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   Alabama state troopers investigated nearly two dozen fatal traffic crashes during the long holiday period, fewer deaths than reported a year earlier. Alabama Law Enforcement Agency officials said yesterday they investigated 23 traffic accident-related deaths during the Christmas and New Year's holiday travel period. That period ran from Saturday, December 16 to midnight, Monday, January first. During the same period in 2016, the number was 31 fatalities. Of those that were killed, 16 were drivers, four were passengers, two-pedestrians and one bicyclist.

   A suspension of Montgomery’s open container policy went into effect on January 1. City officials have cited a number of meetings with business owners, residents and public safety leaders in which concerns were expressed over noise and safety. Not all downtown merchants are happy with the move. CC’s Daiquiris owner Candy Capel is asking the council to reconsider its suspension. Capel has a petition with 600 signatures asking the council to lift the suspension.

Alabama in a deep freeze all week

Jan 2, 2018

Temperatures plummeted overnight to 3 degrees in the north Georgia mountains, 14 in Atlanta and 26 as far south as New Orleans as the Gulf Coast felt more like Green Bay. In Alabama, overnight lows dropped to 8 degrees near Cullman, 20 degrees in Mobile and 18 in Montgomery. Warming shelters are open across the South as freeze watches and warnings blanketed the region, including hard freeze warnings for much of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

The District 26 State Senate race goes to a runoff

Dec 13, 2017

   Montgomery County voters also had to vote in the District 26 State Senate primary. The results indicate that race is headed to a runoff between Democrats John Knight and David Burkette. State Representative Knight reportedly garnered around 39 percent of the vote while Burkette claimed 25 percent. Long lines were seen at many of the District 26 precincts. The runoff for the state senate seat is scheduled for February 27. D.J. Johnson was the lone Republican in the race. A general election is being held May 15th.

Democrat Doug Jones has won a stunning victory in Alabama's Senate election, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump. It was the first Democratic Senate victory in a quarter-century in Alabama, on of the reddest of red states, and proved anew that party loyalty is anything but certain in the age of Trump. The president had urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations.

The special election is underway

Dec 12, 2017

   Interest in today’s special election is high across the country. Secretary of State John Merrill has elevated his prediction for voter turnout at the polls to between 20 and 25 percent. In Montgomery County voters will notice some changes, namely, new voting machines. Two new machines will be located in all 49 precincts. Montgomery Election Center Director Darrell Parker says the ExpressVote device has touchscreen capabilities. The new machines are designed to speed up the voting process.

Candidates for U-S Senate seat making final push

Dec 11, 2017

Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones are making their final push ahead of Tuesday's special Senate election in Alabama. Jones and Democrats are framing the election as a way for Alabama to reject its history of politicians with baggage that hampers the state. Republicans say it is about keeping a conservative hold on Alabama and not giving Democrats any opportunity to derail President Donald Trump's agenda before the 2018 midterms.

   The Montgomery Election Center staff is in overdrive getting ready for the upcoming special election. This election is distinct in that 33 of the County’s 49 precincts will have two ballots to fill out. Probate Judge Steven Reed says one election is for the U-S Senate Seat between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones, and the other is between five candidates running for a state senate seat. Reed also noted that voters will be greeted with new machines this year. Each precinct has two of the ExpressVote machines that are anticipated to read votes faster.

Police made an arrest in weekend homicide

Dec 7, 2017

   Montgomery police have made an arrest in a weekend murder. In a statement, police say 30 year old Cornelius Fain of Talladega has been charged in the shooting death of 32 year old Vantrell Flynn. The homicide took place Friday evening at the victim’s residence in the 7-thousand block of Taylor Crossing. Investigators have said the shooting stemmed from a domestic dispute. Fain has been placed in the Montgomery County Detention Facility under a 150-thousand dollar bond.

   A series of recent robberies has been solved with one arrest. Montgomery Police report that 17 year old Isaiah Byers has been charged with four counts of robbery and one count of assault. He was taken into custody November 28 for one of the incidents and was eventually linked to the other holdups. The robberies occurred on October 26, November 16 and November 22, all in the area of Moorcroft Drive. In one of the crimes, an adult male victim sustained a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.