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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.


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.


Mistrial declared in Alabama murder case

DOTHAN, Ala. — An Alabama jury failed to reach a verdict in a capital murder case this week, resulting in a mistrial. The Dothan Eagle reports prosecutors will consider whether to retry Herman Cunningham Jr., of Abbeville, who faces charges in the 2011 slaying of 21-year-old Apolinar "Poli" Perez Jr


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.


Alabama woman and two Mississippi men dead as severe weather sweeps across the Southeast

LEARNED, Miss. (AP) — 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 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


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.


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


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


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


Griffin named CEO of health care authority; DWM to hire new administrator

The Escambia County Healthcare Authority (ECHA) announced Friday that Chris Griffin was named the chief executive officer, and Debbie Rowell as chairman of the authority. This announcement comes in the midst of recent reorganization of ECHA’s health system. Griffin will have overall responsibility f


VIDEO: Family, friends honor man shot and killed in Escambia County

A man is in jail charged with murder and a family is grieving the loss of the man who was shot in the chest early Monday morning. https://www.wkrg.com/news/northwest-florida/family-friends-honor-man-shot-and-killed-in-escambia-county/1934627212.


NASCAR legend bags Clarke County gobbler

NASCAR legend Dave Marcis was a recent visitor to Clarke County where he got in some turkey hunting and bagged a nice gobbler. Shannon Tucker of Thomasville served as a guide for Marcis. Dave Marcis’ racing career spanned five decades. He won five times over his tenure, twice at Richmond, including


VIDEO: Sheriff: No "fowl play" in deputy-involved chicken death

It's one of those stories where at the end someone says "only in Florida." A chicken in Escambia County met its untimely death Monday. It did not die in the claws of a chicken hawk or from a fox in the hen house. This chicken was the victim of a d.


Escambia County Republican Party welcomes Wiggins

The Escambia County Republican Executive Committee recently welcomed a former Democrat elected official to the ALGOP: County Commissioner Raymond Wiggins. Escambia County GOP Chairman Jackie Gay made the following statement regarding Wiggins: “We look forward to working with Mr. Raymond Wiggins as w


ECHS’s Freeman signs with Northrop Grumman

Escambia County High School senior Deondre Freeman is bound for Northrop Grumman Apprentice School after signing a $250,000 football scholarship on Thursday, April 11. “We are very proud of Deondre,” ECHS principal Dennis Fuqua said. “He is a very hard worker and a role model for his peers.”


Gov. Ivey encourages maximum participation in census count

More than 200 Alabama city leaders, county commissioners and others including representatives from several southwestern Alabama counties joined Gov. Kay Ivey last week as she officially kicked off a year-long effort to ensure Alabama reaches maximum participation in next year’s census. Among those a


Grace Baptist to burn mortgage following Easter worship Sunday

Easter will be extra special at Grace Baptist Church in Grove Hill this Sunday, April 21. The church’s congregation has paid its mortgage on the building and will hold a ceremonial note burning after the morning worship service. Grace Baptist moved into the present building in 2011. The first Wednes


Auburn leads for talented 2020 in-state linebacker

EVERGREEN, Alabama—A Top 247 prospect and a four-star linebacker out of Hillcrest High, 6-4, 210 Cameron Riley has been a...


Alabama exhibit to be here May 2-23

Making Alabama. A Bicentennial Travel Exhibit is coming to Escambia County. The exhibit, which has made its way through the state in each of the 67 counties, will be held at The Club in Atmore from May 2-23.