Alabama News

LIGHTNING STRIKE MAY HAVE KILLED PRATTVILLE WOMAN

PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) – Authorities say a central Alabama woman may have been fatally struck by lightning while she was picking berries in her yard. Autauga County Sheriff Joe Sedinger says the 73-year-old woman was picking blueberries under a tree in her yard and the tree had apparently been struck by lightning. Sedinger says the

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SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES SEIZE 2 POUNDS OF METH IN BIRMINGHAM

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Sheriff’s officials in the Birmingham area confiscated more than two pounds of methamphetamine they say has a street value of nearly $100,000. Authorities say the the seizure — and the arrest of a Georgia man — is the result of an ongoing investigation of meth trafficking. Jefferson County sheriff’s officials say

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ESCAPED PRISONER CAPTURED

UPDATE: MONTGOMERY – An inmate who escaped from Draper Correctional Facility in Elmore, Ala. on Monday has been recaptured. Roberto Talabera, 37, was recaptured at this afternoon. A K-9 tracking unit from Draper, with assistance from several law enforcement agencies, tracked Talabera approximately four miles from the prison. The prisoner attempted to elude officers by

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LAFAYETTE, LA MOVIE THEATER SHOOTING

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) – The latest on the shooting at a Lafayette, Louisiana, movie theater (times are local): 10 a.m. The wife and other family members of the Louisiana theater gunman asked for a temporary protective order in 2008 against the man. Court documents seeking the order said John Houser, “exhibited extreme erratic behavior and

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ETOWAH COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY LOSES BATTLE WITH CANCER

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) – Etowah County District Attorney Jimmie Harp has died. The 49-year-old Harp was diagnosed with cancer in 2007 and has been in worsening health in recent months. Harp died Wednesday afternoon. Sheriff Todd Entrekin says Harp will be missed greatly. Harp was first elected chief prosecutor in the northeast Alabama county in

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PRISONERS PLEAD GUILTY TO CELL PHONE SCAM

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Two Alabama inmates have pleaded guilty to running a cellphone scam while there were in prison. Federal prosecutors in Montgomery say 26-year-old Michael Shane Garrison and 21-year-old Marlon Ramon Coston each pleaded guilty to wire fraud charges this week. Authorities say the men used phones that were smuggled into the Bullock

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MONTGOMERY SHERIFF’S OFFICE RECEIVES BODY CAMERAS

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is among the latest law enforcement agencies in Alabama to receive its first shipment of body cameras. Sheriff Derrick Cunningham placed his order of 86 body cameras for patrol deputies and correction officers in January. He says that he’s pleased the six-month wait is over. Cunningham

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GARRARD HEARING DELAYED

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) – A judge is delaying a hearing for a woman challenging her capital murder conviction in the running death of her 9-year-old granddaughter. An Etowah County judge says he will consider Joyce Garrard’s request for a new trial on Oct. 5. A hearing in the case had been scheduled for Friday but

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SENATOR DOESN’T BELIEVE HE SHOULD RESIGN AFTER DUI ARREST

ALABASTER, Ala. (AP) – The chairman of the Alabama Senate’s Judiciary Committee says he doesn’t believe he should resign following his arrest on a drunken driving charge. Republican state Sen. Cam Ward of Alabaster says that drinking alcohol and driving was a “huge mistake on my part.” But Ward says he doesn’t believe he should quit either

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HEARING SCHEDULED TO REOPEN VICTORYLAND CASINO

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A judge has scheduled a hearing for next month on the future of the shuttered VictoryLand casino in Macon County. Circuit Judge William Shashy issued an order Monday saying he’ll consider the owner’s bid to reopen VictoryLand on Aug. 4. Shashy ruled last month that the state wrongly seized more than

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MONTGOMERY TO REVIEW CONFEDERACY REFERENCES IN FLAG AND SEAL

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Montgomery officials will discuss the design of the city’s seal and the city’s flag, both of which either allude to or mention the Confederacy. Multiple media outlets report that the City Council on Tuesday approved a resolution authorizing the establishment of a committee to hear from residents about the issue. The

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SOUTH ALABAMA STILL UNDER HEAT ADVISORY

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) – The National Weather Service says south Alabama is still broiling under dangerously hot temperatures. Forecasters say the air temperature will combine with humidity to make it feel like it’s as hot as 112 degrees in southwestern Alabama on Wednesday. The weather service has issued a heat advisory from 11 a.m. until

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TWO COUNTIES TO RESUME ISSUING MARRIAGE LICENSES

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) – Two more Alabama counties say they will issue wedding licenses following the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide. Both Houston and Henry counties have refused to issue any licenses because of gay marriage. But it is reported that probate judges in both counties say they will now issue marriage licenses

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PRISONER WANTS OUT OF JAIL SO SHE CAN GET ABORTION

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) – A federal judge is considering a lawsuit filed by an Alabama inmate who wants out of jail temporarily so she can get an abortion. U.S. District Judge Abdul Kallon scheduled an emergency hearing on the request for Monday afternoon in Huntsville. The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit Monday on behalf

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AUTHORITIES LOCATE MISSING TEEN

UPDATE: Good News! According to the Odenville Police Department, Isabell Anarose Leach has been located and is safe. ORIGINAL: Odenville Police officers are looking for a 13-year-old girl. Authorities say  Isabell Anarose Leach, who goes by “Ana,” was last seen at her home on Peacful Lane in Springville, Alabama. Police say several people have called

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MAN ARRESTED IN DEATH OF MISSING SHELBY COUNTY WOMAN

COLUMBIANA, Ala. (AP) – Shelby County sheriff’s officials say a man has been arrested in the death of a Shelby County woman who had been reported missing. Sheriff John Samaniego said in a release Tuesday that 19-year-old Demarcus Means was taken into custody in Los Angeles by U.S. Marshals. Authorities say he’s charged with murder

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MAIL CARRIER RESCUES INJURED MAN

HOPE HULL, Ala. (AP) – A man rescued by a postal worker after falling in his house and lying wounded on the floor for 10 days is in the hospital recovering from his injuries. Officials say 66-year-old Tommy Hope of Hope Hull fell inside his home July 4 and suffered broken bones in his arm

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SUCCESSFUL SEARCH FOR MISSING TEEN

  A missing autistic teenager, Timothy Robinson, has been found by Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s Aviation Unit. The 16 year old was reported missing earlier today in Phenix City. Here is a recent press release from Alabama Law Enforcement Agency concerning the successful search: [Phenix City, Ala.] – Shortly before noon today, July 21, the

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FEDS SAY 2 GEORGIA PRISONERS HELPED TRAFFIC METH INTO ALABAMA

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Federal prosecutors say two Georgia prison inmates helped direct a methamphetamine trafficking operation in northeastern Alabama from behind bars. State and local officials said Monday that eight people now face indictment for a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Georgia prison inmates Jose Balcazar and Miguel Manriquez are among those facing conspiracy charges.

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BIRMINGHAM POLICE ARREST 6 DURING PROTEST

HOMEWOOD, Ala. (AP) – Police have arrested six people who were protesting the death of a teenager in the city jail in the Birmingham suburb of Homewood. Authorities charged the demonstrators with disorderly conduct or resisting arrest during a protest Tuesday outside the city jail in Homewood. The demonstrators say they want answers about the

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HOPE HULL MAN RESCUED BY POSTAL WORKER

HOPE HULL, Ala. – A man rescued by a postal worker after falling in his house and lying wounded on the floor for 10 days is in the hospital recovering from his injuries. Officials say 66-year-old Tommy Hope, of Hope Hull, fell inside his home on July 4, suffering broken bones in his arm and

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ALEA INVESTIGATES OFFICER INVOVLED SHOOTING

UPDATE: According to Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Phillip Hugh Jacks, 47, of Oxford has been apprehended. He was arrested early this morning by Anniston Police department. ORIGINAL POST: Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is investigating an officer involved shooting in Munford, Alabama. The investigation comes at the request of the Talladega County District Attorney. The incident began just

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CAR CRASH KILLS ONE, INJURES TWO OTHERS

A single-vehicle crash in Lamar County has claimed the life of a Duncanville man. It happened on Alabama 17, near the 237 mile marker, six miles north of Millport just before 11:30 a.m. According to Senior Alabama Trooper Johnathan Appling, Kevin Keith Waid, 27, was killed when the 2000 Mercury Mountaineer he was driving left

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BOMB THREAT INVESTIGATION AT MONTGOMERY SHOPPING CENTER

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Authorities are investigating a bomb threat at a Montgomery shopping mall. Montgomery police spokeswoman Martha Earnhardt says the threat Monday afternoon was in an unspecified area of the Shoppes at Eastchase and the buildings are being evacuated. Additional details on the threat weren’t immediately available. Police say authorities are searching the

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