Alabama sets execution date in '88 contract killing
Alabama has set a November execution date for a man convicted in the 1988 murder-for-hire killing of a pastor’s wife. The scheduled execution follows criticism over the state’s last two lethal injection attempts, including one that was called off after the execution team had trouble finding a vein. Kenneth Eugene Smith, 57, is set to die at Holman Correctional Facility on Nov. 17, according to a Friday order from the Alabama Supreme Court.news.yahoo.com
Black representation in Alabama tested before Supreme Court
Congressional districts that a federal court panel said were unconstitutional because they dilute representation for Black voters in Alabama are nevertheless being used for the November election after the U.S. Supreme Court allowed them.
Alabama prisons reduce meals, nix visits amid inmate strike
Thousands of inmates in Alabama's overcrowded prison system are receiving only two meals a day during a prisoner work stoppage that was in its fourth day Thursday, and the agency said weekend visitation also was being canceled. While inmates and activists have accused the Department of Corrections of using pressure tactics in an attempt to end the demonstration, officials said the reduced rations and the lack of visits were the result of a prisoner labor shortage. Inmates provide much of the labor force inside prisons, the department said, so the lockups eliminated one of the three meals that normally are served to compensate for the lack of workers.news.yahoo.com
Investigation continues into Montgomery homicide
The Montgomery Police Department and the Kendall County Major Crimes Task Force said they are continuing to investigate what they are now calling the homicide of a Montgomery man on Monday on the 1100 block of Reading Drive in Montgomery.chicagotribune.com
State: Alabama nearly ready with untried execution method
Alabama could be ready to use a new, untried execution method called nitrogen hypoxia to carry out a death sentence later this month, a state attorney told a federal judge Monday. James Houts, a deputy state attorney general, told U.S. District Judge R. Austin Huffaker Jr. that it is “very likely” the method will be available for the execution of Alan Eugene Miller, currently set for Sept. 22 by lethal injection. Nitrogen hypoxia, which is supposed to cause death by replacing oxygen with nitrogen, has been authorized by Alabama and two other states for executions but never used.news.yahoo.com
Trial begins in killing of Miss Sweetie Pie's grandson
A murder-for-hire trial involving former stars of the reality TV show “Welcome to Sweetie Pie's” got underway in St. Louis, where prosecutors allege that James “Tim” Norman arranged his nephew's killing because he needed money from a life insurance policy that he took out on the victim.news.yahoo.com
Man Charged With Rape in ‘Free Spirit’ Sorority Girl’s Mysterious Death
GoFundMeTwo weeks after 20-year-old Indiana University student Avery McMillan was found unresponsive inside a Bloomington house, cops on Wednesday arrested the homeowner in connection to her death.Eric Montgomery, 33, now faces a charge of rape when the victim is mentally disabled or deficient, as well as a charge of giving alcohol to someone underage, arrest records say. It is the only arrest to stem from McMillan’s mysterious death on Aug. 17.Additional details about what happened between McMinews.yahoo.com
Pujols homers as Montgomery, Cardinals blank Cubs 1-0
Albert Pujols hit career homer No. 693, Jordan Montgomery pitched a one-hitter and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 1-0 on Monday for their season-high eighth straight victory. Pujols led off the seventh with a drive to left-center for his seventh homer in his last 10 games and No. 14 overall in his final big league season. Drew Smyly became the 449th pitcher to surrender a homer to the 42-year-old Pujols, who matched Barry Bonds for the major league record.news.yahoo.com
GOP group apologizes for mistakenly posting KKK image
A Republican group in Alabama is apologizing after accidentally using a picture of the GOP elephant that contained Ku Klux Klan imagery. The Lawrence County Republican Party intended to post an image of the GOP elephant on its Facebook page, but ended up using one in which the white spaces between the animal's legs were drawn to resemble hooded Klansmen. A party official said the image was taken from the results of a Google search and that the image was immediately replaced once the mistake was detected.news.yahoo.com
Alabama court sets Sept 22 execution for 1990 triple killing
A mentally disturbed truck driver convicted of killing three men in a workplace shooting rampage more than two decades ago is set to be put to death on Sept. 22, the Alabama Supreme Court said Monday. The clerk's office announced the scheduled execution date of Alan Eugene Miller, 57, who was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death in the slayings, which occurred in Shelby County in 1999. Miller could still mount a legal challenge to block his planned execution by lethal injection at Holman Prison in Atmore.news.yahoo.com
Floating abortion clinic proposed in Gulf to bypass bans
A California doctor is proposing a floating abortion clinic in the Gulf of Mexico as a way to maintain access for people in southern states where abortion bans have been enacted. The idea is to provide a clinic aboard a ship in federal waters, and out of reach of state laws, that would offer first trimester surgical abortions, contraception and other care, said Dr. Meg Autry, an obstetrician and gynecologist and a professor at the University of California San Francisco. The proposal comes as abortion access in the southern United States has been swiftly curtailed after the U.S. Supreme Court turned the issue of abortion back to the states.news.yahoo.com
Man pleads guilty in death of Miss Sweetie Pie's grandson
A St. Louis man admitted Friday that he killed the grandson of a woman whose St. Louis-area soul food restaurant was the setting for the reality show “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s.” Travell Anthony Hill, 30, pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire and murder-for-hire in the March 2016 killing of 21-year-old Andre Montgomery Jr. Hill said in his plea agreement that he shot Montgomery in exchange for $5,000, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.news.yahoo.com
Sun Belt baseball tournament delayed, switched to single-elimination
The Sun Belt altered its baseball tournament format after inclement weather in Montgomery, Ala., washed out all four games scheduled for Wednesday, including Texas State’s.The No.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] Sports San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
1 killed in Texas as damaging storms tear across South
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Violent storms killed one person in Texas on Tuesday as hail pelted communities and high winds knocked trees into power poles elsewhere in the South.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Trump rescinds Brooks endorsement in Alabama US Senate race
Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday rescinded his endorsement of Rep. Mo Brooks in Alabama's U.S. Senate race in a major blow to the congressman's campaign. In a statement, Trump cited Brooks' performance in the race, poor campaign staffing and what Trump perceived as a softening of Bro oks' stance on the former president's false 2020 election fraud claims. Trump said he will be making another endorsement announcement in the “near future.”news.yahoo.com
Alabama death row inmate who sought new trial dies of cancer
An Alabama death row inmate who maintained his innocence and waged a high-profile but unsuccessful legal battle to overturn his conviction has died, according to a spokesperson for his legal team. William Ernest Kuenzel, 60, died Saturday at Holman Correctional Facility after a battle with cancer, according to a spokesperson for his legal team. Kuenzel was convicted in 1988 of killing Linda Jean Offord during a 1987 robbery at a convenience store in the east Alabama city of Sylacauga.news.yahoo.com
Black worker at Confederate site raises race complaint
Alabama welcomes visitors at the “First White House of the Confederacy,” a historic home next to the state Capitol where Confederate President Jefferson Davis lived with his family in the early months of the Civil War. The museum managed by the state's Department of Finance says it hosts nearly 100,000 people a year, many of them school children on field trips to see such things as the “relic room” where Davis’ slippers and pocket watch are preserved. Evelyn England, an African-American woman, worked for 12 years as a receptionist at the historic site, said some visitors, both Black and white, were surprised to see her there.news.yahoo.com
Now Stepmom of Missing 7-Year-Old Harmony Montgomery Has Been Arrested
New Hampshire AGThe stepmother of Harmony Montgomery has now been charged in connection with the ongoing saga to find the 7-year-old who was last seen in New Hampshire in 2019.Kayla Montgomery, 31, was arrested Wednesday on one count of welfare fraud after allegedly continuing to collect food-stamp benefits for Harmony. The New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office said that between Dec. 2019 and June 2021, Montgomery obtained more than $1,500 in food-stamp benefits on Harmony’s behalf—even thoughnews.yahoo.com
Father of Missing 7-Year-Old Harmony Montgomery Arrested
NH AGThe father of Harmony Montgomery, a 7-year-old who was reported missing two years after she was last seen in New Hampshire, has been arrested in the latest twist in the investigation. Adam Montgomery, 31, was arrested Tuesday evening on a slew of charges, including felony second-degree assault in connection with 2019 conduct against his daughter, Harmony, the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office said. Prosecutors have also charged Montgomery with one misdemeanor charge of interference winews.yahoo.com
Former Alabama Secretary of State Nancy Worley dies
Nancy Worley, who served four years as Alabama’s secretary of state before later becoming the longtime chair of the state Democratic party until her 2019 ouster during a power struggle, has died at the age of 70. Reed said hospital officials informed him this morning of her passing. Worley was elected secretary of state in 2002.news.yahoo.com
Bid considered to wipe Alabama arrest records of King, Parks
The quest by a civil rights pioneer to have her arrest record wiped clean after nearly 70 years after she protested racial segregation has raised the possibility of similar bids to clear the names of Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. in Alabama.
‘I got ‘em!’: Bodycam video captures rescue of children lost in Sam Houston National Forest
The three children who went missing Thursday night in Sam Houston National Forest in Montgomery, which led to a multi-agency search effort, were found safe Friday morning, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.
Mother warning others after spilling cooking oil, suffering from 3rd-degree burns
As a mother and an avid cook, Clarissa Montgomery has made tortilla chips countless times, but while in the kitchen just over a week ago, she suffered a very serious accident. Now, the mother is healing at Memorial Hermann’s burn unit and sending a strong message to others from her hospital bed.
Bloody Sunday memorial honors late civil rights giants
The Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee marks the 56th anniversary of Bloody Sunday — the day on March 7, 1965, that civil rights marchers were brutally beaten by law enforcement officers on Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge. Vivian, and attorney Bruce Boynton were the late civil rights leaders honored on Sunday. Footage of the beatings helped galvanize support for passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Let the people vote.”Lowery, a charismatic and fiery preacher, is often considered the dean of the civil rights veterans and led the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Organizers acknowledged the fallen civil rights leaders and planned to lay wreaths at the bridge in their honor.
13 vehicles involved in crash on icy overpass in Magnolia, police say
MONTGOMERY, Texas – The Magnolia Police Department is currently working on a crash involving 13 vehicles on top of an overpass, officers said. Police said the crash happened on top of the overpass for 1488-1774. MPD is currently working a 13 vehicle crash, on top of the overpass for 1488-1774. Please be aware of iced roadways and drive carefully. — Magnolia Police Dept (@MagnoliaTXPD) February 12, 2021The department is asking drivers to please be aware of iced roadways and drive carefully.
The 2020 All-VYPE Houston Offensive Teams
But we got to the finish line back in mid-January with the Class 5A and 6A State Championships at AT&T Stadium. The lone state champ from Houston came in the form of the Katy Tigers, winning the Class 6A Division II State Championship over Cedar Hill. The Crosby Cougars were the other team to make it to the state title game for the first time in 60 years. So, who were the best of the best in H-Town in 2020? Jalen showed his leadership this season helping along his younger brother and sophomore QB Caleb Koger as well.
Female inmate's execution on hold; 2 more halted over COVID
FILE - This undated file image provided by Attorneys for Lisa Montgomery shows Lisa Montgomery. Lisa Montgomery, 52, was pronounced dead at 1:31 a.m. after receiving a lethal injection at the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Indiana. “Lisa Montgomery’s execution was far from justice.”It came after hours of legal wrangling before the Supreme Court cleared the way for the execution to move forward. But both appeals were lifted, allowing the execution of the only female on federal death row to go forward. The last woman executed by a state was Kelly Gissendaner, 47, on Sept. 30, 2015, in Georgia.
Woman set to die for killing woman, cutting baby from womb
FILE - This undated file image provided by Attorneys for Lisa Montgomery shows Lisa Montgomery. Montgomery who In 2004, killed a pregnant woman, cut a baby from her womb and then passed off the newborn as her own is set to die for the crime. Like Stinnett, Montgomery also raised rat terriers. Needing a baby before a fast-approaching court date, Montgomery turned her focus on Stinnett, whom she had met at dog shows. Prosecutors argued that Stinnett regained consciousness and tried to defend herself as Montgomery used a kitchen knife to cut the baby girl from her womb.