Morgan County

house fire
Associated Press


VALHERMOSO SPRINGS, Ala. (AP) — Seven people have been found dead inside a house that was set afire in north Alabama. 

News outlets report that neighbors called authorities after hearing shots in the community of Valhermoso Springs, located about 20 miles south of Huntsville. Morgan County deputies arriving on the scene put out a fire inside a home. Then they found seven men and women dead inside.



DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama inmate has been captured in Tennessee about five hours after authorities say he escaped from custody. Prison officials say 38-year-old Michael Kimbrough was arrested Tuesday night in Fayetteville, Tennessee. 

School resource officers are getting a pay raise, starting Saturday, in one Alabama county.

WAAY-TV reports the Morgan County Sheriff's Office says only six of 14 schools in the county have resource officers so they're hoping the salary boost will encourage more retired sheriff's deputies to work at schools.

Officials say SRO's are funded by the sheriff's office and the district, and this year they will be making about $1,000 more.

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama county commissioner who pleaded guilty to charges he spent campaign contributions on personal expenses will remain on the commission.

News outlets report state prosecutors initially charged Morgan County District 3 Commissioner Don Stisher with a felony for violating the state ethics law. A Morgan County grand jury indicted Stisher last month, but his charge was reduced to a misdemeanor because he says it wasn't intentional.

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — 3M says it is expanding an investigation of possible chemical contamination around its north Alabama plant in Decatur.

WAAY-TV reports the company issued a statement Monday saying it's looking at old landfill sites in Morgan and Lawrence counties to test for waste that may include substances called PFAS. The landfills date back to the 1950s.

An Alabama sheriff who leaves office next month has agreed to plead guilty to a federal misdemeanor tax charge.

Multiple news outlets have reported Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin signed an agreement Tuesday to plead guilty to failure to file a federal tax return in 2015.

The U.S. Justice Department says Franklin will enter the plea on January 10. Her replacement Ron Puckett is set to take take office on January 15 after she did not seek re-election.

The National Weather Service has confirmed it was a tornado that tore through a northern Alabama county Friday night, uprooting and destroying a mobile home and leaving two adults and two children with minor injuries.

NWS officials confirmed an EF-2 tornado struck the areas of Jones Chapel and Vinemont in Cullman County around 7 p.m. Friday.

Six women are suing a north Alabama rheumatologist, accusing him of sexual assault and inappropriate behavior while they were his patients.

News outlets report the lawsuit was filed in Morgan County Circuit Court Wednesday against Dr. Michael Dick of Decatur.

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit have been identified by pseudonyms, seeking to preserve privacy. Dick referred questions to his lawyer, who declined to comment.

Steve Flowers on the 1970 Governor's Race Part One

May 1, 2018

Upon Lurleen Wallace's death in May of 1968, Lt. Governor Albert Brewer moved up to governor. Brewer was no novice to state governor: he came to legislation for Morgan County at a very early age, he rose quickly to become speaker of the house during his second term and he won the 1966 Lieutenant Governor's race against two state senators without a runoff...

Judge Dismisses School Sex Charges

Aug 11, 2017

A judge has dropped sex charges against two school employees, saying the state law is overbroad and unconstitutional.

Morgan County Circuit Judge Glenn Thompson dismissed charges against 44-year-old Carrie Witt and 27-year-old David Solomon yesterday. Witt is a former teacher at Decatur High School who was arrested in March 2016 for allegedly having sex with two Decatur High students, one 17 and one 18. Solomon is a former contract teacher at Falkville High School accused of having sex with a 17-year-old Falkville High student.

Hubbard trial
Todd J. Van Ernst

Mike Hubbard’s political career appears to be over.

The former Alabama House Speaker faces sentencing next month after being convicted on 12 of the 23 felony ethics charges. APR’s MacKenzie Bates was at the Lee County Courthouse and files this report.

Hubbard’s defense attorney put his arm around him as the verdicts were read one by one convicting him of using his political office for personal gain.

Hubbard maintained his innocence throughout the indictments, saying the transactions that were made fell within the state ethics law.

North Alabama Airport Expanding

Jun 21, 2015

A northern Alabama airport has plans for expansion and is looking to purchase more land.

Pryor Field, a regional airport serving the Decatur and Athens areas, has received a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to purchase more than 22 acres northwest of the airport terminal. The FAA is donating nearly $650,000, which will cover 90% of the acquisition. The airport will cover the remaining 10%.

Escapee identified as driver in fatal crash

Apr 25, 2015
Martin Jay Creasman
Alabama Department of Corrections

A 51 year old escapee from a Morgan County prison has been arrested on accusations that he stole a pickup truck and crashed it into two women, killing them both.

Birmingham police allege Martin Jay Creasman stole a pickup truck from a Birmingham auto shop, then crashed into a car containing 92 year old Margie Lovell and 69 year old Linda Jones. The two women were on their way to a church meeting. The Avondale United Methodist Church released a statement on Twitter saying Lovell and Jones were "well-loved" and "pillars of [their] congregation".