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  • 082514 CO Sex Offender Policy Vote 5pm PKG

    Sheffield to vote on sex offender school visitation policy

    SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WHNT) – More and more school systems are putting a sex offender visitation policy in black and white. The second school system in the Shoals is set to approve a policy this evening, and they say it will add another step of security for the students. Current state law mandates sex offenders can’t loiter within 500 feet of school property, bus stop, or athletic event without a legitimate reason for being there. The Sheffield Board of Education wants […]

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    Two jailed after a rash of Florence car burglaries

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Two men have been arrested in Florence after police say they terrorized a neighborhood, breaking into numerous vehicles and stealing some big ticket items. The troubling part of it all, police say the majority of the break-ins could have been prevented. Under the hot sun, detectives with the Florence Police Department continued combing the streets of Lakeside Highlands Friday. They were there looking for anything that may have been dumped or stashed by two burglars early […]

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    Muscle Shoals police, church pastor discuss arrest of former youth minister

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) - The senior pastor of a Muscle Shoals church talked with WHNT News 19 on Thursday about the arrest of a former youth minister on sex abuse charges.

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    Two arrested; 92 meth labs found on Franklin County property

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – What may look like just a grown-up lot on Highway 43 North near the Colbert County line, one of the largest meth lab operations in Franklin County history was found. Sheriff Shannon Oliver says two cousins were using the one-pot method to cook meth. Oliver said during a six-hour clean-up process, investigators uncovered 92 labs on the property. It’s an alarming number for even Oliver. “It’s pretty self-explanatory,” explained Oliver. “When you mix this kind […]

  • 081914 LD Hydrating the Homeless 6pm PKG

    “Hydrating the Homeless” draws attention to northwest Alabama problem

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s a number which surprised even us.  The population of homeless people in the Shoals is ever increasing from unforeseen circumstances that can crumble a life. But a group in the Shoals is getting the word out:  There is help. Stacks of bottled water line the fountain sidewalk of Wilson Park on Tuesday, ready to go to those in need. “Hydrating the Homeless” is an effort to bring attention to the more than 300 people in […]

  • 081814 FR TRACKS Program Cut PM VO

    After-school program cut in Russellville elementary schools

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A federally funded after-school and summer program in Franklin County is being cut when the grant expires at the end of September. Audrey Marsh is a concerned parent.  She emailed WHNT News 19 to ask us to Take Action on the issue. “I am truly upset over this, not just for my child but for other children and their parents that are trying to work and make a living,” Marsh wrote. Marsh is one of many […]

  • 081514 CO Drive Sober 630pm PKG

    “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” rolls out for upcoming holiday

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” rolled out Friday to help clear the nations roadways of impaired drivers. With the Labor Day holiday fast approaching, authorities plan to ramp up enforcement of the state’s DUI laws and now they have some new tools to help do that. It’s a ride no one wants to take. But according to the North Alabama Highway Safety Office, more than 10,000 people every year die in a drunken driving accident. […]

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    Sheffield resident holds burglary suspect at gun point

    SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WHNT) – An unusual turn of events this week after a man broke into a Sheffield home during broad-daylight. A broken door frame next to the curb is all that’s left to show there was a burglary at a home on Broadway Street. Police Chief Greg Ray says Justin Oneal Hall kicked in the front door of the home and quickly ran inside. After hearing a loud noise, Chief Ray said the home-owner got out of bed to […]

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    UPDATE: Shooter, sister identified following Wednesday standoff with Muscle Shoals Police (BLOG)

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) - Muscle Shoals police say a shootout situation is over, and the suspect is dead. This, following several hours of negotiations at Arbor Village Apartments on 2nd Street. A woman was shot around 11:30 Thursday morning.

  • Michael McLemore, in burgundy, pleaded guilty to capital murder on August 13, 2014. (Photo: WHNT News 19/File)

    Franklin County man pleads guilty to parents’ murders

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A Shoals man pleaded guilty to capital murder Wednesday in the deaths of his parents in 2011. Michael McLemore was sentenced to life without parole.  Prosecutors say with the guilty plea, he waives any direct appeals to the murders. Earlier this year, McLemore was found competent to stand trial. Jurors listened to two days of testimony from doctors who had evaluated McLemore’s mental state. Investigators say McLemore shot his father and stepmother, Ricky and Connie […]

  • 081214 CO Airport Boardings 6pm PKG

    Shoals leaders fight for airport to remain essential

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – The fate of the Northwest Alabama Regional Airport is up in the air as the federal government decides if the airport is essential to the area. A drastic drop in boarding’s has Shoals leaders trying to re-group as they prepare for the departure of Silver Airways. An empty terminal building and vacant ticket desk helps paint the picture of what’s going on at the airport. Despite upgrades inside and out, boarding’s have plummeted to an […]

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    Accused Florence bank robber makes first appearance in court

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Lauderdale County man charged over the weekend with three bank robberies made his first appearance in court. Although not many details were released in court, investigators say they believe more bank robberies in the Shoals could be solved with Timothy Bryan Standfield’s arrest. Dressed in an orange jumpsuit, 39-year-old Standfield was escorted into Lauderdale County District Court Monday morning. Police arrested him Saturday evening for the robbery of the Bank Independent branch on Cox Creek Parkway […]

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