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Parents concerned after gun found at Tuscaloosa County school

TUSCALOOSA COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - Leshetta Acoff rushed to Collins Riverside Middle School in Northport Friday morning after getting a phone call from her daughter. ″I get a call phone call around 9:40. She says, ‘momma, I’m scared’," Acoff said. Her daughter, a seventh grader, was worried about being


Alabama basketball: 'Desperate' Tide seeking to snap out of late-season funk

TUSCALOOSA — Make no mistake about it, Alabama is a desperate team right now. In the midst of a three-game losing streak during a critical point in the schedule, the inexplicably inconsistent Crimson Tide understands the urgency of breaking out of its late-season swoon, especially after experiencing


Former Alabama legislative leader Zeb Little arrested

A former Alabama Senate leader has been charged with felony theft. The Cullman Times reports that 50-year-old Zeb Little was arrested Thursday on three theft charges. He was booked into the county jail and released on bond.


Alabama mail carrier pleads guilty to feeding dog nail-laced meatballs

An Alabama woman has pleaded guilty to an animal cruelty charge for feeding a dog meatballs laced with nails in 2017 when she worked for the U.S. Postal Service. Susanna Burhans was sentenced to 10 days in jail, 50 hours of community service and two years of probation, court records show. She will s


Student brought gun to Collins-Riverside, officials say

A Collins-Riverside Middle School student took a gun to school Thursday with intentions of selling it to another student, school officials said Friday. Reports from students launched a search that lasted into the overnight hours until police found the loaded pistol outside on the school's property.


New charges filed against Alabama teacher accused of rape

WEDOWEE, Ala. — New charges have been filed against an Alabama high school teacher accused of repeatedly raping a 15-year-old student. Al.com reports authorities on Thursday announced 30-year-old David Brenton Burkhalter is now charged with second-degree rape, sodomy, sexual abuse and school employe


Severe Weather Awareness Day: Tuscaloosa County and the Dixie Alley

TUSCALOOSA COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) -- One area of Central Alabama that's been hit the hardest by severe weather in the past is Tuscaloosa County. There are plenty of infamous and destructive tornadoes that have struck the region over the years, including in April of 1998, December of 2000, and of course


Chambers County Drug Task Force Bust Three in Valley, Alabama

The Chambers County Drug Task Force busted three people for unlawful possession of multiple drugs. Thursday morning in Valley, agents of the Drug Task force, Alabama Drug Enforcement Task Force, and the Chambers County Swat Team served a search warrant at 1083 Plantation Rd.


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.


Jail escapee sought in northwest Alabama

Authorities in northwest Alabama are asking the public to be on the lookout for an escaped inmate. Richie Oneal Landers, a 45-year-old from the Hodges area of Franklin County, escaped the local jail around 10:30 p.m. Thursday, authorities said. Landers is described as a white man with brown hair and


U.S. Census jobs available in Tuscaloosa County

Workers in Tuscaloosa County can apply now for temporary jobs with the U.S. Census Bureau ahead of the 2020 census. “It’s a very important job, because it provides vital information for everyone in their community,” said Wendell Edwards, a Census Bureau recruiting assistant.


Alabama is already waving goodbye to its 'fluke' senator Doug Jones

It doesn’t really matter which Republican candidate takes on Democratic Sen. Doug Jones in November 2020, as long as is isn’t Roy Moore. If the GOP can avoid a candidate with the kind of baggage Moore had, Jones seems destined to lose his bid to win a full term representing Alabama in the Senate. Jo


Alabama ISIS bride's father sues Trump administration over citizenship and seeks her return

(CNN) — The father of the Alabama woman who joined ISIS is suing the Trump administration over her US citizenship and seeking her return. Ahmed Ali Muthana filed a lawsuit on Thursday in federal court in Washington, DC, to prevent what he calls an "unlawful attempt" by the United States to rescind h


See Alabama flooding photos, videos

Days of heavy rain has left flooding throughout parts of Alabama. The National Weather Service said an additional 2-4 inches of rain will be possible across parts of north and central Alabama through this weekend. The rain will create additional runoff into already swollen rivers and creeks across t


Two Arrested at Alabama Prisons on Promoting Prison Contraband Charges

Alabama Department of Corrections Investigations and Intelligence Division agents made multiple arrests following two separate incidents that occurred during visitation at two state correctional facilities. The incidents occurred on February 17.


Flu-related deaths increasing in Alabama

(WAFF) - New flu numbers are out. According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, this is the fifth week in a row the numbers have continued to increase. The entire state is seeing significant flu activity. The illness is at 8.93 percent statewide.


Hoover murder suspect was killed in Jefferson County Jail Wednesday night

A 23-year-old Hoover man, who in 2017 was charged with killing his roommate with a hammer, was killed by another inmate in the Jefferson County Jail Wednesday night, the sheriff's office said.


Black woman replacing Alabama newspaper editor who endorsed KKK

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A white Alabama newspaper editor who advocated for the revival of the Ku Klux Klan is turning over control of the small weekly to a black woman. The Democrat-Reporter of Linden, Alabama, announced Friday that Elecia R. Dexter will take over as publisher and editor from Goodloe Sut


The Weather Authority | Flooding Remains Possible; Strong/Severe Storms Tomorrow Night

NOAA’s WPC (Weather Prediction Center) has a “high risk” of excessive rain defined for the northwest tip of Alabama today, with a “moderate risk” for the northern quarter of the state.

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Police: Alabama woman burglarized homes during funerals

PRICEVILLE, Ala. – An Alabama woman is accused of breaking into the homes of people who were attending relatives' funerals. A statement released Thursday by police in the north Alabama town of Priceville says they've arrested 43-year-old Jennifer Lynn Azizian on four counts of burglary.