CRIME & SAFETY
Warrior Police Chief responds to controversial video showing officers punching man
HAYDEN, Ala. (WBRC) - A recently surfaced video capturing police officers punching a man while he lay on the ground has sparked concerns among the community. The footage, sent by an anonymous viewer, has prompted an internal investigation into the conduct of the Warrior police officers captured in the video.
Man convicted in Alabama homicide dies in prison
A 48-year-old man serving a life sentence for murder was found dead in his prison cell at Donaldson Correctional Facility on June 3.
2nd man indicted in deadly shooting near Birmingham park
A second 20-year-old has been indicted in a 2022 fatal shooting near a Birmingham park. A Jefferson County grand jury in May indicted James Devontae Flannigan on a charge of reckless manslaughter. AL.com previously reported an indictment Kelan Wayne Hutchins, also 20. Both are charged in the Sept. 11, 2022,...
Twins in custody in fatal shooting of ‘well-loved’ 17-year-old Pinson girl
Twin brothers sought in the Memorial Day shooting death of a 17-year-old girl in Fairfield are now in custody. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office six days ago announced warrants for Ke’Andre Fuller and Ke’Autay Fuller, both 20. They are charged with capital murder in the Monday shooting...
120 weapons surrendered in Bessemer gun buyback; ‘I think people are sick and tired of gun violence,’ DA says
A weekend gun buyback in western Jefferson led to 120 weapons turned in for money. Jefferson County Bessemer Cutoff District Attorney Lynneice Washington’s office led the initiative, and teamed up with the Bessemer Police Department, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the Rev. Jonathan McPherson of World Overcomers Christian Church to hold the event.
Woman, 32, sentenced to life in prison for 2019 stabbing death of boyfriend at Fairfield home
A Fairfield woman convicted in the 2019 stabbing death of her boyfriend has been sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole. Jefferson County Circuit Judge David Carpenter handed down the sentence Thursday following the March conviction for 32-year-old Jammie LaJoyce Hughes. Hughes was convicted in the Oct....
Shooting in western Jefferson County leaves 1 seriously injured, 1 jailed
A shooting in western Jefferson County left one man with life-threatening injuries and another man in jail. The shooting happened about 4:45 p.m. Thursday in the 5000 block of Summerset Way in unincorporated Jefferson County, near Bessemer. Sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene to find a 21-year-old man suffering from...
Settlement reached in death of female inmate at Walker County Jail
A settlement has been reached in the case of a woman who died in the custody of Walker County Jail in 2018.
Texas man killed at Gardendale hotel remembered as ‘kind, honest, hardworking’
A 29-year-old Texas man killed at an Alabama hotel is being remembered as kind, honest and hardworking. Julio Acosta Garcia, 25, was killed in the predawn hours of Memorial Day at the Best Western in Gardendale. Police said his co-worker was arrested in Mississippi but have not yet identified him or announced formal charges.
Bessemer man pleads guilty to stealing $1.6 million worth of cars
A Bessemer man has pleaded guilty to a scheme involving the theft and interstate shipment of at least $1.6 million in stolen cars. Dexter Sherrod Pearce, 34, entered his guilty plea this week in the Northern District of Alabama, according to a joint statement Thursday by U.S. Attorney Prim Escalona and Homeland Security Investigations Acting Special Agent in Charge Travis Pickard.
20-year-old man indicted in deadly 2022 shooting
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - A 20-year-old man has been indicted by a grand jury for the 2022 fatal shooting of a 21-year-old man, according to court documents. Kelan Wayne Hutchins was indicted on a charge of reckless manslaughter after 21-year-old Nickelas Kristerpher Kelley was shot and killed in the 1600 block of Ave O September 12, 2022.
Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Launches New Initiative That Brings Citizens Together for Fun & Conflict Resolution
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is launching a new initiative aimed at connecting with young people and improving conflict resolution skills. During the months of June, July, and August Sheriff Mark Pettway, in partnership with Hoopfest 3- on-3, will be hosting the inaugural “Sheriff Mark Pettway’s Community Tour.” This FREE 3-on-3 basketball tournament series will be hosted across Jefferson County to promote safe and healthy activities to resolve conflict and provide some of our younger community members with a positive outlet. The tour will begin on June 24th and will run through August 5th. It is open for high school students and young adults up to 28 years old.
Homicide in Center Point under investigation
CENTER POINT, Ala. (WBRC) - Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a homicide. Quindell Javon Rhodes of Birmingham, 24, was shot around 9:18 May 31 in the 500 block of Tupelo Way. He was taken to UAB Hospital where he later died. Anyone with information about this shooting, please...
Alabama victims ID’d after fiery crash on Sunday
Investigators have identified the two men who were killed Sunday when their vehicle hit a bridge pillar and caught fire. Jefferson County Coroner’s Office personnel said the men were Brayan Isacc Colindres-Turcios, 24, and Wilmer Jose Padilla, 22, both of Birmingham. The two were killed at approximately 3:30 a.m....
Sheriff Pettway introduces Hoopfest Community Tour to work to curb violence
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Jefferson County Sheriff Mark Pettway introduced a unique initiative on Monday to tackle gun violence. The plan centers around a basketball tournament series called the Hoopfest Community Tour, targeting individuals aged 18 to 30. Pettway aims to engage those involved in violence by inviting them to...
Twins charged in 1 teen girl’s Fairfield killing are brothers of 15-year-old charged in 2nd teen girl slaying
Twin brothers have been charged in the Memorial Day shooting death of a 17-year-old girl in Fairfield, a killing that is believed to be linked to the slaying of another teen girl over the weekend. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday announced warrants for Ke’Andre Fuller and Ke’Autay Fuller....
Suspect arrested in connection with murder of Bessemer man
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Javone Gray is being held in Jefferson County Jail on charges of murdering of a Bessemer man. The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 48-year-old Michael Kimbrough. Officer Truman Fitzgerald with Birmingham Police said Kimbrough was found lying in the road by West Precinct Officers.
HoopFest addressing conflict resolution as students head into summer break
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Summer break has arrived, a welcomed time for students across the country. Here in Birmingham, graduations are happening. The time when high school seniors welcome a new chapter in life — adulthood. During this time, Jefferson County Sheriff Mark Pettway plans to address conflict resolution...
6 fatally shot in Jefferson County on Memorial Day weekend identified: 2 teen girls, man killed in hotel fight among victims
It was another violent weekend throughout Jefferson County, with six people killed between Saturday and Monday. The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office on Tuesday identified the victims as Jani Barker, 15, Glen Junior Morrow, 37, Roberto Castillo-Gonzales, 51, Julio Acosta Garcia, 25, Tatyanna Sherese Hannah, 17 and Juanderius Woods, 43.
Jefferson Co. law enforcement, faith-based organizations hosting gun buy back event
BESSEMER, Ala. (WBRC) - Several faith-based organizations and law enforcement officials in Jefferson County are coming together to host a gun buy back event where you could get a gift card in exchange for guns. The Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, Bessemer Division is partnering with Rev. Jonathan McPherson, Pastor...
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