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 ARAB - Federal charges have been filed against two Marshall County residents for reportedly robbing the Joppa Post Office on December 28 of 2015.

 Thirty-four year old Clay Parker of Arab and 30-year old Brett Baker of Albertville are charged with 1 count of post office burglary, theft of a post office key, theft of postal property and theft of postal money orders.

 Parker and Baker could receive sentences for up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines for committing federal crimes.

 

 

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 ARAB - Belinda Curvin has been taken to the Marshall County Detention Center after she reportedly stole clothing items from the residence of her ex-husband, Billy Joe Sanford.

 Curvin was involved in an incident recently when she took her 8-year old son out of Brindlee Mountain Primary School that prompted a missing child alert. Curvin and the child went to Florida for a mini vacation. Sanford has full custody of the child.

 Curvin has had several incidents since then, from domestic violence to theft of property and a violation of a protection order against her by Sanford.

 No bond has been set for Curvin as the investigation continues by the Marshall County Sheriff's Department.

 

 

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 NASHVILLE, Tennessee - UAB pitcher Cara Goodwin came in relief, earning a 4-2 victory over Lipscomb University Tuesday night.

 The former Good Hope standout threw three innings of scoreless softball, striking out four and walking one. UAB scored two runs in the 7th on a home run to break the tie.

 Goodwin is 14-9 on the season. She leads the team in wins, earned run average, innings pitched and strikeouts.

Goodwin and her UAB teammates head to North Texas to end regular season play in Conference USA this weekend.  The Blazers and UTEP are tied for first in the West Division with 13-8 conference records. UAB has 23 wins on the season.

 

 

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 Cullman High School will be a busy campus for AHSAA spring sporting events from Thursday through Saturday.

 Thursday afternoon, the 6A, Area 15 softball tournament resumes at 3:00 p.m. Cullman & Hartselle will face each other in the finals of the winner's bracket.

 The excitement hits a high note on Friday. The AHSAA 1A,2A,3A track and field meet will get under way at 8:00 a.m. at Oliver Woodard Stadium. Cullman Police will be out to assist in parking situation between students, teachers and track spectators. The track meet will run through Saturday afternoon.

 Cullman baseball faces Oxford in the quarterfinals at Bill Shelton Field. Game 1 will be Friday at 5:00 p.m. followed by game two around 7:30 p.m.

 The Cullman soccer team plays Decatur in the quarterfinal round at 7:00 p.m. Saturday on the Cullman Soccer Complex.

 

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 Cullman Mayor Max Townson signed a proclamation declaring "Teacher Appreciation Week" to the teachers in the Cullman City School system.

 The mayor presented the proclamation to Cullman City Schools Superintendent Dr. Susan Patterson. Patterson accepted it on behalf of the board and the teachers who represent six schools that are part of the city system.

 The proclamation was part of the celebration of National Teacher Apperciation Day that was held across the country on Tuesday.

 

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 Alabama Department of Transportation is under way with a project of repaving U.S. Highway 31 in the city of Cullman. City officials advise motorists possible delays by the project are expected with temporary changes to traffic signal timing as well.

 Caution is advised when driving through this road construction. No timetable has been announced when the project is expected to be completed.

 

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 Cullman Lady Bearcats and Hartselle Lady Tigers claimed shut out wins to open the 6A, Area 15 softball tournament Tuesday.

 Cullman romped over Decatur 10-0 thanks to home runs from Hannah Morton and Olivia Schwaiger. Schwaiger earned the win, holding Decatur to three hits through six innings of work.

 Hartselle toppled Austin 6-0 thanks to a three-run double in the bottom of the 5th to break a scoreless tie and a three-run home run in the 6th for insurance runs.

 The Lady Bearcats and Lady Tigers meet in the winner's bracket final at 3:00 p.m. Thursday when the tournament resumes on the campus of Cullman High School.

 

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 Owen Lovell threw a complete game six-hitter and was aided by the defense turning three double plays to lead the Cullman Bearcats by the Hartselle Tigers 2-0 in Game of the 6A state playoff second round series Tuesday.

 Cullman got a run in the first and one in the third that was enough for Lovell to get the job done on the mound. The Bearcats improve to 37-11 and will face Oxford in the quarterfinals at Bill Shelton Field this weekend.

 

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 DODGE CITY - Cullman County Sheriff's Department have taken two people into custody after being seen of breaking and entering a motor vehicle at the McDonald's Restaurant in Dodge City.

 Forty-one year old Kelly Schmidt of Hanceville and 34-year old William Hollis of Birmingham are being held in the Cullman County Detention Center with no bond currently set.

 The two reportedly broke into vehicles at T.J. Maxx in Cullman and Warehouse Discount Grocery in Hanceville prior to their crime in Dodge City Sunday evening. 

 

 

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 Cullman County EMA reports the monthly testing of the outdoor warning system will be at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday. If inclement weather is in the area at the time the testing is scheduled, the event will be cancelled.

 

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 HARTSELLE - A routine traffic stop by the Morgan County Sheriff's Department became an arrest after numerous boxes of cold medicine were discovered inside a vehicle.

 Twenty-six year old Teresa Dean of Danville was charged with 2nd degree manufacturing of a controlled substance, a Cass B felony. Having cold medicine in possession was reason enough for the department to make the arrest. Cold medicine is a base ingredient for creating meth. 

 Dean was taken to the Morgan County Detention Center with bond set at $5,000. 

 

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 MONTGOMERY - Governor Bentley has signed an executive order, authorizing Alabama county children's policy councils to work with Child Advocacy Centers to develop sexual abuse prevention plans.

 "The children are our state's most precious resource and protecting Alabama's children from abuse is critical," the Governor replied. "The Alabama Children's Policy Council, county children's policy council and Child Advocacy Centers are working together for a strong voice of protecing our children from sexual abuse. I appreciate each group's deidication for fighting for our children."

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 ALABASTER - Wallace State sophomore pitcher Julia Dailey was named the most vaulable player in helping the Lady Lions claim another ACCC/Region 22 softball championship.

 Dailey allowed 3 runs in 15 innings of work, getting two victories. The Lady Lions defeated Shelton State 7-5 in the title game Monday at Veterans' Park.

 Wallace State is 48-20 after winning the state softball title for the 10th time in school history. The Lady Lions will go to the NJCAA Tournament the week of May 17 in St. George, Utah.

 

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 ALABASTER - Wallace State Community College repeated as softball champions in the Alabama Community College Conference. 

 The Lady Lions wrapped up their 10th conference title in school history with a 7-5 victory over Shelton State Monday at Veterans Park.

 The game had to resume on Monday after a thunderstorm stopped it Sunday with Wallace State three outs away from the title.

 The Lady Lions took care of business and went through the tournament 4-0. Wallace State will head to St. George, Utah for the NJCAA tournament with a record of 48 wins, 20 losses. 

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 GUNTERSVILLE - A hearing took place Monday morning in Marshall County Circuit Court with a second suspect charged in the murder of Asbury residents Denie & Pam Tucker last November.

 Henry Pyle faces one count of capital murder, two counts of capital murder during a burglary. Arraignment will be set at a later date. Jeffery McKelvy was arrested for murder charges in this case following an investigation in November.

 The Tucker couple have family members and friends that reside in Cullman County.

 

 

 

 

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 Heavy rain Monday afternoon prevented Game 3 of the Cullman-Hartselle baseball playoff series from being played.

 The game has been moved to a 5:00 p.m. starting time Tuesday, weather permitting.

 The winner of this 2nd round series will face the Oxford Yellow Jackets in the quarterfinals this weekend.

 

 

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 Cullman's Luke Wilson enjoyed his best performance of the season, shooting a 3-under 69 at a wet Terri Pines Country Club Monday to win the AHSAA Class 6A Sub-State championship.

 Wilson was the lone golfer to go 3-under for the day. Homewood edged John Carroll for the team title by a score of 305 to 306 with Muscle Shoals in place at 308.

 Wilson, a Wallace State signee, will move on to the state tournament next Monday & Tuesday at Hampton Cove in Huntsville.

 

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 GUNTERSVILLE - Thirty-two year old Chasity Garner of Arab has pled guilty of manslaughter in the 2015 death of her 5-year old nephew Chaysen Garner.

 Garner lost control of an SUV on Alabama Highway 69 and Union Grove Road in March of last year. Her nephew was taken to Huntsville Hospital, where he later passed away from his injuries.

 Reports by the prosectution have Garner under the influence of a prescripted medication at the time of the incident.

 Sentencing for Garner in the Marshall County Circuit Court is scheduled for June 7.

 

 

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 ONEONTA - Students and residents in Blount County are invited to an open house of the Wallace State Community College branch location in Oneonta.

 The festivities will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday with a ribbon cutting ceremony and a flag raising at the Blount County location of 728 2nd Avenue East.

 Classes for the next semester will begin May 26. Registration is available at the new location or students can go on line and register at wallacestate.edu

 

 

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 As the month of May has begun, more local fuel stations have raised the price of regular unleaded to at least $2.00 and more per gallon.

 All Shell stations in the Cullman city limits is now at $2.02, increasing by 3 cents from the final week of April.

 Only Pure, Jet Pep and Murphy Oil remain under the $2.00 range. The lowest as of Monday was Jet Pep, Wilco Hess and Murphy Oil at $1.94 a gallon.

 There is no indication on how high fuel prices could increase with Memorial Day to be the next holiday residents will celebrate in 28 days.

  

 

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