Jefferson County

Fultondale Tornado Leaves Several Injured and 1 Dead

Courtesy: Facebook Courtesy: Facebook Courtesy: Facebook Courtesy: Facebook Courtesy: Facebook BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Officials say a tornado left significant storm damage just north of Birmingham, leaving the area with crumpled buildings and downed trees. The National Weather Service in Birmingham says officials are evaluating the damage to determine the strength of the tornado, which hit the Fultondale area of…

More Cities Consider or Implement Face Mask Requirements

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – More Alabama cities are implementing or considering a requirement to wear face masks in public places against the coronavirus. Montgomery and Birmingham and Jefferson County have orders in place requiring face masks in public places. The mayor of Selma on Friday issued a similar order. Tuscaloosa will vote on a mask ordinance Tuesday. The mayors of…

Alabama County’s DA Urges New Trial for Death Row Inmate

Toforest Johnson Photo: Alabama Department of Corrections MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A district attorney in Jefferson County says a black man who has spent two decades on death row should get a new trial amid questions about the fairness of his 1998 murder conviction. District Attorney Danny Carr on Friday filed a brief supporting a new trial for Toforest Johnson…

Alabama Coronavirus Cases Rise by Nearly 300

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP)- Alabama’s Coronavirus death toll neared 500 on Saturday.  The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) reports that there have been more than 11,600 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state and at least 485 deaths which is 12 more than reported Friday. Mobile, Jefferson, and Montgomery counties all accounted for 41% of all case growth in the…

Boy Killed in Apparent Hunting Accident Near Birmingham

An 11-year-old boy is dead after a fatal gunshot following an apparent hunting accident near Birmingham. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s office says the child was turkey hunting with a group when the shooting occurred Friday morning. A sheriff’s spokesperson says the boy’s father was with him at the time he was killed. Authorities are investigating the death as an accident….

ADPH: New Coronavirus Guidelines for Hardest Hit Area of State

The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH ) has issued updated guidelines to help stop the spread of coronavirus. For Jefferson and surrounding counties –Tuscaloosa, Walker, Blount, St. Clair and Shelby — ADPH recommends against gatherings of 25 persons or more where a six-foot distance cannot be maintained. Restaurants, bars, breweries and Category 3 food service establishments in those counties…

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…

Alabama DA Won’t Prosecute Woman Who Was Shot, Lost Fetus

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – An Alabama district attorney has decided to drop the charges against a woman who was indicted for manslaughter after she lost her fetus when she was shot during a fight. Marshae Jones was arrested June 26 after a grand jury concluded she intentionally caused the death of her fetus by initiating a fight with another woman….