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Alabama authorities say a home burglary suspect has died after police used a stun gun on the man.  Birmingham police say he resisted officers who found him in a house wrapped in what looked like material from the air conditioner duct work.  The Lewisburg Road homeowner called police Tuesday about glass breaking and someone yelling and growling in his basement.  Police reportedly entered the dwelling and used a stun gun several times on a white suspect before handcuffing him.  Investigators say the man was "extremely irritated" throughout and didn't obey verbal commands.

Montgomery Education Foundation's Brain Forest Summer Learning Academy was spotlighted Wednesday at Carver High School.  The academic-enrichment program is for rising 4th, 5th, and 6th graders in the Montgomery Public School system.  Community Program Director Dillion Nettles, says the program aims to prevent learning loss during summer months.  To find out how your child can participate in next summer's program visit Montgomery-ed.org

A police officer is free on bond after being arrested following a rash of road-sign thefts in southeast Alabama.  Brantley Police Chief Titus Averett says officer Jeremy Ray Walker of Glenwood is on paid leave following his arrest in Pike County.  The 30-year-old Walker is charged with receiving stolen property.  Lt. Troy Johnson of the Pike County Sheriff's Office says an investigation began after someone reported that Walker was selling road signs from Crenshaw County.  Investigators contacted the county engineer and learned signs had been reported stolen from several roads.

A fatal accident was reported in Tallapoosa County yesterday.  The single-vehicle crash happened around 12:30 p.m. on U.S. Highway 280 about four miles east of Dadeville.  State Troopers say 33 year old Grady Michael Harrell of Opelika was killed when the van he was driving left the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned.  The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.  No word on what may have led to the accident.  

The House Judiciary Committee is meeting this week to discuss the hiring of special counsel to lead an investigation into the possible impeachment of Governor Robert Bentley.  The meeting Friday is the second time the committee has met.  Last month, committee chairman Mike Jones, a Republican representative from Andalusia, said that the investigation into a sexually-charged scandal involved a former Bentley advisor could not begin in earnest until a special counsel was selected.

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.  As the designation would imply the month is a time for sharpening the focus on mental health topics.  According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 16.3 percent of Hispanic adults and 18.6 percent of Black adults are living with a mental health condition.  To celebrate Minority Mental Health Month, the council on substance abuse is hosting its annual Community Mental Health Fair on Saturday, July 16th.  More information is available at nami.org.  

A Montgomery woman previously convicted of severely injuring a toddler has been arrested again, this time for allegedly leaving her infant son in a car while she shopped at Walmart.  Police say 33-year-old Javonda Latrice Weeks was arrested Saturday.  A concerned resident reported seeing the infant around 10 a.m. in a vehicle in the Walmart parking lot.  The windows had been left cracked and the vehicle was unlocked.  The baby has been placed in the custody of his father.

WVAS Town Hall and Block Party All Set

Jul 11, 2016

The "Taking It To The Streets" town hall and block party is set for Wednesday in Montgomery. The free event features a mix of city officials, community leaders and members of law enforcement. There will also be a question and answer session. WVAS-FM is hosting the event along with partners 97.9 JAMZ, That's My Dog restaurant and the Public Safety Department at Alabama State University. The anti-violence forum is being held at the corner of West Jeff Davis Avenue and Pleasant Avenue. The town hall begins at 6pm with the block party to follow.

Alabama Abortion Laws Face Challenge

Jul 11, 2016

Lawyers for abortion providers have asked a federal judge to block new Alabama laws that ban abortion clinics near schools as well as the procedure most commonly used in the second trimester.  Earlier this year state lawmakers approved legislation banning abortion clinics within two-thousand feet of a K-8 public school. They also banned an abortion procedure called dilation and evacuation. The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging the restrictions as an undue burden on abortion access.

Domestic Violence Leads to Police Standoff

Jul 11, 2016

Randolph County authorities say a domestic disturbance led to a standoff with police and eventually the death of the suspect. Deputies were called to a trailer on County Road 7 where the suspect was reportedly holding a hostage. The man exchanged gunfire with police and wounded a Randolph County Deputy. Authorities say the suspect, identified as 76 year old Eli Lee of Wedowee, later died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The deputy was taken to UAB where he is said to be recovering.  No one else was hurt.