top of page

Local News For Friday, May 6th, 2022



Good morning y’all, and now a little news to get you up and going. weather-wise, mostly cloudy for much of this Friday. One band of showers and some storms are moving through this morning. However, the highest rain coverage (around 60 to 80%) is expected around midday through mid afternoon. This threat is scheduled from 7am – 7pm CDT (this will be narrowed as we move closer to event time), additionally we are in a slight risk for severe threats of damaging winds up to 60mph and pin pong size hail.

Now your Daily arrest report is brought to you by Trenter Bail Bonding, locked up, need to get out, call Jeff, or Jimmy at 334-864-5559. From Chambers County, Chambers County Sheriff's Office reports the following:


Jodee Allen Cheatwood, 37, of Five Points, AL was arrested for Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia


Shewanda Williams, 41, of Lafayette, AL was arrested for NWNI


From Lanett


Cassidy Le’Anne Buckner, age 22 of Lanett, Al was charged with Obstructing Police


Lanett Police also report the following incidents:


Domestic Violence 3rd Harassment and Domestic Violence 3rd Menacing were reported in the 1400 block of 44th Ave Sw.


and from Valley


Paulitha Jereese Lane-Dobson, 30 from Valley

Possession of Marijuana 2nd Degree, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia


Jose Perez, 28 from Arab, Alabama

Possession of Marijuana 2nd Degree


Luis Rivera, 33 from Arab, Alabama

Possession of Marijuana 2nd Degree


Angel Sanchez, 41 from Arab, Alabama

Possession of Marijuana 2nd Degree


Darren Lee Ray, 33 from High Point, NC.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia


Valley Police also report the following incidents:


300 Block of US Hwy 29

Incident / Offense

Unlawful Breaking and Entering a Motor VehicleTheft of Property 4th Degree


2800 Block of 20th Avenue

Incident / Offense

Domestic Violence 2nd Degree


1300 Block of County Road 196

Incident / Offense

Domestic Violence 3rd Degree, and Interference with a Domestic Violence Call


and now Obituary's brought to you by Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home, providing dignified service since 1900.


Johnson Brown Funeral Home announces the passing of Donald Wayne Pinney, age 70, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes at his home in Lanett, Alabama on Monday, April 25, 2022.


He was born May 9, 1951, in West Point, Georgia to his parents Earl William and Nedra Hadaway Pinney.


He was preceded in death by his parents and his grandparents Jesse James and Effie Hadaway, Lanett, AL and Clarence and Lizzie Pinney, Gering, Nebraska.


He was a graduate of West Point High School, and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Masters of Science from the University of Georgia with a focus in history and special education. Donald retired from Lagrange High School where he was a special education paraprofessional. He began his teaching career as a special education and continuing education teacher in the Jackson County School District in Jefferson, Georgia. He was a member of the Professional Association of Georgia Educators.


Prior to completing his masters degree Donald worked in the research department of West Point Pepperell.


During his retirement he enjoyed fishing and weekly card games with his lifelong friends from high school, to whom he was affectionally known as ‘Lash LaRue’.

He is survived by his brother Bill (Melissa) Pinney of Greer, SC and his nephew Jonathan (Stephanie) Pinney of Chattanooga, TN.


A memorial service will be announced at a later time.


Please visit his Memorial Tribute page at www.johnsonbrownservicefh.com to leave a kind message for his family, share a memory of Donald, or to light a Remembrance Candle in his memory.


Johnson Brown also announces the passing of the following:


William Grady Hall, Jr., better known as “Billy” or “Uncle Billy” by family and friends departed this transitory world and joined his loving wife, loving parents and sister in Heaven at the feet of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Sunday, May 1, 2022 at his home.


Billy was born on September 9, 1947 in Bessemer, Alabama. He grew up in Bessemer and Fultondale, Alabama along with his 5 siblings and their loving parents. He grew up as many large families did in the ‘50s, ‘60’s and ‘70’s, playing late into the evening with friends,without a care, spending Saturdays on the river swimming, fishing and skiing. Upon graduation from Tarrent High School in 1965 he continued his education at Auburn University and graduated with a B.S. Degree in Forest Management in 1969. While at Auburn, Billy married the love of his life, Marisha Anne Gordy.


Shortly after graduation Billy enlisted in the military and served his country in Vietnam in the early ‘70s. Because he enlisted, he spent most of his first-year training stateside. After that, he was in the Nam, Vietnam that is, for a little under a year, coming home in mid-1971 to his loving family. Billy wrote a book entitled “Bulletproof in Vietnam” recounting some of his ‘adventures” while in Vietnam.


After Vietnam, Billy worked for Alabama Power Company in the Property Acquisition Department. Later in life Billy became an Inventory Specialist and worked in the retail world inventorying many major department stores.


Billy was an avid hunter and fisherman, having retired from both as his waning years approached. He loved his numerous nieces and nephews, and, it was his joy and pleasure, at Christmas, when each of them wasmoving into toddler years, to buy each one their first tricycle, mostly big wheels.


After the passing of Marisha in 2013, Billy soon moved to the Beulah area of northeast Lee County, getting closer to Auburn, which he had loved since college. As the patriarch of the Hall family Billy continued to enjoy the company of his family even extending to his numerous cousins.