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  • Sheriff’s office dismissed as defendant in discrimination lawsuit

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – A federal judge has dismissed the Madison County Sheriff’s Office as a defendant in a deputy’s discrimination lawsuit. The judge ruled Tuesday that the sheriff’s office could not be sued by Gregory Gray, according to federal court records. Former sheriff Blake Dorning, the Madison County Commission, all current members of the Madison County Commission with the exception of JesHenry Malone, former sheriff’s office chief deputy and current Madison Police Chief David Jernigan,  county human resources director […]

  • Prosecutors push for judge to sentence Tad Cummins to 30 years in teacher sex case

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Prosecutors in the case of Tad Cummins want the former teacher to spend 30 years behind bars for a sexual relationship he had with a 15-year-old student. The 360-month sentence recommendation for Cummins, who pleaded guilty in April 2018 to transporting a minor across state lines for the purpose of criminal sexual activity and obstruction of justice, is at the upper end of federal sentencing guidelines. Cummins is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday in federal court in […]

  • Alabama, Clemson players take advantage of championship game to hit up a West Coast burger institution

    SAN JOSE, Calif. – If you grew up in the state of Alabama, there’s a chance that you have never been to In-N-Out. The California burger chain is based out of California and has only moved as far east as Texas. Some say it’s the best fast food burger joint, period. When Alabama and Clemson players made their way west for the College Football Championship, several of them stopped in or made plans to get a meal there. One of […]

  • Former inmate sues over alleged rape in Madison County jail

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – A Madison County woman is suing the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, claiming a guard raped her while she was receiving medical care in the county jail. The lawsuit filed in federal court on Monday claims the 26-year-old woman was moved to an isolated cell the night of Oct. 9, where Victor Flores De Leon Jr. forced her to perform oral sex on him before he raped her. De Leon, 27, was arrested and charged with custodial […]

  • Man charged with killing teen at Madison Sonic accused of setting fire in jail

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – One of two men charged with killing a Madison teenager during a drug deal is now charged with setting a fire at the Limestone County Jail. Court documents show Trevor Davis Cantrell, 21, was indicted on a second-degree arson charge. The warrant was served Friday. Cantrell is accused of setting a fire or explosion that damaged property in a detention facility or penal facility, according  to the indictment. Cantrell and Dacedric Ward are both charged with […]

  • Huntsville City Schools gets a C on state report card; lowest of 3 systems in Madison County

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville City Schools has four schools that received failing grades on the state’s report card. The district still received a C from the Alabama Department of Education, but their overall score improved by 7 points, moving from a 70 to 77. “We are continuously improving,” Christie Finley, Huntsville City Schools Superintendent, said. “That means we have to look at our data every day. It’s not waiting and then going back in to see what we can do […]

  • Governor’s mansion decked out for the holiday season

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Designers from all across the state pulled out all the stops to turn the Alabama governor’s mansion into a Christmas masterpiece. There are 11 Christmas trees in Gov. Kay Ivey’s home this holiday season. Nicole Owens coordinates the decorations in the 8,000-square-foot home on Perry Street in Montgomery. “I know Alabama can sometimes be warm, so even to have big Christmas trees, bows everywhere, lights everywhere,” Owens said.”Sometimes that puts you a little more in the Christmas […]

  • Priest with Huntsville ties among those accused of child molestation

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A Catholic priest who had north Alabama ties is on the Diocese of Birmingham’s list of clergy that were accused of committing acts of child abuse while working in the diocese. Charles V. Cross, who died in 2010, is one of six clergy members the diocese identified. He began his clergy career as an assistant at Holy Spirit Church in Huntsville in 1967, according to the Diocese of Birmingham. Cross was at Holy Spirit for a little […]

  • Automakers pledge to help protect threatened fish near Mazda Toyota plant

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Mazda Toyota Manufacturing USA has pledged to take steps to protect an endangered fish that’s found in only two places — one of them near the company’s new manufacturing plant. Mazda Toyota will place $4 million in an endowment fund that will pay for conservation efforts benefiting the spring pygmy sunfish, according to a news release from the Center for Biological Diversity. Another $2 million will be used to restore the habitat monitor the Beaverdam Spring and […]

  • Science and KFC have blessed us with a firelog that smells like fried chicken

    Who needs a yule log for the holidays when you can get one that smells like fried chicken? It sounds a little out there, but it’s a real thing. KFC is selling a limited-edition firelog that gives off the aroma of fried chicken. Introducing the 11 Herbs & Spices Firelog from Enviro-Log®, the best way to make a fire smell less like fire and more like fried chicken. Get yours today at — KFC (@kfc) December 13, 2018 […]

  • Police identify man who died in Tuscumbia home during standoff

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. – Police have identified a man who died in a burning home last week. Tuscumbia police said Monday that Edward Howard, 42, was the man whose body was found inside a home on Riverview Drive Dec. 3. Police said they had been watching the home and were waiting to take him into custody that day. He had an arrest warrant for failure to appear in court and also was a person of interest in another crime. Howard barricaded […]

  • Gas leak sends Geraldine students home early

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. – Geraldine School closed early Monday and sent students home after a gas leak at the school. Crews doing sewer line work at the school hit a natural gas line around 10:30 a.m., DeKalb County Schools Superintendent Jason Barnett said. Students in the area of the leak were moved and a gas company employee shut the gas main off quickly, Barnett said, but rainy conditions filled the trench where the line was cut with water, making repairs […]