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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.


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.


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.


Selma Police Department arrest Selma resident on domestic violence charges

A Selma resident was arrested Tuesday by the Selma Police Department on three charges. Kendall Jamal Robinson, 22, was arrested by the SPD’s Criminal Investigation Division(CID) and charged with second-degree domestic violence assault, third-degree criminal mischief and two counts of discharging a f


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


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


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.


Changes on the Way at Dallas Co. Courthouse

From the West Alabama Newsroom– — Dallas County officials are making improvements to the county courthouse — and the courthouse annex — to make them more safe and secure.


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.


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


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.


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


Suspect apprehended in rash of church burglaries

Officers in the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) recently took a suspect into custody in connection with a slate of church burglaries and an attempted burglary at an area convenience store.


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


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


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.


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.


Selma police open third homicide investigation of 2019

SELMA, AL (WSFA) - Selma police are now investigating that city’s third homicide of 2019. A man’s body was found in the back yard of an abandoned house on Lapsley Street around 7 p.m. Sunday. He was later identified as local resident Tarrence Callen, 41.


Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued For Parts Of Bibb, Hale, And Perry Counties Until 7:30PM

The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a. * At 619 PM CDT, severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from near Shelton State Community College to near.


Census: Most of Alabama’s counties are losing people

There is growth in the suburbs, around the major campuses and at the beach. But most of this state is shrinking. According to new population estimates released today by the U.S. Census Bureau, 45 of Alabama’s 67 counties lost population between 2017 and 2018.