Experts say cotton and peanut farmers in southeast Alabama need rain soon to improve fields after a dry summer. A statewide survey by the national agriculture statistical service shows 51% of Alabama cotton growers believe their crops are still in good condition. But only 36% of Alabama peanut farmers say their crops are faring that well and local farmers say the heat and blistering sun have affected crops like corn and tomatoes. WVUA visited Leavelle Farm to speak with farmer Russell Suchomelly about the current dry spell.
TUSCALOOSA -- Authorities gathered at the Easy Money Storefront on McFarland Boulevard to investigate a deadly shooting Saturday night. Witnesses say a suspect went inside the store and shot another man several times, later reports revealed that man has now died. Authorities say this incident was not a robbery.
"There's nothing to indicate this was a robbery," said Sgt. Dale Phillips with the Tuscaloosa Metro Homicide Unit. "It appears that the suspect in this case came here with the intention to confront the victim." ...Read more
LAKE MARTIN -- It was a somber day at Lake Martin Sunday, when a body believed to be that of a missing fisherman was pulled from the water.
Chilton County Sheriff Kevin Davis says the fisherman was from the area and went missing Saturday afternoon. Davis says the man was alone in his boat when he fell into the water south of Lay Dam.
The man's identity has yet to be released.
BIRMINGHAM-- Authorities are investigating a shooting that injured a 5-uear-old girl. According to Police Lt. Scott Thurmond, a gun was fired as part of an altercation and the young girl was an "innocent bystander".
It happened in the Kingston area of Birmingham. The girl was rushed to Children's of Alabama Hospital after police found her with a gunshot wound around 11 p.m. Friday. Thurmond said her condition was stable Saturday and doctors expect her to live. ...Read more
ENSLEY -- Authorities are investigating a shooting that left one woman dead and two other people injured. The triple shooting happened in Ensley early Sunday morning. Authorities are not sure what led to the shooting on the 1600 block of Avenue I.
When police arrived, a woman was found lying face down with a gunshot wound to her back. Two other victims were taken to the University of Alabama Birmingham hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
BIRMINGHAM -- Authorities are investigating a shocking crime after they say a man set his estranged girlfriend on fire. Just after 2:30 Sunday morning, deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a house fire in the 4400 block of Nellie Anderson Street. They arrived to find a 49-year-old female victim with extensive burns to her head, arms, upper body, and legs. She was transported to the hospital and admitted to a burn unit in serious condition. ...Read more
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