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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.


Clerk hit by bullet fragments during morning holdup at east Jefferson County Chevron

An eastern Jefferson County store employee was injured during a morning holdup. Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies and Center Point firefighters responded just before 7 a.m. Friday to the Chevron, also known as Stop & Shop, on Pinson Valley Parkway.


Hueytown teen charged in overnight shooting at western Jefferson County park

A Hueytown teen was arrested early Friday, charged in an overnight shooting in western Jefferson County. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of 18-year-old Codi Dempsey. He is charged with attempted murder and was booked into the county jail about 4:30 a.m. Friday.


Trafficking bust nets more than 30 guns, $30K, 15 lbs. of pot

HANCEVILLE, Ala. – A Logan man is behind bars, charged with trafficking in illegal drugs and first-degree possession of marijuana, following a bust conducted by the Hanceville Police Department and Morgan County Drug Task Force.


Jefferson Co. to spend $43 million preventing smell in Hoover

HOOVER, AL (WBRC) - Good news for some folks living in Hoover. Jefferson County is stepping up efforts to eliminate a foul odor in some neighborhoods. Hoover continues to attract homeowners and businesses, but a foul smell coming from a Jefferson County Treatment Plant is not making that easy.


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.


Man found slain and dumped in Jefferson County lake remembered for his big heart, love for others

A man found murdered and dumped in a Jefferson County lake is being remembered for the love he had for his family and others. Fishermen discovered the body of Billy Walker Powell, 46, Friday night, and now his grief-stricken family is trying to make sense out of his slaying and imagine a world witho


1 Chevron employee injured after Friday morning robbery and shooting

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) -- UPDATE: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office deputies are still searching for the shooting suspect. The robbery occurred this morning at 6:47 a.m. The Jefferson County. Sheriff's office released the following tweet:


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


Woman dies after tree falls on her home in St. Clair County

ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Ala. — A woman was killed Thursday night when strong storms knocked down a tree onto her mobile home in St Clair County, the coroner tells WVTM 13. According to the the St. Clair County Sheriff's Office, a tree fell on a home on U.S. Highway 231 in Pell City just before 8 p.m. Emer


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 lawmakers heading toward lottery vote

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama lawmakers are heading toward a vote on lottery legislation. The Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee will vote on a lottery bill Tuesday. Senate President Pro Tempore Del Marsh says his goal is to get a bill before the full Senate on Thursday.


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.


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.


Police urge caution after rash of car burglaries

Gardendale Police Chief Mike Walker cautioned residents to remove valuables from their vehicles after 11 vehicles were damaged and broken into over the weekend at Woodbrook apartments in the city.


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


A Few Counties Removed From Tornado Watch

The counties removed include: Blount, Chilton, Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, Walker, and Winston. Tornado Watch continues for Autauga, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, Lowndes, Montgomery, Pike, and Talladega til 11:00 PM CDT.


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


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.


FOUND SAFE: Mom, young daughter missing in Alabama under mysterious circumstances

Birmingham police report that mom and daughter have been found safe. No additional information is available at this time. Authorities are searching for a missing mother and daughter who were last seen in an Alabama park on Thursday.