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Budget To Be Approved For Etowah County

Figuring out a budget. Etowah County Commission meets tomorrow to vote on the new budget — and the bad news: the county is short of money and likley will be dipping into savings to make-up a shortage of more than half a million dollars to cover all the spending planned — including a two-and-a-half percent raise for county employees.


Parents Complain About Trump-Themed Football Banner

An upscale Christian school in Birmingham is apologizing for a football banner that players ran through last week. The banner for Briarwood Christian school borrowed Donald Trump’s campaign slogan — it said: “Make America great again – Trump the Tigers.” The team they were playing was the Fairfield Tigers and some parents there got in a snit about the sign, saying they were disrespected


Two Guys Busted For Stealing ATV In Boaz

Two guys arrested for stealing a four wheeler from a home in Boaz. 19 year old Destin Tidwell and 22 John Wiliiams were arrested after a deputy spotted Williams driving the ATV. The sheriff’s office says he admitted that he and Tidwell swiped the vehicle. Tidwell was booked into the Etowah County Detention Center and later got-out on $5,000 bond — Williams is still lockedup on $6,000 bond


Judge Decides Whether Hubbard Gets New Trial

No new trial. Former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard will not get to try again in front of a different jury. He had asked for another trial, saying prosecutors made mistakes. But the judge said no. So now Hubbard, convicted of corruption, will have to appeal his conviction to a higher court. He was sentenced to four years in prison — but he’s not behind bars yet. He’s free on bond during the appeal process.


Huntsville School Superintendant Stepping Down For Romance

Huntsville City School System looking for new superintendant. Casey Wardynski annnounced he’s resigning. The reason: romance. The city system is involved in a contract with Pinnacle Private schools — and Wardynski is dating Pinnacle’s founder. He plans to marry her and says that would be a business conflict if he was still the superintendant — so he’s choosing love over work — and stepping down. The mayor of Huntsville issued a statement saying Wardynski did a good job.


Teen Driver Hits A Camel In The Road

A teenager was injured when he hit an unusual animal crossing the road: a camel. It happened in Sardis City. The animal had to be put down. It was being led across the road at Turk’s Bama Bucks, a wildlife refuge, when it was hit on the dark road. The driver said he was blinded by bright lights from a truck stopped at the gate of the animal facility.


Wreck Kills Etowah Teen

An Etowah County teenager died after a wreck Saturday evening. 19 year old Jacob Anthony Walker of Gadsden, died after his Nissan Altima ran off the side of Old Ford Valley road and flipped several times. Walker was transported to a local hospital where he later died


Two Fatal Wrecks InThe Area This Weekend

Tough week-end on the roads. Fatal wreck just after 7 yesterday morning in Marshall county — just north of Union Grove. 32 year old Tommie Dewayne Pritchett ran off the road and hit a tree. State troopers indicated that alcohol and speed were factors in the wreck, but they’re still investigating.

A fatal motorcycle wreck Satruday afternoon in Decatur on Old Hwy 31. Not sure exactly what happened, but when emergency crews rolled up, they found the man dead, lying beside his Honda Trike. He’s identified as Edward Harwell. Investigation still going.


No BP Money For Road Work

Money from the BP Oil spill will not be used for road work in Alabama. The Senate took road projects out of a bill that outlined how the money would be spent. Lawmakers have been divided over how to use the money — paid by BP to help the state recover from damages suffered during the massive oil spill back in 2010.


Toddler Critical After Dog Attack

Dog attack in DeKalb county. A 4-year-old boy is in critical condition. Happened yesterday morning near Justice Street in Crossville. He was attacked by the family dog — then airlifted unconcious to Birmingham. Dogs have been a problem at the home before, cops have been called in the past. 15 dogs have now been taken from the property, the family charged with operating an unlicensed shelter. Police say the boy was attacked inside the house — an adult was there — but it was a brutal attack with severe bites to the boy’s face. One officer said he wasn’t prepared for what he saw.


Lottery Bill Passes Committee Vote

Lottery watch. A state house committe approves a lottery bill. Now it goes to the full house. The vote did not com in time to get the issue on the ballot for November. So, if the house gives its ok, the governor has said, there could be a special election. Governor Bently wants a big chunk of the gambling money to be used for financing medicare in the state.


Prisoners Break Rules, Broadcast Live From Holman Prison

Somebody is not paying attention to inmates at maximum security Holman prison. WBRG TV found prisoners broadcasting live on Periscope — a social media site — using cell phones smuggled into the prison. It’s against the law for prisoners to even have cell phones. On Periscope, they were pretty open about it — didn’t seem to worry about being caught.


Two Arrested In Decatur Killing

Murder in Decatur, about midnight Sunday.

Two brothers found shot at a home on Danville road. 19 year old Braxton Edwards dead at the scene. His 23 year old brother Cameron rushed to the hospital. Not sure of the motive in the shootings, but two men were arrested and charged with murder and assault. Darrin Samone Wilkes of Huntsville and Terrance Shaquille Ellison of Harvest. They’re locked-up in the Morgan County jail without bond.


Military Vet In Stand-Off, Kills Himself

In Russellville, a veteran said to have mental issues was in a stand off with police. Officers say he set the house on fire and killed himself. Man’s name not given. Happened at Wilson Blvd and Tim Street. The man held his grandfather hostage then let him go. When the house went up in flames, officers went in and found the 28 year old was dead.


Lawmakers and Lottery -- Debate Starts Monday

Alabama lawmakers start a special session Monday and they’ve got gambling on their mind. They will debate whether to go along with the governor and approve a lottery. Of course, if they do, voters would still have to give their approval. The idea faces long odds of getting passed by the legislature


New State School Supt Picked

Alabama’s next school supt — some might call a Yankee. He was the former Massachusetts education secretary selected over candidates who have worked in the state school system. It took several rounds of voting Thursday morning before members of the state school board finally picked education consultant Michael Sentence for the job.


Coroner Takes Plea Deal For Ripping Off The Dead

Etowah county’s coroner will not do jail-time for stealing pain pills from dead people. Michael Head pleaded guilty and resigned as part of a plea deal. He gets two years of probation. Head’s 26 year old son is also facing drug charges. His case is still pending.


Woman Attacked Making Online Sale

Another case of someone robbed and hurt — after trying to sell something online. In Athens, a woman posted her cell phone for sale. She met a potential buyer at 5th and Jefferson — a woman and a man. The woman handed the phone to the man behind the wheel — he wouldn’t give it back and when the woman reached in to get her phone, the guy grabbed her arm and hit the gas — dragging her. She was taken to the hospital — condition unknown. Police remind you, if you agree to meet someone online to do business, meet them in the parking lot of the police station — that’s safer.


Prisoner Skips Out After Funeral

In Decatur — they let a prisoner out of jail to attend a funeral — but he didn’t come back. Morgan County Sheriff’s Department says 50-year-old Wendell Dewayne Thompson was released to family on Saturday after the court agreed to let him serve as a pallbearer. Thompson was locked up for violating conditions placed on him by the drug court. Now, he’ll be charged with escape. He was last seen at the Sharpley Funeral Home in Decatur.


Swiping Drugs From The Dead. Etowah Coroner Charges

Stunning accusation against Etowah County Coroner Michael Head. He’s been arrested, charged with swiping prescription pills from dead people. The sheriff’s office started investigating Head when relatives of a person who died said they saw him taking pills. Head is 52, charged with stealing prescription meds and his son is in trouble too. 26 year old John Simon Head — with a history of drug charges — was arrested again at this father’s house for having meth and heroin