Suspect dead after Arkansas State Police chase
FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas State Police say a man believed to be wanted in Alabama apparently shot himself to death after leading troopers on a car chase in western Arkansas.
Police say a trooper near Clarksville spotted a car matching the description of one wanted in an Alabama homicide case and stopped the car on Interstate 40 about 12:50 p.m. Sunday. Troopers say the woman driving fled on foot and a man hiding in the car got behind the wheel and drove away.
A trooper near Fort smith spotted the car about 1 p.m. and after a short chase the driver stopped. The trooper approached the car and found the driver dead.
The names of the man and the woman who fled and was later taken into custody were not immediately released.
Ala. man fatally shot in argument over television
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Birmingham police say a 56-year-old man was fatally shot during an argument over television use.
Police spokesman Johnny Williams tells AL.com Donald Stallworth was found suffering from a gunshot wound early Sunday morning and later died at UAB Hospital. Police have said the man's roommate fled before authorities arrived.
Police say no arrests have been made and authorities are asking tipsters with additional information on the shooting to contact the department.
Woman killed, 2 injured in interstate crash
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - Hoover police say a woman has been killed and two men were injured in a crash on Interstate 65.
Police Capt. Jim Coker told AL.com that a Ford Escape veered off the road early Sunday morning, hit and embankment and overturned.
The woman was pronounced dead on the scene. The driver and a second passenger were both taken to UAB Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
The woman's identity hasn't been released.
ALABAMA COUNTY MYSTERY
Ala county could be out $400, or millions
GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama county faces a financial mystery.
The criminal charge against former Marshall County Revenue Commissioner Joey Masters is serious, but hardly jaw-dropping. He's accused on a misdemeanor count of taking a few hundred dollars from a petty cash fund.
But a civil lawsuit contends the allegations are but a pin prick in a scandal that cost the county nearly as much as its annual budget of nearly $23 million.
Masters' lawyer denies the lawsuit's claims, and the county commission chairman says the allegations are far-fetched. He says Marshall County is in good shape financially.
A state audit released last year does say there were some $17 million in assessment errors in Marshall County, and all the money wasn't made up.
The criminal charge and civil lawsuit are still pending.
Ala. city uses 1 camera to issue 784 traffic fines
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - The city of Tuscaloosa has used a traffic monitoring camera to issue more than 780 citations in the past three months.
The Tuscaloosa News reports 784 citations were issued between Sept. 1 and Nov. 30 to drivers who ran a red light at the intersection of 15th Street and Sixth Avenue.
Drivers are fined $110. City Hall keeps $70 of each fine and $30 is given to Gatso USA Inc., the company hired to install and monitor the camera. The remaining $10 is given to the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center.
City Engineer David Griffin has said revenue from the citations is being held in an escrow account in case a lawsuit arises challenging the system.
City officials expect cameras to eventually be installed at five other intersections.
Bessemer jail reopening for Birmingham inmates
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Jefferson County sheriff's officials say a county jail in Bessemer is set to reopen Dec. 16 with nearly 200 inmates transferring from a facility in Birmingham.
Sheriff's spokesman Randy Christian told AL.com work to prepare the facility began in October. The 410-bed jail in Bessemer closed because of budget cuts in 2009.
The county commission earmarked $2.4 million in the fiscal year 2014 budget to hire more than 40 people to work at the facility. An additional $276,000 has been allocated to upgrade the jail's security system.
County Commissioner Sandra Little Brown has said three to four men have been known to sleep in cells meant for two in the Birmingham jail. She called the conditions there inhumane.
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