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Auburn Football Player Shot Dead

Jakell Mitchell killed in early morning apartment shooting

(Newser) - Alabama police are seeking a suspect in the shooting death of Auburn University freshman football player Jakell Mitchell, who was shot early today at the Tiger Lodge apartment complex, reports AL.com . After police responded at 12:25am to the shooting, Mitchell was taken to the emergency room, where he... More »

Murder Suspects Attack Guard, Escape Prison

Jailer opened cell after he witnessed one inmate throwing up

(Newser) - The search is on in Alabama after two men charged with murder and another charged with armed robbery escaped their shared prison cell. Prior to the escape, one of the three began shouting in the cell, saying a cellmate was ill, the Choctaw County sheriff says. A guard checked up... More »

Neglected, Dying Dog Gets Epic Send-Off

Abandoned Boston terrier lives final days to the fullest thanks to Alabama family

(Newser) - Boston terriers thrive on human companionship, and they deteriorate in the absence thereof, notes the Boston Terrier Club of America . This is apparently what happened to Butch, who wandered an Alabama neighborhood for two and a half years after being abandoned, AL.com reports. He ate garbage, was occasionally fed... More »

100-Year-Old Woman Sees Ocean for First Time

Tennessee's Ruby Holt watched dolphins, ate seafood along Alabama shore

(Newser) - It was during a water-gun fight at her senior living facility over the summer that Ruby Holt told bystanders she had always wanted to see the ocean, which she had never visited in her century on this planet. With the encouragement of employees at the Tennessee facility where she resides,... More »

Guy Beat by Police Gets $1K, Lawyers Get $459K

Anthony Warren accused 5 cops of excessive force in 2008 chase

(Newser) - Anthony Warren doesn't have much to show for his five-year legal battle with police. The Alabama man ran over an officer during a 20-minute high-speed chase back in 2008 before he crashed and was thrown from the vehicle. It was at that point, however, that an officer's dash... More »

Alabama House Speaker Charged With 23 Felonies

Mike Hubbard, 52, calls it a 'political witch hunt'

(Newser) - Alabama's house speaker dropped by the Lee County jail today, but not to glad-hand: Special agents booked him on 23 felony violations of ethics laws, AL.com reports. Mike Hubbard, 52, a powerful figure in state Republican politics, was accused of using his office to solicit items of value... More »

'Heroic' Soldier Pulls Grenade From Guy's Leg

Staff Sgt. David Mensink drove 200 miles to defuse the situation

(Newser) - Well, this is terrifying: An Alabama man was dismantling a grenade last Friday when the device launched into his thigh, the Washington Post reports. Paramedics were called to assist, but no one knew quite how dangerous the grenade was. Though the man first visited a Walker County hospital, he was... More »

Deacons Sue Pastor Who Had Affairs, Keeping AIDS Secret

Juan McFarland refuses to leave church

(Newser) - Despite a vote to oust him, pastor Juan McFarland has refused to leave his church in Montgomery, Ala.; now, deacons are suing to fire him. McFarland admitted he'd had affairs with parishioners on church property—without telling them he has AIDS, the AP reports. At that point, "we... More »

School to 5-Year-Old Girl: Promise You Won't Kill

Alabama school has girl sign contract against murder, suicide

(Newser) - An Alabama mom says her 5-year-old daughter got in a heap of trouble for drawing a picture of a gun and aiming her crayon in a gunlike fashion, Local 15TV reports via BuzzFeed . In fact, little Elizabeth was assessed for suicidal thoughts and told to sign a contract promising not... More »

Dog Hit by Car Then Survives Euthanasia

Worker finds 'Lazarus' walking around morning after injection like 'it's nothing'

(Newser) - One rescue worker has dubbed him "Lazarus," while another calls him "Houdini." But a mixed-breed dog who now bounds happily around the yard in a suburb of Birmingham, Ala., has escaped death not once, but twice, the AP reports. Lazarus (what he's officially being called)... More »

UPS Shooter Sought Prayer, Says Pastor

Kerry Joe Tesney's friends, family recall loving man

(Newser) - The man who shot and killed two former colleagues and himself at an Alabama UPS facility had "asked for prayer" amid a "troubled" period in his life, a pastor at his church tells the AP , adding, "He's just a guy who went through his trials at... More »

Gunman, 2 Others Dead in UPS Shooting: Reports

Birmingham, Ala., shooter was believed to be former employee

(Newser) - Three people, including the gunman, are dead after a shooting this morning at a Birmingham, Ala., UPS facility, a local police lieutenant tells the AP . The shooting, which took place around 9:30am, was at the hands of a man described as being a white male in his late 40s,... More »

SC Dad Probed for Abuse Before Child Murders

Timothy Ray Jones faces 5 counts of murder

(Newser) - Questions remain as to how a man once described by a therapist as "a highly intelligent, responsible father" could be accused of killing his five children . But as the New York Times reports, Timothy Ray Jones "was leading a fractured life fraught with feelings of betrayal, anxiety, and... More »

Cops: SC Dad Killed His 5 Kids

Timothy Ray Jones led police to bodies in garbage bags

(Newser) - Grim news from the South: Police in Mississippi say a South Carolina man has confessed to murdering his five young children, who were found in individual garbage bags buried near a highway in Alabama. Timothy Ray Jones, who had primary custody of the three boys and two girls ages 1... More »

Teacher Suspended Over Ferguson Shooting 'Skit'

Unknown teacher first had students research Michael Brown shooting

(Newser) - An Alabama teacher has been suspended without pay after a lesson this week that had parents fuming. An unidentified female teacher at Selma's Brantley Elementary was discussing current affairs with her sixth-grade class when a student brought up the Michael Brown shooting, the superintendent tells the Selma-Times Journal . That'... More »

Biggest Gator Ever Caught Topped 1K Lbs., Broke Scale

Alabama hunters killed a massive 15-foot alligator over weekend

(Newser) - A group of Alabama hunters are celebrating the catch of a lifetime: A 15-foot-long alligator weighing more than 1,000 pounds. Al.com reports the monster gator was pulled from the water in south Alabama early Saturday during the state's alligator hunting season. Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries biologists... More »

Flesh-Eating Bacteria Hits Southern Beachgoers

Several deaths reported

(Newser) - Not long after Florida warned beachgoers to be careful, new reports are emerging of tourists suffering from flesh-eating bacteria. The Weather Channel points to reports of at least three deaths in the state this year, while others have suffered from Vibrio Vulnificus in Alabama and Texas. A Georgia man ended... More »

'Doting' Mom Charged With Killing Son, 5

Lacey Spears may have poisoned him for sympathy: investigators

(Newser) - After a months-long investigation, an Alabama mom has been charged with murder: Prosecutors in Westchester County, NY, say Lacey Spears poisoned her 5-year-old son through a feeding tube, likely in an effort to gain sympathy on social media. She "was intentionally feeding her son salt in toxic levels,"... More »

Court: Alabama Can't Criminalize Gay Sex

Law said consent was 'no defense to prosecution'

(Newser) - An Alabama appeals court has ruled the state's ban on consensual gay sex is unconstitutional. The measure banned oral and anal sex, adding that "consent is no defense to a prosecution under this subdivision"; in a unanimous ruling, judges said the law was aimed at banning gay sex,... More »

Cops: Man Impersonates Officer, Tries to Arrest Mayor

He allegedly claimed to be FBI agent

(Newser) - Police in the small town of Weaver, Alabama, say a man pretending to be an FBI agent showed up at City Hall in a failed attempt to arrest the mayor, reports the Anniston Star . When he was told the mayor wasn't there, Bobby Beck held up a pair of... More »

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