WVAS Local News

Apr 18, 2013

Eastdale Mall in Montgomery will be implementing a Parental Escort Policy in the coming days.  The new initiative will begin April 26th and require teens 17 and under to have a responsible adult with them on Friday and Saturday nights starting at 6 p.m. 

Federal Investigation

The Feds are investigating allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct at Julia Tutwiler Prison in Wetumpka.  Officials from the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division launched the inquiry after the Montgomery-based Equal Justice initiative released a report last December that alleged improper sexual contact, abuse and intimidation at the prison.  Justice Department officials will determine if there were violations at Tutwiler Prison. 

Medal of Honor

The Legislative Medal of Honor was awarded to a slain Mobile police officer at the Alabama Statehouse Thursday.  The family of Steven Green was on hand to receive the award.  Officer Green was fatally stabbed in February of last year while transporting a robbery suspect to the Mobile County jail.  Representative Napoleon Bracy was a life-long friend of Green's and said the recognition shows that Alabama respects law enforcement.  Eleven other officers were given commendations at the ceremony.  Governor Robert Bentley and Lt. Governor Kay Ivey along with legislative leaders made remarks. 

Arrest in City's 20th Homicide

A 26-year-old Michigan man is behind bars charged in connection with Montgomery's 20th homicide of 2013.  Police said Dominic Gaiter is accused killing 31-year-old James Scott last Sunday.  The victim was found shot to death in the 3000 block of Southmall Circle.  Gaiter was arrested Wednesday in Selma, he's being held in the Montgomery County Jail under a $75,000 dollar bond. 

Two New ASU Trustees

Governor Robert Bentley has nominated Montgomery attorney Robert Gilpin and Hueytown businessman Larry Thornton to be Alabama State University trustees.  A spokeswoman for the governor said that Bentley had sent the nominees to the Senate for approval.  A majority vote by the Senate will make the selections official.