East Alabama

Brother and sister found dead in Macon County, Ala., being investigated as homicide

A double homicide in Macon County, Alabama is currently being investigated by the Alabama Bureau of Investigation.

Opelika working on mobile health clinic

Suspect arrested in officer-involved shooting

Majority of east Ala. school districts fall below state score on Dept. of Education report cards

Tallassee man faces rape, sexual abuse charges

  UPDATE: Victim ID’d in Auburn Burke Place subdivision homicide, teen charged with murder

  Russell County community gathers for night of celebration to support crisis center

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  AU hosting basketball tipoff at Toomer’s Corner

  Death investigation underway in Burke Place subdivision in Auburn

  Eufaula man arrested, charged with attempted murder and drug trafficking

  Auburn basketball kicking off new season with night of events at Toomer’s Corner

  Smiths Station residents concerned about ‘dangerous’ intersection of Lee Rd. 240, 239

  City council votes to increase police officer pay in Opelika

  Crisis shelter temporarily closes in Phenix City as the center works toward staffing, maintenance

Workers and residents at the Russell County Crisis Center in Phenix City are now left wondering their next move after the center closed their shelter for victims of domestic violence.

Auburn police collecting toys for annual Christmas toy drive

Police are asking for unwrapped toys for children. Toys can be donated through Dec. 6 at any Auburn Fire precinct or police station.

  Opelika Police Dept. issues statement claims of excessive force in juvenile’s arrest

The arrest happened Oct. 12 on Pepperell Parkway, near Spring Drive, and was caught in entirety on the officer’s body cam.

  $9M settlement reached in Auburn medical malpractice case

According to the family’s attorney, Hope Johnson died after visiting an Auburn urgent care multiple times in 2014.

Suspect wanted in Opelika for burglary at home on Walnut St.

  Students learn first-hand from journalists during AU Journalism Day

  Construction underway for new Auburn-Opelika skate park

  Crews still working to put out weekend fire at recycling plant in Auburn

  Phenix City barbershop hosts annual customer appreciation day for breast cancer awareness

  Suspect arrested for robbery at Waffle House in Valley, Ala.

Lee Rd. 240 blocked in Smiths Station after head-on collision

Lee Rd. 240 in Smiths Station is blocked in both directions after a head-on collision.

Ala. Dems pass contradicting party bylaws

Questions are looming following a meeting Saturday by the state Democratic party where Alabama Democratic Party Chair Nancy Worley garnered just enough votes to pass new party bylaws

  Juvenile suspect arrested in the shooting death of 12-year-old Phenix City boy

According to police, the juvenile suspect had a court hearing on Friday. He is being held in a regional youth detention facility in Lee County for the murder of John Jones.

  Families of Phenix City homicide victims continue searching for answers, months later

“They tell me the same thing," Trice’s mother, Eddie Williams, said, "we don’t have anything, we don’t have any leads. We still have stuff at the crime lab, just the same ole nothing.”

  Auburn middle schooler surprised when soldier father returns home months early

An Auburn middle school student got a sweet surprise when his active duty father returned home from overseas months earlier than he was supposed to.

  Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa gifts signed jersey for slain Phenix City 12-year-old to be buried in

The family of slain Phenix City 12-year-old John Jones has received a very special gift from University of Alabama football player Tua Tagovailoa.

  Statewide fire alert extended as Ala. drought, wildfires increase

Worsening drought conditions and a rise in wildfires means the AFC will extend the statewide fire alert until the State Forester determines conditions have improved.

Ala. Gov. Kay Ivey completes radiation treatments following lung cancer diagnosis

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has completed her radiation treatments three weeks after announcing she had been diagnosed with lung cancer.

1 year later: Hurricane recovery ongoing for former Ala. pastor’s church

Panama City was hit hard including a church which stood for over 60 years.

  Friends and neighbors react to the death of Phenix City 12-year old shot in the head

The Phenix City community is mourning the loss of one of their own after a 12-year-old boy died after being shot in the head.

  Lanett man arrested, charged with attempted murder

45-year-old Richard Lee Hugley is charged in a shooting that left a man injured Tuesday evening.

Suspect wanted in Valley, Ala. for robbery at Waffle House on 20th St.

The robbery happened Wednesday morning at the Waffle House on 20th Avenue. Police were called to the restaurant at 3 a.m.

Woman suing JSU, says she was sexually attacked by an athlete in 2017

A Georgia woman filed a lawsuit against Jacksonville State University alleging she was sexually assaulted as a freshman by a member of the JSU men’s basketball team.

  Phenix City man dies in single vehicle crash on Lee Rd. 2024

42-year-old Heath Stafford died after he struck a utility pole. Authorities say he was refusing to stop for the Lee County Sheriff's Office, approximately five miles west of Phenix City when he crashed.

  Phenix City area residents speak on officer-involved shooting on 16th St.

Police say it started with a domestic violence call at a home near the intersection of 16th Street and 17th Avenue. Shortly after the call, shots were fired.

  Lee Co. organization hosting 5K, fun run to benefit families of fallen and injured officers

Back the Badge Lee County is hosting an Auburn Strong 5K and one-mile fun run Saturday, Oct. 12.

  Senator Doug Jones tours East Alabama

Jones held a public town hall at Tuskegee University on Tuesday. He also stopped in Phenix City for a meeting with local elected officials on the economic development in the area.

  Soldier charged with 5 counts of rape of Auburn University student

Ryan Charles Petro, 27, of Fort Bragg, NC is charged with five counts of first-degree rape.

Eufaula Police make arrest in Sunday shooting

He's charged with Attempted Murder, and Shooting into an Unoccupied Vehicle.

  71-year-old Chambers Co. man arrested on multiple sex charges

An elderly Chambers County man is behind bars after being charged with multiple sex crimes, one of which involves a minor.

  Phenix City police officer involved in shooting on 16th St.

A Phenix City police officer has been involved in a shooting on 16th St. that left a suspect injured.

  Phenix City homicide numbers surpass 2018′s after deadly weekend shootings

After a deadly weekend in Phenix City, Alabama, Russell County Coroner Arthur Sumbry is speaking out about the violence.

  Heavy police presence near 17th Ave. in Phenix City after reports of a shooting

There’s a heavy police presence at the intersection of 17th Avenue and 16th Street near the Phenix City-Russell County Library.

  Drought making major impact on some East Alabama farmers

For most people across the Chattahoochee Valley, the last time there was a really good, soaking rain was at the end of August or early September.

Man dies in shooting on 5th St. in Phenix City; police investigate

27-year-old Tremaine Hutchinson was found dead in the 1000 block 5th St. Sunday afternoon. Police say Hutchinson was shot several times.

Suit claims Auburn wrongly charging out-of-state tuition

An Alabama man and his daughter have filed a $10 million lawsuit claiming Auburn University is wrongly charging in-state students with out-of-state tution

  Miss Auburn-Opelika crowned Miss Alabama USA 2020

A new Miss Alabama USA has been crowned.

Man injured in Eufaula shooting Sunday morning

A man suffered non-life threatening injuries in a shooting Sunday morning.

Opelika mayor working to increase law enforcement pay

Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller is working to make the Opelika Police Department, among the highest paid in the state.

  12-year-old Phenix City boy dies following shooting on Tupelo Dr.

A young Phenix City boy has lost his life following a shooting on Tupelo Dr. on Oct. 4.

Kelsey Starling’s body recovered from Smith Lake

The body of Kelsey Starling was recovered from Smith Lake Saturday, three months after she went missing after a July 4 boat crash, according to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency

Macon County wildfire contained, to be monitored in daylight hours

According to Elishia Ballentine with the Alabama Forestry Commission, the wildfire is located on I-85 at mile marker 27 near Shorter.

  Tornado victims in Lee County receive new homes

With the help of the Fuller Center and Mend, a local nonprofit organization, many families who lost everything in the storm stepped into brand new homes.

  Child injured in shooting on Tupelo Dr. in Phenix City

According to the Phenix City Police Department, the child was shot in the head and transported to Piedmont Columbus Regional for treatment.

Medicaid changes target obesity, infant mortality and substance abuse

Medicaid leaders said this will result in patients receiving better care.

Alabama woman calls sheriff’s office to test her meth, deputies say

Deputies say Jennifer Hall thought her meth was tainted with another drug, according to the sheriff’s office.

  Gov. Kay Ivey cuts ribbon to new company that adds dozens of new jobs in Auburn

Gov. Ivey says Winkelmann Flowform Technology will bring 50 jobs to the area to continue to lower unemployment numbers in Alabama.

  Valley middle school principal placed on paid leave

A middle school principal in Valley has been placed on paid leave while an investigation into allegations against her is conducted.

  Beulah High School student suffers shoulder injury on baseball field

The Beulah High football player was reportedly on a baseball field on Lee Road 270, according to authorities.

Etowah County’s ICE detention facility now “about jobs,” not money

If you think Etowah County's contract with the federal government to house ICE detainees is a big moneymaker for the county, think again.

  Alabama Dept. of Public Health reports significant flu activity in East Alabama

To prevent the illness, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that mostly everyone get the flu shot this year.

First death from vaping-related illness in Alabama confirmed

The victim’s name has not been released but he was from east Alabama.

  Phenix City woman receives home from Habitat for Humanity

What is now an empty lot will soon be a family’s home in Phenix City.

  EAMC gives land to Fuller Center for 3 homes to be built on

By the end of the week, three new homes will sit on Dover Street in Opelika, as part of the annual legacy build, where 11 homes in total will be built.

  Man found guilty of murder in 2017 deadly car chase in Phenix City

Dezhaun Dumas was found guilty of murder, assault, and bringing stolen property into the state.

2 suspects wanted for theft at business on Lee Rd. 621 in Opelika

A business in the 600 block of Lee Rd. 621 reported theft of property on Sept. 20.

New automobile parts maker to open $42M plant in Auburn

Alabama’s automobile-building muscle continues to grow with the announcement of a new parts supplier.

  Motorcyclist killed in accident on Hwy. 431 in Phenix City, man turns himself in

A two-vehicle accident on Hwy. 431 in Phenix City has left one man dead and another behind bars.

  Police continue search for missing Auburn University student last seen in August

21-year-old Chih-Kai Lai was set to begin classes at Auburn on August 19. He never showed and police have been looking for the Taiwanese graduate student ever since.

Suspect arrested in Opelika for trafficking meth, possession of marijuana

According to Opelika police, 39-year-old Wesley Alan Southerland was arrested on Sept. 25. At the time of contact, Southerland was in possession of a large about of methamphetamine, marijuana, and a pistol.

  Fuller Center Legacy Build begins in tornado-torn Beauregard

Eleven new homes will be built for families displaced by the tornadoes that ripped through Lee County on March 3.

  Walmart hiring new employees for Opelika distribution center

The hiring event takes place Tuesday, October 1 from 2 p.m. to 7 pm. CST at the Opelika Walmart Distribution Center located at 2701 Andrews Road.

Walmart to host Job Fair in Opelika

Walmart plans to hire 55 associates for its Opelika distribution center, with pay starting at $17.40 an hour.

Twin dies after being left in car at Oxford, Ala. dealership

Oxford PD: Twin dies after being left in car at Sunny King Honda

  'Norma Rae,’ originally filmed in Opelika, shown in the city for 40th anniversary

Dozens came out Friday with their blankets and chairs to the Opelika Courthouse Square to see “Norma Rae” which was mostly filmed in Opelika, premiering in 1979.

  Opelika man found dead in Phenix City, police investigating as homicide

Phenix City police are investigating a homicide on Dolphin Ct. after finding the body of an Opelika man.

Drought impacting Lake Martin

Officials say Lake Martin is important for the city’s revenue but there are benefits to having lower lake levels.

  Opelika Chamber of Commerce treats first responders to breakfast

It was the Chamber's way of saying thank you. The breakfast was held at Saugahatachee Country Club.