Montgomery, AL – (AP) - A Talladega man who shot four people, one of them fatally, when he was 15 in Westgate will spend 28 years in prison. Circuit Judge Bo Hollingsworth sentenced Cartravious Collins, now 18, Wednesday. Collins has already given notice of his intent to appeal. He was charged with the murder of Chelsei Embry, the attempted murder of LaToya Monique Embry, and assault in the second degree of Jalysa and Kaylon Embry. A jury convicted him for the lesser
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Montgomery police have arrested an 86-year-old they believe shot a woman in the head after she stole money from his home. James Murphy was charged with murder Wednesday in the death of 48-year-old Dorothy Webster. Montgomery police found Webster about 11 a.m. Wednesday lying on the front porch of Murphy's home. She was pronounced dead at the scene. According to police, Webster came to Murphy's house and was allowed inside to use the restroom. While inside , police say Webster allegedly stole $41.
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Alabama Department of Corrections hopes drilling for oil on prison property can ease some of its financial woes. Prison Commissioner Richard Allen announced Tuesday that the department has signed a five-year contract with Foote Oil & Gas Properties of Gulf Shores to explore for oil near the G.K. Fountain Correctional Center in South Alabama. The cash-strapped department has already received $400,000, plus a guarantee of 25 percent royalties and a $300 bonus per acre on
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Mercedes-Benz will cut 200 jobs at its Vance plant by the end of the year, bringing the work force to about 2,800 people for 2010. Felyicia Jerald, spokeswoman for Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, says the operational change comes as the company tries to match production with expected market conditions. The first reduction started in October 2008 when Mercedes offered its employees buyouts and early retirements. About 1,000 workers left during the next several months as a result of that reduction.
Birmingham, AL – (AP) - Congressman Artur Davis is targeting the church crowd and football fans with commercials for his Democratic campaign for governor. Davis' campaign said Monday it has started running its first broadcast commercial for next year's election. The ad is airing on urban and gospel stations in southeast Alabama. And it's in particularly heavy play during high school football broadcasts. The ad is aimed at telling the story of Davis' upbringing in Montgomery and his plans for addressing high school dropouts and
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Hurricane Ivan is recalled by weather experts as the most powerful storm to approach the Gulf of Mexico from the southeast when it took aim at the Alabama and northwest Florida coasts in September of 2004. It hit the rare Category 5 status three times. It killed nearly 100 people. With damages of more than $14 billion, it is still the fifth costliest hurricane in U.S. history. Yet as its fifth anniversary arrives Wednesday, many who survived its devastation say they feel it is now America's
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - The FBI's annual report on crime shows that Huntsville boasts the lowest murder rate and one of the lowest rates of property crime among the state's four largest cities. According to the report released Monday, Huntsville recorded 18 murders in 2007, putting the city's murder rate at 10.4 per 100,000 residents. Birmingham had the highest rate, with 36 murders per 100,000 residents. Mobile had 22 murders and Montgomery had 11.3 per 100,000 people.