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Tuskegee Airmen 75th Annivesary Events

Mar 21, 2016

At least four of the original Tuskegee Airmen will be returning for the 75th anniversary of the unit's creation Tuesday.  The commemoration is being hosted by the Tuskegee Airmen Foundation.  President of that organization retired Brigadier General Leon Johnson says the legacy of the so-called "Red Tails" needs to be remembered.  A press conference is set for Tuesday at the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site.  The day will be capped with a reception and gala at the Renaissance Hotel in Montgomery.  Johnson says other anniversary events will take place throughout the year.  

Two Killed in Wetumpka Shooting

Mar 21, 2016

Police in Wetumpka are investing a deadly shooting that happened Saturday afternoon.  Two people were killed in what Wetumpka Police Chief Danny Billingsley called a "drive-by" shooting and two others were injured.  The chief tells media outlets that Darryl Hunt and Deosha Jackson were fatally injured, while Roderick Jones and Jacoreian Jennings were last reported in critical condition.  One man has been taken into custody.  He's been identified as Marcus Edwards of Wetumpka.  Edwards has been charged with two counts of murder and placed in the Elmore County Jail without bond.

Five Die in Two Vehicle Crash

Mar 21, 2016

Authorities say five people were killed in a two-vehicle crash in Macon County over the weekend.  Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Corporal Jess Thornton says the crash involved victims from Alabama and Georgia.  The accident occurred Saturday evening when two SUVs collided on U.S. Highway 80 near the 185 mile marker.  One of the vehicles caught fire and overturned.

WVAS-FM Women's History Month Celebration

Mar 19, 2016

WVAS-FM is partnering with McDonald’s to host “WVAS Celebrates Women’s History Month.”  Four women from the River Region have been selected to receive awards for their outstanding leadership and service to the community. The honorees include Dr. Gwendolyn E. Boyd, President of Alabama State University; Virginia Whitfield, community humanist; Wanda Kraemer, executive director of Veterans Place; and, Cassandra Crosby McCullough, entrepreneur and owner of Ciao Bella.  

Lawsuit Addresses Inmates with Disabilities

Mar 17, 2016

Alabama has agreed to change how inmates with disabilities are treated and housed to settle part of a broader lawsuit over prison medical care.  The proposed agreement was filed Tuesday in federal court in Montgomery.  The state agreed to make sure there are cells and other housing complaint with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and to make sure inmates can access programs and facilities.  The state will also identify inmates with developmental disabilities and mental illness.  

Judge Denies Extra Security Request

Mar 17, 2016

A Montgomery judge says extra security is unnecessary in the case against a white police officer charged with fatally shooting a black man.  Officer Aaron Smith's attorney Mickey McDermott says he filed a motion for extra security as a "necessary precaution" due to threats against Smith.  But in court, the lawyer agreed with Judge Jimmy Pool that existing courthouse security was adequate.  Smith was arrested less than a week after police say he fatally shot Greg Gunn in February.  The district attorney says he found probable cause to justify Smith's charges.  

Senate Commitee Approves Prison Proposal

Mar 17, 2016

A Senate committee has advanced Gov. Robert Bentley's proposal to build four new prisons.  The Senate budget committee approved the bill.  The vote came on the heels of two violent uprisings at a south Alabama prison that Bentley blamed on overcrowding.  Sen. Cam Ward said the uprisings show that the state desperately needs new prisons.  Bentley is seeking approval for an $800 million bond issue and a bid law change so design and construction can be awarded in one contract.  However, some lawmakers raised concerns about the plan as it heads to an uncertain Senate vote.  

Homicide Investigation Underway in Montgomery

Mar 15, 2016

Montgomery Police have begun a homicide investigation into the death of a teenager Tuesday morning.  Police say 18-year old Kimo Anthony of Montgomery sustained fatal gunshot injuries in the 1500 block of Gibson Street at approximately 3:45 Tuesday morning.  No arrests have been made and the circumstances surrounding the investigation have not been released.  If you have any information on this murder, you are asked to call the police department at 625-2831, the Secret Witness Line at 262-4000 or CrimeStoppers, which is 215-STOP.  

Police Identify Pedestrian Killed in Montgomery

Mar 15, 2016

Police have now identified the woman killed in an accident last night in Montgomery.  According to a release 54-year-old Gwendolyn Wise of Montgomery was struck by a car at the intersection of East South Boulevard and Narrow Lane Road at about 8:50 p.m.  She was pronounced dead on the scene.  The driver was not injured.  Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the crash.  

Reports of Prison Riots Prompt Governor's Visit

Mar 15, 2016

Gov. Robert Bentley says prison uprisings will occur in other facilities in the state if the problems of overcrowding and understaffing aren't addressed.  Bentley visited a prison in southwest Alabama that has seen two violent disturbances over the past several days.