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September is National Preparedness Month!

Parade Shooting

Thousands of people lined the streets of Dothan on Saturday for a parade during the National Peanut Festival when gunshots rang out.

Police rushed to get to the spot where the shooting happened, news outlets reported.

Police said 18-year-old Mekhi Nasir Lawton was charged with murder in the death of 22-year-old Garyoun Tyrone Fluellen, and assault in the wounding of another person.

Lawton, who turned himself in, was jailed with bond set at $1.5 million.

Dothan calls itself the “Peanut Capital of the World,” and the peanut festival dates back to 1938.

Melanie began her career as a work study student, working in the areas of news reporting, anchoring and news-gathering. After graduating from Alabama State University, she worked as a production assistant at the local NBC affiliate, WSFA-TV. As a News Director at WVAS-FM, Melanie leads her team to produce award- winning newscasts and talk shows. Her professional achievements includes News Reporter of the Year for a number of years and awards for talk show producer, by the Alabama Broadcasters Association and the Associated Press. She is an active member of the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce. Her goals are to expand the reach of WVAS FM into more homes locally, regionally and nationally.