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Alabama's governor has written the president to try to get help with furloughs for some Alabama National Guard members. Governor Bentley asked President Obama to direct the Defense Department to grant the National Guard the authority to shift funds and avoid further furloughs of dual-status employees who work full time for the Guard and then train as Guard member on the weekend. The mandatory furloughs started this month and run through September.
Montgomery police believe they have solved two cold case murders that occurred 14 years ago. The Bureau's Major Crimes unit announced Thursday that it has served murder warrants for 36-year-old Walter Maddox. Detectives said they linked Maddox using DNA evidence to the killings of Dorothy Lewis and Carolyn Dixon. Lewis' body was found near Crystal Lake in April 1999. Dixon's remains were discovered near a church on Norman Bridge Road in October 1999. Police said Maddox is already serving a life sentence, plus 99 years in New York State for murder and rape.
Alabama has executed its first inmate since 2011, a man convicted of the beating and shooting death of an elderly man in north Alabama on Halloween night in 2005. Corrections officials said 29-year-old Andrew Lackey was pronounced dead at 6:25 p.m. Thursday after receiving an injection at Holman Prison in Atmore. Authorities say Lackey was seeking money when he killed 80-year-old Charles Newman at his Limestone County home.
Police in Selma say a man and his nephew are wanted for an attempted murder. 55-year-old Nelson Ellis and 17-year-old Ellis are accused of shooting a woman with a shotgun. Selma authorities said the shooting occurred at a residence on Vickery Street Thursday morning. Both males are considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information about the suspects is urged to call Selma Police at 874-2125.