Ceremonies marking the 12th anniversary of 9/11 have begun in earnest. Cities and towns across Alabama joined the rest of the nation to observe moments of silence at Ground Zero in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington D.C. and in western Pennsylvania. Locally, ceremonies were held this morning in Montgomery and Prattville.
Montgomery Police are investigating the city's 38th homicide. Police said 32-year-old Jermol Garrett was killed early Tuesday morning at a residence on Cross Ridge Road. Authorities say Garrett died of a fatal gunshot wound. It's unclear what led to the violence. No arrests have been made.
Starting in October, Alabamians will be charged a fee on their monthly bills for using a cell phone and land line telephone. The Montgomery Advertiser reports the Alabama Legislature approved the levy in 2012. The law will allow wireless carriers and phone companies to charge $1.60 per phone every month. The newspaper said the revenue will be used to fund 911 systems in all 67 counties. Previously, 911 systems were funded by municipalities and counties.
Alabama's Black Belt region has recently been allocated $250,000 dollars by a financial organization to aid small businesses. Trufund Financial Services is a certified community development institution with offices in Birmingham, New York and Louisiana. It provides small businesses with credit and capital. The website for more information is www.trufund.org
Its called Operation Good Shepherd, the initiative announced in June allows local ministers to assist Montgomery Police at crime scenes. The ministers will provide comfort to crime victims and help officers to defuse volatile situations. 34 ministers participated in a series of training classes. A graduation ceremony was held Thursday evening for the first class of clergy members who will participate in Operation Good Shepherd.
Motorists will see more state troopers on the roads during the Labor Day holiday weekend. It's part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. Extra officers will be working from the beginning of the holiday travel period at 6 p.m. Friday through midnight Tuesday.
If you are headed to Cramton Bowl this evening be prepared for new security measures at the stadium. Police and sheriff's deputies say everyone including layers, fans, cheerleaders and band members will be screened with hand held metal detectors.
All available troopers will be on Alabama's highways and interstates during the upcoming Labor Day Holiday weekend. Authorities plan to crack down on impaired drivers, aggressive driving and seatbelt use. The state will also participate in a national effort to protect the public from unsafe motor-coach operators. The holiday weekend begins Friday at 6 p.m. and ends midnight Monday.
A woman remains hospitalized after she was shot at Faulkner University. The shooter, reported to be her estranged husband, was arrested. Authorities said the woman was listed in serious, but stable condition. The victim, whose name was withheld, was shot Tuesday around noon near a maintenance building on the Faulkner campus. Montgomery Police said the shooting was a domestic violence incident.
Two Montgomery teenagers are charged with capital murder in the city's 37th homicide. At a press conference Tuesday, Montgomery Police Chief Kevin Murphy said the 13 and 15-year-old suspects met 19-year-old Christopher Lewis online. The boys are alleged to have killed Lewis during a robbery last Saturday in the 2200 block of Bonaparte Boulevard. Montgomery's Public Safety Director, Chris Murphy is calling on residents to become more involved. Murphy said the suspects' name have not been released.