Friday, August 1 2014 7:38 AM EDT2014-08-01 11:38:15 GMT
The United Nations says 1,737 people, mostly civilians, were killed in Iraq in July, marking a dramatic decline from the previous month, when some 2,400 people were killed as Sunni militants swept across large...Full Story >
Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric is appealing to politicians not to be "an obstacle" in the process of transition as Iraq nears a deadline to select its next prime minister.Full Story >
Friday, August 1 2014 7:22 AM EDT2014-08-01 11:22:40 GMT
A three-day cease-fire in the Gaza Strip has gone into effect following heavy Israel-Hamas fighting.Full Story >
A Gaza cease-fire quickly unraveled Friday as violence erupted in and around the southern town of Rafah, with 35 Palestinians killed by Israeli shelling and the military saying one of its soldiers may have been abducted.Full Story >
Friday, August 1 2014 6:33 AM EDT2014-08-01 10:33:39 GMT
Ukrainian authorities said Friday that at least 10 government troops were killed in an ambush by pro-Russian separatists in an area near the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but international inspectors...Full Story >
A team of several dozen international investigators descended Friday on the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash site in eastern Ukraine to begin combing an area now designated as a crime scene.Full Story >
Friday, August 1 2014 6:19 AM EDT2014-08-01 10:19:58 GMT
British Pvt. John Parr set off on his reconnaissance bike on the lookout for German troops amid the rolling farmland and woods south of Brussels in August 1914. It was the last anyone saw of 'Ole Man' Parr,...Full Story >
British Pvt. John Parr set off on his reconnaissance bike on the lookout for German troops amid the rolling farmland and woods south of Brussels in August 1914. It was the last anyone saw of 'Ole Man' Parr, the...Full Story >
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -
A man found shot to death in Birmingham on Friday night has been identified as Christian author and motivational speaker Kerry Hardy.
Hardy was found shot to death in an alley between Carroll Street and Barbee Street. Police say he was lying against a vehicle's rear driver's door with what appeared to be multiple gun shot wounds to his upper body. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
West Precinct officers responded to the area after gunfire was reported around 9 p.m. Friday.
Hardy, 46, is an ex-convict who served six years in federal prison on drug charges. During his incarceration, he earned his degree and read more than 400 books on self-development and spirituality.
When Hardy was released from prison, he turned his life around, became a motivational speaker and wrote a book. He talked to people about the mistakes he had made in an effort to prevent them from going down the same road.
Hardy's family issued a statement reading in part:
"We are humble [sic] by the many messages of condolences we've received. We don't come across many Kerry Hardy's in a lifetime. He believed that he could make a difference in the world, one child at a time."
Birmingham City Councilman Jay Roberson says he knew Hardy for more than 20 years.
"As you know, God changes anybody and through grace Kerry came back to Birmingham with a heart of wanting to give back to share his life experiences with others and make sure they wouldn't do the same thing," Roberson said.
So far, there have been no arrests in the case.
Police are asking for anyone with information on this case to call Birmingham Police Department Homicide Unit at 205-254-1764 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.
Thursday, July 31 2014 9:48 PM EDT2014-08-01 01:48:50 GMT
Green Township Police are looking for a suspect after a man robbed Kroger while wielding a butcher knife. Police say the man entered the store on North Bend Road with the knife around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.Full Story >
Green Township Police are looking for a suspect after a man robbed Kroger while wielding a butcher knife.Full Story >
Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:12 PM EDT2014-07-31 01:12:13 GMT
The tattoo has not previously been seen widely by the public because cameras are not allowed inside Indiana courtrooms. The Indiana Office of the Courts released the photo on July 30 as part of evidence logged in by police and presented to the court by the Floyd County Prosecutor's Office.Full Story >
The tattoo has not previously been seen widely by the public because cameras are not allowed inside Indiana courtrooms. The Indiana Office of the Courts released the photo on July 30 as part of evidence logged in by police and presented to the court by the Floyd County Prosecutor's Office.