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  • Teams use a recovery barge to pull helicopter wreckage from the Tennessee River near Colbert Ferry Park. (Photo: Carter Watkins/WHNT News 19)

    NTSB releases preliminary report on Colbert County helicopter crash

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The National Transportation Safety Board has released its preliminary findings for the crash of a Haverfield Aviation helicopter. It happened in Cherokee last month. The report says the helicopter, which was recovered from the Tennessee River, was flying in dense fog when it went down. Abraham Bronn, 55, died in the crash. He was the only person on the aircraft at the time. Investigators say the helicopter controls were consistent with normal flight conditions and had […]

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    Walmart’s online grocery pickup expands to fourth store in Madison County

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The Huntsville market is one of five areas testing a new service for the retail giant. Customers can order groceries on line, and pick them up at participating stores. On Tuesday, May 5, the Walmart Supercenter at 8650 Madison Boulevard will become the fourth store in the area to offer the service. The Madison Boulevard location is the first in the area with an overhead canopy and designated parking. Three other stories began online grocery […]

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    Huntsville police officer indicted on federal charges for 2011 brutality incident

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Huntsville police officer has been indicted on federal charges for an incident with a man in custody in 2011. The U.S. Attorney’s office in Birmingham confirms Officer Brett Russell is charged with using excessive force. The two-count indictment charges that Russell, 48, assaulted a man during an arrest on December 23, 2011.  The indictment accuses Russell of depriving the man of his constitutional right not to be subjected to excessive force by someone acting in […]

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    Former police chief charged with insurance fraud after DeKalb County house fire investigation

    DeKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Two men from Tallassee were arrested over the weekend involving an ongoing investigation in DeKalb County.  Thomas Fuller, 62, and Glenn Fuller, 47, both face charges of first degree insurance fraud. The case stems from a house fire that happened October 18, 2014 in Valley Head. Thomas is a former police officer from Elmore County. Investigators say he was the Hammondville Police Chief when the fire occurred. Investigators say Tom and Glenn are not related, […]

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    Madison leaders, Gov. Bentley celebrate opening of new I-565/County Line Road interchange

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – Governor Robert Bentley is in Madison today to join city and county leaders for the opening of the new interchange at Interstate 565 and County Line Road. The Alabama Department of Transportation has been working on this project since 2013.  This will be the second interchange within Madison City limits. Governor Bentley spoke at the event, along with several city and county leaders, including Madison Mayor Troy Trulock, State Representatives Mike Ball and Mac McCutcheon and […]

  • Lightning strikes mobile home near Grant

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Firefighters confirm that lightning struck a mobile home in the Swearengin community  this morning. It happened just before 5:00 a.m. The lightning caught the mobile home on fire. As you can see from the picture, the building is destroyed. Firefighters say the mobile home was being renovated, so no one was inside when it was hit by lightning.  

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    Unmanned aircraft deploys parachute, lands safely on Redstone Arsenal

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (WHNT) – Officials at Redstone Arsenal say an anomaly during a test flight led to an unmanned aircraft deploying its parachute during testing this morning. The aircraft landed safely. Chris Colster, Redstone Arsenal Garrison Spokesman, says an RQ-7B Shadow experienced an “anomaly” during an inclement weather test flight this morning. No one was hurt during the incident, and the cause is being investigated. “This is not an unusual event as we often push our systems to and […]

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    UPDATE: Madison Police identify woman hit by SUV, killed

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – Madison Police have identified the woman who was hit by a vehicle Monday morning on Madison Boulevard.  It happened near Lime Quarry Road just after 10 a.m. Police say Linda Luster, 69, died after she was taken to Huntsville Hospital. Police say a doctor who was driving in the area stopped to help.  The driver of the SUV was taken to the hospital for evaluation. Madison Police offer their sympathies and condolences to Mrs. Luster’s family. […]

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    Madison Police: Pipe bomb found at apartment complex was inactive, man arrested

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – Madison Police say they have arrested one person at the apartment complex early this morning after a welfare check led to the discovery of several illegal weapons. They say this situation started around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday morning at Carrington Cove Apartments off Madison Boulevard. “Third shift this morning responded to a welfare check at the request of a caller,” said Lieutenant Wayne Kamus of Madison Police.First responders found the man in question, along with several weapons. […]

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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.

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    School Closings & Delays: Friday, March 6

    (WHNT) – The following school closing and delays are effective for Friday, March 6 due to winter weather.  Please monitor our forecast section on WHNT.com or valleywx.com for the latest information. AAMU: Closed Friday ALCA Chapters 1 and 2 – “Building Bridges” workshop at Athens State University on Friday is cancelled. Arab City Schools: 3 hour delay Friday Athens Bible School: Closed Friday Athens City Schools: Closed Friday Athens State University: Closed Friday Bethel Baptist School: Closed Friday Bethlehem Christian Academy: Closed Friday Colbert […]

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    Business Closings & Delays for Monday, February 23

    (WHNT) – The following businesses and government offices have a schedule change due to the threat of winter weather. Athens-Limestone Counseling Center: 2-hour delay Decatur Morgan Counseling Center: 2-hour delay DeKalb County Commission, Dekalb County Government Offices and DeKalb County Courthouse: 2-hour delay First Commercial Bank: Open at 10:00 a.m. Franklin County (Alabama) Courthouse: Open at 10:00 a.m. Heart Center: Huntsville, Decatur, Madison and Sheffield offices open at 10:00 a.m. Heart of the Valley YMCA: All YMCA branches and preschools will delay opening […]


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