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FBI Warns Shoppers About Cyber Scammers

(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) -- As "Cyber Monday" approaches, authorities are warning shoppers to beware of internet scams.

The FBI's Birmingham office is warning residents about cyber criminals and their aggressive and creative ways to steal money and personal information.

The FBI is offering shoppers the following tips to stay safe while getting those online bargains:

  • Do not respond to unsolicited (spam) e-mail.
  • Do not click on links contained within an unsolicited e-mail.
  • Be cautious of e-mails claiming to contain pictures in attached files, as the files may contain viruses.
  • Avoid filling out forms contained in e-mail messages that ask for personal information.
  • Always compare the link in the e-mail to the web address link you are directed to and determine if they match.
  • Log on directly to the official website for the business identified in the e-mail, instead of “linking” to it from an unsolicited e-mail. 

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Escaped Inmate Caught in Cullman

(CULLMAN, Ala.) -- An inmate who escaped custody in Decatur early Thanksgiving Day, has been recaptured.

Blake Mitchell Turner, 29, an inmate at the Decatur Work Release Center, was reported missing shortly after 1 a.m. Thursday, according to a statement from the Alabama Department of Corrections.

However, Turner's freedom would be short-lived, as he was taken into custody in Cullman later Thursday.

Turner was serving a 20-year sentence for first-degree theft of property.

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Travelers Encouraged to Be Vigilant over Thanksgiving Holiday

(MONTGOMERY, Ala.) -- With the Thanksgiving holiday being one of the most heavily traveled periods of the year, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is encouraging travelers to be vigilant over the next several days.

The agency is partnering with local law enforcement across the state to create a highly visible enforcement presence.

All available officers will work additional shifts between 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26 and midnight on Sunday, Nov. 30. Motorists should expect officers, including some in unmarked vehicles, to make enforcement stops on roadways and waterways.

State troopers will also be available to assist motorists, and can be reached by dialing *47 on their cell phones.

The agency is also offering the following safety tips and safeguards:

  • Use seat belts and child restraints in motor vehicles and life vests on the water. This year alone, seat belts were not used in 51 percent of trooper-investigated fatalities in Alabama.
  • Avoid driving or boating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Restrict access and closely monitor teens to prevent underage use of alcoholic beverages.
  • Pay attention to speed limits and driving conditions on the road, and obey boating laws on the water.

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Police: Man Found with Guns, Drugs at Decatur Home

(DECATUR, Ala.) -- A man was arrested after he was allegedly found in a Decatur home with marijuana and guns.

Decatur Police said they arrested Phillip Keith Casteel on Monday after they executed a search warrant at a home on the 3300 block of Valley Forge Road SW. 

Police found a quantity of marijuana, drug sale paraphernalia, a total of six rifles and handguns, along with a large amount of cash.

Police charged Casteel with possession of marijuana, possession of a short-barreled rifle, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Domestic Dispute Ends in Stabbing; Teen in Custody

(SHELBY COUNTY, Ala.) -- A teenager has been taken into custody by authorities after a domestic dispute led to a stabbing in Shelby Tuesday afternoon, police said.

The incident was reported around 1 p.m. at a home on the 100 block of Paradise Point Drive. The Shelby County Sheriff's Office said there was a dispute involving two relatives, and one relative was stabbed by the other.

The 20-year-old victim was airlifted to UAB hospital in unknown condition.

Officials said a 15-year-old suspect was taken into custody in connection with the stabbing.

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