WVAS Local News

Oct 21, 2013

State health and law enforcement officials are asking the public to get rid of potentially dangerous prescription drugs that are expired, unused or unwanted.  They are working with police and sheriffs' department in many towns to set up drop-off points for Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 26th.  Officials say the program is free and anonymous.  A list of drop-off sites is available on the state health department's website. 

Sex Offenders Monitor

Two Alabama lawmakers have pre-filed a bill that would require facilities housing groups of sex offenders to have a live-in monitor.  Representatives Paul Beckman of Prattville and Kurt Wallace of Maplesville say they're sponsoring the proposed legislation because groups of sex offenders who have finished their prison sentences are living in clusters near Clanton and in Autauga County.  Beckman said he considers the measure a way of protecting children and families in rural areas that are home to groups of sex offenders. 

Pedestrian Fatality

Montgomery Police say a driver is facing a charge of reckless murder in connection with the death of a pedestrian late Friday night.  MPD said 25-year-old Ashlee Mock of Montgomery was struck and killed in the 1900 black of Yarbrough Street.  It happened around 11:30 p.m.  Police said a second pedestrian was also struck and suffered life threatening injuries.  The driver, 28-year-old Kevin Crosskey of Montgomery, was charged with reckless murder and was being held in the Montgomery County Jail under a $75,000 bond.  There have been 16 traffic fatalities in Montgomery this year. 

Baby Rhino

Montgomery Zoo officials say an animal autopsy will be conducted to determine what caused the death of a 4-month-old Indian rhinoceros.  The baby rhino, named Ethan, died on Saturday.  The rhino's birth was widely celebrated because Ethan was the first of his species to be born in the United States that was produced by artificial insemination.  The young rhinoceros was named after Ethan Gilman.  The youngster was kidnapped from a school bus and held hostage in a bunker in Dale County earlier this year.