WVAS Local

VictoryLand Owner Says Casino Will Reopen

Apr 4, 2016

VictoryLand officials met Monday on the grounds of the gaming complex in Macon County to announce, that doors would reopen as soon as early summer.  Last Thursday, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that it was legal for the state to seize electronic bingo machines and cash in 2013.  Milton McGregor, owner of VictoryLand says, the recent Supreme Court opinion is not the end of the gaming facility.  McGregor said he expects many of the games offered at the casino to be identical to what is played at other nearby Indian casinos.

VictoryLand Casino Ruling

Apr 1, 2016

Justices on the Alabama Supreme Court provided an emphatic opinion on electronic bingo yesterday.  The Court ruled against VictoryLand casino saying electronic gambling machines seized there in 2013 are illegal.  The Justices wrote that the electronic bingo machines, which resemble slot machines, are not what was intended by state laws allowing card and paper type bingo games.  The Court went on to state that they hoped this was the final decision in the state's protracted legal war over gambling devices.

Governor Visits Tutwiler Prison

Apr 1, 2016

Governor Robert Bentley paid a visit to Tutweiler prison in Wetumpka Thursday.  Bentley says he toured the facility two years ago and wanted to check on its progress.  The governor is pushing lawmakers to approve an $800 million bond issue that would be used to build three new men's prisons and one women's facility.  During the tour, Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn told Governor Bentley that mental health is one of the primary issues that prisons like Tutweiler have to address.

Montgomery Regional Airport Committee

Apr 1, 2016

The Montgomery Regional Airport has experienced substantial growth in the last two years.  However, city officials say they still battle misconceptions about the airport.  To remedy that, an Ad Hoc Airport Authority Committee of the Montgomery City Council has embarked on a campaign to change those perceptions.  Chip Gentry is the Vice President of air service development for the airport.  Gentry says the committee is also focused on keeping the 187th Fighter Wing in Montgomery and have plans to secure additional property for a second runway.  

Montgomery Teen Charged in Homicide

Apr 1, 2016

An arrest has been made in the Monday homicide of a 16-year-old Montgomery youth.  Police report that 19-year-old Floyd Burnett of Montgomery has been charged with one count of murder in connection with the shooting death of Kourtney Richardson.  Richardson was found with a gunshot wound in the 1900 block of Gibbs Drive Monday afternoon.  Detectives say it appears the shooting was triggered by a verbal altercation.  Burnett turned himself in to police yesterday and was taken to the Montgomery County Detention Facility where he is being held on a $150,000 bond.  

Fatal CSX Train Accident

Apr 1, 2016

Authorities have released more details on a fatal crash between a car and train last night.  State Troopers report that the car collided with a CSX train at the railroad crossing on Wares Ferry Road near McLemore Road at around 6:30.  The driver of the car, 62-year-old Annie Tarver, was killed.  An investigation into the crash continues.  

Toddler Killed in Chilton Accident

Mar 30, 2016

A four-year old child was killed in an accident in Chilton County Tuesday.  State Troopers report that the male child was not in a child restraint seat when the SUV he was riding in left the roadway and overturned.  The boy was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.  The child's mother and another child in the front seat were wearing seatbelts and were not injured, according to police.  The mother is reportedly from Clanton.  The crash occurred at approximately 1 p.m. where Chilton County Roads 530 and 23 intersect, just over nine miles south of Clanton.

Ethics Investigation

Mar 30, 2016

There are indications the Alabama Ethics Commission has begun the process of investigating complaints against Governor Robert Bentley and his senior political adviser Rebekah Caldwell Mason.  State auditor Jim Zeigler forwarded the complaints last week after fired ALEA Secretary Spencer Collier accused the governor may have misused state property if there was an affair in or around Bentley's office.  The governor and Mason have denied having an affair.

Officer Resigns in Montgomery

Mar 30, 2016

A Montgomery police officer has resigned after being charged with felony leaving the scene of a traffic accident.  22-year-old Officer G.T. Farris was arrested by state troopers Tuesday and placed in the Montgomery County Detention Facility.  The charge stems from a two-vehicle crash that occurred early Tuesday morning at the intersection of West and Fifth streets in Montgomery.  Montgomery Police asked the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency to investigate the crash after determining that the vehicle was registered to and operated by an off-duty MPD officer at the time of the crash.

NTS Board Investigates Helicopter Crash

Mar 28, 2016

A National Transportation Safety Board spokesman says poor weather will be one area of focus for federal investigators trying to determine what caused a medical helicopter to crash in southeast Alabama, killing all four people aboard.  The chopper crashed in the pre-dawn hours Saturday in the Goodman, Alabama area after picking up a patient from the scene of a highway crash.  The spokesman said Monday that is was foggy at the time of the crash, and investigators will gather more information about weather conditions the helicopter may have encountered.