Birmingham, Alabama – (AP) - About 3,500 students are in the Birmingham area this week to compete in the 2009 National Forensic League's speech and debate tournament. Students at the weeklong event are expected to debate about controversial issues, from politics to current events.
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Officials say city inspectors have ticketed 85 people in the first eight days of enforcing a new Montgomery ordinance against parking cars in the front yard. The $50 fines can be appealed but photos of the violations are kept on file and will be shown to municipal court judges who hear contested cases. Montgomery officials said the goal is not to raise revenue but to discourage people from parking in front yards. City Councilman Charles Smith sponsored the ordinance and said
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Alabama has been ranked second in a national study on gun deaths per capita. The five states topping the list were Louisiana, Alabama, Alaska, Mississippi and Nevada, according to the Violence Policy Center. The study looked at states with high gun ownership coupled with what it called weak gun laws. In states that fit that definition, gun death rates far exceed the national rate of 10.32 per 100,000 residents, according to data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's
Montgomery, Alabama – Montgomery police are investigating the capital city's latest homicide.
19 year old Terrance Ponder is dead after being shot in his head and back. Police believe Ponder and another teenaged man were shot during a shootout that happened while the victims and the suspects were driving on the West South Boulevard Saturday night.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – (AP) - Alabama death row inmate Jack Trawick is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection Thursday at Holman Prison in Atmore. Assistant Attorney General Clay Crenshaw said the 62-year-old Trawick had not filed any legal pleadings in court seeking to stop his execution as of late Wednesday. Trawick was sentenced to death for the 1992 abduction and slaying of 21-year-old college student Stephanie Gach of Birmingham. Trawick's graphic writings and grisly drawings about his crimes
Mobile, Alabama – MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A judge has set an Oct. 19 trial date for part-time evangelist Anthony Hopkins, charged with murder in the death of his wife, whose body was found in a freezer at the couple's home. Judge John Lockett set the trial date Monday during Hopkins' arraignment. Prosecutors claim the 37-year-old Hopkins killed his 36-year-old wife, Arletha, then stuffed her body in a deep freezer four years ago. The freezer was kept in the house where Hopkins was raising his eight children.
Montgomery, Alabama – Montgomery Police arrest a man accused of staging a murder to appear that it happened during a robbery. Police have 22 year old Rontavius Holloway of Montgomery in custody charged with committed the city's latest homicide.
Police allgee Holloway shot and killed an unidentified 47 year old woman around 2 o'clock Thursday morning outside a West Haven Lane home.
Police say Holloway apparently placed a ski mask and a knife in the woman's hand to make it appear that the fatal shooting was committed during a robbery.
Montgomery, Alabama – Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange and Montgomery County Commission Chairman Elton Dean are meeting today with members of the company that recently purchased the Montgomery Mall.
The owners, Blue Ridge Capital, say they would like to form a public/private partnership to help utilize the facility. Mayor Todd Strange says there are many avenues they might take in considering what to do with the facility which has been vacant for several years.