Alabama News

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Montgomery: More than $22,000 raised at 12’s Day of Giving

Hundreds of people in the community stopped by the Walmart on Atlanta Highway in Montgomery to make donations. Dan Atkinson's family and the Dan Atkinson Foundation donated $5,000. Atkinson, a longtime WSFA 12 News meteorologist, died on Sept. 26 at the age of 71. Atkinson had been battling Parkinson's disease for several years. Walmart employees donated carts full of toys and pallets of boxes packed with groceries. Mayor Todd Strange and Montgomery firefighters also helped deliver three vehicles full of toys that city of Montgomery employees donated.
WSFA-TV NBC 12 Montgomery

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Abandoned Scottsboro home catches fire, crews investigate cause of flames

Investigators are looking into the cause of an early morning house fire in Scottsboro. Around 12:30 Monday morning, firefighters were called to a home at the corner of Tupelo Pike and East Maple Avenue. When they arrived, flames could be seen coming from the home. It took crews about an hour to put out the fire. Firefighters say the home has been abandoned for years. Tupelo Pike and East Maple Avenue were blocked off while crews were on the scene. Those streets have been reopened.
WHNT-TV News 19 Huntsville

Update: Police say man who died in Florence fire reportedly started it

The homeowner of the residence at the center of a death and arson investigation told police the man who died in the fire had entered the residence, set fire to it, attempted to assault her and shots were fired during the incident, authorities said. Florence Police Sgt. Greg Cobb said the body of John Kalama, 81, of Florence, was found after the Sunday morning fire was extinguished. Cobb said the homeowner, Trisha Henry, 41, reported she and her three children were asleep when Kalama entered the 123 Whisperwood Trail residence at approximately 6:45 a.m. and started a fire. She said Kalama was her former boss.

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