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Man caught during burglary, police say

ATHENS — A Hazel Green man who allegedly was breaking into a window said he got scared when police arrived, so he ran, authorities said.

Capt. Marty Bruce said Ryan Alfred Kniess, 27, of 149 Holly Glenn Lane allegedly was breaking into a window at Woodridge Apartments on Sunday about 5 a.m. Officers Jason Threet and Shelby Castro saw Kniess running for a tree line east of the complex when they arrived. Officers caught him and allegedly found two Clonazepam pills in a cigarette box in his car, Bruce said.

He was charged with resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance, third-degree burglary and public intoxication. He is out of jail on $8,500 bond.

Holly Hollman

Trinity police use drug funds for guns

TRINITY — Using its federal drug seizure account, the Trinity Police Department is strengthening its arsenal.

On Monday the Town Council approved $6,191.60 plus shipping for four rifles and $749 plus shipping for a duty weapon or pistol. Police Chief Chris McLemore said the department had until Oct. 1 to use the money.

“This will improve our department,” he said, “and help our officers since they buy their own equipment. All these weap-ons’ parts are interchangeable.”

Ronnie Thomas

Biotechnology program popular

One class is full and a waiting list could fill another class in Calhoun Community College’s new biotechnology program.

Coordinator and instructor Necia Nicholas said the class of 20 was full in less than a week. She plans to add a second class after hiring another instructor.

Calhoun is starting the first associate’s degree biotechnology program in Alabama at the college’s Huntsville campus in Cummings Research Park. The school will offer scholarships after the first semester to students majoring in biotechnology.

Bayne Hughes

Man charged with burglary, theft

HARTSELLE — Hartselle police charged a 20-year-old man with auto burglary and first-degree theft.

While responding to a burglary in the 1200 block of Nance Ford Road on Saturday, officers arrested Troy Keith Carpenter of 899 Alabama 36 E. Investigators determined that the suspect had burglarized a garage and two vehicles. Investigator Amy Crouch said the vehicle Carpenter was driving had been stolen from a home on Hayes Street.

Hartselle sent Carpenter to the Morgan County Jail, where he was released on $3,000 bond.

Deangelo McDaniel

Drought assistance available to farmers

HARTSELLE — If drought has damaged your crops, you have until Aug. 31 to sign up for financial assistance at the Morgan Farm Service Agency in Hartselle.

The Emergency Conservation Program helps farmers and ranchers supply water for livestock and water to existing irrigation systems serving orchards and vineyards. Cost-share assistance is limited to $200,000 per person per natural disaster. For more information, call Susan Terry at 773-6541.

Deangelo McDaniel

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