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  • State and local authorities continue to investigate a fatal hit and run on Alabama 20 in Waterloo.

    Fatal hit and run remains unsolved in Lauderdale County

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT / Shoals Area Crime Stoppers) – The investigation continues into the death of an elderly woman who was struck by a vehicle last Wednesday morning in Lauderdale County. According to law enforcement, the driver of the vehicle who struck the woman has still not been found. Alabama State Troopers say 71-year-old Wilma Darlene Carles was crossing Alabama 20 near the Tennessee state line when she was struck by an on-coming vehicle. Sheriff’s deputies say Carles likely […]

  • Brandon Heath Anaya (Photo: Colbert County Sheriff's Office)

    Man arrested in Colbert County woods; drove through 3 states to avoid capture

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Charges have been filed against a man accused of leading police in three states on a car chase Sunday, before wrecking his vehicle in Colbert County, bailing out and running into the woods. Brandon Heath Anaya, 25, was arrested late Monday evening.  He is charged with theft of property and criminal mischief. Mississippi and Tennessee authorities also have numerous charges on him, including reckless endangerment and aggravated assault on a police officer. According to Colbert […]

  • Percy Sledge meets with friends and on-lookers at the unveiling of a historic marker in Sheffield. (Carter Watkins / WHNT)

    Sledge and Ivy honored with historic marker in Sheffield

    SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WHNT) – He’s the voice behind one of the top five music singles ever released and member of the Music Hall of Fame. Percy Sledge was honored in Sheffield Tuesday with his very own historical marker, forever enshrining the location where the song was recorded. After 48 years, he still has the rock star status wherever he shows up. Sledge is a Leighton native who walked the streets of Sheffield one more time Tuesday afternoon to help unveil […]

  • L to R: Jamie Terry, Joshua Terry and Joseph Terry.  The brothers are charged with theft of property. (Photos: Leighton Police Dept.)

    Colbert County brothers charged with stealing farm equipment

    LEIGHTON, Ala. (WHNT) – Three Colbert County brothers have been arrested for a theft ring involving farm equipment. According to Leighton Police, 31-year-old Jamie Terry, 29-year-old Joshua Terry, and 27-year-old Joseph Terry have all been charged with theft of property. Investigators say the three were stealing tractor accessories, scrap metal, and other items from farms and selling them for scrap. Leighton Police ask if a farmer has had equipment stolen in the last couple of weeks to contact them, they […]

  • Austin Kitterman (Courtesy: Russellville Athletics)

    Russellville community clings to hope for #10 after ATV wreck

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A stand-out high school football player suffered life-threatening injuries over the weekend during an ATV accident in Franklin County. Tonight, the Russellville football team struggles to focus as their friend and team-mate clings to life in Huntsville Hospital. A gentle breeze blows through the up-rights at Golden Tiger Stadium, the site of what coach Mark Heaton describes as the best game Austin Kitterman has ever had on a Friday night. The stillness at the stadium is […]

  • Charles David O'Kelley (Courtesy: Alabama Department of Corrections)

    O’Kelley alleges breach of plea deal by Franklin County prosecutors

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – After being denied parole twice, a former Franklin County man who pleaded guilty to killing his wife is seeking early release by other means. This week, Charles David O’Kelley filed a motion stating prosecutors breached his plea agreement. Inside the Franklin County Courthouse, Judge Terry Dempsey held an evidentiary hearing for a Rule 32 motion filed by O’Kelley and his attorney. According to courthouse officials, O’Kelley alleges the Franklin County District Attorney’s Office breached a plea […]

  • Muscle Shoals police are wanting to identify the man in the video who is stealing a vehicle from Auto-Credit on Woodward Avenue.

    Muscle Shoals police search for car thief who’s caught on camera

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – Police are searching for the man who walked onto a car dealership after-hours and drove off with a new ride. Surveillance cameras caught the theft and investigators hope you can help identify the thief. In the early morning hours of September 9, Muscle Shoals Police said a man walked onto the car lot of Auto-Credit on Woodward Avenue and took a vehicle. Police say one bizarre thing the man did was put a car tag […]

  • Randy Yaciw stands behind the counter of D&R Hardware as a picture of Darlene Carles sits on the counter, in memory of the woman struck and killed on Wednesday morning. (Photo: Carter Watkins / WHNT News 19)

    Waterloo family mourns as authorities search for driver in fatal hit and run

    WATERLOO, Ala. (WHNT) – A family remains in shock this evening after a loved one was struck and killed by a motorist in Lauderdale County on Wednesday morning. While authorities continue their search for the driver of the vehicle who left the scene, the family of Darlene Carles tries to remember the good times they shared with her. On Alabama 20, just three miles from the Tennessee line, Randy Yaciw was unsure whether to open the doors of D&R Hardware […]

  • The car rammed underneath the back of the school bus. The driver of the car was hurt and flown to a nearby hospital. No one aboard the bus was hurt. (Photo: Carter Watkins/WHNT News 19)

    Driver of car hurt as vehicle rams back of school bus in Colbert County

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Nearly a dozen students escaped serious injury after a car plowed into the back of a Colbert County school bus Tuesday morning. The wreck happened just before 7:30, as two kids were getting onto the bus during a stop. Dazed by a collision as they sat on a school bus, Brick Hatton Elementary School students watched as rescue workers freed a woman from her car pinned underneath. “It’s just scary,” said Anthony Olivis, the Colbert […]

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    UPDATE: Florence Boulevard back open after gas leak

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Florence Boulevard is back open.  Much of it was closed for a few hours Tuesday morning while crews repaired a gas line. Construction crews hit a natural gas line while digging in the area.  As a result, Florence Boulevard was closed from Shenandoah to Hough for about two hours. The road reopened shortly around 12:30 p.m.

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    Man drowns in Little Bear Creek

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – A man drowned while swimming just outside of Tuscumbia Sunday morning. Alabama Marine Police confirm  Eric Willingham went missing while swimming in  Little Bear Creek, west of Tuscumbia and south of US Highway 72. After searching for more than two hours, emergency crews retrieved the body of the  42-year-old Colbert County man around 2:00 p.m. The Colbert County coroner confirmed Willingham drowned and will not conduct an autopsy. Crews found his body in 13 feet of water.  Authorities say […]

  • Raymond Clemmons sits with his attorney while prosecution witnesses present evidence in his capital murder trial on Wednesday.

    Clemmons found guilty of felony murder in Lauderdale County

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A jury found Raymond Clemmons guilty of felony murder Friday afternoon. Sentencing is set for October 8 at 9 a.m. During testimony earlier this week, detectives went over crime scene photos depicting the scene, including disturbing photographs of the victim. Wednesday morning started with several witnesses for the prosecution which included the Lauderdale County Coroner and followed by the transportation company which carried the body of Jerry Ivy to the state forensics lab in Huntsville. 44-year-old Raymond Clemmons […]


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