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Arrest Made After Woman's Dramatic Kidnapping Escape

Manuel Towns was just freed from prison 2 months ago

(Newser) - Last week, a 25-year-old nursing student in Alabama made a dramatic escape from the trunk of her car, where she had been locked at gunpoint, NBC News reports. On Tuesday, her alleged kidnapper was arrested. According to AL.com , 28-year-old Manuel Towns was released from prison two months ago after... More »

Mom, Child Die in 2 Different Accidents 30 Minutes Apart

What appears to be a sad coincidence in Alabama

(Newser) - A mother and her 5-year-old daughter were both killed Tuesday in Alabama—but, in what seems to be a freak coincidence, in two different incidents. Per Valley Head police, the girl was hit by a vehicle on state Route 117 just outside Mentone around 3:30pm, although authorities are still... More »

Bill to Let Church Create Police Force Advances in Alabama

Birmingham congregation says it needs more protection

(Newser) - A bill designed to allow a church to have its own police force is moving forward. Alabama's Senate judiciary panel has passed a measure that would let Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham create the force, reports NBC News . The force would coordinate with local police to protect the 4,... More »

Unlikely Item Helped Kidnap Victim Escape Trunk

Quick thinking, light of insulin pump gave Brittany Diggs the chance to escape

(Newser) - The Alabama nursing student whose brave kidnapping escape was caught on a gas station's surveillance video last week revealed that her insulin pump played a role in her getaway. In an exclusive interview with the Today show on Monday, Brittany Diggs, 25, said the faint light of her insulin... More »

Watch the Moment a Kidnap Victim Makes Her Big Escape

She popped out of a car trunk at an Alabama gas station

(Newser) - A frightening ordeal for a kidnapped woman came to an end at an Alabama gas station late Tuesday night, and her escape was caught on tape. Sgt. Bryan Shelton says that the 25-year-old was abducted outside her Birmingham apartment around 10:30pm, with the suspect throwing her in the trunk... More »

Woman Lists 14-Year-Old Boy as Father of Her Unborn Child

Mekenzie Guffey has been charged with rape

(Newser) - A pregnant woman in Alabama has been charged with raping the underage father of her unborn son. AL.com reports 19-year-old Mekenzie Guffey applied for Medicaid this month and listed a 14-year-old boy as the father. Authorities say Guffey was introduced to the boy by a mutual friend at a... More »

Alabama Church Moves to Form Own Police Force

Critics worry the church could use it to cover up crimes

(Newser) - Alabama's Briarwood Presbyterian Church already has more than 4,000 members, two private schools, and its own radio station. And if administrators have their way, the wealthy congregation could soon add something that no other American church has: its own police force. Briarwood has asked the state legislature for... More »

Alabama Theater Has Moral Beef With Beauty and the Beast

The drive-in won't show the film, which features a gay character

(Newser) - A drive-in theater in Alabama says it won't show Disney's live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast after the film's director announced it would feature Disney's first openly gay character , Fusion reports. Director Bill Condon says LeFou, sidekick to the film's villain and played by... More »

Mardi Gras Parade Marred by 'Tragic Accident'

Car mows into Ala. marching band, injuring a dozen or so youngsters, several critically

(Newser) - Police in the Alabama beach town of Gulf Shores say a car participating in the city's Fat Tuesday parade accidentally plowed into a marching band, leaving around a dozen young people injured; an earlier AP report says 11 were hurt, with three critically injured, while CNN puts the number... More »

Father Killed in Head-On Crash With Own Son

One man had been out late, the other was going to work

(Newser) - A horrific coincidence, and a double tragedy for an Alabama family: A father on his way to work early Saturday was killed in a head-on crash with his own son, who was returning from a late night out. Police say bread deliveryman Jeff Brasher, 50, was killed around 4:10am... More »

Cops: Couple on Killing Spree Choosing Victims at Random

Pair accused of murders in Florida, Alabama

(Newser) - Florida is facing a "running nightmare" with two people on a killing spree that has so far left three women dead and another in critical condition. William "Billy" Boyette and Mary Craig Rice are wanted in the Jan. 31 murders of 30-year-old Alicia Greer—who was in a... More »

After Huge Search, Missing Hunter Found in Jail

He had been picked up for public intoxication

(Newser) - Searchers spent hours looking for a missing hunter in north Alabama until officers realized he was actually in jail. Relatives of 50-year-old Randy Keith Holt of Hartselle reported the man missing Monday afternoon after he failed to return from a hunting trip, the AP reports. Holt didn't have a... More »

She Miscarried at 6 Weeks, Can Sue Her Doctor

Alabama court says wrongful death lawsuit can go forward

(Newser) - A pregnant Alabama woman who suffered a miscarriage at six weeks can sue her doctor for wrongful death, the Alabama Supreme Court has ruled, with judges citing a 2009 state law making it a crime to kill or harm "an unborn child in utero at any stage of development.... More »

NAACP President Arrested at Jeff Sessions' Office

Dozens of activists staged all-day sit-in

(Newser) - Cornell William Brooks, national president of the NAACP, was among six people arrested Tuesday evening after an all-day sit-in at the Alabama offices of Sen. Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general. Around two dozen civil rights activists occupied the Republican's Mobile offices at around 11am, denouncing... More »

Storms Kill 4 in Alabama, Wreak Havoc Across South

Tree fell on family's mobile home

(Newser) - A powerful storm system that moved across the South on Monday killed four people in Alabama and left a trail of damage over several states, officials say. The line of severe thunderstorms spawned several possible tornadoes, and the threat continued into early Tuesday for southern Alabama, southwest Georgia, and the... More »

Woman Upset Postal Service Crushed Her Canaries

The dead birds were supposed to be alive when they arrived

(Newser) - US Postal Service officials say they've apologized to an Alabama woman who says her package of six live canaries arrived, but the birds were crushed and dead. Rhonda King tells Al.com that the box containing the birds was marked with tire tracks when it arrived from Texas earlier... More »

Things This Man Used to Propose: Cops, Tasers, a 'Gun'

But nobody got Tasered—or dumped

(Newser) - Daiwon McPherson got the unusual marriage proposal he was looking for and lived to tell the tale. The Alabama man faked a standoff with police Friday night to surprise girlfriend Shawna Blackmon with a ring. McPherson, 33, arranged the proposal with the help of two police officers and some fellow... More »

Advocates Call Alabama Execution 'Avoidable Disaster'

Ronald Smith coughed and heaved for 13 minutes

(Newser) - Defenders of a condemned inmate in Alabama are calling his execution an "avoidable disaster," the AP reports. For 13 minutes after he was sedated to avoid an unconstitutionally painful death, Ronald Smith Jr. was seen coughing, gasping, and moving . Smith's legal team says these movements Thursday night... More »

After Abuse Claims, 22 Boys Removed From Boarding School

But no charges are pending

(Newser) - Authorities say 22 boys have been removed from a Christian boys' boarding school in Alabama after claims of abuse, the AP reports. Anthony Lowry of the Sheriff's Department tells AL.com some kids at the school ran away to a neighbor's house and "made allegations of abuse.... More »

Alabama Inmate Coughs 13 Minutes Into Execution

Jury recommended life for Ronald Smith

(Newser) - A man who killed an Alabama convenience store clerk more than two decades ago was put to death Thursday night, an execution that required two consciousness tests as the inmate heaved and coughed 13 minutes into the lethal injection. Ronald Bert Smith Jr., 45, was pronounced dead at 11:05pm,... More »

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