The Sunrise News Sampler
- According to Tuscaloosa Police, 19-year-old Edward Womack III has been arrested and charged with 1 count of Burglary 2nd Degree following an incident in the 3100 Block of 41st Ave last week. Womack was placed in the Tuscaloosa County Jail pending a $30,000 bond, and a second suspect in the case is still being sought.
- Tuscaloosa Police report that 19-year-old Andrew Madison Smith was arrested on multiple felony charges including Unlawful Possession of Marijuana and Burglary 2nd Degree, following a call that someone was breaking into vehicles at the 700 Block of NE Tamaha Trace. Smith was placed in the Tuscaloosa County Jail pending a $26,000 bond.
- In other local news, tonight, Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School will host a Reading Night Out from 5:00 until 6:30, designed for the whole family for a fun evening of literacy activities and refreshments. Big Al will also make a special appearance.
- Friday, the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals ordered a new trial for Lam Luong, the man accused of throwing four small children off a coastal bridge in 2009. The court ruled that publicity surrounding the case made it impossible for a fair trial where the crime occurred. However, prosecutors say they’ll ask the Alabama Supreme Court to overturn the appeals court decision.
- Young military veterans who’ve served since the September 11th attacks are said to be having a hard time finding work. The unemployment rate for veterans between 18 and 24 was more than 20% last year.
- A handful of gun control bills are now in the hands of the state Senate after Colorado’s House narrowly approved the measures. Colorado’s governor says he supports expanded background checks and may back other measures.
- Also, double amputee Olympian Oscar Pistorius has been charged with the murder of his model girlfriend, after his accounts of what happened led prosecutors to believe the murder was premeditated.
- Stillman College junior Lawrence Allen Brown will be among the competitors on the 2013 Ford Black College Quiz Show, a “Jeopardy” style program, which will air March 2nd and 3rd on WABM.