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AWOL soldier accused of forgery

An AWOL Army trainee was caught trying to pass a forged check Wednesday, Decatur police said.

Joseph Dylan Jackson, 18, of Fort Jackson, S.C., faces one charge of possessing a forged instrument for allegedly presenting the check at First American Bank, 2004 Sixth Ave. S.E.

Detective Herb Lundy, a financial crime investigator, said bank employees called police, who confronted Jackson at the bank.

Police later learned Jackson was absent without leave from his Army basic training unit at Fort Jackson, Lundy said.

Police notified the Army provost marshal's office and placed Jackson in Decatur City Jail, awaiting transfer to Morgan County Jail, where he will be held in lieu of $750 bond.

- Seth Burkett

Injured driver out of hospital

A driver injured in a wreck with a tractor-trailer has been released from Huntsville Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday.

John Rose, 26, of Huntsville was driving a pickup south on McEntire Lane when he collided with a westbound tractor-trailer at Gordon Terry Parkway on Tuesday night, state troopers said.

Rose was taken to Huntsville by MedFlight. No one else was injured, troopers said.

- Seth Burkett

Alleged dealer arrested in sting

Narcotics agents arrested an alleged drug dealer Tuesday following an undercover operation, Decatur police said.

Larry Donnell Gill, 36, of 1605 O'Rorke Lane S.W., Apartment No. 4, faces three charges of distributing a controlled substance. He remained in Morgan County Jail on Wednesday in lieu of $4,500 bond.

According Sgt. Faron White, head of the Organized Crime Unit, Gill's arrest stemmed from an undercover operation in which agents tried to purchase illegal drugs.

- Seth Burkett

Funding available to disadvantaged

HARTSELLE — Funding is available for disadvantaged groups who want to purchase or operate a family farm, according to the Morgan County Farm Service Agency.

Disadvantage groups include women, blacks, Indians, Hispanics, Asians, Pacific Islanders and native Alaskans.

Qualifiers may use the money to purchase livestock, equipment, feed, seed or for business related expenses.

For additional information, call Susan Terry at 773-6541.

- Deangelo McDaniel

DA sets deadline for those who owe

Authorities will conduct a roundup of bad check writers in early April, Morgan County District Attorney Bob Burrell said Wednesday.

Burrell encouraged those charged with issuing a worthless check or failing to pay court-ordered monies to contact his Worthless Check and Restitution Recovery units and make arrangements to pay or to turn themselves in prior to close of business April 6.

After that, those who have not met their obligations will face arrest.

"Arrest is always an inconvenient and humiliating experience," Burrell said. "We hope that those that cannot satisfy their obligations will turn themselves in rather than waiting to be brought in in handcuffs."

- Seth Burket

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