Cherokee County, Alabama

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Small plane crash claims the life of an Acworth man

September 13, 2020–5:46 p.m. WZQZ RADIO – WEIS RADIO A small plane that went missing during a flight from Georgia to Tupelo, Mississippi was found Saturday morning in a wooded area in Etowah County, Alabama. According to reports, the plane left from Calhoun on Thursday and disappeared from radar near the New Union and Egypt…

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Centre PD Provides Meals For Alabama Task Forces Assisting In Louisiana

August 27th, 2020 – 3:00 PM WEIS Radio –  (Via WEIS Radio) On Wednesday, Cherokee County EMA Director Shawn Rogers received a call from Tuscaloosa County EMA Director Nick Lolley asking for assistance. Director Lolley was looking for meals ready to eat (commonly known as MRE’s) for the Alabama Task Force 2 Swift Water Rescue…

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Update: Cherokee County Inmate back in Custody

August 18th, 2020 – 2:00 PM WEIS Radio –  (WEIS Radio) Deputies have apprehended Tad Abernathy who escaped Monday evening from a work detail at the Cherokee County Detention Center. He was taken into custody around 7:30 p.m. (Tuesday) evening at a residence near Sand Rock. Abernathy is now charged with Escape 2nd, in addition…

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Cherokee County man Charged With Child Sex Abuse

August 15th, 2020 – 9:20 PM WEIS Radio –  (WEIS Radio) A Cherokee County (Alabama) man was jailed early Thursday afternoon on a charge of sexual abuse of a child. Jonathon Andrew Hartline, age 23 of Gaylesville – was taken into custody and booked into jail just after 2:00pm charged with Sexual Abuse of a…

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Body found in Collinsville, Alabama

August 5, 2020–6:00 p.m. WEIS RADIO Authorities in Alabama are investigating the discovery of a body in Collinsville. The body was recovered from the parking lot of the Piggly Wiggly in Collinsville on Tuesday. According to witnesses, the deceased was found inside a vehicle near the Christian Thrift Store Very little information is being released…

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Floyd Medical Center earns stroke award for 6th straight year

July 31, 2020–6:18 a.m. NEWS RELEASE Floyd Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for the sixth consecutive year. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the…

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Centre Police Chief says officers will not be enforcing the Gov.’s mask mandate

July 17th, 2020 – 10:00 AM WEIS Radio – (Via WEIS Radio) Centre Police Officers will apparently NOT be enforcing Governor Ivey’s “Mask Mandate” –  issued earlier this week. According to Centre Police Chief Kirk Blankenship: “Governor Ivey’s mask mandate seems to be a trending topic on social media. Centre PD will NOT be issuing…

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Alabama governor issues mask order

July 16, 2020–6:48 a.m. WEIS RADIO Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has issued a statewide mask-wearing order. The order states a face covering must be worn in public when in close contact with others. It specifically stipulates a mask must be worn when within six feet of a person from another household; in an indoor space…

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Centre, Alabama City Hall closed due to COVID-19

July 15, 2020–6:43 a.m. WEIS RADIO The Centre, Alabama City Hall is closed until further notice after multiple employees tested positive for COVID-19. The city council meeting scheduled for Tuesday night was postponed. Centre Police Chief Kirk Blankenship, who himself is currently under self-quarantine and recovering; said that another employee of the police department is out,…

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Centre closes city hall after multiple employees test positive for COVID-19

July 14th, 2020 – 3:00 PM WEIS Radio –  (Via WEIS Radio) Multiple employees at Centre City Hall have reportedly tested positive for COVID-19. According to City Attorney Al Shumaker the Centre City Council meeting that was originally scheduled for tonight (Tuesday, July 14th) has been postponed, and will likely be held next Tuesday, July…

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Three arrested on drug charges in Cave Spring

July 8, 2020–2:23 p.m. FLOYD COUNTY JAIL RECORDS Three people were arrested at a home on Hall Minshew Road in Cave Spring on drug charges Tuesday. According to Floyd County Jail records, 47-year old Jimmy Anthony Quinn of the residence was found with over an ounce of methamphetamine during the execution of a search warrant.…

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Hand sanitizers recalled

July 7, 2020–9:55 a.m. STAFF REPORTS The US Food and Drug Administration has announced voluntary company recalls of at least three brands of hand sanitizer due to the potential presence of methanol (wood alcohol). Substantial methanol exposure can result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, and permanent damage to the nervous…

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Four people transported for injuries after Cherokee AL wreck

July 1st, 2020 – 3:45 PM WEIS Radio – (Via WEIS Radio) Four people were transported for treatment following a near head-on collision taking place at the intersection of Highways 9 and 35 Wednesday morning. Alabama State Troopers, members of the Cedar Bluff and Gaylesville Fire Departments, the Cherokee County Rescue Squad and Floyd EMS…

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Two Alabama high school football players diagnosed with COVID-19

July 1, 2020–7:54 a.m. WEIS RADIO In a statement issued by Head Coach Jacob Kelly on Tuesday, prior to workouts on Wednesday, June 24, the team had two players who did not pass the required pre-screening process and they were sent home. Coach Kelly stated that they received word that both of those players have…

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Alabama police officer hit with a rock during traffic stop

June 28, 2020–7:13 p.m. CENTRE POLICE DEPARTMENT Friday night one of our officers had a vehicle pulled over on Chesnut Bypass between OK Tire and Cherokee Electric Co-op. While on this traffic stop the officer was struck by a rock thrown from a vehicle and yelled at with obscenities. The rock struck the officer in…

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Centre Man Dies in Single-Vehicle Rollover Wednesday Evening

June 25th, 2020 – 11:45 AM WEIS Radio –  (WEIS Radio) A Cherokee County man was fatally injured in a single-vehicle rollover on County Road 45 near County Road 202 Wednesday evening. Coroner Dr. Jeremy Deaton stated 45 year old Michael Eugene Stokes, a resident of Centre, was ejected from his vehicle, a 2001 Chrysler…

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One Person Airlifted For Treatment Following Two Car Crash In Centre

June 18th, 2020 – 11:30 AM WEIS Radio – (WEIS Radio) One person was airlifted for treatment following a two vehicle collision on Northwood Drive at the intersection with Commerce Street in front of American Apparel on Wednesday afternoon. Centre Police, Centre Fire, Rescue Squad personnel, Floyd Cherokee EMS Major Andy Fairel, Piedmont Rescue Medics…

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Summerville Woman Arrested For Arson After Burning Mobile Home

June 18th, 2020 – 10:00 AM WZQZ Radio –  (WZQZ Radio) A Summerville woman was arrested over the weekend on charges of first-degree arson after she admitted to burning down the mobile home she lived in with her adult daughter. According to a report from the Summerville Police Department, police responded to a residential structure…

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Centre Woman Charged With Multiple Drug Crimes

June 17th, 2020 – 12:45 PM WEIS Radio – (WEIS Radio) A Centre woman has been arrested for multiple drug crimes. According to Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver, Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested 34 year old Christian Pauline Boals on charges of possession with intent to distribute, unlawful possession of marijuana and two counts of unlawful…

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Rome woman arrested in Alabama for sex trafficking

June 17, 2020–10:06 a.m. AL.COM A Rome woman is facing human trafficking charges in Jefferson County, Alabama. According to al.com, 26-year old Marlette Lychelle Smith was arrested over the weekend after authorities located two teenagers, ages 15 and 16, at a hotel in Homewood, Alabama. The two teens were rescued and referred to a local…

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