A man who impersonated a police officer during a home invasion robbery in Montgomery has been arrested. Christopher Grady was picked up by authorities in Johnson City, Tennessee on Friday. The home invasion robbery happened October 4th at a residence on Ray Thorington Road. The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office reports that Grady assaulted the 79-year-old homeowner and stole money and jewelry. Captain George Beaudry says they are awaiting extradition.
A storm system is expected to move into central Alabama later today. The system is blamed for dumping heavy rain this morning in some north Alabama towns. Emergency mangers report street and flash flooding in Cherokee and Cullman. The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for three counties in northwest Alabama. Forecasters said before dawn today that much of the heavy rainfall has ended, but flooding remains a threat in communities such as Florence, Muscle Shoals, Tuscumbia and Phil Campbell.
Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act begins next month. An updated version of Healthcare.gov has also rolled out, it features a streamline application process and mobile device access. Montgomery Field Navigator, Monette Harrison says free help is available to those seeking healthcare. Information about scheduling appointments and volunteer opportunities are available at alaenroll.com ore firstname.lastname@example.org. The enrollment period begins November 15th and ends February 15th.
A Lee County jury has recommended life with parole for a Montgomery man convicted in a fatal shooting in 2012 that killed two Auburn football players and a third man. The jury voted 7-5 Thursday on the sentence for 25-year-old Desmonte Leonard and he's scheduled to be sentenced November 5th by Circuit Judge Jacob Walker.
Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange and other city officials Thursday broke ground at the intersection of Commerce and Bibb streets for a new development. The new venture will house 54 apartment units, a host of retail stores and even Mellow Mushroom restaurant. Strange hopes this new development will encourage more people to take up residence in downtown Montgomery. The projected is slated to take about 11 months to complete.
Alabama's chief election official is reminding residents that the deadline to register to vote in the general election is October 20th. Secretary of State Jim Bennet says resident can download a registration form from a state website www.alabamavotes.gov and mail it to their county board of registrars or they can go by their county board of registrar's office to register. The general election November 4th is the first one where the registration deadline is 14 days before the election.
Alabama health officials offered an update Wednesday on their preparations for any potential cases of Ebola in the state. Hospital staffs have been trained to identify and handle a patient with the virus. Infection Prevention Coordinator Patty Miller at Baptist Medical Center South says that goes for other health care providers as well. Governor Robert Bentley and State Health Officer Dr. Don Williamson also spoke at the briefing. Dr. Williamson says people at highest risk include those who travel to countries with active Ebola outbreaks.
Jurors will decide whether to recommend life or death for the Montgomery man convicted of killing three people at a pool party more than two years ago. Lee County Circuit Judge Jacob Walker told jurors to return this morning for the sentencing of 24-year-old Desmonte Leonard. Jurors rejected Leonard's claims of self-defense and convicted him of capitol murder and other charges Tuesday, and now they must make a sentencing recommendation. The final decision is up to the judge.
Desmonte Leonard has been found guilty of capital murder. The jury deliberated for much of the day before convicting Leonard for the shooting deaths of two former Auburn University football players and third man. The 24-year-old Montgomery man was charged with fatally shooting ex-Auburn players Ed Christian and Ladarious Phillips and also Demario Pitts at a a pool party in Auburn in June 2012. Three other people were wounded. The jury also found Leonard guilty of attempted murder and assault. Jurors rejected his claim of self-defense. Leonard could face the death penalty.
The Veterans Affairs department has fired four senior executives, including the VA director of the Central Alabama System, as officials move to crack down on wrongdoing following a nationwide scandal over long wait times for veterans seeking medical care and falsified records covering up the delays. The dismissals are the first since Congress passed a law this summer making it easier for veterans to get care outside VA's nationwide network of hospitals and clinics.