TWO DENIED PAROLE IN LOCAL CASES

MONTGOMERY — Two inmates serving on convictions in local cases have had their parole requests denied, authorities said.

Charles Edward Blankenship and William Paul Cosby had requests denied by The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles, said Terry Abbott, director of communications for the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles.

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UNA CONFIRMED AS DOCTORAL-GRANTING INSTITUTION

FLORENCE, AL – The University of North Alabama has been approved to offer two doctoral programs. Beginning in Spring 2021, the College of Business will offer the Executive Doctor of Business Administration (EDBA), and in the fall of 2021, the College of Education and Human Sciences will offer a Ph.D. in Exercise Science and Health Promotion.

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PAROLE DENIED FOR MAN SERVING 12 YEARS

ERIC C TERRELL

MONTGOMERY–The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles denied a parole request yesterday for a man serving 12 years on a felony domestic violence conviction, authorities said.


The board turned down the request from Eric C. Terrell, said Terry Abbott, director of communications for the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles. Terrell pleaded guilty in Colbert County to the felony domestic violence charge in 2018, authorities said.

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THE SEA GAVE UP THE DEAD

Wrapping up the judgment of the wicked on that great day: “The sea [ocean] gave up the dead [atoms and molecules of the bodies of the wicked dead] which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead that were in them [in other words, no human being will escape (avoid) God’s judgment]: And they were [all] judged; everybody according to their works. And [even] death and hell were cast into the Lake of Fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:13-15).

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Suspected Shell station robber wore duct tape as mask, steals Cash, Yoohoo and Marlboro Reds

JASON LYNN DICKSON

FORD CITY- Authorities have arrested the man they say is responsible for the robbery last week of the Ford City Shell station and firing shots at Florence police in a chase the next day after the robbery.

Colbert Sheriff Frank Williamson says Jason Dickson, 45, of Muscle Shoals, is in custody on 1st degree Robbery charges in the Colbert County Jail.

According to court documents, Dickson, who used duct tape for a mask, took some items to eat, drink, and smoke. The complaint states Dickson, during the robbery of the Shell picked up a Yoohoo drink, a pack of Marlboro Red cigarettes, a Swisher Sweet cigar, and the victim’s sack of food.

The robbery occurred after closing, as the female employee walked to her car, Dickson allegedly met her on the way to her car.

Dickson, who reportedly did all of this at gunpoint, also allegedly took $750 cash.

Dickson reportedly left with the gas station employee’s cell phone after he told her he was, “the bogeyman” and “her worst nightmare,”

Video cameras have Dickson on tape purchasing the duct tape he used to cover his face at the Dollar General in Ford City.

Dickson apparently became involved in a chase with Florence police while on the run after robbing the Shell Station in Ford City. He was reportedly later apprehended with a firearm and bank bag from Ford City Shell.

Colbert deputies picked up Dickson at the Lauderdale County Detention Center after his arrest following the chase with authorities in Lauderdale County.

Dickson is being held in the Colbert County Jail on a $30,000 bond.

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LEIGHTON MAN ARRESTED FOR THEFT

MATTHEW MARTIN JOHNSON

FLORENCE- Authorities arrested a Leighton man over the weekend for theft from a heating and cooling firm.

According to police, Matthew Martin Johnson, 46, of 800 Duncan Lane, Leighton, was arrested Saturday for first-degree theft.

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TWO INMATES PAROLED ON LOCAL CHARGES

LEE VAUGHN HAMER
MATTHEW LEE VANDIVER

Parole was granted Tuesday for two inmates serving time for Shoals area crimes.
The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles granted requests from Lee Vaughn Hamer and Matthew Lee Vandiver following hearings, said Terry Abbott, director of communications for the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles.

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SUSPECT SHOT AT OFFICER, FLED SCENE

Florence police are at the scene of the Residence Inn by Marriott on Tuesday searching for suspect

FLORENCE – Police are at the Residence Inn by Marriott Florence investigating the scene after a suspect shot at a police officer early Tuesday morning and fled in that direction, authorities said.

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All will give an account

The Bible makes it clear that heaven keeps record books—Revelation 20:12: All the wicked dead will stand before God at the Great White Throne judgment, just before the renovation of earth, and will be judged according to everything that has been written about them in those books. Every word, thought, action, and intention of every human being is recorded in heaven. That is true of every human being, including us Christians. But, when we get born again we become new creatures in Christ. Old things have passed away, and all things are new; and all those new things are of God (2 Corinthians 5:17-18).

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NAMC TO ALLOW 1 VISITOR PER PATIENT

NORTH ALABAMA MEDICAL CENTER

FLORENCE – North Alabama Medical Center is transitioning from a zero-visitor protocol to limited visitor restrictions, officials said.
The restrictions, which were established in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, now allow one support person per patient during visiting hours, hospital officials said.

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MAN CHARGED WITH MANSLAUGHTER AFTER DEADLY POLICE CHASE

ZACHERY JOHN MADDEN

FLORENCE– A man from Brilliant, Alabama, is facing manslaughter charges following a pursuit by the Florence Police Department.

Zachery John Madden, 21, was charged after he failed to stop for police who were attempting to investigate the vehicle Madden was driving after it was observed travelling in downtown Florence without headlights.

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Man dies after crashing into Cypress Creek

FLORENCE – A one-vehicle crash at 1:41 a.m. today, June 6, 2020, has claimed the life of a resident of Spring Hill, Tennessee. Joe Dewayne Cothrum, a 35-year-old, was killed when the 2011 Nissan Altima, being driven by 21-year-old Zachary John Madden of Brilliant, AL, left the roadway, continued travelling on private property and crashed into Cypress Creek.

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PAROLE DENIED FOR LOCAL OFFENDER

DAVID RAY ALEXANDER

MONTGOMERY — The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles denied a parole request Tuesday from David Ray Alexander, who is serving a 20-year sentence on various crimes including unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle in Colbert County, according to corrections records.
Alexander has served more than 9 years of a 20-year sentence, according to the department.

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UNA SEES A 20 PERCENT INCREASE IN ENROLLMENT

FLORENCE, AL – The University of North Alabama’s summer session enrollment and credit-hour production increased more than 20 percent this year compared to the 2019 summer session, university officials said.

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Alabama surpasses 16,000 cases of Covid-19 Coronavirus

The Shoals has had 354 cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus thus far, while the state has surpassed the 16,000 mark, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health.

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REVELATION AND END TIME EVENTS

LAKE OF FIRE

In Revelation chapter 20, between Satan being locked up in the Abyss for a thousand years (verses 1-3) and afterwards his release, and immediate rebellion, and then his sudden descent into the Lake of Fire, where he will be tormented forever and ever (verses 7-10) is sandwiched the prophecy of the wrapping up of the first resurrection.

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CHIROPRACTOR CHARGED WITH DRUG TRAFFICKING

DR. CHAD MATHEY AND JOVONIA MATHEY

HUNTSVILLE– A chiropractor with offices in Florence and Huntsville is facing drug trafficking charges in Madison County.

Dr. Chad Eddie Mathey, 48, 35 Cypress Grove Lane, Huntsville, is facing trafficking of marijuana charges.

Mathey and Javonia Mathey were arrested in Madison County at 10:47 p.m. on May 21 and released on May 22.

Mathey operates an office in Florence and in Huntsville as Crown Medical Center.

According to the complaint made by the drug agent, the two “did knowingly have or were in actual or constructive possession of over 2.2 pounds of marijuana”

Mathey and Jovonia were released from the Madison County Jail on $5,000 bail each.

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TUSCUMBIA MAN CHARGED IN FATAL SHOOTING

MARIO LESHAWN RICHARDSON

SHEFFIELD- Authorities have officially charged a Tuscumbia man in the early morning shooting death of Jonathan Eugene Nipper on Monday.

According to Sheffield Police Chief Ricky Terry, Mario Leshawn Richardson, 39, of 1408 East Decatur Street, Tuscumbia, has been charged with murder, which is a class A felony.

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Ivey authorizes using National Guard if protests become violent

MONTGOMERY – Gov. Kay Ivey announced today she has given the authorization to activate up to 1,000 Alabama National Guard members if needed to respond to violent protesters.

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MAN IN HIGH-SPEED CHASE CAPTURED

QUINTON MARLOW KEEL

FLORENCE– Lauderdale County authorities have arrested a 23- year-old who led police on a high-speed chase through three counties.

Deputies with the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department arrested Quinton Marlow Keel, who apparently fled a court ordered rehab from a 2020 drug case in Lauderdale County.

Police say Keel was in a stolen car. The chase reportedly started in Lawrence County and progressed through Colbert into Lauderdale county into the city of Florence.

Keel was arrested at the intersection of Pine Street and Court Street.

According to authorities, Keel is being held in the Lauderdale County Detention Center without bond on two alias warrants. He is now facing possible escape charges and theft of property charges and a possession of methamphetamine charge, not to mention resisting arrest.

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