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Boys and Girls Clubs leader sick

David Varner, 56, chief professional officer for Boys and Girls Clubs of Morgan and Lawrence Counties, suffered a heart attack Sunday, according to Nancy Waddell, the agency's director of operations.

Waddell said Tuesday that Varner "had a mild heart attack sometime during the night."

- Ronnie Thomas

Athens police seek T and T robber

ATHENS — Athens police are searching for a man who grabbed money from an unattended cash register.

Capt. Marty Bruce said the call came in as a robbery, and authorities used tracking dogs from Limestone Correctional Facility to hunt the suspect.

Bruce said the investigation revealed that the clerk at T and T Grocery on U.S. 72 at Hine Street was in the cooler and the man saw an opportunity.

"The suspect leaned over the counter, opened the register and grabbed money," he said.

The suspect ran out the front door. He was wearing blue jeans, a black jacket and a red ski cap. Witnesses described him as young and black, about 5 feet tall and weighing 120 pounds.

Anyone with information can call police at 233-8700.

- Holly Hollman

Man allegedly sells stolen tubs, cars

ATHENS — Limestone authorities charged an Athens man with theft for allegedly taking bathtubs and vehicles from the woods, a Sheriff's Department investigator said.

The investigator, Lt. Brad Curnutt, said the owner had bathtubs and vehicles in the wooded area of his property in Clem Acres off Compton Road.

Curnutt said James Frank Williams Jr., 24, of 12305 Sommers Road, allegedly took tubs, cars and a horse trailer and sold them for $200 to Tennessee Valley Recycling in Decatur.

The property owner noticed the missing items April 3.

Williams is out of jail on $5,000 bond, charged with first-degree theft.

- Holly Hollman

Limestone expels 7th-grader for gun

ATHENS — The Limestone County Board of Education on Tuesday expelled a 13-year-old who brought a gun to school.

Board member Earl Glaze said the expulsion is for a year.

The seventh-grader brought the gun to West Limestone High School on April 4. A student saw the gun and reported it.

Sheriff Mike Blakely said the student claimed he needed the gun for protection from a student who had threatened him.

The Sheriff's Department charged the student with carrying a concealed weapon.

- Holly Hollman

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