• State Senator Gundger Injured on Smith Lake

    CULLMAN COUNTY – A marine-related incident occurred on Lewis Smith Lake at approximately 3:15 p.m. Thursday, July 4, and has resulted in the injury of a Cullman man. Garlan E. Gudger Jr., 49, was injured when the 2024 Sea-Doo GTI personal watercraft (PWC) he was operating was struck in the rear by a 2019 Sea-Doo GTI PWC operated by Garlan E. Gudger III, 21, of Cullman. The collision caused both individuals to be thrown into the water, however, both Gudger Jr., and Gudger III were wearing personal flotation devices (PFDs). Bystanders in the area assisted both individuals out of the water and transported them to a nearby dock. Garlan E. Gudger Jr., was evaluated by local emergency medical services personnel (EMS) and was subsequently transported via helicopter to the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Hospital for medical treatment. Garlan E. Gudger III was also evaluated by local EMS personnel but was released at the scene.

    The incident occurred in Little Crooked Creek area (also known as Rock Creek) on Lewis Smith Lake near Crane Hill in Cullman County. The Crane Hill Fire Department and Cullman EMS both responded to the scene and assisted with medical treatment and transport. Nothing further is available as Troopers with Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) Marine Patrol Division continue to investigate.

  • Release From Secetary of State Wes Allen

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    Contact: Laney Rawls at sos.press@sos.alabama.gov or 334-353-2171

    “Today, Biden issued an Executive Order (EO) to offer mass amnesty to illegal immigrants currently residing in our country. Couple this with his previous voter registration EO and it is clear that Biden is attempting to win the upcoming election, not by winning over legitimate American voters, but by attempting to legitimize illegal immigrants. He won’t stop with this EO. He will keep attempting  to dilute the power of the vote of legal Americans. Biden and his administration are radical  and lawless.” –Secretary of State Wes Allen

  • Motocycle Crash Takes Life on Highway 13

    HAMILTON POST – A single-vehicle crash that occurred at approximately 4:50 a.m. Tuesday, June 11, has claimed the life of a Bankston man. Walter D. Watkins Jr., 52, was fatally injured when the 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle he was operating left the roadway and overturned. Watkins Jr. was thrown from the motorcycle and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The crash occurred on Alabama 13 near U.S. 278, less than one mile west of Lynn, in Winston County. Nothing further is available as Troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) Highway Patrol Division continue to investigate.

     

  • Haleyville Man Dies in Crash

    QUAD CITIES POST—A single-vehicle crash that occurred at approximately 7:55 p.m. Thursday, June 6, has claimed the life of a Haleyville man. Don W. League, 77, was fatally injured when the 1990 Ford Ranger that he was driving left the roadway and struck a ditch. After the initial impact, the Ford struck a fence, a culvert and a tree. League was not using a seat belt at the time of crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The crash occurred on Franklin County 6 near Franklin County 69, approximately six miles northeast of Haleyville, in Franklin County. Nothing further is available as Troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) Highway Patrol Division continue to investigate.

  • Two Die in Crash

    HAMILTON POST — A single-vehicle crash involving a bicyclist that occurred at approximately 1 p.m. Friday, June 7, has claimed two lives. Carl R. Blewett, 54, of Kents Store, Va., was fatally injured when the bicycle he was operating was struck by the 2009 GMC Sierra driven by Carroll R. Parker, 61, of Lynn. The Sierra then left the roadway, struck a tree, and caught fire. Blewett and Parker were both pronounced deceased at the scene. The crash occurred on U.S. 278 near the 10 mile marker, approximately one mile east of Hamilton, in Marion County. Nothing further is available as Troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) Highway Patrol Division continue to investigate.