I grew up in Southern California. My family and I moved to Huntsville in 2000. My wife teaches high school. We have two sons, my younger son is a senior at Grissom High School. I’ve worked in newspapers for the past 23 years, as a reporter and editor. I’m still new to the TV news business, but WHNT is a great place to learn, filled with smart, dedicated people. I look forward to breaking news and telling great stories that make a difference in people’s lives. If you’ve got a news tip, a comment or a suggestion on what we can do better, I can be reached at brian.lawson@whnt.com

Recent Articles
  • West Morgan-East Lawrence water authority asking Governor Ivey, AG Steve Marshall for help suing 3M over drinking water

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala — The West Morgan-East Lawrence water authority is asking Gov. Kay Ivey and Attorney General Steve Marshall to join in its lawsuit against 3M, seeking millions of dollars for drinking water cleanup. WHNT News 19’s investigation into the issue has found ailing residents in Lawrence County are worried state officials are ignoring their plight. The letter sent Friday by the authority argues that 3M, which has a plant in Decatur, has polluted the Tennessee River with the […]

  • Murder trial of Huntsville Police Department officer appears likely to be moved back from Oct. 29

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Oct. 29 trial date for a Huntsville police officer charged with murder is likely to be changed, court records show. Officer William Darby’s trial is set to begin at the end of this month, but that date has been removed from the trial docket. Things were scheduled to move quickly for Darby. He was indicted in early August and was heading to trial, basically three months later. Darby is charged with murder in the April on-duty killing of […]

  • State medical board suspends Dr. Michael Dick’s license

    DECATUR, Ala. – Records show the Alabama State Board of Medical Examiners  has issued a summary suspension of Decatur physician Dr. Michael Dick’s medical license. A board’s spokesman confirmed Dr. Dick was served today. Dr. Dick is suspended from practicing until at least his next hearing set for January 23, 2019. He is ordered to go before the board, according to the order. The board’s website provides the following description of a summary suspension: “If there is conduct that the […]

  • Roy Moore claims Leigh Corfman was “a troubled teen” in updated lawsuit

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Before the Brett Kavanaugh allegations, dating back decades, roiled the country, there was Alabama’s U.S. Senate special election and the claims against Roy Moore. Moore accuser Leigh Corfman sued Moore for defamation and he’s submitted a new counterclaim. Corfman sued Moore in January, alleging he and his campaign defamed her – calling her a liar – over the sexual misconduct allegations that date back 40 years, to when Moore was 32 and Corfman was 14. Moore soon […]

  • Frances Akridge, Mary Jane Caylor make final pitch to voters in Huntsville City Council runoff

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Tuesday’s runoff election in Huntsville will determine who will fill the seat being vacated by longtime councilman Mark Russell. Frances Akridge and Mary Jane Caylor are vying to represent District 2, which spans from Alabama A&M to Five Points. The polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Akridge won the first round of voting Aug. 28, nearly winning the race without a runoff. WHNT News 19 asked the candidates what that margin means for Tuesday. […]

  • Huntsville City Council District 2 runoff is Tuesday

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — While statewide and Congressional elections are set for Nov. 6, there’s another election looming for a number of Huntsville voters next week. The Huntsville City Council District 2 runoff will be held Tuesday, between Frances Akridge and Mary Jane Caylor, who are vying to fill the seat being vacated by Mark Russell. Election night on Aug. 28 was good for Akridge, but not quite good enough. She nearly got the 50.1 percent of the vote needed to avoid […]

  • Gov. Kay Ivey maintains fundraising lead over Democratic challenger Walt Maddox

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The vote for Alabama’s next governor is a month away and incumbent Kay Ivey is heading into the home stretch with a cash advantage. But Democrat Walt Maddox’s campaign says they have the money to keep pace. Ivey’s campaign reported it raised more than $735,000 in September. The governor, with big donor support, has raised more than $6.1 million in her election bid. Ivey spent $563,000 last month, including more than $375,000 with a California-based ad firm, and […]

  • Dr. Michael Dick found guilty in patient harassment case, plans to appeal verdict

    DECATUR, Ala. — Dr. Michael Dick was found guilty of harassment involving a patient in Decatur Municipal Court after a two-hour trial Friday morning. The court found him guilty of three counts of harassment, and he’s facing a $500 fine and 30 days in jail on each count, according to court records. He was found guilty on one charge today, and entered guilty pleas on two other counts, with the understanding he would appeal the verdicts to Morgan County Circuit Court. A judge […]

  • City of Huntsville, DA’s office headed to court in dispute over fatal police shooting records

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The City of Huntsville will be in court Friday, arguing with an unlikely foe, the Madison County District Attorney’s office. The dispute centers the DA’s office request for records on a fatal police shooting that led to a murder indictment against Huntsville Police Department officer William Darby in August. Darby fatally shot Jeffery Parker at Parker’s home on Deramus Avenue in April. The shooting followed an encounter with police that began when Parker called 911 and told a […]

  • Political analyst says Kavanaugh-accuser hearing could alter Supreme Court landscape

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The U.S. Supreme Court confirmation process for nominee Brett Kavanaugh enters a new phase Thursday, with the judge and the first woman to come forward with a sexual misconduct allegation against him both expected to testify. And what appeared to be a close but inevitable confirmation vote for Kavanaugh is now anybody’s guess, as two other accusers against Kavanaugh have come forward. Thursday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing will focus on allegations from Christine Blasey Ford. Ford alleged that […]

  • City of Huntsville asks judge to quash DA’s office subpoena in police officer murder case

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The City of Huntsville is asking a judge to reject a subpoena from prosecutors that seeks police shooting review board records in the murder case of officer William Darby, court records show. Darby, 25, was indicted in August on the murder charge following an on-duty fatal shooting of Jeffery Louis Parker in April on Deramus Avenue. Parker had called 911 and told a dispatcher he was planning to “blow his brains out.” The Huntsville Police Department’s shooting review […]

  • Madison County DA’s office says credible witness came forward, led to dropped murder case for Billy Cardwell

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Prosecutors have told a Madison County judge they are no longer prosecuting a Huntsville man charged with murder in an October 2016 shooting. The district attorney’s office said a credible witness ‘was very clear’ that the victim was the one who fired the shot first. Prosecutors said they received this information within the past two weeks. “We felt that motion filed today was appropriate action to take based on evidence now before us,” Bill Starnes, assistant district attorney, said. […]