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  • Dr. Kenneth Kitts works from behind his desk on Monday as President of the University of North Alabama. (Carter Watkins - WHNT News 19)

    New president steps onto the University of North Alabama campus

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – The University of North Alabama welcomed the school’s newest president to campus on Monday.  Dr. Kenneth Kitts is the 20th president to take the top spot in the school’s nearly 200-year history. “There’s a warmth and a spirit here that’s really unusual in American higher education. I fell in love with this place when I came here to interview,” Dr. Kenneth Kitts said from his office at Bibb Graves Hall. Kitts, the former provost and vice […]

  • Michael Stacey Prater (Photo: Florence Police Dept.)

    UPDATE: Authorities find inmate mistakenly released from jail in Lauderdale County

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Law enforcement say they found 29-year-old Michael Stacey Prater almost two days after authorities say he was mistakenly released from jail. On Friday night, officials with the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office report they located Prater and took him back into custody in the Cloverdale area. Authorities report US Marshalls and the Domestic Violence Unit from One Place of the Shoals found Prater. Here’s what led up to the mistaken release: According to authorities, the 29-year-old was […]

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    Lauderdale County seeks owed fines; Hundreds face arrest

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Lauderdale County District Attorney’s Office has set up the month of March to collect past due tickets and fines from more than 600 people. Hundreds of files hang in a rather large cabinet inside the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department. All of the folders are filled with arrest warrants for people who have failed to pay fines over the last few years. District Attorney Chris Connolly said they have been mandated by the state courts to […]

  • 031715 LD Florence Sustainable City Award 6pm PKG

    Florence named a sustainable city; Officials say it will help job recruitment

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – “Sustainability” is the latest buzzword going through the economic development circles. It signifies just how prepared a city is to accept and help larger companies thrive in a community. In a room full of community stakeholders, the economic development branch of TVA bestowed a significant honor to the city of Florence Tuesday. Florence is the third municipality in the state to be named a Valley Sustainable Gold Community. “We look at preparation, planning, and education in the […]

  • 031615 CO Tuscumbia Robberies WEB PIC

    Tuscumbia police search for tag team burglary suspects

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – Police are hoping surveillance video of two burglaries at the same store in two days will help identify the culprits. These after-hours bandits not only struck the store twice, but did it just half a block from the police department. With the throwing of a brick through the front door of the Chevron station on Sixth Street early Friday morning, a crime spree began. After waiting to see if an audible alarm would go off, burglar […]

  • Robin Glenn Fike (Photo: Colbert County Jail)

    Charges could be added after man’s death in Colbert County DUI wreck

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A Hillsboro man charged with driving under the influence could be facing additional charges after a man died from injuries sustained during a wreck in February. The wreck happened during a police pursuit following a hit and run along Alabama 20 in Colbert County. On February 20th, State Troopers said an intoxicated driver struck the patrol unit of an Alabama Conservation officer on Highway 20. The game and fish officer chased the vehicle driven by […]

  • In this picture you can see where someone sliced a cow's ear to remove an electronic ID tag used in competitions. (Carter Watkins / WHNT News 19)

    Prized cattle attacked in northwest Alabama; police say culprits could be jealous competitors

    LEXINGTON, Ala. (WHNT) – Inside a barn in Lexington, two prized cows were attacked earlier this week.  Police have asked WHNT News 19 not to reveal the location of the farm, and they’ve also asked us to limit how much we show of the cows. “Someone would have had to know they were there,” said Lexington Police Chief Augie Hendershot. “Someone would have purposefully singled them out. I don’t think these were victims of opportunity.” Chief Hendershot said someone went […]

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    Salvation Army of the Shoals breaks ground on new shelter for the homeless

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Salvation Army took a big step Thursday morning in helping the homeless population in the shoals. With the scooping of dirt and a round of applause, volunteers with The Salvation Army of the Shoals saw their hard work pay off. More than two years ago, The Center of Hope began as a vision to provide housing for men, women, and children who need a hand up. “This signifies that we can help more of the […]

  • Jeremy Dean Martin

    Shoals man charged in deadly wreck where vehicle went into Cypress Creek

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Florence Police arrested the man they believe was driving the vehicle that crashed into Cypress Creek last Friday. Jeremy Dean Martin is charged with manslaughter. “Our investigation led to probable cause to believe that he was the driver of the vehicle when it crashed into Cypress Creek,” said Florence Police Investigator Justin Wright. Police also believe Martin was under the influence at the time, but won’t release any further details at this time. Court records show Martin has […]

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    Colbert County authorities investigate bank robbery

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Members of the Colbert County Sheriff’s office are on the scene of a bank robbery. It happened at the First Southern Bank in the Ford City community. The bank is on River road. Investigators tell us a black man with dread-locks who was wearing a striped polo shirt walked into the bank around 12:45 and demanded money from the clerk. If you have any information, please call the Colbert County Sheriff’s Office at (256) 386-8530.

  • Ramiro Ajualip

    Illegal resident jailed in Russellville for rape and sodomy of a child

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A man who police say is in the country illegally is accused of sexually assaulting a young girl. The suspect has been in the U.S. just a few weeks. Investigators said the horrible sexual act took place in a home on east Plum Street in Russellville on February 27th. According to police, Ramiro Ajualip raped and sodomized a 10-year-old girl while the victim’s parents were not at home. “From the information we have received, he has […]

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    Florence Police urge driver safety and awareness on ice-covered roads

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – With the impending winter weather bearing down on north Alabama, police want to remind drivers of some safety tips to keep in mind. As snow and freezing rain begin to fall across the valley, police said it’s time for drivers to take their safety precautions.  One of the biggest problems Florence Traffic Division Sergeant Chris Ticer sees is when drivers start scrambling to get where they need to go after the event has already started. “Even […]


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