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  • 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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    DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office investigating 2 deaths; both appear to be accidental

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two deaths that have happened since Friday.  One involved a 13-year-old boy who was shot. On Sunday, May 17th, deputies were called to a home in Collinsville.  Sheriff Jimmy Harris said a relative of the 13-year-old boy was in the home with a gun that accidentally discharged.  Paramedics took the boy to DeKalb Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Two days prior, on Friday, May 15th, […]

  • A Community Mourns: Remembering Don Simons

    UPDATE: Don Simons will be laid to rest at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 17, at the Harvest Time Church on Winchester Road. Apostle Edmond James will officiate. HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Don Simons, known for many years for his colorful commercials for Simons Jewelers, died Wednesday.  You’ll remember him as the man who stood next to “Bozo the clown” and encouraged people to come to his jewelry store at the corner of Bob Wallace Avenue and Jordan Lane. Simons […]

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    Greg Screws writes 2 Top Ten lists about David Letterman’s retirement

    The CBS “Late Show” with David Letterman will air for the final time on Wednesday, May 20.  You can watch it at 10:35 p.m. on WHNT-TV. Here at the station, Greg Screws is our funnyman.  We asked him to reflect on what he’ll miss about Dave, so Greg came up with two Top 10 lists. Top Ten Things I Will Miss About Dave… No show had hipper music than Dave. Skewering pretentious celebrities. Competition between Dave and Michael Strahan for […]

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    Barry Whitton, suspect in Jackson County murder, moved to Cullman County Jail

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) – A man charged in a 1997 murder in Jackson County has been moved to Cullman County to await trial.  Barry Whitton was transferred on Thursday evening. Whitton is serving a 10-year federal prison sentence for weapons violations.  The Cullman County Jail houses federal inmates, so that is the reason for his move, according to one of his court-appointed attorneys, Ron Smith. Whitton has pleaded not guilty to the murder of his first wife, Michelle Whitton.  This […]

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    Winchester Road in New Market reopened after wreck with injuries

    NEW MARKET, Ala. (WHNT) – State Troopers said an infant and several others were injured in a wreck on Winchester Road in northern New Market.  The wreck is near Hillsboro Circle. Troopers said it was a single vehicle SUV accident. An infant was seriously hurt and rushed to Huntsville Hospital, according to troopers. This portion of Winchester Road was blocked in both directions, but has since reopened. School buses from schools in the area may be delayed, as many were also stuck in […]

  • Huntsville Police block off the area near the home on Bonnie Oaks Drive. (April 19, 2015/WHNT News 19)

    Review board clears Huntsville officer in April 19 shooting on Bonnie Oaks Drive

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – An incident review board has cleared a Huntsville police officer following a shooting April 19 on Bonnie Oaks Drive.  The officer shot a woman while responding to a domestic disturbance. Police responded to a home in the 2500 block of Bonnie Oaks Drive.  Investigators say Bradley Skinner broke into the home where his estranged wife, Lisa Skinner, was staying with her mother.  She has a protection order against him.  He had a pistol and large knife, and Lisa […]

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    Capital murder trial begins in Athens for Joel Moyers

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – Opening statements will begin just after 2 p.m. in a capital murder trial in Limestone County.  Joel Patrick Moyers is charged in the shooting death of 26-year-old Brandon Hydrick in September 2012. Jury selection took place earlier Monday.  Ultimately, lawyers selected 11 men and three women. At the start of jury selection, there were more than 100 potential jurors.  Attorney questioned them about a variety of things.  The defense asked potential jurors whether or not they […]

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    Limestone County Schools bus driver suspended for using cellphone

    ATHENS, Ala. (AP)– A longtime Limestone County Schools bus driver has been suspended for five days without pay for using a cellphone while driving. No students were aboard the bus when Debbie Hardaway used her phone while in the parking lot at East Limestone High School on March 20. Karen Tucker, spokeswoman for Limestone County Schools, says Hardaway’s bus was moving as she used her cell phone, and a witness reported her to the bus garage. Rusty Bates, Limestone County […]

  • Governor Robert Bentley addresses a crowded room at Lake Guntersville State Park Lodge on Monday, April 20. (Photo: Laura Christmas/WHNT News 19)

    Governor Bentley set to address impact of budget shortfall on forensic labs

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Governor Robert Bentley will be in Huntsville on Friday to discuss the state’s budget and proposed cuts to the Department of Forensic Sciences. The Governor is making stops across the state to detail his budget solution, which includes tax increases. Bentley has used these visits to point out the impact budget cuts proposed in the legislature would have on a number of agencies across the state. Governor Bentley will be at the Huntsville Regional Laboratory at […]

  • Woodville wins Energy Star award for saving power

    WOODVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The town of Woodville in Jackson County is celebrating a national championship.  It recently won the Energy Star “Battle of the Buildings” Power-Saving Competition. Woodville’s team consisted of five buildings: Woodville Chapel, the Wastewater Treatment Plant, Town Hall, Woodville Cooperative and the Bob Jones Community Center. The Woodville Chapel earned recognition for being the building with the most energy saved in 2014.


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