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Authorities in Selma say an off duty police officer shot and killed two people and then committed suicide. Selma Policeman Dwight Moorer is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and her stepfather before taking his own life. The triple shootings occurred on Sunday. Authorities said the stepfather's body was found on 10th Street. The bodies of Moorer and his former girlfriend were found in a vehicle on Springdale Street. Police said Moorer had worked for the Selma Police Department for almost five years. He was a military veteran with two tours of duty in Iraq. The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is handling the case.
Two people were killed over the weekend in separate crashes in Elmore County. State Troopers said 56-year-old Charles Thornell died late Sunday afternoon when the motorcycle he was riding hit an embankment on Elmore County Road 34. The crash was reported just before 5 p.m. on Sunday.
A separate accident Saturday afternoon left a Wetumpka woman dead. Troopers said 23-year-old Samantha Moseley died when the car she was driving collided with another vehicle on Grier Road. The crash happened just after 1 p.m. Saturday. Troopers said Moseley was not wearing a seatbelt.
A Korean-based company that produces seats for Hyundai and Kia vehicles said it plans to rapidly grow its workforce when it moves into a new $50 million dollar plant in West Montgomery. DAS North America plans to expand their workforce from 100 employees to about 400 employees over the next four years. The company is using a temporary facility in Hope Hull. The new plant at Montgomery Industrial Park is scheduled to open next year.
Researches have found that gene flaws that raise the risk of breast cancer in black women may be behind more cases of the disease in black women than previously thought. A study of 250 African-American breast cancer patients from Chicago found that about one-fifth of them had one of these faulty genes. A mutation in one of the BRCA genes recently led actress Angelina Jolie to have preventative surgery to remove her breasts.
New Party Chairman
Alabama Democrats have delayed the vote for a new party chairman. Former Secretary of State Nancy Worley said Sunday she will continue as interim party chairperson following the postponement by the state executive committee, which met Saturday in Montgomery. Birmingham attorney Ed Gentle has sought the position, but Worley says he wasn't able to take over as chairman because of his work as a special master in a couple of cases involving politics. Worley says that vote likely won't come before the fall.