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Undocumented resident charged with rape, sexual extortion of child
Francisco Javier MartinezCullman County Detention CenterA weeks-long investigation led to the arrest of an undocumented resident for rape and sexual extortion of a child.The Cullman County Sheriff's Office on Thursday announced the arrest Francisco Javier Martinez. He is 26 and lives in Hanceville.S
Residents react negatively to decision to nix Dixie at Arab football games
ARAB, AL (WAFF) - There’s a lot of community reaction in Arab after the city’s school superintendent nixed “Dixie” from the band’s playlist for football games.Superintendent John Mullins says after 50 years, it’s time for a change. Mullins said the ethnic diversity of the school is growing. With a n
Hanceville man charged in rape of minor child
HANCEVILLE- Cullman County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) investigators on Tuesday arrested Francisco Javier Martinez, 26, of Hanceville following an investigation that allegedly determined he abused a minor child. Martinez is facing charges of first-degree rape and sexual extortion.
1 injured in single-vehicle rollover wreck in Decatur
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - Investigators with Decatur police say at least one person is recovering in Huntsville Hospital after a car accident on Wednesday morning just before 11 o’clock.Decatur police, Decatur Fire & Rescue, and First Response EMS were dispatched to single-vehicle roll-over wreck with a
Decatur Police investigate early-morning shooting
Emergency crews responded to the 300-block of Courtney Drive around 2:30 this morning. They arrived to find Donny Loyd Aldridge, 38, with a gunshot wound to his arm.
Cullman woman, Arab man charged with capital murder in death of Birmingham couple
The Tribune's Birmingham news partner, WVTM13, reported late Tuesday night that Zachary Taylor Phillips, 23, and Kristen Leigh Gullion, 30, are each charged with capital murder and burglary in the Aug. 2 slayings of 68-year-old Joe Holt and his wife, 67-year-old Mary Holt.
Smoke alarm forces student evacuation
A smoke alarm prompted a quick student evacuation at the Sparkman 9th grade building in Madison county.Around 9:00 a.m. Thursday morning, an air conditioner fan overheated and set the smoke alarm off, according to a district spokesman.
Students react to school's fight song being retired
A song that’s been played at a local high school’s football games for several decades is now being removed from the playlist and its retirement has caused a lot of conversation. In Arab, high school students are fighting for their fight song, "Dixie," after school officials decided it was time to ki
Crews battling two-alarm fire in Downtown Atlanta building
ATLANTA- Atlanta Fire and rescue crews are on the scene of a fire in the old Southern Railway Building in downtown Atlanta.The two-alarm fire broke out on the fourth floor of the building.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued For Parts Of Lawrence, Limestone, And Morgan Counties Until 6:30PM
* At 553 PM CDT, a severe thunderstorm was located near Courtland, or 8 miles north of Moulton, moving east at 15 mph.HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts.SOURCE…Radar indicated.IMPACT…Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees.
Man testifies in Limestone murder trial he found cousin with 'big hole in his back'
Waddle, now 29, of Madison, is on trial this week in Limestone County Circuit Court for the stabbing death of Michael Peoples, 35, in August 2015. Peoples was taken to Athens-Limestone Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
North Alabama man pleads guilty to 'horrific' sex abuse of 4 young girls
Wesley Newman, of Arab, pleaded guilty to five counts of first-degree sodomy, one count of sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12, and two counts of first-degree sexual abuse. His plea came as jury selection was to begin in his trial, said Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey.
Delinquent tax auctions see a change
Bidding on properties encumbered by delinquent taxes will soon look a lot different in Cullman County, thanks to a change that shifts would-be auction bidders away from anteing up for the taxes owed, and instead focuses their bargaining leverage toward deciding how little interest they’re willing to
Van crashes into Baileyton Dollar General
The store, located at 13600 Alabama Highway 69, will be closed for at least two weeks to a month while repairs are underway.
Arab High School’s fight song ‘Dixie’ will no longer be played at football games
ARAB, Ala. -- Arab High School will be coming up with a new fight song, because the current song,Dixie, will no longer be played at football games.
Decatur police to beef up patrol for drunk drivers
The initiative is made possible through the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” grant offered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, police said in a news release today. According to the NHTSA, almost 30 people die each day from alcohol-related crashes.
Foam prank at Point Mallard
Buy NowA tower of soap suds partially obscures the Point Mallard entrance sign on Monday. Decatur Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Dunlap said the soapy mess was a prank. Detergent apparently was mixed into water at the fountain across Point Mallard Drive Southeast from the golf course. Dunlap sai
North Alabama man pleads guilty to drug-trafficking conspiracy
A Madison man known on the dark web as OlympusXans, or OX, pled guilty Tuesday in federal court to conspiracy to traffic drugs and possessing firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking,
Decatur Police on patrol for drunk drivers
Beginning August 17th, Decatur Police will have extra officers patrolling major thoroughfares for drunk drivers.The initiative is made possible through the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" grant through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.According to the National Highway Traffic Safe
Madison Co. man pleads to drug trafficking charges
A Madison man known on the internet’s dark markets as OlympusXans, or OX, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to conspiracy to traffic drugs, including fentanyl, and to possessing firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking.