crime

Police shoot, kill man armed with kitchen knife

The Associated Press OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) - An Opelika police officer shot and killed a man they said ignored commands to drop a kitchen knife as he approached his girlfriend and officers, the police department said Monday. The Opelika Police…

Mississippi man accused of biting someone's nose off

The Associated Press Bay St. Louis, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi man is out on bond after being accused of biting a person’s nose off. The incident occurred Monday night in the parking lot of the Hollywood Casino in Bay…

Tuscaloosa ministry aims to lower the crime rate

By WVUA 23 Student Reporter Karnera Gafford Tuscaloosa churches are partnering with residents to keep gun violence down in our communities. Local organizations like Restoration Ministries hope to help people before the…

Lamar County man pleads guilty to child porn charges

A Lamar County man has pleaded guilty to two felony charges involving child pornography in Fayette County Circuit Court. Mason Logan Martinez, 20, of Kennedy, entered an open-ended guilty plea Oct. 31. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled at a…

Ex-Alabama prison guard charged in contraband case

The Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Federal prosecutors Thursday said a former corrections officer at an Alabama prison has been charged for his alleged role in a conspiracy to smuggle cellphones, drugs and other items to inmates. A two-count bill…

2 charged with murder in death of Alabama infant in 2000

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say a woman and her former boyfriend are charged with murder in the death of the woman’s 4-month-old son in east Alabama more than two decades ago. Opelika police say 43-year-old Tomeika Hughley and 42-year-old…

Tuscaloosa shooting leaves one person in critical condition

TUSCALOOSA - The Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit is investigating a shooting that happened Saturday, August 27. Investigators said the shooting took place around 6:30pm on McFarland Blvd. The victim, whose name has not yet been released, showed up at DCH…

Former Alabama sheriff pleads guilty to federal charges

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A former Alabama sheriff who resigned last year says he is innocent of federal charges that he used improper loans to pay personal expenses including gambling debts. News outlets report former Clarke County Sheriff William Ray…

2 arrested on sexual assault charges in Tuscaloosa

Two cousins have been arrested after allegedly sexually assaulting the same female victim at a party in Tuscaloosa earlier this month. Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit Capt. Jack Kennedy says the 25-year-old woman was heavily under the influence of alcohol at…

Alabama inmate convicted of murder captured after escape

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Prison officials say a man convicted of murder in West Alabama more than a decade ago has been captured after escaping from a minimum-security corrections center near Mobile. A notice from the Department of Corrections says…

Tuscaloosa man charged with rape, sodomy in 20-year-old case

A man from Tuscaloosa is facing multiple charges for alleged sex offenses dating back at least two decades. Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the arrest Thursday of Michael Eugene Hearing, 54, who was indicted April 26 on charges of…

Tuscaloosa authorities, ATF arrest 35 in gun/drugs bust

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyle Hamrick Tuscaloosa and state law enforcement will cooperate with the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to heighten prosecutions for violent crimes. "The individuals who knowingly and…

Former Alabama prison officer charged in assault on inmates

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A former Alabama prison officer has been indicted on federal charges of assaulting three inmates and then submitting a false statement about the incident. Prosecutors say 55-year-old Lorenzo Mills was charged in an indictment with violating…

Several robberies reported on Alabama campus this weekend

The University of Alabama Police Department is warning the UA community to stay aware of potential threats after a trio of robberies happened early Saturday morning. According to UAPD, the first victim got a ride around 12:30 a.m. from someone…

Tuscaloosa's Most Wanted: April 13, 2022

The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office needs your help locating some of Tuscaloosa’s Most Wanted. Jaboris Roshaun McGee, 38, is last known to be living in the area of 31st Street…

Jury deliberating in death of Alabama woman last seen 2006

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama jury is deliberating in the trial of a man charged with capital murder in the killing of a woman whose body was never found following her disappearance in 2006. Lee County prosecutors contend 41-year-old…