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Huntsville mayor says crime to be addressed in budget

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Mayor Tommy Battle said he plans to address residents' concerns about crime with the upcoming budget. (Source: WAFF) Mayor Tommy Battle said he plans to address residents' concerns about crime with the upcoming budget. (Source: WAFF)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Recent crimes in Huntsville were a topic of discussion at Thursday's city council meeting. Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said he plans to add more officers to the force to combat the recent rise in violence across the city.

In the city's latest shooting, someone shot a teenage boy in the head Thursday on Vining Avenue. He was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.


Just a week ago another teenager was shot. Ashia Oliver, 18, died after she was shot outside a gas station. Two other people were shot as well. Police are still investigating that case.

In Thursday's council meeting, the mayor said he plans to increase the number of officers on the street.

"In this year's budget, we're going to reflect some of that concern with adding some numbers to the police officers' ranks because we need to," Mayor Battle said. "We have a bigger city now; we have more to control."

Huntsville police also addressed the issue. They said they are doing everything they can to address crime in the area.

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