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Fundraiser Saturday for cancer patient

LACEY’S SPRING — The Tennessee River Coon Hunters Association will have a fundraiser Saturday for Calvin Whitmer.

Starting at 9 a.m. with a meat shoot, the event will help Whitmer pay medical bills to treat cancer, which has prevented him from working.

The event also will offer a baked chicken plate sale starting at 11:30 a.m., a horseshoe tournament at 1 p.m., a bluegrass concert with Journey to the Sun at 6 p.m., a cake and pie auction at 7 p.m., and karaoke and a drawing for $100 at 8 p.m.

The event will be on Field’s Road in Lacey’s Spring.

For more information, call 881-4603 or 778-7312.

- Paul Huggins

Police: Man stabbed not aiding probe

ATHENS — An Athens man attacked by a man with a box cutter is not helping police make an arrest, Capt. Marty Bruce said.

The victim, 48-year-old Larry Malone, sustained cuts on his head and face at 9:09 p.m. Wednesday at a home at 112 Magnolia St., Bruce said.

Athens-Limestone Hospital treated Malone.

“We have a suspect, but charges have not been filed due to the victim’s failure to cooperate with the investigation,” Bruce said.

- Holly Hollman

Softball board gets year to fix finances

ATHENS — Mayor Dan Williams said the city is going to give the local board that runs the Girls Softball Association a year to fix financial issues and separate from travel ball.

Although GSA is a city league, a parent board currently runs the local association. The city threatened to take over after city officials received complaints that the league has financially supported the local travel ball organization, North Alabama Explosion.

Outgoing GSA president David Gregory, who is involved with the Explosion, denied the city league funded travel ball. The two entities share some of the same parents and players and concession stand use, which led to the complaints, Gregory said.

Williams said the GSA will have to supply financial reports, and Explosion will have to pay the city for facility use.

- Holly Hollman

Police probe man’s burns, bruises

TRINITY — Investigators are trying to determine if foul play was involved in the case of a man found lying burned beside a fire Tuesday.

A medical helicopter took Robert Keith Harris, 48, to University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital for treatment of serious burns to his legs after he was found outside a residence on Holt Road in Trinity at about 1:40 a.m., said Sgt. John Bili, chief investigator for the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department.

It was originally thought an intoxicated Harris fell into the fire by accident, but the incident warranted closer scrutiny after police learned Harris also suffered other injuries, including head trauma, and bruises on his body, Bili said.

- Seth Burkett

Man pleads guilty to child porn

BIRMINGHAM — A Limestone County man pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to possessing and receiving child pornography, said U.S. Attorney Alice H. Martin.

Doyle Lynn McLemore, 54, of Elkmont was charged in November after a complaint was filed in Germany regarding an online company.

The investigation led authorities to a target in Michigan and subsequently to McLemore, who had child porn on his computer, Martin said.

McLemore could be sentenced to 10 years in prison for possessing the images and between five and 20 years imprisonment for receipt of child pornography.

- Seth Burkett

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