(WAFF) - Good Thursday Morning, Margo Gray here with your headlines.
This morning, some of you may be waking up in the dark. Sand Mountain Electric is dealing with a widespread power outage covering much of DeKalb County. Parts of Collinsville, Fort Payne, Fyffe, Mentone, Rainsville, Valley Head & Cherokee are all experiencing outages. The outage is due to a TVA power plant currently down in Chickamauga, Georgia. Crews are working to restore power. We'll have updates on progress throughout the morning on WAFF 48 News Today.
Also, in DeKalb County. Two Crossville School students were arrested on drug charges. The sheriff said the two juveniles, both under the age of 13 were found with marijuana they intended to sell to other students. They were arrested by the school resource officer and turned over to the juvenile probation office.
Some inmates could be released sooner than planned. That's the warning coming from Governor Bentley if lawmakers don't pass is tax package to generate more revenue for the state. So far, his request to raise taxes is getting little support. However, the Bentley says if it isn't passed, state parks could close, we could face longer courthouse lines and deep cuts to state agencies. We'll break that issue down at 5:00 & 6:00 a.m.
The recovery effort of a crashed helicopter and it's pilot will pick up again at 8:00 this morning. This is now day 4 to locate the pilot. The chopper went down in the Tennessee River, just off the bank of Colbert Ferry Park between Colbert and Lauderdale counties. Crews located the wreckage and a barge will help bring it to the surface this morning but the pilot is still missing. Rescue crews will use cadaver dogs and aerial again to try and find him.
Blossomwood parents...be on the look out! A notice on Facebook is still up from the Blossomwood Community Watch in south Huntsville. It's about a strange man trying to entice children. Apparently, a man, about 50 years old with a scruffy white beard driving a black Hyundai Sonata pulled up to an 11 year-old boy who was walking his dog Tuesday. The driver asked the boy if he needed a ride but the boy said "no." Then he tried to give him some candy and asked if he would like to see his puppy. The boy kept saying no, to which the man then yelled obscenities at him then sped off, turning left on Cleermont Drive. Anyone with information on this case or who sees suspicious activity should report it to Huntsville police at 256-722-7100.