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Laura Christmas


Rainsville, AL, United States

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Past articles by Laura:

Guntersville triple murder suspect Jimmy Spencer appears in court

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. -- A man accused of murdering three people in Guntersville was in court Monday morning. Jimmy Spencer is facing seven counts of capital murder in connection to a case that shook the city of Guntersville in July, 2018. → Read More

Marshall County mom organized a free sensory fair for families

ALBERTVILLE, Ala. -- A Marshall County mom is organizing a free sensory-friendly fair for families that include a child with special needs. Patricia Moore started the Facebook page Spencer's Friends a few years ago, and since then it's reached dozens of families across Marshall County. That's what it was meant to do. → Read More

Marshall County Sheriff’s Office deputies are on the road with all new gear

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. -- Marshall County Sheriff's Office deputies are on patrol with new equipment to replace outdated, mismatched gear that they previously carried. → Read More

City Council passes sales tax increase in Guntersville

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. - The Guntersville City Council passed a one-cent sales tax increase Monday night. The tax will increase from eight to nine percent and will go into effect on July 1. The money will be split equally between the city and the city schools system. → Read More

A Madison man died in an apparent accident while at a Jackson County cave

JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. -- A man died in an apparent accident while visiting a cave in Jackson County. Jackson County Sheriff Chuck Phillips identified the man's body rescue crews found at Stephens Gap Cave as Juan Gerardo Cruces. → Read More

Firefighters face an increased risk of cancer, HB 360 would provide financial help

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Research shows firefighters are at an increased risk of cancer, and a bill making its way through the legislature, sponsored by Lauderdale County Representative Phillip Pettus, would help them fight. → Read More

Deputies patrol tornado-damaged areas in Marshall County in force

MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. - Crews are clearing debris from the Monday morning tornado that hit Marshall County. While crews are at it -- and when they're not -- Marshall County Sheriff's Office deputies are out in those areas in force. → Read More

Formerly unidentified remains of WWII sailor coming home to Marshall County

MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. -- A simple mistake during WWII caused a Marshall County man's body to be labeled 'unknown'. On Saturday, his body will finally be coming home after all of these years. Inside the Nixon Chapel Cemetery, there's a tombstone that has been there since the 1940s. Navy Reserve Seaman 2nd Class Ira Slaton's parents put it there because they never got to bury their son. → Read More

Starving dogs in Jackson County animal abuse case are living a happy ending

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. -- It's been five months since the Jackson County Sheriff's Office Animal Enforcement Deputy responded to an animal cruelty case he'll never forget, and now both dogs are living a happy ending. Deputy Tony Wilbanks got an anonymous tip back in October. → Read More

Damaged from flooding, County Road 17 causing a headache in Jackson Co.

JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. - Several roads in Jackson County are damaged from the flooding that drenched north Alabama recently, but the damage isn't the only problem: Money is another. Shaina Arnold lives on County Road 17, and that address now comes with a problem. → Read More

Marshall County family is looking for answers in five-year-old cold case

MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. - For five long years a Marshall County family has wanted answers. The investigation into how Jennifer Lynn Hinote, a mom of three, died has gone cold, but the family and investigators hope in speaking out, that won't be the case for long. → Read More

Geraldine High School’s Senior class remembers, celebrated Koy Spears’ life

GERALDINE, Ala. -- Friday morning a slew of purple and white balloons went into the air above Geraldine High School, where 18-year-old Koy Spears had attended. The classmates of the teen who had been missing for weeks wanted to remember and celebrate their friend's life. Three weeks ago was the last time anyone saw Koy Spears alive. → Read More

With the search for Koy Spears over, an ALEA investigation continues, Jeep still missing

DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. -- While medical examiners have positively identified the body found at Morgans Cove earlier this week as missing DeKalb County teen Koy Spears, law enforcement officials are continuing their investigation. → Read More

ALEA responded to body found at Morgans Cove

MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. - Medical examiners will determine if a body found in Lake Guntersville is missing teen Koy Spears. ALEA troopers were at Morgans Cove on Tuesday evening, after three fishermen found a body in the water. → Read More

Students in Guntersville are learning history by living it

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. -- Students in Guntersville are learning about their city's history in a unique program that takes them to places of the past. "We applied for a grant with the Alabama Bicentennial Commission and our whole school system was awarded $4,000 to make this event come to life," said Chief Academic Officer Paige Raney. → Read More

Teens investigated after racially-charged picture shows up at Douglas High School

DOUGLAS, Ala. - The Marshall County Sheriff's Office is investigating a drawing that shows the Ku Klux Klan, a burning cross and other racial depictions directed toward a black student at Douglas High School. → Read More

No new developments Thursday after search for missing teen at Buck’s Pocket

DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. - Crews resumed the search Thursday at Buck's Pocket State Park to try and find a teenager missing for almost two weeks. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said an air search had determined a possible location of interest to search in the creek. → Read More

Jackson County man accused of trying to blow up mother in explosion

JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. - A man upset with his mother had plans to blow her up with an explosive device, authorities said Thursday. The Jackson County Sheriff's office arrested Roger Dale Johnson, 45, Wednesday afternoon on two counts of first-degree attempted assault and possession of a destructive device. → Read More

Deputies: Truck thief caught driving the stolen truck by the victim in Marshall County

MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. -- The Marshall County Sheriff's Office said a man stole a truck only to be seen driving it later on by its owner. A man reported his Dodge Ram stolen to the Marshall County Sheriff's Office. → Read More

Man charged with attempted murder for shooting at Albertville police officer

ALBERTVILLE, Ala. - A man is charged with attempted murder for shooting at an Albertville police officer after a traffic stop. Albertville Police Chief Jamie Smith said Sunday morning around 2:00 a.m. an officer stopped a vehicle at Rose Road and Lexington Avenue. → Read More