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Shoals sheriffs say they hope a new law going into effect in January 2022 will help ease their overcrowding problems, which are primarily caused by state inmates who can remain in the county jail for months, and sometimes years, before being transferred to the Department of Corrections.

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TUSCUMBIA — Family members of James Michael Roland Merritt said they were satisfied that the man accused of shooting Merritt will serve at least 85% of the 20-year prison sentence he agreed to Friday in Colbert County Circuit Court.

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TUSCUMBIA — A Sheffield man indicted on a capital murder charge pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery on Thursday in Colbert County Circuit Court in exchange for a sentence of life in prison with the opportunity for parole.

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An R.A. Hubbard High School teacher charged last week with allegedly having sex with two students in her classroom was found dead of a gunshot wound at her home Saturday morning, according to Lawrence County authorities.

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MONTGOMERY — An inmate will continue serving his 5-year sentence for a Lauderdale County theft conviction after his parole request was denied this week, authorities said.

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