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    Man robs First Metro Bank in Florence

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Police are searching for a man who robbed First Metro Bank on Cloverdale Road in Florence. It happened after 11:15 a.m. Thursday. Police say a heavy-set white male walked into the bank with a camouflage bandana over his face.  He was about 5’10” and wore a white shirt, blue jeans and sunglasses. If you recognize the man in the photos above, or have any information about the robbery, please contact Florence Police at 256-760-6500.

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    Former Sheffield Minister charged with sodomy waives court hearing

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A former Sheffield music minister arrested and charged with sodomizing a young boy in the 1990’s has waived his preliminary hearing in Lauderdale County. This is the same music minister who faced numerous allegations of sexual misconduct in Sheffield two years ago, but charges were never filed. In a formal complaint filed in Lauderdale County court, 80-year-old Oliver Brazelle is identified as the man who sexually assaulted a 12-year-old boy 4 times over a three year […]

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    Accused burglar caught inside Leighton Pharmacy

    LEIGHTON, Ala. (WHNT) – Shattered windows and a broken door greeted customers of Leighton Pharmacy Tuesday morning. Owner Rodney Logan and workers were still picking up the pieces of glass from the parking lot after a burglar hit the business just before 3am. But before the suspect could get away, Colbert County sheriff’s deputies were outside waiting. “When he saw the deputy, the deputy announced who he was, the offender turned and ran back into the building and shut the […]

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    Assailant tries to blast his way into Russellville ATM

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Criminals have been known to go to extreme’s to crack open ATM’s and get the money stored inside. This past weekend was no exception in Franklin County and could have seriously injured the suspect. The pictures may be a little dark and grainy, but investigators with Russellville police can clearly make out their suspect. According to Russellville Police Chief Chris Hargett, patrol officers received an alarm call early Saturday morning to the Community Spirit Bank on […]

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    Arrests continue in heroin trafficking ring with Shoals connection

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Arrests continue to happen in a multi-jurisdictional heroin trafficking ring from last week. Lauderdale County Drug Task Force agents have arrested 25-year-old Joshua Creed Hyde. Hyde was spotted near a Florence housing development on Sunday and charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin.  At the time of his arrest, agents say he had needles and prescription pain packs in a backpack. Drug Task Force agents continue to search for four more people with arrest warrants.

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    Third person indicted in Shoals elder abuse case

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A third person has been indicted in an elder abuse case in Florence. According to court records, 59-year-old Teresa Curtis is charged with theft of property and emotional abuse of an elderly person. Curtis, her son James Hendon, and her daughter-in-law Julianne Hendon are accused of cashing forged checks for nearly $14,000. Agents with the Alabama Bureau of Investigation say the checks belonged to Julianne Hendon’s grandmother and had been stolen from her. All three are expected […]

  • Numerous suspects in Lauderdale County are escorted to court Friday morning for their initial appearance before a judge. (Photo: Carter Watkins/WHNT News 19)

    Dozens arrested in multi-state heroin distribution ring with Shoals connection

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – More than 40 people have been arrested by federal, state, and local authorities across three states in an effort to put a dent in the heroin trade. In Lauderdale County, a task force was assembled in April after 19 people overdosed on what was thought to be heroin, but it turned out to be something much worse. Nearly two dozen suspects were led into the courtroom inside the Lauderdale County Detention Center on Friday.  Most were […]

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    Lowe’s employee charged with illegally selling lawnmowers

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. – A former Lowe’s employee is accused of pocketing nearly $40,000 after selling 17 lawnmowers. According to Muscle Shoals Police, David Dobes, 36, is charged with two counts of theft of property. Investigators say while Dobes worked at Lowe’s, he would sell mowers to family and friends and never ring up the purchase. Officers have recovered most of the mowers that were taken. Dobes is being held at the Colbert County Jail on bail totaling $7,500.

  • Jury: Franklin County man competent to stand trial in parents’ murders

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A jury in Franklin County has found a 28-year-old man competent to stand trial. Michael McLemore is charged in the 2011 murders of his father and stepmother. The jury, made up of eight men and six women, deliberated for about an hour Thursday morning, making the decision which is normally left up to a judge. During the mental competency trial, a state psychologist working at Taylor Hardin Secure Medical Facility took the stand, saying McLemore refused […]

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    Florence man jailed on kidnapping and assault charges

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Authorities say a petty argument over a cellphone almost cost a woman her life this week. Inside an apartment at Courtview Towers in downtown Florence, police said the confrontation quickly escalated out of control Monday night and continued through Tuesday morning. According to Florence police, John Carter Collins, III, is behind bars for physically assaulting his girlfriend and then holding her against her will inside his apartment. “He thought she had taken his cell phone the […]

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    Testimony begins in McLemore competency trial in Franklin County

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – On the second floor of the Franklin County Courthouse this week, 8-men and 6-women are making a decision normally made by a circuit judge. Jurors are tasked with the deciding whether or not 28-year-old Michael McLemore is competent to stand trial for the 2011 murders of his father and step-mother. Attorneys for McLemore asked for a jury to make the decision based on expert testimony by doctors for the state and defense. In his seventeen years […]

  • 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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