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Anniston man killed in police-involved shooting

ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) - Calhoun County officials say Anniston police fatally shot a man who reportedly pointed a pellet gun at them.

County Coroner Shane Adrian tells the Anniston Star that 53-year-old Frank Charles Johnston was pronounced dead after being shot outside his house in the Blue Mountain area Tuesday morning.

Adrian says neighbors told investigators that Johnston was standing in the street with a gun and that he pointed the weapon at responding officers.

Police Chief Shane Denham said during a news conference that the pellet gun looked real and officers were in fear for their life when Johnston assumed a shooting stance.

Adrian says Johnston's body is being taken to Huntsville for an autopsy and it's unclear how many times the man was shot.


Body of missing Ala. man found in crashed truck

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Tuscaloosa police say the body of a 77-year-old man who was reported missing earlier this week has been found in a crashed truck. reports the body of John Douglas Perry was found in a wrecked truck near New Watermelon Road in Northport on Tuesday. Authorities say the truck Perry was riding in hit a tree.

Tuscaloosa County police Sgt. Dale Phillips says foul play isn't suspected in Perry's death, and authorities are working to determine the cause of the crash.

Perry was reported missing Monday morning.


4 want to plead guilty in dog fighting probe

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Four of the 14 people arrested in a multistate dog fighting investigation have filed court papers saying they want to plead guilty.

Lawrence Watford of Adel, Ga.; William Oneil Edwards of Elba, Ala.; and DeMontt Allen of Houston, Texas, filed papers in federal court in Montgomery late last week and early this week saying they want to change their pleas to guilty.

Another defendant, Irkis Forrest of Theodore, Ala., notified the court earlier that he wants to plead guilty to one count.

The defendants were arrested last year on charges accusing them of participating in or providing dogs for high-stakes fights in east Alabama.


Vehicle tags not affected by license closure

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Revenue Department says license plate transactions will continue while the Department of Public Safety shuts down the issuance of driver licenses for a few days.

Revenue officials say vehicle owners with valid licenses or non-driver IDs can continue renewing their motor vehicle registrations or purchasing new license plates at county license plate offices.

The Department of Public Safety says it has to convert a driver license database to comply with federal regulations. All systems, including online services, will be shut down from 5 p.m. Friday until 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 30.

The closure will also affect probate judges' offices, license commissioners' offices and other agencies that involve Alabama driver license transactions or reviews.


3 Alabama schools honored for environmental work

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Education has honored three Alabama schools for going green.

F.E. Burleson Elementary School in Hartselle, Brock's Gap Intermediate School in Hoover and Homewood Middle School were among the Green Ribbon Schools announced Tuesday. Officials say 48 schools and nine districts were recognized.

The award is given to schools that are reducing their environmental impact and utility costs, promoting health for students and staff and encouraging students to learn about the environment.


Suspected gas leak reported at Gurley City Hall

GURLEY, Ala. (AP) - Officials in Gurley say a suspected gas leak prompted the evacuation of City Hall.

Mayor Robert Sentell tells WAFF-TV a town clerk, a police officer and a volunteer firefighter were taken to a local hospital after the suspected leak was reported Tuesday afternoon. Information on their conditions wasn't immediately available.

The cause of the suspected leak is unclear.

Gurley is east of Huntsville.

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