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  • 011416 CO Drugs1

    USPS helps authorities identify, arrest accused drug dealers in Colbert County

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. – Authorities in Colbert County have arrested two men they are calling “major dealers.” They say postal inspectors intercepted a drug shipment and tipped off drug agents. Agents with the Drug Task Force of Colbert County seized one pound of high-grade crystal meth and two pounds of medical-grade marijuana. Both were in the shipment that was picked up at the Leighton Post Office. The street value of the drugs is more than $120,000. Vennis Oates, Junior and […]

  • Joshua Neal Terry

    Manhunt continues in Colbert County for person accused of stealing truck

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. – A number of law enforcement agencies are involved in a manhunt in Colbert County. They are looking for Joshua Neal Terry, who was spotted driving a truck stolen from Muscle Shoals earlier this week. Leighton Police say Terry led them on a chase earlier today.  They’ve been searching for him since mid-morning in the wilderness area off LaGrange Mountain Road. “When I activated my lights to make a traffic stop he then just took off on me. […]

  • 011216 LD Anti Bullying Rally PKG

    Lauderdale County Superintendent: “The Bullying Stops Here!”

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – There’s a topic in this country which reaches across all demographics and challenges our youth. Bullying not only happens on the school yard, but now across text message and social media. The Lauderdale County School System has committed to prevent it from happening at all. Call it an intervention, maybe even a pep rally, but school system leaders just hope this helps stop bullying and took a first step Tuesday. “What population can we target to […]

  • 011116 FR Heater Safety 630pm PKG

    As temperatures plummet, Russellville firefighters warn of heater dangers

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – If you use a space heater in your home, please read this. With the mercury dropping, fire marshals are warning home owners to pay attention to how they use the heaters.  It could save your life. It’s just a question of when the fire department will be called to a house fire as temperatures drop. Russellville Fire Marshal Justin Green has seen most everything over his career. He said his biggest issue in the winter is […]

  • 010816 CO Bullet Proof Vest Donation 630pm PKG

    Recycled ballistic vests help save lives across the world

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – We expect police officers to risk their lives each day to keep us safe. But when you think about it, who is protecting them? There’s a group based in Muscle Shoals who has provided thousands of bullet proof vests to officers who may otherwise go unprotected. They received a large donation Friday from the state’s top law enforcement agency. As each vest was pulled from their cardboard box, Muscle Shoals Police Captain Clint Reck grew […]

  • Florence Police Department

    Florence Police search for electronics thief; Colbert County deputies have warrants to serve

    FLORENCE, Ala. – What do an unidentified shoplifter and some dead beat parents who owe their kids money have in common?  They are all wanted by law enforcement across northwest Alabama. These surveillance pictures are not the best in the world, but you may recognize the man in them. He’s wanted by Florence Police. Investigators said he walked into Walmart on Hough Road with no intention of buying anything. Instead, he pocketed what he wanted and walked right back out. […]

  • 010716 TN Lutts Tornado Follow 5pm PKG

    Lutts, Tenn. residents continue cleanup after EF3 ripped through their community

    LUTTS, Tenn. – Two weeks after a tornado swept through a small southern Tennessee community, residents are still picking up the pieces of their lives. On Thursday, plumes of gray smoke filled the air in the community of Lutts in Wayne County. Debris is scattered across the hillside and in the fields. Days have been filled by residents and volunteers cleaning up. “Christmas was the same as New Year’s and all the days in between,” resident Keith Wilbanks explained. “They […]

  • 010616 LD Pistol Permits 630pm PKG

    Residents overwhelming sheriff’s offices to get pistol permits

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. – While politicians debate if stronger gun laws and background checks are in order, lines are forming at area pistol permit locations. More than 60 people showed up in one day to get their pistol permits this week, overwhelming the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office. The lines have been long, and phones have been ringing off the hook.  Since the beginning of December, more than 500 people have requested conceal carry permits in Lauderdale County. “It appears people […]

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    UPDATE: Suspicious bags found at federal courthouse in Florence contained hot dogs

    FLORENCE, Ala. – The Florence Police Department has cleared two suspicious bags found Wednesday morning at the federal courthouse downtown.  It turns out they contained hot dogs. The department used a Hazardous Devices Unit at the scene and an x-ray machine to inspect the two paper bags, then used a robot to remove them. Officers say the x-ray gave them enough concern to use the robot to remove the packages.  While moving the bags, one of them ripped open. It […]

  • Leon Tidwell

    Colbert County remains identified as man who went missing in June 2015

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – State forensics has solved the mystery surrounding a missing person’s case which dates back to June of 2015. In late October, a hunter found badly decomposed remains in western Colbert County. An identity to those remains has been returned. When the state forensics report hit his desk Monday afternoon, Colbert County Sheriff Frank Williamson felt a bit of relief.  Forensics experts identified a group of remains found in October as those of 72-year-old Leon Tidwell. […]

  • North Florence Post Office on Edgewood Drive.

    Homeless man arrested for building fires inside a Florence post office

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Falling temperatures landed a Florence homeless man behind bars for building two fires inside a post office. On Monday postal workers continued to clean up from two separate fires inside the North Florence Post Office on Edgewood Drive. Fire fighters were called to the scene early Friday morning for a report of smoke filling the lobby. They were called back to the post office later that morning for another reported fire. “I believe he legitimately set […]

  • 122215 LD Weather Aware 630pm PKG

    EMA officials urge Shoals residents to remain weather aware through Thursday

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Emergency management officials say the weather we’re experiencing is more like spring than late December. With that, storms have them on alert over the next couple of days. They want the public to be weather aware as they go about their shopping and travel plans for the holidays. “We appear to be having weather today (Tuesday) and yesterday (Monday) that you would see in April here,” Lauderdale County EMA Director George Grabryan stated. “Of course you […]


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