WVAS Local News

Aug 26, 2013

The Alabama Department of Public Health is launching a new stroke system aimed at providing care to stroke victims through a network of hospitals.  Stroke is the third leading cause of death in Alabama.  The system is set up to ensure that stroke patients are routed to the closest possible hospital that is able to offer proper care.  The Southeast Regional Pilot Acute Stroke System will serve patients in 18 Alabama counties. 

Dog Raid

Authorities are calling it the second-largest dog fighting raid in U.S. history.  12 people have been arrested in a high stakes dog fighting and gambling operation covering several states.  The 30 count federal indictment charges that the individuals promoted and sponsored dog fights and illegal gambling activities.  Simultaneous raids were carried out Friday at locations in Alabama and Georgia where 367 pit bull terriers were seized.  Agents also seized more than $500,000 dollars in the raids.  The investigation has been ongoing for three years and involved the U.S. Attorney's office, Auburn Police, the FBI and the Coffee County Sheriff's office among many others. 

Fatal Accident

State Troopers are investigating a fatal accident in Autauga County involving a pedestrian.  The victim has been identified as Roderick Wilson of Plantersville.  Authorities says he was struck by a car on Autauga County One around around 3:30 Saturday morning.  No further details were released. 

Cows Shot

Authorities say two central Alabama men accused of fatally shooting 10 Black Angus cows over a two-day period have been arrested.  Officials from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency's Agricultural and Rural Crimes Unit say 28-year-old Jonthan Earl Baker of Columbiana and 32-year-old Timothy Lynn Blakenship  of Vincent are each facing two counts of killing or disabling livestock.  Authorities say the charges are linked to a July 2012 incident in Wilsonville.