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  • DA: Kidnap victim’s home life made her easily influenced by authority figure

    MAURY COUNTY, Tenn. – Mary Catherine Elizabeth Thomas was new to the public school system, and a victim of abuse, according to the Maury County District Attorney Brent Cooper. He says she started as a freshman at the Culleoka School this year. Before that, she was home-schooled. “To take a child that’s never been in that environment and then drop them in that environment, they’re going to be more vulnerable than the kid that’s always been in public school,” says […]

  • BREAKING: Inmate who escaped from work release now back in custody

    DECATUR, Ala. – The Alabama Department of Corrections says an escaped inmate is back in custody. Officers with the DOC and U.S. Marshal Service arrested him. Dior Lavar Boyd was part of the Decatur Work Release Program. Investigators say he walked away from his job site. Officers arrested him around 10:15 Tuesday night on Diamond Drive in Huntsville. They say he turned himself in without incident. Boyd was serving a sentence of 18 months for the Distribution of a Controlled Substance. […]

  • Florence Police ask for help finding missing man

    FLORENCE, Ala. – Florence Police hope you can help find Stacy Rester. He’s 52 years old. Investigators say Rester was last seen 10 days ago on March 5th. He was in the area of East Limestone Street. Rester is described to be 5’11” tall and weighs 185 lbs. He has grey hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information should call the Florence Police Department at 256-760-6610.

  • Lightning likely to blame for Huntsville house fire

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville Fire and Rescue crews were called to a home on Crestfield Drive around. The fire started around 1:00 this morning. Firefighters arrived to see flames and smoke coming from the outside of the two story home. They worked quickly to put the fire out before it could damage the inside of the home. Firefighters believe lightning more than likely struck the home causing the fire. Homeowner Janet Crawford said the storms were hitting her house hard […]

  • Decatur Police release cause of death for woman found in 4th Ave home

    DECATUR, Ala. – A death investigation in Decatur is now a homicide investigation. Decatur Police say they have gotten the results from an autopsy on a woman found inside her home on Thursday morning. Officers were called to a home on 4th Ave. around 2:30 Thursday morning. A family member called them after finding Minnie Shackleford, 44, dead inside the home. The State Department of Forensic Sciences determined the cause of death to be head trauma. Investigators have listed her […]

  • UPDATE: Huntsville Police identify victim of gas station shooting

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville Police have identified the person shot Thursday afternoon at a gas station as Lucas Payne, 36, of Huntsville. He died from his injuries. The shooting happened at the intersection of Pulaski Pike and Oakwood Avenue in the parking lot of the Citgo gas station. Officers found Payne suffering from a gunshot wound when they arrived. Paramedics rushed Payne to the hospital after the shooting. That’s where he died. Investigators are searching for a black SUV that fled […]

  • R.A. Hubbard High School to dismiss at 8:15 due to power outage

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. – R.A. Hubbard High School is going to dismiss classes at 8:15 this morning. There is a power outage in the area that school leaders had hoped would be corrected quickly. However, the outage is expected to last most of the day. We understand students are already on the bus. The buses will continue to school for there to be an accurate account of everyone. But then they will take everyone home with the 8:15 release.  

  • Franklin County, Tennessee schools closed for power outages, downed trees

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, Tenn. – The superintendent for Franklin County, Tennessee Schools has made the decision to cancel classes for today. She says power outages and downed trees in the area have caused him to make that decision. This is the only school system WHNT News 19 has heard from. All others in the Tennessee Valley are operating on a normal schedule for today.

  • Today: Part of Interstate 565 to be blocked for blasting

    MADISON, Ala. – Road crews continue their work to build an interchange near the intersection of Interstate 565 and Zierdt Road. Today’s work will impact traffic on the interstate for a few minutes. Crews expect to stop traffic on the interstate for 2-3 minutes around 2:45 Thursday afternoon. This will happen while crews use explosives to remove rock in the area. The City of Madison says future traffic interruptions may still happen when crews have to blast in close proximity […]

  • Farm equipment lost in early-morning fire in Arab

    ARAB, Ala. – Firefighters with the Arab Fire Department worked to put out a fire in building that houses farm equipment. Unfortunately, the fire destroyed the building and the equipment inside. The call came in around 2:00 Tuesday morning to the 600 block of 6th Street SW. Fire crews arrived to find the building engulfed in flames. They were able to get the fire out in roughly 90 minutes. Structure fire 6th St SW. Storage building fully involved. Use caution […]

  • Your Photos: Read Across America Day in the Tennessee Valley

    Today, children across the nation celebrate the birthday of iconic children’s author Dr. Seuss. It’s Read Across America Day. Schools across the Tennessee Valley are participating by dressing up, having fun activities and most importantly reading a good Dr. Seuss book. Below is just a sampling of photos you have sent in: @whnt East Lawrence HS senior Minnesha Jones (@_Neshaaaaa ) reading to Mrs. Wann's Kindergarten class at ELES pic.twitter.com/AKBFzncIuE — Will Braidfoot (@BraidfootRT) March 2, 2017 We will add to […]

  • Traffic Alert: What you need to know for your Friday morning drive

    Below is a running list of all traffic issues you may need to be aware of before you start your morning commute. We will update this list as needed throughout the morning: Wrecks: None at this time Construction: Lauderdale County: Work continues on Highway 72 at 2nd Creek, just east of Rogersville. Crews are working on a new eastbound bridge. Traffic is down to one lane each direction. Madison County: Work continues on both ends of Hughes Road in Madison. […]