🌱 Boy Prepares Winter Care Packages + Porch Thieves Caught On Video

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But first, today’s weather:

Partial sunshine. High: 63 Low: 56.


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Here are the top 3 stories in Birmingham today:

  1. A local boy received $1,000 from Academy Sports + Outdoors to support his annual vacation package initiative. Ethan Hill, 12, started his nonprofit, Ethan’s Heart-Bags4Blessings, six years ago to support Birmingham’s homeless population. Hill and her family stock care packages with cold weather products such as sleeping bags, gloves and socks each year. (WBRC)
  2. A suspect has been charged in the robbery that led to the shooting of Birmingham property developer Briant Plott this summer. Antonio Aamad Steele, 31, faces charges of robbery and aggravated assault/attempted murder for his involvement in the June 12 incident. Steele has been incarcerated in Jefferson County Jail and is scheduled to appear in court later this month. (AL.com)
  3. A Birmingham woman has shared footage she captured of thieves stealing a Christmas present from her porch, just a few hours after delivery of the package. After spotting the so-called “porch hijackers”, Valarie Byers sent the video to her apartment complex and filed a police report. She says the stolen package contained a variety of gifts, many of which were for her daughter with special needs. Visit the link to see the video. (WBRC)

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From my notebook:

  • Looking for a way to stay warm this winter? Visit the link to see a list of six places in Birmingham to find delicious festive hot chocolate. (Bham now)
  • Attention, house hunters! Here are the latest homes to hit the market in the Birmingham area. (Birmingham crest)
  • Chaucer the donkey celebrated his fifth birthday at Birmingham Zoo on Thursday! Click to see photos and opening hours. (Birmingham Zoo via Facebook)

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Miranda Fraraccio

About me: Miranda Fraraccio was born and raised in Rhode Island and now lives in New York. She works as a writer for content creation agency Lightning Media Partners and is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she earned a degree in writing, speaking, and communications. In her spare time, you can find her traveling, drinking tea, or photographing her neighborhood as a street photographer.

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