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Wallace State, Brewer to partner

Wallace State Community College in Hanceville and Brewer High School are partnering to offer industrial training in various cutting and welding processes.

Classes will include accredited Wallace State welding technology classes in stick, mig and tig welding processes.

Instruction will be at Brewer on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Specialized short-term training and honors enrollment for high school students are available.

Contact Jim Thompson in Wallace's Welding Department at (256) 352-8272 or jthomp, or Brewer's Greg Dudley at 778-8601.

Registration for Wallace State 2007 spring semester classes is going on through Jan. 11. Classes at the Wallace State center at Brewer High School begin Jan. 8.

Bayne Hughes

Moulton to hire 2 police officers

MOULTON — Moulton will have two new police officers as the result of action by the City Council on Monday.

The council agreed to hire Mark Richards and Chris Waldrep on the recommendation of Police Chief Lyndon McWhorter.

Both are now employed by the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department. One fills a new school resource officer position; the other fills a vacancy created when Darrell Blevins left earlier this year. The new position brings the department up to 13 total officers.

McWhorter said the applicants' experience and training will be assets. Richards is a lieutenant with Sheriff Bryan Hill's Criminal Investigations Division. Waldrep is a deputy with certifications in fingerprint analysis and firearms instruction.

Richards and Waldrep will start after they work out a two-week notice, said McWhorter. The two are leaving the Sheriff's Department just weeks before Sheriff-elect Gene Mitchell takes office.

Kristen Bishop

Rape case arrest ends 34-year hunt

U.S. Marshals tracked down and arrested a fugitive rape suspect Friday, finding him living in Decatur after 34 years on the lam.

Paul Howard Boldin, 60, of 1301 First St. S.W. remained in Morgan County Jail on Monday awaiting extradition.

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, marshals said Boldin was wanted on abduction, rape and sodomy charges in a 34-year-old case from Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Details of the crime were not available.

U.S. Deputy Marshal David Siler told the Plain Dealer that leads to Boldin's whereabouts surfaced during Operation Falcon III, a nationwide dragnet for suspected sex offenders that snared 10,800 fugitives.

Seth Burkett

Riley offers reward in toddler shooting

MONTGOMERY — Gov. Bob Riley is offering a $5,000 reward in the death of a Birmingham toddler who was struck by a stray bullet as he slept.

Two-year-old George Amerson was asleep in his bed Sept. 18 when a bullet fired from outside his 19th Street North home came through his bedroom wall and killed him.

"You don't have to be a parent to be broken up over tragedies like this," Riley said. "All you've got to be is human."

The reward is for information that results in an arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the death.

Anyone with information about the incident should call Detective Mike Allison with the Birmingham Police Department at (205) 254-1764.

M.J. Ellington

Police say man tried to forge check

MOULTON — Moulton police arrested a man Saturday after he allegedly tried to forge a stolen check at Pizza Hut.

Police charged Gregory Stevenson, 43, of 73 Pinhook Road, Moulton, with five counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and illegal possession of a credit/debit card.

Stevenson remained in Lawrence County Jail on Monday in lieu of $15,000 bond.

Police said the checks and credit card were stolen from a car parked at Sonic on Alabama 157 in Moulton on Saturday between 7 and 7:20 a.m.

Stevenson had tried to pass a check at Kentucky Fried Chicken later that day but was denied after he couldn't present valid identification.

Kristen Bishop

Charter retained as city's ISP

The Decatur City Council on Monday voted to keep Charter Communications as the Internet service provider for city government, despite a pending lawsuit about the company's cable TV service.

The unanimous vote locks in a $750-per-month user fee for five years.

Officials said the city could get out of the deal if it experiences difficulties with the service.

Decatur filed suit in federal court against Charter Communications in 2004, alleging hundreds of safety violations and a failure to provide local cable access and other promised services to city residents and businesses.

Charter, which offers cable TV, Internet and telephone services, submitted the lowest bid on a five-year contract to
provide the city's Internet service.

Chris Paschenko

Masked gunman steals store haul

A masked gunman robbed a furniture store's manager of a briefcase containing cash bound for the bank, Decatur police said Monday.

Anthony McInnish, 34, told officers the robbery took place as he left Aaron's Sales and Leasing, 935 Wimberly Drive S.W., at about 9 p.m. Friday.

As McInnish climbed into his pickup, a man with dark mesh over his face came from behind and stuck a small snub-nose revolver to McInnish's head, demanding money, police said.

McInnish told police he grabbed the gun and a struggle began, with the robber yelling, "Give me the money!" over and over.

After the robber jerked the gun from McInnish's hand and placed it back against his head, the robber reached into the truck and grabbed a brown leather briefcase.

The case contained a laptop computer, a checkbook and an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.

Police further described the robber, who fled on foot, as wearing a blue sweat shirt with a hood, blue jeans and tennis shoes.

Seth Burkett

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