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A Missing Child Alert for two sisters has been cancelled. One-year-old Destiny Seay and four-year-old Genesis Nelson were taken from Birmingham by their non-custodial mother Tamkika Lark on December 2nd. The children have been located unharmed and Lark has been captured.
Crime Rate Drops
Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange says 2011 saw its lowest crime rate on record. In light of that he says despite several categories showing an upward trend, this year Montgomery's crime rate still shows an overall drop. Strange says some categories that showed increases included aggravated assault/domestic violence and auto theft.
A major part of the city's celebration is the annual Christmas parade. As usual the parade will include the sounds of Alabama State University's marching band. The Mighty Marching Hornets have been a staple in the parade for years. ASU Band Director Dr. James Oliver says the band will perform several holiday numbers. The parade starts at 6p.m. Friday, December 7th at the steps of the Capitol.
Alabama Republican Party Chairman Bill Armistead is facing opposition a month after helping his party gain offices in the November election. A member of the party's steering committee, Birmingham attorney Matt Fridy, has announced he will oppose Armistead when the party's executive committee elects a chairman in February. Fridy is being supported by House Speaker Mike Hubbard, who served as party chairman before Armistead. Armistead is a former state senator who was elected chairman two years ago. Armistead says he plans to run on his record of increasing the number of Republicans in state and county offices, including winning offices in counties traditionally dominated by Democrats.