MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - With the end of 2018 -- we're looking back at the big stories for our area. From an officer killed in the line of duty, to a major hurricane, and the end of era here at FOX 10 News -- here are this year's biggest stories.
Mobile Police Officer Justin Billa Killed in the Line of Duty:
The year got off to a deadly start for Mobile Police -- as one of their own -- Ofc. Justin Billa was killed in the line of duty -- responding to a domestic call. In the days that followed, the Port City showing love & respect for a fallen hero.
Charter Bus Crash carrying Houston Students:
In March -- a scary scene near the Alabama/Florida state line after a charter bus carrying high school students from Houston runs off the road and crashed in a ravene. 46 people were taken to the hospital. The driver dying behind the wheel.
Locker Room attack at Davidson High School:
In late April -- shocking cell video launches an investigation at Davidson High School after freshman quarterback Rodney Kim Jr. suffered a broken arm from an apparent hazing attack in the school's lockeroom.
Nine students were arrested in the case and long-time Head Football Coach Fred Riley placed on administrative leave before retiring. A 12-million dollar lawsuit against the Mobile County Public School System is still pending.
Saraland Waffle House Arrest:
It's the video that went viral -- follwing a night at the Saraland Waffle House. Chikesia Clemons would end up on the floor and partially unclothed.
Saraland Police defending their actions -- saying witnesses and surveillance video showed Clemons threatening employees. A judge would find Clemons guilty in July of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. She was granted an appeal and is scheduled for a new trial by jury in February.
And weather always making headlines -- this time in April down in Foley. A tornado sweeping through on a Sunday afternoon -- lots of damage, several people injured. Fortunately no loss of life.
Tropical Storm Gordon:
Tropical Storm Gordon had us all working on Labor day weekend -- reminding everyone on the Gulf coast -- why preparation is key.
A month later -- Hurricane Michael devastates our neighbors to the east. The Category 4 storm -- the strongest on record for the Florida panhandle.
Governor Kay Ivey Keeps Her Job:
Governor Kay Ivey easily wins election -- beating Democrat Walt Maddox -- to serve Alabama for another four years.
MPD Officers Shot in Arm Leads to Massive Manhunt:
A close call for a Mobile officer in November. The officer was shot in the arm by a suspect in a stolen car. A manhunt in West Mobile would end hours later with the a teenager arrested and charged.
Goodbye to a Legend:
And 2018 came to an emotional end of an era here at FOX 10 News. Bob Grip delivering his final newscast earlier this month after serving as the station's main anchor for more than 34 years.