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Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper gets set on a pass play during the Crimson Tide's third 2013 Season Spring football practice, Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
<![CDATA[TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Forensic tests showed that a Tuscaloosa man who swallowed something in court moments after being convicted of child sexual abuse last year used strychnine to kill himself, authorities said. The Tuscaloosa News (http://bit.ly/1gXTtfQ ) reported state investigators ruled that William Thomas Moore Jr., 42, committed suicide in August. A toxicology report showed the man's system contained strychnine, oxycodone and amphetamines. "It appears that he had brought the drugs that were found in his system to court with him that day," said Sgt. Dale Phillips, commander of the Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit. Court workers saw Moore put something in his mouth in the courtroom right after jurors convicted him of sexually abusing a young girl on Aug. 12. Moore had been free on bond during the trial, but was sent to jail immediately after the verdict. He had a seizure on the way to jail and died within an hour. In court, Moore said he was only taking his daily medication after the verdict. But Moore later told jailers he had taken cyanide, officials said. Medics, who carry an antidote to cyanide, used it on the man without any result. Moore faced as long as 20 years in prison. His death came just weeks after a Missouri man used cyanide to commit suicide in court after being convicted on a charge of molesting a girl. Moore's family owns a pest control company and strychnine is sometimes used as a pesticide to kill rodents, but authorities said they were unsure where he obtained the poison. Moore, who police said had worked with the pest control company, was indicted in December 2011. He was acquitted on a sodomy charge before the guilty verdict was announced. Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Six doctors from Tuscaloosa, Ala., are opening a new urgent care clinic in Hoover, Ala., on Friday, March 7, 2014.
Reed Watson, right, plays drums for the Muscle Shoals band Belle Adair. The band will perform at Druid City Brewing Company tonight at 7:30 p.m. TUSCALOOSA, Alabama -- Druid City Brewing Company will kick off its [Live at the Brewery!] series Thursday evening with the popular Muscle Shoals band Belle Adair at the brewery at 7:30 p.m. DCBC co-owner ... (more)
Four alleged prostitutes were arrested in the Tuscaloosa area this week during an undercover operation in which investigators found and contacted the women on various websites.
Longtime Tuscaloosa musician Ham Bagby, above, will perform with The Siege on Saturday at The Jupiter Bar on the Strip as they open for Whiskey Myers.
An 18-year-old Tuscaloosa man was charged with second-degree rape and sodomy Monday for alleged sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl.
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama -- University of Alabama community members can celebrate film and the life of a late colleague and mentor next week at "The Look of Things: The Will Nolan Documentary Film Series."
Southpace's Bob Vines represented Design Industry Workroom in leasing of 5,000 square feet at Plott and Co.
<![CDATA[TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- The president of the University of West Alabama wants its board of trustees to investigate his claims that enemies tampered with an evaluation of his performance. The Tuscaloosa News reports (http://bit.ly/1ojuI0k ) the university's board of trustees is scheduled to consider an extension of President Richard Holland's contract during its meeting Monday at the Livingston campus. Holland's contract ends Oct. 1 and he wants to stay on as president until 2016. Holland released a 19-page report ahead of the meeting saying he wants an investigation into whether trustees and administrators hand-picked respondents to give negative feedback during a consultant's recent evaluation of his work as president. Trustee Terry Bunn declined to comment on Holland's accusations, saying they would be dealt with "in the appropriate forum." ___ Information from: The Tuscaloosa News, http://www.tuscaloosanews.com Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Circuit Judge Brad Almond has again delayed the jury trial of Nathan Van Wilkins, a man accused of injuring 18 people in a rampage shooting at a downtown Tuscaloosa bar in July 2012.
Cameras are being installed at intersections in various parts of town, but most will be placed at lights that intersect with McFarland Boulevard.