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Former AP civil rights reporter Kathryn Johnson dies

By ALLEN G. BREED, Associated Press Kathryn Johnson, a trailblazing reporter for The Associated Press whose intrepid coverage of the civil rights movement and other major stories led to a string of legendary scoops, died Wednesday. She was 93. Her niece, Rebecca Winters, said Johnson died Wednesday morning in Atlanta. Johnson was the only journalist allowed inside Martin Luther King Jr.'s home the day he wa ...

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Nationwide school bus recall impacts over 50,000 buses

From The Trussville Tribune staff reports TRUSSVILLE - A nationwide recall has been issued by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for more than 50,000 school buses because of a safety concern involving seats. The recall pertains to: Saf-T-Liner EFX Minotour Saf-T-Liner C2 Saf-T-Liner HDX The recall alert for 53,528 buses is due to a safety concern with SynTec S3B or S3C seats. Those seats wer ...

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Police: Siblings extort men over sexual orientation

By The Associated Press TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Authorities in Alabama say two siblings blackmailed and extorted several victims by threatening to reveal their sexual orientation, even calling in bomb threats to their job and church. News outlets report 25-year-old Jvell Hurt and 23-year-old Whitney Hurt were arrested and charged with extortion and making terroristic threats. Court records say a victim told ...

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Plane crash in Weaver claims life of Georgia man

From The Trussville Tribune staff reports WEAVER - A plane crash in Weaver, Alabama, took the life of a Georgia man on Sunday evening. Harvell Walker Jr., of Fayetteville, Georgia, was killed when his single-engine aircraft crashed in a wooded area off of Bains Gap Road. According to news reports, the plane' signal went dark at approximately 7 p.m. The aircraft was then located using Walker's daughter's Fin ...

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Police officer accused of obstructing other city’s officers

By the Associated Press DOTHAN, Ala. — A police sergeant from Daleville, Alabama, is accused of obstructing officers investigating a suspicious vehicle in Dothan. News outlets report 24-year-old Tyrian Quartez Richey was arrested Saturday on charges including obstructing a government operation and harassing a public official. Dothan police Lt. Ray Mock says patrol officers noticed a suspicious vehicle outsi ...

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Police: Alabama man sought in slayings could be in Georgia

By The Associated Press NOTASULGA, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say a man sought in the deaths of two people in east Alabama could be in the Atlanta area. A statement from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency says Aaron Flynn Gess may be traveling in Georgia in a grey, 2019 Kia Optima with an Alabama license plate. The statement says Gess has a history of mental illness and is believed to be armed. Authorities say ...

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Arrests made in Sylacauga and Ashland after shooting death in Lineville

From The Trussville Tribune staff reports LINEVILLE — The Clay County Sheriff's Office announced two arrests made in connection to a shooting death that happened on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Julius Dontavious Odem and Wayne Ashton Dunkley were both taken into custody the next day. Investigators said Randell Ladarious Brown was taken to Clay County Hospital after being shot at Blakes Ferry Apartments in Linev ...

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Man killed in crash near Hamilton identified by ALEA

From The Trussville Tribune staff reports HAMILTON — The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) is investigating a deadly, two-vehicle crash that happened on Highway 278, 12 miles east of Hamilton. Scottie Lee Cagle, 42, was killed in the crash that happened at 12:45 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. Investigators said the 2016 Toyota Corolla he was driving collided with a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by an ...

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Samford football player honors stepfather with name change in emotional video

From The Trussville Tribune staff reports BIRMINGHAM - A Samford University football player honored the man who had raised him since the second grade by changing his last name, which a video released by the university on October 7 captured. George Grimwade, a Samford offensive lineman, officially changed his name to George Grimwade-Musto on September 26 to honor Michael Musto, the man who had raised him sin ...

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Ramsay High School student killed over weekend

From The Trussville Tribune staff reports BIRMINGHAM - A Ramsay High school student was found dead inside a vehicle within a Sonesta Extended Stay Suites parking lot in northern Shelby County on Sunday morning. News reports indicate that 17-year-old Stanley M. Turner II, from Birmingham, was shot to death. Authorities said that he was discovered around 1:46 a.m. following a noise complaint. Turner was the g ...

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