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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.


Elmore County High School student charged with making threat

ECLECTIC, AL (WSFA) - An Elmore County High School student was arrested Thursday and charged with making a terroristic threat. Eclectic Police Chief Robert Head said the teen’s case will be handled in juvenile court.


Woman shot after argument in Montgomery parking lot

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A woman was injured in a shooting in a parking lot on Atlanta Highway Friday afternoon, Montgomery police confirmed. Capt. Regina Duckett said the shooting happened after a “verbal altercation” in the parking lot of a business in the 6400 block of Atlanta Highway.


Former Tallassee investigator pleads guilty to assaulting handcuffed man

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A former Tallassee Police Department investigator pleaded guilty Friday to assaulting a suspect he was arresting in 2016. Michael Brandon Smirnoff entered the plea, admitting to assaulting a handcuffed, 24-year-old man, according to United States Middle District Attorney Loui


Opelika man charged with murder following fatal Elmore County crash

Authorities have charged an Opelika man with reckless murder following a Saturday car accident in which a child not placed in a proper restraint seat was killed. Tierra Leonard, 28, was charged with reckless murder and first-degree assault and was booked in the Elmore County Jail on Tuesday, accordi


Woman Shot Outside Atlanta Highway Walmart

Alabama News Network is on top of Breaking News from Montgomery. A woman has been shot outside the Walmart Supercenter on Atlanta Highway during an argument. Montgomery Police tell us her injuries are non-life threatening.


Defendant in Prattville barbershop killings pleads guilty to capital murder

PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) - Capital murder suspect Marty Morgan appeared in Autauga County Circuit Court Friday accepting a guilty plea for capital murder. Morgan’s trial was slated for early May, the state was seeking the death penalty.


Elmore County murder case to be featured on NBC’s ‘Dateline’

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - It was a case that grabbed the attention of central Alabama in September 2016. Now it’s set for a national audience. A young teen and his parents were involved in an argument at their Elmore County home. Police arrived, then left. When the 911 call came in a few minutes later


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.


Hoppin’ good time: Slapout Brewing Company draws crowds at Coosapalooza

Clay Cleghorn and Slapout Brewing Company stole the show at Saturday’s Coosapalooza Brewfest in Wetumpka. Crowds gathered around Cleghorn’s tent as if it were a speakeasy that might not be around for long with lines forming to taste one of his five beers.


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


State Senate OKs school security bill

MONTGOMERY — The Alabama Senate on Thursday approved a bill that would let local school boards of education hire retired law enforcement officers to serve as armed school security staff.


Alabama lawmakers head toward lottery vote

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — 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.


‘It sounded like a loud pop’: Lightning sparks fire in Montgomery neighborhood

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Denise Taylor had just put her kids in bed on Thursday night when she heard what sounded like a “loud pop.”. “I was just in the bedroom watching some TV, and we heard this loud pop and saw this super bright flash,” Taylor said.


Jesse ‘Madison’ Holton: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Jesse “Madison” Holton says he lived an unimaginable nightmare; police suspected him of murdering both of his parents, April Holton and Mike Holton, former mayor of Eclectic, Alabama.


First Look as Walmart plans an estimated $69 million in Alabama Store Renovations

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) - The following is a press release from Walmart Inc. Building on its commitment to save customers time and money in new ways, Walmart expects to spend an estimated $69 million this year in Alabama through the remodeling of 14 stores, as well as the launch and continued expans


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


Downtown Montgomery seeing tremendous progress

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The story of downtown Montgomery is one many of us have watched unfold for years. Revitalization has been a big focus of the city to ensure a bright future.


Benjamin Russell walk-off forces Game 3 in Wetumpka

When Benjamin Russell traveled to Wetumpka for the first round of the state baseball playoffs Thursday, the thought of a third game being needed to separate the two teams was not that surprising. However, after four hours on the diamond, the Wildcats looked to be on their way home with a rough end t


Once again, big cities collide with counties over online sales taxes in Alabama

The mayors of Alabama’s five largest cities and the state’s influential county commission association are again headed for a showdown over online retail taxes. The arena will be the chambers of the 2019 Legislature.