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  • Suspect in wheelchair theft captured in Tuscaloosa CountyAuthorities have captured a man accused of stealing a disabled child's wheelchair and selling it at a scrapyard for $30.Tony Whitehead, 42, was arrested Tuesday in Holt, according to the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office. He was charged with third-degree theft and resisting arrest.He is suspected of stealing a wheelchair and custom-built walker from a mobile home in the Wood Village park on Rice Mine Road on Oct. 10. Investigators quickly identified Whitehead as the [...]
  • Guilty verdicts returned in Samantha Payne murder caseAfter taking a break for the weekend, a Tuscaloosa jury reconvened Monday for just 30 minutes before returning guilty verdicts against two of the five people accused in the brutal torture death of Samantha Payne.Alyssa Watson, 25, and Marcus George, 37, were led from the courtroom in handcuffs after the jury found them guilty of kidnapping and murder.The trial last week shed more light on what happened during the last days of Samantha Payne's life, but not much about why. [...]
  • Gallion teen killed in motorcycle crashA Gallion teenager was killed  Monday when his motorcycle collided with an 18-wheeler in Hale County.Brian Kristopher Tripp, 18, was driving a 2004 Yamaha motorcycle that collided with a 2013 Volvo tractor trailer, said Alabama Law Enforcement Agency spokesman Trooper Reginal King.He was pronounced dead at the scene.The crash happened at 3:45 p.m. near the 40 mile marker of U.S. Highway 80, about five miles east of Demopolis. State Troopers are investigating the [...]
  • Thanksgiving closings schedule: What's open, what's closed in the Tuscaloosa areaThanksgiving ScheduleThursday and FridayGarbage pickupTuscaloosa; No; One day behindNorthport; Yes; YesWaste Mgt; No; One day behindRepublic Services; No; One day behind [...]
  • Inmates captured after escape from Tuscaloosa Juvenile Detention CenterTwo inmates were on the loose for about an hour Tuesday after escaping the Tuscaloosa County Juvenile Detention Center.The 18-year-olds were wearing orange jumpsuits as they tried to hide in the woods between the Walmart on Skyland Boulevard and Jug Factory Road area.Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office deputies and Tuscaloosa police officers set up a perimeter and searched the area on foot and from a helicopter and located them quickly,  said TCSO Lt. Jack Kennedy. [...]
  • Lawsuit challenges Alabama's method of electing judgesMONTGOMERY — A federal judge has finished hearing evidence in a trial challenging Alabama's practice of electing appellate judges by statewide vote.Chief District Judge Keith Watkins said Monday that he will issue instructions in the next week for final briefs and oral arguments.The 2016 lawsuit contends the practice of at-large judicial elections dilutes the voting power of African-American citizens and results in all-white courts in a state where one in four people are [...]
  • Police: 1 dead, another injured in shooting in AlabamaMONTGOMERY — Police say one person died and another person was injured in a shooting in Alabama.Montgomery police Sgt. David Hicks tells news outlets that police and fire medics responded to a report of a person shot Monday. Hicks says police found a man dead from a gunshot wound.Police later learned that a second man was shot at the same location, but was taken to the hospital before police arrived on the scene. Hicks says that man is in critical, but stable condition. [...]
  • Holidays on the River skating rink will be open WednesdayHolidays on the River, the annual winter celebration featuring an ice rink at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, will be open from 2-9 p.m. Wednesday.Skate passes are $15 per person and include skate rental and admission to the rink for the day, while season passes are $85 and include skate rental and unlimited skating for the 2018-19 winter seasonTickets will be available at the amphitheater box office, 2710 Jack Warner Parkway or online at [...]
  • Tuscaloosa theater to show 'Home Alone' WednesdayThe Hollywood 16 multiplex continues its Flashback Cinema series with the 1990 comedy “Home Alone” on Wednesday.The film, starring Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern, is rated PG and will be shown at 2 and 7 p.m. at Hollywood 16, 4250 Old Greensboro Road. Matinee prices will be $10 general, $9 seniors and children; evening shows will be $12 general, $9 seniors and children.The movie is about an eight-year-old troublemaker who must protect his house [...]
  • Michael Jordan returns home, meets with hurricane victimsWILMINGTON, N.C. — Stephanie Parker isn't quite sure how her family of six would have managed the last two months without the help of Michael Jordan and the American Red Cross following Hurricane Florence.So when Parker met Jordan on Tuesday she couldn't hold back giving the owner of the NBA's Charlotte Hornets a big hug and a thank you."It means he hasn't forgotten," Parker told The Associated Press about Jordan's visit to Wilmington, North Carolina. "It means we are [...]
  • Singer, songwriter for The Blind Owls is also a Texas teacherCORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Miller High School's new guitar teacher is a familiar face to many.Jesse De Los Santos, 24, is a singer, songwriter and guitarist for the Corpus Christi band The Blind Owls.The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports the rock 'n' roll band has made a name for itself by invoking the '60s in concertgoers across the country, from major cities in Texas, to California and Washington, among others.They're known for their high-energy performances and [...]
  • Sheriff: Raceland man arrested following standoffA 42-year-old Raceland man was arrested on multiple charges following a short stand-off with deputies, authorities said.Damer Smith is charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of a firearm by a person convicted of domestic abuse battery, illegal carrying a weapon in the presence of drugs, domestic abuse by aggravated assault with child endangerment, and illegal use of weapons.Shortly after 5:30 a.m. Saturday, deputies were called out to [...]
  • FLEUR DE LOLLY: Don't dispose of turkey bones, they're culinary goldA tradition at Chez Lolly is to cook turkey and sausage gumbo the day after Thanksgiving when I have the turkey carcass readily available to make stock. Whatever you do, don’t toss those bones into the trash. That is culinary gold!I’ll give you two methods for preparing the stock. One is a simple overnight slow cooker recipe; the other is a simmering on the stovetop project. Either way, you’ll have a full-bodied, rich stock, which will provide an incredible depth [...]
  • Tuscaloosa City Council action from Tuesday, November 20, 2018The Tuscaloosa City Council took the following action at its Tuesday meeting:• Authorized an adjustment and refund of excess deposit to Tidal Town Tuscaloosa LLC for installation of water mains and services for The Shoppes @ Legacy Park, water main extension; total: $20,751.59.• Authorized settlement of the worker’s compensation claim of Malcolm D. Storey: $488.• Authorized change order No. 1 for the 2017 Sanitary Sewer Rehab and Repair [...]
  • Tuscaloosa council considers incentives for hotels and John Deere dealershipCity officials on Tuesday advanced three separate incentive policies to subsidize the development of two hotels and an expanded tractor supply store.With a unanimous vote, the City Council granted Mayor Walt Maddox the authority to negotiate a finalized deal with True North Hotel Group, which is seeking to build an AC Hotels by Marriott in downtown Tuscaloosa.The developers are seeking a $4 million incentive package to offset costs associated with placing much of the [...]
  • Police Report: Nov. 18-20, 2018Portions of this information are based on facts provided by the arrested individuals. Those individuals have been booked with, not convicted of, the offenses shown. All accused should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.NOV. 18Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s OfficeMary Augustine, 38, 149 American Blvd., Houma, fugitive.Zachary Norris Jr., 31, 1676 Burma Road, Thibodaux, resisting an officer with force or [...]
  • US senator apologizes to anyone offended by 'hanging' remarkA white Republican U.S. senator from Mississippi said during a debate with her African-American Democratic opponent Tuesday night that she apologizes to people who were offended when she complimented a supporter by saying she would attend a "public hanging" if the supporter invited her.
  • Captain retires, sergeant suspended over Parkland massacreThe Broward Sheriff's Office announced that Capt. Jan Jordan resigned and Sgt. Brian Miller was placed on paid suspension pending an internal investigation.
  • Apalachicola chamber to run TDCCounty commission splits 3-2, concerns voiced over a 'tainted' process
  • Trump provides written responses to Mueller questionsPresident shares what he knew of Russian interference in the 2016 election, his lawyers said Tuesday, avoiding at least for now a potentially risky sit-down with prosecutors.