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  • State of Alabama to pay $1 million to families of Guntersville murder victims

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – The state of Alabama will pay $1 million to the families of three murder victims who were allegedly killed by a man who was supposed to be supervised by the state parole board. The $1 million settlement is the maximum amount allowed under state law and comes before the suspect, Jimmy O’Neal Spencer, has gone to trial for the charges. Birmingham attorney Tommy James, who represents the families of Colton Lee, Marie Martin and Martha Reliford, confirmed […]

  • Investigators search for more evidence in Jennifer Powers disappearance

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – Investigators were back at the old home of Jennifer Powers Thursday morning, looking for more evidence in the woman’s nearly 11-year-old disappearance. Madison County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Donny Shaw said evidence was collected from the site Thursday for analysis. He said investigators called the dig productive. Madison County Coroner Tyler Berryhill also was at the scene Thursday. Shaw said investigators searched in an area they’ve been to before. “New leads come in from time to time, […]

  • Police: 7th Madison murder suspect may still be in Florida

      MADISON, Ala. – Police said the 7th person they’re searching for in a murder case was with another suspect caught in Florida and may still be there. Kenneth Khesahn Altonia Harvey, 19, may still be in the Jacksonville Beach area, where he was with Lucas Kemp when he was taken into custody earlier this month. Police said they believe Harvey saw Kemp’s arrest and ran from the beach. Harvey is one of seven suspects in the murder of Luke […]

  • Fort Payne man arrested with stolen guns, authorities say

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. – Dekalb County authorities arrested a Fort Payne man after they said they found him with a large amount of stolen weapons. Victor Bernard Lyles, 21, was arrested around 7 p.m. Monday. The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office said Lyles’ arrest was part of an ongoing theft investigation. At the time of his arrest, he had several stolen guns in his possession, authorities said. Several of them had been reported stolen earlier in the day from the Rainsville […]

  • Huntsville man’s murder conviction upheld by appeals court

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the murder conviction of a man serving a life sentence for the 2009 murder of his stepfather. On Friday the court affirmed the murder conviction of Clarence Fearn, 47, of Huntsville. Fearn was arrested in July 2014 for killing George Woodard at his home at the corner of Debbie Boulevard and Naugher Road in Madison County. Woodard was in his driveway early that morning, about to head to his […]

  • Limestone authorities searching for thieves who stole car, destroyed corn crops

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – Investigators are looking for two people who stole a car and destroyed someone’s corn crop over the weekend. The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday it has arrest warrants for Brett Kirkland Burks, 24, and Stephanie Lynn Dutcher, 39, both of Athens. Burks and Dutcher are suspected of stealing a Mercedes C250 from a home in the 5000 block of Bay Pointe Drive Saturday. According to investigators, someone broke into the home and took the car’s […]

  • Mazda Toyota Manufacturing USA sinks first steel column in $1.6 billion Huntsville plant

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – After months of site preparation and laying the groundwork for its new auto plant, Mazda Toyota is finally going up. The company said Tuesday that crew members had a small ceremony to put up the first steel column in the company’s $1.6 billion auto plant, which is being built in a Huntsville portion of Limestone County. When they’re done and ready to make cars in 2021, Mazda Toyota Manufacturing USA says it will have a facility capable […]

  • Murder suspect posts bond but goes back to jail for contacting victim’s family

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. – A man charged with murdering an Arab woman bonded out of jail for three days before violating his conditions of release and going back behind bars, court documents show. Dale Lynn Hopson, 51, posted a $250,000 bond and was released from jail May 7, court records show. His bond was revoked Friday and he was booked back into the Marshall County Jail just before midnight. Hopson is charged with murdering Joyce Bates. Arab police said they […]

  • Third suspect in Madison murder arrested in Florida

    MADISON, Ala. – Police say a third suspect in a Monday morning shooting has been arrested in Florida. Lucas Ray Kemp, 18, of Toney, was arrested in Jacksonville Beach Thursday. He’s awaiting extradition on felony warrants for murder and first-degree burglary. Kemp is the third person charged in connection with the death of Luke Robert Pratt Monday morning. Pratt was killed at a home on Skyline Road. Jacksonville Beach police said a license plate reader alerted police that a truck […]

  • Health officials say no new hepatitis cases in Jackson County, but caution still needed

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. – Jackson County and state health officials said Thursday they are continuing to address the high number of hepatitis A cases in the county. Dr. Karen Landers with the Alabama Department of Public said there are still 26 confirmed cases of hepatitis A in the county, and that no new cases are under investigation. She said there are 22 cases in DeKalb County as well, but also none under investigation. There are 2 cases also being investigated […]

  • ‘Bait bill’ becomes law in Alabama, licenses now on sale

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Hunters in Alabama can now use bait to hunt white-tailed deer and feral pigs. The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources said Wednesday that bait hunting licenses are now available anywhere hunting licenses are sold. The licenses, which cost $15 for resident hunters and $51 for non-residents, are also available online. Alabama lawmakers passed a bill in April that lets hunters with the license use bait to lure in deer during hunting season. Previously, hunters had […]

  • Man charged with raping woman in Florence apartment

    FLORENCE, Ala. – A Florence man is accused of raping a friend at someone’s apartment, police said Monday. K’Vion Lamont Ruffin, 20, was arrested Friday and charged with first-degree rape and sodomy. Ruffin is accused of sexually assaulting a woman at an apartment in the Carver Homes housing area last Wednesday. Ruffin was jailed on $100,000, but also was served with a probation violation warrant that has no bond, police said.

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