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2 charged with trafficking meth

Investigations by the Cullman Police Department into illegal drug activities led to the arrest of two men on trafficking methamphetamine charges. The police department's Crime Suppression Unit conducted multiple operations leading to the arrest of Ronall Jason Brannon, 45, of Vinemont, for trafficki

CULLMAN TIMES - 2018-03-16 21:50:00

Man charged with second-degree rape of 14-year-old girl

A 24-year-old man is charged with a sex crime involving a teen girl. John David Coggins, 24, was arrested Thursday by the Etowah County Sheriff's Office. Investigators said the Gallant man is accused of raping a 14-year-old girl at a home on Smith Chapel Road in Boaz. Coggins was arrested after a fa

AL.COM - 2018-03-16 15:38:50

Boaz woman charged with drugging 5-year-old

Margaret Ann Elchin, 41, was arrested Thursday afternoon and posted a $50,000 bond later that day, according to jail records. Elchin is accused of giving the boy a pill and dropping him off at school. School faculty noticed something was wrong with the boy and called medical personnel, according

WAAY-TV - 2018-03-16 17:31:00

Boaz school employee placed on leave for "alleged misconduct"

A Boaz City School System employee is under investigation and has been placed on administrative leave. According to a statement released on Friday afternoon by Boaz Superintendent Shannon Stanley, the school system is currently cooperating with the Boaz Police Department to investigate the unnamed e

SAND MOUNTAIN REPORTER - 2018-03-16 20:09:00

Gadsden police looking for person of interest in school burglary

Gadsden police said they need help finding a man caught on video surveillance breaking into the Eura Brown Elementary School's gym on Thursday. The man was wearing overalls and a camouflage mask, authorities said. Gadsden police said they need help finding a man caught on video surveillance breakin

WVTM13.COM - 2018-03-17 14:09:00

Lindale Teen Arrested for Battering Mother

Courtney Elizabeth Alexis Shelp, 19 of Lindale, was arrested this week after police said she attacked her 38 year-old mother at her home. Reports said that Shelp shoved her mother to the ground, which resulted in an injury to her left arm. Police added that Shelp also violated a protective order tha

COOSAVALLEYNEWS.COM - 2018-03-17 15:26:08

Marshall County woman arrested for chemical endangerment

A Marshall County woman has been arrested in connection to chemical endangerment of a child, according to Sheriff Todd Entrekin and Investigator Brandi Fuller. Crystal Leann Russell, 27, of Albertville, is charged with one count of chemical endangerment of exposing a child to an environment in whic

GADSDEN TIMES - 2018-03-16 15:14:35

New security measures in place after oil spill at Coats American building

New security measures are now in place at an old north Georgia textile mill after an oil spill led to the discovery of a harmful chemical. Locks and no trespassing signs have now been installed at the Coats American Building in Rossville. Walker County officials said they're using a private environm

WRCBTV.COM - 2018-03-18 02:26:00

Officers arrest 11 in drug raids

The Marshall County Sheriff's Office arrested 11 people in two drug raids early Monday morning. The Sheriff's Special Operations Unit, members of the Marshall County Drug Task Force, the Albertville Police Department, the Boaz Police Department and the FBI executed two search warrants in the Boaz ar


Miami pedestrian bridge collapses, killing four people, crushing cars

MIAMI - A newly installed 950-ton pedestrian bridge at Florida International University collapsed Thursday, crushing vehicles on a busy highway below and killing at least four people, officials said. First responders recovered at least four bodies from the scene, Miami-Dade County Fire Chief Dave Do


Cullman woman charged with selling meth

CULLMAN - The Cullman Police Department's Crime Suppression Unit (CSU) on Tuesday arrested Lauren Alexandra Harvey, 21, of Cullman for one count of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance for allegedly selling methamphetamine. She was also arrested on a warrant for unlawful possession of a c


Two charged in connection with elderly exploitation investigation

Two men are facing charges in connection with an elderly exploitation investigation in Cherokee County. Authorities say the two suspects are involved in the financial exploitation of an elderly person. Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver says Thomas Johns, 53, and James Johns, 58, were taken into c

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Five injured in three-vehicle crash on Highway 278 in Hokes Bluff

Five people went to the hospital after a three-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 278 at the intersection of McLain Street, according to Hokes Bluff Police Chief Mitchell Hill. About 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, a Chevrolet truck driven by Brandon Lake Gilbert, 16, of Hokes Bluff, pulled into the path of travel


Alabama Sheriff Used Inmate Food Funds for Beach House - And It's Legal

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama sheriff legally used more than $750,000 of funds meant to feed inmates to purchase a beach house. Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin told The Birmingham News he follows a state law passed before World War II that allows sheriffs to keep "excess" inmate-feeding funds


Sketches released of police poser accused of sexually assaulting women

Police are trying to figure out if both acts were committed by the same man. COBB COUNTY, Ga. - The Cobb County Police Department believe they now have identified the face of a man accused of impersonating a police officer, then sexually assaulting the women he pulled over. This past weekend, a wo


Inmate found dead in jail had to be restrained to chair during arrest, police say

Nine days before a Rockdale County inmate was found dead in his cell, Conyers police officers were forced to wrestle him to the ground and restrain him to a chair, according to an incident report. Shali Tilson, 22, asked one of the officers: "Why didn't you shoot me?" He was found dead in his cell


Deadly shooting probe underway in St. Clair County; possible suspect questioned in Jefferson County

An investigation is underway after a deadly shooting early Wednesday. The shooting happened at a home in the 5100 block of Beason Cove Road in St. Clair County. Few details are being released at this time but a crime scene is roped off at the residence in the Steele community. Sometime later, invest


Walk out of school day 2018: Alabama students leaving class to protest gun violence

Schools across Alabama are responding to the call for students to walk out of their classrooms for 17 minutes to protest gun violence. The #ENOUGH: National School Walkout will begin on Wednesday at 10 a.m. in each time zone to protest the lack of action from lawmakers in the wake of the 14 students