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MONTGOMERY KILLINGS

Montgomery police probe 2 killings

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Montgomery police are investigating a pair of killings over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Police said 22-year-old Ronald James of Montgomery was found with a gunshot wound shortly after 3 o'clock in the morning Saturday on Park Towne Way Drive. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Later, police and medics found 38-year-old Darrell Chillous of Millbrook with a gunshot wound. He later died at a hospital.

Police said no arrests have been made in either case.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports that the crimes were among three killings in Montgomery County over the weekend.

Sheriff's officials say a 27-year-old woman, Ballard Reynolds, was found shot to death in the Waugh area Saturday night. Authorities say apprehended a suspect in that case, which they say was part of a robbery.

GUN BATTLE-MOTORCYCLE CLUB

2 killed, 2 wounded in gun battle near biker club

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Police say at least 40 rounds were fired during a gun battle outside a Birmingham motorcycle club that killed two people and wounded two others.

Birmingham police said the shooting happened shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday, outside the Showstoppers Motorcycle Club on Coosa Street.

Police say the dispute stemmed from an argument between members of two separate motorcycle clubs.

Birmingham police Lt. Sean Edwards said Monday afternoon that detectives were not getting cooperation from potential witnesses who were in the area at the time. No arrests had been made.

Police say several people fire shots during the gunfight, leaving the two people who died with wounds to their chests and backs.

Edwards said the two people who were wounded are both expected to survive.

GUN RIGHTS AMENDMENT

Alabama amendment would address gun ownership

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A proposed change to the Alabama Constitution would make gun ownership a fundamental right in the state.

The proposal also would subject any state gun-control measures to the toughest review by the courts.

Rep. Mike Jones is the Andalusia Republican who sponsored the proposed constitutional amendment. He says it puts added protections for the right to bear arms into the Alabama Constitution. He also says it would stop local governments from implementing overreaching gun control measures.

However, a lawyer with the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence calls the proposal a gift to gun criminals. He predicts it would prompt attempts to undo existing gun laws in Alabama.

Louisiana and Missouri voters have approved similar measures.

GUN BATTLE-MOTORCYCLE CLUB

2 killed, 2 wounded in gun battle near biker club

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Police say at least 40 rounds were fired during a gun battle outside a Birmingham motorcycle club that killed two people and wounded two others.

Authorities say the shooting happened shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday outside Showstoppers Motorcycle Club on Coosa Street.

Police tell Al.com that one man was pronounced dead at the scene. Another died at UAB Hospital.

Birmingham police spokesman Lt. Sean Edwards said a third person was hospitalized at UAB Hospital and expected to survive. He said a fourth gunshot victim showed up at Princeton Baptist Medical Center with an injury Edwards described as a graze wound.

Police said the scene was chaotic, and shell casings spanned almost an entire block.

Edwards said the investigation is in its early stages, and no arrests have been made.

FLINT RIVER RESCUE

Rescuers find 2 people stranded on river trip

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Rescue crews found two people who became stranded while using inner-tubes to float down the Flint River in northern Alabama when darkness fell and they were unable to make it out of the area.

WHNT-TV reports that crews spent hours overnight searching for the people in Madison County.

Authorities say three people began the tubing trip Sunday afternoon, and all three made it to the river bank as darkness fell. They said one person decided to start hiking in the darkness and made it to a home around 11 p.m. and called authorities.

Volunteer firefighters from Central and Mooresmill responded with boats and searched for nearly three hours before finding the two missing people just over a mile north of Ryland Pike. No serious injuries were reported.

BIRMINGHAM KILLING

Birmingham police probe apparent stabbing death

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Birmingham police are investigating the killing of a person who was found dead on the floor of a home.

Police said in a statement that the victim was found Sunday evening with injuries that appeared to be stab wounds to the chest and neck areas. They said a neighbor found the body when she went to check on the person at the residence on 39th Street South.

Detectives say they believe the crime stemmed from a burglary of the residence.

Detectives were looking for the victim's vehicle, which was taken from the location. It is described as a 1994 tan Buick Park Avenue.

Police said the deceased person's identity would be released once immediate family members are notified.

MUNICIPAL CARS

Tuscaloosa mayor looks to trim money on vehicles

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - The mayor of Tuscaloosa is seeking to reduce city vehicle and fuel costs.

Mayor Walt Maddox presented his budget proposal this week, saying it lays the ground for lowering gasoline and diesel fuel expenditures.

The Tuscaloosa News reports that Maddox wants to change the city's take-home vehicle policy to reduce wear and tear on vehicles. Tuscaloosa has 296 city-owned vehicles in its take-home program. Employees are allowed to drive them to homes up to 25 miles away from City Hall.

His budget calls for a 5 percent cut in maintenance and fuel costs.

MOON PIE COMPETITION

Ala. hosts Moon Pie-eating contest

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Close to 400 Moon Pies are ready for Alabama's largest Moon Pie-eating contest.

The 23rd annual event will be held Monday afternoon at Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park.

The Tuscaloosa News reports the 60 contestants must try to eat as many Moon Pies as quickly as possible.

RED SNAPPER COUNT

Ala red snapper count disputes federal estimate

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Alabama officials say new state statistics dispute federal estimates that led to restrictions on red snapper fishing in the Gulf of Mexico.

Alabama's Marine Resources Division says a state study determined that 418,000 pounds of the highly prized fish were caught in state waters through June 30.

That's only 40 percent of the 1.04 million pounds of red snapper estimated by the federal government's Marine Recreational Information Program.

Federal numbers from years past were used to impose a record-short season of nine days this year.

Gulf Coast states continue to push the federal government to extend the recreational season for catching snapper. The issue is important because tourists who go fishing spend millions on the coast.

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