Albertville Lawyer Indicted On Child Sex Charge

An Albertville lawyer locked-up on a million dollar bond — charged with sex with a child. Steven Vincent Smith was already charged with child porn now more charges added, including sexually abusing a child younger than 12. He was indicted by a grand jury on that charge Monday. Because he’s well known around the courthouse…Marshall county’s DA stepped aside to let the Etowah County District Attorney serve as special prosecutor.

A mother’s scream — puts a man behind bars. Police in Florence a woman saw a man in van try to lure her kids — she screamed…he drove off, but she got a good description of the guy and his van — as it left the Weeden Heights community. And it didn’t take long for police to find the van — and arrest 56 year old Vester Keith Jackson. He’s locked-up on two counts of interference with the custody of a child on $50,000 bond.

The feds are suing a check cashing company claiming they deceived customers in Alabama and two other state. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says All American Check Cashing told employees not to let customers from know what fees they would pay when getting a loan.

Gov. Robert Bentley says there may be special session of the legislature to work on Medicaid funding but he says legislators need some vacation time — before he decides whether to call them back. Bentley taking his times, says he’ll decide about a special session in the “next couple of months.”

New law giving more legal rights to grandparents in Alabama…signed into law yesterday by Governor Bentley. The law grants visitation rights for grandparents who have what’s called a “significant and viable relationship” with the child and that the courts find visitation to be in the best interest of the child. A grandparent must prove that he or she was the caregiver for the grandchild on a regular basis for a minimum of six months or that a loss of relationship will cause harm to the grandchild.