Madison County

Second Alabama Man Dies in Floodwaters after Heavy Rain

HAZEL GREEN, Ala. (AP) — A north Alabama man who was kayaking with his children following heavy rains saved the kids when the current became too strong but couldn’t get himself out of the water and drowned. The Madison County coroner says 35-year-old Johnny Henderson III of Hazel Green was pronounced dead after emergency workers located his body in floodwaters…

Alabama trying to revive lawsuit over Confederate monument

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) – The Alabama attorney general’s office is trying to revive its lawsuit over the removal of a Confederate monument from outside the county courthouse in the city of Huntsville. The state claims in court documents that a judge shouldn’t have dismissed the suit just because someone anonymously paid a $25,000 fine that was owed by Madison County…

Alabama Inmate, Wanted in Georgia, Released from Jail Early

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) – Authorities say a man who was mistakenly released from an Alabama jail by posing as another inmate has turned himself in. Authorities are investigating how 31-year-old Darren Jermaine Chipman was released in Madison County. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office says he turned himself in Sunday. Authorities say the Huntsville man was released prematurely – on Saturday…

Alabama Attorney General Sues Over Confederate Statue Move

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall has filed a court challenge over Madison County’s removal of a Confederate soldier statue at its courthouse. The Republican official announced the lawsuit Friday. He’s arguing the statue’s movement to a Huntsville cemetery violates a 2017 state law called the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act that is aimed at protecting Confederate monuments….

DA: Huntsville Officer Justified in Fatal Shooting Last Month

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) – A prosecutor says a police officer was justified in a fatal shooting last month. Madison County District Attorney Rob Broussard says his investigation into the death of 57-year-old Alberto Rivas is being closed without charges. Rivas was shot to death on Oct. 16 as officers responded to a 911 call at a house. The prosecutor’s statement…

Third Person Dies from Coronavirus in Alabama

A third person in Alabama has died from the Coronavirus. According to the Alabama Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Dashboard, a resident in Madison County passed away from the virus. The age or gender of the victim, has not been released. Two other people, one in Jackson County and the other in Lauderdale County, also passed away from the illness….

Alabama Man Accused of Biting Off Woman’s Finger in Fight

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) – An Alabama man has been arrested after police say he bit off a woman’s finger during a fight. News outlets report that 48-year-old Shay Michael Thome of Huntsville was arrested Saturday and charged with first-degree assault. Police say the victim knows Thome’s wife, and some men tackled Thome after the woman was bitten. A jail booking…

Air Quality Report: “A” for Montgomery, Elmore

Not all counties have monitoring equipment

Above I-59 heading into Birmingham, Late 1970’s (Tim Lennox photo) The American Lung Association has issued an annual report on the air quality above America. In Alabama only a handful of counties have measuring equipment. Those include Montgomery and Elmore Counties, which earned a grade of “A”. Two North Alabama Counties—Jefferson and Madison—received an “F” grade. One key finding: “The…

Confederate Jacket Sparks Dispute Between Collector, Museum

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – An Alabama collector who bought a Confederate soldier’s jacket is fighting to keep it after leaders of a New Orleans museum said the piece was stolen in the 1980s. Joe Fitzgerald of Huntsville said in a complaint filed in Madison County Circuit Court that he bought Confederate Army Capt. William Lyman’s jacket at a 2009 military…