Author: Savanna Sabb

2 convicted of sending undocumented workers to poultry plant

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama couple has been convicted of providing undocumented workers to a poultry processing plant for years. Prosecutors say 31-year-old Deivin Marquitos Escalante-Vasquez and 38-year-old Crystal Gail Escalante were convicted on federal charges this week. They were accused of using false names and vans to send workers to a Mar-Jac Poultry plant in Jasper over a…

2 Inmates Killed Within a Week in State Prisons

 (AP Photo/Kim Chandler, File) BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Two inmates were killed within a week in reported assaults in Alabama prisons. The Alabama Department of Corrections said Kenneth Gilchrist died after an apparent inmate-on-inmate assault at Donaldson Correctional Facility. The prison system said Travis Hutchins died Thursday from injuries sustained during an inmate-on-inmate assault at Bibb Correctional Facility. Kristi Simpson,…

Sharks Bite 3 on Southeast Beaches

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Two separate shark attacks in a one-week span on beaches near Savannah, Georgia are somewhat unusual since the area sees relatively few bites each year. Overall, the number of shark attacks in the U.S. is not on the increase. A lifeguard on South Carolina’s Hilton Head Island suffered deep cuts to the chest area but is…

Judge Doubts Eviction Ban, but May Lack Power to Stop It

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge who declared the earlier nationwide moratorium on evictions illegal was deeply skeptical Monday of the Biden administration’s new order, but said she may lack the power to do anything about it. U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich promised a decision soon in an effort by Alabama landlords to block the moratorium imposed last week by the…

Alabama Judge Censured after Cursing, Threatening Defendant

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A state ethics panel on Wednesday censured a municipal judge who cursed and threatened a traffic court defendant, telling her that he would “bust her ass” if she sued his adult son. The Alabama Court of the Judiciary ruled that Leeds Municipal Judge Clifton Price had violated the canons of judicial ethics with the 2020 courtroom…

Charges Raised to Capital Murder in Alabama Toddler’s Death

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Recently released court documents show that an Alabama grand jury has upgraded charges to capital murder against a father accused of involvement in his 2-year-old son’s blunt force trauma death. Demetric Hampton Sr. was initially charged with murder nearly one year ago. AL.com cited unsealed court documents Monday, reporting that a Jefferson County grand jury increased…

UA System Returning to In-Person Instruction this Fall

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Students across the three-campus University of Alabama System will return to in-person instruction for the fall semester with no limits on class size in Birmingham, Huntsville or Tuscaloosa to guard against COVID-19. The system said in a statement Monday that current models show it should be safe to resume traditional teaching after the summer break. Millions…

Autauga County Sheriff’s Office Mourns the Death of one of Their Own

Lieutenant Jon Herbert passed away on January 25, According to Autauga County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, he suffered a medical emergency at home that he could not recover from. Lt. Herbert was a seasoned deputy who spent a good portion of his law enforcement career in Chambers County, before coming to Autauga County. His career began in October 2016 at…

Alabama’s New Missing and Endangered Person Alert Effective Monday, June 1

Governor Kay Ivey has signed into law an expanded version of Alabama’s Missing Senior Alert. It will soon be referred to as the Missing and Endangered Person Alert. This will be in effect on June 1. As of now, the Missing Senior Alert is issued for missing citizens with  Alzheimer’s disease or dementia and at risk of bodily harm or…