Limestone - Morgan

  Former Morgan County sheriff settles 2 lawsuits

Former Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin has settled two lawsuits she had been facing since her second term.

  Viral post about hitchhiking veteran makes its way to his son

  Limestone County sheriff’s motion to dismiss case denied

  Rodents, roaches and bare hands on ice: Your November 8th Kitchen Cops Report

Decatur police officer fired shots as truck backed into him

  Ala. lawmen help get hitchhiking disabled veteran to doctor’s appointment across state

  Mental health program proves it’s helping former inmates

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  After 18 years, a Lacey’s Spring Christmas tree farm is closing

New details emerge in Morgan County teen’s murder

  Texting 911 dispatchers now available in Morgan County

  State attacks Limestone County sheriff’s case dismissal request

  Records show runaway Moulton teen visited escaped Morgan County inmate in jail

  Morgan County schools showing improvement

  Suspect in teen’s murder extradited to Morgan County

Bernandino Matias is charged in the death of 16-year-old Tania Rico.

  Driver charged with attempted murder for hitting motorcycle officer in Decatur

Gary Bruce Locke is charged with attempted murder.

  Morgan County commissioner arrested, pleads guilty

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office says 63-year-old County Commissioner Don Allen Stisher was arrested Monday morning.

  Checkered inspection for Huntsville fast food joint: Your November 1st, 2019 Kitchen Cops Report

The Checkers at University and Jordan is hit with a 75 score

  8 units damaged, multiple families displaced in Decatur apartment fire

  Public can help decide what to do with former Pilgrim’s Pride property

Limestone County school bus routes impacted by morning storm

  Garbage pickup leads to arrest in Limestone County counterfeit case

  Morgan County deputy injured in police chase

  Make your voice heard in the Limestone County superintendent search

  Inmate with violent history escapes Morgan County jail

Morgan County searching for escaped inmate

  Alleged north Alabama serial robber sentenced to life in prison in 2002, paroled in 2018

The Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles said Terrence Warren Jackson had 23 disciplinary infractions in prison.

Hartselle man killed in wreck

A Hartselle man was killed in a single-vehicle wreck on Norris Mill Road.

  Juvenile arrested after chase on I-65

According to Alabama State Troopers, it started around 7 a.m.

  Decatur homicide suspect captured in Tennessee

Bernandino Miguel Matias was arrested in connection to the killing of Tania Rico.

Grieving Lawrence County parents reach goal to fund school counselor

13 year old Marlee Sutton took her own life in March of 2018. Since then, her parents have become crusaders, spreading a message of mental health awareness and suicide prevention.

Decatur gym owner, former mayoral candidate sued for assault

The lawsuit is alleging multiple violent instances, some of them in the workplace.

Planning the Future of Former Pilgrim’s Pride Plant

The Athens city council wants to hear your input on the future of the former Pilgrim's Pride property on Pryor Street.

  Student charged over hit list for Brewer High School

A 10th-grader from Brewer High School has been arrested in connection to a school threat.

  Limestone County sheriff running for re-election despite indictment

Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely is running for office again in 2020.

Elkmont man killed in I-65 rollover wreck

Theo Calvin Vasser was killed in a single-vehicle wreck on Interstate 65.

  2 arrested, 1 sought in alleged boat chop shop operation

Two suspects are in custody for allegedly running a chop shop for boats. A third suspect is still at large.

  Athens State University gets $2.1M to help low-income students

Athens State University has been awarded $2.1 million to help meet the needs of its students.

  Limestone County sheriff’s lawyers want ethics law dropped, case dismissed

Lawyers for Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely filed a flurry of court documents Tuesday. Blakely faces a 13-count indictment for theft and ethics charges that were handed down in August.

Athens Storytelling Festival begins Tuesday

Storytellers from around the state and country will be coming into Athens this week as the Storytelling Festival begins.

  Fire leaves Decatur house a total loss

A house fire on Clearview Street in Decatur left the home a total loss.

  SPECIAL REPORT: A look at downtown Moulton 6 months after historic fire

Six months ago, before the fire broke out, Moulton’s downtown was thriving with restaurants, shops and other businesses.

  Turmoil over Decatur police’s new funeral procession policy

The new policy says only 15 vehicles can be in the procession to the burial site because of safety concerns, says Chief Allen.

  Decatur police limiting the size of funeral processions

Decatur PD limiting funeral processions to 15 cars.

Contractor hits water main in Athens; street to remain closed through Saturday

Marion Street in Athens is set to be closed Monday, after a contractor hit a water main.

Local government works to recognize its students as ‘superheroes’

The Limestone County District Attorney’s office is teaming up with Athens City Schools, Limestone County School district and the private schools in the county to promote leadership, positive attitude, and community togetherness.

  Restaurant Redemption: Your October 18th, 2019 Kitchen Cops Report

Several previous low performers are going in the right direction.

  Athens councilman thanks community for support

It came as a shock and surprise to everyone when Frank Travis showed up to the City Council meeting the same day he was released from rehab.

  Former Morgan County sheriff sentenced for failure to file a tax return

Former Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin was sentenced in federal court for failure to file a tax return.

  Longtime Decatur councilman, city administrator Ray Nixon dies at 85

Ray Nixon died at the age of 85 of cardiovascular disease.

  Planning for the future of north Alabama

Community leaders from Morgan, Limestone and Madison counties are meeting to discuss economic development and ways the three counties can work together.

  2 new Decatur high schools win design awards

Two new high schools in Decatur are being honored for their designs.

  Ardmore pharmacy warns of possible scam

Pharmacists at Jones Drug Co. are warning customers about a possible scam.

  Initiative would offer mental health resources to Limestone County inmates

Limestone County officials hope to keep the jail from being a revolving door for inmates by making the county a “Stepping Up” county.

Morgan County online sales tax controversy continues

Morgan County receives 10 times the online sales tax revenue as it did three years ago.

  Council members to vote on dog chaining ordinance in Decatur

People in Decatur could soon be banned from chaining their dogs up outside, if a proposed ordinance is approved.

  Actor to speak at gala to kick off Scottsboro Boys museum project

On Nov. 14, a famous Alabamian will kick off efforts to build a civil rights museum in Decatur.

  Crews put out early morning fire at Kickin Butts BBQ in Somerville

Several first responders are at Kickin Butts BBQ in Somerville.

  Alabama dog has lived life of advocacy since infamous abuse case

Lucky the dog was found tossed in a dumpster in Decatur in 2006. His story of abuse made headlines for months after his recovery.

  Hartselle teacher helps student with cerebral palsy receive autographed football from Bo Nix

Logan Dotson is living with cerebral palsy, and because of that, he has never been able to play football, but that hasn’t stopped his love of the sport. He loves Auburn football, in particular.

  Population growth putting strain on East Limestone Volunteer Fire Department

Thousands of people are expected to move to East Limestone within the next two years. But potentially life-saving services like fire departments may not be prepared for the expansion.

  Limestone County animal shelter seeing influx of malnourished dogs

The Athens Limestone County Animal Shelter wants the community to take action over malnourished animals.

  Father of Limestone County toddler who died in hot car arrested on drug charges

The father of a 13-month old boy who died in a hot car has been arrested on drug charges unrelated to the death of his son.

  Police identify pedestrian hit and killed in Decatur

Decatur police say Brian Boyett was hit and killed by a driver on Highway 31.

  Athens Tourism seeking sponsors for North Poll Stroll

Businesses and organizations, listen up, you can sponsor a tree for the annual North Pole Stroll. The cost is $100.

  “Go Trump #MAGA” on advertisement at a Limestone County school sparks controversy

It’s not rare to find a number of advertisements decorated around a football at a public high school across the country. One sign in particular that mentions President Trump’s famous “Make America Great Again” slogan on a high school football scoreboard is sparking controversy.

  FBI confirms federal law enforcement operation in North AL

A spokesperson for the FBI confirms that his agency and the DEA are conducting an operation in North Alabama.

  Athens fined $30K for accidental sewage discharge

After an accidental sewage discharge in Athens, the city is now slapped with $30,000 fine.

  Some charges dropped against Limestone County ‘attack squirrel’ suspect

A judge dismissed some of Mickey Paulk's charges, according to court filings.

  Limestone County awarded state funding for U.S. 72, Mooresville Road intersection

The ATRIP-II committee awarded the Limestone County Commission $1,410,228.88 for the addition of turn lanes and a new signal at the U.S. 72 and Mooresville Road.intersection.

  Dynetics aerospace facility opens in Decatur

North Alabama’s latest aerospace complex is open for business.

  Man who admitted to Decatur woman’s murder considered the “most prolific serial killer in U.S. history”

Nancy Stevens was killed in Lee County, Mississippi in 2005. Investigators say she was strangled and found dead on the side of the road at the age of 46.

  Deputies: Nightly safety checklist helping decrease break-ins

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office is using social media to help prevent crime and promote safety in the county.

  Athens family speaks out after mother is charged with her own son’s murder

When she got there, she found Elizabeth Case, the child’s mother, but no baby. That’s when Case checked her own car and found her 13-month-old son Casen unconscious.

  Suspect sought in Hartselle GameStop robbery

Hartselle police say a masked man robbed the GameStop on Highway 31 at gunpoint.

Community mourns loss of Fayettville High School student

Tate Tuten was a student-athlete at Fayetteville High School.

Woman accused of murdering her own baby; child found in locked car

Elizabeth Case in Limestone County Jail charged with murder

  Special needs basketball players ball out in Athens

A fun-filled Friday at Lindsay Lane Christian Academy, the Lions hosted the Birdie Thornton Center’s basketball team.

  Homeless population on the rise in Decatur

Hands Across Decatur serves 50 to 60 homeless people a week.

  Suspects sought in Limestone County business robbery

Limestone County deputies are looking for three suspects in an armed robbery at PT Welding and Trailer Sales.

Fire restrictions in place for AL National Forests

The U.S. Forest Service announced that extreme drought conditions were forcing a fire closure order throughout Alabama’s national forests.

  Alabama woman calls sheriff’s office to test her meth, deputies say

Deputies say Jennifer Hall thought her meth was tainted with another drug, according to the sheriff’s office.

  Dirty Dishes and Jailhouse Problems - Your October 4th, 2019 Kitchen Cops Report

The Madison County Jail didn’t get a score, but an inspection this week found multiple problems.