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SUSPECT IN COURT FOR DOUBLE HOMICIDE

21 year old  Manley Deontay Bray of Centreville was in court this morning facing charges of two counts of Capital Murder and one count of Robbery. Manley is accused of shooting and killing Tevin Rutledge, 19, of Brent and Lequan Dalon Clayton, 27, of Centreville on Tuesday in Brent. He was arrested Tuesday night in

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HUMAN TRAFFICKING WORKSHOP HELD

School officials, law enforcement and other representatives in Bibb County attended a workshop this morning on human trafficking this morning. The event held at the Bibb County Pregnancy Resource and Family Education center will give participants ideas on what to look for in human trafficking cases as well as other tips on dealing with this

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MAN GIVEN FOUR LIFE SENTENCES FOR RAPE AND BURGLARY

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) – A southeast Alabama man convicted of raping a teenage girl during a burglary has been given four life prison sentences. Media reports that 50-year-old Cleveland Thomas Jr. was sentenced after pleading guilty to burglary, kidnapping, rape, sodomy, sexual abuse and assault. Authorities have said the attack happened in February 2014 and

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TUSCALOOSA TALKS ECONOMIC BOOSTS

At Tuesday night’s city council meeting, city leaders discuss bettering the economy and progression. A new hotel that’s been in the works for a while receives confirmation and the first ever State of the Economy comes to Tuscaloosa. www.apple-one.com.ua forex-top.com/ www.bestcool.com.ua/

EUTAW CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT DOWN TO FOUR OFFICERS

The Eutaw City Police Department is down to only four police officers patrolling the entire city. District Two Lajeffrey Carpenter planned to bring the issue up for discussion at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. But, he did not bring the issue up to the council. Police Chief Derick Coleman says he’s not ready to respond, but

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SHOOTING VICTIMS IDENTIFIED- SHOOTER IN CUSTODY

The recent turmoil in Bibb County continues. A woman has been kidnapped, two people have been hospitalized for gunshot wounds, a prisoner has escaped and three people have been murdered…all in just one week. Two bodies were found Monday in the county. Residents are concerned about their usually quiet community. The victims have been identified

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ATTEMPTED BANK ROBBERY IN ETHELSVILLE

WVUA 23’s Jack Royer was the first on the scene to an attempted bank robbery in Pickens County this morning. A black male walked in to the Ethelsville branch of the West Alabama Bank this morning around 9am and demanded cash. He did not use a weapon, and no money changed hands. The suspect then

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SUSPECT AND VICTIMS NAMED IN BIBB COUNTY HOMICIDES

21 year old Manley Deontay Bray of Centreville was arrested last night and charged for the murders of Tevin Rutledge, 19 of Brent and Lequan Dalon Clayton, 27, of Centreville. The arrest was made after Tuscaloosa Police spotted the suspects vehicle in Tuscaloosa last night and a chase ensued. The investigation is still ongoing.  

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RUNAWAY TEEN LAST SEEN IN TUSCALOOSA

TUSCALOOSA – Police are searching for a runaway teen that was last seen at a convenience store in Tuscaloosa. According to Tuscaloosa Police, 15-year-old Aurora Belladonna Zimmer ran away from her mother on July 24th when they stopped at a gas station in the 3900 block of East McFarland Boulevard while traveling from Mississippi. Zimmer has

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WEST ALABAMA BANK ROBBED IN PICKENS COUNTY

PICKENS COUNTY – Authorities are investigating a robbery at West Alabama Bank in Pickens County. WVUA 23’s Jack Royer is first at the scene and will provide details as the story develops. www.apple-one.com.ua europosud.ua europosud.ua

TUSCALOOSA POLICE DETAIL HIGH SPEED CHASE

TUSCALOOSA – The Tuscaloosa Police Department released a statement Tuesday morning detailing a high speed chase that endangered the lives of firefighters and ended with the arrest of murder suspects at an apartment complex that houses hundreds of University of Alabama students. TPD’s official release is as follows: On 7/27/15 at approximately 10:48 pm a

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POLICE OFFICER SHORTAGE IN EUTAW

The number of police officers in Eutaw, Alabama is running low. District Two Eutaw City Councilman Lajeffery Carpenter says the police department has ten officers fully staffed, but  it’s operating with only five and in a couple of days the city will be down to four. Carpenter says the Greene County Sheriff’s Department will give the city

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UPDATE: TWO FATALLY SHOT IN BIBB COUNTY

Update: 8:00 am Tuesday Brent Police confirm a suspect is in custody and a second victim was found at the original scene. WVUA23 will have a crew in Brent today and will bring you the latest tonight at 5.   Bibb County authorities are looking for a person of interested connected to a fatal shooting.

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BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA CHANGES POLICY

After a vote on Monday, July 27, The Boy Scouts Of America officially made the decision to allow openly gay men become scout leaders. The vote comes two years after the group lifted the ban on openly gay youth. But with the majority of boy scout troops being run by faith-based groups, the new rule

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YARD SIGN CAUSE CONTROVERSY IN GORDO

A Gordo woman has put a warning sign in her yard that has pet-owning neighbors concerned. But the sign owner says she’s tried every other route. The sign reads, “Please keep your dogs home. I’ll shoot.” The complaintant tells WVUA the sign is directed toward her neighbors, the Perrigan’s, who have numerous dogs. Rickey Perrigan

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POSSIBLE STATEWIDE BEVERAGE TAX

Governor Robert Bentley has included a possible beverage tax in his call for a Special Session of the State Legislature. The tax would be designed to meet a budget shortage for the state General Fund. Political experts say the tax would likely be 5 cents on every 12 ounce beverage, which would include sodas and

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BENTLEY ORDERS NATIONAL GUARD TO BE ARMED

Governor Robert Bentley has ordered the state National Guard to be armed. He tweeted Monday saying, “I have ordered the Alabama National Guard to be armed and protected. I met with Maj. Gen. Perry Smith and approved additional details today. My directive includes arming guardsmen involved in state active duty as well as the four National

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BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA EXPECTED TO LIFT GAY LEADERSHIP BAN

The Boy Scouts of America’s policy-making board is expected to end its ban on gay adult leaders while allowing church-sponsored units to maintain the exclusion. BSA’s current president  Robert Gates has called the ban “unsustainable,” Reuters reports, while activists have denounced the ban as an example of “institutional homophobia.” The resolution will allow gay and bisexual

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LIGHTNING STRIKE MAY HAVE KILLED PRATTVILLE WOMAN

PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) – Authorities say a central Alabama woman may have been fatally struck by lightning while she was picking berries in her yard. Autauga County Sheriff Joe Sedinger says the 73-year-old woman was picking blueberries under a tree in her yard and the tree had apparently been struck by lightning. Sedinger says the

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MURAL CONTEST FOR PALMORE SKATE PARK

Do you or someone you know have a passion for painting? Artists are being encouraged to send concepts for a skateboarding mural to be installed at a Tuscaloosa skate park. The Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority has asked artists for proposals for a mural, 10-feet high and 26-feet wide, to adorn the sides and back of

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SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES SEIZE 2 POUNDS OF METH IN BIRMINGHAM

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Sheriff’s officials in the Birmingham area confiscated more than two pounds of methamphetamine they say has a street value of nearly $100,000. Authorities say the the seizure — and the arrest of a Georgia man — is the result of an ongoing investigation of meth trafficking. Jefferson County sheriff’s officials say

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ESCAPED PRISONER CAPTURED

UPDATE: MONTGOMERY – An inmate who escaped from Draper Correctional Facility in Elmore, Ala. on Monday has been recaptured. Roberto Talabera, 37, was recaptured at this afternoon. A K-9 tracking unit from Draper, with assistance from several law enforcement agencies, tracked Talabera approximately four miles from the prison. The prisoner attempted to elude officers by

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DOG DAYS OF SUMMER

WVUA23 has kicked off the Dog Days of Summer campaign. Send in your favorite pictures of how your dog is beating the summer heat and Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott will pick a winner and show the picture on the air at 5, 6 and 10 pm all this week as well on WVUA23.com and the

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TREE FALLS ON MOBILE HOME

Around 7:30 am this morning Kathy Tyner walked outside to feed her dogs when she heard a loud crash. Tyner and her son rushed back into the mobile only to find a tree had fallen through the roof and into her bedroom where she was just a few minutes earlier. Tyner was in the process

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