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Officers arrest jump threatener

HARTSELLE — Officers arrested a man who threatend to jump from an Interstate 65 overpass and charged him with reckless endangerment.

Police Chief Ron Puckett said Chris May, 24, of 44 Grandview Private Drive remains in the Hartselle City Jail on $1,000 bond.

At about 7:58 p.m. on Wednesday, officers received a call that a man was standing on the bridge.After they were unable to talk May from the bridge, Puckett said, they stopped traffic on Alabama 36 and I-65.

The chief said officers physically removed the suspect from the bridge at 8:20 p.m.

“They tried to persuade him to leave the bridge,” he said.

- DeAngelo McDaniel

Ingalls to close for maintenance

The city announced it would close Ingalls Marina from Dec. 20 through Dec. 22 for maintenance. Boaters cannot access the ramp during those days, but the marina next door will be open.

- Eric Fleischauer

Aderholt speaks on emergency funds

U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Haleyville, said of the counties in his 4th Congressional District, Morgan County received the most, with $44,930 in funds awarded by the Emergency Food and Shelter Program. Cullman County got $26,898 from the total package of $270,459.

Aderholt said the money provides supplemental funding for shelters and food banks and one-month awards for rent and utility assistance are available.

He said the EFS State Set-Aside Committee may later select additional jurisdictions in the district. The EFS program has existed since 1983.

- Ronnie Thomas

Harris promoted to lieutenant

ATHENS — The Athens Police Department promoted Sgt. Trevor Harris from to lieutenant this week.

Capt. Marty Bruce said Harris moved from investigations to third-shift patrol, replacing recently retired Lt. Ken Williams. He began working in his new position Sunday night.

Bruce said Harris’ promotion leaves a sergeant opening for another officer. Harris joined the Police Department in 1998. He and his wife, Carol, have an 8-year-old son, Seth.

- Bayne Hughes

Council postpones EMS meeting

A discussion on Decatur’s emergency medical service has been postponed.

City Council President Billy Jackson had scheduled a work session for Monday morning to discuss why a city committee recommended that Decatur switch ambulance services.

Jackson canceled the meeting Thursday, saying the legal department needs more time to affirm the city’s position.

Jackson said he continues to support the council’s position that the city license only one ambulance provider for the city limit and police jurisdiction.

Jackson didn’t immediately know when he would reschedule the meeting.

- Chris Paschenko

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