Lauderdale County

Lauderdale 17-year-old faces rape and charges involving minors

FLORENCE – A 17-year-old Lauderdale County resident is charged with rape and 30 counts pertaining to obscene matter of a child under 17, authorities said.The suspect, identified as Bryant Black, is out on $400,000 bail, said Christina Keeton, Lauderdale County Sheriff’s investigator assigned to OnePlace of the Shoals.Black is charged with first-degree rape, 10 counts…

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State tops 140,000 COVID cases

Alabama now has 140,160 COVID-19 cases and 2,387 deaths, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health.Those numbers including 8,879 in the last 14 days, according to the health department. Thus far, 1,019,623 diagnostic and 55,856 antibody tests have been administered in the state.Colbert County has had 1,524 cases, including 73 in the last 14…

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Board denies parole for 2 Colbert offenders

MONTGOMERY – Parole was denied Tuesday for two inmates convicted in unrelated Colbert County crimes, authorities said.The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles turned down parole for Kenneth Bradley Keller and Johnny Oneal Landers, said Terry Abbott, director of communications for the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles.Keller has served 13 years, 7 months of…

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7 inmates from local cases up for parole

MONTGOMERY – The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles will consider parole for seven inmates convicted of Colbert County crimes, authorities said.The days and hearings include the following:-(Tuesday) Kenneth Bradley Keller, who has served 13 years, 7 months of a 20-year sentence for two counts of unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle, one count of…

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Florence chief says no incidents in weekend protests

FLORENCE – Police Chief Ron Tyler said the first weekend under new protest regulations went smoothly.The regulations, which started Friday night, call for protesters and counterprotesters downtown to remain in designated areas for events that involve noise and formal gatherings.However, people still are allowed to leave those designated areas and even carry signs, as long…

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3 get parole, 1 denied

Parole was granted for three inmates serving time for local crimes and denied for another, authorities said.The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles approved the paroles Wednesday for Todd Alan Davis, Jesse Clinton Ford and James Matthew Locke, authorities said.Todd Alan Davis has served 2 years, 11 months of a 10-year sentence on three second-degree…

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2 have parole denied, 1 granted

MONTGOMERY — Parole was denied Tuesday for two inmates serving time for Shoals crimes and granted for another inmate, authorities said.Richard Ray Russell and Timothy Terrell Garner had parole denied, while Joseph Heath Terry had it granted, said Terry Abbott, director of communications for the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles.Eddie Frank Chandler and Joshua…

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Man charged with capital murder of Rogersville woman

FLORENCE – A man has been charged with capital murder in the 2015 fatal stabbing of a Rogersville woman at her apartment.Casey Cole White was charged Tuesday with two count of capital murder in the death of Connie Ridgeway, authorities said.Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly said White already is in prison on unrelated Limestone…

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10 inmates in local cases up for parole this week

MONTGOMERY — Ten inmates serving time for Shoals crimes are up for parole, authorities said.Six of those 10 are up today, and the remainder are up Wednesday, said Terry Abbott, director of communications for the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles.Those six include:-Eddie Frank Chandler has served 10 months of a 45-month prison term for…

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Indigo Girls coming to Florence to support Project Say Something

FLORENCE — Indigo Girls will perform a free concert at 5:30 p.m. Sunday outside the Lauderdale County Courthouse in support of Project Say Something and its effort to have the Confederate monument moved from the courthouse.The Grammy-award winning duo is known for their activism, Project Say Something Director Camille Bennett said.“This is a blessing,” Bennett…

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