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  • Theodore Alan Vaughn, after his arrest (Photo: Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office)

    Shoals man acquitted of rape, domestic violence from arrest earlier this year

    FLORENCE, Ala. – A Lauderdale County jury has acquitted a man charged with sexually assaulting a woman and choking her. Late last week, a jury found 26-year-old Theodore Alan Vaughn not guilty of rape, domestic violence, and domestic violence strangulation.  Vaughn was arrested in January and later indicted in April. At the time of his arrest, investigators said Vaughn attacked the woman after something was sent from a cellphone by the victim.

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    North Alabama, town of Waterloo prepare for annual Trail of Tears motorcycle ride arrives this weekend

    WATERLOO, Ala. (WHNT) – The roar of motorcycles will be heard from one side of north Alabama to the other this weekend, as riders commemorate the Trail of Tears. This year, a single ride will take place instead of the divided rides we’ve seen in years past. On Thursday morning it was relatively calm along the banks of the Tennessee River in Waterloo, but come Saturday this place will be packed.  For 22 years, the small town of only a […]

  • 091615 LD Scavenger Hunt 6pm PKG

    Scavenger hunters criss-cross Florence as part of an educational outreach

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – There’s a game going around Florence to highlight the history of the city. It’s a rather large scavenger hunt and the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library is hosting it to not only educate, but bring attention to their vast archive. If you’ve been walking or driving around the streets of Florence you may have spotted some rather large posters set up. They’re photos of historic locations which helped shape a growing community, and part of the digital archives […]

  • Autumn Wood (Photo: Alabama Department of Corrections)

    Parole board denies Autumn Wood early release

    FLORENCE, Ala. – Autumn Wood, a young woman from the Shoals who is serving time for manslaughter, has been denied parole. Wood is in Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women for the 2012 stabbing death of 14-year-old Brooklyn Hollins.  This was Wood’s first hearing before the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles. Lauderdale County prosecutors say it will be Wood’s last parole hearing, too.  She was sentenced to 126 months, but she’s expected to be released in April of 2017.

  • 091515 LD Parking Woes WEB PIC

    City and university work to figure out parking woes in downtown Florence

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – The city and University of North Alabama are facing a combined problem.  Both entities have seen considerable growth over the last couple of years, and very little parking has been added to help sustain the growth, especially around campus. Cars lining both sides of North Court Street in Florence are a daily occurrence near the University of North Alabama.  Students are forced to ignore the one hour parking signs, since they have nowhere else to park. […]

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    UPDATE: Two dead, one arrested in Lauderdale County shooting

    STEWARTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Two people are dead and another in custody following a mid-morning shoot-out in Lauderdale County Friday. Just before 9am, deputies responded to a shooting at a home on Lauderdale CR-87 in the Stewartsville community. Inside the home, 50-year-old Michael Nicholas Linville and 25-year-old Margurite Victoria Garcia were found shot. “We don’t know a whole lot at this time. We do know that the residence has been shot into numerous times,” stated Lt. Brad Potts with the […]

  • Deputy Austin Hill is welcomed home by fellow deputies after recovering from a serious car crash in August. (Carter Watkins - WHNT News 19)

    Lauderdale sheriff’s deputy escorted home after recovering from serious car crash

    KILLEN, Ala. (WHNT) – One month ago, a Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department deputy was critically injured in a wreck while pursuing a suspicious car. Since then, Deputy Austin Hill has undergone numerous surgeries and rehab before being released from the hospital. He was given a hero’s welcome home Wednesday morning. A mangled car was all that was left after Deputy Hill crashed as he was attempting to pull over a car for drug activity. After the crash emergency crews rushed him […]

  • 090815 LD Shannon Johnson Rule 32 630 PKG

    Johnson to be re-sentenced for escape conviction; still faces murder trial

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Lauderdale County man accused of murder and perjury was in court Tuesday for an unrelated conviction.  In question, the amount of prison time he should have gotten for an escape conviction. In 2013, Shannon Johnson was convicted of felony escape from the Lauderdale County Work Release Center. During a pre-sentencing investigation, the court learned Johnson had prior convictions in the state of Georgia.  At the time, those convictions were thought to be for felonies, so Judge […]

  • A stone at the grave of Gypsy, another beloved coon dog (Carter Watkins/WHNT News 19)

    Hunters remember their ‘coon dogs in a unique Labor Day celebration in northwest Alabama

    FREEDOM HILLS, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s one of the most unique Labor Day gatherings in the country, and it happens each year in rural Colbert County. Near the Freedom Hills Wildlife Management Area, a tradition started in 1937 as a way to pay homage to man’s hunting companion. With flowers tightly held, men come to the Key Underwood Coon Dog Cemetery each year on Labor Day to decorate the graves. “This was kind of our meeting place. We’d meet here; […]

  • 090215 FR Trooper Funding 5pm PKG

    Troopers have continued concerns over possible budget cuts and safety

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – In less than a month the new budget year begins in Alabama, and lawmakers must try to resolve a general fund shortfall next week during the special session. With departmental budgets on the chopping block, state employees are concerned they won’t be able to provide the services the public expects. It’s a sight you don’t see very often anymore — a State Trooper monitoring traffic in the middle of a busy highway. Troopers say they […]

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    UPDATE: Two people hospitalized after shooting in St. Florian

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Sheriff’s department investigators were back at the shooting scene Thursday morning, using a drone to document the scene off Saltzburg Lane. Chief Deputy Richard Richey said three men were sitting around drinking Wednesday night when one left following an argument. He said when Jeffrey Wilson returned he had two long guns with him. “As the old saying goes, alcohol and guns do not mix, and that’s a perfect example of what happened last night,” Richey […]

  • 090115 LD Unite to Fight Hunger 6pm PKG

    Hundreds ‘Unite to Fight Hunger’ in the Shoals

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s all about people helping people, and an event Tuesday morning in the Shoals will touch thousands of lives. The United Way of Northwest Alabama kicked off their Day of Caring with a rally to feed the hungry. With each scoop of grain and rice, a family will have something to eat tonight. Teams participating in the United Way Day of Caring started the day packing meals for the hungry. More than 20,000 food bags will go […]


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