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Hostage event falls $200 short of goal

Even after standing under the hot sun, handcuffed in a cap and gown, the Cupidettes Club did not reach its fundraising goal Saturday.

The club’s fourth annual Hostage for Education received more than $800 in donations, not enough to provide two $500 scholarships for local students.

“We’re out on bail because we didn’t meet our goal,” said Carol Harris, one of the two club members who was handcuffed for five hours in front of Decatur Youth Services on Saturday.

Donations can still be sent to either Harris at 412 Seventh Ave. N.W., Decatur AL 35601 or Annie Lois Powell at 305 Fifth Ave. N.W., Decatur AL 35601. Make checks payable to Cupidettes Club.

- Paul Huggins

Wal-Mart cashier linked to theft

ATHENS — A Wal-Mart cashier allegedly took money from her cash register in recent weeks, an Athens police captain said.

Shannon Lashae Ratliff, 24, of 1713 W. Elm St., Athens, allegedly took $2,550 between May 29 and Thursday, Capt. Marty Bruce said.

Police charged her with first-degree theft. She is out of the Limestone County Jail on $5,000 bond.

- Holly Hollman

Elkmont vehicle rollover injures 1

ELKMONT — A MedFlight helicopter took one person to Huntsville Hospital following a one-vehicle wreck on Interstate 65 on Tuesday evening.

A pickup apparently rolled over near the 360 mile marker at about 6:45 p.m., state troopers said.

The driver, whose name and condition were not available, was flown from the scene.

- Seth Burkett

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