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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Birmingham.

Tuesday
Sep232014

Three Dead in UPS Workplace Shooting

(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) -- An employee at a UPS facility shot and killed two coworkers before taking his own life Tuesday morning, according to police.

The accused shooter was wearing his work uniform at the Inglenook UPS Center during the incident.

"It's extremely troubling for the city, for these families that are involved, because when these people came to work today, they had no idea that this would be their last day here on Earth," said Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper.

Officials have yet to establish a motive.

"Today’s incident is a reminder of the importance of law enforcement training to respond to active shooters," Gov. Robert Bentley said in a statement. "State law enforcement resources are available and ready to assist if needed as investigators work to determine a cause in this deadly shooting."


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Tuesday
Sep232014

Man Charged After Nearly 500 Pounds of Marijuana Found in Home

(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) -- One person was arrested in a drug bust carried out by local and federal authorities in Birmingham last Friday.

Birmingham Police announced Monday that a joint effort with the Drug Enforcement Administration led to the execution of a search warrant at a home on Cedar Avenue SW, and the seizure of 480 pounds of marijuana.

Arthur Hicks was arrested during the exercise, and charged with trafficking marijuana, Al.com reported.


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Tuesday
Sep232014

Hoover Police Warn of Scam Targeting Renters

(HOOVER, Ala.) -- Police in Hoover are warning local residents about a new scam targeting people looking for rental properties.

According to police, the scam involves perpetrators copying information from legitimate real estate websites and then posting that information on websites like Craigslist as properties for rent.

The scammer then tells the victim to check out the property, and asks the victim to send wired cash payments, without the alleged property owner and the prospective renter ever meeting face to face.

"If you are in the market to rent a property and the 'owner' wants you to send cash via Western Union, be aware that it could be a scam. Do your homework," Hoover Police said in a statement.


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Monday
Sep222014

Three Arrested for 2013 Credit Union Robbery 

(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) -- Tuscaloosa Police arrested three suspects in connection to a 2013 robbery at an Alabama One Credit Union, officials announced Friday.

During the Oct. 25 incident, two men entered the establishment, one armed with a shotgun, and another with a pistol. The suspects made customers lie on the ground while they demanded money from the tellers, according to police.

The pair ran from the bank after receiving an undisclosed amount of money and fled in a car driven by a third suspect.

Cadrious Dashun Batts, 25, Joseph Matthew Burleson, 19, and Tashona Patrice Morrow, 39,  were charged with one count of first-degree robbery.


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Monday
Sep222014

Report of Armed Persons Prompts Lockdown at UA Dorm

(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) -- A dormitory at the University of Alabama's campus was placed on lockdown for part of the night Sunday, following reports of armed individuals possibly being in the area.

According to a statement issued by university president Judy Bonner on Monday, an unconfirmed report of armed individuals in the vicinity of Tutwiler Hall led to university police responding to the dormitory and conducting a search that lasted about 45 minutes. Students at that dormitory were asked to stay in their rooms while the search was conducted.

"No weapons or unauthorized individuals were found in Tutwiler or in the vicinity. Students were never in danger," Bonner said.

The lockdown was eventually lifted after the area was declared safe.


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