Montgomery firefighters took about 30 minutes to put out a fire Tuesday morning at the Dreamland Barbeque restaurant. District Fire Chief Ronnie Bozeman said the fire started in the barbeque pit, but was contained to the smoke stack. There were no injuries.
Montgomery Police are investigating the city's 35th murder of the year. Emergency personnel were called to the 3400 block of Crescent Road at about 10:30 Sunday night where they found 19-year-old Dontavious McCall with a gunshot wound. He was taken to Baptist Medical Center South and later pronounced dead. No word on the circumstances surrounding the shooting and no arrests at this time. Police ask anyone with information on this homicide to call CrimeStoppers at 215-STOP, the Secret Witness Line at 262-4000 or the Montgomery Police Department at 625-2831.
Many Alabama sheriffs are seeking more young people ages 18 to 20 seeking permits to carry concealed handguns now that a state gun law makes it tougher to deny them. The Alabama Sheriff's Association's Executive Bobby Timmons said sheriffs could ignore a pistol permit application in the past if they thought someone was too immature to get one. But that changed under the new law that went into effect on August 1st.
The Montgomery Police Department unveiled the newest addition to its fleet Thursday. MPD will be replacing its Ford Crown Victoria sedans with 27 new Chevrolet Tahoes. Criminal Investigations Commander Bryan Jurkofsky said he believes MPD has made the best possible decision with these new vehicles. MPD will slowly phase the Crown Victoria sedans out over the next few years.
Federal Postal Inspectors are appealing to the public for help in finding a gold Ford Explorer that seen in the vicinity of a robbery-shooting at the Hayneville Post Office. The crime occurred on the afternoon of August 1st. A postal truck driver was shot, the employee is recovering. Law Enforcement officers with Central Alabama CrimeStoppers program and the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department are assisting in the investigation.
A group of black legislators are challenging new legislative districts that were drawn by the GOP dominated state Legislature. Members of the Legislative Black Caucus said the case begins today in Montgomery Federal Court and will be heard by a three judge panel. Black lawmakers contend the district lines approved in 2012, unfairly packs black voters into majority black districts. The districts are schedule to be used in next year's elections. The state denies the districts discriminate against minority voters.
Middle school students in Montgomery are shifting to a new modified block schedule this year. Superintendent Barbara Thompson said students can expect more from the concentrated learning from the alternative day program. The Montgomery Public School System is working to improve the performance of its middle schools. Recently the Alabama Department of Education placed six Montgomery middle schools on its failing list.
The advocacy group, Alabama Arise, has accused Payday and Title Loan businesses of engaging in predatory lending. At a work session Tuesday, the Montgomery City Council discussed a proposed moratorium against Payday Loan stores. City Councilman Charles Smith is leading the effort. He said there are 89 such businesses in Montgomery and most concentrated along the Atlanta Highway.
Montgomery Police say a bicycle rider was killed in a collision with a sport utility vehicle Monday night. Police said 42-year-old Timothy Odom was taken to Baptist Medical Center South where he later died. The accident occurred around 8:30 p.m. in the 1400 block of Mobile Road. Police said the driver of the SUV was not injured. It's the 11th traffic fatality in Montgomery this year.