Bessemer gun buyback event yields 120 guns, including 2 ghost guns

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) – A gun buyback event held in Bessemer over the weekend yielded impressive results, surprising organizers and the community. District Attorney Lynneice Washington reported a significant response, possibly driven by growing concerns over violence in the area. A total of 120 guns were collected during the event, but Washington said the main […]

Prosecutors start conviction review units

Officially Procured from San Francisco Chronicle BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Death row and life sentence inmates who were sentenced in Jefferson County could get a second look at their cases under a new initiative aimed at reviewing possible wrongful convictions. reports that Jefferson County District Attorney Danny Carr and Jefferson County Bessemer Cutoff District Attorney […]

Local activist, district attorney react to lack of charges in Breonna Taylor case

Officially Procured from WVTM 13 Digital JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. —Hours after Kentucky authorities announced the police officers involved in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor would not be charged, many people across the country, including Alabamians, vocalized their opinions about outcome of the case. In the video above, WVTM 13’s Chip Scarborough talks with Rev. Eric […]

Community remembers 8-year-old boy who had big dreams

By Joshua Gauntt | July 9, 2020 at 5:02 AM CDT – Updated July 9 at 5:50 AM BESSEMER, Ala. (WBRC) – A family and a community are mourning the loss of Royta Giles, who shot and killed while standing with his mom at Riverchase Galleria on Friday. The 8-year-old boy had dreams of becoming […]

Jefferson County DAs: George Floyd killing ‘reprehensible,’ call for ‘consequences’

Officially Procured from  Roy S. Johnson | [email protected] Jefferson County District Attorneys Danny Carr (Birmingham Division) and Lynneice Washington (Bessemer Cutoff), in a joint statement, called the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer on Monday “reprehensible”. “Consequences should be forthcoming,” they added. Floyd, who is African American, died after police officer Derek Chauvin knelt […]

Surveillance cameras coming to cities in West Jefferson County

Officially Procured from Joshua Gauntt | January 28, 2020 at 10:52 PM CST – Updated January 29 at 2:53 PM BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) – Surveillance cameras are coming to a handful of cities in west Jefferson County where there’s not a lot of police presence. Lynneice Washington, the Jefferson County District Attorney for the Bessemer Cutoff hopes […]