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    All about that bass: Man catches record-breaking fish in Missouri

    TANEY COUNTY, Mo. — The most recent record-breaking angler in Missouri hooked a giant striped bass on Bull Shoals Lake using a rod and reel. The new “pole and line” record striped bass was caught by Lawrence Dillman, of Rockaway Beach, NY, on Thursday. The fish weighed 65 pounds, 2 ounces with a length of 49 3/4 inches and a girth of 36 inches. Dillman used 20-pound test line and a chub minnow to catch the behemoth. “I fought the […]

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    Etowah County man charged with sexual abuse and child pornography; victim spoke up after seeing school presentation

    GADSDEN, Ala. (WHNT) – The Etowah County Sheriff’s Office says a school presentation about sexual abuse resulted in a man being put in jail on child sex abuse and pornography charges. Thomas Aaron Craig, 30, is charged in connection with sexual abuse and pornography with minors, according to Sheriff Todd Entrekin.  Craig, of Gadsden, was arrested on Thursday, May 21.  He is charged with one count of sexual abuse of a child less than 12 years old, one count of possession […]

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    UPDATE: I-565 West re-opened after wreck near I-65 Interchange

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Interstate 565 westbound has been re-opened at Exit 2, approaching the I-65 interchange. Responders cleared the scene of a vehicle that flipped on Tuesday morning. The wreck happened about 8:53 a.m.  Huntsville Police say Jordan Chadrich Godsey, 26, was traveling west on I-565 in a 1993 Honda Civic.  Witnesses say he was driving erratically and had already sideswiped the center concrete barrier. Around mile marker 1, Godsey hit a Cadillac DTS in the driver’s side, bounced off the […]

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    UPDATE: Madison County Sheriff’s Office finds 68-year-old man with dementia

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The Madison County Sheriff’s Office found a man who had been reported missing Monday afternoon. John Hooper, 68, has dementia.  He was found a few hours later around Moontown Road and Highway 72 in the Brownsboro area.

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    2 dead, hundreds rescued on Florida’s East Coast beaches due to rip current

    ORMOND BEACH, Fla. – Two people have died and more than 400 people were pulled from dangerous surf in the past 24 hours in Brevard, Flagler and Volusia counties along Florida’s East coast, News 13 reports. The count is from Sunday afternoon to 5 p.m. on Memorial Day.  Rip currents have kept lifeguards busy, and red flags have been flying along the coast for much of the weekend. “I was scared, because we got to our chests, and I just […]

  • Giant kangaroo spotted hanging around Australian suburb

    NORTH LAKES, Australia – People in an Australia town are surprised, and a bit scared, of their new neighbor: A giant kangaroo.  The animal has been seen wandering around, hopping through playgrounds — and even a golf course. He’s pretty imposing. The kangaroo is more than two meters tall and up to 95 kilograms.  For those of us in America, that’s 6 and a half feet tall and more than 200 pounds. “He’s very intimidating, he’s a big boy,” said […]

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    Eugene Lee Jones found guilty of manslaughter in 2013 killing

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Friday evening a Lauderdale County jury found Eugene Lee Jones guilty of manslaughter. Jones was accused of the July 2013 strangulation death of Lula Addison.  Police say she was found inside a hotel room at City Lodge in downtown Florence. The two had met just hours prior to her death, investigators said. Detectives say Eugene Lee Jones had been a person of interest from the beginning of the investigation.  

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    Sylvania School’s band director placed on administrative leave following post on social media

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The band director of Sylvania High School has been placed on administrative leave with pay until further notice. Brian Thomas, Assistant Superintendent of DeKalb County Schools, confirmed this development to WHNT News 19. Thomas’ statement was brief, and did not address why the band director is on leave, only acknowledging the school system is “aware of the situation.” “We have begun an investigation and hope to resolve the matter as soon as possible,” Thomas said. […]

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    Athens man arrested; Accused of badly beating 21-year-old woman and toddler

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – Athens Police say a woman and her young child were violently assaulted Tuesday night, and the woman’s boyfriend is charged in the case.  James Lynn Johnson is in jail and charged with various counts of torture, child abuse, domestic violence and kidnapping. Police say they received a call Tuesday night about a woman and child on North Houston Street who had been severely beaten.  Police found a 21-year-old woman and her 2-year-old daughter. The woman had […]

  • Jesse Pat Watson (Photo: DeKalb County Jail)

    DeKalb County man charged with child sex abuse; worked for local school

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) – A DeKalb County man has been charged in a child sex abuse case.  Jesse Pat Watson, 51, was booked in the DeKalb County Jail on Friday, May 15. He is charged with seven counts of sexual abuse of a child less than 12 years old. Watson was released on bond Tuesday. Sylvania School’s principal, Westley King, confirmed to WHNT News 19 Watson did work for the school as a janitor.  The principal said Watson was […]

  • Ben Matthews (Photo: Scottsboro Police Dept.)

    Scottsboro man charged with enticing children, accused of writing love letters to young girls

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) – Scottsboro Police say the manager of a local mobile home park is charged with enticing a child for immoral purposes. Police say they received a complaint from a resident about Benjamin Uriah Matthews on Friday, May 15. Police say Matthews had been writing letters to young girls, ages 11 to 13, asking if they wanted to be his girlfriend. He also wrote that he wanted to marry them. There were four girls total. On Monday, May 18, Matthews was […]

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    ALDOT, City of Huntsville to add flashing yellow arrows along Governors Drive

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Have you driven through an intersection that has a flashing yellow arrow? They’re becoming more common in Alabama, and soon, you’ll see many more of them. The Alabama Department of Transportation and City of Huntsville will soon upgrade 16 intersections with flashing yellow arrows along U.S. 431 and Alabama 53 (Governors Drive).  The new traffic signals are designed to help drivers more safely make left turns. Work will begin the week of June 1 to install 35 […]

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