News Minute: Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. CDT
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A federal judge has sentenced a man who pleaded guilty to scamming an Alabama city to more than 5 years in prison and ordered him to return $1.9 million to investors. U.S. District Judge W. Keith Watkins handed down the 63-month sentence for 43-year-old Kyle Sandler on Tuesday. Sandler moved to the east Alabama town of Opelika in 2011 and later opened a business incubator called the Round House. He pleaded guilty last year to fraud for taking about $1.9 million from more than 50 investors.
ATTALLA, Ala. (AP) - An 82-year-old Alabama woman has died in a fire at her home. Attalla Fire Chief Robert Dillard said the fire was reported shortly after 4 a.m. Monday. He said the victim, Mae Pearson, lived with her daughter who was unable to reach her. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
CLANTON, Ala. (AP) - Some buildings were damaged in central Alabama as storms moved across the state. Chilton County emergency officials say the damage in downtown Clanton on Monday afternoon appeared to be from straight-line winds, not a tornado. There were no reports of injuries. The roof collapsed at a barbershop. Some trees and traffic lights were also down. About 330 customers are still without electricity.
SNEAD, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama woman has pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of her two children, then ages 1 and 2, and aggravated child abuse. Al.com reported Monday that 25-year-old Melissa Ann Miller, of Snead, was initially arrested in the case in 2016 after an investigation was launched into injuries her children sustained that April. Authorities said the children were hospitalized for about a month with severe injuries, including cigar burns.
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