MISSING MAN KILLED
Police make arrest in death of missing Ala. man
SELMA, Ala. (AP) - A teen has been charged in the death of a man who was reported missing earlier this week in Selma.
The Selma Times Journal reports 19-year-old Ronald Mitchell is charged with murder in the death of 22-year-old Micah Dewayne Johnson, who was last seen Monday morning. Police learned Johnson and Mitchell had spoken with each other early Tuesday morning.
Investigators say Mitchell told them he shot Johnson, but additional information on the circumstances surrounding the man's death were not immediately available.
Police say Mitchell led investigators to the man's body in a wooded area and took police to the area where he his Johnson's 2000 Nissan Maxima.
Bond for Mitchell has been set at $3 million and it's unclear if he has an attorney.
Bentley speaks Friday in Greenville, Point Clear
MONTGMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley joined other state and local leaders in making an announcement about new jobs coming to Greenville.
Bentley announced details at 9:30 a.m. m. Friday concerning the new economic development project at the old West Point Building on Glendale Avenue in Greenville. In the project Ozark Materials LLC is expanding and will create about 40 new jobs. The company will work on striping projects in Greenville.
Also Friday the governor was at the Marriott Grand Hotel and Conference Center to speak to the 2013 annual meeting of the Warrior Tombigbee Waterway Association at noon,
Bentley spoke about the accomplishments of the 2013 legislative session. He also talked about issues effecting state government including economic development and job creation.
Former assistant Tallassee police chief convicted
WETUMPKA, Ala. (AP) - The former assistant police chief of Tallassee, Amy Davis, is scheduled for sentencing July 8 on several felony convictions.
Attorney General Luther Strange says Davis was convicted Thursday in a non-jury trial before Elmore County Circuit Judge John Bush. The judge found her guilty of 10 ethics counts of using her position for personal gain and 19 counts of unlawfully obtaining criminal offender record information on multiple people.
Davis faces two to 20 years in prison on each ethics conviction, and up to five years in prison for each conviction of unlawfully obtaining criminal records.
The attorney general's office teamed with the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center to investigate the case.
Ala. high school teacher arrested on sex charge
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - Sheriff's officials south of Birmingham say a high school teacher accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student has been arrested.
Shelby County Sheriff's officials say 36-year-old Martin Noles has been charged with a count of a school employee having sexual contact with a student under the age of 19. Authorities say he was arrested Thursday afternoon at his home in Hoover and is being held in the Shelby County jail on $6,000 bond.
Additional details on the allegations weren't immediately available. Calls to the Shelby County Sheriff's office were not immediately returned.
Auburn complex gets new name, look after killings
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - The new owners of an Auburn apartment complex are giving it a different name and a fresh look as they try rebranding it following a shooting that killed three people, including two former Auburn University football players.
The apartments formerly known as University Heights are now called Tiger Lodge. The 756-bed complex was purchased by Realco Capital Partners in January and has undergone $1.5 million in renovations. A partner in Realco, Rob Tulloch, told the Opelika-Auburn News that changing the name is part of the healing process for those were who at the shooting.
Desmonte Leonard is charged with capital murder, attempted murder and assault in the killing of DeMario Pitts of Opelika and former Auburn football players Ladarious Phillips and Ed Christian during a pool party last June.
1ST DISTRICT RACE
Alabama Rep. Davis running for 1st District seat
DAPHNE, Ala. (AP) - The campaign to replace U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner of Mobile has begun one day after he announced he would step down in August to take a job with the University of Alabama System.
Republican state Rep. Randy Davis of Daphne said Friday that he will run in the 1st District race. Davis says the district "needs a conservative trench fighter who will stare down the D.C. liberals."
Davis is a retired educator who is serving his third term in the Legislature.
Several others have indicated they are considering the race, including former Republican gubernatorial candidate Bradley Byrne.
Gov. Robert Bentley will have to set a date for the special election to fill Bonner's seat.
Obama OKs honor for Birmingham bombing victims
WASHINGTON (AP) - Four girls killed in an Alabama church bombing during the civil rights movement are receiving the highest honor Congress gives to civilians.
President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley and Denise McNair.
The three 14-year-olds and an 11-year-old were killed Sept. 15, 1963, when a bomb planted by white supremacists exploded at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham.
September will mark the 50th anniversary of the bombing, which helped spur passage of the Civil Right Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Three Ku Klux Klan members were convicted of the bombing years after the attack. Two are dead and one is in prison.
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