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Police arrest Gadsden mother after her baby tests positive for morphine

From The Trussville Tribune staff reports GADSDEN – Police in Gadsden have arrested Lauren Brooke Torrez, 27, after she gave birth to a baby that tested positive for morphine, AL.com reports. She had tested positive for Fentanyl while she was pregnant. Torrez is now being held at the Etowah County Jail on a $10,000 bond and has been charged with a count of chemical endangerment of a child. This charge count ...

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House Committee approves autism therapy mandate

From The Trussville Tribune staff reports MONTGOMERY – The House Insurance Committee approved a bill (HB 284) on Wednesday that would make autism behavioral analysis therapy mandatory for insurance coverage. The bill will now go to the House of Representatives for a full vote. [caption id="attachment_39848" align="alignleft" width="300"] The Alabama State House.[/caption] The committee made several changes ...

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Roads, businesses closed in Pelham as police investigate suspicious packages (Updated)

From The Trussville Tribune staff reports PELHAM – Pelham police officers are investigating “suspicious packages,” which has resulted in several nearby businesses being evacuated and part of Cahaba Valley Road/Hwy 119 being closed. Bystanders say that the packages have been sighted near a Taco Bell in Pelham since Wednesday night, reports WIAT. [caption id="attachment_39842" align="alignleft" width="300"] A ...

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Target recalls more than half million Easter toys due to possible hazards

From The Trussville Tribune staff reports The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a release warning of potential hazards of a water absorbent Easter toy sold by Target. Although they’re not meant to be eaten, if ingested by a child the toy could pose a threat. [caption id="attachment_39836" align="alignleft" width="207"] Easter Grow Toy. Photo by CPSC.[/caption] Target locations nation ...

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The end of ALEA? Committee approves bill to abolish agency

From The Trussville Tribune staff reports MONTGOMERY – A bill to abolish the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency was recently approved by the House State Government Committee is set to move to the House Floor. The bill was created by Rep. Phillip Pettus, who is a retired state trooper. ALEA has been beset with administrative problems, notably the firing of Spencer Collier in 2016 and the recent resignation of St ...

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Man who pistol whipped cop in Roebuck Shopping Center sentenced

From The Trussville Tribune staff reports BIRMINGHAM – On Tuesday a federal judge sentenced Janard Shamar Cunningham, 36, to ten years in prison for beating a Birmingham police detective in 2015, according to a release by U.S. Attorney Robert O. Posey and Special Agent in Charge Steven L. Gerido of the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). In 2015 Cunningham, a three-time felon, was pulled over b ...

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Missing WWII soldier from Alabama returned from Pacific for burial

From The Trussville Tribune staff reports COWARTS – U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. James Whitehurst was laid to rest in Cowarts in south Alabama after being listed as MIA in the Battle of Tarawa during World War II. He was buried with full military honors, reports WBRC. The Ashford native was killed on the first day of combat in the Battle of Tarawa, a vital location in the Pacific campaign against the Japanese. Am ...

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Teenage girl missing in Homewood, police seek tips

From The Trussville Tribune staff reports HOMEWOOD – Police in Homewood are searching for Ayden Horton, 15, who has been missing since Monday according to a report by AL.com. Police are requesting tips from anyone who has information regarding her disappearance. [caption id="attachment_39814" align="alignleft" width="231"] Ayden Horton, age 15, went missing on Monday.[/caption] The girl’s parents notified H ...

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Stan Stabler resigns as ALEA secretary

From The Trussville Tribune staff reports MONTGOMERY – Gov. Kay Ivey accepted the resignation of Stan Stabler as secretary of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) in the wake of former governor Robert Bentley stepping down from office. Hal Taylor has been appointed by Gov. Ivey to replace Stabler. Stabler replaced Spencer Collier as Secretary of ALEA in 2016 when Collier was fired by Robert Bentley.  C ...

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Passenger allegedly shot by driver of car after fight outside a Jefferson County convenience store

From Trussville Tribune staff reports JEFFERSON COUNTY -- A 26-year-old man suffered serious injuries as a result of a shooting in McCalla last night. Just before 9:30 P.M. Monday night, Jefferson County sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a shooting at a convenience store in the 5500 block of Eastern Valley Road. According to authorities, a white SUV, occupied by two men, a woman and a child, pulle ...

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