WVAS Local News

May 17, 2013

The sponsor of Alabama's new private school tax credits said he intends to block the governor's proposal to delay the tax breaks for two years.  Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said families of children trapped in failing schools need the option of school choice now.  Marsh said Thursday he intends to kill the governor's proposal, either by getting the Legislature to reject it or never bringing it up for a vote.  Earlier in the week, Governor Robert Bentley said he wants to delay the tax breaks until 2015 to give failing schools time to improve. 

First Charging Station

The city of Montgomery has installed its first public charging station for electric vehicles.  It's located near the entrance to the Riverfront tunnel on Commerce Street.  Mayor Todd Strange made the announcement at his weekly press briefing.  Mayor Strange says there are around 100 drivers of electric cars in the city.  An Alabama Power Company official says the station is one of the first in the state. 

Denied Bond

A Montgomery newspaper reports that an ex-Marine enlisted man and his female acquaintance have each been denied bond in connection with the April 1st shooting death of a Montgomery woman.  A district judge ruled Thursday that a grand jury will decide whether to indict Marquis Cheatham and Dominique Atkinson of North Carolina.  The two are accused of killing Ashley Cheatham on Lower Wetumpka Road.  Prosecutors said Marquis Cheatham was an active duty Marine based at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina who allegedly plotted to kill the victim, who was his wife. 

Crime Scene Visit

Prosecutors in Lee County are opposing a bid by a shooting suspect to visit the Auburn apartment complex where three people were shot to death and three others were wounded last year.  Attorneys for Desmonte Leonard of Montgomery were in court Thursday asking a judge to let their client visit the scene of the shooting at University Heights Apartments.  Lee County Circuit Judge Jacob Walker didn't rule on the issue.  Leonard is charged with capital murder charges.  No trial date has been set.