Rise to the moment of truth Saturday, January 28, 2023

Tag: CRIME

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Opelika police identify remains of young girl who was murdered around 2010

Law enforcement finally identified the remains of a little girl whose body was found at a trailer park in 2012 and made two arrests related to the case.

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Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox identifies problem with increased homicides, hopes for change with bars that hold restaurant licensing

The Tuscaloosa County’s Violent Crimes Unit has already investigated five homicides in 2023. That reality has Mayor Walt Maddox concerned, considering the majority of those happened within the city. Typically, Tuscaloosa only has around 20 homicides a year.

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Woodfin addresses violent crime epidemic, exhibition driving in 2023 ‘State of the City’ address

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin addressed his city’s crime problem in his “State of the City Address” at the Kiwanis Club luncheon at the Harbet Center on Tuesday morning.

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From murder to a love-fueled jail escape and policy in Alabama: Here are your top five crime stories from 2022

Alabama is known for its quaint and quiet towns, country roads and beautiful mountains, lakes and beaches. But beyond those peaceful scenes are violent, unthinkable acts happening before our eyes. Alabama lawmakers and law enforcement agencies are battling homegrown crime daily and in 2022, they were very busy.

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'Turf War': Local, federal law enforcement challenged by Birmingham's ever-present gang violence threat

Officers say these groups have turf wars - basically, certain groups can’t enter the space occupied by other groups.

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Former Alabama Department of Corrections officer faces federal charges for accepting bribes, smuggling contraband into Donaldson facility

A former Donaldson corrections officer has been federally charged with smuggling cell phones, drugs and other contraband into the facility.

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Prattville football coach charged with having sexual contact with female student

According to Court documents, Daniel James Forman 31, a football coach at Prattville High School, has been charged with having sexual contact with an unnamed 18-year-old student.

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Cost of living: Which of Alabama's most affordable cities have the least crime?

Alabama is known for its low cost of living compared to other states, but in some cities, that can come at the expense of higher crime.

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Medical Licensure Commission suspends license of doctor arrested for human trafficking

Members of the Alabama Medical Licensure Commission unanimously suspended Janaki Ram Prasad Earla’s license to practice medicine in Alabama at a special-called meeting Friday afternoon after he was recently arrested for human trafficking of a minor.

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Alabama Supreme Court suspends judge’s order eliminating bond for some accused criminals

The Supreme Court of Alabama suspended on Friday an administrative order by 15th Circuit Court Judge Johnny Hardwick that would’ve eliminated bond for certain felonies and misdemeanors.

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Montgomery County judge eliminates bond for more accused criminals

Accused criminals in Montgomery County may soon be able to avoid jail time while awaiting trial thanks to a recent administrative order aimed at reforming the bond system.

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Crime Stoppers chairman gives $10 million to UAB, hopes to reduce crime and grow the economy

The University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) received a total of $10 million on Monday to reduce crime and drive economic growth in Birmingham.

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Dadeville double-murder, kidnapping suspect admits to murders, court documents say

The illegal resident living in Alabama, who was arrested for double murder and kidnapping of a 12-year-old girl who escaped his home, has admitted to killing his girlfriend and her son.

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Birmingham gets $100K from DOJ to tackle violent crime problem

More than $107,000 in grants will be going to Birmingham to reduce violent crime in crime-heavy areas.

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Video: Man who struck off-duty Decatur officer with car now charged with attempted murder

A man originally charged with second-degree assault after being accused of hitting a police officer with a vehicle is now charged with attempted murder.

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$20k offered in case of man shot and killed after walking his dog in Birmingham

Crime Stoppers of Metro Alabama is asking for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for a May 23 shooting death. The organization is offering up to $20,000 in the case.

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Homicides are climbing at a record pace in Birmingham

Birmingham is experiencing its third year in a row of high homicide rates.

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Over 50 arrested during The World Games in connection to anti-human trafficking operations

Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Birmingham conducted a four-week joint operation to combat human trafficking during the World Games 2022, which resulted in over 50 arrests.

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Danville man barricades himself in home, arrested after standoff, police say

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) engaged in a standoff Tuesday morning with an armed individual who barricaded himself in a home.

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Alabama man pleads not guilty to murder of 11-year-old in 1988.

An Alabama resident pleaded not guilty on Thursday for the 1988 slaying of an 11-year-old New Hampshire girl in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

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New Mobile Police Operation Echo Stop seeks to clean up the streets, arrests 44 gang members since conception

The Mobile Police Department (MPD) has launched a new program in response to the epidemic of violence that has scourged the city. 

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Law enforcement looking for escaped inmate who stole ambulance; also investigating deputy

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) is looking for an inmate who escaped Wednesday after stealing an ambulance. They are also investigating the deputy who was with him at the time.

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This day in history: Albert Patterson shot in Phenix City

Today marks the 68th anniversary of the assassination of Albert Love Patterson, the Phenix City lawyer and Democratic candidate for Attorney General who vowed to root out crime and vice in East Alabama.

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Lance Bell is running for State Senate District 11

Lance Bell is a St. Clair County attorney who is running for Alabama State Senate in House District 11 in the May 24 Republican Party Primary. He is a former law enforcement officer and former Chairman of the St. Clair County Republican Party.

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Mississippi murder suspect captured in Tuscaloosa County after chase

A murder suspect was arrested in Tuscaloosa County Saturday after attempting to evade police on the interstate.

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Former state lawmaker wants state to increase bond for violent offenders

Former State Rep. Perry O Hooper (R-Montgomery) is asking the legislature and the courts to increase the bail requirements for violent...

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Wrongful death lawsuit filed in case of Alabama woman found buried behind home

From The Trussville Tribune staff reports Two years after Paighton Houston’s disappearance and death, a wrongful death lawsuit was...

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