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2 arrested trying to get gas voucher

By Deangelo McDaniel 340-2469

HARTSELLE — If you were a fugitive from justice, would you go to a police station and give officers your identification?

For a man and woman trying to get a $20 gas voucher Thursday, the answer is yes.

Hartselle Police Chief Ron Puckett said officers arrested Kenneth Ellers, 44, of Athens, Ga., and Rhonda Brock, 42, of Knoxville, Tenn., for outstanding warrants in Georgia.

Both are wanted in Bartow County, Ga., on separate charges. Ellers is wanted for failing to register as a sex offender, and Brock is wanted for first-degree theft involving an automobile. Deputies are holding them in the Morgan County Jail without bond, Puckett said.

Ellers came to the Hartselle City Jail on Thursday trying to get a $20 gas voucher the Police Department distributes for the Hartselle Ministerial Association. Member churches in the association have a program whereby they give gas to out-of-town drivers in need of help.

"They go to the churches, and the churches give them something in writing," Puckett said.

Hartselle police distribute the vouchers after confirming the recipient's identity. Puckett said Ellers gave officers his driver license and seemed surprised when Hartselle returned to arrest him in the police station.

"Knowing he was wanted, you'd think he would have said, 'I don't want the gas,' " Puckett said.

After arresting Ellers, police went to the car and Brock gave them her identification.

"A short time later, officers arrested her," the chief said.

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