The current mayor, Todd Strange announced Thursday he is running for re-election. Strange says he ultimately decided there were too many projects he wanted to see finished. The mayoral race will be held August 25th.
Former Congressman Artur Davis has announced his candidacy for Montgomery's mayoral race. Davis represented the 7th District of Alabama in Congress from 2003 to 2010. The Montgomery native made the announcement via YouTube Thursday. The video presents Davis' view on education, crime and economic development in the city.
Two members of Alabama's congressional delegation have introduced legislation to award the Congressional Gold Medal to civil rights marchers who walked from Selma to Montgomery in March 1965 to achieve the right to vote. Democrat Terri Sewell of Birmingham and Republican Martha Roby of Montgomery are co-sponsoring the legislation that was introduced Wednesday in the U.S. House. This year will mark the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the 50 Mile March. The Congressional Gold Medal is the nation's highest civilian honor.
Montgomery Police have made an arrest in a shooting death that occurred Tuesday. 41-year-old Reshid Webb of Montgomery has been charged with one count of murder in the death of 45-year-old Marcus Webb. The two are reportedly unrelated. The shooting happened early Tuesday morning in the 800 block of Cloverhill Drive. Investigators believe an ongoing dispute led to the incident. Webb has been placed in the Montgomery County Detention Facility under a $250,000 bond.
President Barack Obama plant to visit Selma to commemorate the 50th anniversary of historic civil rights marches across the state. The White House says the March 7th trip also will highlight the upcoming 50th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act. Mr. Obama last visited Selma for the 2007 anniversary, when he was running for the Democratic presidential nomination against Hillary Rodham Clinton. The President hosted a White House screening of the film "Selma" last week.
An arrest has been made in the shooting of five people in Tuskegee earlier this month. Police say 22-year-old Rishod Shermaine Fields of Tuskegee had been charged with four counts of attempted murder and may face additional charges. Three Tuskegee University students and two others were wounded during the incident at an off-campus party. Still now word on what sparked the shooting, but a verbal dispute is suspected. Fields has been placed in the Macon County jail under a $200,000 bond. All of the victims are expected to recover.
Tough decisions are looming for state leaders over the next four years. That is part of the message from Governor Robert Bentley in his inauguration speech as he ushered in his second term on Monday. A budget shortfall, overcrowded prisons and improving healthcare are among the challenges mentioned. The governor did not go into specifics, but he said the state's economy has improved. Lt. Governor Kay Ivey, Attorney General Luther Strange, Auditor Jim Zeigler, Agriculture Commissioner John McMillian and Secretary of State John Merrill also took their oaths at Monday's ceremonies.
For the first time in Montgomery, two African-American men are holding top law enforcement positions. Derrick Cunningham was officially sworn-in Friday as the first African-American sheriff for Montgomery County. Cunningham said he looks forward to working with Montgomery's new Police Chief Ernest Finley and the law enforcement community. Finely will be sworn-in at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, January 20th at the City Hall Auditorium.
A commemoration was held last night to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. He would have been 86-years-old on Thursday. Members of the local community group, Birthplace for Justice gathered on the State Capitol steps to serve cake and sing songs. Cecile Sutton said the event was held after learning that there would be no MLK parade in downtown Montgomery because of Governor Bentley's Inauguration.
Central Alabama CrimeStoppers has tallied its year end totals in tips and reward money for 2014. Executive Director Tony Garrett says the group received 720 tips that led to 191 arrests. Reward money of $11,420 was paid out to those calling in information. He says while murders were down last year, some other crimes kept pace. CrimeStoppers is a non-profit organization that serves 17 law enforcement agencies in the River Region. They began in Montgomery in 1997 before expanding in 2000.
Gun violence at two separate businesses sent dozens of people scurrying for safety late Wednesday morning and last night. The first shooting occurred about 11 a.m. outside a Pure Service station near the intersection of Upper Wetumpka Road and Fairground Road. Montgomery Police said two men exchanged gunfire, there were no injuries. One male suspect was apprehended a second gun-toting male remains at large. The search for the gunman prompted authorities to place three elementary schools on soft lockdown.