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Danville woman accused of theft

EAST LAWRENCE — Lawrence County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Danville woman after she allegedly stole credit cards and a ring from her friend’s car.

Brittney Lashae Ball, 19, of 75 Morgan County 15 is charged with unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle and second-degree theft for the incident that happened Jan. 14 on Lawrence County 324 in the East Lawrence Community.

The vehicle was unlocked at the time of the crime, said Sheriff’s Department Investigator Sgt. Tim McWhorter.

Lawrence County Jail released Ball on Jan. 24 on $5,000 bond.

- Kristen Bishop

Man allegedly robbed co-worker

SPEAKE — A Danville man was robbing a co-worker he claimed to be helping, said Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Sgt. Tim McWhorter.

Officers arrested Robert Sanchez Hawkins, 18, of 6703 Morgan County 203 after Hawkins allegedly forged and passed a stolen check from his co-worker at Wiggins Grocery in Speake on Jan. 8.

McWhorter said Hawkins often would do odd jobs for his co-worker at the co-worker’s Speake home.

After receiving a complaint from the victim, officers questioned Hawkins, leading to his arrest Jan. 23.

Hawkins remained in Law-rence County Jail on Wednesday in lieu of $5,000 bond.

- Kristen Bishop

300 new lots await county approval

ATHENS — Nearly 300 new lots are ready for county approval.

At its Wednesday meeting, the Limestone County Commission will vote on preliminary approval for six subdivisions and vote on final approval for a seventh.

“Total, this is 297 lots we’re seeing,” said County Engineer Richard Sanders.

The subdivisions are:

McCulley Mill, McCulley Mill and Craft roads; O’Neal Estates, Lydia Corey Road; Eastridge, Capshaw Road; Kadence on Cambridge, Cambridge Lane; Thomas Manor, Cambridge Lane; Elk Trace, Elkwood Section Road; and The Woodlands, McCulley Mill Road.

- Holly Hollman

Limestone County vehicle vandalized

ARDMORE — Limestone County Commissioner Gary Daly has something to say to the vandal who slashed a tire on his district’s bushwhacker.

“You are a coward,” Daly said.

Daly parked the vehicle at Mooresville Road and Alabama 53. The vandalism occurred Friday or Saturday.

“They took a knife and just cut into it,” said Daly, a retired police captain with Ardmore. “It’s sad you can’t do a job for your district because somebody sabotaged the equipment.”

A new tire costs between $485 and $495, Daly said.

- Holly Hollman

Shelby to speak at Somerville

SOMERVILLE — U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa, will speak here Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at the old Somerville Court-

Shelby will discuss his legislative agenda for the 110th Congress as well as important issues facing the state and the nation.

The meeting is open to the public. After his remarks, Shelby will take questions and comments from the audience.

- Ronnie Thomas

Refuge program to promote cleanup

Saturday is your first chance to participate in Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge’s new Clean and Learn Days.

Organized by the refuge association, the child-friendly program promotes refuge activities such as wildlife identification and photography while taking an hour to clean up trash.

Beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, participants will take a birding tour of Beaverdam Peninsula, which attracts a variety of birds, from great blue herons and kingfishers to migrating ducks and snow geese.

The refuge association will present five more Clean and Learn Days, one every other month in 2007. Most will be on the first Saturday.

For directions to the Beaverdam site or for more information, visit or call Teresa Adams at 350-6639.

- Paul Huggins

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