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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - A police officer in Huntsville, Alabama, is accused of driving while under the influence of alcohol. Al.com reports Justin Jamar Willis was arrested Sunday morning and charged with a misdemeanor DUI. Huntsville police Lt. Michael Johnson says state troopers arrested Willis during a traffic stop. He says Willis is on desk duty pending an internal investigation. The newspaper says attempts to reach Willis for comment were unsuccessful.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say a man wanted for questioning in a fatal Alabama shooting has killed himself. In a news release, the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation says deputies were searching for 45-year-old James Chadwick Green in connection with Saturday's shooting death of 33-year-old Sarah Cooper in Samson. Montgomery County sheriff's deputies say they spotted Green driving Sunday afternoon. Investigators say the deputies conducted a traffic stop, at which time Green shot himself.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Alabama authorities say the 2-year-old child they thought was grazed by a bullet in a drive-by shooting was injured by part of a car seat instead. WVTM-TV says the shooting happened Monday in Birmingham, and the child was taken to the hospital but was considered in good condition.
WEDOWEE, Ala. (AP) - The lawyer for an Alabama high school teacher accused of raping a 15-year-old student is asking for a reduction in his client's $1.5 million bond. Al.com reported Monday that 30-year-old David Brenton Burkhalter is on administrative leave from his teaching job after his arrest last week on eight felony charges.
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