Authorities say a police officer in Tuskegee is being held in the Notasulga City Jail on multiple rape charges. ABI agents say 38-year-old Tuskegee Police Officer Levy Kelly faces three counts of second-degree rape and three counts of enticement of a child for immoral purposes. The Alabama Bureau of Investigation announced the charges late Thursday. The ABI said no further information would be released due to the ongoing investigation.
The Alabama Conference and others have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Alabama House and Senate districts that were redrawn earlier this year by the Legislature. The lawsuit filed Thursday claims legislators drew the districts in a way that caps the number of areas where black candidates have a realistic chance. The lawsuit says the districts adopted by the Republican-majority legislature violate the U.S. and Alabama constitutions and the federal Voting Rights Act. ADC chairman Joe Reed says the new district lines limit the number of blacks that can serve in the House and Senate.
Decades in Prison
Prosecutors in Chilton County are recommending decades in prison for a woman who pleaded guilty to murdering one son and trying to kill another one. Ann Marie Campbell pleaded guilty Thursday in the shooting, which happened last year in Clanton. Authorities say Campbell killed her 11-year-old son Johnny Michael Campbell and wounded another son who was 15 at the time. The estate of the dead boy has filed suit claiming welfare workers failed to protect the child from harm. A judge scheduled a sentencing hearing for January 3rd.
Authorities in Dallas County says a school teacher was attacked Thursday by four female students at Southside High School. Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson said the attack occurred during lunch hour in the school's cafeteria. The four females, all 15-years-old, were placed in a juvenile detention facility. All are scheduled to appear before a judge today. Jackson said the female teacher suffered numerous scratches. The Dallas County Sheriff's office is trying to determine why the teacher was assaulted.