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The third suspect wanted in the murder of a Prattville man has been taken into custody.  The U.S. Marshals service arrested 24-year-old Santwone Cornelius Jones yesterday afternoon in Lakewood, Colorado.  The Prattville police department is working with the district attorney's office to start the extradition process.  Jones will face murder and robbery charges in the fatal shooting of John Michael Taylor on May 22nd.  Police say Taylor was killed during a robbery after leaving a convenience store on Cobbs Ford Road.

Two Children and Two Adults Die in Traffic Accident

Jun 9, 2016

Four people, including two children, were killed in a crash on a highway in Chilton County.  The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said in a news release that 21-year-old Destini M. Davis of Montgomery was killed when her SUV collided with a logging truck around 3:15 Wednesday afternoon on U.S. Highway 82 near Maplesville.  All four people inside the SUV were killed: Davis, 22-year-old Tarlanda Davenport, an infant younger than one and a toddler younger than two.  ALEA Corporal Jess Thornton says none of the victims were wearing seatbelts, and that the children were not properly restrained.

Nina Simone Screening This Weekend

Jun 8, 2016

WVAS Radio is hosting a screening of the documentary "The Amazing Nina Simone" this Saturday in Montgomery.  The critically acclaimed movie chronicles the life of the musical legend and activist through more than 50 interviews with the people that knew her.  A reception begins at 3 p.m. at the Capri Theatre on Fairview Avenue, followed by the presentation of the film at 4.  Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance or at the door.  For more information about the event, call (334) 229-4708 or (334) 229-5074.  

Prattville Hosts SWAT Training

Jun 8, 2016

The city of Prattville is hosting SWAT training this week.  Officials from law enforcement say 22 agencies have sent officers for SWAT certification courses; they are being held in Prattville and surrounding areas.  Prattville Police Department Captain Jeff Hassell says the tactical training includes barricaded subjects, hostage situations and high risk warrants.  

Comment Period Open for Loan Proposals

Jun 8, 2016

A 90 day public comment period is about to begin on proposed regulations for short-term lenders by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  The federal agency wants to require lending companies to prove that borrowers are able to repay loans without having to take out additional loans.  Alabama and other states have been seeking way to strengthen rules governing payday and auto-title lending.  President of the lending trade group Borrow Smart Alabama says the proposal is not good for consumers.

P4 Partnership Agreement

Jun 8, 2016

Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange and Prattville Mayor Bill Gillespie joined leadership from Maxwell to sign a P4 Partnership, or public-public and public-private partnerships Tuesday at City Hall.  The Air Force's P4 partnership allows Maxwell to work directly with the community to create mutually benefiting arrangements.  The city also recognized and said farewell to commander Col. Andrea Tullos, for her service to Montgomery.  Tullos was recently promoted and is scheduled to leave her post as commander of the 42nd Air Base Wing at Maxwell in July.    

Hubbard's Testimony Expected Today

Jun 8, 2016

Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard is testifying in his own defense at his ethics trial.  Hubbard will return to the witness stand today as he offers jurors his explanation of contracts his companies received and emails he sent seeking work.  The speaker faces 23 felony ethics charges accusing him of using his political positions to obtain $2.3 million in work and investments for his companies.  Hubbard testified Tuesday that he took precautions to obey the law and sought input from the director of the state ethics commission before accepting contracts.

Civil Rights Icon Statue

Jun 7, 2016

The city of Montgomery is getting closer to receiving a statue of one of its most prominent leaders, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Pastor Cromwell Handy, of Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, is asking the Montgomery County Commission to financially support the project in hopes of getting it off the ground.  Handy said the life-size statue will stand at Dexter Avenue King Memorial Center, across the street from the Southern Poverty Law Center.  

ASU 2016 Skycap

Jun 7, 2016

Alabama State University is holding its annual Skycap program for youth in grades 1 through 12.  Around 250 students are expected to participate in the June session then another 200 or so for the July session.  Associate Dean for the College of Mathematics, Science and Technology Dr. Carl Pettis says the enrichment program provides both academic and extracurricular courses.  Registration information is available at the University's website by going to the Continuing Education page or you can call (334) 229-4686.  

Boxing Great Memorial Preparations

Jun 7, 2016

Preparations continue for memorial services honoring Muhammad Ali Thursday and Friday.  The mourning of his death has been both global and local.  Former Montgomery boxer and coach Eddie Haynes shared his reaction with WVAS News.  A private ceremony for family is set for Thursday.  A public memorial will be held Friday.  Actor Will Smith, who portrayed Muhammad Ali in the movie "Ali," and former world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis are among eight pallbearers for the service in Louisville.