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Police say 2 caught with stolen check

Two people face charges in connection with a stolen and forged check presented to a local bank, Decatur police said Friday.

Police said Julius Miller, 58, of 1115 Brooks St. S.E., tried to pass the check at Redstone Federal Credit Union on Wednesday.

Bank employees called police and then pointed out Miller to officers when they arrived, said Lt. Frank DeButy, a police spokesman.

Investigation revealed a second person, Beth Harris Nelson, 41, of 1213 Smith Ave. S.W., took part in the scheme, DeButy said.

Police arrested both Miller and Nelson on charges of possessing a forged instrument. Both remained in Morgan County Jail in lieu of $750 bond Friday.

Seth Burkett

Head-on collision kills Falkville man

FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. — A head-on collision with a dump truck killed a Falkville man early Thursday morning, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

The highway patrol said the eastbound pickup driven by Terrell Scott Hays, 24, was apparently left of the center line when it wrecked with the dump truck on U.S. 64 in Lincoln County shortly before 1 a.m.

Hays was the sole occupant of the pickup.

The driver of the dump truck was not injured.

Seth Burkett

Man faces charges of endangerment

A man faces charges of reckless endangerment after he forced his way through a railroad crossing while railroad workers tried to stop his vehicle early Thursday, Decatur police said.

Lt. Frank DeButy, a police spokesman, said two railroad employees tried to stop the 35-year-old Decatur manís pickup because the signals and cross arms werenít functioning as a train approached the Twelfth Avenue Northwest railroad crossing.

DeButy said the driver allegedly continued to move forward on the workers and then struck them lightly with his vehicle as they tried to move out of the way.

While police were speaking with the workers, the man they identified as the driver of the pickup returned to apologize, DeButy said.

Nevertheless, each worker obtained a warrant charging the driver with reckless endangerment, a misdemeanor.

Police arrested him and took him to Decatur City Jail in lieu of $1,000 bond.

Seth Burkett

Budís manager accused of stealing

A man allegedly stole nearly $6,000 from the convenience store he managed, Decatur police said Friday.

Police investigating the suspected theft from Budís Convenience Store No. 15 noted discrepancies in the storeís receipts and deposits, said Lt. Frank DeButy, a police spokes-man.

DeButy said investigators arrested Larry Dale Childress, 27, of 1206 Brookline Ave. S.W., on Thursday on a charge of first-degree theft.

Morgan County Jail released Childress on Thursday on $1,500 bond.

Seth Burkett

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