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  • 062314 FR El Patron Reinspection 6pm PKG

    EL Patron cleared to open by state environmental inspectors

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – After two weeks of being closed due to a salmonella outbreak, El Patron in Russellville is preparing to re-open for business. For several days the open sign hanging in front of the restaurant has remained off. Behind the locked doors, manager Rafael Mendoza said they are waiting on the state health department to re-inspect the restaurant after 14-people became ill with salmonella. “They took food samples. Just about any food that we serve here they took […]

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    Organizers prepare for beer sales at Spirit of Freedom Celebration

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – For 32-years the Spirit of Freedom Celebration in the Shoals has entertained hundreds of thousands of people on the Fourth of July holiday. This year things are changing a bit in McFarland Park. The city of Florence passed an ordinance allowing the distribution of alcohol in city parks and this will be the first major test of the new law. A few things are a given for the Spirit of Freedom Celebration each year: it’s going […]

  • 061114 CO Dumpster Diving 6pm PKG

    Sheffield dumpster diver arrested after police chief spots her

    SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WHNT) – Donation bins put out by non-profit charities could be considered their life-line when it comes to supporting a cause. But far too often police say, those who don’t need help – help themselves to the bins contents for their own benefit. On Sunday afternoon, Sheffield Police Chief Greg Ray said he was driving past Loaves and Fishes on Hatch Boulevard when he noticed a car pulled up next to the donation bins out front. When he […]

  • 061014 LD Tree Removal 5pm PKG

    Shoals road crews working around the clock clearing storm debris

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Chainsaws have grown to be a familiar sound across northwest Alabama. Trees and large limbs have not fared very well during the strong storms that have pounded it the last several days. Street department workers in the city of Florence have been on the clock since early Monday night clearing trees, with no sign of letting up. “We had about twelve of them at seven o’clock last night and several more through the night, and we’ve […]

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    Update: Florence Mayor Identifies Lineman Who Was Electrocuted Thursday

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Florence Mayor Mickey Haddock says a lineman with the Florence Electricity Department was electrocuted Thursday evening while working to restore power after storms swept through north Alabama. The mayor identified the lineman as Christopher Lane Williamson, 39.  He had worked with the department since 1993, starting as a summer intern, working his way up as a tree trimmer.  He then started an apprenticeship to be a journeyman lineman, and achieved that position.  He had worked as […]

  • Former Sheffield Officer Bobby Inman (Courtesy Sheffield Police Department/ Facebook)

    Sheffield Officer Resigns; Only After Being Reinstated Through Deal

    SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WHNT) – Weeks after being suspended from duty on a use of force complaint by the chief of police, a Sheffield officer has turned in his resignation. In May, Sheffield Police Chief Greg Ray suspended then officer Bobby Inman for violating the departments use of force policy during an arrest on March 2nd. Colbert County attorney Billy Underwood confirmed Thursday negotiations did take place between officer Inman and the city of Sheffield to end the complaint process. “I […]

  • Muscle Shoals Enforcing New Nuisance Ordinance

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – In northwest Alabama, a city has taken an unprecedented stand against nuisance properties and the items that litter them. It`s every home owners fear – next to their manicured lawn lies a lot that is unkempt and infringing on their property. In the fall, the Muscle Shoals City Council addressed this issue and inspectors are enforcing the new ordinance for the first time this spring. “If I had a high grass next to me, I […]

  • Cornell Lamar Phillips (Photo: Russellville Police)

    Russellville Police Looking for Man Wanted in Robbery; Reward Offered

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Franklin County authorities are searching for a man suspected of robbing a person at gunpoint. Russellville Police say arrest warrants for robbery have been issued for 35-year-old Cornell Lamar Phillips. According to investigators, Phillips was identified shortly after the Tuesday morning robbery on Filmore Street. Phillips was last seen driving from the scene in a 2014 white Ford Taurus with dark tinted windows. If you know of Cornell Phillips’ location, please give an anonymous call to […]

  • 060214 LD Fishing Tournaments 5PM PKG

    Fishermen Descend On Shoals For 3 Major Tournaments

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – They are heralded as some of the best fishing spots in the U.S., and this week professional anglers from all over are descending on the Shoals. For the first time, three major tournaments are being held at the same time on three northwest Alabama lakes, and the local impact is huge. The trucks are parked and the gear is being sorted for an epic week of fishing across the Shoals. “I think the local people don’t […]

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    UPDATE: Russellville Man Faces 8 Counts of Attempted Murder

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Franklin County man is locked for arson and facing several counts of attempted murder. The scorched metal siding on the western side of a home on Lauderdale Street in Russellville is evidence of what investigators are calling an attempt to burn down the house after a verbal argument between neighbors. Russellville Police Chief Chris Hargett said the residents called for help just before 10 Thursday night. “They were saying there was a neighbor, pointing to […]

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    Update: Killen Police Officer Arrested for Domestic Violence

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A police officer sworn to uphold the law has been indicted by a Lauderdale County grand jury for domestic violence. The Killen officer is off the job tonight after turning himself into authorities on Tuesday evening. According to the Lauderdale County District Attorney’s Office, Killen police officer Wesley Tidwell was indicted last week for domestic violence 3rd. It’s a charge which reads the intent to harass or harm another person, a class “A” misdemeanor. Investigator […]

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    Colbert Authorities Search For Wanted Woman

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Authorities are hoping a tip to the Shoals Area Crime Stoppers can help apprehend a Shoals woman. Sheriff’s department investigators say Chasity Diane Newell, 24, failed to show up for court last week and now has warrants issued for her arrest. Court records show in January Newell pleaded guilty to chemical endangerment of a child and sentenced to 8-years in prison. Newell was scheduled for a probation hearing on May 20th in the endangerment conviction. […]