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Man robs woman getting out of car

ATHENS — An unknown man robbed a woman at gunpoint Wednesday while the woman was getting out of her car.

Athens police Capt. Marty Bruce said the 82-year-old woman was getting out of her car at 5:05 p.m. at Roberts Apartments on Malone Street when a man with his face covered pointed a gun at her.

“He grabbed her purse and left,” Bruce said.

A witness saw the man get into a green car. Witnesses said the robber was a black man wearing dark clothes.

Anyone with information can call police at 233-8700.

- Holly Hollman

Pampered poodle looking for owner

A lost poodle has puzzled Decatur Animal Services.

The dog was found Jan. 12 near Cracker Barrel restaurant, and because of its well-groomed appearance and other signs that it has been well cared for, the shelter staff is surprised the owner hasn’t claimed it.

“This is not a dog that somebody deliberately put out,” said Mindy Gilbert, program and project consultant for the shelter. “And it’s definitely looking for its owner. It’s very upset.”

The shelter has begun checking with area pet groomers to see if they recognize the poodle and has not had any success.

Anyone with information about the dog’s owner can call Gilbert at 309-8972.

- Paul Huggins

Cramer reappointed to intel committee

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Bud Cramer, D-Huntsville, announced his reappointment to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Thursday.

Cramer has been a member of the committee since 2002. The committee is responsible for congressional oversight of the 17 U.S. intelligence agencies and intelligence-related government activities. The committee also oversees the Missile and Space Intelligence Center at Redstone Arsenal.

The committee held its first public hearing Thursday, during which Cramer questioned leaders of the U.S. intelligence community about Iran’s influence, financial support and training of terrorist activities in Iraq and across the Middle East.

- Seth Burkett

Joe Wheeler offers youth scholarship

Joe Wheeler Electric Membership Corp. is offering a Youth Tour Scholarship for high school juniors. Students can apply for a three-day, all-expenses-paid trip to Montgomery and a $500 scholarship to be used at any college or university.

Applications are due Monday and can be picked up at any Joe Wheeler EMC office, or at 25700 Alabama 24, Trinity. Call Benita Owens at 552-2323 for more information.

- Amy Pollick

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