WVAS Local News

Jun 6, 2013

Montgomery is losing its longtime deputy mayor to another Alabama city.  The Montgomery Advertiser reports Deputy Mayor Jeff Downes is stepping down to accept the job as city manger of Vestavia Hills, a suburban community located near Birmingham.  Downes' last day on the job will be July 3rd. 

Postal Worker Pleads Guilty

Federal prosecutors say a former Montgomery postal worker has pleaded guilty to shooting at two co-workers in December 2011.  The U.S. attorney's office said Wednesday that 30-year-old Arthur Lee Darby pleaded guilty to attempted assault of two postal employees, discharging a gun during a violent crime and possession of a firearm in a federal facility.  Officials say no one was inured in the shooting.  A September sentencing date has been set for the former mail handler.  The feds say Darby faces a possible life sentence. 

Department Store Shooting

Prattville police say a Georgia man was arrested after he was accused of firing a shot at two shoplifters Wednesday.  The incident happened outside a Belk Department store.  Prattville Police Chief Mark Thompson said 57-year-old Donald Estes of Winston, Georgia, saw two females run from the store when he apparently decided to stop the suspects.  Authorities said no one was hurt and the two suspects fled the scene.  Estes was charged with reckless endangerment and was released on a $500 dollar bond. 

Bags of Food

More than 7,000 bags of foods were filled on Wednesday for the Montgomery Area Food Bank.  It's a project spearheaded by member of the Future Farmers of America.  The organization is holding its statewide convention this week in downtown Montgomery.