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Employees exposed to tear gas after Shelby County Sheriff’s Office training

November 14, 2019 in Alabama

COLUMBIANA, Ala. (WIAT) — The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office conducted training Wednesday involving the use of tear gas to better prepare their deputies.

In a Facebook post, SCSO says this is a common practice to help deputies be familiarized with the exposure to the gas.

After the training, the gas was being ventilated from the room. As the gas was vented, several employees and visitors at the Shelby County Humane Society were exposed and experienced respiratory issues.

Four people were taken to the hospital for treatment, but SCSO says the injuries weren’t serious at this time.

SCSO says the community is not in danger at this time.


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1 in critical condition in shooting near Oak Street Baptist Church

November 14, 2019 in Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The Birmingham Police Department is investigating a shooting that left one person with life-threatening injuries near Oak Street Baptist Church Wednesday night.

BPD says the injured subject was transported to a local hospital. The incident happened at 32nd Place N and Virginia Ave.

JUST IN: 1 in critical condition in shooting near Oak Street Baptist ChurchDETAILS:

Posted by CBS 42 on Wednesday, November 13, 2019

According to BPD Sgt. Johhny Williams, the victim was in a car and was struck by gunfire. Sgt. Williams would not disclose the number of shots fired.

No suspects are in custody at this time.

No other information has been released at this time. Stay with CBS 42 as this is an ongoing story.


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Be a Blessing Birmingham collecting donations for homeless community during cold weather

November 14, 2019 in Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Be a Blessing Birmignham is collecting items for those in need this week. This comes as temperatures continue to drop as nighttime falls.

The organization continuously accepts donations, however the need for blankets, coats and undergarments is at an all-time high since the temperature dropped.

Erica Robbins, one of the organizers at Be a Blessing Birmingham, made multiple pick-ups at their drop-off locations across Jefferson County Wednesday, November 13. The donations were headed to the Boutwell Auditorium warming station.

Although the city opens the Boutwell Auditorium overnight, the homeless community still has to weather the cold air during the day so donations are important, Robbins tells CBS 42.

She said they have been putting in a lot of work in the last weeks because their monthly blessing day is in one week, however that was put on hold when the chilly weather hit the Birmingham-Metro area.

“Our monthly blessing day is next Saturday but we couldn’t wait until next Saturday to try to get these items to people because the weather just didn’t allow it,” Robbins said. “We had to make sure that we got out here early and try to make sure that everybody that sleeps on the street – that sleeps in our downtown streets was prepared.”

If you are looking to make a donation, Robbins said they are in need of toilet paper and undergarments. Those are the least donated but highest in demand.

Follow their Facebook account and visit their website to find drop-off locations near you.

Robbins tells CBS 42 that if you are looking to help, but are unable to donate that they can always use an extra set of hands. Be a Blessing Birmingham is always looking for extra volunteers.

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Kierra Stubbs still missing 5 years later

November 14, 2019 in Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., (WIAT) — The disappearance of Kierra Stubbs has become a cold case.

Then 23, the young mother of two was last seen on April 24, 2014.  On that day she arrived at a now closed Boost Mobile store on Third Avenue West in Birmingham to meet a man who was supposed to repair the brakes on her car.

“I didn’t know him personally, but Kierra knew him from coming up to her job,” Kierra’s grandmother Ora Stubbs said. “From what Kierra said he seemed liked a nice person, and he needed someone to help with his kids hair and stuff, and she was like yeah I got a daughter I can do their hair.  He seemed nice at the time.”

Although Kierra Stubbs knew the man, her grandmother said, “he wasn’t a boyfriend or nothing like that.  It’s just somebody she thought was an older guy who was nice.  She was helping him, and he would return the favor by doing her car.  And she went with him to meet him that day.”

Birmingham Police said that man is a person of interest.  But Detective Rodney Rogers who is one of the original investigators in Kierra Stubbs disappearance said they have not publicly released  the person of interest’s name.

Rogers said, “that’s mainly because she got into this car with this person only. So its no witnesses to say what happened in the car, where did they go or anything like that.  So that’s why we need the public to go back to that day and see if they remember anything or saw anything, saw them go anywhere something that could give us a lead or somewhere to start.”  
The status of the investigation has been a source of frustration for the family of Kierra Stubbs.  “I just wish the police were more involved from the start.  If they had been more involved from the start we might have could have gotten some answers and some closure.  How can y’all just sweep this under the rug?”

Detective Rodney Rogers, who is no longer investigating this case said, “We haven’t forgotten.  The Birmingham Police Department has still been working on the case.  We are still trying to get new leads.  I just want to let them know we are still looking at even though I’m not working on the case our cold case detective….is very capable.  He’s looking at it, and we’re not going to stop until we get some closure.

Homicide Detective Jonathan Ross just got the case a few months ago as a cold case.  He said, “I have to have a lot of patience at this point and I know it’s tough on the family to  wait this long or even longer.  But my job is just to sit back and wait until someone notifies me either by phone or come into the headquarters to talk or hitting us on  Facebook or going through crime stoppers.  It doesn’t matter as long as I can get that input from somebody, because somebody saw something. They may not remember it that particular day, but since we’re airing it again it may jog their memory and that could help us on this case. Especially for the family.”

Ora Stubbs said, “It’s so hard for me to wrap my mind around what happened.  I don’t want to say he killed her. I just want to have faith to say maybe he’s holding her somewhere or maybe he sold her.”

Kierra Stubbs was last seen heading towards Bessemer on the Third Avenue West near Princeton Parkway. Detective Rodney Rogers said, “the public can help us by remembering that day.  If they saw Ms. Stubbs, she got into a Burgundy Chrysler 200.  If anyone remembers her with a black gentleman older possibly in his fifties, if anyone remembers seeing them together that would help us out.”

If you can help find Kierra Stubbs, call Birmingham Police Detective Jonathan Ross at 205-254-1764 or 205-504-0008.

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Northport PD reminding residents to keep cars, homes locked

November 14, 2019 in Alabama

NORTHPORT, Ala. (WIAT) — Police in Northport are encouraging residents to lock your car doors and make sure your doors on your house are secure. This after investigators arrested a man for breaking into cars.

Assistant Chief Keith Carpenter says typically this time of year, near the holiday season, home burglary and car break-in cases increase.

“This time of year our property crimes tend to increase.  So be sure to lock your vehicles and lock your homes and if you have a video or something please report it to us,” Carpenter said.

Northport investigators arrested 20-year-old Jahdarian Henley after they were able to identify him from home surveillance video. Henley is accused of breaking into three cars on 12th street. He was charged with unlawful breaking and entering into a vehicle.

Assistant Chief Carpenter says having home security video is a great help in solving these kinds of cases.

“There is a lot of new technology where they can be identified now,” Carpenter said. “And if people do these types of crimes people will report them to us and we will do everything we can to identify those individuals and prosecute those crimes to the fullest extent of the law.”

Northport resident James Middlebrooks is glad police are stepping up efforts to combat burglary crimes.  

“If they are 20-year-olds doing these crimes I think they should be out looking for a job and putting money in their pockets.  And not out breaking into homes and destroying other people’s property,” Middlebrooks said.

Investigators are also looking for another man who was caught on home video looking at a home on 28th street. Carpenter says after realizing he was on camera, the suspect left the scene. Police believe these are two separate cases and both suspects don’t know each other.


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Alabama AD Greg Byrne on football, job and his Twitter

November 14, 2019 in Alabama

Alabama is fifth in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, behind LSU, Ohio State, Clemson and Georgia, which took over the fourth spot in the selection committee’s second top 25.

LSU replaced Ohio State as No. 1 after the Tigers won at Alabama on Saturday. The Buckeyes were bumped to No. 2. Clemson moved up two spots to No. 3 after two teams ahead of the Tigers lost for the first time last week, including Alabama.

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Trump still receiving support in Alabama amid impeachment inquiry

November 14, 2019 in Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — The first public hearings in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump were held Wednesday in Washington. Now, state leaders are weighing in.

Trump becomes the fourth president to face impeachment, but in Alabama, he’s getting strong support. Last Saturday, Trump received a rousing applause from the crowd at Bryant-Denny Stadium. To Gov. Kay Ivey, that support still stands.

“There’s a lot of work that Congress ought to be getting done, and they’re not doing a whole lot of it, but President Trump is getting things done for us, especially here in Alabama, and I’m proud of that.”

On Wednesday, the impeachment hearings went public. political science professor Nick Howard, a political science professor at Auburn University at Montgomery, said it will only get interesting from here.

“We will start hearing over the next week from people who were on calls and were in the room when those meetings occurred,” Howard said.

Howard said it is too early to tell if impeachment will affect Trump’s legacy.

“One of the things President Trump did well was spend controversy in his run for the office in 2016,” he said.

CBS 42 political analyst Steve Flowers said the way the impeachment inquiry is being handled could look bad for both political parties.

“Anybody who is a Democrat thinks this is good to get Trump out of there any way you can,” Flowers said. “Republicans look at it as a sham to overcome the elections. The middle ground voter looks at this like they are a bunch a children in a playground playing games with sacred institutions, when they should be worried about the welfare of my checkbook.”

Flowers says the impeachment issue could actually help those running in the Alabama Senate race.


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Brent PD arrest child rape suspect over a year after warrants issued

November 14, 2019 in Alabama

BRENT, Ala. (WIAT) — The Brent Police Department has arrested a man who was wanted on sexual assault and rape charges for more than a year Wednesday.

According to Brent PD’s Facebook page, Fredrick Deshawn Anderson, 28, was issued warrants for sexual assault and rape of a juvenile back in October 2018. He hadn’t been seen since then.

In October of 2018 Investigator Mcmillan took a report in reference to a juvenile that had been sexually assaulted and…

Posted by Brent Police Department on Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Brent PD investigators received a tip Wednesday about his whereabouts. They attempted to make contact with Anderson at the Windwood Inn and after a short chase on foot, he was taken into custody.

Anderson has been charged with first-degree rape, sexual assault a child less than 12 years old and second-degree sexual assault of a child between 12 and 16 years old.

He is currently in the Bibb County Jail on a $500,000 bond.


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FBI announces major counterfeit Apple products scheme involving more than 10,000 products sold nationwide

November 13, 2019 in Alabama

SAN DIEGO, CA – (WIAT & CBS) Authorities in Southern California announced charges in a major counterfeit technology case.

U.S. Attorney Robert Brewer and San Diego FBI Special Agent in Charge Scott Brunner held a news conference in San Diego in relation to busting a major counterfeit Apple products scheme that involved more than 10,000 products that were sold all around the U.S., in China and other countries.

Counterfeiters brought into the United States fake iPhone, iPads and other Apple products and then exchanged them for genuine products at Apple stores.


Brewer said overall more than 10 thousand products were exchanged.

The authentic products were then sold in China and other countries – with an estimated loss to Apple of six million dollars.

Authorities are still looking for three more individuals involved, one of whom is believed to be in China.

Authorities say the people who were impacted by this scheme did not have any interruption in their service. Apple Stores all over are aware of the situation and are handling the issues on a case by case basis.

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Federal and local law enforcement arrest 14 indicted as part of multi-million dollar continuing criminal enterprise of deadly drugs; 3 suspects still at large

November 13, 2019 in Alabama

Federal and local law enforcement arrest 14 indicted as part of multi-million dollar continuing criminal enterprise of deadly drugs; 3 suspects still at large | CBS 42

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