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Rewards Offered After Walmart Fires in Alabama

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Federal investigators are offering $2,500 rewards for tips leading to people who set fires inside Walmart stores in Alabama and Mississippi. The FBI posted Saturday security camera photos of masked people inside stores in Mobile, Alabama, and Gulfport, Mississippi. News outlets report firefighters extinguished a fire inside the Mobile store on May 28, and investigators concluded…

Mobile Police Fatally Shoot Man Armed with Knife

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) – Police fatally shot a man in Alabama who they say was armed with a knife and ran away as officers were attempting to detain him. Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste says the shooting happened Tuesday evening following a traffic stop. News outlets report that a man who was a passenger in the car ran away after…

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…