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Cops: Man Wanted on Drug Charge Caught with Marijuana

(DECATUR, Ala.) -- A wanted man is facing additional charges after allegedly being caught with marijuana at a Decatur apartment on Wednesday.

Decatur Police said officers went to an apartment on Tower Street to serve a felony drug warrant, and there they found Jacies Vaughn, allegedly in possession of a quantity of marijuana.

Vaughn was arrested on the outstanding warrant and taken into custody. He faces an additional drug-related charge.

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Student, 7, Suspended After Caught with Gun on School Bus

(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) -- A student in Center Point, Ala. was suspended from school after he was found with a loaded handgun on the school bus Thursday.

The Birmingham News reported that the 7-year-old was showing the gun to another student when a teacher spotted the weapon. The teacher confiscated the weapon and notified the principal and the sheriff's school resource officer.

It was not immediately clear how the child got access to the gun.

The student will face a disciplinary hearing with the Jefferson County Board of Education, the News says. He will not face criminal charges.

Earlier this week, four students were suspended for an incident involving an airsoft gun on a Jefferson County school bus.

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Update: Mom of Two Kids Found at Meth Lab Site Charged

(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) -- Police have arrested and charged a woman whose two children were found at a mobile home where a methamphetamine lab was discovered operating on Tuesday.

Jeremiah Small, 20, was arrested when authorities busted an alleged active methamphetamine lab in a trailer next to the mobile home on Elfreth Johnson Road in northeast Jefferson County, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said.

Two children, ages 5 and 8, were found unharmed in the mobile home.

The Sheriff's Office announced Thursday that the children's mother, 29-year-old Carla Byess has since been arrested and charged with two counts of chemical endangerment of a child.

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Man Accused of Stabbing, Kidnapping Hangs Self in Jail

(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) -- A 26-year-old man, accused of kidnapping a woman and stabbing a man, hanged himself in an Alabama jail on Thursday.

The suspect, who was not identified by police, was arrested on Wednesday night after he allegedly stabbed the man multiple times inside an apartment on 25th Street South. Afterwards, the Birmingham News reports, the suspect kidnapped the victim's wife.

The suspect and the woman were found struggling in a dumpster near Hard Elementary School later Wednesday night. She was rescued by police.

The male victim is expected to survive his injuries.

The suspect was booked into Bessemer City Jail early Thursday morning, but several hours later, the News says, he was found dead.

Police are investigating the details of the attack and kidnapping as well as the suspect's suicide.

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Friday Morning Security Drill Closes Etowah County Judicial Building 

(ETOWAH COUNTY, Ala.) -- The Etowah County Judicial Building will be closed for part of the morning Friday, as authorities will be conducting an active shooter drill.

The building will be closed to the public from 8 a.m. through 9:30 a.m. on Friday, which is when the drill will take place, the Etowah County Sheriff's Office announced.

Officials said the drill will simulate an active shooter inside the building, and there will be a full law enforcement response.

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