Lee County

Law Enforcement Learn Leadership Skills at FBI Summit

A week-long FBI summit is going on in East Alabama. Law enforcement and other officials have been in Opelika this week for an annual FBI seminar. They’re learning ways to better serve their departments and the public. About one hundred officers from around the state are participating in this year’s Southeastern Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar. The annual SLEDS conference…

Matching Pets With Owners Designed to ‘Clear the Shelters’

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) – Humane societies in Alabama and Georgia are among many participating in this weekend’s “Clear the Shelters” events. The events are aimed at finding owners for the animals. In eastern Alabama, the Lee County Humane Society is participating in Saturday’s event for the first time. It will offer reduced adoption fees for pet adoptions. The Opelika-Auburn News…

First Sunday Services Held Since Lee County Tornado

Seven days after the tornadoes caused destruction in Lee County, people entered church doors to give thanks for their blessings. “There has been an outpouring of love, and community feeling that’s really lifted everybody up,” Providence Baptist Church member Chuck Adams says. Providence has been a main resource center in Beauregard. Thousands of people have donated supplies, cooked food, and…

FEMA Opens 4 Mobile Intake Centers in Lee County

Senator Doug Jones got a first hand look at the devastation today. About 20 agencies and 100 or so people are helping with the recovery effort. The areas of the Beauregard community that took the worst of the EF-4 tornado lie in ruins. Despite the loss of life and physical possessions, the spirit of resilience among those in the community…

Lee County Tornado Victims Identified

Victims Range In Ages 6-89

Today, The Lee County coroner’s office released the names of the 23 victims of Sunday’s EF-4 tornado. Armando “AJ” Hernandez- 6 Charlotte Ann Miler- 59 David Dean- 53 Emmanuel Jones- 53 Eric Jamal Stenson- 38 Felicia Woodall- 22 Florel Tate Stenson- 63 Henry Lewis Stenson- 65 Irma Gomez-Moran- 41 James Henry Tate- 86 Jimmy Lee Jones- 89 Jonathan Marquez Bowen-…

26 Arrested In Major Drug Trafficking Operation In Lee County

Authorities have shut down a major drug trafficking operation out of Lee county. Over two dozen people were arrested in what authorities say is one of the largest operation they’ve seen in years. 13 were charged with federal narcotics distribution and money laundering, another 13 are facing state narcotics charges. The criminal operation has been under investigation for 18 months,…

Hurtsboro Woman Dies in Single-Vehicle Crash

A Hurtsboro woman has died following a single-vehicle crash near Opelika, according to Alabama Law Enforcement Agency officials. Lawanda Kelly, 35, was killed when the 1998 Ford Expedition she was driving left the roadway and overturned. Kelley, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene. The crash occurred at 6:10 a.m. on Alabama 51 five…