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Teen, stepbrother arrested in theft

ATHENS — A 14-year-old and his stepbrother are in legal trouble following the theft of a handgun from a residence in the 1800 block of Coffman Road.

Lt. Brad Curnutt of the Limestone Sheriff’s Department said the teen is facing a third-degree burglary charge after allegedly stealing a Ruger 9 mm handgun between June 20 and Monday.

Curnutt said the teen gave the gun to his 19-year-old stepbrother, who later gave it back to the teen.

Investigators charged the 19-year-old with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a misdemeanor. He is in Limestone County Jail, where his bond is $1,000.

The department released the 14-year-old into the custody of his parents.

- Bayne Hughes

Man found dead, ruled a suicide

Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell ruled the case of a body found on the edge of a cotton field along Lawrence County 150 as a suicide.

Mitchell identified the man as Jammie Keith Wilson Jr., 54, of Trinity.

The Alabama Bureau of Investigation and Coroner Micah Coffey joined the Sheriff’s Department in the investigation.

Ronald Terrell, an employee of farmer James Blythe, said he was spraying the cotton field near International Paper when he discovered the body Wednesday morning.

Coffey said they found prescription bottles around the body, which he estimated had been in the field about five days.

Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences officials took the body for an autopsy to rule out foul play.

- Bayne Hughes

Somerville voting precinct moved

Morgan County voting precinct 13, which is at the old courthouse at Somerville, will move to the new Somerville Fire Hall on Cut Off Road.

The County Commission approved the relocation Tuesday. The reason for the move is that the old courthouse is closing for renovations.

The polling place’s relocation is contingent upon approval of the U.S. Department of Justice.

- Sheryl Marsh

SunDrop machine stolen in Athens

ATHENS — Athens police are looking for a SunDrop vending machine stolen from Gene’s Automotive on North Jefferson Street on Monday night.

Lt. Floyd Johnson said the department is seeking information on the $1,200 machine.

Call 233-8717 if you can provide information.

- Bayne Hughes

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