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  • Ashley Michelle Thompson (Photo: Red Bay Police Dept.)

    Franklin County woman charged with abuse, torture of child

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A 26-year-old Red Bay woman has been charged with scratching and bruising her 5-year-old step-daughter. According to authorities, Ashley Michelle Thompson is charged with child abuse — torture/willful abuse of a child. A healthcare worker called Red Bay Police when the child was seen at a hospital with bruises covering her body. The Department of Human Resources has placed the child in a protective home. Thompson is free from jail after posting a $5,000 bond.

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    Upgraded charges could be coming in Lauderdale animal cruelty case

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s been called one of the most severe cases of horse cruelty animal control officers and rescue groups have seen in Lauderdale County. A sight so disturbing there are many pictures from the seizure we can’t show you. When looking at two mares that were rescued, you can see tail-bones protruding out, skin rot on their backs, and a bridle which grew into the skin on one of them. They were confiscated from a small […]

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    Shoals man charged with 32 counts of animal cruelty; horses were starving or dead

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A Shoals man has been charged with 32 counts of animal cruelty. Investigators say they found 16 dead horses on his property and another 16 barely alive.  Of those, two had to be put down. The man arrested is Horace Mearl White, 65. Prosecutors say someone reported the animals’ condition to the Lauderdale County District Attorney’s Office on Friday.  The animals were found on a farm off County Road 81 near the Central community. White […]

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    Colbert County seeks road funding from industrial development committee

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – An intersection in Colbert County is feeling some severe growing pains as an industrial park continues to expand. The pains are running so deep the Colbert County Commission is looking to industrial recruiters to fund a road expansion. The question is, are recruiters responsible for road projects? Orange cones line Wilson Dam Road in Muscle Shoals as crews expand it from two lanes to five lanes. At the intersection of Sixth Street though, the cones […]

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    Florence Police investigate robbery in Hobby Lobby parking lot

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Florence Police continue to check leads in an armed robbery that happened in the Hobby Lobby parking lot last night on Florence Boulevard. According to investigators, the robbery happened just after 7:30 p.m. as a woman was walking to her car. Police say the man was wearing a dark hoodie and grabbed the woman’s purse and pushed a gun into her back. Police believe the man left in a dark-colored car, possibly maroon.  The vehicle didn’t […]

  • One of numerous vehicles targeted by vandals in Muscle Shoals.

    Spray paint vandals strike in Muscle Shoals

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – Several residents awoke Wednesday morning to the sight of red and green spray paint covering homes and cars. Police are trying to track down those who caused thousands of dollars in property damage. “Calls started coming in around 5:30 or 6:00 this morning,” explained Lt. Cedric Morris with Muscle Shoals Police Department. Across Muscle Shoals, police said someone spray painted disturbing words and symbols on garage doors and all over vehicles. The words spray painted […]

  • Dan Beavers being escorted back to jail on Tuesday morning.

    Beavers to be released from Lauderdale jail; put on house arrest

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – For the past fifteen days a Lauderdale County School Board Member has remained behind bars for operating a heating and cooling business without a state license. Tuesday morning, Dan Beavers reached a plea agreement with prosecutors to get out of jail early but it didn’t happen without question from the presiding judge. Hiding behind deputies, Beavers was escorted into district court to plead guilty to two counts of operating a business without a contractor’s license. For […]

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    Shoals children get recycling education through the “Blues”

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – The 33rd annual WC Handy Music Festival is well underway across the Shoals this week. With music of all genres filling the air, there’s also some education going on as well. As Microwave Dave sings the blues at the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library, wasn’t accompanied by his normal band. He’s getting back-up from a host of kids who just made their own unusual instruments. Lilli-Anna Vasquez is just one of several children participating in “Jazz It Up […]

  • Sharon Wilson Vinson (Photo: Colbert County Sheriff's Office)

    Colbert Co. woman charged with exploiting elderly man

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A Shoals woman has been indicted for reportedly taking advantage of an elderly man she was working for. Sharon Wilson Vinson, 50, is charged with forgery, theft of property, and financial exploitation of the elderly. According to the indictment, Vinson was cleaning an elderly man’s home when she would ask for payments she already received. She’s also accused of stealing checks from the man and forging his signature.

  • Construction at Phil Campbell High School nears completion.

    Phil Campbell High School classes to shift off-campus when students return

    PHIL CAMPBELL, Ala. (WHNT) – For three years the Franklin County Board of Education has tried to get Phil Campbell High School rebuilt after a tornado decimated it in 2011. With classes set to begin in just three weeks, the worry has turned to it not being ready to house students and teachers. While construction nears the end on a $20-million high school, there’s a bit of a snag. Principal Gary Odom said the school will be ready three weeks […]

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    Thieves Target Kayaks Along Shoal Creek in Lauderdale County

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – With the popularity of recreational rafting and kayaking growing ever stronger here in north Alabama, thefts of kayaks are growing as well. When Linda Danielowicz and her husband built their home in Spring Cove they knew it would be a place to entertain family and friends. In recent years they’ve enjoyed having their grand-kids out to take in all the activities Shoal Creek has to offer. “They enjoy going kayaking. Going fishing in the kayaks […]

  • 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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