WVAS Local News

Dec 13, 2012

A former Montgomery police officer is facing illegal drug charges in southwest Alabama.  The Mobile County Sheriff's Department arrested former Police Corporal L. Rasavong Wednesday.  Montgomery police issued a statement that said Rasavong had been a police officer since 1998 and was assigned to the police desk.  The Mobile County Sheriff's office said Rasavong was charged in connection with an ongoing drug-related investigation. 

Possible State Take-over

Improper grade changing at three high schools prompted State School Superintendent Tommy Bice to inform Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Barbara Thompson that she must implement several steps to avoid a state takeover of the Montgomery County School System.  The article in today's Advertiser newspaper states MPS must appoint a monitor to oversee the secondary education system.  The paper also said the principal and assistant principal of Lee High School were among the sever administrators place on administrative leave this week.  The State Board of Education meets today in Montgomery. 

Woman Sentenced

A judge has sentenced a 43-year-old Elmore County woman to 10 years in prison for helping her husband rape a mentally disabled woman.  Sheila Sanders of Wetumpka received her sentence Wednesday in the Elmore County Circuit Court.  Sanders pleaded guilty to second degree rape after helping her husband Matthew have sex with the unidentified woman.  Officials say the victim was unable to consent to having sex because of her disability.  Prosecutors say Sheila Sanders wanted her husband to impregnate the woman so they could raise the child as their own.  Officials say Matthew Sanders is serving a 15-year sentence. 

Federal Lawsuit

A Native American tribe in Oklahoma has filed a federal lawsuit to stop the $246 million dollar expansion of a hotel and casino, saying the construction descrates ancestral and ceremonial land.  The Muscogee Creek Nation of Oklahoma filed the lawsuit Wednesday against the Poarch Band of Creek Indians in Montgomery federal court.  Muscogee Creeks say Poarch Creeks excavated 57 sets of human remains and reburied them to develop a 20-story hotel and casino in Wetumpka.  Muscogee Creeks say the remains should be returned to their original places.  A Poarch Creek tribal official said the tribe will respond once they have reviewed the lawsuit.