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East Alabama stories for Wednesday, April 14th

Good Afternoon. Here are some of the stories and updates we are working on for you in our East Alabama Newsroom.


Auburn football kicks off with A day this weekend

AUBURN, AL - Thousands are expected to flock to the Auburn this weekend for A day game. This is the first chance football fans get to see the Auburn University Football team in action.

News Leader 9's Katherine Kington will take a look at the game and how it impacts local businesses. Kington will speak with a local restaurant owner who's busy prepping for tailgaters. That story airs tonight on News Leader 9 at 11.


Small business fire in Opelika

OPELIKA, AL - Opelika fire fighters tell News Leader nine a fire broke out at Yang's restaurant in Opelika on 280 late this afternoon. No one was injured.

Highway 280 was closed for short period of time so crews could run water hoses to the restaurant. The fire happened while the restaurant was closed for renovations.


UPDATE: Auburn's first murder of year

AUBURN, AL - Auburn Assistant Police Chief Tommy Dawson tells me their first murder suspect of the year, 20-year-old Auntavious Curry, has been arrested.

Curry has been formally charged with the murder of 32-year-old Theodore Reese now that he's been discharged from East Alabama Medical Center. The arrest happened on Wednesday.

Auburn police say Curry accidentally shot himself in the arm while shooting the victim during an argument Monday night.

Witnesses told our reporter on the scene, Reese was the soon-to-be father-in-law of Curry.

Reese is expected in court sometime Thursday or Friday.


Cracking down on litter could cost you $350!

AUBURN, AL - Chief Dawson told News Leader 9 his police department is about to start cracking down on litter and graffiti. He says as Auburn grows, traffic and trash grows. If you are caught throwing trash on the ground you can face a fine of $350.

Dawson said the police department is going to be taking a much more active role in policing people who throw out their trash onto city streets and green spaces.


Family weekend event and fundraiser

AUBURN, AL - If you are looking for something fun to do this weekend that will help a family in need, we have just the even for you!

Friends and Family of Ogletree Elementary Student, Carly Parker, are hosting an event this weekend to raise money to help the little girl battle cancer.

Parker was diagnosed with a rare tumor when she was in second grade. This Sunday, the 2nd Annual Carly Parker Classic Frisbee Golf event will be held at Brad Hooks home in Beauregard, Al.

Hooks is a counselor at Parker's school. It'll cost you $10 per person or $25 per family to play the course.

The event starts at 2 p.m. And will feature inflatable's and the popular DJ Ozz will be spinning tunes for families to enjoy.

All the money will go towards helping Parker's family pay for medical and travel costs.

For more information call Ogletree Elementary at (334) 887-4920.


St. Jude Dream Home

MIDLAND, GA - Thursday, I will be live starting at 5 at the St. Jude Dream home in beautiful Midland, Georgia.

This weekend the St. Jude telethon airs live on WTVM starting at 3 p.m.

Make sure to buy your ticket, just call 1-800-383-9844.

We will draw the winner on Saturday! For a quick tour of this year's home, just go to our homepage at WTVM.com and look at our video links!!

Good luck, you can win a home but you will help save a child's life!


East Alabama Newsroom

If you have a news tip you would like to share with our East Alabama Newsroom, give us a call at 334-745-3517 or email me, Elizabeth White, at ewhite@wtvm.com

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