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Inmate Captured after Fleeing Community Program in Mobile

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) – An inmate who escaped from a community-based prison program in Mobile is back in custody. A news release from the Alabama Department of Corrections says 53-year-old Michael Lee Jones was discovered missing from a work center in the port city at 2 a.m. Tuesday. He was arrested almost nine hours later around Interstate 65, but details…

Federal Grants to Help Domestic Violence Victims in Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama officials say $220,000 in federal grant money will be used to assist victims of domestic violence in the state. More than half the money will go to AshaKiran Inc., a Huntsville-based nonprofit organization that provides crisis intervention in at least 49 languages in Jefferson, Madison, Mobile, and Montgomery counties. The money is from the U.S. Department…

City of Mobile Plans to Move Forward with Mardi Gras Celebrations Despite Pandemic

The city of Mobile is moving ahead with plans to hold Mardi Gras celebrations in early 2021 despite the coronavirus pandemic. Some groups already have called off parades and balls because over concerns about spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. But reports say that Mayor Sandy Stimpson’s office has released a memo saying Mardi Gras isn’t being canceled. And the…

Troy vs South Alabama, the ‘Battle for the Belt’ has been rescheduled for Dec. 12

TROY, Ala. – Troy’s annual rivalry game against South Alabama in the “Battle for the Belt” has been rescheduled to Dec. 12 in Mobile, Ala., after this past weekend’s game was postponed by the Jaguars due to COVID-19 concerns. If an earlier date presents itself due to an inability of other teams to play, the two programs will explore the option…

Alabama Man Mistakenly Released Back in Custody

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) – An Alabama man who was mistakenly released from jail because of a clerical error is back behind bars. Al.com reports 34-year-old Nathaniel Sebastian, of Wilmer, had been in the Mobile Metro Jail under a $250,000 bond for allegedly killing his mother, 60-year-old Susan Mayo, and burying her under her porch in September 2017. But a clerical…

Auditions for “American Idol” Being Held Tuesday in Alabama

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) – “American Idol” producers say auditions will be taking place in Mobile at the GulfQuest maritime museum. Auditions will be Tuesday for the show’s 18th season, which will air on ABC. People planning to audition can register in person on Tuesday, or in advance via www.americanidol.com/auditions . Online audition options also are available. The GulfQuest National Maritime…

Coast Guard Rescues Man South of Mobile Bay

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) – The Coast Guard has rescued a man from a fishing vessel about 46 miles (74 kilometers) south of Mobile Bay. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a report at 7:44 p.m. Friday of a man aboard a fishing vessel going in and out of consciousness. A MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew was diverted from Coast Guard…

Descendants from Last US Slave Ship Gathering in Alabama

Mobile event, Saturday .

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) – An unusual gathering is planned this weekend on the U.S. Gulf Coast: a get-together for descendants of the last Africans abducted and shipped to the United States into slavery. The event will be held Saturday in Mobile, Alabama, at Africatown USA, a once-thriving community settled by freed blacks from Africa after the Civil War. The area…

Mobile Police Officer Shot to Death

2nd Alabama officer killed in a week.

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) – A police officer has been shot to death in Mobile, Alabama. Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Batiste told reporters that Officer Sean Tuder was gunned down Sunday afternoon.Batiste said one suspect has been taken into custody. However, he said he could not immediately confirm if the 19-year-old suspect fired the shot that killed Tuder. Batiste said the…