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Stephanie Taylor


Tuscaloosa, AL, United States

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Past articles by Stephanie:

Fatal shooting victim’s brother charged with murder

The bullet that killed a young Tuscaloosa man Saturday night was fired by his brother, investigators said Wednesday.Joshua Marquise Pearson, 22, was charged with reckless murder in the death of his brother, Laquavius Leon Pearson, 23.Investigators reviewed several people who were outside the bar and gas station where the shooting occurred and reviewed surveillance video before making the… → Read More

Coronavirus death toll nears 500 in Alabama

Alabama’s death toll from the coronavirus neared 500 on Monday.The Alabama Department of Public Health reported there have been more than 12,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state and at least 489 deaths. That’s 16 more deaths than were reported Friday.Three counties — Mobile, Jefferson and Montgomery — have accounted for much of the growth in recent days.In Tuscaloosa, 368 of 6,696 have… → Read More

Tuscaloosa Police recover more than 40 firearms during special detail

Tuscaloosa Police officers have recovered 40 firearms while working a special detail they call the Safe Streets Project.Since April 27, officers have saturated high-crime areas in the city to actively seek out suspects of violent crimes. The officers have recovered guns, served warrants and made at least 65 arrests on a total of 103 charges during the last two weeks.Four of the 40 firearms… → Read More

Bell: Plans in place for UA students’ return

University of Alabama students will return to campus for the fall semester, and the Crimson Tide football team will return to Bryant-Denny Stadium.But → Read More

Firefighters respond to fire at Moody Music Hall

Firefighters are battling a fire at the Moody Music Hall on the University of Alabama campus.The blaze started after lightning struck the roof around 4:15 → Read More

One hospitalized after apartment fire

One person was hospitalized after a fire at Timberlane Apartments Tuesday afternoon.Tusaloosa Fire Rescue Service spokeswoman Holly Whigham said firefighters were called to the apartment fire at 4 p.m.Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue responded to Timberlane Apartments on the report of a structure fire.“Upon arrival crews found one person, already out of the apartment, that sustained injuries from the… → Read More

Four UA employees and three students positive for COVID-19

The University of Alabama on Friday issued a statement that four UA employees and three students have tested positive for COVID-19.Health officials had → Read More

Tuscaloosa under 24-hour curfew until April 11

Mayor Walt Maddox announced Thursday that a citywide 24-hour curfew will be in effect in Tuscaloosa until at least April 11.The order goes into effect at → Read More

DCH will move to swab-only coronavirus testing, but supplies are ’critically low’

See other coronavirus coverage here. This content is being provided for free as a public service to our readers during the coronavirus outbreak. Please → Read More

Alabama coronavirus cases up to 39

New numbers from the Alabama Department of Public Health showed the number of positive coronavirus cases statewide increased from 29 on Monday to 39 on → Read More

DCH offering remote screening facility for coronavirus

DCH Regional Medical Center will offer drive-through coronavirus consultations beginning Monday.The hospital’s COVID-19 task force is setting up a remote screening facility in the large parking area just west of Dr. Earl Hillard Drive near the DCH laundry facility, said hospital spokesman Andy North.Services will be available from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. every day until demand diminishes, he… → Read More

Colby Lewis sentenced to 45 years for rape of UA student

The man convicted of raping a University of Alabama student at gunpoint after the Iron Bowl in 2016 has been sentenced to serve 45 years in prison.Judge → Read More

Officers honored for service

The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office deputy who discovered an unconscious college student in the back seat of a man's car last year was one of several → Read More

Woman jailed on animal cruelty charge

A Cottondale woman convicted of animal abuse was arrested Tuesday because she hasn’t yet reported to jail.Jessica Huey, 35, was convicted of second-degree animal cruelty after a trial in Tuscaloosa County District Court last month.Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office animal control officers had found a 7-month-old puppy on her property whose leg had become caught in a chain or tether. Vets had to… → Read More

Cold front brings relief from rain in Tuscaloosa

The cold front that was expected to bring storms across the area late Wednesday night will bring with it cooler temperatures a reprieve from the rain. → Read More

Trial begins for woman accused in death of tow truck driver

A jury trial began Monday for a Tuscaloosa driver involved in a fatal collision that left a tow truck driver dead more than three years ago.Sheridan Temms → Read More

Faurecia and FIS closures will affect more than 260 workers

The Faurecia Seating plant in Tuscaloosa is expected to close in March, a move that will cost 166 workers their jobs.FIS Management Service in Northport → Read More

Judge issues 20-year sentence in manslaughter case

A Jackson County man has been sentenced to 20 years for manslaughter.Dillon Lee, 28, shot and killed Alex Bedwell at Emory Woods apartments on Super Bowl → Read More

Hugh Thomas Bridge to return to full capacity soon

The Fifth Street entrance ramp to the Hugh Thomas Bridge in Northport will open soon, returning the bridge to full capacity after months of construction → Read More

Former Hillcrest Middle band director to serve probation in student sex case

The former Hillcrest Middle School band director who admitted to a sexual relationship with a student will serve no jail time.Christopher Albert Knight, → Read More