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Decatur PD asking for the public's help to find unmasked suspect

On Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at approximately 1:15 a.m., Morgan County 911 received the call of a robbery at the Texaco at 819 6th Avenue NE in Decatur. During the incident, a man walked up to the store and put on a ski mask. He then entered the store, brandished a firearm, and demanded money.


Dry Branch Creek cleanup planned Monday

Tennessee Riverkeeper is launching a new anti-microplastics campaign in an effort to remove the microscopic pieces of plastic and other litter from creeks and waterways in the Tennessee River Valley and educate the public about this pollution threat.


ALEA issues new hardship driver's license law

MONTGOMERY, Ala (WIAT)-- A new law by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency could reinstate the driver's licenses for nearly 20,000 Alabamians, whose licenses were suspended, for an inability to pay traffic tickets.


Morgan County fairgrounds to be sold for $1.4 million

According to Barney Loveless, the attorney for the Decatur Morgan State Product Mart Authority, the Authority has agreed to sell the Morgan County fairgrounds, which are on 49 acres, for $1.4 million to Land Services LLC of Decatur.


Gag order issued in case alleging sexual assault by Decatur doctor

A gag order issued in a case in which dozens of patients of a Decatur doctor claim he sexually assaulted them in his exam room while his staff watched will prevent the identities of those staff members from being revealed.


Low wind chill, snow flurries in weekend forecast

Valley residents should bundle up Saturday night through Monday as the wind chill is expected to dip into the teens, according to the National Weather Service. “Sunday night we could see wind chill about 12 or 13 degrees,” said NWS Meteorologist Andy Kula this morning. He said an earlier forecast ha


Sibling Stories: Decatur police officer co-writes books with his sister

The conversation between the Decatur police officer with 18 years on the force and his sister, who retired after 20 years as an attorney, developed rapidly. Within minutes, the siblings outlined the plot for a humorous crime novel centered on a detective fascinated with witchcraft.


Decatur keeping block schedule for 2019-20

Decatur City Schools Superintendent Michael Douglas said “for now” he is backing away from moving the district’s two high schools from a block schedule to a seven- or eight-period class schedule.


Huntsville IHOP shooter kills employee, is killed by victim’s son

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Huntsville police say gunfire exchange inside the IHOP on Drake Avenue turned deadly Wednesday. Three people were shot and two of them died, including the customer who allegedly opened fire.


New 911 director: Ready to get started

Jeanie Pharis was introduced Thursday evening as Morgan County's new 911 director, nine months after the previous director resigned under pressure. Pharis, 43, of Enid, Oklahoma, was one of five finalists interviewed by the Emergency Management Communication District 911 Board. More than 20 people a


2 dead, 1 hurt after customer opens fire at Alabama IHOP, police say

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Two men, including the suspected gunman, are dead and another man hurt after gunfire erupted late Wednesday at an Alabama IHOP, authorities said. According to AL.com and WHNT, the customer and an employee began arguing at the restaurant near Huntsville's Parkway Place Mall, police


New sheriff in town: Puckett ready to prove his integrity

On his first day as the new Morgan County sheriff, Ron Puckett was busy navigating through the maze of hallways surrounding his office and learning the names of nearly 200 employees under his command. He spent Tuesday shaking hands, listening to concerns and even cutting cake.


Decatur pre-K faces multiple challenges

Pre-kindergarten service in Decatur City Schools is facing multiple challenges that the district has to find a way to address, Superintendent Michael Douglas said. “We know how important pre-K is, and we still have too many children in the city not getting the service and some who may not even know


Gymnastics: Two from Calvin Twisters make their mark at nationals

Mallory Armstrong and Whitley Talbert have watched the video of UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi several times and are still amazed. “It was really cool to watch,” Armstrong said. “It was perfect.”


Rodent feces and sewage in the kitchen during health inspections

Rodent feces were found in the flour container. Follow Up: No contaminated food found. There was no concentration of sanitizer in the dish machine. Follow Up: The dish machine had a chlorine sanitizer level of 100 ppm (parts per million).


Madison Mayor's ex-wife sentenced to jail in probation violation

Julie Finley, the ex-wife of Madison Mayor Paul Finley, was sentenced to jail for a probation violation. Court documents show Finley was arrested in Giles County, Tennessee in July of 2018 for a DUI.


Endangered Tennessee teen located in Alabama

GALLATIN, Tenn.--A missing Gallatin teen has been located in Birmingham, Alabama. Dylan Regenhold escaped from the Volunteer Youth Academy on December 14, 2018 and had not been seen until today. Police say he was taken into custody by the Birmingham Police Department.


Police looking for person of interest in Decatur robbery

Decatur police are asking for the public's help to identify a person of interest in the robbery of a store in Northeast Decatur on Jan. 8. Police said at 1:15 a.m., Morgan County 911 received a call of a robbery at the Texaco gas station at 819 Sixth Ave. N.E.


EXCLUSIVE: East Alabama man wanted in 1985 Capital Murder arrested in Puerto Rico

CHAMBERS COUNTY, Ala. (WRBL) An East Alabama murder suspect on the run for nearly 34-years has been captured. News 3 has confirmed 57-year-old David Anthony Pike was taken into custody in Puerto Rico.


EAST ATHENS: Large residential development planned

The east side of Athens' corporate limits will eventually be a little more crowded after the City Council on Monday paved the way for a new 500-home development. By unanimous decision, the council rezoned a little more than 300 acres as a high-density single-family residential district. The request