Author: Alabama News Network Staff

Woman Shot Outside Atlanta Highway Walmart

Alabama News Network is on top of Breaking News from Montgomery.   A woman has been shot outside the Walmart Supercenter on Atlanta Highway during an argument.  Montgomery Police tell us her injuries are non-life threatening. Police say suspects have been taken into custody following a car chase that ended in the Forbes Drive area. Charges are pending against them. Stay…

Former Tallassee Investigator Charged with Assault of Handcuffed Man

Michael Brandon Smirnoff, 27, a former Tallassee police investigator, pleaded guilty to assaulting a handcuffed, 24-year-old man, today. According to the guilty plea, Smirnoff, who was on duty as an investigator with the Tallassee Police Department, used his patrol car to pursue the victim, J.M., who was on a four-wheeler. After the pursuit, J.M. stepped off his four-wheeler, laid face…

Lawmakers to Vote on Lottery Bill Tuesday

Alabama lawmakers are heading toward a vote on lottery legislation. The Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee will vote on a lottery bill Tuesday. Senate President Pro Tempore Del Marsh says his goal is to get a bill before the full Senate on Thursday. The committee is set to consider a bill by Republican Sen. Greg Albritton of Atmore that would…

Senate Approves Bill to Increase School Security

The Alabama Senate on Thursday approved a bill by Senator Tim Melson (R-Florence) to allow local school boards of education to hire retired law enforcement officers to serve as armed school security staff, provided they possess 25 years of experience, have completed active shooter prevention training approved by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, and have completed a firearms certification course….

Lightning Blamed for Montgomery House Fire

Montgomery fire investigators tell Alabama News Network they believe lightning is to blame for a house fire in Montgomery. The fire happened late last night at a home in the 600 block of Ponce De Leon Avenue.  Strong storms were moving through the area at the time. Montgomery Fire/Rescue video shows flames shooting through the roof of the home. No…

ADOC Commissioner Optimistic State Will Settle with Justice Department

Alabama’s prison chief says he is optimistic the state will reach a settlement and avoid a Department of Justice lawsuit over prison conditions. Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn on Thursday briefed a legislative committee on the department’s effort to address Justice Department findings of unconditional conditions in state prisons. Dunn says the state is trying to increase officer ranks with pay…

UPDATE: Montgomery Police Say Man Reported Missing Has Been Found

The Montgomery Police Department says the search for a senior reported missing is over. Police say 73-year-old Harry James McCants was found Thursday afternoon. The department did not release any details on where McCants was found. Categories: Montgomery, News Tags: harry james mccants, missing person montgomery, Missing Senior

Alabama First Class Pre-K Program Named Highest Quality Pre-K Program in Nation for the 13th Straight Year

Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday announced that the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) ranks Alabama First Class Pre-K as the nation’s highest quality state pre-kindergarten program for the 13th consecutive year. “For a child to reach their fullest potential later in life, they must first build a strong foundation. I’m proud that Alabama First Class Pre-K is once again…

Will a Concealed Carry Permit No Longer Be Required?

Gun rights groups and Alabama sheriffs are taking opposite sides on a proposal that would let people carry concealed handguns in public without a permit. The Senate Judiciary Committee held a public hearing Wednesday on the bill by Republican Sen. Gerald Allen of Tuscaloosa. It would do away with the state requirement to obtain a concealed carry permit. Allen says…