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  • Valley Votes 2014

    Valley Votes: Weather to cooperate for municipal elections

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Polls will open at 7:00 a.m. for municipal elections in Huntsville and Scottsboro. WHNT News 19’Ben Smith says the weather should not provide any problems for voters heading to the polls in either city. Seats on the city council and school boards are up for grabs in both Huntsville and Scottsboro. Click here for information on those races and where you can find your polling place.  

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    Man seriously hurt in wreck in southern Lawrence County

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A man was seriously hurt in a wreck Monday on County Road 200 in the Speake community of southern Lawrence County. The wreck happened about 8 a.m.  State Troopers say a driver was headed north on County Road 200, then came over a hill and lost control.  The vehicle went off the left side of the road, knocking down a telephone pole and two trees.  The vehicle then slid down an embankment and caught on […]

  • A police chase ends with a wreck in the Old Madison Pike construction zone. (Photo by: Jeff Gray/WHNT News 19)

    Police chase ends with wreck at Old Madison Pike construction site

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A trip to the hospital and perhaps even a jail cell for a driver involved in a police chase. A wrong turn combined with a major road project helped bring the chase to an end early Monday morning. Huntsville police say 28-year-old Chaunce Martel Williams drove off after officers tried to stop him around 11:00 p.m. Sunday night at Highway 53 and Dan Tibbs Road. Police and Madison County sheriff’s deputies chased Williams through rural roads […]

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    UPDATE: Verizon Wireless service restored in Fort Payne area

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Verizon Wireless spokesperson confirms to WHNT News 19 that service was fully restored in the Fort Payne area early Friday morning, after a significant outage. The service disruption impacted customers Thursday and into the very early morning hours Friday all throughout the Sand Mountain area. WHNT News 19 took action and contacted Verizon Wireless to find out what was happening. Kate Jay, Verizon Wireless Public Relations Manager for the Georgia/Alabama Region, said the problem […]

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    Helicopter pilot performs acrobatics in the air

    (WHNT) – Some people will call it amazing, others will likely ask for an air sickness bag after watching this video. Either way, you should still take a few moments to watch pilot Chuck Aaron show off his skills. Aaron’s biography on his website states he: “…is the first, and only, civilian pilot ever to be licensed to perform helicopter aerobatics in the United States.” Check out the video showing one of Aaron’s amazing performances. However, if the thought of dangerous […]

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    Grant man seriously hurt in wreck involving tractor-trailer, pickup truck on Hwy. 72 East

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Alabama State Troopers are investigating a wreck involving a tractor trailer and a pickup truck on Highway 72 east, near Gurley. The wreck happened around 7 a.m. Wednesday in the westbound lanes and caused traffic delays for drivers. Authorities say the driver of the pickup truck ran into the back of an 18-wheeler. First responders had to cut off both the doors and roof of the truck to get the man out of the pickup […]

  • Harvey Illinois Standoff

    Hostage situation in suburban Chicago Home; four people being held

    (CNN) — Hours after two robbery suspects shot at police and took eight people hostage, the standoff inside a suburban Chicago home continued early Wednesday . Authorities got their first indication of trouble in the form of a 911 call about a robbery around 2:40 p.m. Tuesday (3:40 p.m. ET), said Harvey, Illinois, police spokesman Sean Howard. Two officers responding to that call were injured by gunfire. Sometime afterward, the suspects entered a home and took the hostages, according to […]

  • Firefighters on the scene of a house fire on Holmes Avenue. (Photo by: Jeff Gray/WHNT News 19)

    Firefighters & police respond to house fire in Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville police have blocked of Holmes Avenue between White and Dement Streets as firefighters work to extinguish a house fire. Firefighters responded to the 700 block of Holmes Avenue around 5:30 a.m. Fire crews reported flames coming from the home when they arrived. They were able to extinguish the fire in about 15 minutes. The cause of the fire is not known at this time. However, there were several lightning strikes in the area around the […]

  • Kathy Dawson has been missing since August 4. (Photo provided by: Colbert County Sheriff's Office)

    UPDATE: Colbert County woman found in Mississippi, safe

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Colbert County Sheriff Ronnie May says a missing woman has been found in Prentiss County, Mississippi. Kathy Dawson, 51, is disoriented but in good condition.  Her family has been notified.  Dawson was found Friday afternoon in her car on the side of the road near Booneville by Mississippi State Troopers.  Her car had run out of gas. Prior to this, Dawson had not been seen since August 4.

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    Iraq Update: France sending weapons; Australia considering options

    (WHNT) – The ongoing crisis in Iraq is starting to prompt a response from the international community. France’s president says his country reached an agreement with Iraqi leaders in Baghdad to send weapons to Kurdish forces battling the militant group ISIS.  French leaders say the move is in response to an “urgent need.” President Francois Hollande says those weapons should arrive “in the coming hours.” Australia’s prime minister is considering sending combat forces and military transport aircraft to Iraq.  Prime […]

  • Space & Missile Defense Symposium 2014 (Photo: WHNT News 19)

    17th annual Space & Missile Defense Symposium this week at VBC

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville is known for its contributions to the space and missile defense industry.   An event is taking place this week to show off the latest technological advancements. The 17th annual Space and Missile Defense Symposium is scheduled for August 11-14 at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville.  It’s open to the public. The event is described on its website, Smdsymposium.org as “the leading educational, professional development and networking event in the space and missile defense community.” […]

  • Driver injured following wreck on Clutts Road just north of Capshaw Road in Madison County. (Photo by: Jeff Gray/WHNT News 19)

    Driver injured after truck slams into tree

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – One man is in Huntsville Hospital with life-threatening injuries after his truck crashed into a tree in Madison County. The crash happened around 5:00 a.m. on Clutts Road just north of Capshaw Road. State troopers say the driver of the truck lost control, flipped and slammed into a tree. The truck sustained heavy damage. Authorities were able to free the driver in about 15 minutes. Monrovia volunteer firefighters as well as medics from HEMSI and […]

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