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  • Charles David O'Kelley (Courtesy: Alabama Department of Corrections)

    O’Kelley alleges breach of plea deal by Franklin County prosecutors

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – After being denied parole twice, a former Franklin County man who pleaded guilty to killing his wife is seeking early release by other means. This week, Charles David O’Kelley filed a motion stating prosecutors breached his plea agreement. Inside the Franklin County Courthouse, Judge Terry Dempsey held an evidentiary hearing for a Rule 32 motion filed by O’Kelley and his attorney. According to courthouse officials, O’Kelley alleges the Franklin County District Attorney’s Office breached a plea […]

  • Muscle Shoals police are wanting to identify the man in the video who is stealing a vehicle from Auto-Credit on Woodward Avenue.

    Muscle Shoals police search for car thief who’s caught on camera

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – Police are searching for the man who walked onto a car dealership after-hours and drove off with a new ride. Surveillance cameras caught the theft and investigators hope you can help identify the thief. In the early morning hours of September 9, Muscle Shoals Police said a man walked onto the car lot of Auto-Credit on Woodward Avenue and took a vehicle. Police say one bizarre thing the man did was put a car tag […]

  • Randy Yaciw stands behind the counter of D&R Hardware as a picture of Darlene Carles sits on the counter, in memory of the woman struck and killed on Wednesday morning. (Photo: Carter Watkins / WHNT News 19)

    Waterloo family mourns as authorities search for driver in fatal hit and run

    WATERLOO, Ala. (WHNT) – A family remains in shock this evening after a loved one was struck and killed by a motorist in Lauderdale County on Wednesday morning. While authorities continue their search for the driver of the vehicle who left the scene, the family of Darlene Carles tries to remember the good times they shared with her. On Alabama 20, just three miles from the Tennessee line, Randy Yaciw was unsure whether to open the doors of D&R Hardware […]

  • The car rammed underneath the back of the school bus. The driver of the car was hurt and flown to a nearby hospital. No one aboard the bus was hurt. (Photo: Carter Watkins/WHNT News 19)

    Driver of car hurt as vehicle rams back of school bus in Colbert County

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Nearly a dozen students escaped serious injury after a car plowed into the back of a Colbert County school bus Tuesday morning. The wreck happened just before 7:30, as two kids were getting onto the bus during a stop. Dazed by a collision as they sat on a school bus, Brick Hatton Elementary School students watched as rescue workers freed a woman from her car pinned underneath. “It’s just scary,” said Anthony Olivis, the Colbert […]

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    UPDATE: Florence Boulevard back open after gas leak

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Florence Boulevard is back open.  Much of it was closed for a few hours Tuesday morning while crews repaired a gas line. Construction crews hit a natural gas line while digging in the area.  As a result, Florence Boulevard was closed from Shenandoah to Hough for about two hours. The road reopened shortly around 12:30 p.m.

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    Man drowns in Little Bear Creek

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – A man drowned while swimming just outside of Tuscumbia Sunday morning. Alabama Marine Police confirm  Eric Willingham went missing while swimming in  Little Bear Creek, west of Tuscumbia and south of US Highway 72. After searching for more than two hours, emergency crews retrieved the body of the  42-year-old Colbert County man around 2:00 p.m. The Colbert County coroner confirmed Willingham drowned and will not conduct an autopsy. Crews found his body in 13 feet of water.  Authorities say […]

  • Raymond Clemmons sits with his attorney while prosecution witnesses present evidence in his capital murder trial on Wednesday.

    Clemmons found guilty of felony murder in Lauderdale County

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A jury found Raymond Clemmons guilty of felony murder Friday afternoon. Sentencing is set for October 8 at 9 a.m. During testimony earlier this week, detectives went over crime scene photos depicting the scene, including disturbing photographs of the victim. Wednesday morning started with several witnesses for the prosecution which included the Lauderdale County Coroner and followed by the transportation company which carried the body of Jerry Ivy to the state forensics lab in Huntsville. 44-year-old Raymond Clemmons […]

  • Town Creek continue their search for the man seen here who robbed the Shell Gas Station on U.S. 20 in early August.

    Town Creek police continue search for gas station robber

    TOWN CREEK, Ala. (WHNT / Shoals Area Crime Stoppers) – Authorities continue their search for the man responsible for robbing a convenience store in August. Police say they have interviewed several people, but still need a solid tip to bring the man to justice. Store owners put in surveillance cameras to help catch the crooks which bring havoc to their stores. The Town Creek Police Department hopes the man seen robbing the Shell Gas Station on Highway 20 can be […]

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    Waterloo prepares for Trail of Tears ride to roll in

    WATERLOO, Ala. (WHNT) – For twenty years, the third Saturday of September has played host to thousands of motorcycles crossing north Alabama to commemorate the Trail of Tears. The ride split for a few years, some going to Florence, some to Waterloo. But that has come to an end for the 21st annual ride. The roar of a twin-cam engine was heard along the streets of Waterloo Thursday and the welcome signs are already hung. Waterloo will be the destination for thousands […]

  • Michael Wade Logan, 28, is charged with capital murder in his son's death. (Carter Watkins/WHNT News 19)

    Grand jury to get case of Colbert County father charged in infant son’s death

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A judge ruled Tuesday morning the case against a father accused of killing his 2-month-old son will be headed to a grand jury. During a preliminary hearing for 28-year-old Michael Wade Logan, Colbert County District Judge Chad Coker said there was enough evidence against Logan to send the case to a grand jury. Logan is charged with capital murder for the infant’s death in August. Preliminary autopsy results indicated the baby died from multiple traumas to […]

  • (Photo: Franklin County Sheriff's Office)

    Truck, man’s body found along road in Franklin County

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Family members of a missing Shoals man made a gruesome discovery Tuesday afternoon. According to Sheriff Shannon Oliver, the family found a vehicle matching the description of one owned by a missing man along Highway 23 North, two miles from Vina. Sheriff Oliver says it appears the Nissan truck left the roadway and went down a 30-to-40 foot ravine.  What appears to be the body of a man was found inside. Investigators say the 58-year-old […]

  • The Shoals Industrial Development Committee meets to discuss two new manufacturers coming to the Shoals area.

    After a rocky 2014, jobs are headed back into the Shoals

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Jobs have been at the fore-front for economic development and government leaders in the Shoals for months now. With 1,600 jobs leaving the area due to closures, Tuesday marked a hopeful turn-around for job recruitment with two jobs announcements. In a packed board room, the Shoals Economic Development Authority announced to members that two Michigan based metal fabrication companies have made the decision to expand south. MS Metal Solutions agreed to purchase the equipment and rent […]


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