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SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2007

Area News In Brief

Little known about pool hall shooting

Decatur police were investigating a shooting Saturday evening after finding a man bleeding from his face in front of the Decatur Cue Club.

As of 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, officials were able to provide little information about the incident and had not identified the victim or any suspects.

People inside the pool hall at 1926 Central Parkway S.W. told police that a woman burst through the door at about 4:30 p.m. and yelled for someone to call an ambulance, said police Lt. Roger Huntzinger.

She then jumped into her car and sped away, leaving a man with a gunshot wound to his right cheek bleeding on the pavement in front of the building, according to reports.

Huntzinger said he wasnít sure but believed that the shooting happened in the parking lot. It was also unclear whether the injury was the result of an attack or was self-inflicted.

The man, who was wearing shorts and a white T-shirt, appeared to be in his early 20s and not fully conscious as medics lifted him into an ambulance.

He was transported to Decatur General Hospital and later airlifted to Huntsville Hospital.

Kristen Bishop

Grant woman dies after 2-car crash

CULLMAN — A two-car wreck Saturday on Alabama 157, two miles east of Cullman, claimed the life of a 71-year-old Grant woman.

An ambulance took driver Faye Cobb Dean to Cullman Regional Medical Center at about 10:30 a.m. She died at the hospital Saturday afternoon, Cullman County Coroner Gary Murphree said.

The driver of the other vehicle, Raymond Fischer, 65, of Emery, S.D., was not injured.

According to state trooper reports, both were wearing seat belts.

No further information was immediately available.

Kristen Bishop

Book drive for local schools Thursday

The Volunteer Center of Morgan County will have book collection drive for local schools Thursday.

Local celebrities will be detained on the Tools for Schools Express from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Redstone Federal Credit Union on Beltline Road Southwest. Raising $100 or donating 20 childrenís books can bail them out. Organizers will have half-priced books on site beginning at 10 a.m.

Childrenís activities will occur from 3 to 6 p.m., including a costume contest for those dressed as a favorite Harry Potter character. Five youths will win a voucher for the new Harry Potter book arriving this summer.

Clifford the Big Red Dog will be there, as will Newshound 19 from WHNT and Curious George.

For more information, call 355-8628.

Paul Huggins

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