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Woman reportedly fought for lip liner

ATHENS — An Athens woman became combative with police Monday over lip liner, Athens police said.

Angela Lynette Allen, 27, of 27211 Newby Road, Lot 5, was at the Dollar General on U.S. 72 East when the manager allegedly saw Allen take lip liner from a package and put it in her purse, Capt. Marty Bruce said.

Allen allegedly refused to let the manager look in her purse, so the manager called police.

Bruce said officer Perry Gooch asked to see the purse and “Allen became violent and combative.” Sgt. Brett Constable responded, and after a struggled, the officers handcuffed her, Bruce said.

Allen is in the Limestone County Jail in lieu of $2,000 bond, charged with third-degree theft and resisting arrest. She allegedly also took hair products, sandals, toothpaste and makeup worth $46.

- Holly Hollman

Police say offender gave wrong address

ATHENS — Athens police have charged a convicted sex offender for not living at his registered address.

U.L. Davis, 42, allegedly registered his address with police as 1806 Levert Circle.

According to police, however, Davis allegedly was living at 505 Acorn Hill Circle.

Davis was convicted in 1980 for raping an elderly Madison County woman.

His in the Limestone County Jail without bond set, charged with violation of the community notification act.

- Holly Hollman

Shooting death ruled self-inflicted

Morgan County Coroner Russ Beard ruled a shooting death Tuesday morning to be self-inflicted.

Decatur police Lt. Nadis Carlyle said Grady Thornton, 84, of 1902 12th St. S.E. died in his front yard after a single shot to his chest with a revolver.

- Bayne Hughes

Local teams place in egg drop contest

MOULTON — Teams from Danville Middle School and Lawrence County High School claimed top honors in the Egg Drop for Future Engineers Competition during last weekend’s Alabama Chicken and Egg Festival.

The annual Egg Drop for Future Engineers tests students’ skills in building the best device to catch a falling egg without it breaking.

Students do not know exactly what materials they will be working with until they arrive at the festival.

This year, the materials consisted of straws, pipe cleaner, cupcake holders, hair bands, and popsicle sticks.

Danville Middle School students David Pike and Ben Barnett won first place in the middle-school division.

Their egg successfully drop-ped from two feet onto their contraption without breaking.

Their contraption also successfully caught the falling egg from a height of 3 feet 6 inches.

The Department of Engineering at The University of Alabama at Huntsville coordinated the competition.

Each winning team received $500.

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