Michael Clark, CBS 42

Michael Clark

CBS 42

Birmingham, AL, United States

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Recent articles by Michael:

After only son killed in family kitchen, grieving JeffCo parents demand justice

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — A Jefferson County couple is praying for justice more than one week after their 22-year-old son was shot and killed while cooking in the kitchen. According to the Jefferson Count Sheriff’s Office, Brandon Thomas was shot from the outside of his family’s home. He was rushed to a Jasper hospital […] → Read More

Elementary teachers exposed to COVID-19 in Pell City, start date pushed back for some students

PELL CITY, Ala. (WIAT) — An elementary school in Pell City is pushing back the start of in-person learning for some students after several teachers were exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Only students in kindergarten and first grades at Eden Elementary School will be impacted. “We had a group of teachers that […] → Read More

Suspect accused of shooting GA deputy captured in Alabama

PELL CITY, Ala. (WIAT) — A suspect accused of shooting a deputy in Georgia is behind bars in Alabama after he was captured early Sunday morning in St. Clair County. Donald Chandler Gordy, 38, is being held in Alabama pending extradition to Georgia to faces charges in connection with a shooting that sent a deputy […] → Read More

More COVID-19 deaths being reported in rural nursing homes across Alabama

CARBON HILL, Ala. (WIAT) — As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in nursing homes across Alabama, additional deaths are being reported at facilities in rural areas. Healthcare workers continue to do all they can to try and minimize the spread of the virus, but they need help from neighbors to follow precautions so that caregivers […] → Read More

Gadsden hospitals report surge in COVID-19 patients

GADSDEN, Ala. (WIAT) — Gadsden area hospitals are seeing a surge in COVID-19 patients and one facility is working to add more bed space to the critical care unit. Riverview Regional Medical Center and Gadsden Regional Medical Center are both caring for dozens of patients. As of Wednesday afternoon, a representative for Riverview Regional Medical […] → Read More

‘We don’t have the resources:’ Small Alabama communities reeling from COVID-19 surge

ALTOONA, Ala. (WIAT) — Small towns in Alabama are feeling the effects of COVID-19, especially in terms of revenue and the ability to provide the same level of services to citizens. In the town of Altoona, Mayor Richard Nash said he has several employees who are out with the virus or awaiting a test result. […] → Read More

More snake sightings being reported across central Alabama

MOUNTAIN BROOK, Ala. (WIAT) — Neighbors in central Alabama are reporting additional snake sightings in the past several weeks. A professional snake remover recently posted about relocating two rattlesnakes from a yard in Chelsea. “This year has actually been a lot more busier than any of the past 5 years that we have been operational,” […] → Read More

Employee at Alabama Veteran’s Home says ‘hero pay’ to workers stopped

PELL CITY, Ala. (WIAT) — An employee at a Pell City veteran’s home tells CBS 42 that healthcare workers had additional “hero” pay taken away, even after staff members contracted COVID-19. So far, a total of seven employees at the Colonel Robert L. Howard Veteran’s Home in Pell City have tested positive. None of the […] → Read More

Grand jury to hear cases against suspects accused in Moody police officer’s death

PELL CITY, Ala. (WIAT) – Two suspects who are accused of killing Moody police officer Lt. Stephen Williams will have their cases heard by a grand jury, a St. Clair County judge ruled Tuesday. Suspects Tapero Corlene Johnson, 27, and his girlfriend, Marquisha Anissa Tyson, 28, have both been in custody since their arrest in […] → Read More

Bessemer educators reflect on loss of 8-year-old killed in Riverchase Galleria shooting

BESSEMER, Ala. (WIAT) — Educators in Bessemer are sharing more about Royta Giles Jr., the 8-year-old who was killed in a shooting at the Riverchase Galleria last Friday. “It’s just a difficult and heart-wrenching situation and my heart just goes out to everybody right now,” said Van James, who previously served as assistant principal at […] → Read More

Jefferson County leaders announce new facility to treat nursing home patients with COVID-19

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — There will soon be a new treatment center for Jefferson County nursing home patients who have tested positive for COVID-19, leaders announced Wednesday. Aspire Physical Recovery Center in Hoover will be used to house up to 25 patients at the facility. “The physical design of the building is laid out as […] → Read More

UAB Police Officer goes home after battle with COVID-19

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — A sergeant with the UAB Police Department is back home after his months-long battle with COVID-19. Sgt. Darnell Guyton left Spain Rehabilitation Center Tuesday morning, where he had been for about a month. Previously, Guyton was hospitalized for 59 days, including 45 on a ventilator. “To be with my wife and […] → Read More

Face coverings now required in Jefferson County

VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. (WIAT) — A face covering requirement is now in place for all of Jefferson County after the Jefferson County Health Officer’s order went into effect Monday evening. “It is indoor spaces where the general public is interacting with each other and with people that work there and there is a lot of […] → Read More

Alabama nurse shares story of COVID-19 recovery

GADSDEN, Ala. (WIAT) — After being on a ventilator for more than a month, an Alabama nurse is opening up about her recovery from COVID-19. Patti Page is back at home with her family as she works to regain her strength. “I just take it one day at a time and do a lot of […] → Read More

Homewood PD, advocacy group discuss human trafficking signs after recent arrest

HOMEWOOD, Ala. (WIAT) — The Homewood Police Department is sharing information about signs of human trafficking after officers arrested a woman for allegedly trafficking two minors from Memphis to Atlanta before they were found in Homewood earlier this month. Marlette Lychelle Smith, 26, from Rome, Ga. remains in jail with a $1 million bond. “Our […] → Read More

Dozens of deaths reported at central Alabama nursing homes

BESSEMER, Ala. (WIAT) — Dozens of COVID-19 deaths have been reported at nursing homes in central Alabama, according to data released by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The numbers can be obtained by accessing the CMS database and reflect reported deaths and infections through May 31. “We report to three government agencies, local, […] → Read More

Birmingham business owners, volunteers clean up after destructive protests

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Birmingham business owners are cleaning up after destructive protests Sunday night in the downtown area. A fire broke out at the California Fashion Mall, where there is also plenty of other damage to the doors and windows of the store. Shattered glass remains scattered across the concrete. “When I come here […] → Read More

Alabama school districts taking varied approaches on graduation ceremonies

VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. (WIAT) — In light of COVID-19, some Alabama school districts are preparing for in-person graduation ceremonies, while others hold private gatherings for family members.The decision was left to each individual school district. In Homewood, high school seniors are able to participate in a private ceremony for family members this week. It meant […] → Read More

Gadsden nurse out of ICU, progressing through COVID-19 recovery

GADSDEN, Ala. (WIAT) — A Gadsden nurse is now out of the ICU as she recovers from COVID-19, according to her family members. Patti Page has been at UAB Hospital for about a month ever since she contracted the virus. “It took a village to get us through this, but we are hopefully on the […] → Read More

Some Alabama restaurants open dining rooms, others still waiting

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — While some Alabama restaurants opened dining rooms for the first time in almost two months Monday, others are still waiting to do so. Eateries are allowed to open at reduced capacity and with social distancing requirements as part of Governor Kay Ivey’s amended Safer-At-Home order. The outdoor seating areas were busy […] → Read More