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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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UNA Board of Trustees agenda set for Friday meeting

FLORENCE – The University of North Alabama Board of trustees has set its agenda for Friday morning’s board meeting. The agenda is as follows: I. Invocation II. Roll Call III. Consideration of Approval of Agenda IV. Consideration of Approval of Consent Agenda Items A. Minutes of June 5, 2020, Quarterly Board MeetingB. Resolution Authorizing the…

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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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UNA expects record enrollment for fall

FLORENCE – The University of North Alabama appears to be in line for record enrollment for the Fall 2020 semester, university officials said.Official enrollment figures will come out on Oct. 30, but UNA, which had more than 8,000 students in Fall 2019, is expected to increase that by some 4 percent.UNA President Ken Kitts said…

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Parole denied for Sheffield murderer

MONTGOMERY — A woman convicted of a 1988 Sheffield murder had parole denied this week, authorities said.In a separate case, parole also was denied for a convicted sex offender from a Colbert County case who failed to comply with Alabama’s sex offender registration laws, officials said.The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles denied paroles for…

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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 arrested in death of boy, 3

FLORENCE – Two arrests have been made in the death of 3-year-old Kaiden Garner, whose “lifeless body” was taken to North Alabama Medical Center on Aug. 12.Blake Joshwell Townsend, 20, Florence, was arrested Wednesday on a Lauderdale County grand jury indictment of capital murder, Florence police said.Yalrick Zeonsha Pride, 20, Florence, was arrested on an…

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