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Arrest made in large level extortion scheme

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"Everett Leon Stout, 72 and Miriam Clair Schultz, 67 are charged with 14 counts of extortion. More>>

Gadsden police recover more than 300 stolen items; felony charges against suspected fence Video included

Joe Walker Pearl (Photo: Etowah County Sheriff's Office) Joe Walker Pearl (Photo: Etowah County Sheriff's Office)
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Police in Gadsden are trying to return hundreds of stolen items to their rightful owners. Captain Paul Cody said officers bust a large fencing operation this week. Joe Pearl, 75, is the suspect in the case. It took a long time to sort through and document a very wide range of stolen property. "We've collected a lot of stuff," Cody said. "Toilet paper. We have non-firearms related weapons, we have karaoke machines, musical instruments, car stereos, underwear." More>>

Gadsden police arrest suspect in deadly stabbing case

William D'Angelo McKinney (Photo: Etowah County Sheriff's Office) William D'Angelo McKinney (Photo: Etowah County Sheriff's Office)
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Investigators in Gadsden said a man strangled his ex-girlfriend Tuesday evening before stabbing another man to death. Officers arrested 30-year-old William D'Angelo McKinney Wednesday night. He faces charges for murder and domestic violence with strangulation. Police said McKinney went to his ex-girlfriend's home in the Mill Village area and let himself in. Investigators said she asked him to leave, but he shoved her and then put her in a headlock until she blacked out. More>>

Gadsden reelects Mayor Guyton, approves Sunday alcohol sales

Gadsden reelects Mayor Guyton, approves Sunday alcohol sales

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Gadsden's Mayor Sherman Guyton wins reelection with 56% of the votes. The city also voted in favor of Sunday alcohol sales with over a 2-1 ratio; 68% to 32%. More>>

Anniston police and fire departments downsized by proposed budget cuts Video included

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The Anniston city manager's proposed budget for 2015 cuts more than $1.5-million in spending compared to this year. The police and fire chiefs are concerned about the cuts to public safety.
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  • Third anniversary of murder of Anniston police officer

    Third anniversary of murder of Anniston police officer

    Monday, August 25 2014 8:44 PM EDT2014-08-26 00:44:45 GMT
    The family of Justin Sollohub took him off of life support three years ago Monday. "He lived from the 24th to the 25th for the organ donation," Jeniffer Morris said about her son. "Organ donation needs to be important to everybody. We never know, when there's somebody in our [family], when it hits home, that somebody needs an organ. It is important to us but it needs to be important to everybody."More >>
    The family of Justin Sollohub took him off of life support three years ago Monday. "He lived from the 24th to the 25th for the organ donation," Jeniffer Morris said about her son. "Organ donation needs to be important to everybody. We never know, when there's somebody in our [family], when it hits home, that somebody needs an organ. It is important to us but it needs to be important to everybody."More >>
  • Gadsden voters will cast ballots for city leadership, alcohol sales

    Gadsden voters will cast ballots for city leadership, alcohol sales

    Sunday, August 24 2014 10:14 PM EDT2014-08-25 02:14:03 GMT
    Tuesday, people in Gadsden will vote for mayor, city council and Sunday alcohol sales. The alcohol referendum would allow for sales seven days a week.More >>
    Tuesday, people in Gadsden will vote for mayor, city council and Sunday alcohol sales. The alcohol referendum would allow for sales seven days a week.More >>
  • World record-holding Paralympian visits Anniston High School

    World record-holding Paralympian visits Anniston High School

    Friday, August 22 2014 6:00 PM EDT2014-08-22 22:00:23 GMT
    Blake Leeper told Anniston students Friday about the troublesome news that doctors shared with his parents on August 31, 1989. "Mr. and Mrs. Leeper, I'm sorry, but Blake was born missing both of his legs. I'm sorry, but the chances for Blake to even walk are very low," he told the Anniston teens.  Blake Leeper is now a gold medal winning runner and holds a world record for the fastest time in the 4x100 meter relay.More >>
    Blake Leeper told Anniston students Friday about the troublesome news that doctors shared with his parents on August 31, 1989. "Mr. and Mrs. Leeper, I'm sorry, but Blake was born missing both of his legs. I'm sorry, but the chances for Blake to even walk are very low," he told the Anniston teens.  Blake Leeper is now a gold medal winning runner and holds a world record for the fastest time in the 4x100 meter relay.More >>
  • Gadsden police: Boyfriend of woman found dead Monday night jailed on hindering prosecution charge

    Gadsden police: Boyfriend of woman found dead Monday night jailed on hindering prosecution charge

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 6:42 PM EDT2014-08-19 22:42:33 GMT
    The boyfriend of a Gadsden woman who was found dead Monday night has been jailed on a hindering prosecution charge, police said.More >>
    The boyfriend of a Gadsden woman who was found dead Monday night has been jailed on a hindering prosecution charge, police said.
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  • Jacksonville man arrested for murder following woman's death

    Jacksonville man arrested for murder following woman's death

    Monday, August 18 2014 10:32 AM EDT2014-08-18 14:32:04 GMT
    Richard Thad Pilkington (Photo: Jacksonville Police Department)Richard Thad Pilkington (Photo: Jacksonville Police Department)
    Jacksonville Police said a woman died early Sunday from wounds suffered due to strikes to the head. Investigators arrested 37-year-old Richard Thad Pilkington for the murder of 48-year-old Tracy Lynn Callaway Strange.More >>
    Jacksonville Police said a woman died early Sunday from wounds suffered due to strikes to the head. Investigators arrested 37-year-old Richard Thad Pilkington for the murder of 48-year-old Tracy Lynn Callaway Strange.More >>
  • DEA on AB-Pinaca: New drug seized for 1st time in Alabama seen many times in other states

    DEA on AB-Pinaca: New drug seized for 1st time in Alabama seen many times in other states

    Thursday, August 14 2014 11:57 AM EDT2014-08-14 15:57:27 GMT
    Federal authorities say a new designer drug seized for the first time in Alabama has been seen dozens of times in other state.More >>
    Federal authorities say a new designer drug seized for the first time in Alabama has been seen dozens of times in other state.
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  • Etowah County sheriff: 2 arrested after first-ever discovery of AB-Pinaca, narcotic used to make spice

    Etowah County sheriff: 2 arrested after first-ever discovery of AB-Pinaca, narcotic used to make spice

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 4:05 PM EDT2014-08-13 20:05:05 GMT
    Two people from Boaz are facing drug trafficking charges after task force agents in Etowah County discovered a large supply of a narcotic used to produce synthetic marijuana or "spice," Sheriff Todd Entrekin said.More >>
    Two people from Boaz are facing drug trafficking charges after task force agents in Etowah County discovered a large supply of a narcotic used to produce synthetic marijuana or "spice," Sheriff Todd Entrekin said.
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  • 2 Arrested for Chemical Endangerment of a Child

    2 Arrested for Chemical Endangerment of a Child

    Monday, August 11 2014 5:44 PM EDT2014-08-11 21:44:20 GMT
    Two Etowah County women have been arrested for chemical endangerment of a child, according to Sheriff Todd Entrekin.Investigator Bobby Bryant states, “Krystle Leigh Peppers, 31, of Gadsden, was charged on July 24, with one count of chemical endangerment of exposing a child to an environment in which controlled substances are ingested, produced or distributed, which is a felony.”Peppers is pregnant and admitted to using drugs after she was arrested for theft by the Attalla Police Department. S...More >>
    Two Etowah County women have been arrested for chemical endangerment of a child, according to Sheriff Todd Entrekin.Investigator Bobby Bryant states, “Krystle Leigh Peppers, 31, of Gadsden, was charged on July 24, with one count of chemical endangerment of exposing a child to an environment in which controlled substances are ingested, produced or distributed, which is a felony.”Peppers is pregnant and admitted to using drugs after she was arrested for theft by the Attalla Police Department. S...More >>
  • Etowah County woman charged with assault after July shooting

    Etowah County woman charged with assault after July shooting

    Monday, August 11 2014 5:40 PM EDT2014-08-11 21:40:38 GMT
    Susie Ann LittleSusie Ann Little
    An Etowah County woman has been charged with assault after shooting an acquaintance in July, according to Sheriff Todd Entrekin.Investigator Bobby Bryant states, “Susie Ann Little, 53, of Piedmont, is charged with one count of first degree assault, which is a felony.”The warrant for first degree assault was obtained by the victim on August 4, 2014.Little admitted she shot a female victim multiple times on July 12, 2014. The women were inside Little's residence, on Gnatville Road, when they go...More >>
    An Etowah County woman has been charged with assault after shooting an acquaintance in July, according to Sheriff Todd Entrekin.Investigator Bobby Bryant states, “Susie Ann Little, 53, of Piedmont, is charged with one count of first degree assault, which is a felony.”The warrant for first degree assault was obtained by the victim on August 4, 2014.Little admitted she shot a female victim multiple times on July 12, 2014. The women were inside Little's residence, on Gnatville Road, when they go...More >>
  • Rainbow City Police Chief Determined to Crack Cold Case

    Rainbow City Police Chief Determined to Crack Cold Case

    Friday, August 8 2014 1:18 PM EDT2014-08-08 17:18:44 GMT
    The Rainbow City police chief is still committed to his original motivation for becoming a law enforcement officer. Thirty years ago, Greg Carroll's friend was stabbed to death at a convenience store, and he continues to search for Rita Cornutt's killer.More >>
    The Rainbow City police chief is still committed to his original motivation for becoming a law enforcement officer. Thirty years ago, Greg Carroll's friend was stabbed to death at a convenience store, and he continues to search for Rita Cornutt's killer.More >>
  • Fort Payne man, 34, sentenced to 30 years in prison for child porn

    Fort Payne man, 34, sentenced to 30 years in prison for child porn

    Thursday, August 7 2014 8:56 PM EDT2014-08-08 00:56:55 GMT
    A federal judge today sentenced a Fort Payne man to 30 years imprisonment to be followed by 20 years of supervised release for three counts of child pornography.More >>
    A federal judge today sentenced a Fort Payne man to 30 years imprisonment to be followed by 20 years of supervised release for three counts of child pornography.More >>
  • Gadsden State offers program for Zebrafish testing studies

    Gadsden State offers program for Zebrafish testing studies

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 6:05 PM EDT2014-08-06 22:05:31 GMT
    Cures for cancer, and any other illnesses come out of research. For years, rats and moneys have been used in laboratories. Now, some researchers are instead using the Zebrafish. Wednesday through Friday, dozens of researchers from across the country have gathered at Gadsden State Community College to learn more about what the Zebrafish offers. This is the first "hands-on" workshop for Zebrafish training in the nation. Zebrafish are being used more widely in research efforts because they ar...More >>
    Cures for cancer, and any other illnesses come out of research. For years, rats and moneys have been used in laboratories. Now, some researchers are instead using the Zebrafish. Wednesday through Friday, dozens of researchers from across the country have gathered at Gadsden State Community College to learn more about what the Zebrafish offers. This is the first "hands-on" workshop for Zebrafish training in the nation. Zebrafish are being used more widely in research efforts because they ar...More >>
  • Talladega Superspeedway-branded restaurant in Birmingham's airport

    Talladega Superspeedway-branded restaurant in Birmingham's airport

    Tuesday, August 5 2014 4:36 PM EDT2014-08-05 20:36:37 GMT
    Talladega Superspeedway has left its mark in the racing world, but the name will be attached to a new venture in Birmingham. A new restaurant will be opened soon at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. "Talladega Grille" will be the Talladega Superspeedway-branded restaurant in the airport.It is part of the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport Terminal Modernization Project. A ribbon cutting ceremony is set for this week. President and CEO Alfonso Denson, Birmingham A...More >>
    Talladega Superspeedway has left its mark in the racing world, but the name will be attached to a new venture in Birmingham. A new restaurant will be opened soon at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. "Talladega Grille" will be the Talladega Superspeedway-branded restaurant in the airport.It is part of the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport Terminal Modernization Project. A ribbon cutting ceremony is set for this week. President and CEO Alfonso Denson, Birmingham A...More >>
  • Man wanted in sexual assault in Alabama arrested at West Palm Beach hospital

    Man wanted in sexual assault in Alabama arrested at West Palm Beach hospital

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:37 AM EDT2014-07-29 15:37:44 GMT
    A man accused of sexually assaulting a woman and her 8-year-old daughter in Alabama has been captured while being treated at a hospital in West Palm Beach.More >>
    A man accused of sexually assaulting a woman and her 8-year-old daughter in Alabama has been captured while being treated at a hospital in West Palm Beach.
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  • 2 arrested in Anniston after toddler found with broken ribs, cigarette burns

    2 arrested in Anniston after toddler found with broken ribs, cigarette burns

    Friday, July 25 2014 6:33 PM EDT2014-07-25 22:33:16 GMT
    Police in Anniston have arrested two people on charges that they physically abused a 2-year-old girl found with cigarette burns and fractured ribs.More >>
    Police in Anniston have arrested two people on charges that they physically abused a 2-year-old girl found with cigarette burns and fractured ribs.More >>
  • Ozark man wanted in abduction, sexual assault of woman and her child at knife-point

    Ozark man wanted in abduction, sexual assault of woman and her child at knife-point

    Friday, July 25 2014 4:33 PM EDT2014-07-25 20:33:58 GMT
    A nationwide search is underway for an Ozark man who allegedly abducted and sexually assaulted a 30-year-old woman and her 8-year-old child at knife-point Friday morning.More >>
    A nationwide search is underway for an Ozark man who allegedly abducted and sexually assaulted a 30-year-old woman and her 8-year-old child at knife-point Friday morning.
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  • Fort Payne man charged with breaking into home in Cherokee County, assaulting ex-girlfriend, others with knife

    Fort Payne man charged with breaking into home in Cherokee County, assaulting ex-girlfriend, others with knife

    Friday, July 25 2014 4:19 PM EDT2014-07-25 20:19:15 GMT
    A Fort Payne man was arrested this week after he allegedly broke into a home in Cherokee County and assaulted his ex-girlfriend and others with a knife, authorities said.More >>
    A Fort Payne man was arrested this week after he allegedly broke into a home in Cherokee County and assaulted his ex-girlfriend and others with a knife, authorities said.More >>
  • Oneonta police need help identifying woman who stole flowers from gravesite (pictures)

    Oneonta police need help identifying woman who stole flowers from gravesite (pictures)

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:55 PM EDT2014-07-23 16:55:33 GMT
    Oneonta police have turned to Facebook in trying to identify a woman who apparently stole flowers from a gravesite at a Oakhill Cemetery on Tuesday.More >>
    Oneonta police have turned to Facebook in trying to identify a woman who apparently stole flowers from a gravesite at a Oakhill Cemetery on Tuesday.
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  • Suspect in Jacksonville shooting from June turns self in

    Suspect in Jacksonville shooting from June turns self in

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:06 PM EDT2014-07-22 23:06:38 GMT
    Jacksonville police said the suspect in the June shooting of a Calhoun County man turned himself into police Tuesday afternoon.More >>
    Jacksonville police said the suspect in the June shooting of a Calhoun County man turned himself into police Tuesday afternoon.
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  • Jacksonville man arrested for child pornography

    Jacksonville man arrested for child pornography

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:05 PM EDT2014-07-22 23:05:18 GMT
    William Franklin Harper (Photo: Calhoun County Sheriff's Office)William Franklin Harper (Photo: Calhoun County Sheriff's Office)
    The Alabama Bureau of Investigation’s CyberCrimes Unit arrested a Jacksonville man Tuesday for possession of child pornography.ABI officers served a search warrant at the home of 49-year-old William Franklin Harper. Harper is charged with four counts of possession of child pornography.He is currently in custody at theCalhoun County Jailwith bond setat $100,000 bond.During the search, investigators found methamphetamine. Agents of the Alabama Alcohol Beverage Control Board and the Calhoun Coun...More >>
    The Alabama Bureau of Investigation’s CyberCrimes Unit arrested a Jacksonville man Tuesday for possession of child pornography.ABI officers served a search warrant at the home of 49-year-old William Franklin Harper. Harper is charged with four counts of possession of child pornography.He is currently in custody at theCalhoun County Jailwith bond setat $100,000 bond.During the search, investigators found methamphetamine. Agents of the Alabama Alcohol Beverage Control Board and the Calhoun Coun...More >>
  • Heflin police: North Carolina man arrested with over 8 pounds of marijuana

    Heflin police: North Carolina man arrested with over 8 pounds of marijuana

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 2:04 PM EDT2014-07-22 18:04:33 GMT
    A North Carolina man was arrested Monday after Heflin police found over eight pounds of marijuana in his car during a traffic stop.More >>
    A North Carolina man was arrested Monday after Heflin police found over eight pounds of marijuana in his car during a traffic stop.
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  • Body pulled from Weiss Lake identified as missing woman

    Body pulled from Weiss Lake identified as missing woman

    Monday, July 21 2014 6:00 PM EDT2014-07-21 22:00:41 GMT
    DeKalb County sheriff's officials say a body that was pulled from Weiss Lake in Leesburg has been identified as a 20-year-old woman who was recently reported missing. Sheriff Jimmy Harris says the body of Sarah Jane Ortiz of Valley Head was found in the lake by a fisherman on Friday. Harris says the woman's body was positively identified on Monday at a forensics lab in Huntsville. Harris says Ortiz was reported missing July 16 by friends and relatives after she failed to return home on July 1...More >>
    DeKalb County sheriff's officials say a body that was pulled from Weiss Lake in Leesburg has been identified as a 20-year-old woman who was recently reported missing. Sheriff Jimmy Harris says the body of Sarah Jane Ortiz of Valley Head was found in the lake by a fisherman on Friday. Harris says the woman's body was positively identified on Monday at a forensics lab in Huntsville. Harris says Ortiz was reported missing July 16 by friends and relatives after she failed to return home on July 1...More >>
  • JSU President announces retirement

    JSU President announces retirement

    Monday, July 21 2014 3:17 PM EDT2014-07-21 19:17:37 GMT
    The longtime president of Jacksonville State University says he will retire next year. Bill Meehan told trustees that he's stepping down as of June 2015. The school announced his decision on its Facebook page. The delay in Meehan's departure provides a chance for board members to name a successor. Meehan has been president since July 1, 1999. Meehan is a Jacksonville State alumnus who started working at the school as a biology instructor. He held other positions at the northeast Alabama campu...More >>
    The longtime president of Jacksonville State University says he will retire next year. Bill Meehan told trustees that he's stepping down as of June 2015. The school announced his decision on its Facebook page. The delay in Meehan's departure provides a chance for board members to name a successor. Meehan has been president since July 1, 1999. Meehan is a Jacksonville State alumnus who started working at the school as a biology instructor. He held other positions at the northeast Alabama campu...More >>
  • Southside woman arrested for Chemical Endangerment of a Child

    Southside woman arrested for Chemical Endangerment of a Child

    Monday, July 21 2014 2:50 PM EDT2014-07-21 18:50:43 GMT
    An Etowah County woman has been arrested for chemical endangerment of a child, according to Sheriff Todd Entrekin.Investigator Haydyn Hedgspeth states, “Christina Goodson Amberson, 36, of Southside, was charged on July 16 with one count of chemical endangerment of exposing a child to an environment in which controlled substances are ingested, produced or distributed, which is a felony.”Amberson admitted to using methamphetamine. She is approximately 5 months pregnant.“It is simply unacceptabl...More >>
    An Etowah County woman has been arrested for chemical endangerment of a child, according to Sheriff Todd Entrekin.Investigator Haydyn Hedgspeth states, “Christina Goodson Amberson, 36, of Southside, was charged on July 16 with one count of chemical endangerment of exposing a child to an environment in which controlled substances are ingested, produced or distributed, which is a felony.”Amberson admitted to using methamphetamine. She is approximately 5 months pregnant.“It is simply unacceptabl...More >>
  • Rodeo helps families of fallen or injured Alabama soldiers

    Rodeo helps families of fallen or injured Alabama soldiers

    Saturday, July 19 2014 3:00 PM EDT2014-07-19 19:00:16 GMT
    Cowboys and cowgirls are packing a Cleburne County rodeo. Friday night's rodeo has a special mission - supporting Alabama soldiers injured or killed in the line of duty. More >>
    Cowboys and cowgirls are packing a Cleburne County rodeo. Friday night's rodeo has a special mission - supporting Alabama soldiers injured or killed in the line of duty. More >>
  • Update: Additional charges filed in Etowah County child sex abuse case after third victim comes forward

    Update: Additional charges filed in Etowah County child sex abuse case after third victim comes forward

    Friday, July 18 2014 4:49 PM EDT2014-07-18 20:49:46 GMT
    The former activity director of Eagle Rock Boys Ranch in Etowah County has been arrested on sex abuse and sodomy charges, Sheriff Todd Entrekin said Thursday.More >>
    The former activity director of Eagle Rock Boys Ranch in Etowah County has been arrested on sex abuse and sodomy charges, Sheriff Todd Entrekin said Thursday.More >>
  • Talladega County Sheriff's Office searching for missing teen

    Talladega County Sheriff's Office searching for missing teen

    Friday, July 18 2014 2:39 PM EDT2014-07-18 18:39:23 GMT
    The Talladega County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in finding a missing teen.More >>
    The Talladega County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in finding a missing teen.More >>
  • Update: Gadsden police arrest armed robbery suspects

    Gadsden police investigate series of armed robberies

    Thursday, July 17 2014 3:59 PM EDT2014-07-17 19:59:00 GMT
    U'kee Rashaud KnowlesU'kee Rashaud Knowles
    Gadsden police are looking for leads in several armed robberies during the past two weeks.The first armed robbery was on July 4 at the Mayan Mexican Grill. Workers unloaded a shipment of chicken after closing time when two robbers with gun forced the employees into the kitchen and onto the ground.The two masked men stole cash, keys, and a cell phone. None of the victims suffered injuries, as police said the employees did what the men pointing guns at them told them to do."Comply. There's no a...More >>
    Gadsden police are looking for leads in several armed robberies during the past two weeks.The first armed robbery was on July 4 at the Mayan Mexican Grill. Workers unloaded a shipment of chicken after closing time when two robbers with gun forced the employees into the kitchen and onto the ground.The two masked men stole cash, keys, and a cell phone. None of the victims suffered injuries, as police said the employees did what the men pointing guns at them told them to do."Comply. There's no a...More >>
  • Distraught woman in Anniston hospitalized after threatening to light herself and home on fire

    Distraught woman in Anniston hospitalized after threatening to light herself and home on fire

    Thursday, July 10 2014 3:49 PM EDT2014-07-10 19:49:15 GMT
    A distraught woman in Anniston caused quite the disturbance and commanded the attention of law enforcement and emergency personnel for an extended period of time as she thrashed around her house, threatening to burn herself alive and torch her home.More >>
    A distraught woman in Anniston caused quite the disturbance and commanded the attention of law enforcement and emergency personnel for an extended period of time as she thrashed around her house, threatening to burn herself alive and torch her home.
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    Robert Richardson joined ABC 33/40 as a reporter in June 2013. He is thrilled to be working for the hometown news team he watched as a teenager.More >>
    Robert Richardson joined ABC 33/40 as a reporter in June 2013. He is thrilled to be working for the hometown news team he watched as a teenager.More >>
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