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Rowan resigns as Boaz Assistant Police Chief

Boaz Assistant Police Chief Rusty Rowan turned in his letter of resignation Monday afternoon to pursue a full-time career in music. Boaz Police Chief Josh Gaskin said Rowan has been a great asset to the police department, even before he was promoted to assistant chief, and would be greatly missed.


Marshall County crystal meth suspect said he fled deputies to feed his hogs, authorities say

MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office has alerted media to a drug arrest with a twist that happened last week. On April 11, deputies patrolling the area of Martling Road reportedly observed a vehicle parked in the middle of the road. They said as the deputy approached the


Burney retires at Boaz, accepts job at Georgia high school

Boaz High School is searching for a new varsity boys basketball coach due to the impending retirement of Jay Burney. Burney is retiring in Alabama but will continue his coaching career at Flowery Branch High School in Flowery Branch, Georgia.


Marshall County metro jail talks continue

The status of a metro jail remains up in the air for Marshall County. According to Commission Chairman James Hutcheson, he met with the county’s municipal leaders to discuss the possibility of a metro jail. He said a metro jail would provide all of the county a central jail to use, and it would be a


Alabama teen once charged with killing his parents claims sheriff is still looking for ways to put him in jail

An Alabama teenager who was charged in the 2016 murder of his parents only to have those charges dropped last year says he believes the town sheriff is still looking for ways to put him in jail.


Alabama can’t keep correctional officers - here’s why

Alabama has been losing correctional officers in its prisons since 2010. Why?. That question - and reversing that trend - was the subject not only of proposals in the Legislature this week, but an exhaustive study commissioned by the Department of Corrections that has been unsealed in court.


Marshall County families brace for potential storms

As we look ahead to Thursday night's potential storms, some Marshall County families are still picking up the pieces from a tornado that tore through Albertville last week. Byron Goodson, who lives on Nixon Chapel Road in Albertville, had damage to his home. He was in good spirits, though, as he cle


Former Alabama police officer pleads guilty to repeatedly assaulting handcuffed man

A former Alabama police officer pleaded guilty Friday to federal charges after he repeatedly assaulted a handcuffed suspect several years ago. Michael Brandon Smirnoff, 27, was a former Tallassee police investigator. He was initially arrested in 2016.


Alabama Department of Corrections searches for escapee

Alabama Department of Corrections is on the lookout for an escapee. Joel Spears escaped from the Childersburg Work Release Center on Friday, April 19th at 9:45 pm. Spears was last seen at his job site located in Childersburg, AL in Talladega County. If you have any information on Inmate Spears' wher


Gadsden police investigate bathroom incident involving minor girl at Gadsden Library

GADSDEN, AL (WBRC) - Gadsden police are investigating an incident, in which a man walked into a women's room at the Gadsden Public Library and was caught peeping at a young girl.


356 makeshift weapons, drugs, cellphones seized during Alabama prison raid

More than 350 weapons were among the items found during a massive contraband raid at an Alabama prison. More than 300 law enforcement officers descended upon an Alabama prison Thursday morning in a joint operation targeting contraband. The Alabama Department of Corrections led the predawn raid at Wi


Art on the Lake Artists

These Marshall County artists will have their work featured at Art on the Lake on April 27 and 28 at the Guntersville Recreation Center. Admission to the show is $2. The doors open at 10 a.m. each day.


Woman killed in Alabama after tree falls on home

St. Clair Co., Ala (AP) -- Alabama authorities say a woman has been killed after strong storms knocked down a tree onto her mobile home in St Clair County. The St. Clair County Sheriff's Office tells WVTM that a tree fell on a home on U.S. Highway 231 in Pell City just before 8 p.m. Thursday. Emerge


Attorney General Steve Marshall gets restraining order against North Alabama massage businesses

MONTGOMERY — The Madison County Circuit Court has granted a request by Attorney General Steve Marshall for a temporary restraining order against a chain of North Alabama massage businesses. Marshall said these businesses were actually operating a human-trafficking enterprise. This is the first civil


Storms kill 2 in Mississippi, 1 in Alabama

Strong storms again roared across the South on Thursday, killing two Mississippi drivers and a woman in Alabama while leaving more than 100,000 people without power across Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.


Lion at Noccalula Falls Park dies

GADSDEN, Ala. — The longtime lion at Noccalula Falls died Friday, according to officials with the park. Shelia, known as the “Queen of the Falls,” was a favorite among park visitors.


Weather pushes playoff series to Saturday

Friday’s rainy weather forced the postponement of first-round state baseball playoff series involving teams in The Reporter’s coverage area. In Class 6A, Albertville hosts Cullman on Saturday at 1 and 3 p.m. The if-necessary game will be Monday at 4:30 p.m.


Historical Marker placed to mark Civil Rights activist’s local death site

This past Sunday (Apr. 14), a life was remembered for being ahead of his time and mourned for being forgotten for so many years. The Keener Community along with the Keener Baptist Church held a ceremony for Mr. William L. Moore, a U.S. postman who made the decision to march from Chattanooga, Tenn. t


Convicted killer of north Alabama jeweler dies after extended illness in prison

A man serving life without parole for the 1990 shooting death of a north Alabama jeweler has died. James David Beard, 59, died at Brookwood Baptist Medical Center after being transferred there from William E. Donaldson Correctional Facility. Beard was pronounced dead just after 9 p.m. Thursday from


Passenger in 18-wheeler among those arrested on drug charges in Talladega Co. over last week (with photos)

TALLADEGA COUNTY -- Half a dozen people were arrested on felony drug charges during the past week, according to Talladega County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force Cmdr. Jason Murray, including a Guntersville woman riding as a passenger in an 18-wheeler Wednesday night.