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Agent charged with extortion

A federal judge sentenced the former leader of the Lauderdale County Drug Task Force on Thursday on charges of extortion, federal program fraud, and making false statements.

U.S. District Court Judge Robert B. Propst sentenced David Lynn Scogin, 44, of Florence to 12 months and one day in federal prison, and gave him two years of supervised release after the prison term is served. He also ordered Scogin to pay $20,000 in restitution to the Drug Task Force, $10,000 of which was tendered to the clerk of the court before the sentencing hearing.

Scogin pleaded guilty to these charges Nov. 2, 2004. Authorities accused Scogin of extorting money and property from an individual facing criminal charges in Lauderdale County. The program fraud count pertained to Scogin's misappropriation and conversion of Drug Task Force funds. The false-statements charge concerned the fact that Scogin lied to federal investigations when questioned, authorities said.

"Scogin abused the trust that the public rightly affords law enforcement officers," said U.S. Attorney Alice H. Martin.

Pedestrian hit by SUV dies

A Moulton man struck by a sport utility vehicle in Decatur died Thursday of his injuries at Huntsville Hospital, authorities said.

Troopers said Anthony Andrew Norris, 26, of Moulton died Thursday at 12:45 p.m.

A medical helicopter flew him to Huntsville on Tuesday after a 7 p.m. accident on McEntire Lane. Witnesses said Norris stopped his semi-truck in the middle of the road, turned on his flashers and exited the truck. That's when the SUV struck Norris, authorities said.

Morgan County Coroner Russ Beard said troopers filed no charges against the driver, Gary Jonathan Atchley, 22, of Trinity.

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