WVAS Crime Report

Fatal accident is being investigated

Montgomery police are investigating a fatal traffic accident that occurred over the weekend.
On Sunday around 7:59 p.m., MPD and paramedics responded to a two-vehicle crash at Eastern Boulevard and Haskell Drive.
The driver of one of the vehicles, 39-year-old John Todd of Montgomery, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Teenager involved in chase

A 16-year-old is now behind bars in Montgomery. He is accused of a chase that ended in an accident near Interstate 85 and Ann Street.

Officials said a Montgomery police officer attempted to stop a stolen vehicle in the area of ​​Ann and Poplar streets at around 11:56 a.m.

The suspect persisted and initiated a chase that ended when the vehicle collided with a parked vehicle in the area of ​​Interstate 85 and Ann Street.

WSFA reports that an MPD spokesperson reported minor injuries. The 16-year-old boy was arrested and taken to a local hospital for further treatment.

The authorities are conducting an investigation and have filed charges against the minor.

Reward increase

A reward of five thousand dollars is now being offered for information leading to the arrest of one or more suspects in connection with the death of 52-year-old Yvette Carter.

City Councilor Oronde Mitchell donated $1,000 and County Commissioner Carmen Moore-Zeigler donated $1,000 to CrimeStoppers to encourage someone to come forward.

According to authorities, police and paramedics arrived at the 4900 block of Hatton Avenue around 10:35 p.m. on Saturday, February 11, 2023, to report a gunshot suspect.

There they found Yvette Carter with a fatal gunshot wound. Investigators say three masked suspects were seen exiting a small black sedan with no tint and factory rims before the shooting.
Before the shooting, a person dressed all in black with a white or gray hood, black pants, and white shoes can be seen coming out of the car and pulling a rifle from his pants.

The victim's family is pleading for answers. Authorities are asking the public to call CrimeStoppers anonymously at 334-215-STOP.

Montgomery Police have charged 42-year-old Kelvin Surls with murder and attempted murder.

Surles was identified as a suspect in the shooting death of 23-year-old Khiana Humphrey on May 23, 2024.

He was taken into custody Thursday by MPD SWAT and the United States Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force.

Surls is currently being held in the Montgomery County Detention Center without bail.

Body of missing woman found

The body of a missing woman has been discovered in Dadeville, Alabama and a suspect is in custody.

During Thursday's press conference, officials from the Alexander City and Dadeville police departments and the Tallapoosa County Sheriff's Office discussed the discovery of the body of 30-year-old Quanisha Davis of Alexander City.

Action 8 News reported that Davis' family, who had not seen her since early May, reported her missing last Friday.

Authorities said Davis' body was found in a wooded area near Herren Street in Dadeville around 7:45 a.m. Thursday morning. Officials also said they found her SUV in another wooded area on North Loop Road in Dadeville on Wednesday evening.

Tallapoosa County Sheriff Jimmy Abbett said around 11 a.m. a suspect, 55-year-old Robert Lee Young of Dadeville, had been arrested and charged with murder.

The two were apparently in a relationship.

Young is being held in the county jail while he awaits a bail hearing.

Nitrogen version

A man is scheduled to be executed in Alabama on Thursday night after being found guilty of beating an elderly couple to death 20 years ago in an attempt to steal prescription drugs and $140 from the couple's home.

50-year-old Jamie Ray Mills is scheduled to be executed Thursday evening in a prison in southern Alabama.

It will be the first execution in Alabama since the state carried out the country's first execution using nitrogen gas in January.

Lethal injection remains the primary method of execution in this state unless the prisoner has requested nitrogen.

Mills' lawyers cited problems with previous lethal injection executions, arguing that inmates in Alabama are subjected to an “unnecessarily lengthy and painful execution process” in which prisoners are strapped to a gurney for a long period of time before the lethal injection and have no access to legal counsel.

The state called the lawsuit unfounded.

Child labor lawsuit

The U.S. Department of Labor wants a federal judge to stop Hyundai and two other Alabama companies from employing what the government believes are children illegally.

The complaint, filed Thursday, follows an investigation by the department's Wage and Hour Division, which found that a 13-year-old worked between 50 and 60 hours a week on machines on an assembly line that formed sheet metal into car body parts.

The defendants include Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama LLC, SMART Alabama LLC, and Best Practice Service, LLC.

The lawsuit states that the goal is to end the use of child labor and to require companies to forgo profits related to this alleged practice.

Hyundai said in a statement that the company was cooperating fully with the Ministry of Labor and that it was unfair to be held accountable for the practices of its suppliers.

“We are reviewing the new lawsuit and intend to vigorously defend the company,” the statement said.