Author: Alabama News Network Staff

72-year-old man sentenced to 30 years for sexual child abuse

HAYDEN, Ala. (AP) – An Alabama man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for repeated sexual abuse of a girl over a 10-year span. News outlets report 72-year-old Herbert Writesman was sentenced Wednesday on over 30 counts of sex crimes including, first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy. Writesman must also pay $13,100 in court costs and $100 to the…

Kim Kardashian West Sues Doctor Over ‘Vampire Facial’

Kim Kardashian West, seen here in a 2018 photo. (Evan Agostini | Invision/AP) BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West is suing an Alabama doctor over claims he wrongly used her image to promote a medical procedure called a “Vampire Facial.” West filed suit Tuesday in Los Angeles against Dr. Charles Runels of Fairhope, Alabama. The suit…

Final Preparations Underway for the Alabama Bicentennial Grand Finale

Final preparations are being made for the celebration of Alabama’s 200th birthday. The 2019 Bicentennial will culminate this weekend with three days of events in Montgomery. The Bicentennial Commission has raised over $3 million to cover all of the events over the past three years. The three day celebration will include concerts, a parade, a park dedication, performances, and much…

UPDATE: One suspect in Custody; Search Continues for Second Suspect in Crenshaw County Bank Robbery

UPDATE: One suspect is in custody. The captured suspect is identified as 25-year-old Jamie Joshunta Ryans. Police are still searching for a second suspect wanted in connection to a bank robbery in Dozier. Alabama State Troopers are assisting in the search.   ORIGINAL REPORT: A manhunt is underway in Crenshaw County for two suspects after the First National Bank in…

Breaking: Crenshaw County Manhunt Underway After Bank Robbery in Dozier

UPDATE: One suspect is in custody. Police are still searching for a second suspect in connection to the robbery. Alabama State Troopers are assisting in the search.   ORIGINAL REPORT: A manhunt is underway in Crenshaw County for two suspects after the First National Bank in Dozier was robbed Wednesday afternoon. According to Crenshaw County Chief Deputy Joey Dickey, deputies…

NCAA: ‘Highly probable’ Congress passes athlete comp rules

NEW YORK (AP) – NCAA President Mark Emmert says it is “highly probable” federal legislation will be passed that sets national guidelines for how college athletes can be compensated for the their names, images and likenesses. Emmert says he is focused on figuring out how the NCAA and its member schools allow college athletes get that compensation. The issue was…

Bullied fan’s T-shirt design helps raise $950K for nonprofit

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Sales of a University of Tennessee T-shirt designed by a bullied fourth-grade boy in Florida have raised over $950,000 for an anti-bullying organization. The fourth-grader had designed his own University of Tennessee logo to put over an orange T-shirt for his school’s college colors day this fall. In a Facebook post that went viral, the boy’s…

Fed leaves low rates alone and foresees no moves in 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Fed’s decision to leave rates alone follows three rate cuts earlier this year. It reflects its view that the U.S. economy has so far withstood the U.S.-China trade war and a global slump and remains generally healthy. Its benchmark rate influences many consumer and business loans. It will remain in a low range of 1.5% to…

Interim President Named for Lurleen B. Wallace Community College

An interim president has been named for Lurleen B. Wallace Community College.  Chancellor Jimmy Baker ha announced the appointment of Dr. Chris Cox as interim president until a permanent president is named. Cox has more than 24 years of higher education administration experience and currently serves as the Executive Director of Workforce Solutions and Innovations for the Alabama Community College…