WVAS Local News

Jul 29, 2013

Montgomery Police said the deaths of a married coupled who were found shot inside their home off Bell Road was likely a murder-suicide.  Officials say 23-year-old Terrance Phillips likely shot himself after 24-year-old Tabia Woolford-Phillips was killed Friday night.  Authorities said a domestic argument likely led to the fatal shooting at residence on Portsmouth Court.  The shooting marked the city's 32nd homicide of 2013.  The capitol city recorded 32 homicides in all of 2012. 

Capital Murder

A 26-year-old Montgomery man is facing a capital murder charge in connection with the slaying of his uncle.  Montgomery Police is accused of killing 39-year-old Cherokee Johnson on January 9th.  The victim's body was found on Foshee Road.  Police said Harvey Johnson was arrested Friday in Jefferson County.  He awaits extradition to Montgomery.  No motive was given.  Cherokee Johnson was the city's 4th homicide of 2013. 

Telephone Scam

The Prattville Police Department is warning area residents about a recent scam involving callers pretending to be Prattville Police officers.  Police Chief Mark Thompson said the caller is telling an individual that there is an outstanding warrant for their arrest, but they can clear the warrant by sending a prepaid credit card, Green Dot card or cashiers check to the caller.  The scam artist also names streets in Prattville where the bogus traffic violation took place.  Prattville Police do not conduct business over the phone and advises residents not to mail payments to anyone. 

Eagle Camp

Dozens of children from the Black Belt region participated in a program called Camp Eagle.  The initiative is a summer program at Alabama State University for 7th, 8th and 9th graders who learn lessons ranging from academics to proper etiquette.  ASU president Dr. William Harris believes Camp Eagle benefits a child in many ways and exposes them to life on a college campus. 

Grade Changes

Two Montgomery Public School teachers says they felt pressured to make improper grade changes.  Pamela West and Gardenia Wilson told the Montgomery County Board of Education they thought the decision to transfer them to other schools stemmed from their refusal to give students easier work to raise their grades.  MPS officials denied the allegations. 

Boynton House

One of the most important structures linked to America's voting rights movement appears on the verge of collapse, and local leaders are calling it an embarrassment to Selma and Alabama.  The Montgomery Advertiser reports it's the former home of the late Sam Boynton and his wife Amelia, a couple who began voter registration efforts in Selma long before "Bloody Sunday" in 1965.  What makes their  house on Lapsley Street so important is a letter written there and sent to the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. inviting him to come to Selma to lead a voting rights movement.