WVAS Local News

Feb 8, 2013

A 19-year-old male is facing a capital murder charge allegedly for killing a 35-year-old Montgomery man.  Montgomery police said Roderick Blue is accused in the December 13th shooting death of Jerome Dunklin.  Authorities initially thought the victim was critically injured in a traffic accident at the intersection of South Perry Street and Mount Vernon Drive.  But an autopsy revealed that Dunklin was shot.  Police said Blue was already in the county jail on an unrelated charge.  He is being held without bond. 

Crime Prevention

Dozens of Montgomery area churches and their staffs were provided with crime prevention tips last night at First Baptist Church on North Ripley Street.  The Montgomery Police Community Policing Bureau held the seminar in the wake of last month's armed robbery at Maggie Street Baptist Church.  Those in attendance said the training seminar was informative and helpful. 

Group Lawsuit

A coalition of civil rights organizations is suing to stop part of Alabama's immigration law requiring officials to post lists of illegal immigrants in the state's court system online.  The federal court suit was filed Thursday on behalf of four Latinos in Montgomery County who were accused of fishing without a state fishing license.  The Southern Poverty Law Center said the law is designed to humiliate and make life difficult for immigrants regardless of their status.  The state has posted no names so far.  The attorney general's office had no comment. 

More Firefighters

Montgomery Fire/Rescue has new funding to hire additional firefighters.  Mayor Todd Strange has told Al.com the city has been awarded a $3 million dollar grant from the Federal Department of Homeland Security.  The Mayor said the grant could allow the city to hire up to 28 firefighters.  Montgomery Fire/Rescue operates 15 fire stations across the city and employs more than 400 firefighters.  Montgomery's Fire Department services have an ISO rating of two, it is among the highest ratings in the state.