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Case against Lee County psychiatrist charged in pill mill investigation expands

A federal grand jury returned a five count superseding indictment against Lee County psychiatrist James Edwards.

  Wells Fargo donates $50K to Fuller Center to help Beauregard tornado survivors

  Chambers County Sheriff’s Office investigates after residents not notified of sex offender living in neighborhood

  Mistrial declared in 2016 murder of taxi cab driver found dead in Salem

  Upgrades to traffic signals underway on Interstate 85 in Opelika

  Chambers County Sheriff’s Office warns of Social Security phone scam

Opelika High pre-game prayer changes causing controversy

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  Mobile STEAM museum makes stop at Calvary Christian School

Former Alabama woman pleads guilty to supporting al Qaeda

  Body of man found behind Alabama Power warehouse in Valley identified

  Phenix City woman gets surprise from House of Heroes

Work to rebuild tornado damaged fire station begins

Lee County first responder recovering after stroke

  UPDATE: Opelika 17-year-old reported missing located, safe

Police in Opelika are searching for a missing 17-year-old after she never arrived to where she was supposed to be meeting her friends.

  Rose’s discount store coming to Opelika

Rose’s discount store will be in Opelika on Pepperell Parkway near the Tractor Supply Company.

  9/11 survivor in Auburn gives free meals to first responders for the 15th year

Sunel Merchant said the only reason he’s alive today is because of the first responders, who he calls superheroes.

  Valley police locate body, working on identification process

Police in Valley were called to the Alabama Power substation at approximately 8:00 a.m. to reports of a possible body.

Dogs that killed 29 cats at animal shelter euthanized

  Vape-related illnesses spark concerns for vape shops in the Chattahoochee Valley

New baseball league for people with autism, special needs coming to Lee Co.

  Community reacts to removal of prayer before Opelika HS football game

More than $10 million set aside for 6 bridges in Lee County

  Valley police arrest man in connection with parking lot shooting that injured seven

  Russell Co. Sheriff’s Deputy arrested, fired for allegedly choking inmate

Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor said it’s always difficult when one of their own breaks the law.

Opelika City Schools to replace prayer with moment of silence before games

Opelika City Schools to replace prayer with moment of silence before games

  Gator caught on Lake Eufaula may just set a record

Gator caught on Lake Eufaula may just set a record.

Sheriff: Russell County deputy terminated, arrested for assaulting an inmate

48-year-old Stephon Parker is accused of choking an inmate while the inmate was in the judicial building for a court appearance.

Tribute honors former Voice of the Auburn Tigers before kickoff at home game

A video tribute honored Rod Bramblett and his wife Paula who died in a car accident in May. Fans also saluted their family members who were on the field.

  2 Barbour Co. suspects arrested, charged with drug trafficking

Marcus Grubbs, 35, and Melissa Peterson, 29, are charged with trafficking methamphetamine, marijuana, cocaine, and MDMA.

Smiths Station seniors remind others ‘you matter’ with uplifting signs

Signs of hope popped up across Smiths Station overnight. The question in many people’s minds… who’s responsible?

  Southeastern Raptor Center preps for beloved Auburn eagle flight tradition

As students are preparing for Auburn University's first home game of the season, so is the Southeastern Raptor Center.

  ‘The Tailgate Guys’ set up hundreds of tents ahead of AU home opener

What’s a game day without a tailgate? Have you ever wanted to tailgate, but despised setting everything up under the sizzling heat? If so, you may want to look into ‘The Tailgate Guys.’

  Ft. Mitchell community gives homeless veteran proper burial

According to the United States Housing and Urban Development, there are more than 30,000 homeless veterans across the country, hundreds of whom are in Georgia alone.

Former Alabama attorney general joins congressional race

Former Alabama Attorney General Troy King is joining the race for Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District.

Former inmates talk about their experiences inside of Alabama prisons

Two former inmates attended a meeting where state officials talked about ways to fix the prison system.

  Smiths Station High seniors put up signs of hope to honor students who died by suicide

A group of seniors at Smiths Station High School spent the night putting up dozens of signs in the city in honor of two students who lost their lives from suicide this year.

  Russell Co. administrator’s son arrested after allegedly using county credit card

A Russell County man has been taken into custody after he reportedly used a county credit card from his mother who serves as a Russell County Administrator to make purchases.

  Man arrested for murder outside an abandoned house in Phenix City

Phenix City police have arrested a man in the shooting death of a 20-year-old outside an abandoned house in Phenix City.

  Auburn football brings in millions of dollars to town, local businesses

While students and fans are figuring out their tailgate plans, businesses are gearing up too.

  Man pleads guilty to 2016 home invasion turned murder, one suspect remains to stand trial

A Lee County man who is one of four suspects charged in a brutal 2016 home invasion turned murder has pleaded guilty.

  Fuller Center to build 11 homes in one week for tornado victims in Lee Co.

During the week of Sept. 30, 11 homes will be built during the Millard Fuller Legacy Build in Lee County.

  Prayer closet survives Lee Co. tornadoes; family rejoices

Despite the destruction, one family found a surprising piece of their home still standing, and to them, it was a powerful message of hope.

‘Heavens no, I’m not going to resign’: Ivey reiterates after apology for blackface skit

Gov. Kay Ivey reiterated Tuesday she won’t resign after some state lawmakers and the Alabama NAACP asked her to step down for participating in a blackface skit when she was in college.

Deputies: drugs, firearms and cash found in chicken houses in East Alabama

Law enforcement officers say during the search of chicken houses they found approximately 80 grams of methamphetamine, $7,068.75 in cash, several firearms, marijuana, and numerous items of drug paraphernalia.

  Lee County sheriff’s deputy remembers cries for help after March tornado

On March 3, a powerful tornado touched down in Lee County. The EF-4 twister tore a path at least 26 miles long in Alabama.

Beauregard woman recalls March 3 tornado destroying her home on six-month anniversary

September 3 marks six months since a tornado ripped through Lee County, leaving 23 people dead and destroying numerous homes and one woman is recalling the few moments that would change her life forever.

  Lee County EMA issues tornado preparedness warning six months after Beauregard tornadoes

The Lee County Emergency Management Association wants to make sure everyone is prepared for tornadoes and other types of severe weather.

Police: Valley man hits neighbor with hammer, attempts to rape her

A Valley man has been placed under arrest after assaulting his neighbor before attempting to rape her.

  East Ala. teen shoots acquaintance after she rejects his advances

An Auburn 17-year-old is facing charges of attempted murder as an adult after he shot another teenager after she rejected his unwanted advances.

WTVM On the Road: Beauregard: Six Months Later

September 3, 2019 marks six months since tornadoes ravaged the Lee County community of Beauregard, claiming the lives of 23 people.

  Russell County community members gather for annual Labor Day Fair

The Old Russell County Courthouse Commission prepared the barbecue for this year’s event as their fundraiser.

  Russell County murder case featured on Investigation Discovery show, “Someone You Thought You Knew’

“Someone You Thought You Knew” will air on Investigation Discovery and will focus on Lisa Graham, who’s on death row in Alabama.

  Oxygen TV show, ‘Buried in the Backyard’ features an Opelika murder case

"Buried in the Backyard" airs Monday night at 8 p.m. EST/7 p.m. CST and features interviews with News Leader 9's Jason Dennis and Opelika detectives.

  Gun shop in Opelika left with extensive damage following robbery

The robbery happened at around 3:30 a.m. Sunday at Firing Pin Shooting Sports shop on 1st Avenue. A van crashed into the front of the gun shop and it was also left with smashed display cases.

Auburn University rolls out safety app with virtual buddy system

Auburn University officials created a way to have a virtual friend make sure you get to your destination safely.

7 injured in shooting in parking lot of Fairfax Kindergarten in Valley, Ala.

Police were called to the area around midnight Sunday in reference to shots being fired and several injuries.

  City services closing in Auburn ahead of Labor Day

Labor Day is a federal holiday which means that some city services will shut down for the holiday.

  Phenix City Schools overcrowding; superintendent pushing for new school building

Phenix City Superintendent Randy Wilkes says with a new school year comes new challenges, not only for students and teachers, but for the Board of Education.

  Second suspect in Custom Jewelers armed robbery arrested in Birmingham

Phenix City police have arrested the second suspect in an armed robbery at Custom Jewelers.

Auburn fan goes to new heights to support tigers

When it comes to college football, folks in the South take things to another level.

Ala. governor apologizes for blackface skit 52 years ago

Gov. Kay Ivey released a statement on Thursday afternoon apologizing for her role in a skit at a Baptist Student Union party in college where she apparently wore blackface.

Angel wings honor March 3 storm victims at Lee County school

As the healing process continues, members of the community say these wings will serve as a reminder of just how strong Beauregard is.

  Alabama equal pay law goes into effect Sept. 1

A new Alabama law going into effect Sunday prohibits employers from paying people differently for essentially the same work based only on sex or race.

Russell County Sheriff’s Office searching for missing man last seen in Columbus

Aldris Ramon Castillo, 55, was last seen July 2 on Macon Road in Columbus.

  Lanett patrolman arrested on child sex crimes charges

A patrolman with the City of Lanett has been taken into custody in Valley after admitting to allegations that he was having an inappropriate relationship with a 14-year-old.

  Alabama Department of Public Health investigating increase in Hepatitis A cases in the state

The Alabama Department of Public Health says there are over 100 cases in the state and has spread to 25 counties including, Lee, Russell, and Chambers counties.

  Russell Co. investigates criminal case after county administrator’s son used county credit card

A Russell County commissioner is calling for an investigation to be filed to address what she’s calling improper use of the county’s credit card account by a county administrator.

Lee County offers free self defense classes for women

Lee County is providing Rape Aggression Defense, or R.A.D., courses to women in the county.

Goodwill to host multi-employer job fair in Opelika

Hundreds of positions will be available from some of the top employers in the region.

Ala. couple set for federal prison after child exploitation convictions

"Their self-described ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ crime spree included depraved acts of abuse and violence and would have undoubtedly continued," one law enforcement officer stated.

Roy Moore tells Minn. congresswoman she ‘should go back to Somalia’

An Alabama political party and a controversial candidate vying again to become the state’s next U.S. senator are stepping into the fray over a controversial U.S. representative from Minnesota.

Lanett woman pleads guilty to filing false income tax returns

A Lanett woman has pleaded guilty to assisting in the filing of false income tax returns.

  Beauregard man, with the help of his red tractor, still helping tornado survivors

“Since the moment that it happened, I’ve been on the tractor helping people clean up their yards, helping them move trash out of their yards, and cleaning up their driveway.”

  Beulah Elementary School teacher charged with 3 counts of harassment

48-year-old David Scott Darnell, a teacher at Beulah Elementary School, is charged with three counts of harassment.

New eagle ready to take flight ahead of Auburn’s first game of the season

Auburn University is getting a new ‘war eagle’ who will take flight over Jordan-Hare Stadium before the Auburn Tigers hit the field.

  Chick-fil-A on Magnolia Ave. in Auburn to close for remodeling

The restaurant is closing for nearly two years for what representatives are calling a “complete rebuild.”

  Auburn University ranked top college in Ala. by 3 major ranking outlets

“We’re so pleased to see these rankings indicate what we already know about Auburn University—that it’s a great place and a great value.”

  East Ala. nonprofit hosts day of fun honoring 10-year- old tornado victim

The event was a time for others to come and remember the fun things she loved so that her name will never be forgotten.

Youth coalition to help stop drug abuse in Macon County

Community leaders in Tuskegee say that there’s a drug problem in the city, and now they’re working with the youth to try to fix it.

  Man hit by train overnight in Opelika, in critical condition

An Opelika man is in critical condition after he was hit by a train overnight.

  Beauregard community comes together for first football game after deadly tornadoes

Leaving it all on the field is the theme for Beauregard High School’s first home football game after tornadoes tore through the community killing 23 people in March.