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Creepy Clown Epidemic Comes to Montgomery

Sep 20, 2016

   Posts on social media by individuals dressed as sinister-looking clowns are being taken seriously by Montgomery authorities. Police say the statements on Facebook make physical threats against school children. Montgomery Police Chief Earnest Findley says the posts may be pranks, but it is no laughing matter. The trend of clown sightings or creepy clown social media posts has been sweeping the southeast. Troy police just took two teenagers in for questioning about a clown video. Mobile authorities are investigating threats from last week. 

A pipeline rupture in Alabama is being blamed for gas shortages across the South. Authorities say the shortage stems from the Colonial Pipeline Company closing a portion of the pipeline earlier this month.  Officials say nearly -250-thousand gallons of fuel spilled in rural Alabama.  Triple A Alabama spokesman Clay Ingram says the uptick in gasoline prices is only temporary.  Officials say the cause of the leak is being investigated. 


Colonial Pipeline Working to Bypass Leak

Sep 19, 2016

Colonial Pipeline says it is beginning construction of a temporary pipeline that will bypass a leaking section of its main gasoline pipeline in Shelby County, Alabama. Colonial said yesterday that the bypass line could be completed this week. Fuel supplies in at least five states — Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and the Carolinas — were threatened by the spill, and the U.S.

Alabama Unemployment Rate Drops Again

Sep 16, 2016

 The governor's office says Alabama's unemployment rate is down to 5.4 percent. The jobless rate announced Friday for August is three-tenths of a percent less than the July number, and it is well below the August 2015 unemployment rate of 6.1 percent. Unemployment in Alabama is still worse than average nationally, with the U.S. jobless rate at 4.9 percent. The August unemployment rate represents 116,361 people without jobs in Alabama, compared to 123,034 in July. Shelby County has the state's lowest unemployment rate at 4.2 percent.

Montgomery's Garrett Coliseum is hosting the "Homeless Veteran Stand Down" event this week.  It's sponsored by the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System; several veterans told WVAS News, they were pleased with the information provided about the resources they've been seeking.  Thursday's event ended at 2 p.m. but the event will reopen at 9 a.m. on Friday.  The annual event links veterans with numerous agencies and companies, some specializing in housing, employment, health and education.  

Fatal Accidents in Alabama on the Increase

Sep 15, 2016

   Fatalities have increased at an alarming rate on Alabama’s highways so far this year. Officials with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency believe the reduced presence of state troopers on the roadways could be a major factor. Public Information Officer Sgt. Steve Jarrett says troopers have investigated 456 traffic deaths as of this week in the state…compared to 349 fatalities to this point in 2015.  Keep in mind, state troopers only investigate fatal wrecks that occur on rural roads and interstates, not those within city limits. Sgt.

Alabama State University theatre students received a special visit from screen star, Samuel Smith Wednesday.  Smith has earned a long list of successes in stage, film and television.  Smith said he wanted to return to campus Wednesday to impart valuable advice students can apply in the entertainment industry.  Smith is mostly notably known for his appearance in Cadillac Records, The Sopranos and Law and Order: Criminal Intent.  

   A Montgomery Police Officer has been charged with Domestic Violence and placed on administrative leave.     A statement from the police department says that 35 year old Clarence Doniver was placed in the Montgomery City Jail on Sunday. An internal investigation is underway. Doniver has been on the police force since 2012.

Scores of vehicles are lining the roadways leading to the VictoryLand Casino in Macon County.  The gaming facility opened its doors Tuesday after being closed for three years.  The casino was closed in 2013 when the State Attorney General’s Office last conducted a raid there.  VictoryLand owner Milton McGregor says he’s resuming operations because Macon County’s sheriff and district attorney say the machines are legal.  

Victoryland to Reopen Today

Sep 13, 2016

   It’s been three years since the Victoryland gaming center opened its doors for business. Owner Milton McGregor announced last month that he would reopen the casino today with some 200 employees and around 500 electronic bingo machines.  McGregor has reportedly said the machines are like those at Indian gaming facilities in the state and have been certified by the sheriff to comply with local gaming laws.  Victoryland was shut down after raids by the state’s attorney general’s office in 2013.