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  • Family attorney says Elizabeth Thomas is finally home, safe with family and friends

    COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Elizabeth Thomas is finally home with her family and friends.  The Thomas family attorney released a statement regarding her recovery from the traumatic ordeal. “Elizabeth Thomas is in a safe location with family and friends where she is comfortable and resting. She is being evaluated and treated by mental health experts specializing in trauma. There is no doubt that she has suffered severe emotional trauma and that her process of recovery is only just beginning. The family is […]

  • Governor Ivey Requests Change in AMBER Alert Criteria After Bessemer Incident

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – On April 19, Bessemer police requested the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency to issue an AMBER Alert for a missing child who was inside a vehicle when it was stolen from a convenience store parking lot. Based on the criteria for an AMBER Alert that were in place at that time, the incident did not meet the requirements for an alert to be issued. Governor Kay Ivey asked ALEA Acting Secretary Hal Taylor to revise the state’s AMBER Alert Guidelines […]

  • Family of Tad Cummins, suspected kidnapper from Tennessee, releases statement

    COLUMBIA, Tenn. – The estranged wife and two daughters of Tad Cummins have released a statement now that he and the teen he’s accused of kidnapping have been found. The family lawyer released the statement that reads in full: Jill, Erica and Ashlee are glad this chapter of the ordeal is over. They are grateful to all law enforcement for their hard work. Jill would like to specifically thank the Maury County Sheriff Department and individually thank Bucky Rowland and […]

  • Court hearing cancelled for suspected kidnapper, Cummins now in federal custody

    A morning hearing scheduled for Tad Cummins this morning in Siskiyou County, California has been canceled. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has taken Cummins, the teacher accused of kidnapping Elizabeth Thomas, into custody. A representative of the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office says federal authorities took Cummins into custody just before 9:00 local time. Federal authorities transferred Cummins to Sacramento. He is currently scheduled for an arraignment hearing in federal court Monday. Now that Cummins is in federal custody, authorities in Siskiyou County don’t […]

  • Falkville woman dies in crash

    MORGAN COUNTY, Ala.-A single-vehicle crash Thursday in Morgan County claimed the life of a Falkville woman. The wreck happened around 11:30 a.m. on Morgan County 55, four miles west of Falkville. Debra Skinner Hollingsworth, 62, was killed when the 2004 Chevrolet SUV she was driving left the roadway and hit a culvert. Hollingsworth was not using a seat belt.  She was transported to an area hospital where she later died from her injuries.

  • Family attorney holds news conference after Elizabeth Thomas is safely located

    COLUMBIA, Tenn.  – Jason Whatley, the attorney for Elizabeth Thomas’ family held a news conference Thursday. He said that  Elizabeth’s family is anxious waiting to speak to her, “But their sense of elation can’t be described.” The family is expecting a phone call with Elizabeth “at any moment.” According to Whatley, Elizabeth is currently in the custody of the FBI being transported back to Tennessee. BREAKING: Mug shot for Tad Cummins from Siskiyou California. pic.twitter.com/Vf4VtJ6aaz — Chris Davis WHNT (@ChrisDavisMMJ) April […]

  • TBI: TN AMBER Alert teen found safe, teacher Tad Cummins Arrested

    NASHVILLE – Acting on a tip received by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation late last night, authorities in Siskiyou County, California have rescued Elizabeth Thomas and arrested Tad Cummins, after locating the pair at a rural cabin in Cecilville early this morning. Thomas, 15, was the subject of a Tennessee AMBER Alert issued on March 14th, after having been kidnapped a day earlier by Tad Cummins, a former teacher at her school in Maury County, Tennessee. On March 17th, the […]

  • UPDATE: Clay County authorities confirm child taken with stolen car has been found safely

    CLAY COUNTY, Ala. – Clay County authorities have canceled the missing child alert for Zy’Koby Landan Clark. He has been safely located Authorities in Clay County have found for the woman who took a vehicle from an area post office with a one-year-old child inside. Investigators have identified the woman as 29-year-old Tiarra Sandrica Ingram. They say she and the child, identified as Zy’Koby Landan Clark, were in a 2003 silver Pontiac Grand Prix 4-door car. The car has tinted windows. The tag number […]

  • State Troopers identify man killed in a wreck off a cliff in Marshall County

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. — Law enforcement confirmed that a truck drove over a cliff at Cox Gap Road at Fairview Road, near Highway 79. This happened around 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.  Douglas Police, Alabama State Troopers, Nixon Chapel Fire Department and Marshall County Sheriff’s Office responded. State Troopers confirmed that 34-year-old Daniel George Antoine of Albertville was killed when the 1977 GMC truck he was driving left the road and drove into a ravine. Authorities say he was not wearing a […]

  • Do you REALLY know that person? Beware of fake Facebook friend requests

    We all get friend requests on social media from people from our past. Maybe you went to high school with them, or it’s a former neighbor. Most people typically accept the friend request without giving it a second thought. But in reality, you may want to think twice! A new scam has con artists posing as old friends on social media! Michael Hansen said it started as a Facebook friend request from a high school buddy. Then Hansen says his friend […]

  • Roy Moore reacts to his removal from office in news conference

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A specially appointed Alabama Supreme Court has upheld the suspension of Chief Justice Roy Moore for his actions after landmark decision allowing gay marriage. The court issued the decision Wednesday. Judges upheld both the findings that Moore violated judicial ethics, and his suspension for the remainder of his term. A judicial panel in September suspended Moore after finding he urged state probate judges to defy the federal courts on gay marriage. Sitting justices recused themselves from hearing Moore’s […]

  • Longtime employee of Madison City Schools reflects on his career as he moves in a new direction

    MADISON, Ala. – A longtime member of Madison City Schools will soon be leaving the district. Dennis James most recently served as the Director of Student Services. He also spent time at Bob Jones High as a math teacher and six years as the assistant principal at Liberty Middle School. James was the first principal of Columbia Elementary School for six years. He and his wife, Mary Pat James are moving to Memphis. James’ last day will be next week. Reflections from Dennis James: During […]