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PRISONER CAPTURED AFTER ESCAPE

Authorities confirm that Gene Wilkins, Jr, who escaped yesterday from the Bibb County Correctional Facility has been recaptured. Gene Milner, Jr., was found along U.S. Highway 82 in Brent last night around 10:30 p.m. by the Bibb County Correctional  Facility K-9 unit. Milner is serving a life sentence for a 1988 burglary conviction in Mobile

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UPDATE: BODY OF MISSING MAN FOUND IN LAKE IDENTIFIED

Tuscaloosa investigators have identified the body of a man found Thursday morning in Canyon Lake. 21 year old Taylor Austin Cain has been missing since July 22nd. His body was discovered around 7:15 am yesterday in the lake in Cottondale. Investigators say after a preliminary autopsy foul play is not suspected in his death. WVUA23 will continue to

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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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HUBBARD APPEARS IN COURT ON CAPITAL MURDER AND KIDNAPPING CHARGES

John Berry Hubbard appeared in court this morning after being captured last night at a motel in Greene County. Berry is charged with Capital Murder and also faces multiple kidnapping charges after Tuesdays incident where he allegedly kidnapped his ex-girlfriend, Tammy Carpenter and shot her sister. Carpenter is safe and with family. Bibb County Sheriff

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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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BRENT MAN ARRESTED FOR SHOOTING WIFE AND SON

A Bibb County man is behind bars after authorities say he opened fire on two of his family members. According to Brent Police Chief Terry Nichols, Randy Leverette Sr. shot his wife and son at their home on Dogwood Lane in Brent around 12:30 Wednesday morning. Leverette face two counts of attempted murder charges. His wife was transported

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BIBB COUNTY MAN WANTED IN SLAYING AND KIDNAPPING CAPTURED

  A two-day manhunt  for a wanted Bibb County man has come to an end. Alabama State Troopers and Hale County deputies say 60-year-old John Barry Hubbard was arrested Wednesday night at the Travelers Inn Motel in Union, Alabama near Greenetrack. He was wanted for abducting his ex- girlfriend, Tammy Carpenter, and killing her sister, 30-year-old Kandi Murphy.

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HALE CO. DRUG-WEAPONS BUST

Three men wound up behind bars in Hale County after being arrested on drug possession and several other charges. Police say they discovered more than 30 marijuana plants between the three locations they checked, along with stolen hand-guns and drug paraphernalia. Arrested were Hayward Martin and Bertrum Davis, both of Akron, and Ronnie Watkins of

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YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH 5K

Now’s the time to sign up for the Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah 5K. It’s happening at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 22 at Government Plaza in downtown Tuscaloosa, where last year’s inaugural event drew more than 600 runners. The 5K is in support of finding new ways to treat cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that affects

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MANHUNT CONTINUES

The manhunt continues for John Berry Hubbard and Tammy Murphy Carpenter. Authorities believe Hubbard kidnapped Carpenter, who is his ex-girlfriend after he shot and killed her sister Kandi Murphy. At Riverside Cut -N-Style,Tammy’s salon she owns in Centreville, portions of the windows are boarded up and there are what appear to be bullet holes in the

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EARLY MORNING HOUSE FIRE TURNS TO DEATH INVESTIGATION

A house fire call came in to the Tuscaloosa Fire Department at 3:03AM Wednesday morning. Later in the morning, firefighters discovered the bodies of two people inside. The deaths are not being attributed to the fire. Tuscaloosa Metro Homicide Investigators joined the Fire Investigators on the scene. No names have been released as the bodies

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MERCEDES PLANT CONSTRUCTION DEATH VICTIM IDENTIFIED

Update: 7/24/2015 Investigators have identified the worker as 53 year old Jeffery Merchant of Reform. This case is still being considered a death investigation pending a final autopsy but investigators believe this is an accidental death.   Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit is investigating an accidental death at the Mercedes Plant off Highway 11 North

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2 PEOPLE FOUND DEAD IN TUSCALOOSA COUNTY FIRE

Tuscaloosa Homicide is investigating the deaths of two people found this morning after crews responded to a  fire in the 3800 block Nicol Park Road in Tuscaloosa County. When fire officials arrived on the scene around 3 a.m. they were told two people could be inside the burning structure. After a search nothing was found,

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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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BIBB COUNTY MANHUNT CONTINUES

The manhunt for for alleged kidnapper and murder suspect John Barry Hubbard continues in Bibb and Hale Counties today, Hubbard is accused of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend Tammy Carter and killing her sister yesterday afternoon. Law enforcement officials say Hubbard should be considered armed and dangerous. WVUA23 reporter Chelsea Barton is in Bibb County and will

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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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TUSCALOOSA SCHOOL BOARD LOOKS TO FILL EMPTY SEAT

The 30 day period to fill James Minyard’s seat is almost up. With the deadline quickly approaching, District One will be getting a new representative and applications are still coming into the office. The school board prepares to get a new board member and talks expectations.

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