Lexington man gets 2 years in work release for deadly ATV crash

FLORENCE — A Lexington man who drove an all-terrain vehicle involved in a deadly crash in 2017 will serve two years in the Lauderdale County Work Release program.

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AUTHORITIES SEEK MAN ON PAROLE FROM A ROBBERY WHO LEFT REHAB

TOMMY LEE BATES

Authorities are seeking a man who is on parole from a 2008 Lauderdale County robbery and left a residential facility. Tommy Lee Bates was dismissed from the Shepherd’s Fold Substance Abuse program on Feb. 10 for failing to abide by the facility’s requirements, said Terry Abbott, communications director for the Alabama […]

TUSCUMBIA MAN DIES IN CRASH

HATTON– A Tuscumbia man was killed in a two-vehicle crash on Hwy. 157 late Monday afternoon in the Hatton Community.

According to State Troopers, 46-year-old Wesley David Whitfield was killed when the 2002 Chevy S-10 truck he was driving struck the rear-end of a 2009 Sierra truck and utility trailer.

The […]

Man faces drug charges after fleeing police

CEDRIC TAYLOR

FLORENCE – Police said they arrested a man Thursday night who led police on a short chase and had drugs in his vehicle.

Cedric Taylor, 32, was arrested following the 11:10 p.m. incident, Florence police Sgt. Robbie Howard said.

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Nextran Truck Center in Tuscumbia Named Mack 2019 North American Dealer of the Year

(Left to right) Martin Weissburg, president, Mack Trucks; Dennis McDaniel, regional vice president, Southeast, Mack Trucks; Jon Pritchett, president and CEO, Nextran; Jonathan Randall, senior vice president, North American sales and marketing, Mack Trucks at the Mack 2019 Dealer of the Year Awards Ceremony. Photo: Mack Trucks

TUSCUMBIA – Nextran Truck Center of Tuscumbia […]

UPDATE: POLICE HAVE SECOND PERSON OF INTEREST IN NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING

PERSON OF INTEREST #2

FLORENCE– Police have added a new person of interest in the Saturday nightclub shooting at Brass Monkey that sent one person to the hospital with ricochet injuries.

The incident occurred reportedly after someone became angered at the club’s dress code over sagging pants and the argument escalated into shots being […]

POLICE SEARCH FOR PERSON OF INTEREST IN NIGHT CLUB SHOOTING

FLORENCE– Police are searching for a person of interest (POI) in a Saturday night shooting.

According to police at approximately 9:30 pm officers with the Florence Police Department and Deputies with the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department responded to a Shots Fired call at the Brass Monkey night club on Darby Drive.

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TWO ARRESTED IN EARLY MORNING DRUG BUST

LEIGHTON–Colbert County authorities have arrested two people in an early morning drug bust.

The Colbert County Sheriff’s Department and the Colbert County Drug Task Force raided a home off of Jarmon Lane this morning.

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NEW DISTILLERY COMING TO FLORENCE

FLORENCE– High Ridge Spirits, a micro-distillery, plans to open in East Florence at 1401 Huntsville Road this fall.

Vodka, gin, and moonshine will be made the old-fashioned way at the new distillery.

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TWO BODIES FOUND IN LAUDERDALE COUNTY

LEXINGTON–The Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department is investigating after the bodies of a man and woman were found near Lexington.

Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton says the bodies were found at a home on Lauderdale County Road 456.

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FRANKLIN COUNTY AUTHORITIES MAKE LARGE METH BUST

Confiscated Methamphetamine and Cocaine

RUSSELLVILLE– Police have taken a major player in the drug trafficking scene off the streets of Franklin County.

According to Investigators with the Franklin and Marion County Sheriff’s Offices, 36-year-old Marcos A. Funez was taken into custody in the city of Russellville.

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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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CHICKEN SALAD CHICK COMING TO FLORENCE

FLORENCE– Steve Holt, Mayor of Florence, announced on Monday that Chicken Salad Chick, the fast-casual chicken salad restaurant concept, will be opening in Florence on Cox Creek Parkway near Olive Garden which is in front of Florence Mall.

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Florence Firefighters battling blaze at Dick Howell’s BBQ

Scene at Dick Howell’s BBQ on Pine Street

FLORENCE– Firefighters and emergency crews are on the scene of a structure fire on Pine Street, where Dick Howell’s BBQ at first appeared to be a total loss.

The fire was localized to the smoke room and was contained by the quick actions of the […]

Local mayors endorse Bradley Byrne in Senate race

Bradley Byrne

This week, two Shoals area mayors have endorsed Mobile native Bradley Byrne for US Senate.

Florence Mayor Steve Holt endorsed Byrne in his run on Thursday. This follows a previous endorsement from Muscle Shoals Mayor David Bradford, showing that Bradley is building strong support here in the Shoals.

Here is what Mayor […]

Florence AirBnb owners to meet with city over controversy

Eric Marchan – Staff Writer

FLORENCE– Florence Airbnb owners and transient short-term rental owners received a letter to cease operation of their single-family dwelling, accessory structure and property as a Bed & Breakfast, transient short term rental, rooming or boarding house.

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LAUDERDALE COUNTY GRAND JURY INDICTMENTS 1/7/18

The following people have been indicted by the December Session of the Lauderdale County Grand Jury

• Jackie Plank Linville, 41, 6271 Lauderdale 81, Florence; unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, and two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

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Man finds stranger in home

Marty Baskins

FLORENCE– A burglary in progress call has resulted in the arrest of a Florence man.

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Outback in Sheffield closing

SHEFFIELD–Outback restaurant on Hatch Boulevard is closing in July 2019 with a new Outback location opening in Florence.

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LAUDERDALE COUNTY GRAND JURY INDICTMENTS

The following people have been indicted by the most recent Lauderdale County Grand Jury:

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