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    Local law enforcement reports calm Labor Day weekend

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – Cullman Police Chief David Nassetta and Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry were both happy to report that the Labor Day weekend...

    Gentry, others visit Texas border

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – Last week Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry was part of a delegation from Alabama that traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border in...

    ‘Your deputies and officers will do everything to protect our children’

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    Nassetta, Gentry speak in wake of Nashville school tragedy CULLMAN, Ala. – Tensions are high following the March 27 school shooting at the Covenant School...

    Early release law goes into effect; 1 inmate freed from Cullman...

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – A new state law, based on a bill passed by the Alabama Legislature in October 2021, which amended a law passed...

    Gentry inauguration draws crowd

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – Matt Gentry was sworn into his third term as Cullman County sheriff Saturday, Jan. 21, at Cotton Creek Warehouse in downtown...

    CCSO mourns loss of Sgt. Mike Moore

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – Cullman County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Sgt. Mike Moore died this week, the CCSO announced Thursday morning:  “The Cullman County Sheriff’s Office is...

    CCSO Special Needs Rodeo sees record crowd; big rodeo weekend expected

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry said if the weekend mimics Thursday, the community should expect a huge turnout at the Jimmy...

    CCSO Jimmy Arrington Memorial Rodeo returns Dec. 9-10

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    VINEMONT, Ala. -  This weekend will mark the eighth year that Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry has hosted the Jimmy Arrington Memorial Rodeo, a tradition...

    Bail is back in Cullman County

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry at a Wednesday press conference announced that the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th...

    CCSO gearing up for annual rodeo

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The annual Cullman County Sheriff’s Office Jimmy Arrington Memorial Rodeo, including the special needs rodeo, is right around the corner— and...

    What are you thankful for?

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    We recently asked leaders throughout Cullman County to share what they are grateful for this holiday season. The changemakers who serve the community with...

    CCSO K-9 team recognized as NNDDA ‘Top tracking team’

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    CULLMAN, Ala.  - Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry is honored to recognize the efforts of the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) K-9 Program, according...

    Law enforcement tips for a safe holiday season

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - With the holiday season fast approaching, members of local law enforcement provided tips on how to keep yourself and your property...

    CCSO donates $20K to local schools for special needs programs

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The Cullman County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) on Thursday donated $5,000 to Cullman City Schools and $15,000 to Cullman County Schools in...

    Latest CCSO Citizens’ Academy class celebrates graduation

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – The latest class of the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Citizens’ Academy graduated Tuesday, Oct 25.   The academy is a nine-week journey...

    Community rallies around CCSO deputy after house fire

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    Updated 8-31-22 CULLMAN, Ala. – Cullman County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Deputy Nathan Trimble and his family last weekend tragically lost their home and virtually all...

    The protest that wasn’t

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Upon arriving at the Cullman County Courthouse parking lot Monday morning, potential protesters had their plans to demonstrate thwarted due to...

    ‘The safety and security of our citizens and our community comes...

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – With an average of seven patrols per shift, not including two township deputies and a Lieutenant, the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office...

    Holiday safety: Tips to keep thieves at bay

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - When gifts and presents abound, so do burglars and thieves looking for easy targets. As people make last-minute shopping trips in...

    Sheriff’s Rodeo going virtual: ‘That’s our top priority- to ensure our...

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman County Sheriff’s Office Jimmy Arrington Memorial Rodeo, along with the Special Needs Rodeo, will be a bit different this...

    Marchman: Sheriff’s Rodeo going virtual as COVID surges 

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The Cullman County Sheriff’s Office Jimmy Arrington Memorial Rodeo will be a bit different this year. Held annually at the Cullman...

    Sheriff, chiefs say COVID impact minimal in their departments

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    CULLMAN COUNTY, Ala. - A Cullman County Sheriff’s Office lieutenant requested citizens attending this week’s Colony Town Council meeting to “Be in prayer for...

    Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry: ‘We are not actively enforcing the...

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry on Friday issued the following statement regarding Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey's two-week mandatory mask ordinance, issued...

    Defund or defend? Long, Gentry, Culpepper talk about current attitudes toward...

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Life has recently become far more difficult for law enforcement officers across the country, as protest groups call for police agencies...

    CCSO, Detention Center lobbies re-opened to public

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry on Monday announced that the lobbies of the Cullman County Sheriff's Office and Cullman County Detention...

    (Update) Danville man charged after leading CCSO on pursuit

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    Updated 3-5-20 at 10:17 a.m. CULLMAN, Ala. – A Danville man was arrested in Cullman Tuesday after leading deputies from the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office...

    Critically injured CCSO Deputy Adam Clark ‘making progress’

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    Updated 2-12-20 at 4:36 p.m. CULLMAN, Ala.- Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry said Deputy Adam Clark, who was critically injured in a wreck early Tuesday...

    ‘All clear’ given after courthouse bomb threat

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The "all-clear" has been given by Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry and Cullman Police Chief Kenny Culpepper following an interior and...

    Dixie Dog Designs donates $2.2K to Sheriff’s Special Needs Rodeo

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Beverly Burke, who has been making jewelry under the brand name Dixie Dog Designs to raise funds for the Cullman County...

    Save the date: CCSO Jimmy Arrington Memorial Rodeo Dec. 13-14; Special...

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry has announced the 21st annual Cullman County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Jimmy Arrington Memorial Rodeo, coming Dec....

    Local law enforcement, ALEA come together to promote road safety in...

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - On Thursday, Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry, Cullman Police Chief Kenny Culpepper, Hanceville Police Chief Bob Long and Alabama Law Enforcement...

    Worship without worry: CCSO hosts Church Safety Class

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – Churchgoers settled in at Temple Baptist Church Thursday night to participate in the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Church Safety Class....

    ‘They’re great, they’re patriotic and they show a lot of great...

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The Cullman County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) annual Sheriff’s Youth Leadership Academy (SYLA) is underway this week, and The Tribune talked with...

    Drug crimes on the rise across Cullman County

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Drugs are a constant issue for law enforcement across Cullman County and, increasingly, they are finding their way into the day-to-day...

    CCSO: School Resource Deputies out in force this summer

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Cullman County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) School Resource Deputies (SRDs) will be out in force from now until August in Cullman County....

    Out on bond: What has ‘free bail’ meant for Cullman County?

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Since the institution of a federal judge’s injunction against Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry last fall, an injunction which requires him...

    Emergency personnel talk Rock the South

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    CULLMAN, Ala.  - According to leaders of Cullman area emergency response agencies, the city and county are about ready for Rock the South next...

    3 years gone: Foul play suspected in Jordan Wilson’s disappearance

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    CULLMAN, Ala.  – “There is foul play suspected,” said Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry. Wednesday, May 15 marked three years since Jordan Lee Wilson disappeared....

    Citizens can now text anonymous crime tips to the CCSO

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The Cullman County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) introduced a new program Tuesday that allows the community to text or submit anonymous tips...

    Stepping up: Prayer walk remembers children lost to abuse

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Community leaders and concerned citizens on Thursday joined Cullman Caring for Kids (CCK) on the front steps of the Cullman County...

    Man wanted for felony strangulation in Cullman County arrested in Arkansas...

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - A man wanted in Cullman County on a felony strangulation/suffocation grand jury warrant was arrested in Highfill, Arkansas last Friday while...

    Mental health care program underway to aid Cullman County inmates

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    WellStone Behavioral Health CEO Chris Van Dyke is seen here addressing the Cullman County Commission about the Stepping Up Initiative last summer. The program...

    CCSO Litter Crew picks up more than 51K pounds of trash...

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    Deputy Ron Wood supervises inmates on the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office Litter Crew. (Cullman County Sheriff’s Office) CULLMAN - Since the beginning of  2018, the...

    Sheriff: Extra deputies on patrol through New Year’s Day

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    Sheriff Matt Gentry (Cullman Tribune file photo) CULLMAN - Extra Cullman County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) deputies will be on patrol from now through New Year’s...

    2018 Sheriff’s Rodeo likely a record-setter

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    Dusty the Rodeo Clown poses with some young fans Saturday night at the 2018 Cullman County Sheriff’s Office Jimmy Arrington Memorial Rodeo. (W.C. Mann...

    Special needs event kicks off 2018 Cullman County Sheriff’s Office Rodeo

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    Cullman County Sheriff’s Deputy Shane Chambers gives a wagonful of attendees a ride at Thursday’s special needs rodeo at the Cullman County Agricultural Trade...

    Theft, possible robbery, at Dodge City Dollar General

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    Cullman County Sheriff's Office personnel on the scene at the Dollar General in Dodge City on Saturday (contributed) Updated 11-24-18 at 9:59 p.m. DODGE CITY -...

    Gudger, Stadthagen sworn in with political veterans

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    Shown left to right: Cullman County Commissioners Garry Marchman and Kerry Watson; Rep. Scott Stadthagen, R-Hartselle; Rep. Randall Shedd, R-Fairview; Rep. Corey Harbison, R-Good...

    CCSO graduates latest citizens’ academy class

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    Retired U.S. Marine Lt. Gen. Willie J. Williams was the special guest speaker at Tuesday night’s Cullman County Sheriff’s Office Citizens’ Academy graduation at...

    CCSO Citizens’ Academy hears from judges, Merrill

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    Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry (left) welcomed Cullman County District Judge Rusty Turner, Cullman County Circuit Judge Gregory Nicholas, Alabama Sec. of State John...

    Spotlight: Cullman’s K-9 deputies

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    Lt. Matthew Bales with his K-9, Tommy, a Belgian Malinois (Christy Perry for The Cullman Tribune) CULLMAN - K-9 Deputy Tommy was ready to get...

    Update: 2 escaped Cullman County work release inmates remain at large

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    John Patrick Parsons, left, and Justin Eugene Curington, right (Cullman County Sheriff's Office) CULLMAN - Two escaped Cullman County Detention Center inmates remain at large,...

    CCSO requesting $1.5M budget increase: ‘You can’t put a price on...

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    Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry speaks to Cullman County Commission members during a commission work session at the Cullman County Courthouse Tuesday morning. (Hayden...

    Community comes together to support sheriff’s deputy fighting cancer

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    Cullman County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Timmy Puckett, center, with his daughter Kinlee Puckett, left and wife Kim Puckett, right (Christy Perry for The Cullman...

    How CCSO school resource officers spent their summer vacation

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    Sheriff Matt Gentry with his team of school resource officers: front row, left to right: Deputy Matthew Rutherford, Deputy Chad Whaley, Sgt. Randall Chambers,...

    Cullman sheriff: jail food issue must be decided at the polls

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    Sheriff Matt Gentry walks U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Alabama through the Cullman County Detention Center kitchen on March 27, 2018. (Tribune file photo) CULLMAN -...

    2018 Sheriff’s Youth Leadership Academy underway

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    The Sheriff’s Youth Leadership Academy class of 2018 (W.C. Mann for The Tribune) CULLMAN - The 2018 Sheriff’s Youth Leadership Academy (SYLA) is underway this...

    Cullman man being extradited from Virginia following manslaughter indictment

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    Brandon Hamm (Feb. 2018 mug shot from Cullman County Sheriff’s Office) CULLMAN - A local man was arrested in Virginia this week and will be...

    Voters will now decide what happens to excess jail food money

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    Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry in the kitchen of the Cullman County Detention Center on Tuesday, March 27. / W.C. Mann CULLMAN - Voters will...

    Congressman Aderholt surveys storm damage at sheriff’s office, detention center

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    Looking over a hail-battered roof vent cover, (L-R) Rep. Robert Aderholt, State EMA Field Operations Section Chief Troy Cleckler, Caroline Aderholt and Sheriff Matt...

    Holly Pond youngsters show a little love to the sheriff’s office

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    While delivering gift bags to deputies about to go out on patrol, a group of kids and adults from Redan Baptist Church got a...

    CCBOE thanks school resource officers, approves more than $2M in facility...

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    Cullman County Schools Superintendent Shane Barnette poses with Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry and the system’s School Resource Officers Thursday at the Cullman County...

    State candidate Pate headlines Cullman GOP meeting; change of election results...

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    Saturday morning’s featured speaker was Rick Pate, who is running for Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries. / Nick Griffin CULLMAN - It’s campaign season,...

    Cullman woman killed in wreck at Stony Lonesome; investigation ongoing

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    Hannah Bates was killed in an OHV wreck at Stony Lonesome OHV Park in Bremen on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / Photo courtesy of...

    ‘It’s not a joke anymore’

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    Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry, left, and Cullman County Schools Superintendent Shane Barnette, right, speak to reporters at a Friday morning press conference. /...

    UPDATED: Vinemont senior charged with making terrorist threat

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    Emily Nicole Wilson, left, was arrested Thursday night and charged with making a terrorist threat. On the right is the text message she allegedly...

    Gentry kicks off 2018 campaign in style

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    Sheriff Gentry addresses the crowd to kick off his re-election campaign on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at the Cullman Civic Center. / W.C. Mann CULLMAN...

    Dinner conversation: Harbison, Watson, Marchman and Gentry host town hall

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    Cullman County Commissioner Garry Marchman speaks with a visitor at Monday night's town hall meeting in Trimble. / Nick Griffin TRIMBLE - The Trimble Community...

    Town hall meeting Jan. 22 in Trimble with Harbison, Gentry, Marchman

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    Corey Harbison, Matt Gentry and Garry Marchman / Tribune file photos TRIMBLE - A week into the 2018 legislative session in Montgomery, Rep. Corey Harbison,...

    Gentry responds to lawsuit against him, 48 other sheriffs

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    Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry / Tribune file photo CULLMAN - Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry responded late Tuesday to a lawsuit filed on Friday,...

    Update: Family says man was accidentally shot, killed by own father

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    Logan Trammell / Facebook JONES CHAPEL - More details have been revealed about the Christmas Eve shooting that resulted in the death of Logan Wayne...

    SPECIAL ELECTION: Doug Jones defeats Roy Moore; Moore not conceding

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    ALABAMA - In a stunning come-from-behind victory, Democrat Doug Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore in the U.S. Senate special election Tuesday by a razor-thin...

    Sheriff’s rodeo closes with capacity crowd

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    CULLMAN - Three days of cowboy action came to a close as the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Jimmy Arrington Memorial Rodeo concluded in...

    Mini rodeo, maximum success: sheriff’s event brings joy to special needs...

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    Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry and his son participate in the stick horse races at the mini rodeo on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. /...

    Sheriff’s office gearing up for annual rodeo, Dec. 7-9

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    Sheriff Matt Gentry talks about the rodeo. This year’s saddle, which will be raffled Saturday night, may be viewed at the Cullman County Courthouse....

    Area veterans treated to free Thanksgiving meal at Brandin’ Iron in...

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    Cullman County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy, Brett Holmes, right, visits with an area veteran at Monday’s Thanksgiving meal at the Brandin’ Iron in West Point....

    County DHR celebrates record number of adoptions in 2017

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    Amy Smith, Cullman County DHR director, said, “It is our position at Cullman County DHR that NO child should be deemed unadoptable, and that...

    Residents invited to have coffee with Sheriff Gentry

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    CULLMAN COUNTY - Cullman County residents are invited to join Sheriff Matt Gentry and deputies from the Cullman County Sheriff's Office for coffee over...

    Drugs in Cullman County: what’s happening and what can be done...

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    CULLMAN - As part of an ongoing series on the national drug crisis and how it affects the Cullman area, The Tribune is asking...

    Developer, Marine veteran Roy Drinkard receives key to the city

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    Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry, Roy Drinkard and Cullman Mayor Woody Jacobs at Friday evening’s event where Drinkard received a key to the city...

    Halloween safety 101 with Sheriff Gentry and Chief Culpepper

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    CULLMAN - It’s Halloween; time for trick or treating! It’s important to have fun, but it’s just as important to stay safe, especially kids....

    Police, sheriff’s office will accept unused prescription meds Saturday

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    CULLMAN - The Cullman County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) and Cullman Police Department (CPD) are participating in "National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day" tomorrow, Saturday, Oct....

    68 graduate from sheriff’s Citizens’ Academy

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    Lt. Jeff Clemons and Lt. Rex Sorrow pose for a photo at the graduation ceremony for the latest class from the Cullman County Sheriff's...

    CCSO litter crew has picked up more than 45,000 pounds of...

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    CULLMAN COUNTY - Since Feb.1, 2017, the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Litter Crew has picked up litter on 289.3 miles of roadway. Most...

    County employees getting 3.14% pay increase; sheriff’s office getting more

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    Sheriff Matt Gentry speaks at a press conference earlier this year.  / Tribune File Photo CULLMAN - Last week, the Cullman County Commission passed a...

    Special teams: sheriff’s office plays VIP team in 3rd annual exhibition...

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    CULLMAN - On Saturday morning Sheriff Matt Gentry and his deputies from the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office found themselves caught in an overwhelming incident...

    2017-2018 CCSO School Resource Officers

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    2017-2018 Cullman County School Resource Officers: Front row, l-r: Deputy Shane Chambers, Deputy Chad Whaley, Deputy Matthew Rutherford, Deputy Boyd Posey; Back row, l-r: Sgt....

    Cullman County Sheriff’s Office partners with Crime Stoppers

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    Crime Stoppers Board Member Frank Barefield, left, and Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry at a press conference announcing the partnership between the sheriff's office...

    Spotlight on mental health: New AL mental health commissioner visits Cullman

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    Pictured are Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry, Rep. Randall Shedd, Cullman County Probate Judge Tammy Brown, State Mental Health Commissioner Lynn Beshear and Mental...

    Latest: Steve Griffith’s wife, Jackie Griffith, in good condition following fatal...

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    Cullman Regional’s Lindsey Dossey briefly addressed the media on Wednesday, July 19. / Andrew Cryer Updated 7-19-17 at 9:34 p.m. CULLMAN - The third person involved...

    ‘The system is failing our citizens’ Sheriff points to mental illness...

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    Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry addresses the media on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 about the murder of local attorney Steve Griffith. / Andrew Cryer This...

    UPDATE: Coroner IDs victim and suspect in Monday’s fatal home invasion

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    Stephen K. Griffith / Griffith, Lowry & Meherg Updated 7-18-17 1:18 p.m. CULLMAN - Cullman County Coroner Jeremy L. Kilpatrick has identified the two people who...

    UPDATE: Sheriff to hold press conference on last night’s fatal home...

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    CULLMAN - Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry will hold a press conference today at 3 p.m. to give more information on the fatal home...

    36 area youth graduate sheriff’s leadership academy

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    The 2017 Sheriff’s Youth Leadership Academy class prepares to graduate Friday evening, July 14, 2017. / W.C. Mann CULLMAN - On Friday, 36 area students...

    Sheriff Gentry to citizens: Slow down

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    Lt. Erik Ryan performs a traffic stop Thursday on County Road 222. / CCSO CULLMAN COUNTY - According to the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO)...

    Sheriff activates Lake Patrol ahead of holiday weekend

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    CULLMAN - Due to the expected high amount of boat traffic on Smith Lake this 4th of July weekend, Sheriff Matt Gentry has activated...

    “Too good to be true” Sheriff warns WaLLi class about scams

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    Sheriff Gentry addresses the WaLLi class at Wallace State on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. / W.C. Mann HANCEVILLE - Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry visited...

    Local law enforcement officers: how I got here and what it...

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    Cullman City Police Chief Kenny Culpepper, center, at an event this February/Tribune file photo There are times we get to go into situations where the...

    CCSO hits the mark with community firearms class

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    A local citizen scores well with her .45 revolver as Sgt. David Nunn looks on. CULLMAN - For two days during the last week, the...

    Tommy Tuberville addresses graduates of Sheriff’s Citizens’ Academy

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    Former Auburn Coach Tommy Tuberville and Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry CULLMAN - On Tuesday evening, former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville came to Cullman to...