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A Huntsville youth minister was arrested Tuesday and charged with sending obscene material to a minor. Cristopher Bernal Alfaro, 30, is charged with two counts of transmitting obscene material to a child. Lt. Stacy Bates, a Huntsville police spokesman, said Alfaro used his position to commit the alleged crimes.
A mother and her two children were killed Wednesday morning in a two-vehicle crash near the intersection of Park Avenue and Coone Street, Enterprise Police said. Sarah Danielle Sexton, 29, Aries Amaru Sexton, 10, and Mina Lee Sexton, 1, were pronounced dead at the scene of the scene of the accident, said Coffee County Coroner Robert Preachers. They were all in the same car, and all of them were in seatbelts, Preachers said.
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.
Residents were evacuated in southwest Birmingham following a fuel spill and wreck. A tanker truck began leaking fuel after a wreck involving a car in the 1500 block of Dennison Avenue. This story is still developing.
A Tennessee community has buried a girl allegedly killed by an 11-year-old boy over a puppy, and more details have emerged about the gun used in the shooting. The preteen faces first-degree murder charges in the death of MaKayla "BooBah" Dyer, 8. He fired at her from his house Saturday, killing the girl who was in her yard, Jefferson County Sheriff Bud McCoig told The Washington Post. The boy used his father’s 12-gauge shotgun, which he got from an unlocked closet, the sheriff told the paper. He is being held on a first-degree murder charge in a juvenile detention center. The center’s superintendent, Richard Bean, said the boy is the youngest held there on a murder charge in his 44-year career. Bean described him as "very tiny," weighing about 55 pounds. He is in a regular "pod" that holds up to 16 other juveniles between ages 12 and 17.
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.
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