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  • An employee at Elite Medical pulls out a finished medical device from one of the companies CNC machines. (Carter Watkins - WHNT News 19)

    High tech manufacturer begins operations in Shoals

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – In December, a joint effort by industrial recruiters to bring in high-tech jobs into northwest Alabama paid off with the announcement of Elite Medical moving to Florence. And although it’s not a thousand jobs, the diversification it brings to the Shoals has recruiters celebrating. With a show of hands Thursday morning, the Shoals Industrial Development Committee approved a $110,000 incentive package for Elite Medical. The company specializes is manufacturing orthopedic surgical instruments and devices such as […]

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    UNA player arrested, faces charges including domestic violence and burglary

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A University of North Alabama football player has been suspended from all school activities following a weekend arrest. Korey Jones, 20, has been charged with domestic violence, attempted burglary, criminal mischief, public intoxication, and minor in possession of alcohol.  He’s played wide receiver for the Lions for the last two seasons. Jones was arrested by UNA Police following a 911 call about a disorderly person trying to break in to a campus apartment.  Investigators say Jones […]

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    Authorities still searching for driver who killed an elderly Shoals woman

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – For nearly five months, law enforcement officers in the Shoals have been working to bring the person responsible for an elderly woman’s death to justice. In September, 71-year-old Wilma Darlene Carles was killed by a vehicle as she crossed Alabama Highway 20 near the Tennessee state line. As Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Brett Martin sits behind his desk, he can still vividly see the gruesome scene on Highway 20 that morning.  He said Carles […]

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    Florence launches bullying app for students

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – We’ve all heard the phrase – “There’s an app for that.” As more and more schools turn to technology in the classroom, one school system in the Shoals has launched an iPad app in which students can report bullying – anonymously. Through an effort to continue their own education, a group of Florence teachers were assigned a project to make an impact on the school system. What they came up with was an app in which […]

  • Homicide victims Gary Baskins and Kayla Ann Glover

    After a week, Muscle Shoals investigators still work to identify shooting suspect

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – Police and family members continue to look for answers in a double homicide which happened just over a week ago. In the early morning hours of January 24th, police responded to an emergency call at Jody’s Restaurant in Muscle Shoals. When they arrived they found 23-year-old Kayla Ann Glover and 25-year-old Gary Wayne Baskins both shot dead. Investigators with Muscle Shoals Police Department said it appeared Glover tried to run from her car after being […]

  • Sidney Roberson (Photo: Colbert County Sheriff's Office)

    Shoals teen charged with rape; crime happened on Thanksgiving

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A Shoals teen has been indicted for the alleged rape of a 17-year-old girl. Sidney Roberson, also 17, was indicted during the January grand jury session on a charge of first-degree rape.  Because it is a Class A felony, Roberson is automatically charged as an adult. Roberson and a 15-year-old male are accused of raping the victim on Thanksgiving while they visited a mutual friend in Leighton. The 15-year-old is also charged with rape, but […]

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    Florence Police looking for person who shot woman in Carver Homes

    UPDATE: Florence Police arrested Gerald Crittenden in this incident on February 6. Initial report: Florence Police are looking for a person of interest in a shooting that happened Sunday evening, Feb. 1. A woman was found walking down Nance Street around 7 p.m.  She was holding a towel to her face and told staff at ECM Hospital she had been shot in the face. Police believe the incident happened in the 1100 block of Carver Homes in west Florence. The […]

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    Lauderdale County couple charged in hoarding case; more than 200 animals found on their property

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A Shoals couple has been jailed on charges of animal cruelty.  The remains of several horses were found on their property late Thursday evening by authorities who were investigating a citizen complaint. Deputies say the couple had more than 200 animals on the Central Heights property, all of which have been seized by animal control officers. The seizure started first thing Friday morning, and WHNT News 19 was there to document the deplorable conditions the animals […]

  • Patricia and Matthew Ayers, outside the courtroom on Jan. 30, 2015. (Photo: Carter Watkins/WHNT News 19)

    Judge to Lauderdale County couple convicted in child pornography case: “You both will die in prison”

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A married couple was sentenced Thursday in Lauderdale County for making child pornography. The child was in their custody. Judge Mike Jones sentenced Matthew and Patricia Ayers, telling them they would both spend the rest of their natural lives in prison. Going into the sentencing hearing, both the Ayers had pleaded guilty to sodomy and producing child pornography with a 6-year-old girl they had custody of. “That was our number one objective, was to get this […]

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    Police: Florence woman used dead sister’s identity to get a credit card

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Police say a Florence woman has been arrested for using her dead sister’s identity to get a credit card. Ashley Nicole Peters, 20, is charged with identity theft.  Investigators say she obtained a credit card using her sister’s credit information and used it at several businesses over a three-month period. Peters also faces charges for stealing a wood chipper and selling it to a pawn shop. She’s being held at the Lauderdale County Detention Center on bail […]

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    Shoals police investigate series of burglaries; Tuscumbia store the latest hit

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – A series of smash and grab burglaries have kept law enforcement in the Shoals very busy over the last few weeks. The latest took place in Tuscumbia, and investigators want the public to take a close look at the surveillance pictures that have been released. Just before 2 a.m. Thursday, Tuscumbia Police said 3 subjects approached the Handi Foodmart on Old Lee Highway and threw a brick through the front door. “It takes just a matter […]

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    Sheffield officers being outfitted with new body cameras

    SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WHNT) – At a time when police officers are under tremendous scrutiny across the nation for performing their duties, many departments are turning to technology to protect themselves.  Just this week, the city of Sheffield invested thousands of dollars to arm their officers not with guns, but cameras. In the coming days, when officers strap on their duty belts and head out on patrol they will have an additional piece of equipment to clip on.  Sheffield Police Chief […]


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