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The body of a missing kayaker was recovered Sunday from Bayview Lake, officials said. The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office said that the body of 34-year-old Richard Douglas Fields was found submerged in the lake. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team was searching for Fields after his family reported him missing. Fields had been missing since Jan. 28. Family members said Fields told them he was going to the lake to go kayak fishing, and they hadn’t been heard from since, news outlets reported.

The Alabama attorney general argued an inmate did not suffer unconstitutionally during an aborted lethal injection last year. Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall’s office asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Kenneth Eugene Smith seeking to prevent the state from making a second attempt to put him to death. Smith was scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection on Nov. 17 for the 1988 murder-for-hire slaying of Elizabeth Dorlene Sennett. Prison officials said they called off Smith’s execution after they were unable to establish IV access. The state argued that difficulty achieving intravenous access does not equate to cruel and unusual punishment

A man fired on a group of horse riders on Saturday in Florida near the Alabama state line south of Dothan and injured one woman, an Alabama veterinarian, according to eyewitness accounts and a report from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office in Florida. “It’s a miracle that no one is dead,” Hannah Todd, who attended the event, told “I would classify this as an attempted mass murder.” ...


During the evening hours of Tuesday, Dothan police responded to a report of a firearm assault in the 500 block of East Selma Street.

On Monday, the Dothan Police Department began investigating an allegation of inappropriate sexual contact between an adult male and a juvenile under the age of 16.

An Alabama meteorologist was arrested over the weekend on a second-degree stalking charge. WDHN weekend meteorologist Andrew Clarke was booked into the Dothan City Jail just after 11 p.m. Saturday. WTVY reported that Clarke was arrested just a half hour after he appeared on the station’s 10 p.m. newscast. WDHN did not immediately return a call seeking comment. Dothan police Lt. Ronald Hall ...

NEWTON — The future of emergency medical services in south Dale County remains in limbo due to severe financial problems, some created by previous years of unpaid state and federal employee taxes, according to the board chairman of the South Dale EMS that serves Newton, Midland City, Napier …

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