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Volunteer Center worker arrested

By Seth Burkett 340-2355

A Decatur woman faces charges of cashing checks stolen from the Volunteer Center of Morgan County, police said Friday.

Beverly Ann Crosswhite, 53, of 2305 12th St. S.E. faces two counts of second-degree possession of a forged instrument in connection with two checks from the Volunteer Center of Morgan County that were printed and cashed without the center's authorization.

Chuck Ard, board president for the Volunteer Center, said Crosswhite was a volunteer and was involved in providing contract services to the center in 2006.

Decatur police Sgt. Denise Stanley, who investigated, said the center reported the forgery to police on May 14 and the investigation developed Crosswhite as a suspect.

Ard declined to reveal the value of the checks.

"Basically, the Volunteer Center has been reimbursed for the amounts in question," he said.

"I'm very disappointed at what happened," Ard said, "but once we discovered that there was a problem, we turned it over to the police and they handled it accordingly."

Arrested Thursday, Crosswhite was later released from Morgan County Jail on $1,500 bond.

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