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Valentine’s fire limited to kitchen

Decatur Fire and Rescue’s station No. 4 limited a fire to the kitchen of 206 Brookhaven St. S.W. on Wednesday.

No one was injured in the 5:45 p.m. cooking fire at the home of Sarah Webster, a fire department spokesman said.

- Bayne Hughes

Town Creek man allegedly stole guns

TOWN CREEK — Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department investigators arrested a Town Creek man Wednesday for allegedly stealing firearms from a Hatton home.

According to a Sheriff’s Department press release, Rodney Lynn Parker, 39, of 6190 Lawrence County 136 faces charges of third-degree burglary and second-degree theft of property. He is in Lawrence County Jail with bond set at $5,000.

The press release states that the arrest is the result of an investigation into the burglary of a Hatton residence where three firearms were stolen in December. Investigators received information in January that helped them develop Parker as a suspect.

- Bayne Hughes

Athens woman faces theft charge

ATHENS — An Athens woman is facing a theft charge after allegedly pilfering cash from her employer, police Capt. Marty Bruce said.

The captain said Tameka Dawn Smith, 21, of 7104 Snake Road, allegedly took $1,500 from Lowe’s in Athens.

“Over the last month, she’s been taking it from the cash register,” he said.

Bruce said loss prevention officers caught her, and police arrested her Tuesday.

Smith is out of the Limestone County jail on $2,000 bond, charged with second-degree theft.

- Holly Hollman

Suspected bomb is a toy bank

Decatur police responded to a call of a suspicious package Wednesday afternoon at the Wal-Mart Supercenter, but the package turned out to be a child’s toy bank.

Lt. Chris Mathews said an employee called the department at 12:46 p.m. after seeing the package in a shopping cart. The bank looked like a safe with a combination dial. Someone wrote on it with a magic marker, “Alarm will go off.”

Police officers responded to an initial call and then brought in Decatur Fire and Rescue. The bank was empty.

- Bayne Hughes

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