeals in Atlanta has declined a request by the state of Alabama to reconsider a ruling on the state's tough law targeting illegal immigration.  The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday issued an order declining the state's petition to have the full court review the decision of a three-judge panel in a challenge to the state's law brought by a coalition of groups and individuals.  The court did not give a reason for declining to rehear the case. 

Suspect Arrested

Police have made an arrest in the city's 28th homicide of the year.  Montgomery detectives have charged 25-year-old Jeffery Lamarris Howard with murder in connection with the death of 26-year-old Oterious Belser of Montgomery.  The victim was struck by a vehicle on November 18th in the 100 block of Davis Drive.  He died from his injuries three days later.  Howard is being held in the Montgomery County Detention Facility under a $75,000 dollar bond. 

Dog Abuse

An Alabama attorney who's accused of slitting a dog's throat during a heated custody dispute is being held in the Jefferson County jail.  Sheriff's officials say 45-year-old James Stewart Robinson was divorcing his wife when the custody of their terrier named Rufus became a point of contention.  Authorities says Robinson slit the dog's throat and sent a photo to his estranged wife.  Robinson surrendered to sheriff's deputies late Monday and has been charged with animal cruelty.  Robinson is being held on $40,000 bond.