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Man out on bond and on probation arrested on drug charges

30-year-old Christopher Antonio Leach is charged with three counts of drug trafficking, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Alabama woman dies in fire at her home

ATTALLA, Ala. (AP) — An 82-year-old Alabama woman has died in a fire at her home. Attalla Fire Chief Robert Dillard said the fire was reported shortly after 4 a.m. Monday. Dillard said Mae Pearson lived with her daughter. The chief said the daughter was unable to reach her mother, but did escape the


Ethics complaint filed against Etowah County Sheriff Jonathon Horton

GADSDEN, Ala. — An Alabama man has filed several ethics complaints about changes one sheriff made to his reserve unit. The Gadsden Times reported that Harvey Martin Jr. of the Attal Coalition is upset with changes Etowah County Sheriff Jonathon Horton made in the reserve unit after the 2018 election


Body found in Fort Payne creek identified as Jacksonville, Ala., man

A man's body found March 21 in a small creek in Fort Payne, Alabama, has been identified as that of a 25-year-old Jacksonville, Alabama, man. According to a statement from Fort Payne police chief Randy Bynum, the body was identified as James Thomas Phillips following an autopsy was performed at the


Boaz looking for two who left hospital after chase wreck, both considered armed

BOAZ, Ala. – Police are looking for two people who left the hospital after being involved in a police chase and crash last week. Police said Marcus Blake Parker, 24, of Boaz, and Angela Baker Upton, 42, of Albertville, should be considered armed.


5th fattest city in America is in Alabama

An Alabama city has landed in the top 10 of a list of the fattest places in America. WalletHub’s ranking looked at the 100 most populated U.S. metro areas across 19 key indicators of weight-related problems. The categories included things such things as obesity rates and access to healthy foods to d


Alabama man jailed for scaling kids on purpose

ATHENS, Ala. An Alabama man accused of intentionally scalding two children in a bathtub has pleaded guilty and has been sentenced to 40 years in prison. 33-year-old Derrick Defoe pleaded guilty yesterday to two counts of aggravated child abuse just before opening statements in his trial were set to


Sheriff: Inmate damages at Marshall County Jail are estimated at more than half a million dollars

MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. – The cost to fix damage done by inmates inside the Marshall County Jail is estimated at more than half a million dollars, the county sheriff said Monday.


Disturbance reported on Broad Street

While more than one recording of a brawl on Broad Street was broadcast on social media over the weekend, Gadsden police had only one report Monday morning of an altercation in the area.


Boaz police: Suspect led officers on chase, threw drugs out of his vehicle

According to Boaz police, on March 23rd, around 3:15 p.m., an officer made a traffic stop on a 2001 Oldsmobile Alero. Police say the vehicle stopped, and as the officer approached the vehicle, the driver, 23-year-old Anthony Lira of Oneonta, fled the scene in the vehicle. The officer pursued the sus


143 Family Dollar stores, including 5 in Alabama, closing: Complete list of closing locations

Almost 150 Family Dollar stores, including five in Alabama, are set to close by May, according to a list obtained by AL.com. The Alabama Family Dollar locations scheduled for closure are: 1301 3rd Ave. in Birmingham; 1301 Saint Stephens Road in Prichard; 17793 Alabama 18 in Berry; 576 Walnut Street


Woman killed in Blount County crash

A crash Sunday evening left an Oneonta woman dead. The crash happened around 5:20 p.m. on Blount County Road 1, according to Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Senior Trooper Chuck Daniel. He said Brandy Leigh Collum was driving a 2003 Ford Ranger when the car left the roadway and hit a tree.


Oneonta woman killled Sunday in one-car accident

An Oneonta woman was killed in a single-vehicle crash Sunday in Blount County. Brandy Leigh Collum, 43, was killed when the 2003 Ford Ranger she was driving left the roadway on Blount County 1 and struck a tree at 5:20 p.m. Sunday, according to a state trooper report.


Man charged with running from Boaz police

BOAZ, Ala. – An Oneonta man is facing several charges related to a police chase over the weekend. Anthony Lira, 23, led Boaz police on a chase Saturday afternoon around 3:15 p.m., according to the Boaz Police Department.


Woman at the center of missing person case now appealing reckless driving/endangerment sentence

ASHVILLE — Cara Yager, 35, who lives in the Grayson Valley area, filed an appeal in St. Clair County for her conviction and 15-month sentence in a reckless driving and reckless endangerment case.


82-year-old woman killed in Attalla house fire

ATTALLA, Ala. (WIAT) -- An 82-year-old woman died in a house fire early Monday morning after a passerby saw flames and called the fire department. Mae Pearson was found dead inside the home after her daughter desperately tried to save her.


Fight for higher sales tax in Guntersville

The fight for a higher sales tax is still ongoing in Guntersville. Many want to bump up the city's sales tax from 8% to 9.5%.


Man killed in Saturday motorcycle wreck

A single-vehicle motorcycle accident early Saturday morning in Saks claimed the life of a Gadsden man. Calhoun County Coroner Pat Brown said 60-year-old Jeffrey Jerome Kidd was riding his motorcycle on Highway 431 when he lost control at the near Anniston’s Veterans Memorial Parkway and crashed.


Boaz ready to hit the roads

On the cusp of the spring season, the City of Boaz is ready to start its street improvement projects back up again. Since the city’s 1-cent sales tax increase went into effect last July, Boaz Mayor David Dyar said the city was only able to complete about $38,000 worth of improvements before the weat


Southside Police acquire new drone

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A smaller police department in Etowah County has a new crime fighting tool. The Southside Police Department has purchased a new drone. It has a Flir camera and cost $3,900.