MONTGOMERY —The Montgomery Police Department is conducting a homicide investigation after a body was discovered Sunday afternoon.
MPD and Fire Medics responded to the 5900 block of Monticello Drive on Sunday, Jan. 12, at about 1 p.m. in reference to a report of a deceased subject. At the scene, they located James Courtney McCord, 32, of Montgomery in a vehicle.
The cause of death initially was unknown. Further investigation and forensic evaluation determined that the victim had sustained a fatal gunshot wound. The circumstances remain under investigation. No arrests have been made at this time, and no additional information is available for release in connection to this continuing investigation.
Police ask individuals with knowledge of this shooting to call CrimeStoppers at 215- STOP, Secret Witness at 625-4000 or MPD at 625-2831
Tune in toWSFA TV 12today at 11 a.m. to see Alabama State University featured on it honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) ANDon other live TV shows on Tuesday, Friday and back-to-back on MLK-Day(next Monday/Jan. 20).
ASU is proud to share with the world the great legacy of Dr. King and his movement, and that he was no stranger to the ASU campus for the years that he and his family were our neighbors on South Jackson St. To that end, we reveal in celebrating and honoring Dr. King and Montgomery’s important civil rights history and the University’s leadership role in it.
We have booked the following live television shows to honor the national MLK holiday and to showcase ASU’s events and scholars highlighting Dr. King’s important place in America’s history.
TODAY @ 11 A.M. ONWSFA TV 12
ASU’s Citywide MLK Celebration on Friday at the Davis Theater will be featured today onWSFA TV 12’sAlabama Live Show with Tonya Terryat 11 a.m.The University’s archivist and a noted civil rights expert, Dr Howard Robinson, as well as the founder of ASU’s MLK Celebration, Dr. Tommie Stewart, will appear on the segment.
TUESDAY @ NOON ONWNCC TV 32
ASU’s Citywide MLK Celebration on Friday at the Davis Theater will be featured Tuesday on the Alabama News Network’sTV 32during its11 a.m.live news show. The founder of ASU’s MLK Celebration, Dr. Tommie Stewart, will appear on the segment.
On the actual MLK Holiday (Jan. 20), please tune in to bothWSFA TV 12’sAlabama Live Show with Tonya Terryat 11 a.mand/or theWAKA TV 8Noon News with Ellis Eschew as one of ASU’s nationally acclaimed MLK scholars, Dr. Derryn Moten (chair of the ASU Dept. of History & Political Science) appears on both shows back-to-back.
Anyway you look at it;“It’s a Great Time to be a Hornet!”
MONTGOMERY —The Montgomery Police Department has arrested a suspect in the shooting death of Orangeal White, 42 of Montgomery and the attempted murder of an adult female that occurred on February 2, 2019.
MPD charged Elijah Reese, 17, of Montgomery with Capital Murder, Attempted Murder, and Discharging a Firearm into an Occupied Vehicle in the death of White and the attempted murder of the second victim. Reese was taken into custody on December 23, 2019, charged, and placed in the Montgomery County Detention Facility where he will be held with no bond.
About 8:42 p.m. Saturday, February 2, 2019, MPD and Fire Medics responded to the 1200 block of Marlowe Drive in reference to a subject shot. There, they located two adult female victims who had sustained gunshot wounds and were transported to a local hospital for treatment. White later died from the injuries she sustained during the shooting.
MPD’s investigation is continuing and there is no further information available for release at this time. Police ask individuals with knowledge of this shooting to call CrimeStoppers at 215- STOP, Secret Witness at 625-4000 or MPD at 625-2831.
Note: A criminal charge is an accusation. The defendant is assumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
MONTGOMERY — The Montgomery Police Department is investigating a motor vehicle crash that resulted in one fatality.
On Friday, December 20, 2019 at about 5:04 PM, Montgomery Police and Fire Medics responded to the West Boulevard and Hayneville Road on a two vehicle crash involving a 1995 Ford Explorer and a 2001 Chevrolet Prism. The driver of the Explorer, Joseph Moore, 65, of Montgomery sustained life threatening injuries and was transported to UAB for further treatment. On Sunday, December 22, 2019 Moore was pronounced dead as a result of his injuries. The driver of the second vehicle received minor injuries.
MPD’s initial investigation indicates that the Explorer was traveling westbound on Hayneville Road when it collided with the Prism which was traveling north on the West Boulevard. The investigation is continuing as accident investigators work to determine the circumstances of the crash.
– Gifts and food will be given on Thursday at ASU’s Hardy Student Center –
WHEN: Today from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
WHERE: ASU’s Hardy Student
Center; on its first-floor.
Christmastime is known for its spirit of charity and giving
and Alabama State University is bringing in the season by sponsoring its ninth ASU-Yuletide
Community Celebration. The special day for giving is today (Dec. 12), from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. in the ASU Hardy Student Center on its first-floor.
University officials coordinating this year’s ASU-Yuletide
event say that it is targeted to bring joy and kindness to two very important
and fragile segments of the city of Montgomery’s residents, which are its children
“President Quinton Ross has inspired us with his quest for
Alabama State University to always look to establish a spirit of ‘CommUniversity’
(building bridges of help and understanding from ASU’s campus to the community)
whenever possible and with that in mind, the Hornet Nation is going to give
back to the city’s children and its senior-citizens,” said Kenneth Waters,
coordinator of the ASU Yuletide Community Celebration.
The event has ASU employees, students, alumni and supporters
giving cash and food products for the last several weeks so that special food
and gift boxes may be given to worthy at-risk Montgomery-area children and
seniors (100-plus children and 60-plus senior food & gift boxes).
The news media is invited to attend and capture the happy spirit of
Christmastime giving as the items are distributed to local residents.
News media contact: Kenneth
State University was awarded the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 MGM
Impact Maker Award for its Large Business category during the Chamber’s
annual luncheon on Tuesday (Dec. 10) in Montgomery.
President of ASU, Dr. Quinton T. Ross Jr., said he is appreciative that the Chamber and those involved in
selecting ASU for the esteemed award acknowledge the diligence, talent, outreach,
vigor and teamwork that helps make the University a leader among its
State University is gratified that the hard work of its employees, students and
alumni has been recognized by the Greater Montgomery Chamber with it being
awarded the 2019 Large Business Impact Maker Award,” Ross said.
recognition shows the community that our vision is big, but our impact is
bigger,” added Ross.
University’s award was one of five categories awarded as part of the
Chamber’s 2019 MGM Impact Maker Awards, which is the second
year in a row that the Chamber’s Montgomery Business Journal held the
awards campaign. The award showcases member businesses and individuals who
are making considerable impact within key goal areas of the Chamber’s Imagine
a Greater Montgomery Strategy. The areas that are considered
for the award-winners includes talent recruitment and education,
strengthening and diversifying the local economy, transforming Montgomery’s
image and increasing community capacity.
officials said that ASU and the winners in the other categories are among the
catalysts that are helping to propel Montgomery forward.
thrilled to be able to recognize these impact-makers who are helping to support
our mission to improve the economic well-being and enhance the quality of life
in our area,” said Willie Durham, chairman of the Montgomery Area Chamber of
Commerce. “We are thankful for these award recipients and the more than 75
businesses and individuals that were nominated for the impact they have on our
The 2019 Impact
Maker Award winners include:
Large Business: Alabama State University
Midsize Business: Guardian Credit Union
Small Business: The Montgomery Zoo Individual:Charles Lee, That’s My Child Nonprofit:Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama
News media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104.
Ralph Abernathy College of Education’s Great Teacher’s Hall, which is located on Harris Way.
Alabama State University’s Small
Business Development Center (SBDC) will host a Youth Entrepreneurship Seminar on Wednesday (Dec. 11), from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the ASU Ralph Abernathy College of Education’s Great Teacher’s
The news media is invited to attend and cover the event.
The training will provide 30 youth-food entrepreneurs from Selma High School with tips and a checklist on how to
start a food entrepreneur business in Alabama, write a business plan, and
information on state regulations concerning cottage food laws and retail sales
“We are so excited to host students
and faculty members from Selma High School,” said Andrea Rogers Mosley, director of ASU’s SBDC.
“At ASU, we believe youth entrepreneurship is an important tool in stimulating our
economy. It is an innovative way to create jobs, increase wealth, address high
unemployment among youth and it is a perfect opportunity for high school students to explore
an optional career path and learn skills that are useful in any workplace.”
full agenda is as follows:
9 a.m. – Opening Remarks and
Greetings (ASU representative).
9:15 a.m. – 11 a.m. – How to Start a
Business Checklist and Write the Plan (presenter:
11:10 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. –
11:50 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. – Retail
Sales Tax (presenter:Yveya Bryant, tax examiner,
Alabama Department of Revenue).
Alabama State University has four
forensic science students who have won student travel awards to attend the
National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Emerging Researchers National (ERN)
Conference on Feb. 6-8, in Washington, D.C.
ASU’s winning students were chosen for the abstracts of their collaborative
presentation of microbiome death research, which seeks to uncover the decay in reproductive
organs so as to provide advanced identification tools for criminal investigations.
The microbiome is the genetic material of all microbes –
bacteria, fungi, protozoa and viruses – that live on and inside the human
The students conducted their research under the supervision of participating faculty in Dr. Gulnaz Javan’s ASU-Thanatos laboratory
winning students are:
Shannon Brown, Forensic Chemistry major;
Brittany Hume-Dawson, Biology Pre-Health major;
Kati Cranmore, Forensic Biology major;
Elizabeth Michealis, Forensic Biology major from Delaware State
University (a visiting student at ASU).
is the fifth consecutive year that students from the Thanatos Lab have
received travel awards for abstracts submitted to the ERN competition. A
total of 10 of Javan’s students have received this coveted prize.
“I am so proud of our four students who will continue to allow ASU to shine on a national level,” Javan said.
very grateful to have received a travel award to the ERN Conference.
This award is a result of the hard work and dedication of the Thanatos Lab
Group, in particular Dr. Javan who has given me the privilege to study and
learn under her,” Hume-Dawson said.
study was performed in collaboration with Dr. Latia Scott, director of Forensic
Biology Program at Delaware State University.
is such a great honor and opportunity for these students to showcase their hard
work and scientific knowledge.” said Scott.
and Cranmore’s work is also a collaborative effort. Their research was funded in part by the Department of Education
Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP) led by Dr. Komal
Vig, director of MSEIP at ASU.
“Each year our students from the Forensic
Science program represent ASU at this meeting with outstanding research,” said Dr.
Sheree Finley, an ASU microbiologist.
is an annual conference that highlights the research of undergraduate and graduate
students who participate in NSF-sponsored research programs.
News media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104.– Written by Media Relations
Specialist Hazel Scott.
WHEN: Thursday from 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Archibald Center, 115 E. Jefferson Street, Montgomery.
– Written by Kenneth Mullinax/ASU. Alabama State University’s “Life in Business” seminar is all about its Small Business Development Center teaching business planning strategies for local small businesses that are managed and owned by women entrepreneurs. The purpose of the event is to address the sustainability of their businesses, their ability to retire comfortably, and the financial security of their family.
Topics that will be covered include: * Strategies to reward and retain top talent in a business organization; * Business succession; * Maximizing after-tax income for owners and their families.
hosts of the event include: Alabama State University’s Small Business
Development Center, New York Life, and The National Association of Women
Business Owners, Alabama members.
News media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104. – Written by Kenneth Mullinax/ASU. ###
– ASU President Ross awards checks to MPS, Trenholm and ASU students who achieved tech skills taught at the University –
An award ceremony at Alabama State University on Dec. 6, honored six
dual enrollment students and 17 ASU students who completed a new course at ASU
– “App Development with Swift,” a language developed by Apple for developing
Apps for the iPhone. ASU President Dr. Quinton T. Ross Jr. awarded each of the future
tech innovators a financial incentive toward the cost of an Apple device. The
monetary awards are required as part of a six-month, $75,000 Apple and Thurgood
Marshall College Fund (TMCF) grant, that ASU’s College of Business
Administration (COBA) received in April.
Six dual enrollment students (four from the Montgomery
Public School System (MPS) and two from Trenholm State Community College)
received $750 each for completing the course “App Development with Swift” and
the 17 ASU students, including one dual enrolled student, received $500 each
for successfully earning the “App Development with Swift Level 1
Certification.” The names of the $750
recipients are Jerry D. Jones (MPS), Kyasion J. Lawery (MPS), Kaliyah L.
Pickett (MPS), Roger C. Steele (MPS), Jaylen
Toby (Trenholm) and Damian J. Wilkerson (Trenholm). The $500 beneficiaries are Andrej Trajkovski (senior), Austin Gardner
(senior), Baron Ferguson (senior), Breana Ennis (senior), Chauncey Pugh
(senior), Damian Wilkerson (senior), Damont Gamble (senior), Demitri Stallworth
(senior), Elijah Ardister (senior), Ezra Gray (senior), Jailyn Swann (senior),
Justine Jean (senior), Leotis Nickson (senior), Maria Popova Fetisova (senior), Shawnta Hoo (senior), Jaylen Toby (Trenholm)
and Tyler Golden (senior).
Dr. Kamal Hingorani, dean of COBA, said the new course taught students
with no coding abilities how to create apps with Apple’s Swift programming
language. Professors then use the App Development with A Swift Certification exam
to test students and their ability to code with Swift.
“All of the students
took the new course for the first time in a new iMac lab in COBA,” said Hingorani.
President Ross stated that learning to write code (Swift) is essential
to a students’ ability to thrive in a future driven by technology.
“The new course is designed to bridge the gap between
education and industry,” Ross said. “The
grant gives Apple technology and training to the University, Trenholm State, and
to the Montgomery Public Schools. This is the wave of the future. I’m
excited about this partnership that we have with Apple, who has been a great
community partner in providing opportunities for our students. Those receiving
certificates today have taken the first step in building apps that bring their
ideas to life.”
Jaylen Toby, a senior at Trenholm State Community College,
said that he heard about the course from a fellow Trenholm classmate and he’s glad
he decided to enroll in the course.
“This award means a lot,” Toby said. “I tried very hard to
get where I am. I took the test about four times and my fourth time was
successfully my last time. I plan to go into the industry.”
Another recipient, Roger Steele, a senior at Park Crossing High
School, said the course afforded him the opportunity to be a part of the fastest-growing
job sector in America.
“I’m thrilled the course provided me the tools to learn
Swift coding,” Steele said. “It helped
to further my own software engineering skills and to hopefully become part
of the Apple family later in my career. I’m looking for a computer software
college to attend to further my skills so when I finally leave college or while I am still
in college, I can join a good company like Apple” he added.
ASU senior Andrej Trajkovski, a native of Serbia who plays on the ASU tennis team,
said the course he took at ASU played a critical role in helping him and other students move closer to achieving their dreams
of entering the tech industry.
“This course will open doors for students to pursue what
they love,” Trajkovski said. “I worked hard his semester. Dr. Hingorani asked me
to teach other students. We managed to get 16 students passed and I’m proud of
being able to help other students.”
One unintended outcome of the grant, Hingorani said, was the
establishment of a Student Laptop Loaner Program where 13” Mackbook Pro Laptops
were loaned to students for the entire semester.
“This grant has enabled us to infuse Apple technology in
COBA, introduce a new CIS course that teaches students how to develop apps for
the iPhone, establish a Student Laptop Loaner program, and the most important
of all, develop a pathway for students from local high schools and Trenholm
State Community College to enroll at ASU after they finish at their respective
schools,” Hingorani said.
News media contact:
Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104
– Written by Media Relations Specialist Hazel Scott.