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UPDATE: Missing 13-Year-Old Amberly Flores of Pelham Willingly Got Into A Black SUV

The Pelham Police Department needs your help locating Amberly Nicole Flores. Amberly is a 13-year-old Hispanic female with black hair and brown eyes. ALEA reported she is 5’1” and weighs 115 pounds. Amberly was last seen wearing a white jacket, blue jeans and carrying a pink backpack in the area of Green Park South Mobile Homes at 7:00 in the…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Sleeping issues worsen + Pregnancy PTSD + Probiotics misinformation

Nearly a third of Americans aren’t getting enough sleep, and researchers say the problem is getting worse each year. A new study from Ball State University finds the professions that have the highest levels of sleep-deprivation are police officers and those in the military. Adequate sleep is defined as seven hours or more. Plus, a new study shows one in…

HELPFUL NEWS: Senator Doug Jones and Team Hosting FAFSA Workshops Across Alabama

U.S. Senator Doug Jones announced his local staff members will host a series of workshops across Alabama to assist students and their families fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). We’re told these events are free and open to the public. In 2018, Alabama high school graduates missed out on an estimated $57.5 million in federal grants…

Do you know this woman? 40-year-old Cold Case is Reopened with Ties to Selma

Authorities in Grundy County, Illinois are trying to identify a woman. Her remains were found in 1976, and officials believe the victim may have ties to Selma and the West Alabama area. Authorities in Seneca, Illinois say the woman was found shot and killed in October of 1976… They were never able to identify her. After exhuming her body in…

House in Waugh Struck by Lightning; Large Tree Down Causing Dozens of Power Outages

A separate Alabama News Network crew spent the day in Montgomery, but following the storm and strong winds, the Waugh/Mt. Meigs Voluntary Fire Department had a busy day dealing with a home that was struck by lightning. Lieutenant Brady Medley said a crew arrived to a home on Pinetree Drive in Waugh at 3:30, with reports of a house struck…

Selma’s new police chief officially takes reign of the department

Friday was the first full day on the job for Selma’s new police chief, Kenta Fulford. He officially took the reigns of the police department after a swearing in ceremony Thursday: “Just excited and ready to go to work.” Fulford said. The new top cop was appointed police chief by the Selma City Council last month. Retired Selma Police Lt….

Body found in Hueytown shallow grave identified as Paighton Houston

Birmingham media outlets report the body found in a shallow grave has been identified as missing Trussville woman, Paighton Houston. Jefferson County District Attorney Lynneice Washington told news outlets that a woman’s body was found in a shallow grave behind a residence on Chapel Drive in Hueytown.  There had been a heavy police presence at the home for two days…

ASU Food Pantry Gets $25k Grant

Alabama State University’s food pantry is getting a late Christmas present of a $25,000 grant from the ECMC Foundation. School officials say the food pantry is open two days a week for students.  They see between 20 and 30 students on a weekly basis.  Food insecurity is a major problem on college campuses across the country, and ASU officials say…

ALEA Releases Data for 2019 Holiday Travel Period

  The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) says troopers investigated 22 traffic deaths during the 2019 Christmas-New Year’s holiday travel period. ALEA says among those killed was a 4-year-old, who died in an Etowah County crash. The others killed included 10 drivers, nine passengers and one pedestrian. One motorcyclist, who was using a helmet, also was killed. Of the 20…

Father and Son Jump an Elmore County Bridge Trying to Evade Law Enforcement

A father and son in Elmore County are in trouble after authorities said they jumped off of a bridge while running from officers. We’re told it happened early Sunday morning in front of the Russel Plant on Highway 14. Sheriff Bill Franklin said the two men took off following a traffic stop… then jumped off Callow Creek Bridge. The father…