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Tuscaloosa County man facing 25 charges of child rape and sodomy

A Tuscaloosa County man accused of producing pornographic images involving young children is now facing 25 felony charges of rape and sodomy. George Battles Jr., 38,, was charged in December with five counts of child pornography possession and three counts of producing pornography with a minor.


Editor of Alabama newspaper calls for the Ku Klux Klan to 'night ride again'

The editor of a newspaper in Alabama wrote an editorial that called for the Ku Klux Klan "to night ride again" against Democrats who "are plotting to raise taxes" in the state.


Investigation continues after skull found in Tuscaloosa County this week

Investigators have yet to determine whose skull was found in a remote area of northern Tuscaloosa County earlier this week. A hunter found the skull in the woods near the Walker County line Sunday. Officers spent each day since searching the woods for more human remains.


Driver crashes into Alabama State Trooper vehicle stopped along interstate

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WALA) -- An Alabama State Trooper avoided serious injuries Sunday when his patrol car was struck by another vehicle on Interstate 59. Investigators said the trooper was parked off of the road on I-59 southbound near exit 89 in Tuscaloosa County. Troopers said a passenger vehicle dr


Alabama judge OKs bond for men charged in heart attack death

GREENSBORO, Ala. (AP) — A judge in Alabama has approved bond for two men charged with murder after a business owner they confronted during a burglary died of a heart attack. Circuit Judge Marvin Wiggins set bail at $150,000 each for Darnell Coates, 34, and Lonze Byrd, 33, The Tuscaloosa News reporte


Tuscaloosa County girls knocked out of Class 7A regional

JACKSONVILLE — A familiar postseason opponent ended Tuscaloosa County High School’s tournament run in the girls Class 7A Northeast Regional at Jacksonville State’s Pete Mathews Coliseum on Thursday afternoon.


3-time convicted killer dies in Alabama prison at age 54

A Montgomery man who pleaded guilty in the shooting deaths of three people in two separate incidents has died in prison. Gyanendra Willie Norman, 54, died Sunday at William Donaldson Correctional Facility where he was serving a sentence of life without parole. According to the Jefferson County Coron


Man sought in theft of customer’s wallet from Tuscaloosa store counter

Authorities are trying to identify a man wanted in connection with the theft from a customer at a Tuscaloosa business. Tuscaloosa police responded Feb. 6 to a store in the 3300 block of 15th Street. Once on the scene, officers learned that a man had stolen a customer’s wallet from the counter. The w


EDITORIAL: Council should slow down on tax proposal

We were disappointed when Tuscaloosa City Councilman Matt Calderone suggested in a work session Tuesday that a proposed one-cent sales tax increase be permanent and that the additional revenue be available for virtually any city expense, not just the mayor’s Elevate Tuscaloosa proposal.


Prosecutors ask for higher bond in infant murder case

Prosecutors are trying to raise the bond amount for a Tuscaloosa mother accused of killing her infant son. Authorities believe LaKendra Yashekia Williams is a flight risk, and say they have evidence to show the child was abused before he suffered fatal injuries in March.


Tuscaloosa Co. authorities investigating reports that student brought gun to Hillcrest HS

TUSCALOOSA COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - County authorities are investigating after a student allegedly brought a gun to Hillcrest High School. WBRC is not aware of any threats made by the student to the school.


Alabama man reacts after $151M verdict against Ford

SELMA, AL (WSFA) - It’s happened on Aug. 24, 2015 on Dallas County Road 229. Twenty-year-old Travaris Smith was a passenger in a Ford Explorer when the driver swerved to avoid hitting an animal.


Several North Alabama schools delayed tomorrow due to possible flooding

Several schools in northern Alabama announced Tuesday that they will be opening two hours later amid the potential of severe weather and heavy flooding in the area tomorrow. Cullman, DeKalb, Jackson, Limestone, Madison, Marshall, and Morgan counties are under a flood watch for tomorrow, according to


58-year-old man charged in sex abuse of victim under age 12

A 58-year-old Tuscaloosa County man is behind bars on child sex charges for which he was indicted more than two years ago. Rocky Lane Harland was booked into the Tuscaloosa County Jail on Monday. The indictments were issued against him in May 2016.


Council remains at impasse over Tuscaloosa sales tax increase

Most of the Tuscaloosa City Council members on Tuesday refused to give a direct answer about where they stand on the mayor's proposal to increase sales taxes. Council members spent two hours discussing Mayor Walt Maddox's Elevate Tuscaloosa plan, a 1-cent sales tax he says is needed to raise $250 mi


Alabama woman who joined ISIS is begging to come home

(CNN)At the age of 19, a young woman from Hoover, Alabama traveled to Syria to join ISIS -- the so-called "Islamic State." Five years and three husbands later, she says she regrets what she did and is begging to return to the US.


3,000 packages of cereal flavored THC oil seized in Greene County

GREENE COUNTY, Ala. -- Agents recovered over 3,000 packages of cereal flavored THC oil in Greene County. The packages were seized during a traffic stop Monday, according to the 17th Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force.

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Could Avery Johnson Really Be on His Way Out of Tuscaloosa?

The Alabama Crimson Tide men’s basketball team has found itself in familiar territory: On the NCAA Tournament bubble once again. A week ago, the Tide were squarely in the March Madness field and the fourth seed in the SEC Tournament. However, after back-to-back double-digit losses to Mississippi Sta


Bulls Gap student makes Dean's List at University of Alabama

TUSCALOOSA — Carolyn S. Terry, of Bulls Gap, was named to The University of Alabama Dean’s List for Fall 2018. To earn a spot on the Dean’s List, students must have with an academic record of 3.5 or above.


German firm to build headquarters in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A German firm is opening its new North American headquarters in Alabama. The Tuscaloosa News reports that SWJ Technology will build the new 5,000-square-foot facility in a part of Tuscaloosa that was devastated by a tornado in April 2011.