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Over $100,000 of items stolen

CAPSHAW — Limestone County authorities are looking for the person or persons who stole more than $100,000 in jewelry, designer shorts and cologne from two roommates.

Sheriff’s Department Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said someone broke a window at a home in the 15000 block of Sanderson Road on Sunday. Several pieces of jewelry with sapphires and diamonds were taken.

Anyone with information can call the Sheriff’s Department at 232-0111.

- Holly Hollmon

Police investigating thefts at church

Decatur police are investigating thefts this weekend at Ninth Street United Methodist Church.

Lt. Chris Mathews said someone siphoned $100 worth of gas from the church van and stole a $500 utility trailer and a $50 spare tire.

- Bayne Hughes

Woman allegedly steals, abuses clerk

A Decatur woman faces third-degree robbery charges after becoming violent Sunday night when a store clerk and a manager tried to stop her from stealing candy, Decatur police said.

Lt. Chris Mathews said Dianne Alred, 42, of 422 Brom-wich St. S.W. apparently tried to walk out of Dollar General Store at 2004 Dan-ville Road S.W. without paying for the merchandise, but clerk Tara Michelle Cheatham and manager Charess Holsey pursued her into the parking lot.

“Cheatham leaned against the passenger door to prevent Alred from getting into the car and leaving,” Mathews said.

Mathews said Alred then began hitting the clerk, who suffered several scratches to the neck and chest. Police arrived and arrested Alred before she left the scene.

The department transferred Alred to Morgan County Jail, where her bond is set at $750.

- Bayne Hughes

Mobile home burns on Alabama 101

HATTON — A fire destroyed a mobile home Monday morning on Alabama 101.

A spokeswoman for the Lawrence County Emergency Management Agency said the blaze started at about 10:15 a.m. Mount Hope and Moulton fire departments assisted the Hatton Volunteer Fire Department in extinguishing the flames.

A Moulton firefighter said there were no injuries. The name of the owner was not available.

- Bayne Hughes

Police say woman broke store window

A woman got so angry that a clerk wouldn’t haggle over the cost of rolling papers that she broke a window Friday at J-Mart on 14th Street in Decatur, police said.

Lt. Chris Mathews said the woman didn’t like the price of the pack, but couldn’t get the clerk to lower it. She then walked outside, and punched and broke a 2-by-7-foot window.

Police located the woman in the Salvation Army parking lot and took her to Decatur General Hospital with cuts on her hand. The department then charged her with misdemeanor criminal mischief.

- Bayne Hughes

Wreck victim still in critical condition

A Decatur man was still in critical condition Monday night, four days after his wreck on Alabama 20 East in Limestone County.

A Huntsville Hospital spokeswoman said Tyler Blake, 25, is in the neuro-intensive care unit.

Decatur police said Blake was eastbound Thursday when his van overturned in the median near the fireworks stand. The officer on scene said he suspected Blake fell asleep.

An Auburn University student, he is the son of Steve and Claudia Blake of Decatur.

- Bayne Hughes

Check cashing store robbed in Athens

ATHENS — A gun-toting man wearing a cowboy hat, sunglasses and surgical mask robbed a check cashing store in Athens on Monday.

Police Lt. Floyd Johnson said the robbery occurred at 3:43 p.m. at Title Cash on U.S. 31 near Pizza Hut. The robber approached the lone employee in the store, pointed the gun at her and demanded money, Johnson said. Police are not releasing how much money he took.

Police Chief Wayne Harper said the robber forced the wo-man to stay in the bathroom and then fled out the back of the business. It is unknown if he left in a vehicle.

Johnson said the robber is 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs 200 to 210 pounds. His cowboy hat was white or beige. The employee did not notice his hair color.

Anyone with information can call police at 233-8700.

- Holly Hollman

Council approves cost of fire stations

The contractor building three fire stations for Decatur will receive an extra $135,360.

During a called meeting Monday, the Decatur City Council approved the change order for Building Construction Associates of Decatur to pay for additional excavation and fill costs at the construction sites.

During the same meeting, the council approved a contract change with BCA, removing penalties the company would be charged if it does not finish the projects on time.

In return, BCA reduced the cost of its excavation and fill by $10 per cubic yard.

- Evan Belanger

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