Latest Alabama news, sports, business and entertainment at 9:20 p.m. CDT

Latest Alabama news, sports, business and entertainment at 9:20 p.m. CDT
Published: Jun. 30, 2020 at 3:23 AM CDT
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Officers block escape attempt from Louisiana prison

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Authorities quickly captured a man who scaled one of the inner fences at a Louisiana prison and got caught in the razor wire. The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections said in a news release Tuesday that 32-year-old Aaron Dun, tried to escape Elayn Hunt Correctional Center around 7 p.m. Monday. Dun was awaiting trial in St. John the Baptist Parish for home invasion, aggravated kidnapping, and armed robbery. He is also a registered sex offender in Alabama, where he is wanted for several additional charges. The department says attempted escape charges are pending against Dun and the attempted escape remains under investigation.


Alabama skips tougher virus rules despite worsening pandemic

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is extending a state health order that limits the number of people in restaurants and stores. But she isn't following other states in issuing new restrictions as the pandemic worsens in Alabama. Ivey announced Tuesday she was extending the state’s “safer at home order.” Among other things, it limits occupancy in stores and restaurants and requires safety measures at salons. The order was set to expire Friday, but Ivey extended it through the end of July. Ivey is urging people to take precautions, such as mask wearing, and to incorporate precautions into their daily routine.


Confederate flag losing prominence 155 years after Civil War

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Confederate battle flag is losing its place of official prominence in the South 155 years after the end of the Civil War. Mississippi’s Republican governor on Tuesday signed legislation to remove the Confederate emblem from the state flag. Other states took action previously. NASCAR, meanwhile, has banned the rebel banner from its car races. The flag with the familiar X design is still visible along Southern highways and in some stores. It's far from being banished in the region. But even flag supporters are surprised by the speed with which change is taking place amid a national debate over racial inequality.


Officials: Alabama fire official fled from fatal crash scene

BESSEMER, Ala. (AP) — A fire official in Alabama has been charged with leaving the scene of a car crash that killed a 22-year-old motorcyclist. News outlets report Alabama State Troopers arrested Franklin Edwards on Saturday after allegedly discovering his abandoned car about 2 miles from the crash scene near Bessemer. Edwards was appointed to his position as assistant fire chief of the Selma Fire Department by the city's mayor. News outlets report that Matthew Scott Sartin of Pineville, Louisiana, was killed in the crash. Edwards has since been released from jail on bond. It's unclear whether he has an attorney who can comment for him.


Former police officer sentenced on sexual assault conviction

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A former spokesman for the Birmingham Police Department has been sentenced to more than two decades in prison on a rape conviction. A judge sentenced former police Lt. Peter Williston during a hearing on Monday. He received about 21 years in prison after being convicted of sexually abusing a female relative. Jurors convicted Williston on the charge earlier this year. Prosecutors say the abuse occurred over a period of several years when the victim was a teenager. The defense claimed the two were engaged in a consenting relationship. The 50-year-old Williston pleaded with the judge for mercy.


North Alabama's lion mascot Una dies on campus

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — The University of North Alabama says its 17-year-old lion mascot Una has died on campus after a brief illness. A veterinarian who cared for Una and her brother, Leo III, says Una died with Leo and caregivers at her side. Officials say the two lions had lived in a campus habitat since 2003. Una was born in New Hampshire in 2002. A university statement said a memorial would be planned later this year.

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