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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 […]

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    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. […]

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    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 […]

  • 012016 LD Parking Study 6pm PKG

    Study: Parking woes a reality in downtown Florence and UNA campus

    FLORENCE, Ala. – The good news, parking spaces are full. The bad news, parking spaces are full. The city of Florence and the University of North Alabama are feeling the pinch with students and consumers vying for coveted parking spaces around downtown.  It’s actually the topic of an ongoing study. “I think that’s what drives home the importance of sharing this study with the university, because the problems exist with both entities and so will the opportunities,” explained Florence Planning […]

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    Mars Hill students and faculty remember sophomore killed in ATV accident

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Students and faculty members at Mars Hill Bible School in Florence are mourning the loss of a student. Monday afternoon, John Samuel Terry died from injuries received in an ATV accident in Lawrence County. A white ribbon lies on the slate marker outside Mars Hill High School. The hallways inside were quiet. Faculty and students spent the day remembering Sam Terry by wearing green ribbons, Sam’s favorite color. “We’ve all just encouraged the kids and each […]

  • 011816 LD UNA MLK Day of Service 5pm PKG

    UNA students gather to serve in remembrance of Dr. King

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – On a day of commemoration for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., hundreds gathered on a local university campus to honor him. Not only were students at the University of North Alabama there to remember King, they came together to serve their fellow man. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is what are you doing for others,” recited Bethany Green with the UNA Office of Student Engagement. An inspiring quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and […]

  • Craig Braly (Photo: Russellville Police Department)

    Russellville Police: Man shot father during argument

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. – A Shoals man is charged with murder after a weekend visit with his father turned deadly. According to Russellville Police, 46-year-old Craig Braly is being held without bail after a Saturday night shooting at an apartment on Lawrence Street.  When police arrived just after 9:30 p.m. they found 65-year-old Claude Allen Braly dead. Police believe an argument between the two escalated, and the father was shot once in the head.  Craig Braly called 911 and was taken into […]

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    Lauderdale County Deputies search for burglary suspect; Russellville Police have indictments in hand

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department is searching for a burglary suspect caught on camera. Further south, Russellville Police have some warrants to serve from grand jury indictments. Last week the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department began hunting for a Chevy Tahoe. The driver was involved in a residential burglary on Butler Creek Road near St. Florian. After some leads they now believe they know his identity: Brandon Berry Sharp. An investigator said Sharp is on the run. He has […]


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