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  • Kimberly Jones Little (Photo: Lauderdale County Detention Center)

    Florence woman charged with robbing bank in North Carolina

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Florence woman has been arrested by police for allegedly robbing a North Carolina bank. According to investigators with the Florence Police Department, 38-year-old Kimberly Jones Little was arrested on felony bank robbery warrants. Police say the robbery happened in late April at the First Citizens Bank in Apex, North Carolina. FBI agents tracked Little to northwest Alabama where she has been living. She is currently awaiting extradition back to North Carolina where she could face […]

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    Florence Police: Two in custody for Wednesday morning armed robbery

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Two men are in police custody for the Wednesday morning robbery of a Kangaroo gas station on Cox Creek Parkway in Florence. According to investigators, 26-year-old Christopher Alan Parker was arrested Thursday afternoon and charged with robbery. Police say the second suspect, 56-year-old Sidney Ray Goins, is behind bars in Tennessee after a chase with authorities shortly after the robbery. Florence police are seeking arrest warrants for Goins in Alabama. Investigators say both men are accused […]

  • The man was found unresponsive Monday night in the parking lot of Buffalo Wild Wings on Florence Boulevard. (Photo: Carter Watkins/WHNT News 19)

    Florence Police say man’s death in restaurant parking lot was an accident

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Police say it appears a man’s death outside a Florence restaurant earlier this week was an accident. The man was found unresponsive in the parking lot of Buffalo Wild Wings, on Florence Boulevard, around 11 p.m. Tuesday.  He had trauma to the back of his head, and was rushed to ECM Hospital where he was pronounced dead. After investigating the matter, police say it appears the man was trying to walk up an embankment when he […]

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    Preliminary findings released in Florence baby death investigation

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Police confirm this evening an autopsy has been performed on the 2-week-old baby found not breathing Tuesday. Investigators remain tight-lipped about the circumstances surrounding the baby’s death, but have released a few new details. Just after noon Tuesday, emergency responders were called to an apartment building on East Mobile Street in Florence for an unresponsive baby.  When paramedics got to the scene, they were unable to help the boy. According to Florence Police, the baby was […]

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    World Changers work to revitalize Shoals homes and touch hearts

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – For eight summers now, teens and young adults have converged on the Shoals area in an effort to be their savior’s hands and feet. They come on a mission to revitalize housing for those who may not be able to – as part of World Changers. With every crack of the hammer, one more nail is going into the roof of this home on Wood Avenue in Florence. Jeb Schaffer paid his way to come here […]

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    Florence Police investigating newborn’s death

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Police are investigating a newborn’s death at a home on East Mobile Street. They were called to the residence at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday after someone found the 15-day-old boy not breathing. Emergency responders rushed to the basement apartment, but were unable to resuscitate the infant. Investigators have been at the apartment much of the afternoon collecting evidence and photographing the scene.  Police say the baby’s mother, grandmother, grandfather and uncle were all living inside the apartment at […]

  • Dan Beavers

    Lauderdale School Board Member jailed for failure to comply with guilty plea

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A long-time school board member in Lauderdale County will be serving the next 12-months behind bars. Dan Beavers was escorted from court after a district judge imposed jail time Monday morning because he failed to comply with a guilty plea in May. In May, Beavers entered a guilty plea of operating a heating and cooling business without a contractor’s license and given a suspended sentence. District Attorney Chris Connolly said three warrants were issued for Beavers […]

  • Surveillance picture of the suspect (Photo: Florence PD)

    Man robs First Metro Bank in Florence

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Police are searching for a man who robbed First Metro Bank on Cloverdale Road in Florence. It happened after 11:15 a.m. Thursday. Police say a heavy-set white male walked into the bank with a camouflage bandana over his face.  He was about 5’10” and wore a white shirt, blue jeans and sunglasses. If you recognize the man in the photos above, or have any information about the robbery, please contact Florence Police at 256-760-6500.

  • Oliver Brazelle, 80

    Former Sheffield Minister charged with sodomy waives court hearing

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A former Sheffield music minister arrested and charged with sodomizing a young boy in the 1990’s has waived his preliminary hearing in Lauderdale County. This is the same music minister who faced numerous allegations of sexual misconduct in Sheffield two years ago, but charges were never filed. In a formal complaint filed in Lauderdale County court, 80-year-old Oliver Brazelle is identified as the man who sexually assaulted a 12-year-old boy 4 times over a three year […]

  • Christopher Alexander, 20

    Accused burglar caught inside Leighton Pharmacy

    LEIGHTON, Ala. (WHNT) – Shattered windows and a broken door greeted customers of Leighton Pharmacy Tuesday morning. Owner Rodney Logan and workers were still picking up the pieces of glass from the parking lot after a burglar hit the business just before 3am. But before the suspect could get away, Colbert County sheriff’s deputies were outside waiting. “When he saw the deputy, the deputy announced who he was, the offender turned and ran back into the building and shut the […]

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    Assailant tries to blast his way into Russellville ATM

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Criminals have been known to go to extreme’s to crack open ATM’s and get the money stored inside. This past weekend was no exception in Franklin County and could have seriously injured the suspect. The pictures may be a little dark and grainy, but investigators with Russellville police can clearly make out their suspect. According to Russellville Police Chief Chris Hargett, patrol officers received an alarm call early Saturday morning to the Community Spirit Bank on […]

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    Arrests continue in heroin trafficking ring with Shoals connection

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Arrests continue to happen in a multi-jurisdictional heroin trafficking ring from last week. Lauderdale County Drug Task Force agents have arrested 25-year-old Joshua Creed Hyde. Hyde was spotted near a Florence housing development on Sunday and charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin.  At the time of his arrest, agents say he had needles and prescription pain packs in a backpack. Drug Task Force agents continue to search for four more people with arrest warrants.