Student faces another suspension after protest
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama State University student could miss another semester after officials say he interrupted interim university president William Harris during the school's fall convocation program in September.
ASU junior Mark Myles was found guilty of disorderly conduct on Wednesday in Montgomery Municipal Court after authorities say he shouted allegations of theft at Harris during the convocation. Myles was given a 10-day suspended sentence and ordered to pay fines and court costs.
Myles said an October administrative hearing at ASU also resulted in him being suspended for the remainder of that semester and ordered to do 75 hours of community service.
Now, Myles tells The Montgomery Advertiser that a misunderstanding over when he was to start the community service has left him suspended from ASU for the spring semester as well.
MISSISSIPPI SHERIFF INDICTED
Sheriff Byrd submits resignation
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd says he will resign Dec. 31, but leaders in the Mississippi county are questioning why Byrd is waiting so long.
Byrd presented his resignation letter to Board of Supervisor President Mike Mangum on Wednesday night. Mangum says supervisors will discuss Byrd's staying in office until the end of the year with the county legal team.
District Attorney Tony Lawrence says he's going to talk with the attorney general's office about Byrd's timing of his resignation.
Mississippi state law does not allow a convicted felon to hold public office.
U.S. District Judge William H. Steele, chief judge for the Southern District of Alabama, accepted Byrd's guilty plea Tuesday, found him guilty and set his sentencing for March 11, 2014.
Search to continue for missing Alabama fisherman
AUTAUGAVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Crews planned to resume their search of a gravel pit lake for a missing fisherman from Autaugaville.
WAKA-TV reports that the search for 43-year-old David Taylor was to resume Thursday at the lake in Autauga County.
Searchers say it has been a slow and difficult process because the water is dark and there are many thick roots at the bottom.
Investigators have said Taylor went on a last-minute fishing trip to the lake on Sunday and hasn't been seen or heard from since then. Autauga County deputies say Taylor's truck and tacklebox were found, along with his boot and upside down canoe.
Selma to arm police officers with stun guns
SELMA, Ala. (AP) - Some police officers in Selma will be armed with stun guns after a vote by the City Council.
The Selma Times-Journal reports that the council's unanimous vote means that 27 stun guns will be purchased at a cost about $36,000.
Mayor George Evans said he hopes the purchase will allow the police department to take less lethal measures when in danger.
Ward 4 councilwoman Angela Benjamin says she thinks the stun guns will help save lives if officers are able to subdue subjects without using lethal force.
Chief of Police William Riley said the stun guns would be given to lieutenants, sergeants and field training officers in his department, meaning two to three officers would be on shift with a stun gun at any given time.
SELMA ROBBERY-2 DEAD
Police: Attempted robbery victim, suspect killed
SELMA, Ala. (AP) - Police are investigating after two people were shot to death during a robbery attempt in Selma.
Selma police Lt. Curtis Muhannad says 77-year-old Selma resident Willie "Dusty" Berry died of gunshot wounds. Police say he was returning to his home at Highland View condominiums on North Broad Street Tuesday evening when he was approached by two suspects.
Muhannad tells The Selma Times-Journal that investigators think Berry was shot first in his abdomen, then returned fire with his own weapon, striking one suspect in the head. Police say Berry then tried to get to a neighbor's house and was shot two more times by the second suspect.
Muhannad said Berry and the suspect who was shot both died later at a Montgomery hospital. The whereabouts of the second suspect remained unknown.
ALABAMA ROAD TRIPS
New book filled with Alabama road trips
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A new book features a year's worth of short road trips in Alabama.
"Alabama Road Trips" was produced by the Alabama Media Group in cooperation with Alabama's tourism department. State Tourism Director Lee Sentell says the book features 52 getaways of two to three days each. They range from the scenic Lookout Mountain Parkway in north Alabama to civil rights attractions in central Alabama and coastal attractions in the south. The road trip guides were written by either veteran tourism department staff or travel writers in each location.
Sentell said Pulitzer Prize-winning author Rick Bragg wrote the foreword to the book and relates his own story about trips he took with his family growing up in Alabama.
The book sells for $20.
Former court worker avoids prison in theft
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A former worker with the drug court in Chambers County has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $2,500 from the east Alabama office.
Attorney General Luther Strange's office says 39-year-old Rosanna Nicole Brooks pleaded guilty to theft of drug court funds.
A judge suspended her prison sentence, meaning Brooks won't have to go to prison.
But she was ordered to pay court costs and a $100 fine, and a hearing will be scheduled to determine how much restitution Brooks should pay.
The attorney general's office says Brooks was accused of accepting payments from clients of a drug court referral program and failing to turn over the money for deposit with other public funds.
Tuskegee airman William Booker dead at 90
SEATTLE (AP) - William L. Booker, one of the black military aviators known as the Tuskegee Airmen, has died at the age of 90.
Booker's family says he died Nov. 30 at a Kirkland, Wash., nursing home after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.
Booker served as a navigator and flight engineer on B-25 bombers with the 477th Bombardment Group based at Godman Field, Ky. He flew with all-black crews with pilots trained in Alabama at Tuskegee Institute.
After World War II, he worked for Boeing for 34 years. He served 10 years as president of the local Tuskegee Airmen's chapter
Booker is survived by his wife of 45 years, Dolores, two sons, two daughters and grandchildren.
A memorial will be held Saturday at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Seattle.
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