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Police: Alabama man tries to sell someone else’s house

An Enterprise man has been arrested and charged with first-degree attempted theft after he listed for sale a house that belonged to someone else, police said. Tony Glen Grimes, 56, of Enterprise was served with an arrest warrant on Friday, court records show, and police said he was transported to th


Man takes plea deal in 2018 Colbert County manslaughter case

Court documents show Chance Thompson, who was charged with manslaughter in the January 2018 shooting death of 26-year-old Chad Gardner, took a plea deal on Wednesday, April 17, for a 20-year sentence.


Central AL Forecast: Beautiful Easter Sunday, Dry start to the week

It's been a pretty cloudy and chilly day. This is because an upper level low is slowly moving to our north and east and we are dealing with wrap around moisture (in the form of cloud cover) and cooler temperatures will winds out of the northwest. Most locations this afternoon struggled to get out of


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


Colbert County Courthouse will be open Monday, despite state holiday

TUSCUMBIA — State government offices will be closed Monday for Confederate Memorial Day, but Colbert County offices will be open as usual. In December, Colbert County commissioners agreed to swap the Confederate Memorial Day holiday Monday for a day off on Friday, July 5, giving employees a four-day


Steve Harvey congratulates Alabama radio host on the launch of ‘The Joe Lockett Show’

For Joe Lockett, the phrase “chase your dreams” is more than a cliché — it’s reality. Six years ago, inspired by comedian Steve Harvey, Lockett left his job in the construction industry with aspirations of becoming a radio host, which are now fully realized. After years of hard work and preparation,


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.


Cherokee's annual Eggstravaganza set for Friday

CHEROKEE— The town's annual Eggstravaganza and Easter Egg Hunt is set for Friday from 5-7 p.m. at the Cherokee Senior Citizens Building. The event will begin with games, music, face painting, animal balloons and a photo booth. Door prizes will be given away throughout the event.


Neighbor hit by tornado warns to take weather warnings seriously

COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. - A Colbert County neighborhood is still cleaning up after a tornado blew down trees and fences and stuck a trampoline in a tree this week. Neighbors and workers in Aycock Heights say they're getting closer, but it will still take a few days to get things back to normal. An EF-1


Damage reported after tornado hits Colbert County

There are reports of sheds being blown over in Aycock, and the National Weather Service reported a tornado passed through Crooked Oak. WAAY 31 talked with one man who lives near Crooked Oak who described exactly what he heard overnight.


The Market at Pepper Place named best Farmers Market in Alabama by Delish.com

The Market at Pepper Place has been named the best Farmers Market in Alabama by Delish.com, one of the most popular digital food-related destination sites in the U.S. Known for its “best of lists,” according to Hearst Magazines and Digital, the owner of Delish.com, the food lovers website’s traffic


State Senate OKs school security bill

MONTGOMERY — The Alabama Senate on Thursday approved a bill that would let local school boards of education hire retired law enforcement officers to serve as armed school security staff.


Alabama ex-investigator pleads guilty to beating handcuffed man

(CNN) — A former Tallassee police investigator pleaded guilty to assaulting a handcuffed 24-year-old man after his arrest. According to the guilty plea, Brandon Smirnoff, 27, was on duty in pursuit of the victim on a four-wheeler. Several officers had placed the man in handcuffs and before placing h


Alabama lawmakers head toward lottery vote

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Lawmakers are headed to a vote on lottery legislation next week, as supporters aim to change Alabama’s status as one of the few states without the games.


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


TVA Rockpile Recreation Area remains closed after February flooding

COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. – During the summer, it is one of the most visited areas in northwest Alabama. The Rockpile Recreation Area has remained closed since flood waters did major damage back in February.


Famed Alabama recording studio launches podcast series

SHEFFIELD, Ala. (AP) — Muscle Shoals Sound Studio's first major recording session in 1969 will be the topic of the iconic recording studio's first podcast, which is expected to debut Sunday, the same day Cher's "3614 Jackson Highway" session concluded.


Pledge, abortion among top Alabama stories this week

The Alabama House of Representatives passed a bill this week that would require students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance each day at school. And the House’s Health Committee passed a bill that outlaw abortion.


Suspect takes plea deal in Sheffield shooting death

COLBERT COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - A Florence man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the shooting death of a Haleyville man last year. Chance Boddie Thompson, 36, pleaded guilty to shooting and killing 26-year-old Chad Edwin Gardner on Jan. 7, 2018.


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