Governor Robert Bentley has apologized to the government of India for the treatment of an Indian man who was roughed up by a police officer in Madison, Alabama. The case involves 57-year-old Sureshbhai Patel, who was hurt in a confrontation with Madison police officer Eric Parker while visiting relatives earlier this month. Bentley says an officer used "excessive force." Parker was arrested and charged with assault. Madison town official said Parker will be fired.
Families of missing persons and law enforcement agencies came together in Montgomery Tuesday for training and support group meetings. It was the state's first ever Missing Persons Day. Montgomery County District Attorney Darryl Bailey says families need to feel empowered. Bailey says there are 169 people currently missing in Alabama. For more information from the event, you can call 832-2550.
Montgomery Police have made an arrest in connection with the December slaying of a 16-year-old male. Another juvenile, 17-year-old Rodriquez Reed was taken into custody on Sunday and charged with the murder of Ladarion Thompson. Police said Thompson was shot on December 21st in the 3800 block of Day Street. The victim died a few days later on Christmas Day. Reed is being held in the Montgomery County Detention Facility on a $75,000 bond.
Alabama State University is launching it's "I Love ASU" 30-day giving campaign, which begins Valentine's Day and ends on March 15th. According to ASU's President, Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd, the university is asking supporters to show their love for the university by giving. Boyd said last year, the community showed its support in a big way by donating more than $150,000 during the inaugural 30 Days of Giving program. Online donations will be accepted at www.alasu.edu/giving or by mail or by phone at (334) 229-4431.
Alabama counties are deciding today whether to allow gay marriage following a federal judge's decision Thursday that forced Mobile County to issue same-sex licenses. Baldwin County Probate Judge Tim Russell says he will being selling licenses today. Other probate judges who balked at selling the licenses are weighing the same decision as Russell. Only about a third of the state's 67 counties have issue same-sex marriage licenses so far.
Central Alabama CrimeStoppers and Prattville Police have turned to the public for assistance in locating and identifying a man wanted for a strong arm robbery. The crime happened January 30th in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart store in Prattville. Authorities said the suspect stalked, then snatched a purse from a couple moments after they had cashed a tax refund check. CrimeStoppers has posted a photo of the suspect on its website. The CrimeStoppers number is 215-STOP.
The White House has honored five FBI agents for rescuing a boy who was held in an underground bunker in southeast Alabama two years ago. Members of the FBI's hostage rescue team were among the law enforcement officers receiving medals of valor in a ceremony with Vice President Joe Biden. An armed man boarded a school bus in Midland City on January 29, 2013, and killed the driver. He grabbed a five year-old boy off the school bus and descended into an underground bunker. Agents stormed the bunker days later, killing the gunman and rescuing Ethan Gilman.
An Autauga County woman is facing a disorderly conduct charge after offering to perform a same-sex wedding inside a courthouse. Sheriff Joe Sedinger says the woman was arrested Tuesday in the probate office. Sedinger says a dispute occurred between Probate Judge Alfred Booth and Anne Susan Diprizio of Prattville after two women obtained a marriage license. The sheriff says Diprizio identified herself as a minister and offered to marry the women. But Booth is not allowing marriage ceremonies in his office since gay marriage became legal on Monday. Diprizio is free on $1,000 bail.
More counties in Alabama began issuing same-sex marriage licenses Tuesday. Another ten probate courts joined those following a federal judge's order that found the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. The confusion stems from Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore's declaration that probate judges shouldn't give out the licenses to gay couples. Governor Bentley reiterated his stance Tuesday that he will allow probate judges to make their own decisions. Bentley also said he doesn't want the state to be seen as it was 50 years ago when a federal law was defied.
Governor Robert Bentley says he doesn't want to see his state as it was 50 years ago when another federal law, the Voting Rights Act, was defied. Alabama is now the 37th state where gays can legally wed, but the state's Chief Justice, Roy Moore, told probate judges to defy a federal ruling that struck down the gay marriage ban. Montgomery County Probate Judge Steven Reed said he decided to follow the federal court order. At least seven of Alabama's 67 counties issued marriage licenses to gay couples.