Marshall county Bridge to be Replaced

The Marshall County engineer yesterday announced the closing of the bridge over Slab Creek in Nixon Chapel to prepare for the building of a replacement bridge. Replacing the bridge on Welcome Home Road will take about half a year.

Albertville Wife Charged with Attempted Murder of Husband

Yesterday we reported the story of an Albertville couple who both suffered bullet wounds in a shootout during an argument at their house. The husband was shot three times. The wife shot once in the leg. Now the wife, 45 year-old Susan Shaw is charged with attempted murder. She’s recovering at Marshall Medical Center under police guard while her husband is recovering at Huntsville Hospital.

Cell Phone Leads Cherokee County Deputies to Suspect

In Cherokee County deputies were investigating a burglary and found a cell phone left behind. Serving a search warrant on the house of the man who owned the cell phone, David Bone, they found items reported stolen in the burglary in Leesburg, and evidence was discovered linking him to two other burglaries in the same area. He’s charged with various felonies including attempting to flee police while handcuffed.

Fatal Car Crash in Guntersville

Fatal two-car crash in Guntersville yesterday. 3:30 in the morning near where US Highway 431 crosses Bakers Chapel Road. The person who died was alone in one car while two people injured were in the other vehicle. Names were withheld pending family notification and the injured were taken to Marshall Medical Center.

Albertville Couple Caps Argument with Shootout

A man remains hospitalized at Huntsville Hospital after an Albertville couple had a shootout with each other Friday morning. The man and woman argued and then both pulled guns and shot it out. The woman was hit in the leg, the man got the worst of it, shot in the head, the back and the back of one arm. Happened at a mobile home at the corner of Dick Road and Rice Mill Chavers Road. Criminal charges will be filed.

Marshall County Commissioner Dies

Marshall County District 3 Commissioner CW Buddy Allen died suddenly of complications from cancer Friday afternoon. Allen was re-elected to the commission after having served two previous terms. Visitation was last evening at Adams Brown Funeral Home in Albertville. His funeral will be today at 11am at Central Baptist.

Charges Still Pending Against Marshall Murder Suspects

More charges may come this week after the arrest of three people in connection with the kidnap and murder of a Boaz man. A man and woman from Albertville and a man from Fort Payne are charged with kidnapping Gary Lee Willis, whose body was later found shot to death in a burned-out vehicle. Investigators are still trying to find out where Willis was killed, before filing additional charges which could include capital murder.

Number One AP Alabama Story of 2013

The number one news story in Alabama for 2013 was the hijack by a gunman of a school bus in which the driver was murdered, and then the standoff between the killer and police in which the gunman kidnapped a 5 year-old boy and held him in an underground bunker for days. The story chosen by the Associated Press as Alabama’s top story happened in the tiny town of Midland City and the horror ended when tactical police stormed into the bunker and killed 65 year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes and rescued the boy, who is now 6 and who attends school and is doing well.

Marshall County Property owner shoots, wounds thief

A Marshall County homeowner caught two men stealing scrap metal from his property and when he moved to chase them off one threatened to kill him, so he lifted his rifle and shot one of the burglars in his groin. Both ran away but deputies caught them, and arrested the wounded man after surgery.

Man Charged in Gadsden Stabbing Attack

An arrest has been made in the Gadsden incident two weeks ago where a man who answered his door on Alabama Avenue was stabbed by a man on his porch, slashing him with what appears to have been a blade from a food processor. The victim suffered numerous stab wounds, cuts and lacerations. Charged is 24 year-old M. Franci Miguel Francisco, but the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force, who made the arrest, hasn’t disclosed the reason for the attack.