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Police probing fire near Danville store

DANVILLE — The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a fire that devastated a residence next to Danville Grocery on Thursday.

Detective Jodie King said she is probing the blaze because no one was living there at the time. The house at 5729 Alabama 36 West is a rental property belonging to the owner of Danville Grocery.

- Seth Burkett

Man catches 2 stealing doghouse

A man returned home to find a thief loading his doghouse into a car Thursday, Decatur police said.

Brent Standridge told police he drove up at 2:20 p.m. and found a charcoal-colored Nissan Maxima parked in front of his residence in the 1600 block of Fourth Avenue Southwest.

A black male in a tan, hooded jacket was stuffing a plastic doghouse belonging to Standridge into the car, said Lt. Chris Mathews, a police spokesman.

When Standridge pulled in front of the vehicle, the man in the tan jacket leapt into the Maxima’s back seat. Another black male behind the wheel backed the car out and drove away down Albert Street, Mathews said.

The thieves left the doghouse behind, but a corner of it was broken, police said.

- Seth Burkett

Man critical after I-65 wreck

ATHENS — A wreck on Interstate 65 critically injured a Huntsville man Friday.

MedFlight landed on the interstate to transport driver Alvin Rose, 62, after his van crashed about 12 miles north of Athens at 1:05 p.m., state troopers said.

Rose remained in critical condition in Huntsville Hospital’s surgical intensive care unit late Friday, a hospital spokeswoman said. No other vehicles were involved in the wreck.

- Seth Burkett

Agents arrest 3 in drug raid

LACEY’S SPRING —Agents arrested three people in a narcotics raid on a residence, said Morgan County Sheriff Greg Bartlett on Friday.

Police seized components of a methamphetamine laboratory, firearms and various drug paraphernalia in Wednesday’s search of 228 Glenn Gary Road, Bartlett said.

Agents arrested Steven Keith Holder, 18, of that address, on a charge of possessing a short-barreled rifle.

They also arrested a 22-year-old female resident on a misdemeanor charge of possessing drug paraphernalia, and a 24-year-old male resident on outstanding warrants in Huntsville. Police did not say what the charges contained in those warrants were.

- Seth Burkett

Alleged meth maker charged

DANVILLE — Narcotics agents arrested a man for allegedly making methamphetamine after a raid uncovered a meth lab at his residence Thursday, said Morgan County Sheriff Greg Bartlett.

Johnny Thomas Cowan Jr., aka “Pudding,” 42, charged with first-degree manufacture of a controlled substance, remained in Morgan County Jail on Friday in lieu of $200,000 bond.

The Morgan County Drug Task and Decatur Police Organized Crime Unit seized a quantity of meth and the clandestine laboratory components during the search at 1694 Neel School Road, Bartlett said.

- Seth Burkett

Jury indicts Athens man in sex abuse

ATHENS — A grand jury has indicted an Athens man with a sex abuse charge for allegedly fondling a 14-year-old girl, police Capt. Marty Bruce said.

Bruce said Edward Eugene Black, 35, of 21892 Huntsville-Browns Ferry Road allegedly fondled the teen in 2006 between April and June.

Police did not charge him but sent the case to the grand jury.

Black is out of the Limestone County Jail on $15,000 bond, charged with first-degree sexual abuse. He gave the county a different address of 206 Morring Road, Huntsville. \

- Holly Hollman

Alleged thief caught at court

Police arrested a woman wanted in a theft investigation when she showed up at city court on unrelated theft charges Wednesday, a Decatur police investigator said.

Tammy Rogers Carter, 33, of 3322 Old Moulton Road S.W., faces a charge of second-degree theft for her role in stealing more than $650 from Wal-Mart on Jan. 11, said Detective Jim Buchli.

Buchli said police arrested another suspect, William Carter, after Wal-Mart employees detained him at the scene. Tammy Carter left the scene before police arrived, he said.

- Seth Burkett

Web consolidation petition tops 500

An online petition showing support for Lawrence County schools consolidation topped 500 names in five days.

As of 4 p.m. Friday, 554 people had added their names to the petition started Jan. 20 by Barclay Key, son of former Lawrence County schools Superintendent DeWayne Key. Of those, more than 400 said they had attended or were attending school in Lawrence County, and 85 said they work or have worked for the Lawrence County school system.

The posted names include District 3 Board member Beth Vinson, children of current Board of Education members and a former superintendent.

Key said the majority of names are recent high school graduates from Lawrence County. The petition is at www.petitiononline.com/LCactnow/petition.html.

- Kristen Bishop

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