1 DEAD IN LAUDERDALE CRASH

LAUDERDALE COUNTY– A 17-year0old girl has been killed in a two-vehicle crash in rural Lauderdale County.

Authorities tell ShoalsInsider.com the crash occurred around 7:30 am Tuesday at the intersection of Lauderdale County Roads 25 and 144.

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Victim identified, ex-wife charged with capital murder

PEGGY SUE HALL

The Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office is still working the crime scene and investigating a homicide in the northern part of the Lauderdale county.

According to the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s office, the victim has been identified as Randall Bobo, owner of Bobo Roofing.

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SHOALS NATIVE INDICTED IN BOATING DEATHS ON SHOAL CREEK

Wooten’s boat after the crash

FLORENCE– A Lauderdale County Grand Jury has indicted an Augusta, Georgia man for manslaughter in the death of a mother and daughter who died on June 8th on a boating accident on Shoal Creek.

At a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly announced the indictment […]

AG ALLEGES POWELL MOVING LARGE SUMS OF CASH FROM PRISON

RONALD WARREN POWELL

TUSCUMBIA– A motion has been filed in Colbert County Circuit Court alleging convicted felon Ronald Warren Powell has been overheard on recorded and monitored prison telephone lines moving huge amounts of money that should have been paid as court ordered restitution to his victims. Some of whom may be in their […]

SYLACAUGA MAN SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS FOR ENTICING MINOR

Jerry Wayne Hamilton Jr.

BIRMINGHAM – A federal judge yesterday sentenced a Sylacauga man to 10 years in prison for attempted coercion and enticement of a minor, announced U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp, Jr.

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Limestone county sheriff arrested on 13 count indictment

Sheriff Mike Blakely

ATHENS– According to state and federal authorities, ten-term Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely was booked into his own jail this morning on criminal and ethics charges.

Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the indictment and arrest of Michael Anthony Blakely, the sheriff of Limestone County, on 13 counts of theft and ethics […]

UNDERWOOD MUST SURRENDER LICENSE PLEADS GUILTY TO MISDEMEANOR

Tuscumbia Attorney Billy Underwood

TUSCUMBIA– Tuscumbia attorney Billy Underwood has pled guilty this morning to a single misdemeanor count of jury tampering and must surrender his law license, and serve 4 months in the county jail.

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Colbert’s Sheriff Williamson receives humanitarian award

Sheriff Frank Williamson gives a speech after receiving the award

SHEFFIELD– At Monday nights meeting of the Shoals Democratic Club, Colbert County Sheriff Frank Williamson was presented with the Outstanding Humanitarian Award.

The award is presented annually to a Shoals Area Citizen who has tirelessly dedicated themselves to the service of others.

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Colbert Probate Judge Rosser hospitalized after stroke

Judge Daniel Rosser

HUNTSVILLE– Colbert County Probate Judge Daniel Rosser has been admitted to the hospital and is currently in the Intensive Care Unit at Huntsville Hospital. According to family members, Rosser has reportedly suffered a stroke.

It’s our understanding Rosser was initially admitted to a local hospital and was later transferred to Huntsville.

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CREWS SEARCH WILSON LAKE FOR MISSING FLORENCE MAN

LAUDERDALE COUNTY–Crews are searching for a Florence man that reportedly went overboard late Sunday afternoon on Wilson Lake.

According to Marine police, the single-vessel incident occurred at approximately 6:20 pm on Sunday.

Emergency officials say Dallion Quantrell Long, 28, of Florence, fell overboard while boating on Wilson Lake and is now considered missing. […]

FIVE SHOALS RESIDENTS ARRESTED IN DRUG / THEFT STING

ATHENS– The Limestone County Narcotics Unit recently conducted an operation that led to the arrest of five Shoals area residents.

When investigators stopped the suspect’s vehicle, it was occupied by five people.

Investigators searched the truck and located methamphetamine, heroin, fake meth, fake heroin, multiple syringes, and digital scales. Investigators also discovered multiple […]

IMPORTANT BACK TO SCHOOL DATES

With August approaching, Shoals’ school districts are releasing information on important dates regarding back to school information. Such information includes orientation dates, locker rental dates, schedule pick up dates and back to school dates. These dates have been released by the school systems.

Florence City Schools have released orientation dates and times for all […]

Man hospitalized with flesh-eating bacteria from Tennessee River

Lesions from the necrotizing fasciitis (FB)

FLORENCE–A man has been admitted to the North Alabama Medical Center and is undergoing surgery to treat flesh-eating bacteria that the man contracted from the Tennessee River on July 6th when he went kayaking.

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INFANT FLOWN TO HOSPITAL AFTER NEAR DROWNING

ROGERSVILLE–An infant has been airlifted to a hospital after nearly drowning at Joe Wheeler State Park on Hwy 72 near Rogersville.

Authorities tell ShoalsInsider.com the call came in around 12:45 pm reporting that an infant was submerged in the beach area of Joe Wheeler State Park.

Rogersville Police and Fire and Rescue quickly responded […]

UNA POLICE INVESTIGATING ALLEGED RAPE

Mattielou Hall

FLORENCE- Authorities are investigating an alleged rape on the UNA campus. According to UNA officials, the incident occurred at Mattielou Hall on July 5th shortly after midnight.

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ROGERSVILLE WOMAN KILLED IN CRASH

A single-vehicle crash on Tuesday, July 9, in Limestone County has claimed one life and injured two others.

Carla R. Swan, 33, of Rogersville was killed when the 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee, in which she was a passenger, left the roadway and struck several trees.

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Florence pastor arrested on sexual abuse charges

John Thomas Martin

FLORENCE– Police tell ShoalsInsider.com that a local pastor who confessed from the pulpit of the church has been charged with sexual abuse of a minor.

According to authorities, John Thomas Martin, Senior Pastor of Lighthouse Baptist Church on Sweetwater for the past nine years, is charged with four counts of first-degree […]

Man drowns at Gnat Pond

MUSCLE SHOALS– A Ford City man has drowned after his vehicle was submerged at Gnat Pond.

Authorities say, Michael Jordan Trousdale, 34, River Road, Muscle Shoals, was pronounced dead at the scene by Colbert County Coroner Justin Gasque. ShoalsInsider.com delayed the release of Mr. Trousdale’s name until family members were notified.

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SORRELL KEEPS CAMPAIGN PROMISE TO HELP THE LESS FORTUNATE

Rep. Andrew Sorrell loading food into cars for needy individuals

SHEFFIELD– Here’s something you don’t see that often, an elected official keeping their campaign promises. State Representative Andrew Sorrell is keeping his to his district.

Sorrell, who was not in a suit and tie as usual, worked up a sweat loading food boxes into […]

2 DEAD 1 INJURED IN SHOALS CREEK BOATING ACCIDENT

FLORENCE– ALEA’s Marine Patrol Troopers are investigating a boat crash on Wilson Lake that claimed the lives of two people and seriously injured a third person Saturday night.

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