Morgan County

Former Jailer Pleads Guilty to Lacing Prisoners’ Cigarettes

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) – A one-time Alabama jailer accused of sickening inmates by lacing their cigarettes with self-defense spray has pleaded guilty to assault charges. News outlets report former Morgan County corrections officer Jaylend Edward Handley pleaded guilty Wednesday to four counts of third-degree assault. Handley was ordered to pay $2,000 in fines and sentenced to 180 days in jail,…

Man Sought in Alabama Slaying Returned from South Carolina

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) – Authorities say a man sought in a killing that happened in Alabama two months ago has been returned to the state to face charges following his arrest in South Carolina. Police in Decatur say 27-year-old Antone Lamar Yarbrough was jailed on a capital murder charge in Morgan County after being extradited. He was arrested by federal…

Alabama Man Convicted of Killing Ex-Wife After Divorce

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) – A north Alabama man has been convicted of killing his ex-wife shortly after their divorce became final. News outlets report that a Morgan County jury convicted Roger Dale Stevens of capital murder Wednesday. He was accused of fatally shooting Kay Stevens at the bakery she operated five years ago. She was killed soon after their divorce…

Update: Seven People Found Dead Inside Home in Morgan County

Seven people have been found dead inside a house that was set on fire in Morgan County early Friday morning. Officials say the house is in Valhermoso Springs near Decatur. Authorities say all seven victims were adults. Deputies say they are familiar with this residence as they responded to several drug and domestic violence calls. News outlets report that neighbors…

Deadly Reminder: Work Zone Safety Week

One Worker Killed in North Alabama

This is Work-Zone Safety Week, a designation used to increase awareness of the dangers of driving in highway construction zones. A fatal accident in North Alabama is a real-life reminder of that danger. State troopers say an Alabama Department of Transportation employee was killed and another was injured in a crash on I-65 in Morgan County near Priceville. They say…