Death

Selma Community Comes Together to Protect Children

From the West Alabama Newsroom– The Selma community continues to try and recover from the tragic death of a 16 year old Selma High student. The teen died just over a week ago — after suffering a medical emergency at school. As the healing process continues in Selma, the school district is reaching out to community — to try and…

Dustin Diamond Known for Role in ’90s Sitcom ‘Saved by the Bell’ Dead at 44

FILE – In this Jan. 24, 2011 file photo, Dustin Diamond attends the SYFY premiere of “Mega Python vs. Gatoroid” at The Ziegfeld Theater in New York. Diamond died Monday after a three-week fight with carcinoma, according to his representative. He was 44. Diamond, best known for playing Screech on the hit ’90s sitcom “Saved by the Bell,” was hospitalized…

Remembering Kobe Bryant One Year After Tragic Helicopter Crash

It’s been one year since NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others were killed in a tragic helicopter crash. A day that shocked not just the sports world but the entire world in general. On January 26, 2020, a helicopter occupied by Kobe and 8 other passengers crashed into the side of a mountain in Calabasas, California. It…

ADOC: Inmate Dies from Injuries in Assault at Atmore Prison

A state inmate has died after being assaulted by another prisoner. The Alabama Department of Corrections says Demarcus Fernando Harrison, 46, died last week from injuries sustained during an apparent inmate-on-inmate assault. Harrison’s exact cause of death is pending a full autopsy. The prison system said the assault at Fountain Prison in Atmore is under investigation. The U.S. Department of…

Central Alabama Electric Cooperative Lineman Killed After Being Struck by Company Vehicle

On Monday, August 17, the Central Alabama Electric Cooperative announced the death of Journeyman Lineman Boyd Hodge. CAEC officials say Hodge died during a tragic accident at the Central Alabama Electric Cooperative’s (CAEC) West Operations Center (located in Verbena). According to Chilton County Coroner Aaron Ellison, Hodge was struck by another CAEC vehicle in the work yard. He was pronounced…

Overzealous Fan or Legend?: Alabama Super Fan Harvey Updyke Dead at 71

University of Alabama super fan Harvey Updyke has died. Some call him an overzealous fan, some call him a true Crimson Tide legend, but nevertheless, what he did will always be remembered. Updyke became famous, or infamous depending on who you’re asking, for poisoning the oak tree at Toomer’s Corner in Auburn. Toomer’s Corner is where Auburn fans gathered after…

Alabama Inmate Serving Life without Parole for Marengo County Murder Dies from COVID-19

Wilson Roosevelt Conner, a 47-year-old inmate who was serving a life without the possibility of parole sentence for murder out of Marengo County at St. Clair Correctional Facility (St. Clair) in Springville, passed away on July 17. Conner, who suffered from multiple underlying conditions including end-stage renal disease, was tested for COVID-19 on July 13 and subsequently transferred to a…

Troy Police Seeking Information in Death of Ramer Man

The Troy Police Department is currently investigating the death of 21-year-old Jacoby Deshon Cogburn, of Ramer. The death occurred in the 300 block of Elba Highway on Monday July 13, around 9:13 pm. Troy Police Department officers responded to the 300 block of the Elba Highway (AL Hwy 87) to reports of several shots fired in the area. When officers…

Clanton Mayor Dies of COVID-19

The city of Clanton has announced the death of their mayor, Billy Joe Driver. Driver was 84-years-old. He died Thursday, July 9 after being admitted to the hospital last week for COVID-19 treatment. Driver had been the mayor of Clanton since 1984. He was expected to retire later this year. His death comes as cases are increasing in the state…