MPD Conducting Homicide Investigation

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

Captain R.L. Duckett # 1173

Public Information Officer

Montgomery Police Department



Dear ASU Leader:
Tune in to WSFA TV 12 today at 11 a.m. to see Alabama State University featured on it honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) AND on 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.
ASU’s Citywide MLK Celebration on Friday at the Davis Theater will be featured today on WSFA TV 12’s Alabama Live Show with Tonya Terry at 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.
ASU’s Citywide MLK Celebration on Friday at the Davis Theater will be featured Tuesday on the Alabama News Network’s TV 32 during its 11 news show. The founder of ASU’s MLK Celebration, Dr. Tommie Stewart, will appear on the segment.
The ASU MLK Citywide Celebration at the Davis Theater will be featured on Friday at 6 a.m. on the WAKA TV 8 early morning news to remind local viewers to attend it that day.
On the actual MLK Holiday (Jan. 20), please tune in to both WSFA TV 12’s Alabama Live Show with Tonya Terry at 11 a.m and/or the WAKA TV 8 Noon 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!”
Kenneth Mullinax, Jr.

MPD Arrests Suspect in February Homicide

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.

Lt. Jarrett Williams

Information and Intelligence Unit Commander

Montgomery Police Department

334-625-3775 (Desk)

MPD Investigating Fatal Friday Crash

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.

Lt. Jarrett Williams

Information and Intelligence Unit Commander

Montgomery Police Department

334-625-3775 (Desk)

ASU YULETIDE Community Celebration Helps Montgomery’s Kids & Seniors!

– 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 and seniors.

“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 Mullinax, 334-229-4104.

– Written by Kenneth Mullinax/ASU.


ASU Wins Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce’s Impact Maker Award for its Large Business Category!


Alabama 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.

The 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 peers.

“Alabama 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.

“This recognition shows the community that our vision is big, but our impact is bigger,” added Ross.

The 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.

Chamber officials said that ASU and the winners in the other categories are among the catalysts that are helping to propel Montgomery forward.

“We are 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 community.”

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.

– Written by Kenneth Mullinax/ASU.


ASU’s SBDC’s Seminar Hosts Selma High School Students Learning Food Entrepreneurship Skills!

WHEN: Wednesday (Dec. 11), from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE: ASU’s 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 Hall. 

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 tax.  

“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.”

The 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: SBDC).

11:10 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. – Lunch 

11:50 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. – Retail Sales Tax (presenter:Yveya Bryant, tax examiner, Alabama Department of Revenue).

12:20 p.m. – 12:50 p.m. – Cottage Food Law (presenter:Janice Hall, regional extension agent, Food Safety and Quality, Alabama Cooperative Extension System).

For additional information, call the SBDC at 334-229-4137.

News media contact: Kenneth Mullinax. 334-229-4104

– Media Relations Specialist Hazel Scott contributed to the story. 


ASU Forensic Science Students Win Travel Awards To National Research Conference!

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 body. 

The students conducted their research under the supervision of participating faculty in Dr. Gulnaz Javan’s ASU-Thanatos laboratory

The 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).   

This 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.

“I am 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.

Michealis’ study was performed in collaboration with Dr. Latia Scott, director of Forensic Biology Program at Delaware State University.  

“This is such a great honor and opportunity for these students to showcase their hard work and scientific knowledge.” said Scott.

Brown 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. 

ERN 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.


Women in Business Seminar: ‘Life in Business’

Women In Business Conference #WIBC17

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.

The 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.

Next Generation of Tech Innovators Receive Apple Awards at ASU Ceremony!


– 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.

Student recipients who graduated from ASU’s new course in Apple technology receive monetary  awards from ASU President Ross  (Photo credit: David Campbell/ASU). 


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