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  • 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 […]

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    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 […]

  • Jeremy Dewayne Baker

    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 […]

  • Wesley Tidwell

    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 […]

  • Chasity Diane Newell

    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. […]

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    After 12 Years, Wilson Lock Reopens to the Public

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s literally the largest landmark in the Shoals and for the last 12-years public access has been restricted due to security concerns. On Friday morning security was lifted and the public will once again be able to visit the historic navigational lock located at Wilson Dam. Other than a few employee vehicles in the Wilson Lock parking lot all is quiet right, but that’s expected to change. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the visitor […]

  • Eric Watkins

    Florence Police Continue To Look For Suspect in Watkins Homicide

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Six months have passed since a Florence man was found shot and killed inside his vehicle near a north Florence neighborhood. In that time, police have worked countless hours investigating the death, but there is still not a suspect in custody. Police say the shooting happened here at the intersection of Marion Avenue and Chisholm Road. On the night of November 10, 2011, investigators say someone approached the vehicle of Eric Watkins and shot through the […]

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    Spring Park Waterfall Shutdown Due to Vermin

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – If you’ve been to Spring Park in the last couple of months you may have noticed one of the biggest attractions has been shut-down. Heralded as the largest known man made natural stone waterfall in existence, Cold Water Falls in Spring Park has dried up. Since the water feature and waterfall were installed more than a dozen years ago, city leaders said a creature has continued to wreak havoc on the attractions. “I guess they like […]

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    Hillshire Employees Seek Jobs After Layoff

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – In April, more than a 1,000 Hillshire Brand employees in Florence were notified the plant would be shutting down by the end of 2014. As you can imagine that announcement came as an overwhelming surprise to everyone in the Shoals. Hundreds of soon to be laid-off employees from Hillshire in Florence have started the process of seeking new employment. On Tuesday, cars filled the parking lot of the Florence-Lauderdale Coliseum. Jamitra Murphy is one of the […]

  • Darnell Gilbert (left), Marquis McCray are accused of burglarizing Florence Pharmacy early Monday morning.

    Accused Pharmacy Burglars Caught By Resident Tip to Florence Police

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Police catch a break in an early Monday morning pharmacy burglary investigation and make two arrests. Just before 5am Florence police responded to a burglary alarm at Florence Pharmacy on Veterans Drive. When police arrived they found where someone had cut a hole in the back of the building and made their way inside. Investigators said the burglars were able to escape before police arrived, or so they thought. While police were securing the burglary scene, […]