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Woman Arrested in Sunday Night Murder

Apr 17, 2017

   Montgomery police have made an arrest in a Sunday night homicide. According to a release, police say 19 year old Caleb Royal was shot while in the 4-thousand block of Amesbury Drive. Royal was taken to Baptist Medical Center South where he was later pronounced dead. Detectives have charged 26 year old Latoya Sanders of Montgomery with murder in connection with the shooting. The incident reportedly stemmed from an argument the victim had earlier in the day with a third individual known to both parties.

Federal prosecutors say a man used Alabama's publicly accessible online court records to steal the identities of dozens of people, highlighting the system's vulnerability to identity thieves. Brian Colby Alexander is accused of obtaining names, birth dates and Social Security numbers of about 43 people from Alacourt.com, the state's website for trial court records. People's Social Security numbers are listed in numerous publicly accessible court records in Alabama's system. Even former Alabama Gov.

Kay Ivey Becomes the State's Second Female Governor

Apr 11, 2017

With the resignation of Robert Bentley, Lt. Governor Kay Ivey was sworn-in as the next governor of Alabama. She becomes the state’s second female governor and the first to rise through the political ranks on her own. Ivey was already the first Republican woman elected lieutenant governor of Alabama and the first Republican to hold that office for two straight terms. Alabama's first female governor was Lurleen Wallace, wife of four-term Gov. George C. Wallace. She ran as a surrogate for her still-powerful husband in 1966 when he couldn't seek re-election because of term limits. 

The Alabama House Judicial Committee has released its 131-page impeachment report regarding Gov. Robert Bentley. 

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Users of the Montgomery Area Transit System need to be aware that changes are coming soon. Starting Monday, MATS will feature more transfer locations, route extensions, the addition of a route and the discontinuation of another. About a year ago the city commissioned a study of the transit system hoping to identify ways to improve the experience for riders. The recommendations from that study are now being implemented. A release from MATS says a major change will be the ability to transfer almost anywhere two buses cross. Route 15 is being eliminated while a new route - #17 is being added.

With the threat of severe weather on Wednesday, a number of schools in Central Alabama have canceled or delayed opening times.  Below is a list of school closings/delays/early dismissals for Wednesday ; we will add as news comes in:

Here is a current list of delays and closings: 

SCHOOLS:

  • Alexander City Schools

  • Alabama Christian Academy

  • Alabama State University

  • Amridge University

   A round of severe weather through the South left people dead in Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina Sunday and Monday. Alabama sustained damage in several counties, particularly in Crenshaw County. Power outages affected around 27-thousand people in Central Alabama at one point yesterday. Recovery efforts have barely begun and now weather experts are warning of another potential severe weather threat tomorrow. A frontal system is expected to create an environment ripe for disturbed weather.

Montgomery Police Investigating Saturday Homicide

Apr 3, 2017

Montgomery police are investigating a murder that occurred this weekend. Around 5:10 Saturday evening emergency personnel were called to the 800 block of Clover Hill Drive where they found a man with a fatal gunshot wound. He has been identified by police as 43 year old Abdul Smith of Montgomery. No other information is available regarding the shooting. Police are asking that anyone with information on the incident call them at 625-2831 or the Secret Witness Line at 625-4000 or CrimeStoppers, which is 215-STOP.

Gov. Robert Bentley has filed an emergency request with an impeachment committee to stop the group's special counsel from releasing a report next week and pushing for a quick impeachment vote. Attorney Ross Garber said Thursday he is asking the Alabama House Judiciary Committee to "take control of an investigation that has gone off the rails." Garber said committee counsel Jack Sharman has "hijacked this investigation." Sharman told the governor's attorneys he would release his investigative report April 7 and that the House would tentatively vote on impeachment in May.

One Killed, One Injured in Small Plane Crash

Mar 29, 2017

Authorities say a woman has died and her husband was seriously injured in a plane crash in Alabama. Tallapoosa County Sheriff Jimmy Abbett told news outlets that 66-year-old Jeannette Carol Currier was killed in the crash Tuesday afternoon. Her husband, 67-year-old David Lee Currier, was injured and is listed in critical condition at a Columbus, Georgia, hospital. Abbett says investigators found the wreckage of a single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza in a wooded area more than a mile away from U.S. Highway 280 near Dadeville.

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