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  • 022615 FR Russellville Snow Clearing 630pm PKG

    Russellville uses new, yet old piece of equipment to clear roads

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – In northwest Alabama, Russellville and Franklin County seemed to get the worst part of the snow. With more than six inches of snow in places, the city said their grateful a surplus piece of Army equipment is on hand to clear a path for drivers. As kids and parents put the finishing touches on their snowman Thursday morning, cars peppered the road in front of their Russellville home. Police Chief Chris Hargett said North Jackson Avenue […]

  • 022415 FR Overtime Road Costs 6pm PKG

    Winter weather costs accumulating for northwest Alabama governments

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – It may be slightly easier to absorb the costs winter weather brings for larger cities, but for smaller governments the cost of snow and ice is mounting. In Franklin County, leaders have to watch their checkbook while keeping the roads drivable. With every prediction of winter weather, Franklin County Probate Judge and Commission Chairman Barry Moore cringes. “We’ve had enough winter weather,” Moore stated. “We’re ready for spring and summer to come. We’re tired of […]

  • 022315 CO Lost School Hours PM PKG

    School closings and delays have Shoals superintendents watching the numbers

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – Normally it’s hard to find a student who doesn’t love missing school due to winter weather — that is, unless they have to make up the days missed. With several days lost, will students across northwest Alabama need to make up the lost time? One school system in the Shoals says no, and they have the math to back it up. As old man winter continues to hurl snow and ice at the Shoals area, […]

  • 021915 LD Underwood House Fire 5pm PKG

    Home destroyed by fire; Shoals police rally around officer’s loss

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Tragedy struck a family home in Lauderdale County early Thursday morning. Just after 4 A.M., fire fighters responded to this home on Lauderdale County Road 9 to find it fully engulfed in flame. A woman and two children were able to escape, but the home is a total loss. Efforts to help the family have circulated throughout the law enforcement community in the Shoals. You see, the homeowner is a police recruit and was in Anniston […]

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    Recent animal cruelty case in Shoals moves forward in court process

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A recent animal cruelty case in Lauderdale County will soon head to the grand jury. An attorney for 38-year-old Laura Fitterman Sherwood waived a preliminary hearing this week.  Sherwood and her husband Patrick are charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty. Law enforcement seized more than 200 animals from their Central Heights property in January. Sherwood’s attorney said he wants to get the case into circuit court so a mental evaluation can be performed. Both […]

  • 021815 LD Florence Salt Shortage 6pm PKG

    Florence running low on road salt, road crews concerned

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – An issue is arising in northwest Alabama after three days’ worth of ice and snow has hit the roadways. The Shoals’ largest city is running out of salt to treat the streets, and they can’t get any more. The Florence Street Department has gone into conservation mode with their dwindling salt supply. And even though it’s shipped into the city, they can’t get any. Just before daybreak Wednesday, street department trucks started treating slick spots around […]

  • 021715 CO Sheffield Utility Lines Down 5pm PKG

    Sheffield Utilities credits preparation for power staying on

    SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WHNT) – Electricity department leaders across the Shoals are thankful the latest ice event wasn’t any worse than what it was. Even though they did experience some outages due to trees falling from the ice load, they say their preparations paid off. For 18 solid hours, electricians with the Sheffield Utilities Department worked to restore power Monday to pockets of customers after ice started to accumulate, bringing down trees and power lines. “Most of the problem we had […]

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    Colbert County man dies after being hit by vehicle on Hwy. 157

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A Leighton man died from injuries he received after being struck by a vehicle late Tuesday evening. According to emergency personnel, the incident was reported just after 10 p.m. on Highway 157 in the White Oak community, about four miles south of Muscle Shoals. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency says David Marshall Doll, 31, was walking on the roadway of 157 near County Line road, when he was struck by a 1998 Dodge Ram.  The […]

  • Photo of the fire pit in Lauderdale County (WHNT News 19)

    Four recovering from burns suffered in fire pit explosion in Lauderdale County

    KILLEN, Ala. (WHNT) – Four young adults were burned early Saturday morning in a fire pit explosion outside a home in Lauderdale County. Three of them are still being treated at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital’s Burn Center. The friends were together at a home on Lauderdale County Road 415 to celebrate a birthday, according to the state fire marshal’s office. Just after 1:30 a.m. one of them went to stoke the fire. It appears the person poured […]

  • Couples line up in the Lauderdale County Probate Judges office to apply for marriage licenses. (Carter Watkins - WHNT)

    Same sex marriage licenses delayed in northwest Alabama

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – In northwest Alabama, same sex couples began gathering outside the Lauderdale County Courthouse Monday morning to get their marriage licenses.  As soon as the doors opened, couples were met with another development on what they describe as an emotional roller-coaster. Beth Ridley and Rose Roysden were one of several same sex couples who couldn’t wait for the doors of the courthouse to open.  Ridley and Roysden have been together for five years and they wanted this […]

  • Elbert Davis

    Tuscumbia Police continue to look for person who killed 88-year-old man

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – After more than two years of developing leads and conducting hundreds of interviews, Tuscumbia Police have yet to make an arrest in the murder of Elbert Davis.  Investigators hope some publicity will spark the public’s interest and bring someone to justice. On the evening of August 28, 2012, a family friend found 88-year-old Elbert Davis unconscious and lying in his basement.  Davis died the next day in Huntsville Hospital, a victim of homicide. “We knew from the […]

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    Florence Police: Man arrested in Feb. 1 shooting

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Florence Police have made an arrest in a shooting from this past weekend that left one woman injured. According to investigators, 24-year-old Gerald Lee Crittenden was arrested Friday afternoon in Tuscumbia and charged with attempted murder.  Police say the shooting happened in Carver Homes on Sunday night.  The woman was shot in the face. Investigators say the woman has undergone surgery for the gunshot wound. Crittenden remains in the Lauderdale County Detention Center.

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