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Montgomery Police Initiate Homicide Investigation

Mar 22, 2017

 Montgomery police are conducting a homicide investigation into a weekend shooting. Investigators say 20 year old Brittany Young was found with a gunshot wound in the 57-hundred block of Express Drive Sunday morning. She was taken to a local hospital where she died the following night. Investigators continue to determine the circumstances that led to the shooting. Police do ask individuals with knowledge of the incident to call CrimeStoppers at 215-STOP, Secret Witness at 625-4000, or the Montgomery Police Department at 652-2831. 

   A fatal accident that occurred last week has resulted in the arrest of a Deatsville woman. State Troopers say an SUV driving through a construction zone on Autauga County Road 85 last Thursday fatally struck a worker on the site. The driver of that SUV, identified as 35 year old Kelly Nicole Dingler, has now been charged with manslaughter and driving under the influence of a controlled substance. Authorities say Dingler was placed in the Autauga County Jail under 15-thousand dollars bond. 

The nation's top commander of all U.S. Air Force recruiting activities, both in America and abroad, paid a special visit to Alabama State University on Monday. Major General Garrett Harencak serves as the commander of U.S. Air Force Recruiting Service, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. Harencak’s message focused on “Leading, Serving and Empowering”, he says his message is a great opportunity for students to get motivated about being the next generation of leaders.

U-S Attorney for Montgomery District Resigns

Mar 14, 2017

The remaining two U.S. attorneys who were appointed by former President Barack Obama in Alabama have stepped down. U.S. Attorney Kenyen Brown of Mobile has resigned and is being replaced on an interim basis by his top assistant, Steve Butler. Brown had served in the position since 2009. George Beck has resigned after six years as the top prosecutor in Montgomery. His top assistant, A. Clark Morris, becomes the acting U.S. attorney. Both Brown and Beck stepped aside after a White House decision to replace all remaining U.S. attorneys appointed by Obama.

Montgomery’s Minority Business Initiative spotlighted the success of a local company during a special event on Thursday at the Kress Building site downtown. Thomas Construction Company is one of the participants in the Minority Business program and is assisting in the revitalization of Dexter Avenue.

Monuments Bill Passes the Alabama Senate

Mar 10, 2017

The Alabama Senate has passed a bill that bars changes from being made to Confederate or long-standing monuments in the state. The measure passed 24-7 Thursday after more than two hours of debate. Critics argued the bill is offensive to African-Americans. The legislation forbids changes to public monuments that have stood for more than 20 years. Tuscaloosa Republican Sen. Gerald Allen is sponsoring the legislation. He says that it is intended to preserve history. The original bill would have stopped changes to markers more than 50-years-old.

Carol Villa Residents Call for Action

Mar 8, 2017

   An incident in which shots were fired at a party in Carol Villa this weekend has local residents on edge. A large contingent of neighborhood residents attended last night’s Montgomery City Council meeting calling for action. The group is disturbed that no arrests were made early Sunday morning when the incident occurred or since that time. The incident reportedly happened at a house in the area of Carol Villa Drive and Handel Court. While police say they have questioned numerous people, no arrests have been reported. 

Lyft Could Soon Operate in Montgomery

Mar 8, 2017

   Montgomery could soon have another ride-sharing company operating in the city.  At last night’s City Council meeting the panel unanimously approved Lyft’s application for a transportation network company permit. The San-Francisco company must now apply for a business license. It reportedly hopes to be up and running by late March. Uber, which offers similar services, already operates in Montgomery.

Republican Caucus Announces New Leadership

Mar 2, 2017

Republicans in the House of Representatives have elected Rep. Nathaniel Ledbetter of Rainsville as their new majority leader. The Republican Caucus announced the decision Wednesday. Ledbetter, a former Rainsville mayor, was elected to the Alabama House in 2014. Ledbetter in a statement said he was grateful for the confidence placed in him by the caucus. He is the first freshman to hold the position. Rep. Connie Rowe of Jasper will serve as vice-chairwoman of the caucus.