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  • BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 17:  East Baton Rouge Police officers patrol Airline Hwy after 3 police officers were killed early this morning on July 17, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. According to reports, one suspect has been killed while others are still being sought by police.  (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

    University of Alabama confirms Baton Rouge suspect attended the school

    BATON ROUGE, La. (CNN and WHNT)The shooter who killed three law enforcement officers and wounded three others in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Sunday was a Missouri man who launched a deadly rampage on his 29th birthday, police sources said. Gavin Long, who was born on July 17, 1987, was the man who gunned down officers before he was killed in a gunbattle with other officers responding to the shootings. The University of Alabama confirms Long was a student at the […]

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    BLOG: 3 police officers killed in Baton Rouge, 3 others injured

    WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR — A man with a gun opened fire on officers — Six officers were shot — Three officers have been confirmed dead — 1 suspect is dead Developing story – more to come Below is an archived blog of our reporting of the events on Sunday, July 17, 2016.

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    Catholic church speaks to Parish about recent employee arrest

    MADISON, Ala. – Four days after an employee of Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church is arrested and charged with possession of child pornography, the parish gathered for their Saturday mass in light of this difficult time. Father Phil O’Kennedy said this is the start of their path of moving forward.  “On Tuesday morning I was absolutely stunned…probably a whole jumble of feelings then,” said O’Kennedy. Father O’Kennedy is going on his tenth year at Saint Johns and says situations […]

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    Heavy thunderstorms cause multiple power outages in Madison County

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – Due to the heavy thunderstorms, there have been many reports of trees falling onto power lines.  This damage has caused multiple power outages around Madison County. Huntsville Utilities crews are working to restore service to all of the affected areas as quickly as possible.

  • A motorcycle crash on Green Mountain Road resulted in serious injuries for the rider.

    Motorcycle crash on Green Mountain Road causes life threatening injuries; Road closure

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – Alabama State Troopers, the Green Mountain Volunteer Fire Department and HEMSI medical crews are on the scene of a motorcycle accident on Green Mountain Road near Shawdee Road in Madison County. Authorities say that the unidentified male rider was flown to the hospital by Medflight helicopter in life threatening conditions. Troopers are asking that you avoid the area at this time as the road is currently closed. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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    Purses, backpacks and coolers have been banned from Bryant-Denny Stadium

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Change is coming to Bryant-Denny Stadium starting this fall.  The University of Alabama has recently unveiled a new policy for what kinds of bags can be brought into the stadium. According to our newspartners at, Alabama fans are no longer permitted to bring purses, coolers, backpacks, briefcases, fanny packs, cinch bags, luggage of any kind, computer bags, camera bags, binocular cases, diaper bags and seat cushions with pockets zippers or compartments and other similar items into Alabama home […]

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    New charges issued for Timothy Staggs in human trafficking case

    FLORENCE – A local man out of jail on a cash bond of $300,000 for human trafficking charges is back in jail after new indictments were issued against him by a  grand jury, officials said. Timothy Wylie Staggs of Florence, turned himself in Thursday at the Lauderdale County Detention Center after he was informed that new indictments had been issued. The new charges include two counts of first-degree human trafficking and one count of second-degree human trafficking. Staggs is accused of forcing […]

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    Catholic Diocese responds to questions about children’s safety after employee arrested on child porn charges

    MADISON, Ala. – John Martin was on staff at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church when he was arrested on Tuesday morning and charged with possession and dissemination of child pornography. WHNT News 19 is taking action to get answers from the Catholic Diocese of Birmingham about Martin’s role at the church and what interactions he had with children. Father O’Kennedy of the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church made a brief statement earlier in the week, stating in part […]

  • Suspect in Decatur Counterfeit currency case

    Decatur Police ask for community’s help in identifying suspect

    DECATUR, Ala. –  The Decatur Police are looking for your help in identifying a suspect that has allegedly been passing counterfeit currency. If you have any information as to the identity of this woman, please contact the Decatur Police Department at (256) 341-4660, or at (256) 341-4655.    

  • Silence is broken by victims support group after church staffer charged with possession of child pornography

    MADISON, Ala. –  WHNT News 19 is Taking Action to track down more answers surrounding the recent arrest of a former church leader on child porn charges. John Martin was on staff at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and was arrested on Tuesday. Since then, some say the Diocese and Parish have been too quiet when it comes to addressing the arrest. WHNT News 19 spoke with SNAP – who supports victims of child abuse within the Catholic church and […]

  • Alabama State Trooper Richard Pittman hanging out with family after he delivers baby on Tuscaloosa highway. (Photo courtesy of ALEA)

    Alabama State Trooper delivers baby on I-59 in Tuscaloosa

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – A mother-to-be in dire straights was rescued by an Alabama State Trooper on Thursday. According to our newspartners at, Trooper Richard Pittman was working the scene of a car accident on Interstate 59 in Tuscaloosa when he was approached by a motorist who need help because his passenger was in labor and stuck in traffic. When the Trooper approached the vehicle, he found the woman to be in active labor. Secretary of Law Enforcement Stan Stabler […]


    Two Americans among the dozens killed as large truck crashes into crowd during Bastille Day celebration in France

    NICE, France -French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says 80 people have died, including two Americans, in the truck attack on the seaside avenue of Nice, and 18 people are in critical condition. Sean Copeland, 51, and his 11-year-old son, Brodie, were from Texas. Numerous others have been wounded, he said after traveling to the scene. “The identification of the criminal is in progress,” he said, refusing to confirm reports that an ID card was found after police shot the truck […]


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