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Stolen equipment recovered in shop

MOUNT MORIAH — Investigators recovered a Caterpillar loader reported stolen in New Orleans, but have yet to determine how the equipment ended up in a Lawrence County shop.

Acting on a tip, the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department received about a month ago, investigators found the equipment in a shop near Lawrence County 238, Lt. Tim McWhorter said.

With the aid of the Alabama Bureau of Investigation and Moulton Police Department, sheriff’s investigators searched the shop Wednesday at about 4 p.m.

McWhorter said investigators also recovered a Ninja motorcycle believed to be stolen from Louisiana. No arrests have been made, but the probe is ongoing, he said.

- Deangelo McDaniel

Area hospitals enter partnership

Athens-Limestone Hospital officials announced Thursday a lease agreement with Huntsville Hospital.

According to news reports, Huntsville Hospital will take over operation of Athens-Limestone, but Athens-Limestone will remain a community hospital owned by Athens and Limestone County.

It also will keep its independent board of directors. The agreement follows five years of talks between the hospitals.

Athens-Limestone officials said the agreement will give Athens-Limestone better access to medical technology and an improved ability to recruit doctors and other personnel.

It will also help the hospital compete with a proposed hospital that Crestwood Hospital in Huntsville hopes to open in Madison, they said.

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