Second transit Driver out on bail after alleged transit rape

Lee County, Ala. (EETV) - A search of Lee County Jail records indicates that the second transit driver involved in the  alleged rape on a Tiger Transit is no longer in custody.  Tony Patillo is no longer listed as in custody after being arrested on Friday for multiple sexual violence charges following the alleged rape on a bus. Patillo's bail was set at $127,000. James Johnson, another transit driver was also arrested and posted a $125,000 bail earlier this week. Since the arrests,  Auburn University has announced new safety features for all Tiger Ten late night buses.  Background On Friday, September 15, at approximately 11:50 pm, the Auburn Police Division received a report of a male exposing himself while standing over a female in the 700 block of Aspen Heights Lane in Auburn.  Responding officers located Patillo near the roadway and detained him.


Student who took selfies with transit bus driver urges students to "be vigilant, educate educate each other"

AUBURN, Ala. (EETV) - Tony Patillo, one of the Tiger Transit bus drivers arrested on rape charges earlier this week, was always welcoming to students that got on his bus, says Auburn sophomore Carlee Coleman. Coleman rode his bus regularly and said she never felt unsafe. "He always was cheery, he made you feel safe and he talked a lot about his family or would ask me about my day at school." She even took selfies with Patillo to send to her mom to prove she was getting home safely.


One Smiths Station company plans to make a bold statement following pre-game prayer ban

Smiths Station, Ala. (EETV) - Following the Lee County Board of Education's decision to remove prayer from football games, a new Christian symbol could soon hold a prominent place in Panther Stadium. The owner of Green's Propane Gas, a longtime supporter of Smith's Station Athletics, has decided to put the Lord's Prayer on his scoreboard advertisement. "I understand the school board position not wanting to fight a lawsuit, but as a business, it is my right to advertise how I like," said Green. The new scoreboard will not be constructed until another advertisement is sold.


Opelika bridge deemed unsafe for the public

Opelika, Ala. (EETV) - Following a recent safety inspection, the Cunningham Drive Bridge has been closed indefinitely. The closure comes after inspectors said the bridge is no longer sufficient to safely carry public traffic. City officials say they plan to replace the bridge with the assistance of ALDOT, but there is no schedule to do so yet.   The attached detour plan routes traffic from the Frederick Road side of the bridge to Gateway Drive to Thomason to 1st and around.


Lee County Schools Prayer Ban

On Friday August 25th when fans showed up to the annual football game between Opelika High School and Smiths Station High School they did not know that nearly a month later we would still be talking about it but not for what happened during the game but what happened before.  On this particular Friday night just like it had been for many years a student-led prayer was said over the public address system prior to kickoff.


Suspicious driver reported in Auburn area

AUBURN, Ala. (EETV) - Police responded to a suspicious driver reported in the Auburn area Wednesday afternoon. A juvenile female and two juvenile males were walking on Heywood Street in Auburn at approximately 4 p.m.


First Transit responds to driver allegations of inadequate hiring procedures.

Auburn, Ala. (EETV) - First Transit is now responding to allegations that drivers were not properly screened during the hiring process. Following the arrest of two Tiger Ten Transit Drivers for rape and sodomy, many people on social media began questioning the pre-employment screenings of the drivers.  Facebook users began to point to a public profile with the name Tony Patillo (same name and picture as the Tony Patillo that was arrested) discussing what it takes to be a transit driver. The post said, "Attention everyone in the Opelika., Auburn and surrounding area!!!Drivers needed ., qualifications::: no license.,no background check.,,the only qualifications needed is showing up for work...If interested call 1800(come to work)..." First Transit has responded to these allegations and assert that transit drivers are subject to pre-employment background screenings and random drug tests throughout their employment. Senior Director of Corporate Communications for First Transit, Chris Kemper says both drivers have been removed from service and that the termination process has begun. The following statement from First Transit is below: At First Transit, we are greatly troubled by the events of  Friday  night.


Auburn Releases Statement after rape on a Tiger Transit

Auburn, Ala. (EETV) - Following the rape of an 18 year old on a tiger transit, by two Transit drivers, Auburn University released the following statement: "Two arrests have been made resulting from a sexual assault that occurred early Saturday morning.


Sean White Dismissed from Team

Auburn, Ala. (EETV) - Auburn backup quarterback Sean White has been dismissed from the Auburn football team, first reported by Al.com. White was arrested early Sunday morning (Sept.


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