A Monday morning crash left an Alabama Department of Transportation employee dead and another person injured near Livingston, according to authorities. Tonnie Bernard Watkins, 52 of York, was killed on-duty when the International dump truck he was driving was hit in a construction zone on I-59 two and a half miles outside of Livingston at 10:20 a.m.
Two men were shot early Wednesday morning at a west Montgomery nightclub, police say. One of the victim’s suffered life-threatening injuries and second suffered non-life threatening injuries, Lt. Denise Barnes said. Both are being treated at unspecified Montgomery hospitals. Police responded to Club Big Boyz at around 3:45 a.m. to the report of a person shot. No arrests have been made. Police haven’t released the circumstances surrounding the shooting and whether the shooting occurred inside or outside the club.
The pledges were told to bring a cooler from the Phi Delta Gamma fraternity house band room, fill it with ice and carry it to a second floor bathroom. The students – two 19-year-olds and a 20-year-old – were then told to take off their socks and shoes, court records state. Court documents detail how the three pledges came to suffer second and third degree burns that sent them to the UAB hospital and five active members of the University of Alabama fraternity chapter to jail.
A 27-year-old man today was sentenced to life without parole after he was convicted of capital murder and reckless endangerment in a 2013 Bibb County shooting death. District Attorney Michael Jackson said the death Jason Wayne Hutchinson, 31, of Brierfield was "part road rage, party bullying." Nicholas Robert Dunlap, of Centreville, had been bullying people, including Hutchinson, Jackson said. On Sept. 22, 2013, the two met up on the road. Both pulled over and Dunlap punched Hutchinson in the stomach, Jackson said. Later that evening, they saw each other again as they were driving in the Six Mile community. Hutchinson and a woman were in one car and Dunlap was in another. "That’s when he shot him," Jackson said. The woman told authorities she heard several gunshots, and Hutchinson was shot in the back of the head. She was able to grab the steering wheel and guide the car to a stop.
Matthew Ajibade was arrested on a domestic violence charge in January and was later found dead, strapped to a chair in a county jail in Savannah, Ga. A grand jury indicted two former jail employees and a health care worker in the college student’s death, yet another in a list of fatal encounters between law enforcement and black men. Former jail workers Maxine Evans and Jason Kenny and contract health care worker Gregory Brown are charged with involuntary manslaughter. Kenny is also charged with aggravated assault and cruelty to an inmate. Evans and Brown are charged with public record fraud, and Brown faces an additional charge of making a false statement.
Former reserve sheriff’s deputy for Henry County is charged with impersonating a peace officer in connection with an illegal traffic stop in the Tumbleton community of Henry County on Sept. 19. Authorities say Charles Shelley, 22, of Headland drove a pickup truck with blue lights in the dash and pulled over a 19-year-old woman. He claimed to be an off-duty police officer, according to court records and media reports. The woman wasn’t injured.
California woman, Cindy Hahn, is suing the city of Carlsbad, California, and several members of the town’s police department following an incident captured on cell phone video in which the mother of two was allegedly pinned down and punched by law enforcement officers after being pulled over for a seat belt violation. "I want to assure the public that we are prepared to provide a complete and detailed account of the facts of this incident in a courtroom, including what is not shown on the video released by the plaintiff’s attorney," said Neil Gallucci, Chief, City of Carlsbad Police Department.
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