4 people were killed in plane crash less than a mile from the Walker County Airport. Among the victims were three members of a prominent Jasper County family. Law enforcement officials have not confirmed the identities of those inside the plane when it crashed just after take-off, but friends tell FOX6 that Jasper car dealer Bobby Crump, his wife Jane, son Matt, as well as matt's friend and fellow University of Alabama student Lauren Brue were on board and en route to a 4th of July holiday in Gulf Shores when the twin engine craft spiraled down and crashed in a wooded area half a mile west of the runway. The investigation in the cause of this crash continues this morning.
Two Fishermen Found Safe
Two fishermen are safe and accounted for after a search on Logan Martin Lake. Witnesses say the fishermen were on the banks below the dam last night when the turbines turned on. Marine police say the witnesses reported hearing the men scream. This morning the men were located. They are safe.
Judge Election for Calhoun, Cleburne Heads to Trial
Happening today in a Jefferson County courtroom, Calhoun County Circuit Judge-elect, Ray Bryan’s lawsuit against Mike Hubbard is in full swing. Bryan says he has been denied his rightful win as a judge for Cleburne and Calhoun Counties because of late filed campaign finance reports. The reports were due on May 27th. Bryan's paperwork arrived by certified mail June 3rd, the day of the primary. The Anniston Attorney says the packet actually arrived Monday June 2nd, but was not received because that was a state holiday. So his losing opponent, Mannon Bankson, filed a challenge, and the state party informed Bryan it would take steps to decertify him.
Investigators Look to Identify New Homicide Victim
Jefferson County investigators try to identify their latest homicide victim. It happened at an apartment complex in the 1800 block of Amberwood Drive. Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies arrived Sunday morning to find the body of an un-identified Hispanic male believed to be in his 20's. The victim appeared to have head trauma and had been there for several hours.
Jeffco Coroner Identifies Victim
The Jefferson County Coroner has identified Birmingham’s latest murder victim as Antonio Ruiz from Montevallo. Officers say they found Ruiz shot several times early Sunday morning in the 1100 block of 3rd Avenue West. Ruiz’s car was found parked in the road. He had apparently driven to the location and stopped his car to get out for help. Ruiz was taken to University Hospital where he later died. No arrests have been announced so far.
Five-Year-Old Killed in Accident at Huntsville Airshow
Another tragedy happened on Sunday during an air show in Huntsville. A five-year-old boy was killed and 12 others were hurt when strong winds toppled spectator tents. Police say a generator fell on the child. The other people were treated for injuries, but a child was admitted to the hospital in serious condition. According to National Weather Service, winds reached 48 mph during the storm, which cancelled the air show.
Church Bus Collides With Truck in Dothan
Police say 22 people were hurt when a bus taking Kentucky students to a church camp in Panama City collided with a pick-up truck in Dothan. Two children in the truck were in critical condition and its driver was also hospitalized. Most of the students were treated and released from the hospital. At least one was admitted for observation.
Missing Babysitter and Child Found
Police say a teenager and the 18-month old baby she was watching have been found safe. Police say Antoinetta Smith left Treshon Williams with a family who notified them after she left. The baby boy was taken to Children's Hospital as a precaution and later released to his mother. Smith was taken into custody shortly after Williams was recovered. She was taken to the Jefferson County Juvenile Detention Facility. The case is under investigation.
Birmingham Police Crackdown on Graffiti
Police in downtown Birmingham are on the lookout for graffiti. They say the amount of vandalism has increased in the Loft District. CAPS," the City Action Partnership”, worked 100-cases of graffiti in the last month. In a typical year, the number goes from 400 to 500 cases. "CAPS" representatives say they are seeing more hits from 5th Avenue South to 9th Avenue North. They say it is not only unsightly, but sends the wrong message. CAPS urges people to call if they see suspicious activity in the Loft District.
State Troopers Prepare for Holiday
The Fourth of July holiday will see an increase of state troopers. Troopers will be setting up license checkpoints, running radar and watching for drunken drivers. Troopers plan to target "aggressive" drivers who speed, make unsafe lane changes and tailgate.