crime

19-year-old charged with child porn possession

A Northport man is facing charges Monday after an investigation by the West Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force and the Alabama Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Investigators found probable cause to charge Ladarius Dejuan Jones, 19, with four counts…

Jurors convict former principal in fake enrollment scheme

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Jurors have found a former north Alabama high school principal guilty of participating in an effort to defraud the state of education funds. Rick Carter was convicted Friday in federal court in Montgomery on conspiracy, wire…

Domestic dispute turns deadly

TUSCALOOSA - Jonathan Peebles, age 38, has been arrested and charged with manslaughter following a deadly shooting involving his 27-year-old girlfriend. Tuscaloosa Police was dispatched Thursday evening to the 3500 block of McKenzie Avenue, which is in the McKenzie Courts…

Double murder suspect arraigned in court 

TUSCALOOSA -  Tyrese Bell, age 19, appeared for his arraignment hearing Wednesday, March 16. Court documents show Bell was the driver of the vehicle involved in the drive by shooting that killed 25-year-old Marcus Winston and 2-year-old Ashton Jones. Bell…

Shooting sends one man to the hospital

NORTHPORT -  One man was taken to the hospital after being shot Tuesday night. The call came in to Northport Police shortly after 8 PM on Tuesday, March 15, 2022. Jack Kennedy of Tuscaloosa's Violent Crime Unit said the multi-jurisdictional…

Suspects charged in Tuscaloosa drive-by double murder

TUSCALOOSA - A second person is arrested and charged in a double murder from over the weekend that killed one man and a two-year-old little boy. We are not able to release the most recent suspect's identity due to the…

Tuscaloosa's Most Wanted: March 9, 2022

TUSCALOOSA – The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office needs your help locating some of Tuscaloosa’s Most Wanted. Wright Dewayne Hassell, 51, is last known to be living in the area of…

Woman charged with practicing medicine without license

HOMEWOOD, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say a Birmingham-area woman is charged with practicing medicine without a license after an investigation showed she was importing unapproved Botox and giving injections. State investigators say 57-year-old Albina Cherkes of Irondale was arrested by…

Man facing charges in rash of break-ins around Tuscaloosa

A man from Greene County is facing charges in multiple Tuscaloosa-area break-ins. Omar Ezra Knott, 32, was arrested this afternoon and is charged with four counts of third-degree burglary in relation to overnight "smash-and-grab" break-ins that happened Feb. 16, Feb.…

Man arrested in University Mall shooting incident

After nearly a week of investigation, one man is facing charges in the wake of a shooting at University Mall last weekend. Tyrus Jacquez Jones, 24, is facing four counts of third-degree assault after investigators determined he negligently handled a…

Alabama death row inmate who sought new trial dies of cancer

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A death row inmate in Alabama who maintained his innocence and waged a high-profile but unsuccessful legal battle to overturn his conviction has died. A legal team spokesperson said 60-year-old William Ernest Kuenzel died at Holman…

Students mourn loss of 2 classmates who were shot to death

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Officials at a high school near Birmingham say grief counselors would be available Tuesday to help students deal with the loss of two 16-year-old classmates who were shot to death over the weekend. Al.com reports that…

Batteries packed with heroin found in Alabama traffic stop

EUTAW, Ala. (AP) - Law officers in west Alabama say they found more than 12 kilograms of heroin hidden inside Duralast vehicle batteries. Al.com reports that a Texas man was charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute after…