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An inmate who escaped from a Montgomery facility is back behind bars today.  A local news outlet reports, the Alabama Department of Corrections says 46-year-old Paul Powell fled around 2:45 a.m. Monday and was recaptured in Dothan without incident.  Powell is serving 20 years in prison for property theft; he now faces charges for escape.  

VictoryLand Reopening

Aug 23, 2016

The Macon County Casino, VictoryLand is slated to open next month. Owner Milton McGregor and Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford jointly announced in a press release on Sunday that VictoryLand will reopen on Tuesday, September 13, at 2 p.m. The casino has been shut down since Attorney General Luther Strange raided the business in 2013. On Monday Ford, held a press conference in Tuskegee to announce his unified stand for VictoryLand. In the press release McGregor stated the facility will begin with a soft opening but he expects an expansion of operations to occur quickly.

Media outlets report Senator Dick Brewbaker recently resigned from the Senate Republican Caucus.  Al.com reports Brewbakers' resignation was in protest over efforts to expand gambling and over cloture of Republicans by Republican leadership.  Brewbaker says it's not personal but a protest of leadership violating its own rules.  Brewbaker says he does not plan to seek re-election to the Senate in 2018.  

Officials with the Alabama Department of Corrections are searching for an escaped inmate.  Officials say the inmate, 46-year-old Edward Paul Powell, fled from the Red Eagle Work Center around 2:20 a.m.  Powell is described as 5'11'' weighing around 249 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.  Authorities say Powell is serving a 22-year sentence for theft of property.  The public is asked to call local law enforcement, the Red Eagle Work Center or the ADOC with the whereabouts of Powell.  

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office and The U.S. Army's Partnership for Youth Success or PAYs' program signed an agreement Friday to help provide job interviews for veterans and soldiers preparing to exit the military.  WVAS News spoke with local U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Keyes Metcalf who says the program began in 2000.  Montgomery County Sheriff Derrick Cunningham says he is excited about the opportunity to interview and possibly hire veterans.  During the ceremony, twelve high school and college students took the Oath of Enlistment and were introduced as future U.S. soldiers.  

A local media news outlet is reporting a fatal shooting that occurred late Thursday night in Montgomery.  Montgomery Police say officers responded to the 3400 block of Gilmer Court of a subject shot, there they found an adult male suffering from a life-threatening injury. The man was later pronounced dead at the scene.  Police are continuing to investigate the incident, no arrests have been made.  

Officials with the Montgomery Fire Department are investigating an early morning house fire.  Local news outlets report the house in the 1200 block of Highland Avenue sustained heavy damage.  Authorities say the fire happened around 1 a.m.  and no one was inside the home at the time of the fire.  Officials are working to determine what caused the fire.  

Police in Alabama say an 85-year-old man is dead after being doused with gasoline and set on fire. Birmingham police say the suspect and the victim had some type of encounter early Wednesday morning, when witnesses reported a fire in a back yard and saw the suspect running down an alley with a red gas jug. Arriving officers found the victim lying on the ground in the back yard, his body severely burned. The elderly man was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said the suspect was found a short distance away and taken into custody. Police Chief A.C.

 Alabama authorities are searching for an escaped inmate who was recently convicted of shooting at a sheriff's deputy. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency told media outlets Tuesday night state and local authorities are looking for 23-year-old Eric Washington of Eutaw. A spokesman says Washington overpowered the staff at Greene County jail and took their keys before fleeing on foot around 9 p.m. He was last seen wearing black shorts and no shirt. Officials say Washington is considered armed and dangerous. 

Lottery bills are getting their first test with Alabama lawmakers.  The Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee is meeting Tuesday for public hearings on five different lottery bills.  The committee could vote on the bills this week.