Melanie Hogan

News Reporter I

Melanie cut her teeth as a work study student working in the areas of news reporting and announcing.  After graduating from Alabama State University, she also worked as a production assistant at the local NBC affiliate, WSFA-TV.  Her professional achievements include News Reporter of the year in 2010 and 2011 by the Alabama Broadcasters Association.  She is a member of Sigma Delta Chi, the Society of Professional Journalists and says her goal is to continually grow as a dynamic journalist. 

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State Auditor Jim Zeigler is asking to join an ongoing lawsuit over the use of oil spill settlement funds to build a beachfront hotel and conference center at Gulf State Park.  Zeigler Tuesday filed the motion to intervene in the civil lawsuit in Montgomery circuit court.  Former Conservation Commissioner Charley Grimsley, a longtime opponent of the project, filed a lawsuit in April against Gov. Robert Bentley challenging the use of the money for the project.  Bentley has moved to dismiss the lawsuit, arguing that Grimsley does not have a basis or standing to sue.

State Auditor Jim Zeigler is asking to join an ongoing lawsuit over the use of oil spill settlement funds to build a beachfront hotel and conference center at Gulf State Park.  Zeigler Tuesday filed the motion to intervene in the civil lawsuit in Montgomery circuit court.  Former Conservation Commissioner Charley Grimsley, a longtime opponent of the project, filed a lawsuit in April against Gov. Robert Bentley challenging the use of the money for the project.  Bentley has moved to dismiss the lawsuit, arguing that Grimsley does not have a basis or standing to sue.

State Auditor Jim Zeigler is asking to join an ongoing lawsuit over the use of oil spill settlement funds to build a beachfront hotel and conference center at Gulf State Park.  Zeigler Tuesday filed the motion to intervene in the civil lawsuit in Montgomery circuit court.  Former Conservation Commissioner Charley Grimsley, a longtime opponent of the project, filed a lawsuit in April against Gov. Robert Bentley challenging the use of the money for the project.  Bentley has moved to dismiss the lawsuit, arguing that Grimsley does not have a basis or standing to sue.

State Auditor Jim Zeigler is asking to join an ongoing lawsuit over the use of oil spill settlement funds to build a beachfront hotel and conference center at Gulf State Park.  Zeigler Tuesday filed the motion to intervene in the civil lawsuit in Montgomery circuit court.  Former Conservation Commissioner Charley Grimsley, a longtime opponent of the project, filed a lawsuit in April against Gov. Robert Bentley challenging the use of the money for the project.  Bentley has moved to dismiss the lawsuit, arguing that Grimsley does not have a basis or standing to sue.

State Auditor Jim Zeigler is asking to join an ongoing lawsuit over the use of oil spill settlement funds to build a beachfront hotel and conference center at Gulf State Park.  Zeigler Tuesday filed the motion to intervene in the civil lawsuit in Montgomery circuit court.  Former Conservation Commissioner Charley Grimsley, a longtime opponent of the project, filed a lawsuit in April against Gov. Robert Bentley challenging the use of the money for the project.  Bentley has moved to dismiss the lawsuit, arguing that Grimsley does not have a basis or standing to sue.

An Alabama inmate on death row is set to receive a reduced sentence after his attorneys argued that a black woman was wrongfully excluded from a jury during the inmate's trial more than 20 years ago.  The Montgomery Advertiser reports that the case into the 1991 death of 69-year-old Clarene Haskey will be reopened this afternoon in a Monroe County courtroom.  Steven Hall is scheduled to plead guilty to the murder and receive a reduced sentenced of life in prison without the possibility of parole.  More than 20 years after the conclusion of the 1994 trial, U.S.

Gov. Robert Bentley's nonprofit group wants out of a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by the governor's former law enforcement secretary.  The Alabama Council for Excellent Government filed a motion Tuesday seeking to be dismissed as a defendant in the civil case.  Former Law Enforcement Secretary Spencer Collier filed a lawsuit against Bentley and his former political adviser Rebekah Mason accusing them of defamation and orchestrating his dismissal.  The lawsuit also named the nonprofit group, which paid Mason, as a defendant.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the new Montgomery County Probate Office Wednesday.  The location previously housed Pier One Imports across from Montgomery Mall.  Montgomery County Commission Chairman, Elton Dean says the new facility will serve as an anchor for the District One community.  Probate Judge Steven Reed says the new location is more convenient for the citizens of Montgomery.  Citizens will be able pay to property taxes, request vehicles tags and in the coming weeks.  The new facility is open now and is located on 3425 McGhee Road.  

The Dallas County Sheriff's office says they have dismantled two meth labs in the last week and made four arrests.  The labs were located at a home on County Road 269 in Valley Grande and at another residence on County Road 63 in Plantersville.  Investigator Dwayne Sanders says in both cases, "the shake and bake" method was used.

Montgomery Police have made an arrest in a homicide from last week.  On June 20th, 30-year-old Darnell Bush of Montgomery was found shot to death in the 200 block of West Park Avenue.  Police say they have now charged 24-year-old Deskendre Hatcher with one count of capital murder.  He was taken into custody yesterday by Montgomery detectives and is being held without bond.  No other details have been released in this ongoing investigation.  

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