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    Lauderdale Sheriff speaks about body cam footage from deputy shooting

    FLORENCE, Ala. – As Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Deputy Randall McCrary continues to recover from a shoot-out earlier this week, state police are investigating the incident. One key piece of evidence they have is a body camera worn by the deputy, given to him just days before the shooting. “To sit there and actually watch what happened, it’s like you are standing there right beside Deputy McCrary,” Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton explained. In his 30-plus years of law enforcement, Sheriff […]

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    Florence Police look for leads in car theft caught on camera

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Have you ever had to run into a convenience store to grab something really quick? One person did and left their car running. While the victim was inside, a small white car pulled up next to it. Two guys hopped out of the white car and jumped into the dark colored vehicle and took off. There are three suspects in this case and Florence Police need some help identifying them or the car they were in. The Florence […]

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    VIDEO: Woman removes neighbor’s Ten Commandments sign, has son shoot it with BB gun

    ZIP CITY, Ala. – A woman has been arrested following a bizarre theft case in Lauderdale County.  It started with one man’s good intentions of spreading the gospel to a neighbor, and the crime was caught on surveillance video. “I just couldn’t believe it when she did that, and then in front of her sons,” said Johnny Riley. Riley has a few signs posted on his property in Zip City.  Just recently, he posted the Ten Commandments. When one of the signs came […]

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    Muscle Shoals Police are searching for a car theft suspect caught on camera

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – On January 20, Muscle Shoals Police said a man went to Garner Auto Sales wanting to check out a Chevy Tahoe. They obliged and gave him the keys to take it for a spin. When he returned from the test drive, he handed them the keys and left. What a salesman didn’t realize, the set was missing a key. Later that night, investigators said he returned to the Woodward Avenue lot and stole the SUV. […]

  • Jeremy Williams, convicted of the murder of Brioni Rutland. (Photo: Carter Watkins/WHNT News 19)

    Man convicted of killing Shoals coach sentenced to life in prison

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – It was an emotional morning in Lauderdale County Circuit Court Thursday. Family members of Brioni Rutland addressed his convicted murderer during sentencing, and they had a lot to say. Just after the start of his 9A.M. sentencing hearing, Jeremy Williams addressed Judge Mike Jones. He apologized to the Williams and Rutland families for what happened, and declared he wasn’t “a monster”. Brioni Rutland’s sister had her own message for Williams. “You are a coward. You are […]

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    NEW DETAILS: Florence woman charged with child endangerment after toddler wandered off this morning

    FLORENCE, Ala. – Florence Police say a 22-year-old woman has been arrested following an incident where a young child was found walking alone Thursday morning.  The girl is safe. Leshevia Hamer is charged with endangering the welfare of a child.  Police say others could face additional charges in this case. Police say a citizen found the 3-year-old girl at the corner of Nance and Mobile Streets around 8:30 a.m. The person took the child to Handy Head Start, a Pre-K […]

  • 012716 Burglary Suspect

    Deputies search for suspects in Lauderdale County store burglary

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Despite their best efforts to hide their identities, surveillance cameras captured at least three individuals burglarizing a business Sunday night. The thieves spent two hours inside Haddock’s Quick Stop on Highway 20 in the Central community, getting away with several thousand dollars. “Makes you want to cry. Makes you want to scream,” stated owner Diane Haddock. “Makes you want to say why.” Haddock keeps asking herself that question over and over – Why would a group of […]

  • 012616 LD School Safety Enhancements 5pm PKG

    New security measures in place on Lauderdale County school campuses

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – In October parents started raising concerns over safety at Lauderdale County Schools. They were worried about intruders being able to walk right in without going through some kind of checkpoint. The school system listened and measures are now in place and operational. The ringing of a door bell is a new sound heard throughout schools in Lauderdale County. Ten campuses are now locked to the outside during the day. Visitors can only get into the […]

  • 012516 FR Downtown Redevelopment 5pm PKG

    Redevelopment committee formed to bring life back to Russellville downtown

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – For all of the positives four lane highways and interstates brought to this nation, they also brought a negative element. Towns and cities across the country saw a sharp decline in their downtown shopping areas. The city of Russellville is no exception, but leaders are coming up with a plan to rejuvenate their downtown. Over the last several years, many downtown businesses have closed. To stop the exodus, city leaders created a Downtown Redevelopment Committee. “It`s […]

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    One year later, still no arrests in Muscle Shoals double murder

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s been almost one year since a man and woman were brutally gunned down outside a Muscle Shoals truck stop. After dozens of interviews and countless tips from the public, there have still not been any arrests. Standing behind a microphone Friday, Muscle Shoals Police Chief Robert Evans made a plea for the public’s help. He’s pretty sure someone saw 25-year-old Gary Wayne Baskins and 23-year-old Kayla Ann Glover murdered outside Jody’s Restaurant on Jan. […]

  • Photo by Carter Watkins, WHNT News 19

    Large tree uprooted during wet weather in Florence

    Not such a great start to the day in the Shoals.  Just before 7 a.m. winds and rain uprooted a large tree on Walnut Street in downtown Florence. The tree landed on a Jeep Wrangler parked across the street. Florence Street Department employees responded to the scene to clear the debris. The road had to be shut down for a couple of hours.

  • 012116 FR New Storm Shelters 5pm PKG

    Russellville City Council approves 4 new storm shelters for the city

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – In just a few months, it will be the fifth  anniversary of the April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak. Since that time, communities continue to find ways to protect their citizens in case that ever happens again. There are images of devastation in Phil Campbell and Hackleburg burned into the mind of Russellville Mayor David Grissom. Seeing the destruction first hand was life changing. He made it a mission to find safe places for Russellville residents to go. “Based […]


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