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Homes, vehicles pelted with bricks

Someone caused more than $5,000 in damage by throwing bricks through windows of homes and vehicles in a Southwest Decatur neighborhood early Saturday, police said.

Bricks crashed through two residence windows in the 3100 block of Vicksburg Drive Southwest at about 2:30 a.m. One of the windows destroyed was valued at about $1,500, and at the other home the brick also damaged furniture and a lamp.

Shortly before that, police said, a pickup parked in the 1000 block of Forest Place Southwest had a windshield and side window knocked out by bricks.

- Seth Burkett

Decatur could join tax holiday again

Decatur could participate in the state’s second tax holiday, further reducing the cost of purchasing back-to-school items.

The City Council discussed the measure Monday during its work session and could pass the measure next week.

City Attorney Herman Marks said the terms of the tax holiday wouldn’t change from last year. He said the dates for the tax holiday are from 12:01 a.m. Aug. 3 to midnight Aug. 5.

Tax-exempt items would include certain school supplies, computers and clothing.

- Chris Paschenko

Cramer worker to visit Athens

ATHENS — Those unable to visit one of Rep. Bud Cramer’s three district offices can get help with government issues at the Limestone County Community Corrections building.

Cramer, D-Huntsville, said a member of his staff, caseworker Peggy Allen Towns, will be at the Community Corrections office from 1 to 4 p.m. on May 22.

Common requests for services include assistance with Social Security, Medicare and Veterans Affairs. The office is at 410 S. Jefferson St. in Athens.

- Seth Burkett

Marijuana, knife found in locker

TOWN CREEK — Lawrence County authorities and a drug dog found marijuana and a small knife in a student’s locker Monday during a routine check at Hazlewood High School.

“It was just a small amount of marijuana. We also found some kind of small knife, but it wasn’t a big thing. We turned it over to the principal,” said Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell.

He could not provide any information about the student’s age or grade. He said the Sheriff’s Department has filed a petition with the juvenile court system.

Superintendent Dexter Ruth-erford said he does not believe Lawrence County schools have a drug problem and that officials do random checks annually at all middle and high schools to keep it that way.

- Kristen Bishop

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