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  1. Ala. woman, Ga. man sentenced in tax fraud schemeRead the original story

    Saturday Mar 7 | WAFF-TV Huntsville

    Authorities say Carnesha Alexander of Phenix City, Alabama has been sentenced to 9 years and 3 months in prison and Robert Walker of Columbus, Georgia has been sentenced to 7 years and 10 months. Prosecutors say the two and co-conspirators used stolen personal information to file more than 900 fraudulent tax returns requesting about $3.4 million in refunds.


  2. Judge sets May sentencing for mom found guilty of murderRead the original story

    Friday Mar 6 | WAFF-TV Huntsville

    A judge says he will decide May 1 whether to follow a jury's recommendation that an east Alabama woman be sentenced death in the killing of her daughter. A Russell County jury on Thursday found Lisa Graham of Phenix City, Alabama, guilty of capital murder.


  3. Jury convicts mom of capital murder in daughter's 1997 deathRead the original story

    Thursday Mar 5 | WAFF-TV Huntsville

    Jurors have found an east Alabama woman guilty of capital murder after prosecutors say she hired a gunman to kill her troubled, 20-year-old daughter. The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that the Russell County jury on Thursday returned the guilty verdict for Lisa Leane Graham of Phenix City.


  4. Ala. school system plans to buy iPads for 1,500 studentsRead the original story

    Feb 20, 2015 | WAFF-TV Huntsville

    An Alabama school board is moving forward with plans to issue iPads to 1,500 middle school students, though parents would first have to pay a fee. The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports the Phenix City Board of Education approved Thursday a $25 insurance fee that parents would have to pay before students are given a tablet computer to take home.


  5. Former Madison pediatrician arrested for alleged sex abuseRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 6, 2015 | WAFF-TV Huntsville

    After a joint investigation among the Madison Police Department, the Limestone County Department of Human Resources, and the Limestone County District Attorney's Office, a Limestone County Grand Jury has returned a four-count indictment against Dr. James Daniel Cartwright. Cartwright has been indicted on three counts of first degree sex abuse and one count of first degree attempted sex abuse stemming from incidents that happened in 2014.


  6. Alabama man accused of statutory rape involving girl, 15Read the original story

    Jan 28, 2015 | WAFF-TV Huntsville

    An Alabama man is accused of statutory rape after authorities said he had sex with a Columbus girl when she was 15 years old. The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that 20-year-old Patrick Kelly of Phenix City was ordered held on $50,000 bond during a Tuesday court hearing in Columbus, Georgia.


  7. Father charged with capital murder in death of his daughterRead the original story

    Jan 27, 2015 | WAFF-TV Huntsville

    Phenix City police say 30-year-old Robert Allen Earhart Jr. of Phenix City was charged with capital murder after police questioned him about the Jan. 17 death of Alaina Brodka. Assistant Police Chief Robert Casteel said the child was taken to a hospital from the family's home at Steeple Crest Apartments on Riverchase Drive.


  8. Court upholds DeRidder man's murder convictionRead the original story

    Jan 2, 2015 | WAFF-TV Huntsville

    The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal has upheld the second-degree murder conviction of a DeRidder man in a 2013 fatal shooting. Mayes was sentenced to life in prison in 2014 for killing Kenny Palmer, who was visiting from Phenix City, Alabama, during an altercation.


  9. Funeral held for toddler who died from cancer on ChristmasRead the original story

    Dec 27, 2014 | WAFF-TV Huntsville

    The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports the funeral service for young Joshua Johnson of Phenix City was scheduled Saturday morning. Joshua was diagnosed with cancer as a baby and underwent surgery to remove a brain tumor a few days before his first birthday on Aug. 31. The newspaper said the boy was admitted for inpatient hospice care two days before he died.


  10. Alabama woman admits role in tax fraudRead the original story

    Dec 18, 2014 | WAFF-TV Huntsville

    A Phenix City woman has pleaded guilty to having a role in a tax fraud ring that operated in east Alabama and west Georgia. Cynthia Johnson pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Montgomery to one count of conspiracy.


  11. Textile firm to close its plant in Phenix CityRead the original story

    Dec 10, 2014 | WAFF-TV Huntsville

    The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs said the closure next year will result in the loss of 140 jobs. reports that Johnston Textiles consolidated all of its operations in Phenix City in 2012, when it closed plants in Opp and Shawmut.


  12. Southern Miss junior reaches out to homelessRead the original story

    Nov 27, 2014 | WAFF-TV Huntsville

    University of Southern Mississippi defensive tackle Rakeem Nunez-Roches took time out to make the Thanksgiving holiday brighter for some of the area homeless. On Wednesday, Nunez-Roches took sleeping bags and backpacks to the Field House for the Homeless to hand out.


  13. Georgia man pleads to ID theft in AlabamaRead the original story

    Oct 29, 2014 | WAFF-TV Huntsville

    U.S. Attorney George Beck says 33-year-old Robert Bernard Walker of Columbus entered the plea in federal court in Montgomery. Walker admitted working with co-defendants to use sham tax businesses to obtain federal tax filing numbers and then getting fraudulent tax refunds.


  14. Priest known as 'Pope of Phenix City' to retireRead the original story

    Oct 12, 2014 | WAFF-TV Huntsville

    A Roman Catholic priest known to his Alabama parishioners as the "Pope of Phenix City" says he's retiring from his two churches next month. The 77-year-old Rev.


  15. School board aims to settle dispute with ex-leaderRead the original story

    Oct 10, 2014 | WAFF-TV Huntsville

    Phenix City school officials say they plan to vote on a settlement that would end a nearly year-long dispute with its former superintendent. The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that the undisclosed dollar amount would end the dispute that started 11 months ago between the east Alabama school system and former Superintendent Larry DiChiara.


  16. Sewer line collapse creates 30-foot deep craterRead the original story

    Oct 8, 2014 | WAFF-TV Huntsville

    Authorities blame a sewer line failure for creating a 30-foot-deep crater in a parking lot in the eastern Alabama town of Phenix City.


  17. Police seek more suspects in Phenix City killingRead the original story

    Sep 24, 2014 | WAFF-TV Huntsville

    Police in the east Alabama town of Phenix City say they're seeking more suspects in the killing of 17-year-old Central High School senior Tyrelle Kynard. One suspect -- a 17-year-old Phenix City boy -- faces a murder charge after Kynard was shot in the head after a party let out at a community center.


  18. Teen arrested in killing of Phenix City boyRead the original story

    Sep 23, 2014 | WAFF-TV Huntsville

    Police in the east Alabama town of Phenix City have arrested a 17-year-old Phenix City boy. He faces a murder charge in the killing of 17-year-old Central High School senior Tyrelle Kynard.


  19. Phenix City teen killed in Saturday night shootingRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 22, 2014 | WAFF-TV Huntsville

    Family and friends visited the bloodstained spot on Sunday, Sept. 21 where 17-year-old Tyrelle Kynard was found shot to death in front of the Phenix City Library the day before.


  20. Teen shot to death after party at community centerRead the original story

    Sep 22, 2014 | WAFF-TV Huntsville

    Police in the east Alabama town of Phenix City are investigating the killing of a 17-year-old boy shot moments after a party let out at a community center. Russell County Coroner Arthur Sumbry Jr. said that Tyrelle Kynard, a Central High School senior, was pronounced dead at the scene around 12:30 a.m. Sunday.


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