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Man found hiding in closet arrested

HARTSELLE — Police arrested a man on a burglary charge after a man returned home to find him hiding in his bedroom closet on Wednesday.

William Schofield had returned to his home Tuesday afternoon to discover the glass of his back door open, said Detective Alan McDearmond.

Schofield went back at about 12:45 p.m. Wednesday and found Matthew Dewayne Worsham hiding in the closet of his master bedroom, McDearmond said.

He called Hartselle police, who caught Worsham in the bedroom. Worsham, 22, of 122 Cagle Road, Hartselle, faces
one charge of third-degree burglary.

He will be taken to Morgan County Jail and held in lieu of $750 bond.

- Seth Burkett

Postal Service employees indicted

A Decatur woman was one of five current and former U.S. Postal Service employees named in indictments Wednesday.

Amanda Joyce Holladay, 32, is charged with delay of the U.S. mail, which carries a penalty of not more than five years in prison and a fine of $250,000, said Alice H. Martin, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Alabama.

Others indicted are: Marsha Blue Williams, 51, of Birmingham, charged with embezzling U.S. mail; William Earnest Tyree, 55, of Northport, charged with destruction of U.S. mail; Clyde Ellis Mitts, 55, of Pel-
ham, charged with destruction of U.S. mail; and William Andrew Pope, 22, of Dawson, charged with destruction of U.S. mail.

Consuelo Jolene Doss, 31, of Dawson also is charged with destruction of U.S. mail in connection with Pope’s case.

Doss is not a Postal Service employee.

- Seth Burkett

Man charged with menacing girlfriend

Decatur police arrested a man for allegedly menacing his girlfriend with a steak knife and a razor, a police spokesman said Thursday.

Police charged Al Versity Minor, 56, of Decatur, with third-degree domestic violence, a misdemeanor, following the incident Tuesday morning at his girlfriend’s home in the 300 block of 13th Avenue Northwest.

Minor’s girlfriend told officers she and Minor had begun arguing over bills, according to police spokesman Lt. Chris Mathews.

“Minor picked up a small steak knife, and he had a razor in the other hand. He began to thrust the knife in her direction as they were arguing,” Mathews said.

“At some point, Minor dropped the knife and the victim took that opportunity to push him out the front door and close the door behind him to keep him from coming back in,” Mathews said.

Minor already faces a first-
degree assault charge in the Jan. 24 stabbing of his nephew, Israel Montreal Foster, 30.

- Seth Burkett

Woman convicted of welfare fraud

A Hartselle woman was found guilty of welfare fraud in Morgan County Circuit Court, Alabama Attorney General Troy King said Wednesday.

Felicia Farrer, 29, pleaded guilty April 26 to third-degree theft in the amount of $2,239.

She was sentenced to one year imprisonment, which was suspended, and placed on probation for one year.

The court also ordered her
to pay full restitution to the state.

King said other welfare fraud cases are pending prosecutions in 31 counties, including Madison, Lawrence and Marshall counties.

- Seth Burkett

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