FLORENCE — A search was launched just before 5 p.m. Friday for two men who reportedly attempted a strong-arm robbery near Rice Hall on the University of North Alabama campus, officials said.
According to a voice alert message sent by the university, the men, one black and one white, are about 19 years old and approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall.
UNA spokeswoman Josh Woods said both men were described as wearing khaki pants, with the white man wearing a white shirt and ball cap, and the black man wearing a black shirt that included the letters “DGK.”
Woods said a male student was standing near Rice Hall when the two men tried to forcibly take his cellphone.
“They did not succeed and ran off,” Woods said. “The student chased them for a while, and called 911 and university police to alert them and provide a description.”
Woods said no weapons were used in the incident.
“I’m just grateful no one was hurt and the robbery was not successful,” he said. “The student should also be commended for reporting it in a timely manner. It sends a message that those actions won’t be tolerated on this campus.”
FLORENCE — A fire in the janitor’s closest at Wilson Elementary School was brought under control before it did any damage Friday morning, officials said.
The fire was reported about 9 a.m. Members of the Zip City Volunteer Fire Department extinguished it. No one was injured, officials said.
Wilson Principal Gary Horton said the fire appears to have started on a cart inside the closet.
TUSCUMBIA — The man shot inside a Hickory Street residence Tuesday is improving at Huntsville Hospital, police said.
Brandon Johnson, 23, of Tuscumbia, is listed in stable condition in the hospital’s intensive care unit, Tuscumbia police detective Sgt. Stuart Setliff said.
Johnson had been in critical condition after he was shot once in the chest with a .32-caliber pistol, officials said.
Police have charged Larry Darnell Jarmon Jr., 29, of Sheffield, with attempted murder, shooting into an occupied dwelling, and reckless endangerment in connection with the shooting.
Investigators said the shooting was the result of an argument between the two men about money. Jarmon is in Colbert County Jail on $95,000 bond.
FLORENCE — A man injured Wednesday evening when the bicycle he was riding collided with a car is in Huntsville Hospital recovering from his injures, officials said.
William Alexander King, 37, 1017 Kinnard St., Florence, is in fair condition, according to Huntsville Hospital officials.
Police said King was injured in the accident that occurred at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday on Sweetwater Street near the Colorado Street intersection.
Police reports indicate King was riding a bicycle and came down the hill on Colorado Street, passed a stop sign and continued on into Sweetwater Street where he collided almost head-on with a 2005 Chevrolet.
The driver of the car, Brittney Proctor, a TimesDaily employee, was not injured, police said.
King was taken to Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital and later transferred to Huntsville Hospital, officials said.
The accident is under investigation by Florence police.
Colbert County sheriff
Marcus Antwan Brown, 19, 809 Pine St., Tuscumbia; grand jury indictment for unlawful distribution of a controlled substance.
Tiffany Nicole Sullivan, 27, 306 Alexander St., Cherokee; fugitive from justice.
Lauderdale County sheriff
Angela Scott Pruitt, 38, 100 Cambridge Drive, Florence; second-degree manufacturing a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
Demaccus LaShawn Robinson, 36, 400 John Aldridge Drive, Tuscumbia; first-degree escape.
Emanuel Labrett Bankhead, 23, 1235 Hermitage Drive, Apt. 20B, Florence; aggravated stalking.
Benjamin Lee Roberson, 27, 405 Carrie Lane, Apt. D, Loretto, Tenn.; unlawful possession of a controlled substance and second-degree possession of marijuana.
John Dave McGee, 46, 1715 Sherrod Ave., Florence; third-degree burglary and third-degree theft of property.
Steven Dontrell Chandler, 25, 1515 Martin St., Florence; second-degree theft of property.
Lauderdale County sheriff
Four portable storage units were taken from a business in the 7000 block of Alabama 20, Florence.
A wild game infrared camera was taken from a residence in the 5000 block of Lauderdale 24, Florence.
Six guns including a .30-06 rifle, .40-caliber pistol, .357-caliber pistol, two .38-caliber pistols and a .22-caliber rifle, along with a laptop computer were taken from a residence in the 1900 block of East 31st Street.
Cash totaling $100 was taken from a residence in the 1400 block of East Second Street.
A shed and residence in the 300 block of Frankfort Avenue were damaged but nothing was reported taken.
Three Daniel Moore prints were taken from a residence in the 900 block of Second Street.
A 32-inch television and laptop computer were taken from a residence in the 800 block of East 15th Street.
Three boxes of candy were taken from the concession stand at Ollie Harris ball fields.
A 2000 silver Dodge Durango was damaged while parked in the 300 block of South Montgomery Avenue.
A red 1998 Ford F-150 truck was damaged while parked at Abundant Grace Church.
A 2003 Nissan Altima was damaged while parked in the 100 block of Harvest Circle.
Two 42-inch televisions and a PlayStation3 were taken from a residence in the 1500 block of East 30th Street.
A box of pots, pans and other cookware and luggage containing ceramic dolls were taken from a residence in the 2700 block of 14th Street.
Two bottles of prescription drugs were taken from Montgomery Arms Apartments.
An iPhone was taken from a residence in the 2800 block of East 19th Avenue.
Breaking and entering
Gas was taken from a red 2000 Ford Ranger truck parked in the 800 block of North Columbia Avenue.
A black kitchen table was taken from a residence in the 2100 block of Sherrod Avenue.
Two candlesticks were taken from a business in the 900 block of Military Road.
A residence in the 100 block of South Sequoia Boulevard was damaged but nothing was reported taken.
Copper wire and light fixtures were taken from a residence in the 400 block of North Cherry Street.
A tile saw with laser was taken from a residence in the 600 block of North Walnut Street.
Three PlayStation3 systems, three games and two computers were taken from a residence in the 1900 block of Chisholm Road.
A computer and wireless printer were taken from a residence in the 1200 block of Hermitage Drive.