RUSSELLVILLE - Authorities said a Franklin County man physically attacked his daughter after she told her mother she suspects him of having an affair.
Christopher Andrighetti, 39, is charged with first-degree domestic violence-assault, child abuse, and first-degree domestic violence-criminal mischief, according to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.
Andrighetti is in the Franklin County Jail on a $200,000 bond, according to jail officials.
Sheriff's deputies arrested him on Nov. 7 after they responded to a call about a father beating his 14-year-old daughter at 100 Town and Country Trailer Park near Russellville, authorities said.
According to a release from the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, deputies found two children at the residence, including the 14-year-old.
"The 14-year-old began stating that she had told her mother about a social media account that (Andrighetti) had and that she suspected her father of having an affair," the statement reads. "When (Andrighetti) found this out, he began to violently beat her. He struck the daughter with his fist, a shower curtain rod, a piece of wood, shoved her to the floor, slapped her, and threw items including glass bottles at her."
Andrighetti then told her to clean the mess and she went to the kitchen to get trash bags, authorities said. However, she saw the front door was open and ran to a neighbor's house.
The release also describes the scene.
"On arrival, deputies observed broken beer bottles outside, items that had been recently cut up, a broken Nintendo Switch, and blood droplets outside the mobile home door," it stated. "Deputies forced entry into the residence where they found the home in disarray. The TV had been destroyed, laptops crushed and ripped apart, kitchen items scattered all over the place, children’s bedroom furniture thrown around, and clothes everywhere. Deputies found Christopher Andrighetti hiding in a bedroom closet. Deputies quickly took him into custody. Andrighetti was covered in blood from self-inflicted lacerations to the arms and waist."
A 64-year-old Russellville woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash in Franklin County, according to the Alabama Trooper Quad-Cities Post.
Beverly D. Ayers died at the scene of the crash Friday on Alabama 24, approximately 5 miles west of Russellville, troopers said.
In addition, a juvenile was taken to a local hospital due to injuries sustained in the crash.
Ayers was killed when the 2019 Nissan Rogue she was driving and a 2004 Ford F-150 driven by Timothy Graham, 41, of Golden, Miss., collided.
Cecil Batchelor, who led CB&S Bank's growth from a $5 million company to a $2 billion firm while that bank's chairman, has died, friends confirmed today.
Batchelor, a 2020 inductee into the Alabama Business Hall of Fame, had a 56-year banking career that included involvement with Russellville’s Citizens Bank, now CB&S Bank, according to the hall of fame.
He also founded First Federal Savings & Loans in Haleyville, which merged with First Federal of Alabama in Jasper and now is Pinnacle Bank.
During his chairmanship with CB&S, the bank expanded from a single Russellville office to 56 branches in Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee.
Batchelor, a World War II veteran, was well respected in the community, twice honored as Russellville's Citizen of the Year, and had a reputation for community initiatives that included fundraising for hospitals and health-related causes.
CB&S issued a release on Batchelor:
It is with deepest sorrow that CB&S Bank announces the passing of Mr. Cecil Batchelor. Mr.
Batchelor served as chairman of CBS Banc-Corp., the holding company for CB&S Bank, and as
chairman emeritus of the CB&S Bank Board of Directors.
Born in 1925 in rural Alabama, Mr. Batchelor proudly served in the United States Navy during
World War II. His career in banking began in 1964 when he was recruited to serve on the
Citizens Bank, now CB&S Bank, board of directors. He assumed the role of chairman of the
board eight years later and helped spearhead the bank’s expansion into numerous markets.
During his tenure on the board, the bank grew from a $5 million bank in Russellville, Alabama to
a $2 billion dollar bank with more than 50 locations across Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee.
Mr. Batchelor’s dedication to his community was steadfast. His accomplishments were
numerous and his service throughout the southeast was unparalleled. He is thought to be the
longest serving Civitan in Alabama with over 72 years of service. He organized and was the first
president of the Russellville Industrial Board, the Russellville Jaycees, and the Russellville
Merchant Association. He served as president of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce
and was a member of the Grand Lodge of Alabama for 74 years. He was named Russellville’s
Outstanding Citizen of the Year, Citizen of the Year for Franklin County, Citizen of the Year for
Russellville, and was inducted into the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame. In
2020, Mr. Batchelor was inducted into the Alabama Business Hall of Fame. These are only a few
of the many accomplishments Mr. Batchelor achieved throughout his 96 years.
CB&S Bank is a $2.2 billion community bank, headquartered in Russellville, Alabama, operating
56 offices in the Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee markets. The company offers a complete
line of full-service banking products and other related financial services to retail and commercial
customers through its subsidiaries. CB&S Bank is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC.
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All northwest Alabama remain under the high category for overall level of COVID-19 transmission.
Lauderdale County has had 10,429 cases and 255 deaths. Colbert has had 6,801 cases and 142 deaths. Franklin County has had 4,671 cases and 81 deaths.
Statewide, there have been 599,633 cases and 11,574 deaths, according to the health department.
In Colbert County, 23,177 people have received at least one vaccine dose. Of those, 18,903 have completed their series. In Lauderdale, 37,415 have had at least one dose and 29,474 of them have completed their series.
Franklin County has administered doses to 11,217 people, with 8,752 completing their vaccine series.
Statewide, 2,053,367 people have received at least one vaccine dose, with 1,613,194 of them completing their series.
MONTGOMERY — A man who has been convicted of multiple robberies in northwest Alabama is up for parole Tuesday.
Kenneth N. Blackburn, who is serving a 20-year sentence for his latest robbery conviction, has a parole hearing before the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles, said Matthew Estes, communications director for the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles.
Blackburn has served 13 years, 8 months, and 3 days of his 20-year sentence after pleading guilty to third-degree robbery stemming from the robbery of an Elgin community pharmacy, according to court and Alabama Department of Corrections records.
The 60-year-old inmate also had three previous robbery convictions in 1982, including one in Colbert County and two in Franklin County, according to the Alabama Department of Corrections.
He was sentenced to a combined 2 years and 6 months, according to corrections records. In 1999, Blackburn was convicted of first-degree attempted theft of property in Franklin County and received a 10-year sentence but was paroled after serving 2 years, 9 months and 29 days.
The COVID-19 pandemic still remains in the Shoals, with 110 cases reported in the last two weeks, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health.
Those numbers include 86 cases in Lauderdale County and 24 cases in Colbert County, according to the department.
Overall there have been 6,473 cases and 141 deaths in Colbert County since the start of the pandemic. In Lauderdale County, there have been 9,754 cases and 252 deaths.
Nearby, Franklin County has had 4,344 cases and 81 deaths overall, and 12 new cases in the last 14 days.
Health officials continue to ask the public to receive the free COVID vaccinations.
In Colbert, 21,216 people have had at least one vaccine, with 18,343 receiving the full series. Those numbers are 34,735 and 28,629, respectively, in Lauderdale County.
Franklin county has delivered at least one dose to 10,157 residents and 8,487 of those have received the full series.
Statewide, there have been 556,613 cases, including 4,324 in the last 14 days, and 11,428 deaths.
A total of 1,875,638 people in Alabama have received at least one vaccine, with 1,551,810 of them receiving the full series.
MONTGOMERY — Two inmates serving for Shoals crimes, including one for incest, will not have their sentenced shortened, authorities said.
The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles denied parole requests today for Melvin Leon Watson Jr., who is serving a 25-year sentence for two convictions of incest in Colbert County, according to the Alabama Department of Corrections.
He also has prior convictions of second-degree assault in Colbert County, first-degree receiving stolen property and second-degree escape in Franklin County, unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle in Colbert County, and second-degree burglary in Lauderdale County, according to records.
The board also turned down parole for Alan Lee Riley Jr., authorities said.
Riley has served 4 months and 11 days of a 7-year sentence for a Lauderdale County conviction of unlawful breaking and entering a motor vehicle, according to the corrections records.
The records state he also has prior convictions for unlawful breaking and entering in Colbert and Lauderdale counties, and child abuse, unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle, first-degree theft of property and second-degree theft of property in Lauderdale County.
The amount of COVID-19 cases continues to slow as vaccines continue to be distributed, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health.
Colbert County has had 6,306 cases, including 35 in the last 14 days, and 134 deaths. Lauderdale County has had 9,427 cases, including 53 in the last two weeks, and 241 deaths.
Nearby, Franklin County has had 4,260 cases, including 20 in the last two weeks, and 82 deaths.
Statewide, there have been 531,404 cases and 10,985 deaths. There have been 3,186 cases in the last two weeks.
Statewide, 1,560,612 people have received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to the health In Colbert County, 18,740 people have received at least one vaccine dose. That number is 30,356 in Lauderdale County and 9,083 in Franklin County.
The Shoals has received a pair of grants designed to assist in the effort to expand broadband access in rural communities.
One grant is $623,277 to JTM Broadband for access for 1,122 homes, 32 businesses and one community anchor throughout a 51-mile stretch near Lexington, Elgin and Rogersville in Lauderdale County.
other other is $453,032 to Comcast Cable Communication to supply services to as many as 540 households and five community anchors in the town of Leighton and Nitrate City community.
Gov. Kay Ivey announced the grants, which are among $17 million statewide.
In addition, there are nearly $4 million of grants for the Tombigbee Electric Cooperative in Franklin County, according to Ivey's office.
Those include include"
--$1.15 million for internet access for 770 households, 15 businesses and four community anchors in northeast Franklin County.
--$1.26 million for internet access for 929 households, 25 businesses and one community anchor in southeast Franklin County.
--$578,635 for internet service for 530 residences, 10 businesses and two community anchors in southwest Franklin County near Vina.
--$556,678 for internet connectivity for 323 households and 10 businesses in the Spruce Pine area of Franklin County.
--$324,072 for internet access for 227 households, 10 businesses and two community anchors near Hodges in Franklin County.
The Shoals has had more than 15,000 cases of COVID-19, with 371 deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health.
In Colbert County, there have been 6,278 cases and 134 deaths, according to the department. There have been 37 cases in the last 14 days.
The Lauderdale County numbers are 9,376 cases and 237 deaths. There have been 79 cases in the last two weeks.
Nearby, Franklin County has had 4,233 cases, 82 deaths and 14 cases in the last two weeks.
Statewide, there have been 527,922 cases of COVID-19 and 10,896 deaths, according to the department. There have been 3,859 in the last two weeks.
Thus far, 1,499,678 Alabamians have had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Of that amount, 1,105,117 have been fully vaccinated, according to the department.
In Colbert County, 18,226 residents have had at least one vaccine, with 13,534 of them fully vaccinated, according to the department. In Lauderdale, 29,362 have had at least one dose and 20,890 have been fully vaccinated.
Franklin County has had 8,820 people receive at least one dose and 6,686 fully vaccinated.