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    Rape trial for Hanceville man ends in hung jury

    Cullman County Sheriff's Office
    CULLMAN, Ala. - The first-degree rape trial of Wade Allen Waldrop ended in a hung jury late Wednesday afternoon, meaning that the jury could not reach a unanimous verdict. According to a source at the Cullman County Courthouse, the case will return to the...

    Called to order: Cullman County Courts return to in-person jury trials with COVID-19 safety procedures in place

    Updated 9-16-20 at 10:50 a.m. CULLMAN, Ala. - Cullman County Circuit Court on Monday began juror selection in its first in-person jury trial since March, with special measures in place to deal with COVID-19 safety and social distancing requirements. Circuit Clerk Lisa McSwain told The Tribune...

    Cullman County courts lay out new jury procedures

    CULLMAN, Ala. - Cullman County Presiding Judge Gregory Nicholas, after announcing last week that jury trials would resume the week of Sept. 14 with new COVID-19 safety procedures, released a brief video addressing prospective jurors along with the court’s administrative...

    Cullman Courts to resume jury trials week of Sept. 14 with new COVID-19 safety procedures

    CULLMAN, Ala. - Cullman County Courts announced Friday that, starting in September, jury trials will resume with new procedures in place to decrease the chances of courtroom exposure to COVID-19. A statement issued by the court late Friday afternoon reads:   After adopting new procedures designed...

    Birmingham man indicted for fraud on fallen Huntsville Police officer’s memorial fund

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A federal grand jury returned an indictment last week charging a Birmingham man with fraud on customers of the U.S. Postal Service, and fraud on the memorial fund set up to provide aid to the family of a fallen Huntsville Police...

    Federal grand jury indicts 2 for kidnapping resulting in death of 3-year-old Kamille ‘Cupcake’ McKinney

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted two people for kidnapping and conspiracy to kidnap a minor victim, announced U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp, Jr. Separate indictments filed in U.S. District...

    U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town announces departure from U.S. Attorney’s Office

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town announced Friday that he will resign from the Department of Justice, effective Wednesday, July 15, 2020, at midnight. “After much thoughtful prayer and great personal consideration, I have made the decision to resign as the United States...

    Biggs to serve 5 years in DUI deaths of Bremen mother, daughter Tonya and Rhianna Busbee

    Cullman County Sheriff’s Office
    CULLMAN, Ala. - Jonathan Biggs, 56, of Dayton, Ohio, who was charged with two counts of reckless murder in the 2017 deaths of Tonya Busbee, 34, and her daughter Rhianna Busbee, 13, of Bremen, pleaded guilty to reduced charges of manslaughter June 26. Additional...

    Autwell pleads guilty in 2018 crash that killed Hanceville woman

    CULLMAN, Ala. - Terry Autwell, 28, of Hanceville, pleaded guilty earlier this month to a charge of criminally negligent homicide in the Dec. 10, 2018 vehicle crash at the intersection of Cherokee Avenue and 24th Street Southwest that claimed the life of April Dawn...

    Courts: Brad Meeks appeals conviction in death of Curt Wilson

    CULLMAN, Ala. - Bradford Neal Meeks on June 8 submitted a handwritten request to the Cullman County Circuit Court for an appeal of his conviction in the 2017 drunk driving death of Curt Wilson, then 15. Meeks was convicted in January of criminally negligent...