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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.  

Montgomery Police are continuing to investigate a deadly accident that occurred early Sunday morning.  MPD and medics responded to the two-vehicle crash on I-85 North near South Perry Street.  The driver of an SUV, 31-year-old Pedro Vazquez of Montgomery was pronounced dead at the scene.  The driver of the other vehicle suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital.  An initial investigation indicates the driver of the SUV was traveling southbound on I-85 North and collided with the other driver traveling northbound on I-85 North.  

The "blue flu" as its called involves several members of the Selma Police Department calling out of work "sick" in an effort to demand better pay and working conditions.  WVAS News spoke with Selma Police Chief John Brock who says he understands the frustration.  Selma's Mayor George Evans says he does not know if the end of the "sick out" is near but says Thursday's meeting provided an opportunity for officers to voice their concerns about a number of issues including more pay.  Mayor Evans says during the meeting, officers were told to put their grievances in writing.  

Selma Police Protest Low Wages

Aug 12, 2016

   Disgruntled Selma Police have been participating in a sick-out this week. The group wants better pay, safer working conditions and newer equipment. Representatives of the group met with city leaders yesterday.  No resolution was reached at the meeting. While the officers have been out with the so-called “blue flu,” personnel normally tasked with administrative work have been filling in. 


Aug 12, 2016

Restaurant Week is coming to the River Region and several restaurants are looking to bring 10 days of celebration and exploration through food. The event is sponsored through EAT MGM, and the purpose is to raise awareness about buying food and dining locally throughout the community. Director of Tourism for the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce, Meg Lewis says the food scene in Montgomery is expanding.

Man Drowns in Lake Jordan

Aug 11, 2016

   Elmore County authorities are reporting a drowning on Lake Jordan this week.  Sheriff Bill Franklin says that a man swimming in the lake near the Jordan Dam apparently drowned. He’s been identified as 31 year old Ned Terry of Eclectic. Franklin says another man was with him at the time and tried to help, but to no avail.    Investigators say the drowning appears to be accidental.

Attorneys for Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley are telling the House Judiciary Committee probing the governor's possible impeachment that only the most egregious offenses merit removal from office and those should be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Bentley's lawyers filed the brief last week with the committee, as it begins an impeachment probe.

Nonprofit CFO Arrested

Aug 10, 2016

The former chief financial officer of an Alabama nonprofit clinic for the poor and homeless has received 17 years in prison for her role in a scheme to defraud the government. In a news release Tuesday US Attorney Joyce White Vance says 50-year-old Terri McGuire Mollica of Birmingham was sentenced to 15 years for an $11 million scheme involving two clinics: Birmingham Health Care and Central Alabama Comprehensive Health in Tuskegee. Between January 2008 and March 2012, Mollica helped divert millions in federal grant money and assets and property of the clinics to numerous private entities.