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    Marijuana grow operation found in Franklin County, suspected grower arrested

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ala. – The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a man they believe to have been operating a large marijuana grow operation. Investigators were called to a home on Highway 20 in the Spruce Pine community because of a strong smell of marijuana. Deputies went to the area and observed the smell themselves, leading them to call the Drug Unit. The man located at the address, identified as Manuel De Jesus Diaz Alvarez, cooperated and took […]

  • Eric Parker, during second trial (Nov. 4, 2015)

    Ala. Attorney General files motion to dismiss assault charge against Madison police officer Eric Parker

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Former Madison police officer Eric Parker has been preparing to stand trial in Limestone County.  However, that may not happen after all. Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange announced Thursday he has filed a motion in Limestone County District Court to dismiss a misdemeanor assault charge against Parker. Parker was tried twice in federal court for the February 2015 takedown of Sureshbhai Patel on a Madison sidewalk.  Both proceedings ending in mistrials. The judge acquitted him of an […]

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    NEW: Reward increased to $40,000 in Tennessee AMBER Alert case, suspect now on TBI Most Wanted List

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Gary Simpson, the man accused of abducting 9-year-old Carlie Trent, has been added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Top Ten Most Wanted List. The reward for information in connection to this case now exceeds $40,000. Simpson is wanted by the Rogersville Police Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for Especially Aggravated Kidnapping.  Authorities say Simpson kidnapped 9-year-old Carlie Marie Trent from school on Wednesday, May 4. Simpson has no custodial rights to Carlie, and the […]

  • DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris, center, and staff show Kratom products seized from local store shelves. Kratom is now illegal in Alabama. (Photo: DeKalb County Sheriff's Office)

    DeKalb Co. Sheriff urges store owners to get rid of Kratom products immediately

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. – The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office says stores are getting the message to get products containing Kratom off shelves.  Kratom is now an illegal substance in Alabama. The Sheriff’s Office says many stores are calling, wanting law enforcement to take possession of the drug because some distributors don’t want to pick the items up. “These store owners are losing large amounts of money due to this, but at least they are turning it in and getting it […]

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    Man’s Toyota Tundra with Huntsville-built engine turns over to 1,000,000 miles

    HOUMA, La. – A Toyota owner celebrating a milestone in his Tundra — it recently rolled over the 1 million mile mark. Victor Sheppard continued to drive it until Toyota saw the well-kept truck.  They asked him if he was interested in swapping for a brand new Tundra.  He said yes. Sheppard swapped trucks this week at Greg Leblanc Toyota in his hometown of Houma, Louisiana. Sheppard’s Tundra was a 2007 model year, one of the first of its kind […]

  • Spencer Black's grandchildren: Jasey & Allie Ruth Black, Miles & Jake Fleming

    Support Clements school athletics this Saturday, May 14 at the Spencer Black Memorial 5K

    ATHENS, Ala. – Lace up your running shoes and head to Blue Springs Elementary School this Saturday, May 14 for the 6th Annual Spencer Black Memorial 5K. It’s a great chance to exercise with friends and family and help local schools as well.  Proceeds benefit the athletics programs at Blue Springs Elementary and Clements High School. You can register online at or in person starting at 7:30 a.m. on race day.  The 5K starts at 8:30 and the 1 Mile […]

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    Man arrested after day-long standoff in Gurley

    GURLEY, Ala. – Standoff between the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and a man at 141 Buddy Drive, off Cherry Tree Road in Gurley is over. 3 more shots just rang out. We're up to 11. No official word from police. We're so far back, unsure of what may be going on. @whnt — Chris Davis WHNT (@ChrisDavisMMJ) May 10, 2016 Around 3:45 p.m., our reporter on the scene, Chris Davis, first reported hearing shots. Those shots turned out to be […]

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    North Ala. legislator urges Gov. Bentley to call special session to address BP oil settlement money

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Alabama legislature is still arguing over what to do with the money from the B.P. settlement over the 2010 Gulf oil spill.  The topic was hotly debated, but not solved during the regular session that ended last week. Wednesday morning, Rep. Jim Patterson of Meridianville held a news conference in Huntsville to urge Gov. Robert Bentley to call a special session on the matter. Patterson said the money should be used, first and foremost, to pay […]

  • Kratom

    Kratom now illegal in Alabama; law enforcement agencies putting out the word to business owners and citizens

    NORTHEAST ALABAMA (WHNT) – A number of district attorneys across North Alabama are issuing public notices that Kratom is now illegal statewide.  This includes the sale and possession of Kratom or any product containing Kratom.  If you’re caught with it, you face felony charges. Senate Bill 226 makes the possession and/or sale of the drug Kratom illegal. Governor Bentley signed the bill Tuesday. The Bill amends 20-2-23(4)(a) of the Code of Alabama by adding the two alkaloids of the plant […]

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    More than 1,200 tips, but none deemed credible; the search continues for Carlie Trent

    Today marks a week. Join us in holding out hope and remaining vigilant! #BringCarlieHome — TBI (@TBInvestigation) May 11, 2016 NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has released an update on the search for 9-year-old Carlie Trent. Unfortunately, there is no real update to give. Investigators say more than 1,200 tips have come in since the Endangered Child Alert, and then AMBER Alert, was issued. TBI Agents and Intelligence Analysts have worked to coordinate and verify those […]

  • Vester Keith Jackson (Image: Florence Police)

    Florence Police arrest man accused of attempting to entice children into his van

    FLORENCE, Ala. – Florence Police say they have arrested Vester Keith Jackson, 58 of Florence. Investigators say he attempted to entice two children into his van in the area of Weeden Heights. Officers say a mother reported seeing a man in a white panel van try to get her children into the van. She told officers she screamed and the man left. Jackson was stopped by a patrol officer a shot time later and was identified by the mother. He’s […]

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    Study: Swaddling infants may increase risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

    WASHINGTON – A technique used by parents across the globe to help calm an infant may be doing more harm than good, according to a new study. A study published in the American Academy of Pediatrics this month claims that swaddling a baby could affect the child’s risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Researchers say swaddled babies who were placed on their sides or stomachs are twice as likely to die from the syndrome. However, the risk is lower for […]


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