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Police probing 8 robberies in 8 days

During the first eight days of 2007, police already have received eight robbery reports, a police spokesman said Tuesday.

The numbers do not include two violent home invasions that took place early Sunday. Such offenses are classified as burglaries, though, in both cases, victims said the offenders held them at gunpoint.

As of Tuesday, police had made three arrests in connection with robberies this year.

SETH BURKETT

Girl Scout cookies officially on sale

Girl Scouts of North Alabama, Inc. announce the annual Girl Scout Cookie sale. Girl Scouts are taking orders now and cookies will be available through March 10. Available cookie varieties include: Sa-moas, Tagalongs, All Abouts, Do-Si-Dos, Trefoils, Little Brownies, Thin Mints and Café Cookies. Cookies are $3 per box.

For more information, or to order Girl Scout Cookies, call 883-1020 or go to www.girlscoutsofnorthalabama.org.

AMY POLLICK

Mom says hanging was not intentional

HATTON — The mother of a Hatton teen who hanged himself and died later at Shoals Hospital on Sunday said her son was not suicidal.

Lori Brewer told The Daily on Tuesday that her son, Cory Harris, 18, stood in a closet with a belt around his neck to scare his girlfriend — not to die days before he was to leave for college.

“It was a joke that went wrong,” said Brewer. “He was not suicidal. He was just doing something stupid, and it cost him his life.”

Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department investigator Capt. Tim Sandlin said that, although officials are unable to determine Harris’ motivation, the death has been ruled a suicide.

“In legal terms, any intentional act that results in your death is a suicide,” he said. “Unless they leave a note, we have no way of knowing if it was an accident or not.”

KRISTEN BISHOP

Apartment invaded by armed robber

A gunman robbed two men inside their apartment Sunday, Decatur police said.

Sebastian Alonzo, 49, and Juan Rivera, 21, told police a black male entered their 314 Cardinal Drive S.W. apartment through the front door at about 5 a.m.

According to the reports the two filed, the man pulled a handgun and demanded money, said Lt. Chris Mathews.

“When they didn’t give him money, he walked up to Rivera and struck him on the cheek with the handle of the handgun,” Mathews said.

The gunman took $25 from Rivera’s pocket, then searched Alonzo and found $1,900. He left through the front door.

The victims gave no further description of the suspect.

Rivera refused medical treatment.

SETH BURKETT

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