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Inside Etowah County jail: 'Nightmare' conditions may have helped sheriff buy beach house

Joseph Estrade spent just three nights in the Etowah County Detention Center, but the 29-year-old New Orleans man considers that long weekend in April 2016 one of the worst experiences he has ever endured. He describes the county jail as a "nightmare" plagued by a host of problems including poor foo

AL.COM - 2018-03-22 12:17:47

Areas east of Jacksonville hit by Monday's storms

As storms approached Calhoun County Monday night, Tonya Walker and her children left their home on Hollingsworth Road outside Jacksonville and went to a shelter at the White Plains Fire Department. The shelter was built well, she said. As an EF-3 tornado passed through the area, all they could hear

ANNISTON STAR - 2018-03-21 22:08:00

Tornado count rises from Monday's storms

Storm surveys are winding down following Monday's round of severe weather. As of Thursday morning the National Weather Service has confirmed 15 tornadoes touched down in north and central Alabama. One of them was a strong, long-track storm that produced three separate tornadoes, including an EF-3 th

AL.COM - 2018-03-22 16:14:23

Talladega police searching for suspect who fled on foot following chase, left behind stolen car containing drugs

TALLADEGA -- Talladega police are looking for a man suspected of stealing a car, attempting to elude, leaving the scene of an accident and several drug charges, according to an incident and offense report available Tuesday. Capt. John McCoy said a patrol officer spotted a taupe 2007 Ford 500 being d

ANNISTON STAR - 2018-03-21 01:02:00

Snyder family survives tornado, loses home; EMA talks recovery

Zack Snyder and his wife, Beth, watched the weather forecasts Monday, monitoring the path of potentially severe storms. As it got closer, Snyder said, they tried to get in the safest part of their house on Green Valley Road, just across from Brannon Springs Methodist Church. "We started out in the b

GADSDEN TIMES - 2018-03-22 00:35:29

Jacksonville volunteers needed Friday, unclear when city schools will resume

As Jacksonville continues to assess the damage from Monday night's tornado, city officials are moving on several fronts to clean up and rebuild the city. Water City officials says rumors of the storm damaging water quality are false. The city's water is good. Schools Superintendent Mark Peterson sa

AL.COM - 2018-03-22 17:33:13

Piedmont City Council gets presentation on economic development program

The nonprofit Alabama Communities of Excellence program, offered through the University of Alabama's Center for Economic Development, helps small cities with their economic development. The free program uses a multi-phase approach to assess a city's strengths and weaknesses and to strategically plan

TOPIX - 2018-03-22 16:38:28

Authorities investigating cause of house fire that killed Ragland man Tuesday night

RAGLAND - A 64-year-old man died in a house fire Tuesday night in Ragland. St. Clair County Coroner Dennis Russell identified the victim as George Eddie Beason, who lived alone in the house at 405 3rdAve. A neighbor called central dispatch at 9:24 p.m., saying there was a house fire where an elderly

ANNISTON STAR - 2018-03-21 16:39:00

Anniston High School teacher indicted on sex crimes

Shedrick Bernard Long, 46, turned himself in to Anniston police in September after the Calhoun County District Attorney's Office issued warrants on a second-degree sexual abuse charge and a charge of having sexual contact with a student younger than 19 as a school employee, police have said. Annisto


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


Winn-Dixie closure reveals lack of Calhoun County food options, citizens say

The Saks Winn Dixie closure is part of 94 stores that will be closed by it's parent company, Southeastern Grocers. A Winn-Dixie closure will soon join a list of other grocery stores that leave people in Calhoun County with fewer options for food. The Saks Winn-Dixie on Highway 431 is part of 94 clos

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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


Woman charged after boy, 5, dropped off at school drugged

An Etowah County woman is charged with a felony after she reportedly dropped a young child off at school after drugging him. Margaret Ann Elchin, 41, was arrested earlier this week, Sheriff Todd Entrekin announced Friday. Authorities said the Boaz woman is accused of giving a 5-year-old boy a pill t


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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Gadsden PD searching for elementary school burglar

GADSDEN, Ala. (WIAT) - The Gadsden Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying a suspect wanted in connection with a burglary at an elementary school. Gadsden PD posted photos taken at the Eura Brown Elementary School gym on March 15th. If you have any information on this burgl


Two indicted on charges relating to separate homicide cases

Sherry Cottle, 45, was previously charged with domestic violence in the November shooting of her husband. The grand jury indicted her on a manslaughter charge in the same case on Tuesday, according to court records. Cottle was arrested in November after Anniston police responded to an apartment she


Police investigating case of missing Anniston woman

Anniston police on Wednesday were investigating a report of a missing woman, an investigator said. The 48-year-old woman, identified as Sheila Vandergriff, was last seen at her Wilmer Avenue home on Monday before 2 p.m., according to a police report. She was reported missing Tuesday shortly after no


Burglary suspect jumps into truck, gets taken to meet deputies

An Etowah County woman is in jail, according to Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin, after she jumped in the truck of a man who interrupted a burglary, and he drove her to meet deputies. Kelli Lynn Wyatt, 37, of Gadsden, is charged with one count of third-degree burglary, a felony; one count of four


Gadsden woman arrested on suspicion of burglary, theft, authorities say

An Etowah County woman has been arrested on burglary and theft of property charges, Sheriff Todd Entrekin said. Kelli Lynn Wyatt, 37, of Gadsden, is facing charges of burglary, theft of property, public intoxication and failure to appear for unlawful possession of a controlled substance, authorities


Man facing drug, gun charges

A Rome man was in jail without bond Wednesday night after being accused of having a gun on him even though he is a convicted felon, along with methamphetamine and marijuana. According to Floyd County Jail reports: Michael Brandon Stewart, 30, of 364 New Hermitage Road, was arrested around 2:15 p.m.