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Good Friday Traditions Kick Off Easter Weekend in Selma

From the West Alabama Newsroom– — Folks in Selma kick off the Easter holiday weekend — with a couple of annual Good Friday traditions. Christian churches all over the city of Selma are gearing up to celebrate the Easter holiday.


Autauga County EMA Working to Repair Two Weather Sirens

For many people, weather sirens are a call to take shelter. But with severe weather in the forecast for Thursday, 2 Autauga County weather sirens in the Marbury area will not be working due to recent lightening strikes.


Man Convicted in Grass-Cutting Killing in Autauga County

Jurors in Autauga County have convicted a man of killing his brother-in-law in a dispute that began over grass cutting. 75-year-old Joseph H. Huffman has been found guilty of murder in the gunshot killing of 59-year-old John Brown in July 2017.


Woman killed in Alabama after tree falls on home

St. Clair Co., Ala (AP) -- Alabama authorities say a woman has been killed after strong storms knocked down a tree onto her mobile home in St Clair County. The St. Clair County Sheriff's Office tells WVTM that a tree fell on a home on U.S. Highway 231 in Pell City just before 8 p.m. Thursday. Emerge


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


Storms kill 2 in Mississippi, 1 in Alabama

Strong storms again roared across the South on Thursday, killing two Mississippi drivers and a woman in Alabama while leaving more than 100,000 people without power across Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.


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.


Families seek shelter in Clanton

Residents were able to seek refuge at Clanton City Hall during Thursday's severe weather event. Sirens went off at 6:58 pm and more than 40 residents packed the storm shelter. "The shelter can hold up to 300 people," says Clanton Mayor Billy Driver. Other storm shelters were available throughout the


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


USJ principal resigning at end of school year

The Demopolis City School System will need to fill two elementary school principal positions for the next school year as the board accepted the resignation of U.S. Jones Principal Tori Infinger on Monday.


Convicted killer of north Alabama jeweler dies after extended illness in prison

A man serving life without parole for the 1990 shooting death of a north Alabama jeweler has died. James David Beard, 59, died at Brookwood Baptist Medical Center after being transferred there from William E. Donaldson Correctional Facility. Beard was pronounced dead just after 9 p.m. Thursday from


Defendant in Prattville barbershop killings pleads guilty to capital murder

PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) - Capital murder suspect Marty Morgan appeared in Autauga County Circuit Court Friday accepting a guilty plea for capital murder. Morgan’s trial was slated for early May, the state was seeking the death penalty.


Alabama can’t keep correctional officers - here’s why

Alabama has been losing correctional officers in its prisons since 2010. Why?. That question - and reversing that trend - was the subject not only of proposals in the Legislature this week, but an exhaustive study commissioned by the Department of Corrections that has been unsealed in court.


California 'house of horrors' parents sentenced to life in prison

The California “house of horrors” parents who abused and tortured 12 of their 13 children were sentenced to life in prison Friday with the possibility of parole after 25 years.


Former Alabama police officer pleads guilty to repeatedly assaulting handcuffed man

A former Alabama police officer pleaded guilty Friday to federal charges after he repeatedly assaulted a handcuffed suspect several years ago. Michael Brandon Smirnoff, 27, was a former Tallassee police investigator. He was initially arrested in 2016.


Alabama AG uses civil action to shut down alleged human trafficking operation

A civil action by Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall shut down an alleged human trafficking ring in North Alabama. According to information provided by the attorney general's office, TY Green’s Massage Therapy, Inc., its owner Yuping Tang, and manager Jiao Liu, who is her daughter, and their fo


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


First Look as Walmart plans an estimated $69 million in Alabama Store Renovations

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) - The following is a press release from Walmart Inc. Building on its commitment to save customers time and money in new ways, Walmart expects to spend an estimated $69 million this year in Alabama through the remodeling of 14 stores, as well as the launch and continued expans


Bond hearing held for two suspects in West Alabama

A bond hearing was held Thursday for two suspects in West Alabama on Thursday at the Dallas County Courthouse. Kendall Jamal Robinson, 22, was arraigned on two counts of discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling, one count of domestic violence assault and criminal mischief.


Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued For Parts Of Lowndes And Montgomery Counties Until 9:45PM

The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a. * At 843 PM CDT, severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from 11 miles north of Pine Apple to 12 miles west of.