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Police seek suspect from Bud’s robbery

Someone robbed Bud’s No. 7 on Wednesday night, Decatur police said.

Sgt. Rick Archer said investigators are looking for a white male in his 30s.

He was described as 5 feet, 7 inches tall, 180 pounds and wearing a dark T-shirt and tan baseball cap.

The man entered the 904 Sixth Ave. N.E. convenience store at about 9:30 p.m.

“The guy came in and demanded money from the register,” Archer said. “He stated he had a firearm but he didn’t display it.”

Police did not disclose the amount of cash the man fled the store with.

As of late Thursday, he had not been caught, Archer said.

Seth Burkett

Man out on bond after rape arrest

MOULTON — A Lawrence County man was out of jail Thursday on $12,500 bond after being arrested and charged with second-degree rape, Police Chief Lyndon McWhorter said.

Daniel Dewayne Terry, 21, of 1151 Lawrence County 305, was arrested in connection with an alleged rape of a juvenile in 2006, McWhorter said.

Terry turned himself in at the Lawrence County Jail after learning warrants were issued for his arrest, McWhorter said.

Nancy Glasscock

Both from wreck claim green light

ATHENS — Both drivers involved in a wreck near downtown Thursday say they had a green light.

One of the drivers went to Athens-Limestone Hospital when the 10:54 a.m. collision caused his car to flip and land upside down, said Athens police Sgt. Brett Constable.

The injured driver, Billy Ray, 59, of Athens, was going south on Beaty Street. The other driver, who was not injured, was going east on Hobbs Street. Constable said the uninjured driver T-boned Ray’s car.

“They both said their light was green, and there were no witnesses to say who is right,” Constable said.

Ray had no visible wounds but complained of pain, Constable said.

holly hollman

1 in 3 stores caught selling to minors

One out of three convenience stores sold alcohol to a minor during alcohol compliance checks Thursday, Decatur police said.

Sgt. Faron White of the Organized Crime Unit said police checked nine stores and charged clerks at three of those stores.

The undercover agent who attempted to buy alcohol was under 21, White said.

Those charged with sale of alcohol to a minor were:

n Sharon Young, 38, of 66 Seibert Heritage Private Drive, Hartselle. Young was working at the Conoco on U.S. 31 South.

n Prinkal P. Percy, 32, of 1401 Eighth Ave. S.E. Percy was working at the 14th Street Chevron on 14th Street Southwest.

n Ronald Borden, 26, of 2119 Spring Ave. S.W. Borden was working at the Busy Bee Market on 19th Avenue Southeast.

Seth Burkett

Girl hurt in wreck in better condition

HUNTSVILLE — A 9-year-old girl injured in a wreck had improved Thursday, a Huntsville Hospital spokeswoman said.

Kailyn Bayle Merrell of Town Creek remained in serious condition in the hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit, the spokeswoman said.

Merrell was initially admitted in critical condition following a wreck on Alabama 20 near Hillsboro shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Her great-grandmother, Carolyn Martin Oliver, 75, of Town Creek died in the wreck. Merrell was a passenger in Oliver’s car.

Lawrence County Coroner Micah Coffey said the car driven by Oliver was apparently leaving a service station when it collided with a westbound tractor-trailer.

Seth Burkett

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