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Jefferson County inmate dies after deputy uses Taser

By Scott Buttram BIRMINGHAM -- An inmate died Saturday at the Jefferson County Jail after a deputy deployed a Taser to bring the inmate under control, according to a statement from Randy Christian of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. Ricky Deangelo Hinkle, 47, was being held on a probation violation at the time of the incident. Hinkle was being moved to a cell for monitoring after threatening to harm h ...

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A divided America remembers 9/11

By Scott Buttram TRUSSVILLE -- Our world and our psyche irrevocably changed 13 years ago today. The Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center towers marked the beginning of a time with no foreseeable end. As Sept. 11, 2014 dawns, we find ourselves very much in the same situation. Still at war with terror. Still shocked by the atrocities. Still, at least somewhat, living in fear. Following th ...

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East Lake man flees from deputies, abandons 4-year-old

By Scott Buttram BIRMINGHAM -- Just after 2:30 p.m. on Friday deputies attempted to stop a silver Hyundai for a traffic violation in the 1900 block of Center Point Road, according to a statement released by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. The driver initially pulled over and appeared to comply with the deputy, however, he soon got out of the car and fled on foot. He was captured after a brief foot ch ...

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164 unaccompanied immigrant children released in Alabama, almost 30,000 nationwide

By Scott Buttram JEFFERSON COUNTY – The Office of Refugee Resettlement announced that 164 unaccompanied immigrant children have been released in Alabama, 83 of them in Jefferson County. According to a press release from ORR, when a child who is not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian is apprehended by immigration authorities, the child is transferred to the care and custody of the Office of Refugee Re ...

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FOX 6: Birmingham police investigate 6th homicide since Friday

From staff reports WBRC FOX 6 News reported Tuesday that the Birmingham Police Department is investigating the sixth homicide of the Labor Day weekend. According to the television station, officers were on the scene in Ensley, where the latest victim was found shot in the street. The deadly weekend began Friday when a stabbing victim was found in a burning home, the station reported. On Friday night, a 50-y ...

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Weld: Birmingham inventor offers a solution for child deaths in hot cars

By Anita Debro, Weld for Birmingham Birmingham's Matthew Sheets, like many other parents, read the news in disbelief earlier this year as yet another child died while inside a hot car, seemingly left behind by a forgetful parent. The software designer has created a device to help prevent future tragedies. You can read the full story here.  [caption id="attachment_15881" align="alignleft" width="300"] Matthe ...

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6.0 magnitude earthquake rattles Napa Valley

By Scott Buttram SAN FRANCISCO --According to the U.S. Geological Survey, an earthquake registering 6.0 struck at 3:20 a.m. PDT three miles north of American Canyon. The quake was at a 6.7 mile depth, according to reports from the San Francisco Chronicle. The quake caused widespread power outages and there was some buckling of roadways, but bay area bridges appear to be in good shape, according to reports i ...

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