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13-Year-Old Sexually Assaulted

October 23, 2014 - 10:07am

Johnathon Deon Gordon Jr

The following is a release from Tuscaloosa Police Department:

Tuscaloosa Police responded to the 500 Block of E 25th Ave on a sexual assault at 3:14 am this morning (10/23/14). Upon arrival officers located the victim and the suspect inside of the victim’s bedroom. Juvenile Investigators arrived on scene and found probable cause to arrest the suspect for Rape 2nd Degree. The victim is a 13 year old female. ...Read more

Construction crew causes water shortage scare in Pickens County

October 23, 2014 - 9:57am

Reform residents had a possible water shortage scare on

Mayor Bennie Harton said the city engineer noticed a large
amount of the city’s water supply was being used. But after an examination, it
was found that a construction crew, hired for a city project, was the source of
the extra water usage.

However, the city engineer found another problem with the

“He was also concerned about some major leaks that my water
department was working on at the time,” Harton said. “And so once these water
leaks were fixed, the water problem then went away.” ...Read more

Police officer arrested for violating protection order against wife

October 23, 2014 - 9:44am

By WVUA Staff

TUSCALOOSA- Former Tuscaloosa police officer
arrested for violating a protection order. Jimmy Darrel Smith was previously arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting and strangling his wife in August. The 37-year-old woman said her husband
threw her into a chair and tried to strangle her from behind.She told police that Smith had previously
sexually assaulted her twice.

Sargent Dale Phillips says that Smith was arrested for the family violence protection order that was violated.

Smith waits in Tuscaloosa County Jail with
a $3,000 bond. 

Air bag defect has the potential to injure, kill nationwide

October 23, 2014 - 9:41am

By WVUA Staff

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – An air bag defect has caused one of the biggest recalls in
automobile history, according to AAA.

defect causes shrapnel to explode from the steering wheel when the air bag is
deployed, which could cause serious, if not fatal injury to the driver

air bags, manufactured in Japan, are installed in a variety of makes and models
of cars in the United States. According to automobile experts at AAA Alabama,
the recall affects mostly older vehicles, ranging from 2001-2008.

“It affects a lot of ...Read more

Woman dead after Northport house fire

October 23, 2014 - 9:35am
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A Tuscaloosa County woman died in a house fire on
Mary Drive on Wednesday afternoon.

The home stood at 14162 Mary Drive off of Highway
171 in Northport. Witnesses said when they noticed the fire the home was
already engulfed in flame.

"When I came out of my house today, I noticed
smoke coming out of the back of the house then an older man told me in the
front yard that there was a lady trapped inside,” said James Hollis, a
neighbor. “I went to the back of the trailer because I couldn't go to the front ...Read more

Rescuers encourage residents to be familiar with fire safety

October 23, 2014 - 9:30am

By WVUA Staff 

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Postal worker arrested for theft

October 23, 2014 - 9:24am

By WVUA Staff

TUSCALOOSA- Nicholas Steven Davis, a
42-year-old postal worker, was arrested after pleading guilty to stealing pain
killers from work. Davis worked at the Skyland Boulevard post office and
stole 180 hydrocodone tablets in July, 2012 from an incoming package. Davis also pleaded guilty to
breaking into the post officer after he was fired in June, 2014.

According to prosecutors, Davis faces
up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. His sentence date has not been set. 

Fatal House Fire

October 22, 2014 - 9:11pm
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One Tuscaloosa County woman is dead after the mobile home where she lived became engulfed in flames.The Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences will confirm a positive identification on the victim.The cause and origin of the fire is still under investigation by Northport Fire Rescue along with the State Fire Marshall's Office and the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office.No foul play is suspected.

Uber Ceases Operation in Tuscaloosa

October 21, 2014 - 9:15pm
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The ride sharing company Uber has ceased operation in the city of Tuscaloosa for the time being.TPD Chief Steve Anderson says this comes after the city began enforcing a zero tolerance policy for the illegal operation of the company.Uber Spokesperson Kaitlin Durkosh provided a different reason for the program no longer being in service in Tuscaloosa.

Two Churches Become One

October 21, 2014 - 5:15pm
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Alberta Baptist Church has gone through many changes over the past few years and this trend will continue as Senior Pastor, Larry Corder, retires and Alberta Baptist and Open Door Baptist merge together to become one. 

OAD: Tuesday, October 21, 2014