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Man, 75, charged with sexual abuse

A 75-year-old man is facing sexual abuse charges after an investigation by the Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit's Sexual Assault Section. John Leslie Chase was arrested Feb. 11 and booked into the Tuscaloosa County Jail on one count of first-degree sexual…

1 dead following shooting involving police in east Alabama

OXFORD, Ala. (AP) - One person is dead following a shooting that involved police in eastern Alabama. News outlets report that police in Oxford say a chase began early Monday after someone stole a vehicle at gunpoint. A driver allegedly…

Tuscaloosa's Most Wanted: Feb. 9, 2022

  TUSCALOOSA – The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office needs your help locating some of Tuscaloosa’s Most Wanted. Steven Chase Hotoph, 36, is last known to be living in the area…

Northport man arrested on child porn charges

A Northport man is facing charges after a West Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force investigation involving material depicting child sexual abuse. Thomas Ramos Chajal, 22, was charged Wednesday morning with eight counts of possession of pornographic material depicting the sexual…

Man sought in Texas killing arrested in Alabama

FORT PAYNE, Ala. (AP) - A man sought on capital murder and other charges in a killing near the Mexican border in Texas has been arrested in north Alabama. Authorities say 20-year-old Jose Angel Becerra of Fyffe was taken into…

10 arrested, charged in human trafficking sting over weekend

Ten men are facing varying charges in the wake of an undercover West Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force operation over the weekend. The operation was part of the task force's ongoing mission of combatting child exploitation. “The officers working this…

Ex-corrections officer gets 9 years for inmate assault

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A former Alabama Department of Corrections lieutenant has been sentenced to nine years in jail for failing to stop an officer from assaulting two inmates. The U.S. Department of Justice, in a news release Friday, said…

Sheriff: Deputy recovering after shooting near Montgomery

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama sheriff's deputy is recovering after sustaining a gunshot wound during a standoff outside Montgomery. According to news outlets, the Elmore County Sheriff's Office responded to calls Saturday that a man was firing a gun…

Pickens County authorities seek suspect in Sunday double murder

Police in Reform are still searching for answers after two men were found shot to death at a home on Fifth Street Southwest Sunday evening.  Pickens County investigators identified the victims as 23-year-old Qualyin Smith of Columbus, Mississippi, and 27-year-old…

2 arrested, charged after 115 dogs found at Walker County home

Two men are facing animal cruelty charges after law enforcement agencies and animal welfare organizations discovered 115 dogs living in squalid conditions at their home in the Prospect community in Walker County. The dogs range in age from puppies to…

Northport shooting update: Third teen charged Friday

READ MORE Second teen arrested, charged with capital murder in Northport shooting: Jan. 19, 2022 18-year-old facing capital murder charges in Monday Northport shooting: Jan. 18, 2022   The Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit says a third person is facing capital…

Ex-Chick-fil-A workers sent to prison in Alabama fraud case

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Two former Alabama Chick-fil-A employees have been sentenced to prison for their roles in a scheme to steal nearly a half-million dollars from the Georgia-based fast-food firm. The U.S. Department of Justice said a federal judge…

2 Nigerian men sentenced to prison in 'romance scam' case

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say two Nigerian men living in New Jersey have been sentenced to federal prison after pleading guilty to laundering money stolen in an online "romance scam" though unwitting businesses, including one in Alabama. Prosecutors say…