Authorities in Selma say an off duty police officer shot and killed two people and then committed suicide. Selma Policeman Dwight Moorer is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and her stepfather before taking his own life. The triple shootings occurred on Sunday. Authorities said the stepfather's body was found on 10th Street. The bodies of Moorer and his former girlfriend were found in a vehicle on Springdale Street. Police said Moorer had worked for the Selma Police Department for almost five years. He was a military veteran with two tours of duty in Iraq. The Alabama Bureau of In
In an ongoing effort to improve relations between police and the public, the entire force is undergoing a newly developed training course this week at the Montgomery Police Academy. Police Chief Kevin is hopeful the emphasis on the way an officer approaches a crime scene or a victim will produce benefits now and later. Dr. Earnest Blackshear, a clinical psychologist at Alabama State University helped develop the course and also teaches it. The training is also part of the new Victim Service Officer program at the Montgomery Police Department.
Members of Montgomery's religious community are getting involved in the fight against violent crimes. Montgomery Police have begun recruiting pastors and ministers to provide support to victims at crime scenes. The program called Operation Good Shepard will begin this summer. Montgomery Police said the program is modeled after a similar initiative in Dayton, Ohio. A session outlining the Good Shepard program will be held June 6th at Gateway Lodge on Davenport Drive at 6:30 p.m.
The town of Pike Road has its first ever school board. The Pike Road Town Council met this morning and appointed five people to the panel. They are Casey Davis, Ray Hawthorne, Tommy Ratliff, Morgan Simpson and Linda Ware. Five others were appointed to serve on the Pike Road Education Leadership Committee. Pike Road Mayor Gordon Stone says the appointments followed an extensive selection process. Stone said construction on a K-8 school will begin around the end of the year. The school is scheduled to open in the fall of 2015.
Alabamians gathered at cemeteries, memorials and monuments to honor fallen military service members on Memorial Day. Veterans and area residents attended Memorial Day ceremonies at the VA Medical Center on Perry Hill Road; the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Wetumpka; the Autauga County Courthouse and at Greenwood Cemetery where members of the Vietnam Veterans of America honored four members who recently died.
Motorists traveling through Alabama during the long Memorial Day weekend will see extra state troopers on the road. Alabama officials announced the extra troopers are the result of the state participating in the nationwide "Click It Or Ticket" campaign to increase the use of safety belts.