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Alabama Abortion Law Struck Down by Federal Judge

Aug 1, 2017

A federal judge has struck down an Alabama law that put minors seeking court permission for an abortion through a trial-like proceeding where the fetus could be represented by a court-appointed lawyer. U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan Russ Walker sided with the American Civil Liberties Union on Friday, saying the law imposes undue burdens on girls, violating their rights to a confidential proceeding by allowing the district attorney, witnesses and others to get involved in opposing her decision.

Tuskegee Man Killed in Weekend Accident

Jul 31, 2017

   There was one fatal accident in Central Alabama over the weekend. It happened in Macon County. State Troopers report that the single-vehicle wreck took place on Macon County Road 65 Saturday afternoon about three miles north of Tuskegee. A car left the roadway and struck a tree. Troopers say the driver, 64 year old Ronald Cleo Gibbs of Tuskegee, was killed. He was reportedly not wearing a seat belt and pronounced dead at the scene. No word yet on what may have caused the crash.

Montgomery Museum Director is Retiring

Jul 27, 2017

   The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts has announced that its director of 23 years is retiring. Mark Johnson was appointed in 1994 and is the museum’s longest-serving director in its history. In that time, the museum has received some 3 million visitors, collected 17-hundred pieces of art and undergone three major renovations or expansions. Another project to add a sculpture garden is currently in progress. Johnson will be awarded the honorary title of Director Emeritus by the museum’s board. His last day is August 15. Dr.

 Montgomery Public Schools has announced the return of the Transportation Hotline. The number allows parents to find information like pick-up and drop-off times and the location of bus stops. MPS Communications Officer Tom Salter says the hotline has been a useful tool for several years now.That number is 334-223-6900. Salter encourages parents to call before the first day of school to avoid a last minute crush of callers. The Montgomery Public School system has about 30-thousand students and approximately 15-thousand ride a school bus. 

   A Montgomery man has been hit with a capital murder charge in a deadly shooting from last week. Police say 27 year old Johnel Travis has been arrested on the murder and attempted murder charges. He is accused of killing 73 year old Rebecca Quillin and seriously wounding a man while in the 27-hundred block of Sumter Avenue Friday night. Investigators say the shooting occurred during the course of a felony. The victims reportedly knew their assailant. Travis has been placed in the Montgomery County Detention Facility without bond. 

Arrest Made in Most Recent Homicide in Montgomery

Jul 24, 2017

   Police have now made an arrest in a homicide that occurred Sunday night in Montgomery. According to a statement, the police department has charged 22 year old Rachard Johnson of Montgomery with murder in the shooting death of an adult male. It happened in the 48-hundred block of Park Towne Way around 6:30pm. The victim’s name has yet to be released. Investigators say it appears the shooting stemmed from an argument over a woman. Johnson has been placed in the Montgomery County Detention Facility under a 150-thousand dollar bond.

Case of Mad Cow Disease Detected in Alabama

Jul 20, 2017

   Alabama was the site of a rarely seen form of mad cow disease this month. The disease was confirmed in an 11 year old beef cow that had been for sale at a stockyard. When it became sick and died, tissue samples were sent to a diagnostic lab which came back positive for atypical bovine spongiform encephalopathy or BSE. The cow was not slaughtered and the meat did not enter the food chain. Alabama Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan says everyone involved followed protocol. McMillan called the case a rare and spontaneous incident, which can occur in older animals.

   Operation Southern Shield is being held all this week in five Southeastern states in an effort to cut the number of traffic accidents and deaths.The campaign by law enforcement agencies in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee targets drivers who are speeding, impaired, distracted and not wearing seat belts. Extra patrols are being funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.   Operation Southern Shield is being held in July since it is one of the busiest driving months of the year.

Three People Killed in Pike County Crash

Jul 11, 2017

   State Troopers have now identified the three people killed in a Pike County pileup yesterday afternoon.  The crash occurred on U-S Highway 231 around 2:10pm about four miles north of Ariton. Troopers say a tractor-trailer rig and two cars collided, blocking traffic for hours. A woman driving one of the cars was killed. She has been identified as 61 year old Debra Myers Askew of Brundidge. Two people in the other car also died – the driver, 49 year old Robert Pecnick and his wife, 46 year old Suzette Pecnick, both from St. Augustine, Florida. The driver of the truck was not injured.

Tuskegee Murder Under Investigation

Jul 10, 2017

   Macon County authorities have made an arrest in connection with a weekend murder. Investigators are looking into the shooting death of 18 year old Jaivontavious Sellers of Union Springs. He was gunned down around 2:20am Saturday in the 200 block of East Martin Luther King Highway. One person has been arrested. Police say 18 year old Kayonna Robinson has been charged with hindering prosecution. More arrests are expected. A motive for the shooting has not been released.

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