Investigation broadens in kidnap/murder case

A good Monday evening to one and all. Here is what we're working on for WAFF 48 News at Ten:

A gruesome discovery has turned into a much broader investigation as police in DeKalb, and now Marshall County too, are looking into the discovery of a dead man in a burning car.  Gary Willis was discovered in a burning car just outside Geraldine two weeks ago. Now investigators have established that Willis was kidnapped in Marshall County. Nine suspects have now been arrested in connection with this case, but none of them actually for Willis' death. Instead, that investigation has led to charges for separate offenses.

Huntsville police have been cranking up their patrols as the year's end brings a spike in robberies. As we wrap up 2013, there have been 45 of them, which is more than we saw in 2012. WAFF 48's Shumuriel Ratliff has been checking in with the business community which finds this a little nerve-wracking.

Law enforcement is also working to make sure drunk drivers don't ring in the New Year by making a dangerous mess on the highways. State troopers, as well as local police and deputies, are planning to set up checkpoints to catch those driving under the influence. In addition, we'll have more on a program by AAA that offers you a free tow of your car in case you've partied a bit too hearty.

We'll have more on all these stories on WAFF 48 News at 10. I hope you'll join us.

Charles Molineaux