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Past articles by James:

Murder conviction upheld in 2016 Rainbow City fatal shooting

Officers found the body of Tony McCartney, who lived alone in the 4700 block of Riddles Bend Road. → Read More

MAX Transit delays bus routes

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — MAX Transit announced Monday morning their bus routes will be delayed. > MAX buses are delayed across our service area due to heavy rains and flooding. — MAX Transit (@BJCTAMAX) April 3, 2017 WVTM13 will update the status of MAX Transit as more information is released. → Read More

Multiple injuries reported in school bus crash, authorities say

TARRANT, Ala. — Two children were taken to the hospital Monday morning after their Hudson Elementary school bus was involved in an accident at Cedar Street and Bush Avenue in Tarrant. According to authorities, the two children were taken to Children's Hospital. Four other students on the bus at the time of the crash are being taken back to Hudson Elementary. WVTM13 is on the scene and will… → Read More

Power outages reported throughout central Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Alabama Power is reporting power outages throughout central Alabama Monday morning as strong storms pass through the area. According to a tweet early Monday, Birmingham is reporting 4,300 residents without power. 3,400 residents in Tuscaloosa are reporting a loss in power as well. > MEDIA: Crews will be restoring outages caused by stormy weather. Bham area: 4300; Tuscaloosa… → Read More

Birmingham police investigating bodies found in burning car

ENSLEY, Ala. — An investigation is underway Saturday morning after authorities found the bodies of two men inside a burning car in the 3000 block of 15th Street West in Ensley. According to Lt. Sean Edwards, emergency crews were first called to the scene on reports of a burning storage shed. Once crews arrived, they found the car on fire in an alleyway. Once the fire was extinguished,… → Read More

1 person killed on I-459/I-20 interchange

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — One person was killed Tuesday morning when their car left the roadway and struck a pole on I-459 at the I-20 interchange, authorities say. According to police, the driver lost control of the vehicle before leaving the road. Alabama state troopers are investigating the cause of the crash. → Read More

Heroin, meth, guns seized in Jefferson County drug bust

Rifle, 3 handguns, meth, heroin and cash seized, authorities sa → Read More

4 killed in Blount County plane crash identified

Mother, father and children killed in crash, authorities sa → Read More

Woman struck and killed in south-side Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A woman was struck and killed early Monday morning by a motorist at 6th Avenue and First Street South. Latoya Patriece Brown, 35, of Birmingham, was hit shortly after midnight. The driver of the vehicle is cooperating with police, authorities said. → Read More

1 dead, multiple injured in multi-vehicle wreck

Center Point, Ala. — Authorities are investigating a deadly crash Sunday morning that left one person dead and multiple others injured on Center Point Parkway and Polly Reed Road. According to authorities, one person was taken to the hospital and two others were treated on the scene. WVTM13 will continue to update the story as more information becomes available. → Read More

Accused burglar identified after being shot and killed

Accused burglar identified after being shot and killed → Read More

UAB women's track & field feeling confident after meet at Samford

UAB women's track & field team had a successful meet Friday posting multiple victories and personal-bests at the Samford Alabama Track Challenge. → Read More

Body of man shot several times found in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The body of a man with multiple gunshot wounds was found Tuesday night in the 1400 block of 19th Street Southwest. The body was discovered by a neighbor, Birmingham police said. > BPD investigating a body found in the 1400 block of 19th St SW. pic.twitter.com/QSMPMPul2S — Wes Harrell (@WesWVTM13) March 22, 2017 A gun and several shell casings were also found at the scene.… → Read More

Former UA player sues Lane Kiffin

SHELBY Co. — A former University of Alabama football player has filed a lawsuit against former offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin. Former wide receiver Antonio "A.C." Carter filed the complaint Tuesday against Kiffin, who is now the Florida Atlantic head coach. "Kiffin deliberately misled him regarding a job on the FAU football staff in order to benefit from his family relationship with a… → Read More

Single-vehicle wreck kills Cordova man

LINCOLN, Ala. — A Cordova man died Tuesday after the car he was driving left the roadway and overturned on I-20. According to authorities, James Dale WIlliams Jr., 31, was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from his vehicle. Alabama state troopers are investigating. → Read More

2 men arrested for heroin trafficking charges in separate cases

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office arrested two men last week on trafficking charges in unrelated cases. According to authorities, David Forsythe III, 39, was stopped last Thursday for a tag violation, but was found with 5 grams of heroin during the stop. Forsythe faces one count of drug trafficking. On Friday, authorities arrested Stephon Raymon Moorer, of Center Point,… → Read More

Tuscaloosa teen shot after brief argument

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The Tuscaloosa Police Department is investigating a shooting Monday night that left a teenager with non-life-threatening injuries. According to authorities, an 18-year-old man was shot in the 2800 block of 22nd Street after he and a friend got into an argument with another group of men in the street. Investigators said both parties separated after the argument, but someone in… → Read More

Eastaboga man killed in two-vehicle wreck

LINCOLN, Ala. — An Eastaboga man was killed Monday after the car he was driving collided with a tractor-trailer on Alabama Highway 77 in Lincoln. According to authorities, Donald Barth Zientek, 61, was taken to UAB Hospital in Birmingham where he died from his injuries. The driver of the semi was not injured. Alabama state troopers are investigating. → Read More

Minor earthquake rattles north Alabama

TRINITY, Ala. — A small earthquake was detected Saturday morning 3.5 miles southwest of Trinity. There are no reports of injuries or damage. This is the third earthquake to hit Alabama in 2017. → Read More

Man's body found in southwest Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A man's body was found Saturday morning behind a Marathon gas station at 40th Street and Jefferson Avenue. According to authorities, the body was up against a fence. The cause of death is unknown as Birmingham police investigate. → Read More