Murder Suspect Being Sought by Alabama Authorities

Marshall County authorities are currently searching for a man in connection with the fatal stabbing of an individual in the Asbury Community of the county.

Last Friday night (April 2nd) Marshall County Deputies responded to a call regarding a man bleeding and crawling along the roadside on Martling Road near Jupiter Circle.  When law enforcement arrived they found a deceased male, who was later identified as Johnathan Wade Bryant.  Investigators determined that an altercation had taken place at a residence on Jupiter Circle between Bryant and another white male, Ronny Lee Peppers Jr., which resulted in Peppers stabbing Bryant.

The Department of Forensic Science determined the victim died, due to a stab wound to the upper leg.

Murder warrants have now been issued for Peppers, and several agencies are, at this time, actively pursuing leads to his whereabouts.

Anyone with any information regarding the incident, or the present Whereabouts of Ronny Lee Peppers, Jr., should ccall the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office at (256) 582-2034


Caution Urged On Lake Weiss

The Cherokee County Emergency Management Agency wants to remind everyone the importance of being very cautious while frequenting Weiss Lake over the next several weeks. Due to the flooding conditions Weiss Lake has many hazards present. Some you can see and some you can’t.
Floating debris is an example of some of the hazards that you can see but there is debris that’s floating just under the water surface that your can’t see. Cherokee Electric has disconnected power to several areas around the lake due to the electrocution hazard that is present.
THE EMA Office reminds you to stay out of the flood waters as most of these hazards are extremely dangerous and life threatening. During this time it doesn’t matter how well you know the waters.
As always, if you find yourself needing help or in a dangerous situation dial 911.
Lake Conditions Message

Weiss Lake will peak near elevation 568.5 on Friday April 2 and back to normal level by April 9. Spill gates are open. APC will provide periodic lake level updates here. Individuals with boats and water-related equipment and facilities should be prepared to take the necessary steps to protect their property.

The picture attached is in the area of Cowan Creek Bridge (Old Pruitt’s Restaurant) on County Rd 22.


Accidents In Nearby Cherokee County, AL Over Weekend

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency worked two accidents in Cherokee County over the weekend.

The first occurred just before 3:30 on Saturday on Alabama Highway 35 just north of County Road 15 and involved a 2013 Hyundai. According to reports, the vehicle left the road and overturned striking a tree and entrapping both occupants listed on the accident report as residents of Centre.

No information was provided concerning the condition of either individual injured.

The Broomtown Fire Department, Floyd EMS and Rescue Squad personnel responded in addition to State Troopers.

Just prior to 4:30 that afternoon emergency crews responded to a two vehicle accident on Highway 411 north near County Road 113 in front of the Dollar General Store.

According to the Troopers that accident involved a 2001 Chevy and a 1998 Toyota. According to the report there were no injuries.

The Spring Creek Fire Department also responded to the scene.


Two Arrests for Fraudulent/Stolen Credit Card Information Used To Make Purchases





Two male subjects were arrested by Centre Police Investigators after it was discovered that the pair were using fraudulent/stolen credit card information to purchase zero turn lawn mowers from two separate businesses in Centre on Monday.

Centre Police Chief Kirk Blankenship said that Investigator Will Clark was contacted by a local dealership concerning a transaction – a short time later, Clark received another call from a second business about a fraudulent purchase. Investigator Clark and Chief Investigator Randy Mayorga received information that two of the mowers had been dropped off at a location in East Centre. 

Further investigation revealed that one of the individuals involved in the thefts lived at a residence on College Street in Centre where additional mowers were located.

After speaking with the individuals, Mayorga was able to locate several ‘homemade’ credit cards used in the transactions. It was also discovered that several lawnmowers had been purchased and sold on other states. 

20-year-old Andre William Hush of Centre was arrested and charged with two counts of Theft by Deception 1st Degree. Jaylin Davion Arnold, age 21 of Louisville, Kentucky was also charged with two counts of Theft by Deception in the 1st Degree.

Arnold is being held in the Cherokee County Detention Center without bond, Hush was released a short time later after posting bonds totaling $10,000.

Mayorga said that additional charges and arrests are expected to be made as the investigation continue


Three Vehicle Wreck; One Airlifted

At least one person was airlifted from the scene after being injured in a multi car taking place just before 2:00 Monday afternoon on West Main Street near the Centre Wal-Mart.

According to reports, at least three vehicles were involved in the accident.

Centre Police, Centre Fire & Rescue, Leesburg Fire, multiple Floyd EMS units and Rescue Squad personnel responded to the scene.

U.S. 411 (West Main Street) near the accident scene was shut completely down as a medical helicopter was landed on the scene.

No additional information was immediately available concerning the condition of those injured.

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Two Accidents Occurring on Monday, March 29, Minutes Apart

Emergency personnel responded to reports of a single-vehicle crash taking place just before 6:00am Monday on County Road 75 near Harton’s Convenience Store between Cedar Bluff and Gaylesville.  It appears the driver lost control, crashing the vehicle into a power pole, downing the pole and leaving live wires across the roadway.  The vehicle came to rest after striking several trees  No word yet on whether anyone was hurt in the mishap.

Just moments later at approximately 6:10am, law enforcement responded to a report of a two-vehicle wreck on the Cedar Bluff Road in Centre.  That collision left one of the vehicles in a ditch; it appeared no one was injured.

Both accidents remain under investigation.



Due to heavy rains, Weiss Lake has risen above summer pool and could reach elevation near 568 as early as Monday, March 29. Spill gates are open. APC will provide periodic lake level updates here. Individuals with boats and water-related equipment and facilities should be prepared to take the necessary steps to protect their property.

As of this morning at 7:00, (Sunday, March 28th, 2021) the current Weiss Lake level is at 567ft, that’s 3ft above the full pool of 564 ft.

Those having property around Weiss Lake should take action NOW to protect their belongings.  Motorists should also exercise caution with more and more roads across the area being subject to ponding or outright flooding; also, anyone that may be fishing on Weiss Lake should take extra care, due to a large amount of debris deposited in the water from the high winds and rain.

The National Weather Service in Birmingham has extended the Flood Warning for East Central Cherokee County until 6:30 today. (Sunday, March 28th).

Some locations that will experience flooding include… Centre, Cedar Bluff, Eastern Weiss Lake, Howells Crossroads and Waterhouse.

More rain is also forecasted for the next several days.

Today Showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 1pm. Temperature falling to around 65 by 5pm. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Tonight Patchy frost after 4am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with a low around 37. Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph.

Monday Patchy frost before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 65. Light and variable wind becoming northeast 5 to 10 mph.

Monday Night Clear, with a low around 43. Calm wind.

Tuesday A 20 percent chance of showers after 1pm. Increasing clouds, with a high near 70. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday Night Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Low around 56. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Wednesday Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High near 68. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Wednesday Night A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 34