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SUSPECT LEADS POLICE ON HIGH-SPEED CHASE

FLORENCE

SUSPECT LEADS POLICE ON HIGH-SPEED CHASE

On Friday, July 5, 2024, at around 1:30 AM, a Florence police officer observed a black Hyundai Sonata make an improper turn on Cloverdale Road. The vehicle accelerated to speeds of over 90 MPH. Officers pursued the vehicle.

The vehicle continued to try to elude officers by making several turns and continuing to drive at high speeds. The driver lost control and struck a light pole around County Road 42 and Chisholm Road.

The vehicle was only occupied by the driver, who was transported to the North Alabama Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The incident is still under investigation.

POLICE ARREST FUGITIVE SUSPECTED OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING A CHILD

SHEFFIELD

On Friday, Detectives with the Sheffield Police Department received information from the Vernal City Police Department in Utah regarding a male identified as Damien Zachary Marshall who held warrants for 2 counts of sodomy on a child as well as a count for sexual abuse of a child.

Upon attaining copies of the warrants for Marshall as well as an address in Sheffield Police/Investigations made contact with Marshall at a residence on the 600 block of Broadway Street.

Marshall was taken into custody and is currently at the Sheffield City jail awaiting extradition to Utah.

POLICE INVESTIGATE MURDER-SUICIDE

NEWS Alert SHEFFIELD

Authorities have confirmed to Shoals Insider that two men have died as a result of a possible murder-suicide in a Sheffield neighborhood.

On Tuesday, July 2nd, at approximately 10PM, the Sheffield Police Department was dispatched to the 500 block of Wilson Dam Avenue for a possible suicide.

When officers arrived, they found Tommy Ray Burcham 43, of Tuscumbia, lying face down in the grass in an open field across from the residence with two gunshot wounds from a .44 caliber handgun that was found nearby.

During further investigation, officers were notified of another gunshot victim inside the residence. Officers found Raleigh Samuel Lemaster 34, of Sheffield, deceased from a single gunshot wound from an AR rifle that was found under a box fan inside the home.

It was reported that both parties involved were close friends and had gotten into a disagreement, “possibly over a woman,” said Sheffield Police Chief Ricky Terry.

‘The two men had also worked together,’ said Chief Terry.

This is being investigated as a murder-suicide. All information and evidence collected at the scene will be turned over to the Colbert County District Attorney’s Office.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the deceased

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COLBERT COUNTY MAN ARRESTED FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING

Drug Trafficking, Darian Owens

A Jarmon Lane resident stands charged with drug trafficking after agents with the Colbert County Drug Task Force executed

a search warrant at his residence and found over two and a half ounces of crystal methamphetamine. This according to Task Force Director Curtis Burns, who said police had received numerous complaints of people coming to the residence on the 1200 block of Jarmon Lane.

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ALABAMA AG MARSHALL ANNOUNCES INDICTMENT OF MUSCLE SHOALS MAN IN CASE INVOLVING MULTIPLE PROPERTY CRIMES

Gregory Clay Kirk of Muscle Shoals Indicted

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the indictment of a Muscle Shoals man in a case involving multiple property crimes. Gregory Clay Kirk, 58, of Muscle Shoals, was arrested and booked into the Madison County Jail on Thursday. His bond is set at $475,000.

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JUDGE REVOKES MANSLAUGHTER SUSPECT’S BOND

Robert Earl Jones Revoked

On Tuesday, Lauderdale County District Court Judge Carole Medley revoked the bond of Robert Earl Jones, 57, of Hickory Hills Road in Florence, who was out on bond for the charge of manslaughter after a December 30th crash claimed the life of his wife Regina Leigh Jones, 62.

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MOTHER ACCUSED OF ATTEMPTING TO DROWN SON IN BATHTUB INDICTED BY GRAND JURY

Ashley Elizabeth Jones Indicted by Grand Jury

The case of a Sheffield mother that police say tried to drown her 10-year-old son in the bathtub after pouring bleach on the young child, will now move forward after she was indicted by a Colbert County grand jury.

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MAYOR ANNOUNCES NEW $65 MILLION ATHLETIC AND EVENT CENTER DEVELOPMENT

Muscle Shoals Development Center
Muscle Shoals Development Center
Muscle Shoals Development Center

The Mayor of the City of Muscle Shoals announced on Monday the development of a new 66-acre mixed-use development in the city that will include multi-sport athletic facilities and a complex with the ability to host indoor and outdoor events adjacent to major retailers.

Mayor Mike Lockhart stated the new city-owned development located at Sportsplex Dr., “has been in the works for over two years”. The space will include indoor and outdoor facilities capable of hosting large regional tournaments.

Major retail development is central to the concept of the site. Plans include for significant retail space to be built out as the site develops.

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FLORENCE MAN ARRESTED FOR AGGRAVATED ANIMAL CRUELTY

Animal Cruelty Kevin Bruce

On Sunday, Florence police officers responded to an animal welfare check at the bridge near the 300 block of Minniehaha Street. A witness stated he heard an animal that sounded like it was in distress.

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FLORENCE

POLICE IDENTIFY VICTIMS IN TUESDAYS FATAL CRASH

Authorities have identified the two people that died in a two-vehicle crash on Tuesday on Florence Boulevard.

According to FPD Sgt. Ryan Kelly at approximately 4:08 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, 2024., members of the Florence Police, Florence Fire Department, Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department, and Lifeguard EMS responded to the intersection of Florence Boulevard and Sweetwater Avenue to a crash that took the lives of two individuals.

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TUSCUMBIA

BOND SET FOR ANIMAL ABUSE SUSPECT DEBRA JANE CATLEDGE

Debra Jane Catledge

The District Attorney’s office announced on Monday that a Colbert County Grand Jury has indicted Debra Jane Catledge for multiple felonies and misdemeanors related to a long-term investigation involving dogs and horses on her property.

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Solar Eclipse 2024

The Shoals area was not excluded from the viewing path of the 2024 eclipse as many gathered outside making memories for years to come. Referred to as “Syzygy” where the sun, moon and earth temporarily align was truly an amazing sight to see.

Shoals Kidney and Hypertension viewing eclipse
Shoals residents viewing the eclipse in downtown Florence
UNA family and friends
UNA students
UNA Theatrical Students Gather together to view the eclipse

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AUTHORITIES IDENTIFY MAN WHO DIED IN OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING

Officer involved shooting

Lauderdale County Sheriff Joe Hamilton has identified the person who died after Monday’s officer-involved shooting on Walnut Street.

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RAPE AND SODOMY TRIAL OF FORMER KILLEN POLICE OFFICER POSTPONED UNTIL AUGUST

Jarrod Gailen Webster
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FORMER CONVENIENCE STORE EMPLOYEE ARRESTED FOR THEFT

A former employee at the Shell Quick Mart at 901 Florence Blvd. stands accused of taking money from the cash register over a 90-day period.

Vera Margie Vaughn

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AUTHORITIES RELEASE IDENTITY OF MAN FOUND DECEASED AT BUDGET INN

Authorities have released the identity of a man who was found deceased at a Florence motel and is the subject of a death investigation.

Last Saturday, on March 23, 2024, at approximately 10:45 a.m., Florence Police responded to Budget Inn on Florence Boulevard to the report of an unresponsive person.

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AUTHORITIES RELEASE IDENTITY OF DECEASED MOTORCYCLIST STRUCK BY KELLER AMBULANCE

Helen Keller Accident

A two-vehicle crash involving a Keller ambulance that occurred at approximately 9:25 p.m. Saturday, March 23, has claimed the life of a Blountsville man.

According to State Troopers, Sidney L. Canada II, 33, was fatally injured when the disabled 2003 Honda VT600 motorcycle that he was on was struck by the 2017 Ford T250 Ambulance.

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FORMER SHEFFIELD RESIDENT PLEADS GUILTY TO SEXUAL ABUSE

A former Sheffield resident pleaded guilty Thursday in Colbert County Circuit Court to two sexual abuse charges in exchange for a 24-month prison sentence.

According to court records, John Thomas Sledge, 70, of 385 Jones Road in Russellville, pleaded guilty to sexual abuse in the first and second degrees with the sentence to run concurrently.

John Thomas Sledge

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RUSSELLVILLE CITY SCHOOLS HIRES NEW SUPERINTENDENT

Dr. Tim Guinn

At a special called meeting Friday afternoon, the Russellville City Schools Board of Education officially hired Dr. Tim Guinn as the next superintendent of Russellville City Schools.

Guinn is no stranger to Russellville or to Russellville City Schools. While Guinn is currently serving as superintendent of Satsuma City Schools in South Alabama, where he has been superintendent for the past two years, he was at Russellville prior to that post. Guinn came to Russellville in 2002 and served as the Assistant Principal at RHS from 2002 to 2009 before moving to the principal position for the next seven years. In 2016, Guinn accepted a position at the RCS Central Office as an administrative assistant, which is the position of assistant superintendent. He served in this capacity until accepting the superintendent’s job at Satsuma in January 2022.

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