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2020 Montgomery bank robbery suspect gets decades in federal prison

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - The suspect in a 2020 Montgomery bank robbery and shooting learned his fate during a Thursday sentencing hearing. John Adam Vinson, Jr., 32, of Montgomery, will spend 30 years in federal prison for convictions of bank robbery and discharging a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence, according to United States Attorney Sandra J. Stewart.
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Jeremiah Cobb, 4-star RB out of Montgomery, Alabama, announces SEC commitment

Jeremiah Cobb, a 4-star running back out of Montgomery, Alabama, (Montgomery Catholic Preparatory) has announced a commitment to play in the SEC. Cobb, who is listed at 5-foot-11 and 186 pounds, announced on social media that he would play at Auburn. Cobb is rated the No. 8 running back in the class of 2023, and the No. 18 player in the state of Alabama, according to the 247Sports Composite. He has a reported 33 offers. Cobb thanked God, his mother, coaches and teammates as part of the announcement.

Hill appointed next Tallassee mayor

Sarah Hill will follow John Hammock as the next mayor of Tallassee. At a special called meeting of the Tallassee City Council, Hill, councilwoman representing Ward 2, was unanimously appointed as mayor to fill the remaining three years of Hammock’s term following his resignation. Hall thanked everyone for the...

Alabama man sentenced to 30 years in prison for robbery and discharging a firearm while committing a crime

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WRBL) – On Thursday, John Adam Vinson, Jr., 32, from Montgomery, Alabama, received a 360-month prison term after convictions for bank robbery and discharging a firearm during the commission of a crime, announced U.S. Attorney Sandra J. Stewart. According to Vinson Jr.’s plea agreement and other court records, Vinson Jr. entered the Regions […]

Montgomery Man Sentenced for Regions Bank Robbery

A Montgomery man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for a bank robbery at Regions Bank near Eastdale Mall. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 32-year-old John Adam Vinson, Jr., was convicted of bank robbery and for firing a gun while committing a crime of violence. According to...
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State Supreme Court: Greenetrack owes $76 million in taxes

MONTGOMERY — The Alabama Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that Greenetrack owes $76 million in unpaid taxes and interest in a decision that accused the dog track of using charities as a sham for a profitable electronic gambling operation. Justices sided with the state Department of Revenue, which contended...

Bank robber wounded in 2020 shootout with Montgomery police gets 30 years in federal prison

A Montgomery man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for bank robbery during which a shot was fired inside the bank, and later outside as well. John Adam Vinson Jr., 32, pleaded guilty I March to bank robbery and discharging a firearm while committing the crime. Middle District of Alabama U.S. Attorney Sandra J. Stewart on Friday announced his federal prison sentence.

Autaugaville Sunflower Fields Now Open to the Public

The sunflower fields in Autaugaville opened their gates for the public and the flowers are in full bloom. The fields are open everyday from sunrise to sunset for the 10 days the sunflowers are in bloom. The Autaugaville sunflower fields have only been around since 2016 but have already become...

‘Lawyer for all humankind’: Fred Gray to be awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

Civil rights attorney Fred Gray, who grew up on the former Jefferson Davis Avenue in Montgomery and went on to help topple segregation and reshape the nation, will be presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom. It's the nation's highest civilian honor. President Joe Biden will honor Gray and 16 other recipients Thursday at a White House ceremony. ...

Montgomery Boy Qualified for National Motocross Championship

8-year-old Mason Jenkins is achieving his dreams of competing in the 2022 Loretta Lynn Amateur National Motocross Championship. He has loved motocross since he was 2 and a half years old. After seeing how determined their son was for the sport, Megan and Mackie Jenkins moved their family from their home in Virginia to Alabama to train year round at Monster Mountain Motocross Tracks.

Montgomery 8-year-old heading to national motocross championship

TALLASSEE, Ala. (WSFA) - When the gate drops, 8-year-old Mason Jenkins makes the dirt fly. He’s been on two wheels most of his life. “At two and a half, I bought him a motorcycle,” said Mason’s dad Mackie Jenkins. “It had training wheels on it. Within a week, he wanted the training wheels off and was doing circles in the yard.”

Autaugaville's sunflower field rises right on time

AUTAUGAVILLE — It's open. The sunflower field in Autaugaville opened Friday, right on time for the long Independence Day weekend. Todd and Kim Sheridan first planted the field, just off Highway 14, in 2016 as a cash crop for the family farm. So many people stopped by to take in the field's beauty that it's become a go-to event, bringing in visitors from throughout the region, and even from states as far away as Kentucky and Indiana.