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Two arrested in separate crimes thanks to help of Metro Area Crime Center

From The Trussville Tribune Staff Reports Two have been arrested for separate crimes with the assistance of the new Metro Area Crime Center. Torsean Darnell Washington, 20, has been charged after holding up a Dollar General on Center Point Road in November. Johndarius Ward, 21, has been [caption id="attachment_36773" align="alignleft" width="1"] Torsean Washington, left, and Johndarius Ward, right. (Jeffers ...

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Clerk shot on Springville Road and Parkway East

From The Trussville Tribune staff reports BIRMINGHAM --A convenience store clerk was shot Monday night at the Citgo gas station located at Springville Road and Parkway East in Birmingham. [caption id="attachment_36758" align="alignleft" width="300"] A store clerk was hot Monday night at a business on Springville Road and Parkway East in Birmingham.Photo via Twitter @StarrDunigan[/caption] The shooting took ...

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UAB ranks 18th in U.S. in research funding among public universities

By Jim Bakken, Alabama News Center  Newly released research funding data from the National Science Foundation shows the University of Alabama at Birmingham ranked No. 18 nationally among public universities and No. 34 overall in federally financed research in 2015, with more than $328.5 million in spending. UAB’s total research spending exceeded $516 million in 2015, ranking the institution No. 25 among pub ...

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Gov. Bentley lifts statewide burn ban

From The Trussville Tribune Staff Reports MONTGOMERY – Governor Robert Bentley and Interim State Forester Gary Cole have lifted the statewide burn band, according to a press release from the governor’s office. The state has received enough rainfall over the last week to reduce the threat of wildfires. “I want to thank the Forestry Commission and the dozens of local fire departments that have worked so hard ...

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Harris sentenced to life in prison without parole for hot car death of son

From The Associated Press MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man convicted of murder after his toddler son died in a hot SUV has been sentenced to serve life in prison without the possibility of parole. Jurors last month convicted Justin Ross Harris of malice murder and other charges in the June 2014 death of his 22-month-old son, Cooper. The malice murder conviction means they believed Harris left the young bo ...

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Man arrested in Jefferson County after carjacking, hitting police cruiser

From The Trussville Tribune Staff Reports GARDENDALE -- A carjacking in Gardendale Saturday night has put a Mississippi man behind bars. Gardendale police responded to the Waffle House on Fieldstown Road around 6 p.m., Lt. Scott Banks told al.com. A victim told officers he was held at gunpoint by another man attempting to steal his vehicle, but the suspect fled without taking anything. Dispatchers soon rece ...

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Shelby County man killed in crash, wasn’t wearing seatbelt

From The Trussville Tribune Staff Reports SHELBY COUNTY – A single-vehicle crash at 4:09 p.m. Friday has claimed the life of a Sterrett man. The crash occurred on County Road 55, four miles north of Westover. Kristopher Roger Gardner, 37, was killed when the 2009 Chevrolet Silverado he was driving left the roadway and overturned. Gardner was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected form the vehicle, and was p ...

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Disaster loans available in Alabama following Nov. drought declaration

From The U.S. Small Business Administration ATLANTA - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today that federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations located in Alabama as a result of the drought that began on Nov. 15,2016. This disaster declaration in ...

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Death toll rises to 12 in Tennessee fire

From The Trussville Tribune Staff Reports GATLINBURG, Tenn. – Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters announced that the death toll from wildfires earlier in the week has risen to at least a dozen. Waters told CNN a 13th person died as a result of a heart attack suffered while or after feeling the fire. The blaze burned more than 700 buildings in the county, including around 300 in Gatlinburg, and injured at least ...

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Former CWA local president indicted for embezzlement, bank fraud

From the U.S. Department of Justice BIRMINGHAM – A federal grand jury today indicted the former president of the Communications Workers of America, Local 3901, in Oxford, Ala., for a scheme to embezzle more than $69,000 from the local chapter, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Labor-Management Standards, Investigator Hollis Lindley Jr. A nine-count indictment ...

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