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MONTGOMERY -- A Decatur man sentenced to life in prison for the brutal 1984 murder of his wife was denied a parole today by the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles.
The three-man board took less than five minutes to reject a parole for David Stewart, 59, who is being held at the medium security Easterling Correctional Facility in Clio.
OZARK – Ozark police believe they may have two men in custody who are responsible for a rash of copper thefts from electric cooperatives over the last several months.
Ozark Police Chief Tony Spivey said two suspects from the Montgomery area are in custody for copper thefts at the Pea River Warehouse in Ozark after a lengthy foot pursuit in a wooded area, where an Ozark K-9 officer was bitten by a rattlesnake.
Dothan City Schools officials and Dothan police continue to differ concerning who knew what and when concerning a Northview High School teacher accused of having sex with a male student.
Dothan Police Sgt. Rachel David said Tuesday in an e-mail that police were not made aware of allegations against Northview High School teacher Calvin Bell-Tharpe by school system authorities in November. David had said that police became aware of possible inappropriate activity between Bell-Tharpe and a student in May through an interview concerning an unrelated matter.
Bell-Tharpe is charged with felony school employee engaging in a sex act or sexual intercourse with a student under the age of 19. He was released from the Houston County Jail around 2 p.m. Tuesday on bond.
9:55 a.m. – The Alabama Court of the Judiciary recently released a lengthy complaint against a Montgomery family court judge. One complaint involves VictoryLand owner Milton McGregor, a defendant in the bingo corruption trial.
According to the story , the judge is “accused of taking thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from gambling interests and then deciding questionably in a child custody case involving VictoryLand casino owner Milton McGregor's daughter.”
On June 21, 2011 the Dothan Police Department arrested Alexander Brackins for Illegal Possession/Use of a Stolen Credit/Debit Card.
Police signed a warrant against Brackins following an incident on June 13, 2011 during which he attempted to purchase tires and rims with a stolen credit card at a local business.
The Dothan Police Department is seeking the help of our local community and media in identifying a man wanted for indecent exposure.
On Sunday, July 19, 2011 the victim, a twelve year old female, was shopping with a guardian at Target. She and another juvenile went to the grocery side of the store where they briefly separated while looking for snacks.
The victim stated a white male suddenly appeared at the end of the aisle where she was walking and had his shorts pulled down and shirt raised up exposing his genitals.
Andalusia Police Dept. Is in a Standoff.
The IRT Team is on the ground and
shots have been fired.
Stay tuned and we will bring you
more to the minute Information as we get it.
At 6:30 The IRT Team is now making Entry.
They have received orders NOT to use
Lethal Force unless needed.
Rounds have been fired as well as Teargas launched.
Apparently shots were fired in house.
WKNI is on the scene.We'll update soon.
From what little information WKNI TV 25 News team could gather Officially, Mid afternoon a call went out for a possible suicide attempt was called in from a 3rd party, While the dispatcher was on the phone she heard a "Shotgun" blast and reported that to the responding units. After initial units arrived the individual inside the home refused to come out and was talking on the phone with a 3rd party. It was later reported by a neighbor that he heard several shots from inside the house. IRT team was called in and after what seemed to be surveillance and briefings two teams deployed in full body armor and tactical weapons. WKNI TV 25 was able to monitor the teams command as they were given orders to deploy Gas and to not use leathle force unless needed. The command directed the team to deploy several more rounds of gas into the house and after 15 miniutes or so the suspect came out with a Cell Phone in his hand. No other information from Andalusia Police Department was made available to WKNI TV 25. Chief Williams was unavailable to comment according to the Dispacther at the police department.
(Side note)It is our policy to not respond to suicide attempts or calls. However with as many as two dozen police officers responding and several residential blocks blocked off, It was our thought to respond and report what was happening as responsible media should. The lack of OPEN communications between Andalusia Police Department continues to widen and leaves one to wonder why. We hope the best for the man that was involved in this and hope that he gets the help he needs.
AUBURN, Alabama -- A judge rejected youthful offender treatment for former Auburn football players Dakota Mosley and Antonio Goodwin today.
Shaun Kitchens's request was denied Monday.
A fourth defendant, Mike McNeil, is too old to be eligible for youthful offender status.
The four former Auburn football players are accused of robbing a residence at a trailer park off Wire Road in Auburn.
The bookkeeper for Fine and Geddie and Associates lobbying firm testified that two contributions to Rep. Barry Mask, R-Wetumpka, originally were listed on internal records as coming from McGregor. But she later changed the records to indicate that the money came from other clients. Prosecutors have accused lobbyist Bob Geddie of obstruction of justice claiming he falsified the ledgers that were turned over to a grand jury. But Geddie's lawyer suggested the ledgers were corrected because of an honest mistake that was caught and fixed within days.
The bookkeeper for Fine and Geddie and Associates lobbying firm testified that two contributions to Rep. Barry Mask, R-Wetumpka, originally were listed on internal records as coming from McGregor. But she later changed the records to indicate that the money came from other clients.
Prosecutors have accused lobbyist Bob Geddie of obstruction of justice claiming he falsified the ledgers that were turned over to a grand jury. But Geddie's lawyer suggested the ledgers were corrected because of an honest mistake that was caught and fixed within days.