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Area Cities Have New Mayors Following Runoffs

Oct 5, 2016

   State legislator Darrio Melton has been elected as the new mayor of Selma. Melton last night defeated former Mayor James Perkins, Jr. in a runoff election. Melton has served in the Alabama House of Representatives since 2010.  Mayoral races were also decided in Tallassee and Alex City last night. Johnny Hammock is the new mayor of Tallassee after topping George McCain in the runoff. In Alex City, retired Russell Corporation executive Jim Nabors won the mayor’s office by a wide margin over the incumbent Charles Shaw. 

Two Traffic Deaths in the Tri-County Area

Oct 3, 2016

   Two traffic deaths were investigated by state troopers in the Tri-County vicinity over the weekend. Both happened Saturday.  Around 3:15pm a car is reported to have run off the road and struck a tree in Elmore County. It happened on Elmore County Road 407 about five miles north of Eclectic. Troopers say the driver was killed. He’s been identified as 37 year old Leon Livingston Minchew of Eclectic. No word on what caused the accident.

The Department of Veteran Affairs has announced a new program aimed at helping veterans resolve debt collection issues.  Central Alabama VA, Tyeasa Ewell says a Community Care Call Center has been set up to assist veterans with credit issues as a result of wrongly billed Choice Program claims.  The number is 1-877-881-7618.  

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has been suspended for the rest of his term for defying federal gay marriage rulings. The punishment effectively removes Moore from office, without the court officially ousting him. The nine-member Alabama Court of the Judiciary handed down the punishment Friday after ruling Moore had violating standards of judicial ethics. Moore was found to have encouraged probate judges to deny marriage licenses to gay couples six months after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that everyone has a fundamental right to marry in all 50 states.

Alabama State University's annual Fall Career Fair hosted hundreds of people Thursday.  Organizers say more than 100 representatives were on hand offering information about full-time, part-time, co-op and internship positions. The annual career fair was held at ASU's Dunn-Oliver Acadome.  

 The Alabama House Judiciary Committee is meeting to discuss the ongoing impeachment investigation of Gov. Robert Bentley. The committee on Tuesday afternoon is to hear an update from special counsel Jack Sharman and discuss his proposed changes to the committee's rules of procedure. Committee members will vote on a number of proposed changes. One specifies that the governor's attorneys would not have the right to cross-examine any witnesses who testify before the committee.

The Alabama State University family is mourning the death of one of its students, 18-year-old Jerrett Mumford. In an official statement the university offers its prayers and condolences to the family of Mumford.  Officials say Mumford was killed on Sunday in a car accident in Georgia.  ASU President, Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd says “we extend our deepest sympathy to his family, friends and colleagues.  A student-led memorial service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Card Residence Hall, where Mumford resided on campus.  

Montgomery Police Investigate Weekend Homicide

Sep 26, 2016

   Montgomery Police have begun a homicide investigation into the death of a 19 year old male.  A department release states that around 11pm Saturday police and fire medics were called to the 600 block of Clinton Street on a report of a subject shot. The victim, Zhivago Hines of Montgomery, was located and taken to a local hospital where he later died. The circumstances surrounding the shooting are still being determined. Police say no arrests have been made.

Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford held a press conference Friday urging the citizens of Macon County to stand-up for their voting rights in wake of a possible shut-down.  Ford's press conference was held in response to the governor and state attorney general asking law enforcement officials to shut down the newly reopened electronic gambling operations including VictoryLand.  VictoryLand reopened on Sept. 13th.  The casino had been shut since 2013 when the state seized the casino's gambling machines.  

   Letters have been sent to the sheriffs and district attorneys of Macon and Lowndes counties by Governor Robert Bentley and Attorney General Luther Strange asking them to shut down illegal gambling operations.     Electronic bingo casinos have recently reopened in those counties, including the Victoryland gaming center. In the letters, Strange and Bentley write that electronic bingo is "clearly disallowed" by state law. They asked to hear the enforcement plans of local law enforcement by Sept. 30. Victoryland reopened on September 13 to overflowing crowds.