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 TRAFFORD - A suspect was arrested in Jefferson County Thursday morning, following a home invasion that began in the Trafford community of Blount County.

 Andy Holloway took a 2008 Hyundai Sonata by gunpoint at a residence on the 105 Reid Road around 5:00 a.m. A chase between the suspect and law enforcement began and came to an end in Jefferson County with Holloway captured without being harmed.

 Holloway has been charged with home invasion, burglary and robbery. He was transported back to the Blount County Jail with no bond officially announced.

  

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 VINEMONT - Half a dozen teams will head to Mike Cupp Field at Vinemont High School this weekend to compete in the Dizzy Dean 14-under state baseball tournament.

 The format is double elimination with games getting started Friday at 6:00 & 8:00 p.m. The tournament will have games Saturday at 9:00 & 11:00 a.m., and 1:00 & 3:00 p.m.

 A tripleheader is set for Sunday at 2:00, 4:00 & 6:00 p.m. with the finals to be Monday at 10:00 a.m. and an if needed game at 12:00 p.m.

 

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 DECATUR - Former Hartselle basketball coach Johnny Berry was transferred to Decatur High School to become the school's new principal in a school board meeting Wednesday morning.

 Berry had spent the last two years as principal at Brookhaven Middle School in the River City.

 Berry's transfer was one of three changes in the Decatur City School system in the role of administration.

 The board transferred Don Snow from principal at Austin High School to principal at the Center for Alternative Programs in swapping with Melissa Scott. Scott leaves the alternative center and will handle duties at Austin High, starting immediately.

  

 

 

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 All state and local offices that operate inside the Cullman County Courthouse will be closed Monday for Independence Day.

Cullman County Sanitation will work a regular schedule for the 4th of July.

 The offices will resume regular business Tuesday, beginning at 8:00 a.m.

 

 

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 Offices inside the Cullman City Hall will be closed Monday in observance of Independence Day.

 City of Cullman Municipal Government reports routes by the sanitation department will operate on a regular schedule for the 4th of July.

 

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 BIRMINGHAM - Morgan County resident Dusty Wilhoite pleaded guilty Wednesday to sexual exploitation charges.

 Investigation revealed that Wilhoite had videoed a 13-year old female taking a shower at a residence in the Somerville area in 2011.

 The mother of the victim found a memory card to Wilhoite's video camera and turned it over to law enforcement.

 Wilhoite is facing 30 years in prison with a $250,000 fine for his crime. The case is being handled by federal court in Birmingham.

  

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 BATTLEGROUND - An accident in the southbound lanes of Alabama Highway 157 Wednesday morning has resulted in a fatality.

 The accident happened in the Battleground community. Forty-five year old James McAbee of Danville was pronounced dead at the scene by Cullman County Coroner Jeremy Kilpatrick.

 McAbee was traveling south, driving a John Deere Tractor with a hay bailer, when it was struck by an 18-wheeler. The driver of the 18-wheeler was identified as 35-year old Richard Enlow from Kentucky. Enlow was not injured.

 The accident is currently under investigation by the Alabama State Troopers.

 

 

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 HANCEVILLE - No word has come from Hanceville High School as it moves forward of replacing football coach Danny Miller.

 Miller submitted his resignation to Principal Jimmy Collins on June 16, ending eight seasons coaching the 3A school in South Cullman County.

 Miller has not decided if he will retire as a physical education teacher or will maintain that position for another year.

 If Miller stays on, the school will have to find a replacement within the current staff. If he retires completely, they can accept applications in the quest to fill the vacancy immediately.

 Miller is the third winningest coach at Hanceville with 40 victories, including a 26-7 record between 2011 and 2013 with two regional regular season championships.

  

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 ARAB - An arrest has been made against an Arab resident after pornographic images of children were found on electronic equipment.

 Seventy-three year old James Garrison was booked by the Arab Police Department, then transferred to the Marshall County Detention Center. His bond has been set at $25,000.

 Arab Police got information about Garrison and obtained a search warrant for his residence. Upon the search, the police discovered numerous photographs of children.

 The ages of the children that are victims were not disclosed by the Arab PD.

 

 

 

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 GOOD HOPE - Plans to repair Trimble Road from Kid's Turf to Good Hope Primary School began Wednesday after the project was approved Monday night in a regular meeting of the Good Hope City Council.

 The road will undergo paving first, followed by restriping. This covers approximately a mile from the start of Trimble Road, coming off Good Hope School Road.

The project is expected to be completed before school starts in August.

 

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 Alabama Department of Transportation will be installing a flashing yellow traffic signal at the Intersection of U.S. Highway 278 and Convent Road within the next two weeks.

 This is a new type of traffic signal created by ALDOT to help motorists navagate busy intersections, such as 278 and Convent Road on a daily basis.

 The city of Cullman Municipal Government has been contacted by ALDOT and supports this upcoming project.

 

 

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 From the latest meeting of the Cullman County Commission, the commission has given the Cullman County Rescue Squad a deadline of July 11 to move out of its location on Sportsman Lake Road.

 This is a pending lawsuit by the commission against the rescue squad after not vacating the facility in September of 2015. 

 Commission Chairman Kenneth Walker and associates Kerry Watson and Garry Marchman and county attorney Chad Floyd were in agreement to extend the deadline to the second Monday of July after a second letter had been sent to the rescue squad.

 Reports have the rescue squad is in the process of moving everything out of the Sportsman Lake location to new property in the Gold Ridge community.

 

 

 

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 TUSCALOOSA - Another talented player from Cullman High School has committed to play baseball at the University of Alabama.

 Third baseman Noah Fondren verbally committed to the Crimson Tide on Monday. Fondren joins teammates Owen Lovell and Jacob Heatherly in planning to go to T-town once they graduate from Cullman in 2017.

 The Bearcats, 2015 Class 6A state champions and runners-up in 2016, currently have five players on their roster committed to play SEC baseball at Alabama, Auburn and Mississippi State in 2018 and beyond.

 

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 At a regular meeting of the Cullman City Council Monday night, Mayor Max Townson read a letter he received from a local business, commending the job of the Cullman Fire Department in responding to a call on June 20.

 A fire took place at a residence on Oakmont Drive with the department going through such lengths to save the property by tarping the roof and furniture and remove wet insulation.

 The letter came from the insurance adjuster in accessing the damage done by the fire.

 

 

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 Approximately 257 customers in the Cullman Electric Cooperative service area lost power late Monday afternoon from a passing thunderstorm.

 The outages were reported in Fairview, Helican and the Ebenezer communities. Crews were sent out immediately and had power restored before sunset.

 Structural damage took place at a residence on the 2700 Block of County Road 1574 in Fairview. A series of power lines were down in the Logan community according to reports.

 

 

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 A wrongful death lawsuit was filed Monday by the family of Harold Dickey. Dickey, an employee with the Cullman County Sanitation Department, was killed by a vehicle while on assignment June 9 on U.S. Highway 231 in Cullman County, near the Arab Stockyard.

 The lawsuit involves the driver who struck Dickey and the company's truck, Coserv Buildings Inc.

 Dickey was hit from behind by the pickup truck, taken to an area hospital where he passed away from the injuries he sustained.

 

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 Suspicious activity on Denson Avenue SW led to the arrest of two people from the state of Florida.

 Cullman Police took 20-year old Elijah McDarris and 19-year old Nicole Quenyard into custody after a search revealed marijuana, along with xanax, methamphematine and codeine was discovered in the vehicle in which both suspects were sleeping in at the time the arrest was made.

 Both are being held in the Cullman County Detention Center with bonds set at $1 million dollars.

 

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 JASPER - Mixed emotions have been felt by many after the Jasper City School Board voted to change the name of Walker High School to Japser High School.

 Students will move into the new campus in December. A percentage of people are in favor in the name change since the school is being built at a different location.

 Others feel that the school should continue to be named Walker High School for the tradition that has existed for nearly 100 years.

 The change of the school name will be official in the fall of 2017.

 

 

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 GOOD HOPE - A local softball team came through a challenging bracket to win the USSSA state title this weekend at the Good Hope Municipal Complex.

 The North Alabama Crusaders went undefeated in the 16-under division.

 They were declared state champion Sunday night after a thunderstorm arrived at the complex in the championship game with the Rage, a team out of the Falkville area.

 The Crusaders defeated the Rage 5-4 in the winner's final Sunday afternoon. The Rage came through the loser's bracket, knocking off the Tuscumbia Slammerz 4-2 in winding up 2nd in the tournament.

 Lightning sent the teams off the field then heavy rain soaked the complex with no chance of the tournament to be completed.

 

 

 

 

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 HUNTSVILLE - Another round of thunderstorms pelted Cullman County and portions of the Tennessee Valley Sunday after the heat index reached the century mark.

 A quarter of an inch of rain (0.24) was recorded in the area Sunday according to the National Weather Service.

 A storm passed through the county around 7:30 p.m. Sunday, affecting the ending of the USSSA state softball championships at ball parks in Cullman, Good Hope, Hanceville and Vinemont.

 Thunderstorms remain in the forecast through the next couple of days.

 

 

 

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