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One person killed in wreck

Authorities are investigating an accident that killed a 30-year-old Oxford woman on Monday morning. It happened at the intersection of U.S. 78 and National Drive. The Anniston Star says Brenda Morgan was driving east on 78 in a Pontiac Grand Am, when a Ford Fusion veered into her lane, and hit the Grand Am head-on. Morgan was pronounced dead at the scene. Her young son, who was in her vehicle, was hurt, and so was the driver of the Ford Fusion. The child was taken to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham.


Rod run Sunday benefits Crossville fire department

The seventh annual Cody Renfroe Rod Run takes place Saturday.

It runs from 4 to 8 at Crossville City Park.

The event bears the name of a former volunteer firefighter who died in the line of duty seven years ago.

Organizers welcome all types of vehicles. Proceeds benefit the Crossville Fire Department.


Food drive Saturday

The annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive takes place Saturday.

The Etowah Community Food Bank, the National Association of Letter Carriers, and the postal service all participate in this as part of a nationwide effort.

Mail carriers work with the food bank and United Way of Etowah County to make this the largest single-day food drive in the county’s history.

Those who get their mail from the Gadsden, East Gadsden, and Alabama City can place nonperishable food items beside their mailboxes Saturday in sturdy bags for pickup.


Gadsden man dies from Friday crash

A Gadsden man has died from Friday night’s crash on First Avenue.

The coroner has identified him as 57-year-old Michael Urioste.

He says Urioste drove a three-wheeled motorcycle, and an autopsy determines whether or not a medical issue contributed to the crash.


Man slaps woman, woman stabs man with pen

A DeKalb County man went to jail yesterday after a fight.

Sheriff’s officials have not released his name, but they say it happened at a home on College Road in Powell.

Authorities claim a man slapped a woman, and the woman stabbed him with a pen.


Pisgah opens storm shelter

Pisgah has a new storm shelter.

It sits behind Rosalie School.

The new building can withstand winds of 300 miles per hour.


Man found dead hanging from electrical tower

Scottsboro Police continue investigating a man’s death — a man they found hanging from an electrical structure yesterday.

The coroner says his body surfaced at a tower near Stewart Road.

Authorities have not released his name, as they have not notified his family yet.


Deadline Nears For Satellite Radio Refunds

Have you had sattellite radio and tried to cancel it? The state Attorney General out with a reminder that there’s a deadline to apply for refunds from a settlement with Sirius XM. Luther Strange says that if you’re eligible to get some money back, you have until May 3 to apply. Sirius XM agreed to settle back in December because customers complained it was hard to cancel in some cases the company automatically renewed service without asking.


Huntsville Cop Arrested For Excessive Force

A Huntsville police officer who was fired for using excessive force — then rehired by city council…now facing federal criminal charges. Officer Brett Russell indicted by a federal grand jury for hitting a man during an arrest back in 2011. The city issued a statement saying that it had already taken action that it deemed appropriate and that Russell underwent retraining. Now he could face prison time.


Cop's Assault Hearing Delayed

In Limestone County, a judge has put off a hearing to hear evidence against an Alabama police officer. 26 year old Eric Sloan Parker charged with assault, accused of hurting an Indian man during a violent confrontation earlier this year. District Judge Jeanne Anderson issued an order postponing the hearing.


Man Charged With Drug Fueled Murder

A Fort Payne man told deputies that he and two women went on a binge taking meth for several days. Now, 32 year old Doug Minor charged with killing one of the women, 35 year old Bobbie Lynn Ross. Sheriff Jimmy Harris says Minor admitted striking the women after an argument. Bobbie Lynn Ross found dead in a house, Minor and the other woman were found in a chicken house.


North Green Street Closed To Traffic On Wednesday

The City of Kirksville will begin water main maintenance on North Green Street, beginning tomorrow at 8AM. The repairs will be between E. Burton Street and E. Mary Street and are expected to last approximately one day, dependent upon weather. The road will be completely closed to thru traffic, and the traveling public is requested to use alternate routes.


Kayak Accident Kills Two

A kayaker reported missing Saturday has been found dead in Big Wills Creek in Etowah County. The kayaker has been identified as Dakota Brett Crandall, a 25 year-old who lived in Southside but was originally is from Utah. The body was found some 200 yards from the kayak accident. One of the rescuers on the recovery mission was killed while searching for Crandall. Vicky Ryan was pronounced dead at Riverview Regional Medical Center. Coroner Michael Head says the cause of her death is drowning. Two Etowah County rescue squad boats capsized while they were searching for a possible drowning victim on Saturday. About nine rescuers were pulled from the water. Several of them were taken to the Riverview Regional Medical Center.


Etowah Rescue Worker Killed

Saturday the Etowah County Rescue Squad was on Big Wills Creek looking for a missing kayaker. During their search a rescue boat capsized sending the rescue workers into the creek and then to the hospital for treatment. One of those rescue workers, 46 year old Vicky Ryan, died.


Blountsville fatalities

State troopers are investigating a fatal crash in Blountsville. It happened Monday morning on County Road 47, west of Blountsville. State troopers say two people died and three children were transported to the hospital. One child was airlifted.


Murder Suspects Returned to Alabama

A Horton man accused of fleeing the state after the murder of his wife’s aunt has been returned to Alabama.
Marshall County investigators extradited 31-year-old Curtis Lee Austin from Florida. Panama City Police arrested Austin and his wife, 29-year-old Elizabeth Dawn Austin, earlier this month. Northeast Alabama investigators found the body of her aunt, Judith McElroy Carranza, on April 8. The couple is accused of killing the 60-year-old Marshall County woman, and dumping her body in Etowah County. The preliminary autopsy identified strangulation as the cause of death.
The couple are also charged with armed robbery, and have charges pending from a November arrest for two counts of child abuse. Carranza was expected to testify as a witness in the child abuse cases.


Marsh Says Gambling Would Save State Budget

The governor is proposing a tax hike…to come up with badly needed funds. But another lawmaker says…lets crank-up some gambling.

Alabama Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh says casino gambling and a lottery could generate hundreds of millions of dollars for the state. Marsh says a recent study that he commissioned shows the gambling could give the state $400 million in new revenue, with most of it from a lottery. Marsh says he’ll talk to other lawmakers and only introduce a bill if he thinks it has a chance to pass


Gas prices up

It’s costing you more at the gas pump lately. Gasbuddy.com puts the statewide average price for gas at $2.30 a gallon, which is up seven cents a gallon in the last week, and it’s up 14 cents a gallon in the last month. By comparison the national average is at $2.54 a gallon, which is up 9 cents a gallon in the last week, and it’s up 11 cents a gallon in the last month. A year ago the statewide average was $3.57 a gallon, when the national average was $3.70 a gallon.


Towles To Be Retried in November

Etowah County officials have delayed the retrial of Kevin Andre Towles on murder charges. Towles was set to go on trial for the second time on May 4 in connection with the 2006 beating death of his girlfriend’s 5-year-old son. Trial is now set for November. Towles’ girlfriend, Shalinda Glass, pleaded guilty to murder in 2012 and was sentenced to life in prison without parole in the case. Glass originally reported her son kidnapped from a gas station in Albertville. His beaten body was later found stuffed in the trunk of a car belonging to Towles. Towles is currently housed in the Etowah County Jail.


Cullman Airport Tree Trimming In The Works

Officials hope to do some tree-trimming around a local airport.

The Cullman Regional Airport Board hopes to make a deal so it can trim trees on neighboring land, the trees need to be cut back to make it easier for aircraft to approach. The airport’s board has authorized its attorney to negotiate over three tracts of land, all toward the south end of the runway.